JCPenney offers unique, surprising gifts at an amazing value this holiday season

JCPenney offers unique, surprising gifts at an amazing value this holiday season
JCPenney offers unique, surprising gifts at an amazing value this holiday season

 

  • Company Offers Incredible Value with Enticing Gifts, Money-Saving
    Promotions and Launch of Lowest Price Guarantee
  • Stores Welcome Black Friday Shoppers at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day
  • Black Friday Sale Prices Start One Day Earlier at JCPenney.com on Nov. 23

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney is helping shoppers experience “Joy Worth Giving” this holiday season by ensuring it saves customers’ time, money and effort when it comes to finding the perfect gift for everyone on their list. With a breadth of curated products, must-have brands and an array of compelling promotions throughout the season, JCPenney will prove that it has the unique, surprising gifts that customers want at an amazing value.

“The essence of Christmas is rooted in the joy of giving. We know our customer puts a lot of thought and love into the gifts they give,” said Mary Beth West, chief customer and marketing officer for JCPenney. “Our value offering this year has never been stronger. When combined with our outstanding gift assortment, we’re confident holiday shoppers will make JCPenney the destination worth shopping this season.”

Deals Worth Seizing
JCPenney will kick off its annual Black Friday sale in stores on Thanksgiving Day when doors open at 3 p.m. For customers who wish to get a head start on their holiday shopping, Black Friday sale prices will be available on JCPenney.com one day earlier beginning at midnight on Nov. 23.

When stores open on Thanksgiving Day, early shoppers will be greeted with an envelope containing a coupon worth $10 off $10, $100 off $100 or a $500 off $500 or more purchase, while supplies last. Coupons are valid for use in store only starting on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers in stores at 6 a.m. on Black Friday will receive another chance to receive an instant-savings coupon worth up to $100 off $100 or more purchase. Stores will remain open for the Company’s Black Friday sale until Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m.

To simplify the shopping experience and better serve customers during the busy holiday season, associates will be wearing festive red shirts, making it easier to spot them throughout the store, and new red shopping carts will be rolling out to 450 stores nationwide.

This year’s Black Friday deals, which were exclusively previewed to JCPenney mobile app users on Nov. 4, include exciting offers such as:

  • $1.99 Mixit™ touch tech gloves
  • $2.99 Home Expressions™ 100 percent cotton towel or JCPenney Home™ classic standard/queen pillow
  • $4.99 Disney® Collection mini plush or select Paw Patrol toys
  • $5.99 select Shopkins™ or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys
  • $7.99 cooks™ kitchen electrics (after $12 mail in rebate)
  • $9.99 Tzumi™ dream vision virtual reality headset
  • $14.99 Women’s pajama sets
  • $19.99 select Women’s boots
  • $20 1/10 CT. T.W. diamond studs in sterling silver or Liz Claiborne® charging pouch
  • $29 Women’s (with faux fur trim) or Men’s St. John’s Bay™ puffer coat
  • $29.99 Sky Rider drone with camera or Razor kick scooter
  • $36.99 Men’s Levi’s® 501® original core jeans
  • $39.99 5-pc Protocol® Hamilton luggage set
  • $59.99 CHI® flat iron
  • $59.99 Nutribullet® blender
  • $79 Sharper Image® 5.1 channel bluetooth home theater system
  • $88 men’s or women’s Citizen®, Casio®, Seiko® or Invicta® watches
  • $89.99 Keurig® K55 brewer
  • $279.99 KitchenAid® artisian 5-qt. stand mixer (after $50 mail in rebate)
  • $293 each Hotpoint® 3.8 cubic feet stainless steel basket washer or 6.2 cubic feet electric dryer
  • $994 Samsung 26 cubic feet 3-door French door refrigerator

JCPenney will also be stepping up its promotions throughout the entire month of November with exciting one-day only “Pre Black Friday” deals available in-store and JCPenney.com beginning today through Nov. 19. From Nov. 20-22, JCPenney will feature 24 online daily deals leading up to its Black Friday sale. The retailer has also begun its Black Friday sale deals on major appliances, a new merchandise category for the Company this holiday season, offering customers up to 40 percent off select models.

The savings continue with the JCPenney Cyber Monday sale on Nov. 27-28, with over 50,000 deals available in stores and online at JCPenney.com and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. The sale will be followed with further promotions online and in-store throughout the entire week.

Prices Worth Beating
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, JCPenney has introduced its lowest price guarantee. Effective Nov. 13, if a customer finds a lower current advertised price on an identical item within 14 days after purchase at a competitor, they can bring that ad to a JCPenney store, or call customer care at 1-800-322-1189 for online purchases, and JCPenney will beat that price by 5 percent. With the Company’s new lowest price guarantee, customers can be assured that they always “get their Penney’s worth” when shopping the retailer’s assortment of top national brands, such as Nike®, Levi’s®, Kitchenaid®, Keurig®, NutriBullet®, Converse®, adidas® and more. The Company’s lowest price guarantee is available every day, including Black Friday. Customers can visit jcp.com/lowest-price for more details.

Furthermore, to assist customers in finding the perfect present on a budget, JCPenney will showcase helpful Gifts Under $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 ideas through national broadcast spots, an online gift hub found at jcp.com/gifts or on the JCPenney mobile app, and with an array of “Gifts Under” statements throughout the store.

Joy Worth Giving
JCPenney will highlight its gift assortment and value offering through its “Joy Worth Giving” marketing campaign, which includes branded and promotional broadcast spots, national print ads in top fashion and home magazines, along with digital, mobile, direct mail and email components. Additionally, a social campaign will feature videos highlighting surprising acts of generosity to deserving individuals and be supported by #JoyWorthGiving.

In celebration of #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29, JCPenney will be making a $100,000 donation to the YMCA and will host private shopping events throughout the month of December benefitting the Y. In select cities, JCPenney will invite kids from local Ys to visit a JCPenney store to shop for gifts for their families, while being treated to a special visit with a hometown celebrity.

From Dec. 15-17, JCPenney will cater to last-minute shoppers with a festive Christmas display located in high traffic areas within 40 malls across the country. The retailer will surprise and delight customers by inviting them to choose a stocking from a mock fireplace mantel to redeem at the JCPenney store for a coupon, gift card or surprise item.

For video, b-roll and images, please visit http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/1107_spreads_joy_worth_giving.html

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

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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Dollar General unveils its 2016 in-store and online offerings throughout the holiday season

  • Eleven percent discount on November 11 for active duty and veteran military members and their families recognizes and honors their service and sacrifice.
  • Extended store hours provide customers with additional convenience to purchase exciting gifts, décor, apparel, toys, electronics, assorted grocery and food items and other holiday necessities.

Goodlettsville, Tenn., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the holidays quickly approaching, Dollar General is excited to announce its 2016 in-store and online offerings and prices aimed to continue helping customers save time and money this year. At more than 13,000 locations in 43 states, customers may save throughout the holiday season with Dollar General’s everyday low prices, seasonal sales and digital coupon program on electronics, baking needs including fresh milk, eggs and bread, décor, apparel, toys, gift cards and more.

“Dollar General’s continued focus to deliver everyday low prices and value continues throughout the upcoming holidays with exciting product offerings, extended store hours, multiple avenues to save in stores and online and opportunities to share our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “As the holiday season highlights our ongoing commitment to serve our customers and communities, we are providing more ways than ever for customers to take advantage of holiday offerings and stretch their holiday budgets.”

Veterans Day
In recognition and celebration of Veterans Day, Dollar General is proud to offer current military service members, veterans and their family members an 11 percent discount on all qualifying purchases both in stores and online on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Extended Operating Hours
To provide customers with additional convenience, Dollar General recently extended permanent store hours for select stores across the 43 states it serves.  Local store hours may be found on the Dollar General store locator available here. Stores are scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and during normal business hours on Black Friday. Dollar General is always open online at www.dollargeneral.com.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Specials
Four days of deals kick off Thanksgiving week with specials available from November 20 through November 23. Thanksgiving meal preparations, holiday decorations, electronics and holiday gift ideas including an instant $10 savings off two gift card purchases, gaming consoles and more will be offered at incredible prices.

Sales continue during the week with a limited-available buy one, get a second 75 percent off sale on toys, specials on holiday and home décor, Toastmaster® slow cookers and digital coffee makers, As Seen on TV® products, multi-pack dining gift cards, apparel, paper products and food items.

Additional savings will be available through the Dollar General Digital Coupon program all week from November 20 through November 26.

Dollar General Digital Coupons
Dollar General’s Digital Coupons provide an easy-to-use and convenient way to save more throughout this holiday season, particularly on cleaning supplies to prepare for holiday guests and baking necessities for the season’s best treats.

To provide additional savings during the season, Dollar General is giving new Digital Coupon subscribers $1 off their first $1 or more in-store purchase.

Upload Digital Coupons by creating a Dollar General Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the DG mobile app for Android and iPhone smartphones. Simply choose which coupons you’d like to add to your account, enter your account number at check out and take advantage of all the savings!

Online Savings
Shop online this holiday season for additional savings and offers at www.dollargeneral.com from the comfort of home. Check the site throughout the holiday season for free shipping offers and exclusive online-only discounts on orders.

Holiday Décor
From setting the perfect table for Thanksgiving or holiday meals to creating warm and welcoming holiday environments, Dollar General’s décor options provide the perfect balance between affordability and style.  With traditional and modern options for all holiday needs, Dollar General’s holiday décor assortment includes seasonal kitchen accessories including cooking utensils, towels and oven mitts, towels, welcome mats, garland, artificial trees, lights, pillows, throws, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper and even wonderfully-scented candles.

Toys, Toys and More Toys!
Dollar General has the perfect holiday gift for children of all ages with a wide selection of licensed and branded offerings.  To see all of this year’s new and exciting toys, view the 2016 Dollar General toy collection online here.

Dollar General is also offering customers an immediate 25 percent discount off all qualifying toy purchases of $75 or more, both in stores and online, this holiday through December 24, 2016. Save on popular and major brand-name toys for children including popular Finding Dory™, Star Wars™, Trolls™, Doc McStuffins™, World of Nintendo®, Frozen™, Disney® Tsum Tsum™, Monster High®, Barbie®, My Little Pony®, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, Fisher Price®, Discovery Kids™, Lisa Frank® and more. The 25 percent discount cannot be combined with other offers and excludes electronics, DVDs, MP3 players and As Seen on TV® items.

Electronics
If electronics are on the gift list this year, look no further than Dollar General!  While supplies last this year, Dollar General will feature a 15-inch wide Sky Rider Drone with an onboard camera that records both videos and photographs. Other electronics available throughout the holiday season include a DVD player, discounts on the season’s most popular gift cards, Bluetooth™ tower speaker, Sega® or Atari® game consoles, Toastmaster® products and a Sylvania® seven-inch portable DVD player.

Holiday Inspiration
Dollar General is also providing inspiration and creativity with fun and inexpensive ways to celebrate this season! Visit the Dollar General holiday site here to learn more about tree and home holiday decoration ideas, easy holiday recipes, gifts for everyone on your shopping list and outdoor inspirations to help you enjoy this magical time of the year.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated over 13,000 stores in 43 states as of October 28, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

For Media Inquiries:
Email: dgpr@dollargeneral.com
Call: 1-877-944-3477

Source: Dollar General

Ton Shen Health recalls Life Rising brand “Side Head Regulator TT” Tablets due to high levels of lead

Chicago, IL, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ton Shen Health of Chicago, IL, is recalling its Life Rising brand “Side Head Regulator TT” Tablets because they have tested positive for elevated levels of lead for children under the age of 18. Lead is a naturally occurring element which can affect multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children. Recent lab tests indicate certain lots of TT product have elevated levels of lead above the currently recognized acceptable levels for children. Lead poisoning can happen if a person is exposed to high levels of lead over short periods of time. Due to the test results affecting children and to the possibility of use by children, Ton Shen Health is recalling the TT product.

The recalled Life Rising brand “Side Head Regulator TT” tablets were mostly sold locally in Chicago area retail stores and some were distributed to other states through mail orders.

The product comes in a 1.6 ounce, white plastic package marked with lot # on the bottom. UPC: 616042101010

People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed through clinical testing, and individuals who have consumed TT Side Head Regulator should talk to their health care providers about testing.

If a child is exposed to enough lead for a protracted period of time (e.g., weeks to months) permanent damage to the central nervous system can occur. This can result in learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems. The extent of the functional detriment is dependent on the duration and degree of exposure. Such an outcome may occur if this product containing the reported level of lead were consumed by children in such a way. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product, but the tablets have been tested and due to the elevated level of lead for children presently in TT samples tested, all TT products distributed by Ton Shen Health are being recalled.

The elevated lead level for children was noted after FDA tested a sample of TT tablets that were provided to the FDA. This recall is precautionary in nature, but important for all users of this product to comply with and make sure any TT products in their possession are not consumed by children and returned for a refund or destroyed.

The sale of the product has been suspended by Ton Shen Health effective end of September of 2016.

Consumers who have purchased Side Head Regulator TT tablets are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-312-842-2775 central standard time, Monday to Friday, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.

Consumers Contact:

1-312-842-2775

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Ton Shen Health recalls Life Rising brand “Side Head Regulator TT” Tablets due to high levels of lead
Ton Shen Health recalls Life Rising brand “Side Head Regulator TT” Tablets due to high levels of lead

 

Source: FDA

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SHRI SHIVA Foods Inc. recalls MTR Sambar Powder due to possible contamination of Salmonella

SHRI SHIVA Foods Inc. recalls MTR Sambar Powder due to possible contamination of Salmonella
SHRI SHIVA Foods Inc. recalls MTR Sambar Powder due to possible contamination of Salmonella

 

Long Island City, NY, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SHRI SHIVA Foods Inc. is recalling MTR Sambar Powder, Net Quantity: 200 g (LOT NO# 15J27C, MFD.27.10.15) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea,vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was sold between January 2016 to October 2016 thru one NY and one OH via wholesaler.

Product is packed in 200g plastic pouches under MTR Brand stamped with MFD.27.10.15 on the back. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered the potential contamination through previous product sampling.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s consumer affairs at 347-581-7931, Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, EST.

Consumers Contact:

Consumer Affairs
347-581-7931

Source: FDA

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Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team

Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team
Toys“R”Us, Inc. announces the appointment of Amit Poddar to head its digital engineering team

 

Company Accelerates Transformation of Its Online Business with this Key Hire

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (November 4,2016) announced the addition of Amit Poddar, a highly seasoned e-commerce leader to head its digital engineering team. This appointment comes at a time when the company continues a massive digital transformation, integrating technology into every part of its business and putting the customer at the center of everything it does.

Amit joins the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Software Architect. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategy and leading and directing all core engineering for the company’s global Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® e-commerce channels. In addition, he is charged with further developing the digital engineering organization to implement new products and technology and deliver best-in-class digital experiences. Amit will report directly to Lance Wills, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer.

“We are continuing our mission to build world-class customer experiences across all our channels to best support our customer.” said Lance. “To achieve this goal, it’s important to have the best and brightest talent in the industry; those who innovate and look for new ways to place our customer at the core of all decision making. Amit’s successes have shown he is one of these people.”

Amit is an accomplished technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in e-commerce and engineering. He comes to Toys“R”Us from Priceline.com, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Product Technology, leading the development of the company’s e-commerce platform for all travel verticals, including air, hotel, rental car and vacation packages. Amit led the transformation of Priceline’s platform into a service-oriented architecture, enabling seamless integration across multiple storefronts. During his tenure at Priceline, he also held the position of Chief Software Architect and oversaw system design and new technology adoption across all departments. He has also held various technology roles at Wipro and Tata Systems.

Amit received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India.

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

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900
Press@toysrus.com

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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Inditex allocates €9.7 million to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey through renewed partnerships with Médecins Sans Frontières and Caritas

Inditex allocates €9.7 million to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey through renewed partnerships with Médecins Sans Frontières and Caritas
Inditex allocates €9.7 million to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey through renewed partnerships with Médecins Sans Frontières and Caritas

 

Inditex is earmarking €1 million to MSF’s medical and humanitarian work with Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Kilis along the border with Syria which it has been supporting consistently since 2013 

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex has renewed its collaboration agreements with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Caritas, allocating €9.7 million to several projects run by these non-governmental organisations. Inditex’s Chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, signed the respective collaboration agreements at the company’s headquarters in Arteixo (La Coruña) in the presence of the president of MSF in Spain, David Noguera, and the president of Caritas Spain, Rafael del Río.

The MSF projects, to which the Group will contribute €2.3 million this year, are centred on the provision of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Kilis (Turkey) and support for the mission’s emergency response teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. Caritas, meanwhile, will receive a €7.4 million contribution from Inditex between 2016 and 2018 for workplace integration programmes targeted at people at risk of social exclusion in Spain and community development programmes in Cambodia and Bangladesh.

Project in Kilis (Turkey) with MSF

Inditex will contribute a further €1 million to the medical and humanitarian assistance work of MSF to Syrian refugees in the Turkish province of Kilis.

Since it was set up in 2013, the Kilis project has been providing care to the more than 130,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their homes from war to the province’s urban and rural areas on the border between Turkey and Syria.

Over three-quarters of these refugees reside in precarious circumstances, outside of the Turkish refugee camps. Many are currently staying in Kilis, the first region of safety, and are largely undocumented. MSF is presently the only international humanitarian organisation that is providing  free healthcare to these refugees.

The €1 million in funding provided by Inditex will be used specifically to provide primary health care and psychological and pastoral support to the refugees in Kilis. This will include a programme of support-visits by MSF professionals to the displaced Syrians. In parallel, taskforces will be set up to address chronic disease, psychological requirements and health education focused on gender-based violence and providing treatment to refugees who suffered torture prior to fleeing from Syria.

Inditex has been consistently supporting this project and various other initiatives aimed at supporting the refugee crisis since its onset. In addition to its work at the border between Turkey and Syria, Inditex has provided financial support to the emergency units set up by MSF to assist Syrian refugees in their exodus towards Europe, as well as making in-kind donations via various humanitarian organisations.

Since Inditex and MSF signed a Framework Collaboration Agreement in 2008, the Group has contributed over €19.1 million to MSF to fund ongoing emergency relief work, as well as specific projects. These initiatives have benefitted more than 1.8 million people in 14 countries and in 28 emergency zones.

Support for the Emergency Desk

In addition, Inditex has pledged to renew its support to MSF’s Emergency Desk, with a further contribution of €1.3 million for this year.

MSF’s Emergency Desk is the unit responsible for monitoring and managing the mission’s emergency response teams on the ground. This emergency response unit, which is exclusively funded by Inditex, is staffed by expert professionals located in both MSF’s Spanish headquarters and in disaster zones.

Specifically, €500,000 will be allocated to the Emergency Desk at MSF’s Spanish headquarters and €400,000 each will be earmarked to the two mission emergency response teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. In both instances, these teams’ function is to provide expert training support and advice to the MSF units currently deployed in these African nations so that they are ready to respond in the event of an emergency.

The Caritas employment programme in Spain

Inditex will also contribute €5 million to Caritas’s employment programmes in Spain over the next three years. This will help fund workforce integration projects, self-employment initiatives, on-the-job training plans and rural community development projects.

The employment-focused collaboration between Caritas and Inditex in Spain dates back to 2011. Since then, the programme has established itself as a benchmark initiative in improving the job prospects and workplace integration of people at risk of social exclusion. Since 2011, Inditex has provided €6.5 million to this endeavour, which has directly benefitted more than 4,600 people. Over 3,500 of these beneficiaries have received training that has improved their job prospects and 1,450 have found their way back into the job market thanks to the integration programmes.

For the upcoming three-year period (2017 – 2019), the employment programme will receive another €5 million of funding from Inditex and is expected to support nearly 600 training initiatives for learning a new skill or enhancing existing ones, accompanied by work placements in many instances, with the aim of improving the percentage of beneficiaries who ultimately find work.

This programme also aspires to further foster the creation and consolidation of community development projects in areas such as tourism, graphic art, hospitality and organic farming sectors.

Community work in Bangladesh and Cambodia

Inditex and Caritas have also signed three-year agreements (covering 2016 – 2018) under which the company will allocate €2.4 million to the organisation’s community development programmes in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

The aim of these programmes is to improve rural community readiness for natural disasters in the case of Bangladesh and to extend the community health and development strategy already underway in the case of Cambodia. Since 2008, Inditex has contributed €4.3 million to these programmes, which have benefitted nearly 82,000 people.

In Bangladesh, the programmes, which will receive €1.5 million in new funding, aim to reinforce local community readiness for natural disasters, in a country prone to such catastrophes. Caritas has been working on disaster management for many years, evolving over time from an assistance-based approach to a prevention-based strategy which directly involves the local communities themselves. Specifically, the plan is to train the programme participants in risk management and to build flood shelters, enclosures to protect livestock, and dams and canals for combating drought.

Inditex will support initiatives aimed at improving living conditions in the least privileged communities of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. The initiatives target working women, as well as infants and teenagers. The aim is to raise parental awareness of antenatal and infant healthcare and improve the care provided to the children of female garment sector workers, ensuring access to schooling.

The Cambodian project, to be funded with €900,000, extends Caritas’s community health and development programme in rural areas in Cambodia, which has been supported by Inditex since 2008.

The beneficiaries of these projects are vulnerable families and individuals living in extreme poverty, AIDS patients and people with disabilities. The plan is to reinforce farming cooperatives, build health and maternity centres and promote pre- and post-natal care, among other initiatives.

Social investment at Inditex

Inditex’s partnerships with MSF and Caritas are part of the Group’s broader social investment strategy which supports a broad series of community initiatives carried out with a number of non-profits with expertise in the various areas and geographies. Against this backdrop, in 2015, Inditex invested more than €35 million in social initiatives which directly benefitted almost one million people.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

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Unibail-Rodamco SE plans to proceed with merger by absorption of Rodamco Europe B.V.

Paris, Amsterdam, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In order to simplify the group’s organization, Unibail-Rodamco SE plans to proceed with a merger by absorption of Rodamco Europe B.V. (a Dutch company wholly-owned by Unibail-Rodamco SE) no later than December 31, 2016, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent. The absorption had initially been planned for Q4-2015.

According to Article R. 236-3 of the French Commercial Code: (i) the draft cross border merger agreement, (ii) the interim financial statements of Rodamco Europe B.V. at September 30, 2016 and the bi-annual financial statements of Unibail-Rodamco SE and (iii) the annual accounts approved by the general meetings and the management reports for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, will be made available to shareholders of Unibail-Rodamco SE at its head office as of November 7, 2016.

Pursuant to Article L. 236-11 of the French Commercial Code, the merger, if implemented, will not be subject to final approval of an extraordinary general meeting of Unibail-Rodamco SE.

About Unibail-Rodamco

Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 11 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €39.3 billion as of June 30, 2016. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 1,985 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region. The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes. The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

For more information, please visit our website www.unibail-rodamco.com

For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations:
Zeineb Slimane
+33 1 76 77 57 22
zeineb.slimane@unibail-rodamco.com

Marine Huet
+33 1 76 77 58 02
marine.huet@unibail-rodamco.com

Media Relations:
Pauline Duclos-Lenoir
+33 1 76 77 57 94
pauline.duclos-lenoir@unibail-rodamco.com

Source: Unibail-Rodamco

Albertsons Companies names Christine Wilcox VP, Communications and Public Affairs

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (November 2, 2016) that it has appointed current Vice President of Corporate Communications Christine Wilcox to the position of Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Wilcox is filling a vacancy created when Brian Dowling retired from the company earlier this year.

Wilcox is an 18-year veteran of Albertsons, and for the last ten years has served in both internal communications and public relations roles for the company. As part of Wilcox’s new role with Albertsons Companies, she will lead a newly integrated internal and external communications team and will drive the company’s communications strategy around its growth, trajectory, innovative practices and community involvement – all of which help enable it to run really great stores. As part of the new approach, Albertsons Companies has also partnered with The Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications firm.

“Chris has been an instrumental leader in our company since we began in 2006, and her passion for our history, employees and loyal customers is self-evident. Chris is yet another example of what we aim to do at Albertsons Companies — empower really talented people and encourage them to grow their careers here,” said Andy Scoggin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs and Government Relations.

An Idaho native, Wilcox graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She joined Albertsons in 1998 as an editor, and held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive liaison to the Board of Directors, Training Director for Albertson’s, Inc., and Training and Communications Director for two former subsidiaries of Albertson’s, Inc. which were operated separately from the company. Wilcox accepted a role as Southwest Division Communications and Public Affairs Director with Albertson’s LLC in 2006. She was named Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson’s LLC in 2013 following the acquisition of stores from SUPERVALU.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives. In 2015 alone, with the help of generous customers, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,300 communities they serve, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach. Albertsons Companies is committed to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Media Contacts:
Christine Wilcox
208.395.4163
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com

Teena Massingill
925.226.5820
teena.massingill@albertsons.com

Source: Albertsons Companies

METRO AG signs corporate declaration on Climate Action Plan 2050 for Germany

  • The Plan falls in line with METRO GROUP’s own climate action goals for 2030 and with the goals of the Paris Climate Change Conference
  • Strong signal for an ambitious and concrete Climate Action Plan that offers sufficient planning security for companies
  • Climate action creates jobs and makes companies fit for the future
  • 41 companies and associations from industry and trade sign Climate Action Plan Declaration

Düsseldorf, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO AG, together with 40 companies and associations from industry and trade, signed a corporate declaration on the draft of the Climate Action Plan 2050 for Germany. With this move, METRO GROUP not only supports the efforts for enhanced energy efficiency in Germany, but also consistently pursues its own commitment to climate protection. According to its climate protection goal for 2030 announced in late 2015, METRO GROUP plans to curb its carbon dioxide output per square meter of sales floor by 50 percent as compared to 2011 by means of company-wide energy efficiency measures, use of natural coolants and in-house production of renewable energy.

“The responsible use of natural resources to protect the climate represents a central element of our sustainability strategy. We are convinced that climate action in addition also creates jobs and enhances the competitiveness and sustainability of companies”, says Heiko Hutmacher, Chief Human Resources Officer of METRO AG and board member responsible for Sustainability. “For us, signing the Climate Action Plan 2050 Declaration is, to some extent, also a confirmation of our own ambitious climate action targets and of our efforts in this field to date”.

METRO GROUP this year again made it to the top rankings for the retail sector of the leading international indices Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe. Moreover, it is also the sector leader of the “Carbon Disclosure Project 2016 Consumer Goods” in the DACH region. Energy saving investments, especially into modern and highly efficient lighting fixtures, use of daylight and refrigeration units as well as meanwhile more than 100 wholesale stores using CO2 refrigeration technology and the extension of photovoltaic systems on the roofs of wholesale stores in China, Turkey, Germany, Spain and Italy, have contributed to this achievement. In the financial year 2015/16 just ended, METRO was able to launch its first “green cash & carry store” in Dongguan, China. In the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, the company is operating a combined heat and power plant in cooperation with EON. A few weeks ago, METRO Cash & Carry Germany, Real, Media-Saturn and further METRO GROUP entities, together with Galeria Kaufhof, founded the energy efficiency network “Handel im Wandel” (retail in transition) with the aim of saving 100 gigawatt hours until 2018.

The Climate Action Plan is to give companies a basis for action to become international leaders with sustainable innovations and to thereby optimally use the economic opportunities offered by climate action. METRO AG, together with the supporters and co-signatories of the declaration, states that companies need planning security to be able to move forward in terms of climate action and energy transition. That is why it is important that the Climate Action Plan with its clear climate target is aimed at the upper end of the present target sector of an 80 to 95 per cent reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions until 2050. Moreover, sector targets for 2030 should be specified to allow for the development of concrete decarbonisation plans and new business models. In addition, the declaration stipulates that the Climate Action Plan should draw the pathway to a significantly enhanced energy efficiency and a quick shift towards 100 per cent renewable energy.

The statement endorsed by 41 companies and trade associations will be published on 9 November in view of the planned cabinet resolution on the Climate Action Plan and just ahead of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November.

METRO GROUP W&FS Co.

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 112,000 people around the world. In 2014/15, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

For more information, please visit www.metrogroup.de

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

Colruyt Group supports Belgian fruit growers with sale of Boni Selection pure juices

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third year in a row, Colruyt Group is taking the initiative to support Belgian apple and pear growers. Under the house brand Boni Selection, Colruyt and OKay are now offering 250,000 bottles of purely squeezed apple juice and an equal amount of bottled apple-pear juice. The juice is made from Jonagold apples and Conference pears from several long-term fruit suppliers. Colruyt Group wants to support them because the sector is dealing with overproduction and low prices, among other things due to the export ban to Russia. Thanks to this action, more fruit is put to good use. Plus, there is a high consumer demand for purely squeezed juices.

Less food waste

The pure juice is made from 457 tonnes of Jonagold apples and 94 tonnes of Conference pears from long-term fruit suppliers, including Danny Neven from Waremme and brothers Christophe and Pascal Bangels from Haspengouw. “We’ve been working with these fruit growers for a while, and we understand all too well how difficult having this excess fruit in the sector is for them, and the resultant low prices,” says Rony Neufkens, department head vegetable and fruit purchasing. “We want to use this action to give them a boost so that they aren’t stuck with high quantities of unsold fruit.”

100% purely squeezed juice

The fresh Boni Selection juices are extremely good quality juices. Only apples and pears from the most recent harvest are used; this fruit is grown with respect for the environment. It is 100% purely squeezed juice, without any added sugar or preservatives. The juice is bottled in nonreturnable, 75-cl glass bottles. After purchase, it can be kept in the refrigerator for approx. 35 days, but is only good for three days once opened.

The apple juice and apple-pear juice is available in the Colruyt and OKay fresh-food sections for €1.69 per bottle. Colruyt gives a 10% extra discount on purchases of 6 of the same/mixed bottles and a 15% discount on purchases of 12 bottles.

Contact:
Patti Verdoodt
press@colruytgroup.com
Tel: +32 (0)2 363 55 45
Fax: +32 (0)473 92 45 10

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Colruyt Group supports Belgian fruit growers with sale of Boni Selection pure juices
Colruyt Group supports Belgian fruit growers with sale of Boni Selection pure juices

 

Source: Colruyt Group

Overstock.com: Medici Ventures to add Belgium-based SettleMint to its portfolio of investment companies

Investment coincides with SettleMint’s release of a blockchain voting application

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Medici Ventures, Inc., a blockchain-oriented subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), announced today (Nov. 07, 2016) it will add Belgium-based SettleMint to its portfolio of investment companies. A fintech firm specializing in developing software leveraging distributed ledger technology, SettleMint most recently released SettleMint Ballot Box, an application successfully demonstrating the ease, security and immutability of recording voting to the bitcoin blockchain.

“Medici Ventures believes that blockchain technology can replace over 100 mechanisms of modern civilization and perform their functions far less expensively, and with less risk of capture and corruption, than those functions are being performed by current social institutions,” said Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock. “Two years ago we identified six functions that will be fundamental to this new age, one of which was voting. Among SettleMint’s several great attractions to Medici Ventures’ capital has been their early work on blockchain voting. The immutability and universal accessibility of the blockchain make it the prefect technology for achieving higher confidence in the democratic process, for everyone.” “Medici Ventures is immersed in a global search for outstanding companies poised to disrupt key sectors with blockchain technology,” said Jonathan Johnson, president of Medici Ventures. “SettleMint is precisely the kind of company we hoped to find and we’re pleased to be an angel investor at such an early stage of what promises to be a very auspicious future.”

SettleMint is also making significant progress in the realm of property titling technology and procedures for simplifying ‘know your customer’ (KYC) compliance, also areas of primary interest at Medici Ventures.

In addition to joining the Medici Ventures portfolio, SettleMint will represent t0.com, Inc – also a Medici Ventures investment – as that firm seeks to expand its European presence.

“The list of blockchain firms that Medici Ventures has invested in already and those that are seeking to join the Medici Venturesportfolio, is long and distinguished,” said SettleMint Founder and CEO Matthew Van Niekerk. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this organization, which shares our vision and determination to move blockchain technology from the realm of theory, squarely into reality. And that it’s happening in conjunction with the release of our SettleMint Ballot Box makes this a thrilling time for our company.”

About Medici Ventures
Launched in 2014, Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc., created to manage and oversee the company’s investments in firms building solutions leveraging and servicing blockchain technologies. Medici project investments include: t0, PeerNova, Bitt.com and Identity Mind.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Additional stores within Overstock include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products to help developing nations around the world and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by providing them with a national customer base. Other community-focused initiatives include Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on November 3, 2016, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:

Judd Bagley
Medici Ventures, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5352
jbagley@t0.com

Source: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

The Ossipee Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy celebrates grand reopening on Nov. 12

Ossipee, N.H., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Ossipee Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will be hosting a community event on Saturday, Nov. 12 to celebrate the store’s Grand Reopening.  The supermarket has added thousands of new items, a butcher shop and many other features.

A months-long renovation expanded the store from 27,000 square feet to 37,000 square feet, allowing for the addition of 6,000 new products, a consultation room in the pharmacy for added privacy, and an even larger selection of fresh produce.  The supermarket now offers services and features such as in-store made sandwiches and salads, a wing bar and full-service butcher shop.

“We hope the whole community will join us to see all the improvements that have been made at their Ossipee Hannaford and to celebrate the completion of this project,” said Store Manager Hilary Hamilton.  “Customers will see that the store has a fresh, new look and thousands of additional, affordable products.”

The Grand Reopening begins at 7 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Ossipee Hannaford, 894 N.H. Route 16.  The first 200 customers will receive gift cards randomly valued between $5 and $100.  Festivities include food sampling, give-away items and $2,000 in community donations.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 179 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

Contact:
Eric Blom
207-885-3132

Source: Hannaford Supermarkets

SPAR expands portfolio in Netherlands with the opening of three new stores

Continuing to support independent retailers with innovative and modern retailing expertise, SPAR has increased its portfolio by another three stores.

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new SPAR Neighbourhood store has opened in Rijswijk, Noord Brabant, following the closure in June of the only supermarket in town. Dinand Kraaij, a 37-year old retailer, is the new SPAR store owner. He is a former employee of the local supermarket and knows many of the customers and their needs.

The residents of Rijswijk are delighted with the new SPAR store, as due to the closure of the local supermarket, they had to travel long distances to do their shopping.

The newly designed SPAR store offers much more than just groceries. With additional services of online shopping, home delivery and an instore wine and spirits department, both the supermarket and the SPAR Retailer are an integral part of the community.

Nagele

The village of Nagele, in the Dutch province of Flevoland, has welcomed a new SPAR store. Young retailer, Auke van Slooten (25), lives in the neighbouring village of Urk and comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Auke is familiar with the local customs, speaks the dialect of the region and knows many people in Nagele as many of the residents originally come from Urk. The store has been fully renovated and modernised, bringing residents an entirely new shopping experience.

“The people from Nagele are very impressed when entering the new SPAR store,” said Sjaak Kranendonk, Managing Director of SPAR Netherlands. “We’re pleased to be working with local retailers like Auke to bring the brand to an ever-growing number of shoppers across the country.”

Sterksel

Sterksel is a small village in the south of the Netherlands, near the city of Eindhoven. After the local neighbourhood store was closed in 2004, several residents established a cooperative to retain a shopping facility in the village. It was finally agreed that the SPAR Brand was the right fit for the community and so the cooperative and Store Manager, Wesley Beelen, set about converting the store to a modern SPAR Supermarket. The result is an attractive neighbourhood store with extensive choice, a new bakery section and great service, fulfilling the convenience needs of the local residents.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

INDIA: SPAR opens 18th Hypermarket in Paradise Mall, Nacharam

This is the 18th SPAR Hypermarket to open in the country, spread over seven states and nine cities, and the fourth in Hyderabad.

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Building on the SPAR Brand awareness amongst shoppers in Hyderabad, the newest hypermarket situated in Paradise Mall, Nacharam has been enthusiastically welcomed by customers.

The newly built hypermarket is a total of 6,000 sqm and comprises one of the retail offerings in the Mall which is also managed by Max Hypermarkets, holder of the SPAR licence in India. In the retail selling area of 5,400 sqm, customers can enjoy a diverse range of fresh foods from the fish, bakery, delicatessen and Food-to-Go service departments or browse the extensive non-food offer. The wide choice and high standard of products available throughout the hypermarket has seen customers react positively with particular attention on the Home & Living department.

Many of the local customers are traditional families comprising a full target group of babies through to grandparents, requiring a broad range of products. In the build up to the opening on 18 October, SPAR India spread the word through extensive advertising. Customers took advantage of the opening specials with over 1,000 transactions taking place between 4:30 and 10:00 pm on the first day of trading.

Further advertising about the selection of fresh fish, meat and produce has begun together with greater awareness of the full hypermarket offer. Customers have commented favourably on the open layout, wide aisles and the merchandise available.

SPAR India continues to focus on the range instore, building up their own brand products, which currently account for approximately 10% of retail turnover. SPAR India’s Managing Director, Rajeev Krishnan, stated at the opening ceremony that the group intends to expand its footprint by 30% in the next 12-18 months.

SPAR India already offers an online shopping platform available for customers in Bengaluru. The platform offers same day delivery, payment by credit card, cash or food coupons and orders above Rs1,000 are free of charge. The online platform may be extended to other cities in the future. Furthermore, SPAR India continues to invest in the profitability and efficiency of its hypermarkets through the incorporation of new technologies such as the queue-buster solution to enhance the customer experience.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal on Friday, Nov. 11

Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal on Friday, Nov. 11
Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal on Friday, Nov. 11

 

Offer includes 6 Inch Turkey Sub and a Regular Size Fountain Drink

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, is showing its gratitude for veterans and active duty military personnel this Veterans Day. On Friday, Nov. 11, Sheetz invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free 6 inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at all Sheetz locations, by presenting a military ID or proof of service. Sheetz stores that offer carwashes will also offer a free carwash to Veterans and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day.

“The Sheetz family has always supported the military community and giving back to our service men and women is important to our organization. We invite our veterans and active duty military to join us on Veterans Day as a way for us to say thank you for their service,” said Joe Sheetz, president of Sheetz. “We are honored to have the opportunity to show our gratitude for military personnel who have selflessly sacrificed for all of us.”

To locate your nearest Sheetz location, visit www.sheetz.com.

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 www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Christina Perry
cperry@planitagency.com
667-219-2067

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc

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Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018

Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018
Debenhams announces plans for new Magasin du Nord department store in Aalborg, Denmark in 2018

 

Magasin du Nord Store Planned in Aalborg, Denmark

London, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams is adding a seventh site to the highly successful Magasin du Nord department store chain in Denmark with a new store planned to open in Aalborg in 2018.

The7,500 square metre site is the latest addition to Debenhams’ highly successful wholly owned department store chain in Denmark which offers fashion, beauty, homewares and gourmet foods. Located in the fourth biggest city in country the new Magasin store will be an anchor site in Aalborg’s Frils Shopping Centre.

Debenhams acquired Magasin du Nord in 2009. Performance of the chain has continued to be strong with three Magasin du Nord sites tracking in Debenhams’ top ten stores in terms of turnover.

The £12m (100m Kr) investment into the new Aalborg site promise to bring a strong department store concept to the North Jutland costumer.

Debenhams International Director David Smith said, “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in Denmark in line with our strategy to drive our international expansion. The Magasin du Nord is extremely successful with a strong mix of contemporary brands. We look forward to welcoming new customers to our product offer in Aalborg.”

Notes to Editors

About Magasin

Magasin du Nord adopted its name in 1879 previously trading under the name of Emil Vett & Co. in Aarhus.  The brand has six department stores operating in Denmark and was acquired by Debenhams in 2009.

About Debenhams

Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands, and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear.  It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Stephen Jones, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

CONTACTS:
Emma Brown
0203 549 7154
emma.brown@debenhams.com

Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420
press.office@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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Swedish ICA stores announces October 2016 sales figures

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores decreased by 1.3% in October 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores decreased by 1.7%.

October 2016 January – October 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all
stores
Change
like-for-like
SEKm Change all
stores
Change
like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,695 -1.1% -1.3% 27,635 2.9% 2.2%
ICA Kvantum         2,184 -1.7% -2.2% 22,092 2.3% 1.9%
ICA Supermarket 2,721 -1.5% -2.1% 27,914 1.8% 1.7%
ICA Nära         1,323 -0.6% -0.9% 13,927 2.8% 3.0%
Total 8,923 -1.3% -1.7% 91,567 2.4% 2.1%

In October 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,923 million excluding VAT, which is a decrease of 1.3% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-October 2016 amounted to SEK 91,567 million, an increase of 2.4% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for October to be -2.0%.

At 31 October 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,297. Store sales for November will be published on 8 December 2016 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2016, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors/calendar.

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 time 08:45 on Tuesday November 8, 2016.

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

Source: ICA Gruppen

eBay launches new holiday campaign to inspire shoppers looking for unique gift ideas this season

eBay launches new holiday campaign to inspire shoppers looking for unique gift ideas this season
eBay launches new holiday campaign to inspire shoppers looking for unique gift ideas this season

 

National television ads feature the incredible gifts that can only be found on eBay, and inspire shoppers to give thoughtfully this holiday season.

San Jose, California, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay today (Nov 7, 2016) unveils a new holiday campaign, “The Gift They’re Waiting For Is Waiting on eBay,” and debuts television spots on November 9 – marking the brand’s first holiday national television ads in nearly two years. The efforts are part of eBay’s broader holiday mission to help shoppers find perfect gifts for everyone on their list, by offering the best choice and amazing deals all season long.

“Our new campaign illustrates why eBay is a top destination for holiday shopping – delivering incredible inventory and inspiration, along with a seamless shopping experience,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer for eBay North America. “As a global marketplace, eBay is the only place to find this year’s most in-demand items, from small and mid-size sellers to top brands like Mattel, to one-of-a-kind personal or bespoke items. We empower shoppers to be the ultimate gift-givers with our unparalleled selection.”

eBay collaborated with the San Francisco-based advertising agency Pereira & O’Dell to develop the new television creative. The marquee spot, titled “The Giver,” takes viewers on the emotional and gratifying journey of finding and giving perfect holiday presents. The marketing campaign also uses digital video, display ads and social media to inspire shoppers looking for unique gift ideas this season.

“While the convenience of holiday shopping has increased, the thoughtfulness of gifting has simultaneously decreased,” said PJ Pereira, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Pereira & O’Dell. “The holidays are about spending quality time with family and friends, and the gifts we exchange should reflect these special relationships. eBay is uniquely positioned to help people find perfect gifts for the ones they love, and the new campaign brings this idea to life.”

The Gift They’re Waiting For

Each year, it becomes increasingly difficult for shoppers to find gifts they truly can’t wait to give. Last year, two-thirds of Americans gave up on their holiday shopping due to a lack of time or inspiration. Even more challenging is that consumers are failing to find great gifts at great prices; 74 percent of Americans surveyed struggled to find deals for the gifts on their shopping lists.1

“In the lead up to this holiday, no single standout gift has emerged, which represents a significant departure from past seasons,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “Since shoppers aren’t clamoring for a specific must have item there’s actually more pressure to find perfect gifts. With more than 1 billion listings, only eBay promises unique items and exclusive deals, combined with a cutting edge shopping experience, fast and free delivery, and great service.”

Throughout the holidays, eBay will feature some of the most competitive deals on must haves from top brands across electronics, fashion, home and toys:

  • eBay’s Holiday Hub combines gift inspiration with amazing deals and inventory from brands like Mattel® and Sony PlayStation®. Browse and buy the season’s most coveted items – pieces from KENZO x H&M and FENTY x Puma, along with Adidas YEEZY Boosts, an iRobot Roomba, and the Nutri Ninja® – and visit eBay’s Daily Deals page (deals.ebay.com), where 100% of items ship for free.
  • On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, eBay will host a collection of deals exclusively created for mobile shoppers using the eBay app, making it even easier to shop on-the-go. eBay will also introduce a new feature on the Holiday homepage – a countdown clock – to enable shoppers to track when new deals will be released.

All season long, eBay will reveal new gift inspiration and innovative ways to shop, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences through eBay for Charity benefitting a variety of causes. Visit ebay.com/holiday for more information.

eBay By the Numbers

  • eBay, Inc. has 165 million active buyers worldwide
  • 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
  • ~87% of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now – no bidding necessary
  • Approximately 1 billion listings at any given time
  • 100% free shipping on all items in Daily Deals

Methodological Notes1:

The eBay Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between October 7th and October 13th, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population ages 18+. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

Contact:

United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

Source: eBay

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Dunkin’ Donuts to develop four new restaurants in Clarksville, Tennessee

CANTON, MA, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (Nov. 3, 2016) the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with franchisees Ray and Zak Omar and Megan Karim to develop four new restaurants in Clarksville, Tennessee over the next several years. The first restaurant is planned to open in Clarksville in 2018 near Fort Campbell, one of the largest Army bases in the United States, which was also Ray’s home base during his tenure as a Special Operations Officer.

After spending seven years in the Army, Ray joined Dunkin’ Donuts in 2008 and currently owns and operates three restaurants in Maryland. In addition to today’s announcement, he has plans to open two more locations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Under this new agreement, Ray will be accompanied by his brother, Zak, and sister-in-law, Megan, both of whom will lead the day-to-day operations in Clarksville.

“We are thrilled to continue to expand the brand’s presence in Tennessee and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Ray Omar, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our restaurants in the years to come.”

Currently, there are over 80 Dunkin’ Donuts located throughout Tennessee, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in Memphis, Jackson and Smithville. To help fuel growth in Tennessee, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.* In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts offers qualified military veterans who purchase a store development agreement for five or fewer stores a 20 percent discount on the initial franchise fee.

“Our enthusiastic and dedicated franchisees contribute to our brand’s growth, which has helped solidify our position as one of the fastest growing companies by unit count in the quick-service restaurant industry,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are thrilled that Ray, Zak and Megan have chosen to expand their presence to the Tennessee market, and know these new restaurants will satisfy a growing consumer demand in the Clarksville community.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

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 the 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 www.DunkinDonuts.com.

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

Contact:
Jenna Kantrowitz
954-893-9150
jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Rachel Tabacnic
954-893-9150
rtabacnic@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

The Kroger to hold one-day hiring event for all military veterans and their family members on November 9

CINCINNATI, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores today (Nov. 7, 2016) announced it will hold open interviews nationwide on Wed., Nov. 9, for all military veterans and their family members.

Interested candidates may apply at jobs.kroger.com and simply return to a store on Nov. 9 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., no appointment necessary. To make applying online even easier, Kroger offers “mobile apply” for job-seekers to submit applications through their smartphones or tablet devices.

“Kroger is deeply committed to the nation’s veterans and their families, and providing opportunities to advance along a variety of career paths is one way we show our support,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career,” Mr. Massa added, noting that about 70 percent of Kroger’s store managers started as part-time clerks.

Kroger hired more than 7,000 veterans in 2015, and has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans through “Honoring Our Heroes,” a multi-faceted program the company designed to show the company’s deep gratitude to military service men and women and their families. In addition, Kroger is proud to have helped the “100,000 Jobs Mission” surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The “100,000 Jobs Mission” is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger’s family of stores have donated nearly $15 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

This is the third and final one-day hiring event Kroger is hosting this year. The company hired more than 11,496 new associates during its May 14 event, and more than 12,500 new associates during its Aug. 9 event.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger associates at Fry’s Foods division ratifies new agreement with UFCW Local 99

PHOENIX, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Nov. 7, 2016) announced that associates working at the company’s Fry’s Foods division have ratified a new agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 99.

The agreement covers more than 20,000 associates working at 122 stores throughout Arizona.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and ongoing investment in our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Steve McKinney, president of Fry’s Food Stores. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union representatives. I appreciate our associates for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide our customers every day.”

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

LCP employee Mandy Lloyd raised hundreds of pounds for children’s charity Barnardo’s

LCP employee Mandy Lloyd raised hundreds of pounds for children’s charity Barnardo’s
LCP employee Mandy Lloyd raised hundreds of pounds for children’s charity Barnardo’s

 

London, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — An LCP employee with a head for heights has raised hundreds of pounds for charity after abseiling almost 200 feet down the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

Mandy Lloyd, who is the personal assistant for the managing director of Kingswinford-based London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), took part in an abseil event in aid of children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Mandy, who joined LCP earlier this year, raised £350 after climbing from the top of the centre’s bell tower.

“It was absolutely exhilarating and I’m thrilled to have raised the money for such a good cause,” she said.

“As the charity is celebrating its 150th anniversary and it has a number of shops within LCP’s property portfolio, it seemed the perfect time to do something to help boost their funds.”

Media Enquiries:

If you have any media enquiries please email kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: London and Cambridge Properties

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Gordy’s Market announces management changes

Gordy’s Market announces management changes
Gordy’s Market announces management changes

 

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISC, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gordy and Donna Schafer announce the official retirement of their sons Jeff Schafer, President of Gordy’s Market, and Rick Schafer, Vice President of Facilities for Gordy’s Market. Jeff and Rick worked for the family owned and operated business for over 80 years combined.

“It has been an incredible journey working with my family and the hardworking team at Gordy’s Market,” said Jeff, “I am proud to turn the business over  to the fully capable hands of my brothers, David and Dan, sister, Jenna, as well as the third generation of Schafer’s who are now an instrumental part of the family business.”

“We have truly enjoyed serving our communities, meeting so many of our customers and helping my parents [Gordy and Donna] further the family business,” said Rick.

David Schafer, Gordy’s Market Chief Financial Officer and son of Gordy and Donna Schafer, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Jenna Schafer, Gordy’s Market Vice President of Information Technology and Human Resources and daughter of Gordy and Donna Schafer, will now serve as Chief Information Officer. Both Dave and Jenna began their careers as part-time clerks at Gordy’s Market on Lake Wissota and held positions of increasing responsibility in several functions and areas of the grocery business.

“We have a great deal of fond memories working with our brothers [Jeff and Rick] and have been lucky enough to grow Gordy’s Market from the one store on the Southside of Chippewa with our father [Gordy] and mother [Donna] to now 26,” said David, “Jenna and I are looking forward to the next 50 years and leading the team of 2,000 employees here at Gordy’s.”

Founded on the values of providing local families with quality products at affordable prices while paying high attention to friendly service, Gordy’s continues to offer its local communities these long standing traditions. A family owned and operated tradition spanning over 3 generations, the grocery business has been a passion of the Schafer Family for 50 years and now owns and operates 26 stores with 2,000 employees across Western Wisconsin.Additional growth in leadership roles include Joel Jacobson, Gordy’s Market Vice President of Sales who has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Joel has been with Gordy’s for 24 years, holding positions as Clerk, Store Manager, and various Director roles.

For More Information, Contact:
Maggie Cook
Marketing Director
Gordy’s Market
maggiec@gordysinc.com

Source: Gordy’s Market

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New Look announces H1 FY17 financial Results

NEW LOOK RETAIL GROUP LIMITED (“New Look”) Results for the 26 weeks ended 24 September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continued execution of strategy in a challenging market

Headlines

  • Revenue -5.0% to £718.1m (H1 FY16: £756.0m)
    • Group like-for-like sales -8.4%
    • UK like-for-like sales -8.8%
    • Own website sales +9.5%
    • 3rd Party E-commerce sales +21.5%
  • Adjusted EBITDA -28.6% to £86.9m (H1 FY16: £121.7m)
  • Underlying operating profit -37.4% to £59.3m (H1 FY16: £94.8m)
  • Loss before tax £0.9m (H1 FY16: Loss before tax £53.7m*)

* including non-recurring exceptional transaction costs of £93.2m relating to the Brait acquisition and bond refinancing

Anders Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Following a tough Q1, trading conditions have remained extremely challenging through Q2. Whilst sales have been affected by external factors such as falling consumer confidence, we have held our gross margin stable in the quarter and seen good revenue growth online and internationally. We remain confident in our long term strategy and continue to make good progress against our strategic initiatives.

“Recent macro events highlight the importance of our international strategy and the need for an agile and diversified proposition which keeps pace with the ever-faster speed of trends driven by social media. We will soon reach the milestone of 100 stores in China and we continue to focus on our multichannel approach in our key priority international markets of China, France, Poland and Germany. Furthermore, we remain encouraged by the positive reaction to our standalone Menswear offer reaching 15 standalone stores, and we are excited about the potential for our Beauty range.

“Despite the challenges in the first half, we are excited and well-prepared for our peak trading period to come in Q3. We have increased our out-of-home marketing across key markets to improve ‘top of mind’ brand awareness, alongside an impactful Christmas window scheme.”

About New Look

New Look is an international multichannel retail brand, offering exciting, on-trend, value-fashion for women, men and teenage girls, and is the UK’s No. 1 retailer for women under 35*.

Our long term business strategy comprises of initiatives spanning Brand, Multichannel, International Expansion, Product Development and Menswear.

We have 850 stores, comprising 584 in the UK and a further 266 globally. We also have a fast-growing e-commerce offering, serving over 120 countries worldwide, supported by convenient delivery options.

Our flexible fast-fashion business is built on an agile global supply chain with the ability to respond quickly to trends. We focus on delivering value for money and ‘newness’, with hundreds of new lines landing every week. Our ranges of apparel, footwear and accessories are designed with broad age appeal and global relevance. They are delivered by our great people in stores and support centres, who ensure we deliver great service – wherever, whenever and however customers choose to engage with us.

* Based on Kantar Worldpanel published data 24 weeks to 25 September 2016 (by value)

Media enquiries:

Headland
Lucy Legh
Rose Beynon
Rob Walker
+44 (0)20 3805 4822
newlook@headlandconsultancy.com

Source: New Look

More than 365 organizations and more than 1 million people joined REI in choosing to #OptOutside on Black Friday

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than two weeks after announcing #OptOutside, more than 365 organizations and more than 1 million people have joined REI in choosing to #OptOutside on Black Friday. The response more than doubles the number of partners involved in 2015, and includes national and local organizations encouraging their members to #OptOutside or hosting outdoor activities for people to choose trails over sales on Black Friday.

#OptOutside has provided the outdoor community and our nonprofit partners an incredible platform to share the transformative power of the outdoors. The response it’s received in its second year is a powerful reminder of how this idea connects with people at an individual and emotional level,” said Jerry Stritzke, REI CEO and president.

#OptOutside partner highlights include:

  • Scores of parks and nonprofits partners are opening outdoor spaces for free, including all state parks in Colorado, Delaware, Kansas and Minnesota.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association is encouraging all 10,000 student athletes and 4,000 coaches to take over 600 teams across the country out on rides on Black Friday.
  • Nonprofits like the Washington Trails Association with deep ties to local outdoors spaces are hosting volunteer work parties to steward trails.
  • The Massachusetts Audubon Society is leading bird enthusiasts through sanctuaries across the state on Black Friday and the day after, and for bird lovers in Michigan, the Huron-Clinton Metromarks are hosting an “Owl Prowl” on November 25.
  • Downhill skiers, show shoe enthusiasts and fat bike riders in Washington can enjoy Methow Trails in Winthrop Washington for free on Black Friday.
  • The Greenway Foundation in Denver will take elementary school students to the South Platte River for educational field trips all month leading up to Thanksgiving week.
  • Girl Trek is organizing 100 “Family 5K” walks across the country designed to get families moving, complete with race bibs and t-shirts.

CJ Goulding at the Children & Nature Network and Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison at Girl Trek have also voiced their support of #OptOutside on the REI Co-op Journal.

Contact:
REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI

DICK’S Sporting Goods deploys CommerceHub’s unified e-commerce platform to drive omni-channel growth on key subsidiaries

ALBANY, N.Y., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub (Nasdaq:CHUBA) (Nasdaq:CHUBK), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today ( Nov. 07, 2016) announced that DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE:DKS) has deployed CommerceHub’s unified e-commerce platform to drive omni-channel growth on DSG.com and key subsidiaries, including Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream. The partnership is allowing DICK’S to offer a broader assortment of sporting goods online – from fishing gear to running shoes, golf clubs, and baseball gloves, for professional and recreational athletes alike – and deliver products to customers quickly and efficiently.

“CommerceHub provides us with the technical capabilities to integrate quickly with our key vendor partners and enables consistent communication on the most important operational metrics,” said Eileen Meade, vice president of omni-channel customer experience at DICK’S. “Their platform gives us the venue to offer our customers an expanded assortment with a seamless customer experience.  With CommerceHub, we have increasing insight to the complete omni-channel solution.”

Shoppers today have strong personal preferences when it comes to sporting goods, whether it’s a favorite brand of footwear, their hometown team, or custom-made lacrosse equipment. To capture growth and build loyalty, retailers need to broaden their assortments by connecting with a wider selection of brands that appeal to customers and fit the needs of their chosen sports. DICK’s selected CommerceHub based on the extensive roster of brands that are already part of its network and the ease with which the company’s robust technology allows them to add new suppliers and deliver orders to customers seamlessly.

“Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts look to DICK’S for all of their sporting goods needs,” said Frank Poore, President and CEO of CommerceHub. “Through CommerceHub’s platform, we’re providing an ‘endless aisle’ experience to DICK’S customers online, so they aren’t limited by the space available on store shelves or in warehouses – and DICK’S can offer a much broader array of items they’re seeking for the activities they love.”

Since its public listing, CommerceHub has announced major additions to its network of retailers and brands, including DICK’S and BJ’s Wholesale Club, as well as an expansion onto Walmart Marketplace. This momentum reflects CommerceHub’s focus on driving growth for its partners, as they take their e-commerce operations to the next level through CommerceHub’s supply, demand, and delivery solutions.

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

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of July 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at DICKS.com.

Media Contact:

Laura Anderson
ICR for CommerceHub
(p): 203-682-8267
(e): CommerceHubICR@icrinc.com

Source: CommerceHub/globenewswire

CommerceHub announces 3Q total revenue up 14% year-over-year

ALBANY, N.Y., 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (Nov. 07, 2016) announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

“We are pleased with the strong third quarter results we announced today, including continued revenue growth and profitability,” said Frank Poore, CommerceHub’s Founder, President and CEO. “Our existing customers continued their adoption of CommerceHub’s platform, and we expanded the size of our network with the addition of Dick’s Sporting Goods and a large number of their suppliers. In addition, our brand initiative, powered by the combined CommerceHub and Mercent platforms, continues to gain traction with the signing this quarter of an iconic multinational footwear brand, which joined our growing list of brand customers. These new customers demonstrate how retailers and brands are choosing CommerceHub to enable a significant portion of their online sales growth, which we believe positions us well to benefit from the long-term secular shift to the e-commerce channel.”

“Total revenue in the third quarter was up 14% year-over-year, or 18% when excluding revenue from customers acquired through the Mercent acquisition,” said Mark Greenquist, CommerceHub’s CFO. “We were also pleased with the strength of usage revenue from our core CommerceHub for Retailers offering, which grew 19% in the quarter.”

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $22.5 million, a 14% year-over-year increase from $19.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Gross margin was 74% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 68% in the third quarter of 2015. Adjusted gross margin was 75% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 73% in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Net income was $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million, or a net loss of $0.01 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted net income was $1.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Operating cash flow was $12.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Free cash flow was $12.0 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Cash at quarter end was $17.6 million and total borrowings outstanding under our credit facility were $41.0 million.

An explanation of these non-GAAP financial measures is included below under the heading “Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”  A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the closest comparable GAAP financial measures has also been provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.

Other Recent Highlights

  • Total customer count at September 30, 2016 was 9,930, up from 9,316 at September 30, 2015.
  • We expanded our CommerceHub for Retailers network with the launch of Dick’s Sporting Goods as an active retailer on the network.
  • Our new CommerceHub for Brands offering continued to gain traction with the signing of several brands, most notably a major multinational footwear manufacturer, who will use CommerceHub to sell through major online retailers and direct-to-consumer channels.

Conference Call Details
The Company will offer a live conference call, and a live, listen-only Webcast of the call via the CommerceHub Investor Relations Website at 4:30 p.m., E.T., today, Monday, November 7, 2016.  See http://ir.commercehub.com/events.cfm, where supporting materials, including a presentation and supplemental financial and operational data, have been posted.

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

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

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

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy, market conditions and potential, customer growth, sales/distribution channel expansion, future financial performance and other matters that are not historical facts. These statements often include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements inherently involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these statements, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Although we believe that the forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors, including those described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-210508), could affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein, any change in our expectations with regard thereto, or any other change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained in this press release.

Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to reporting financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we provide non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain expenses and income. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures are subject to inherent limitations and exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in our financial statements. We define “adjusted gross profit” as gross profit plus share-based compensation and acquisition-related intangible amortization. We define “adjusted gross margin” as adjusted gross profit divided by revenue. We define “adjusted operating expenses” as total operating expenses less share-based compensation and acquisition-related intangible amortization. We define “adjusted EBITDA” as net income or loss plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation of property and equipment and amortization of capitalized software costs and intangible assets and share-based compensation, less interest income and income tax benefit.  We define “adjusted net income” as net income or loss plus share-based compensation, acquisition-related intangible amortization and the tax effect of these adjustments. We define “adjusted earnings per diluted share” as earnings per diluted share plus the diluted per share effects of share-based compensation, acquisition-related intangible amortization and the tax effect of these adjustments.  We define “free cash flow” as net cash provided by, or used in, operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and additions to capitalized software. Our management considers adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted operating expense, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow in reviewing our financial performance because we feel they are relevant measures of the overall efficiency of our business model. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and are not a substitute for GAAP results.

Certain adjustments used in calculating these non-GAAP financial measures are based on estimates and assumptions of management and do not purport to reflect actual historical results. In addition, you should be aware when evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures that in the future we may incur expenses similar to those excluded when calculating these measures. Our computation of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures computed by other companies, because all companies do not calculate such non-GAAP financial measures in the same fashion. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the closest comparable GAAP financial measures has been provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.

CommerceHub Investor Relations Contact:
Erik Morton
1-206-971-7712
investor@commercehub.com

Source: CommerceHub/globenewswire

Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks
Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

 

Tesco reaches next reformulation milestone in bid to give customers healthier choices.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content across all its own brands to help Britain’s shoppers make healthier choices, today (7 Nov 2016) Tesco has announced further reductions to sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks. The drinks will be available in Tesco stores from Friday, 11 November.

The move supports the increasingly recognised recommendation that sugars should make up no more than 5 per cent of people’s daily diet and halves the sugar content in some products including Tesco Cola.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said: “This is just one part of our plans to make the food on our shelves healthier by reducing levels of sugar, salt and fat in our own brands.

“We have worked to make sure our soft drinks still taste great, just with less sugar. Tesco customers are now consuming on average over 20 per cent less sugar from our soft drinks than in 2011.

“We’re hoping this initiative will help make it a little easier for our customers to live more healthily.”

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK CEO welcomed the move, saying: “Helping customers lead healthier lives by reducing sugar in its own brand soft drinks is a welcome move by Tesco. Similar action from other manufacturers and retailers to make products lower in sugar, saturated fat and salt is vital to tackle rising rates of obesity in the UK.

“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for all of us will help to tackle the rapidly rising number of people developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Tesco started reducing sugar in its soft drinks in 2011, and today the final 50 products in the 251-strong range have been reformulated to below 5 grams per 100ml. This work means the average Tesco customer is now consuming over 20 per cent less sugar from own brand soft drinks than they did in 2011.

In addition to its work on soft drinks, Tesco has also cut the salt, fat and sugar in over 4,200 of its own products since 2012 and has plans for reductions in a further 1,000 products each year for the next three years. For example, over 300 tonnes of saturated fat and 15 tonnes of salt have been removed from Tesco own brand butter and spreads. Over 65 tonnes of fat, 600 tonnes of sugar and 27 tonnes of salt have been removed from the Tesco own brand cooking sauces range.

Notes to Editors

  1. Further Tesco action on health:
  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would become the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.
  • Earlier this year Tesco introduced free fruit for kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit and vegetables they need.
  • So far over one million children have visited farms, factories and Tesco stores to learn about where their food comes from and how to eat more healthily through Tesco’s Eat Happy project.
  1. Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.
  1. The SACN (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition) report published in July 2015 included a recommendation that “the average population intake of free sugars should account for no more than 5% daily dietary energy intake”.
  2. Regular Tesco Cola previously contained 9.7g of sugar per 100ml and now contains 4.8g of sugar per 100ml. All products now contain less than 5g of sugar per 100ml.

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

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

Source: Tesco

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J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne

J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne
J Sainsbury plc welcomes new CFO Kevin O’Byrne

 

London, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — J Sainsbury plc today (07 November 2016) announces the appointment of Kevin O’Byrne as Chief Financial Officer. This follows the move of John Rogers from being CFO of J Sainsbury plc to CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos, following Sainsbury’s successful acquisition of Home Retail Group plc on 2 September 2016. Kevin will join the business on 9 January 2017 and will be a member of the J Sainsbury plc Board and the business’s Operating Board.

Kevin O’Byrne is currently CEO of Poundland Group.  Kevin previously held executive roles at Kingfisher plc from 2008 to 2015, including CEO of B&Q UK & Ireland and Group Finance Director. Prior to this, Kevin was Group Finance Director of Dixons Retail plc. Kevin is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Land Securities Group PLC.

Mike Coupe, Group Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin as Chief Financial Officer of Sainsbury’s. We are two years into the delivery of our strategy and this is an important time as we integrate the Argos and Habitat businesses into the group. Kevin brings a wealth of retail and finance experience and a track record in growing businesses. I very much look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Kevin O’Byrne said: “Sainsbury’s is a strong business with a clear strategy and I am really excited about joining at this important point in Sainsbury’s journey. I look forward to working with Mike and the team from the New Year.”

Ed Barker will continue as Interim Chief Financial Officer until Kevin joins the business and will continue to have a leading role in the business.

No further information is required to be disclosed under LR9.6.13 of the UK Listing Rules.

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

Source: Sainsbury

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Kesko seeks new digital talents for its K Digital unit

Last summer’s recruitment of 50 digital talents continues as Kesko now recruits nearly 20 new digital experts.

HELSINKI, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko is employing different digital business experts in new jobs. New talent is sought for web, marketing and business analytics, targeted marketing, programmatic buying, Plussa concept development and customer service as well as project management.

The K Digital unit supports the digitisation of business operations in the K-Group’s strategic growth areas and its operations are based on the customer and data. The focus areas are management by data and targeted marketing. The renewal of Plussa towards the most personally rewarding customer loyalty scheme continues in the form of, for example, better acknowledgement of customers who concentrate their purchases and the expansion of the Plussa cooperation network.

K-Group is building customer experience into superior competitive advantage

The K-Group’s strategic objective is to provide the K-Group’s customers with the best digital services. High-quality, multi-channel digital services help strengthen the customer experience and the competitiveness of the K-Group’s business operations.

“As a centre of expertise, our unit plays an important part in promoting the change of the entire K-Group. We offer interesting challenges and the opportunity to influence for digital business professionals,” says Kesko’s Chief Digital Officer Anni Ronkainen.

Leveraging customer data gives significant competitive advantage. The K-Group develops the customer experience by making use of the possibilities of digital marketing as well as mobile and online services.

“We have the privilege of witnessing the digital transition. Witnessing how technology changes the world and improves the quality of life for even billions of people. No similar transition will take place during our lifetimes. The work we do in the K-Group influences the daily lives of all Finnish people. That keeps our attitude humble,” says Ronkainen.

The about 45,000 exceptionally nice people of the K-Group work daily to make shopping fun for customers in our stores in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Poland, Russia and Belarus. We help our more than 1,500 stores serve their customers in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade, and the car trade. We do our work with a big heart while paying attention to society and the environment. We are already the most responsible food retailer in the world and always eager to try out something new. We are doing this to offer good choices both on the shelves of the local stores and online. www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Chief Digital Officer
Anni Ronkainen
Kesko Corporation
tel. +358 105 322 259
anni.ronkainen@kesko.fi

http://kesko.fi/digital

Source:  Kesko