Amazon Web Services: Amazon QuickSight now available to all customers

  • Very fast, easy-to-use, cloud-powered business analytics service for one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions
  • Infor, MLB Advanced Media, and among the more than 1,500 preview customers using Amazon QuickSight

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Nov. 15, 2016) announced that Amazon QuickSight is now available to all customers. Amazon QuickSight makes it easy for all employees within a company – regardless of their technical skill – to build visualizations, perform ad-hoc analysis, and quickly get business insights from their data. More than 1,500 AWS customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, have been using Amazon QuickSight during its preview. These customers have experienced how seamlessly Amazon QuickSight connects to AWS and non-AWS data sources, and how fast the query performance is for its robust Super-fast, Parallel, In-Memory Calculation Engine (called SPICE). Pricing for Amazon QuickSight starts at $9.00 per user, per month – one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions – so customers of all sizes can make rich business analytics functionality available to all of their employees. To get started with Amazon QuickSight, visit

The volume of data businesses create and process is growing every day. To get the most value out of this data, customers need to make it easy for all employees, regardless of their technical skill, to analyze data and share insights with others to drive decisions. However, the cost and complexity of traditional BI solutions prohibit most companies from making analytics ubiquitous across their organizations because these solutions require investments in costly on-premises hardware and software, weeks or months of data engineering time to build complex data models, and ongoing investments in additional infrastructure to maintain fast query performance as data sets grow. Amazon QuickSight is built from the ground up to solve these problems by bringing the scale and flexibility of the AWS Cloud to business analytics. Getting started with Amazon QuickSight is simple and fast. Customers simply log in to Amazon QuickSight, and Amazon QuickSight automatically discovers their data stored in AWS services such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Amazon QuickSight also connects to third-party data sources such as Microsoft Excel or Amazon QuickSight formats the data and moves it to SPICE so it can be visualized in Amazon QuickSight, and customers can choose to keep the data in SPICE up-to-date as the data in the underlying sources change.

“Amazon QuickSight makes business analytics much easier, more accessible, cost effective, and faster than ever before,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Database Services, Amazon Web Services. “Because so many companies store data in AWS, it’s very appealing to these customers that Amazon QuickSight can automatically discover their data in AWS, move it to SPICE, and return query results so quickly – all for one-tenth the cost of traditional BI solutions.”

Built from the ground up for the cloud, SPICE uses a combination of columnar storage, in-memory technologies enabled through the latest hardware innovations, and machine code generation to allow users to run interactive queries on large datasets and get rapid responses – even with thousands of users all simultaneously performing interactive analysis across a wide variety of AWS data sources. As users explore their data, Amazon QuickSight infers data types and relationships, issues optimal queries to extract relevant data, aggregates the results in the SPICE engine, and provides suggestions for the best possible visualizations of the data – from bar and line graphs to pie charts and scatter plots or heat maps and pivot tables.

MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) is a leader in digital media and content infrastructure, powering an ever-growing number of massively popular media and entertainment properties. “We have been using the preview version of Amazon QuickSight to get insights into our digital content business,” said Brandon SanGiovanni, Traffic Manager, MLBAM. “Amazon QuickSight and the SPICE engine allowed us to tear down and explore our data in a fraction of the time we expected, making it easy for us to tap into the value inside our data. Amazon QuickSight made it easy to slice and dice our data by simply pointing Amazon QuickSight to our AWS data sources. With just a few clicks, Amazon QuickSight provided us with a real-time, 360-degree view of our business without being constrained by pre-built dashboard and metrics, which allowed us to expand our use of data to make informed decisions regarding our products.” is a leader and one-stop resource for automotive information online, and provides everything from prices for new and used vehicles, vehicle reviews, and true cost of ownership to tips and advice for car purchases. “At, we have large amounts of data generated every single day in AWS, from website clickstream logs, vehicle transaction and inventory data, and third party datasets to our server and infrastructure logs,” said, Ajit Zadgaonkar, Head of Cloud Infrastructure, “Today, we use various tools to generate reports for the entire organization. However, there’s an increasing need to equip our business users with the ability to do their own ad-hoc data discovery and analytics to complement our centralized reporting. We are excited that Amazon QuickSight supports this self-service use case very well. Now that it is generally available, we’re looking forward to giving access to Amazon QuickSight to all of our business users because of its ease-of-use, fast analytics, deep integration with AWS data sources, and affordable price point.”

Infor provides business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, to its more than 90,000 customers and 66 million cloud users. “We have been using Amazon QuickSight during preview to analyze large datasets from our customers and we are excited about the speed of SPICE and the ease of use of Amazon QuickSight,” said Steve Stahl, Senior BI Development Manager, Infor. “Amazon QuickSight’s SPICE engine is very fast and lets us quickly process these datasets and visualize the results while greatly simplifying integration with Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift.”

Hotelbeds is a global distributor of accommodations serving more than 185 destination countries worldwide and more than 25 million room nights annually. “Hotelbeds’ platform that connects travel partners around the world is built on top of AWS and generates massive amounts of data every day, but our existing BI solution limits how we make these data and insights available to our business users,”said Miguel Iza, Head of Data and Analytics, Hotelbeds. “Amazon QuickSight is the ideal service to make this data available to our business users. After testing this new service in preview, we found Amazon QuickSight to offer great performance with its SPICE engine, and an easy-to-use user experience when it comes to analytics. Amazon QuickSight simplifies the way our users access their data, perform self-service analysis, and share insights with others. We plan to adopt Amazon QuickSight for our new data solutions and look forward to Amazon QuickSight democratizing business analytics in our company.”

Amazon QuickSight is free for one user and one GB of SPICE capacity. The Standard Edition of Amazon QuickSight starts at $9 per user per month, includes 10 GB of SPICE capacity, and is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months. The Enterprise Edition of Amazon QuickSight includes all Standard Edition features as well as support for Active Directory integration and encryption at rest and will be available in the coming weeks.

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 38 Availability Zones (AZs) across 14 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and India. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

About Amazon

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

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Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Kmart brings back The Giving Hat™ along with other special gifts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Retailer will donate a portion of sales from patient-inspired holiday gifts to support St. Jude’s mission to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giving back this holiday season is easy thanks to Kmart’s long-standing collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kmart is bringing back The Giving Hat™ along with a suite of other special gifts to benefit this charitable organization. These symbols of support will drive awareness and raise money to help in the fight against childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

Cancer is diagnosed in approximately 175,000 children under the age of 14 every year, and thanks to ground-breaking research and therapies, more than 80 percent of U.S. childhood cancer patients are now long-term survivors. Kmart’s participation in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving®campaign helps ensure that no patient receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Kmart shoppers and associates have given back through the purchase of limited edition gifts and in store donations since 2006 – making Kmart the No. 1 supporter of St. Jude with more than $92.8 million raised over the past decade.

“In our 10th year of partnership, we are thankful and humbled to support St. Jude in its mission of finding cures and saving children,” said Alasdair James, Kmart president. “Kmart’s customers and associates are constantly inspired by the patients, families and medical staff at St. Jude and our commitment is fueled by their determination, love and unbelievable courage that they exude every day. If you would like to join us in supporting this endeavor, please go to or visit us in store to make a donation. Together we really can defeat childhood cancer.”

This year, Kmart presents five exclusive products that will benefit St. Jude and are perfect for gifting this holiday season:

  • 2016 The Giving Hat: A fashionable, one-size fits all, beanie-style winter hat, embroidered with a message inspired by St. Jude patients, #LOVE.
  • 2016 Holiday Bear Ornaments: Collectible holiday keepsake ornaments available in two colors, pink and blue, are inscribed with “2016” to commemorate this year’s ornament style.
  • “Glow Green for St. Jude” Light Bulb: Small gestures can make a big impact. With this LED lime green bulb, change a light at the office or at home to drive awareness of the powerful mission of St. Jude.
  • St. Jude Bear Necklace and Earrings: Limited edition necklace and earrings that feature the St. Jude signature Bear are an elegant way to show support for the children and families at St. Jude. (Necklace and earrings sold separately.)

A portion of the proceeds for each of these items will be donated to St. Jude, adding to the millions of dollars Kmart stores are raising this holiday season.* All items are available exclusively at Kmart and now through Dec. 24 or while supplies last.

Kmart shoppers can also donate in stores through a $1, $5 or $10 add-on program at check-out in all Kmart stores or online at

“Kmart is an incredible partner to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “As a result of their incredible employees and Shop Your Way members they have raised more than $92 million to date for the St. Jude mission, more than any other company in the history of St. Jude. Those funds enable our doctors and scientists to continue to pursue lifesaving research and treatments while allowing us to keep my father’s founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food.”

*Kmart will donate $1 from the sale of The Giving Hat, 2016 holiday bear ornaments and Glow Green light bulb and will donate $5 from the sale of the bear jewelry items to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital between 11/8/16– 12/31/16 with a minimum guaranteed donation of $50,000 to St. Jude from The Giving Hat, $100,000 from the 2016 holiday bear ornaments, $25,000 from the Glow Green light bulb and $50,000 from the bear jewelry.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting or following St. Jude on and

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Macy’s announces Black Friday deals and a week of cyber specials

Macy’s announces Black Friday deals and a week of cyber specials
Macy’s announces Black Friday deals and a week of cyber specials


  • Find hundreds of Black Friday specials starting at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving evening and online all day at
  • Then, Cyber Week offers five days of savings to customers shopping beginning with a preview on Sunday, Nov. 27
  • Plus, for the first time, Macy’s customers who want a head start can shop select specials a week early at the Black Friday doorbusters preview sale starting Thursday, Nov. 17

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 16, 2016), Macy’s announced its full list of Black Friday specials that will be available starting at 5 p.m. at most stores on Thanksgiving and online all day on With big savings in apparel and accessories, fine jewelry, cosmetics, housewares, furniture, and more, there is something for everyone to get excited about this season. In addition, Macy’s is extending savings for Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping event of the year – beginning with a preview on Sunday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 1, for a week of cyber specials.

“We know our customers enjoy getting a head start in finding the perfect gift and they consider Black Friday one of the most important shopping times of the year,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s chief merchandising officer. “In addition to all the great Black Friday discounts in store and online, this year we’ll offer even more opportunities to save through Cyber Week – with five full days of online specials, so they will have the freedom to shop all week long at their leisure, scoring big on hundreds of deals.”

This year, for the first time ever, customers can also shop select Black Friday picks a week early at the Black Friday doorbusters preview sale beginning Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to close, through Saturday, Nov. 19, from store opening until 2 p.m., and all day on Early birds looking for a jump start on incredible savings will find select sales previewed earlier than ever, including 50 percent off cold weather accessories, $15.99 Kids’ puffer coats, 60 percent off Charter Club Damask bedding, and $19.99 for select handbags.

Below is a sneak peek of Macy’s Black Friday doorbuster deals and top Cyber Week specials. While supplies last, Black Friday items are available from 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 to 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25; Friday, Nov. 25 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cyber Week specials begin Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. and run through Thursday, Dec 1.

Click here for a complete list of Macy’s doorbuster specials.

Black Friday Doorbusters

  • 70 percent off Clearance Fine Jewelry
  • 70 percent off Memory Foam Pillows and Toppers
  • 60 percent off Girls’, Boys’ and Infant’s Outerwear and Accessories; Women’s Coats; and Men’s Outerwear (from Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and more)
  • $39.99 Charter Club Cashmere
  • $30 Lancôme 3-pc. Mascara Set
  • $15 Macy’s Women’s 6-pc. Fragrance Sampler
  • $29.99 Handbags from I.N.C., Style & Co. and Nine West
  • $19.99 Ugly Christmas and Whimsy Sweaters
  • $19.99 Boots for Her from Style & Co. and American Rag
  • 50 percent off Impulse Contemporary Apparel, including Lucky Brand, Kensie, Bar III, RACHEL Rachel Roy, and more
  • 50 percent off Men’s American Rag Sweaters, Fleece and Pants
  • 40 percent off Select Women’s Shoes, including Madden Girl, Chinese Laundry and I.N.C.
  • $7.99 – Your Choice Select Kitchen Electrics after $12 mail-in rebate
  • $39.99 all 8-Piece Bed Ensembles

Cyber Week

  • 60 to 70 percent off Entire Stock of Comforters
  • $50 off Samsung Gear S3 and Gear S2 Smart Watches
  • 30 to 60 percent off Select Impulse Contemporary Sportswear, I.N.C. and more
  • 30 percent plus 15 percent off Blenders, Juicers and Food Processors
  • 65 percent off Kids’ Sleepwear
  • 60 percent off Men’s Dress Shirts and Ties from Club Room, Geoffrey Beene and Alfani
  • 50 percent off Fiesta Dinnerware, Table Linens, Flatware and Glassware
  • $9.99 Juniors’ Tees and Leggings
  • 65 percent off Kids’ Outerwear
  • $49.99 Charter Club Cashmere V-Necks, Crewnecks, Turtlenecks and Basic Ponchos

For more information on Macy’s Black Friday event and merchandise images, please visit

Visit for local information, as Black Friday hours may vary by store.

About Macy’s

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

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

Macy’s Media Relations:

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Nordstrom announces quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share

SEATTLE, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) announced today (Nov. 16, 2016) that its board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share payable on December 13, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 28, 2016.

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 348 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The Company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its six clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

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Sainsbury’s launches new packaging in a move to ‘Save Our Spuds’

Sainsbury’s launches new packaging in a move to ‘Save Our Spuds’
Sainsbury’s launches new packaging in a move to ‘Save Our Spuds’


London, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether chipped, roasted or in their jackets, the humble potato remains a staple for the British menu. Indeed, to meet the popular demand, British farmers produced over 5.4 million tonnes of the vegetable last year alone .

  • Potatoes are the UK’s most wasted vegetable, costing households £230m a year
  • 5.8 million spuds are binned by British homes each day
  • Sainsbury’s launches new opaque packaging to help potatoes last longer

But our love for the spud also means that they are the most commonly wasted vegetable, with an estimated 730,000 tonnes binned by British households each year.

Now, in a move to ‘Save Our Spuds’, Sainsbury’s has launched new packaging which will prevent potatoes from going green and developing a bitter taste. Designed to be 100% opaque – whilst still breathable – the new packaging prevents any light from reaching the produce, the most common culprit for “greening”.

The green discolouration develops thanks to a build-up of solanine, a naturally occurring chemical which is triggered by too much light.  Not only can it produce a green affect, but also bitterness, contributing to 5.8 million of veggies being destined for the bin each day.

Speaking of the move Jane Skelton, Head of Packaging for Sainsbury’s said: “Whether one half of your bangers and mash, or the essential accompaniment to a Sunday roast, potatoes are a British favourite. But exposure to sunlight means many of our spuds never make it to the table.  That’s why we’re calling ‘lights out’ in our latest effort to help tackle food waste. We’re confident that this will improve the shelf-life of our potatoes and, while the packaging might be opaque, we’re hoping the results will be clear to see!”

The new packaging will be rolled out across Sainsbury’s stores, across King Edwards and Lady Balfour potatoes – two varieties which are most susceptible to greening. The retailer recommends that all potatoes should be kept in a cool, dark place.

The move is the latest in a string of innovations from the retailer to help households cut waste. Last year, it launched Waste less, Save more: at £10 million programme to help UK households save money by reducing the amount of food they throw away. Since then the retailer has given out over 1 million fridge thermometers to help extend product freshness.

Elsewhere Sainsbury’s was the first major retailer to redesign packaging on its own brand sausages following customer feedback. Packs of eight sausages are now sold in connected ‘snap packs’, meaning that half can be opened and cooked, while the others can easily be stored or frozen for use another time. Similarly salad options are also now sold in two pre-packed portions, meaning they’re easier for single dinners and smaller households.

The supermarket has also revised storage and freezing instructions to make it easier for customers. Instead of saying ‘freeze on day of purchase’, labels now advise customers to ‘freeze as soon as possible after purchase and always within the use-by date’.

Jane Skelton continues: “Freezing is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your food. We know this helps our customers cut down on food waste, as it gives them more flexibility in being able to plan when they use items. Customers can actually freeze items up until midnight on the use-by date.”

Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s released a string of light-hearted animated videos designed to help people store their fresh items appropriately, including one on potatoes (pictured above) which can be viewed and embedded from:

The new packaging is currently being rolled to stores. For more details on initiatives being tested as part of Waste less, Save more visit:

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Sainsbury’s highlights the importance of sharing the gift of time with family and friends in its new Christmas advertising campaign

Sainsbury’s highlights the importance of sharing the gift of time with family and friends in its new Christmas advertising campaign
Sainsbury’s highlights the importance of sharing the gift of time with family and friends in its new Christmas advertising campaign


Sainsbury’s has unveiled a joyful new Christmas advertising campaign, which highlights the importance of sharing the gift of time with family and friends this Christmas.

London, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Christmas musical style ad has been created and produced in Britain using state of the art stop frame animation techniques, and the full length 3”20 version was revealed on Monday 14th November on the Sainsbury’s Facebook (@sainsburys), Twitter (@Sainsburys) and YouTube channels in a social media first launch. Titled ‘The Greatest Gift’, the ad aired for the first time that evening on TV screens during ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ at 9.15 pm as part of ITV’s Proud to Present series. The campaign will help raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. All the money raised will go towards providing accommodation for families of children at the hospital.

Directed by award winning Sam Fell, the new advert tells the charming tale of Dave, a hard-working and devoted dad, who comes up with an ingenious plan to make sure he can be with his family for Christmas. Beautifully animated for the screen, Dave’s story is told via an original, joyful and humorous song ‘The Greatest Gift For Christmas Is Me’, voiced by British actor James Corden and composed by Bret McKenzie, a comedian, musician and producer who won the 2012 Oscar for best original song in The Muppets.

The film opens with Dave in the animated town of Bisby, where he is slightly overwhelmed by the busy Christmas season. One night when he returns home late, he finds his children fast asleep in bed, only to spot a gingerbread man decorated to look just like him. He has a brainwave – and goes to the toy factory he works at to create a series of replica versions of himself in all shapes and sizes – tapping monkeys, nodding dogs, toy planes and dancing robots. By sending them to all the places he should be, he manages to make it home in time to be with his family and join in their much-loved Christmas celebrations.

The campaign is designed to entertain children and families across the UK, as well as raising funds to help Great Ormond Street Hospital families be together at Christmas and throughout the year.  All profits from the sale of the specially created Gingerbread ‘Dave’ (£1) and The Greatest Gift film animation kit (£5) will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. From 21st November, customers will also have the option to make a 20p donation at the till, or more if specifically requested, with all the proceeds going straight to the charity.

Tim Johnson, CEO, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, comments:“We’re delighted to be Sainsbury’s official charity partner this year. At Christmas, time spent with the people you love is precious. For the families of patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital who are unable to go home at Christmas, this is particularly true. More than half of the patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital live outside of London, and many are hours away from home. Thank you to Sainsbury’s and everyone who supports us through this initiative. The money raised will enable us to help more families be together when they really need to be, by providing dedicated accommodation close to the hospital. This is a vital resource, enabling parents and carers to be at their child’s bedside within minutes, at whatever time of the day and night. We couldn’t be happier to be involved in this campaign and hope everyone enjoys the advertisement and supports this special partnership.”

Sarah Kilmartin, Head of Broadcast Comms, Sainsbury’s, comments “Christmas is for Sharing has been a constant theme for our Christmas ads for the last three years and it continues to have real resonance for our customers. This year is no exception and we think many families will be able to relate to the idea that Christmas can be such a busy time that it can be hard to prioritise simple family time together. We hope our advert will remind people of that while providing some light hearted entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

“Supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity felt like a very natural extension of this as we know that the families at the hospital face more difficulties than most to spend time together as a family, at Christmas and all year round. We are also incredibly proud to have created this year’s Christmas ad in the UK, using cutting edge technology and the best British talent from the film and animation industry.”

The animated world of Dave will also be reflected in the Sainsbury’s traditional food focused Christmas advertising campaign, due to launch on 18th November. Through a mixture of stop frame animation and live action to showcase the delicious food on offer at Sainsbury’s this year, the film also celebrates the role food plays in bringing people together at Christmas.

 ‘The Greatest Gift’ Production in Numbers:

  • The intricate sets and puppets took 16 weeks to build
  • There are 26 characters in total, with over 1,000 separate puppet faces created for all the characters
  • Approximately 10-12 frames were captured per hour of filming in the studio, which is half a second of final footage
  • It took 420 hours to film the stop frame portion of the film in the studio, and then eight weeks in post-production to be edited to perfection
  • Over 180 people worked on the production, from conception through to final film
  • This is the first time full colour 3D printed faces have ever been used in animation production in the UK
  • All the puppets were built by Mackinnon and Saunders in Manchester, and the sets by Clockwork Frog in Stockport. The stop motion sequences were filmed at Malcolm Ryan Studios in London

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Waitrose to reduce sugar content on its 27 own label cereals

London, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over half of all own label breakfast cereals at Waitrose will have significantly lower sugar levels from today (16 November 2016) – as part of the supermarket’s ongoing reformulation programme.

A total of 27 own label cereals will see average sugar content reduced by 15 per cent.

Family favourites such as rice pops, malted wheats and multigrain hoops will all have lower sugar levels with some products, such as bran flakes, seeing sugar content down by 30 per cent. This success means over 90 tonnes or 22.5 million teaspoons of sugar a year will have been taken out of Waitrose’s own label cereals.

Boxes of the reformulated versions will begin to appear on shelves from today with no difference to taste or price. This success builds on the retailer’s wider ongoing reformulation project which has already seen a significant amount of sugar taken out of chilled juices, yogurts, soups, cordials and fizzy drinks in recent years.

Popular cereals such as choco pops, corn flakes and honey nut cornflakes have already seen significant reductions in 2015 and early 2016 – previously removing over 2.5 tonnes of sugar. The latest reformulations build on this work, cutting over 92.5 tonnes of sugar from Waitrose own label cereals to date. The retailer will be cutting sugar in the rest of its own-label cereals next year as part of its ongoing reformulation plan, without compromising on taste or quality.

Public Health England has a target of 5 per cent sugar reduction in breakfast cereals by September 2017.

Dr Emma Williams, Senior Nutritionist at Waitrose, said ‘As cereal makes up 60% of breakfasts this is a great way to help customers reduce the amount of sugar in their diet. Our customers want a healthy start to the day and reducing sugar is one way for us to help them achieve this. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day with many breakfast cereals fortified with valuable nutrients, such as B-vitamins, vitamin D and iron.’

Notes to editors

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

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

For further information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 01344 826774

Source: John Lewis

EROSKI inaugura su primera franquicia en Extremadura

  • Extremadura es una de las áreas prioritarias de expansión de sus tiendas franquiciadas, junto a Andalucía, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha y Levante
  • La apertura ha supuesto la creación de seis puestos de trabajo
  • EROSKI cuenta en Extremadura con más de 31.000 Socios Cliente y 115 trabajadores
  • EROSKI trabaja con 130 proveedo

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy su primer supermercado franquiciado en Extremadura, concretamente en la calle Cáceres nº18 de Losar de la Vera. El establecimiento, con la enseña EROSKI/city, responde al modelo comercial “contigo”, cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria. Extremadura es una región prioritaria para EROSKI para la apertura de franquicias durante los próximos años.

El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y productores locales en sus cerca de 300 metros cuadrados de superficie. Asimismo, cuenta con una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, y de productos regionales típicos extremeños. Los clientes disponen de atención personalizada en mostrador en las secciones de charcutería y carnicería. El establecimiento ofrece también productos de panadería y bollería recién horneados en horno propio.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en EROSKI Club, el nuevo programa de relación de los Socios-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos hasta del 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club. Más de 31.000 extremeños son Socios Cliente de la cooperativa y disfrutan ya de las ventajas de EROSKI Club.

Creación de seis puestos de trabajo

La apertura de esta franquicia ha supuesto la creación de seis puestos de trabajo. “Estamos muy contentos e ilusionados con la apertura del primer supermercado franquiciado EROSKI en Extremadura. Es el primero de un ambicioso plan de expansión en la región” señala el director de franquicias de EROSKI, Enrique Martínez, y añade “en un momento en el que el paro es el principal problema en nuestro entorno, la franquicia es una fórmula exitosa para la generación de empleo. Nuestra cultura cooperativa de autogestión encaja perfectamente con la filosofía de los emprendedores que apuestan por la creación de su propia empresa y buscan el respaldo de profesionales de amplia experiencia y una marca de confianza”.

44 franquicias inauguradas en el primer semestre del año

EROSKI ha abierto 44 supermercados franquiciados en el primer semestre de 2016. La cooperativa cumple así las previsiones de su plan de expansión de tiendas franquiciadas.

Estas inauguraciones, que han contado con una inversión de 6,6 millones de euros, han generado 264 puestos de trabajo. Estas aperturas suponen, junto a la transformación emprendida de su red de tiendas propias, un fuerte impulso a la expansión del modelo comercial ‘contigo’ que define la nueva generación de tiendas EROSKI.

EROSKI en Extremadura

Grupo EROSKI cuenta actualmente en Extremadura con un hipermercado, una oficina de viajes y una perfumería iF. Casi el 70% de los 115 trabajadores de EROSKI en la región son socios cooperativistas.

EROSKI trabaja con 130 proveedores extremeños, de quienes comercializa en torno a 600 alimentos locales, con una facturación anual de 18 millones de euros.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


El International Cheese Festival analiza el modelo de colaboración entre EROSKI y Artzai Gazta

El International Cheese Festival analiza el modelo de colaboración entre EROSKI y Artzai Gazta
El International Cheese Festival analiza el modelo de colaboración entre EROSKI y Artzai Gazta


  • EROSKI y el Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Idiazabal mantienen desde 2014 un acuerdo de colaboración para promover el desarrollo del queso amparado en esta denominación
  • Se trata de un proyecto pionero en el sector que une por primera vez a todos los miembros de la cadena de valor, desde los pastores, agrupados en Artzai Gazta, hasta EROSKI, como distribuidor final
  • EROSKI colabora con 41 pastores elaboradores de queso agrupados en Artzai-Gazta y con 20 queserías adicionales que elaboran queso D.O. Idiazabal en País Vasco y Navarra

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — El Palacio de congresos Kursaal ha acogido esta tarde una mesa redonda bajo el título “IDIAZABAL: reinventando la cadena de valor para el consumidor del siglo XXI”. En la misma se ha analizado el éxito del modelo de colaboración establecido entre los pastores productores de queso D.O. Idiazabal agrupados en la asociación Artzai Gazta y la cooperativa de distribución EROSKI. Un proyecto de colaboración pionero que arrancó en 2014 y hoy engloba a 41 pastores elaboradores de queso artesanal.

El acto ha contado con la presencia del presidente del Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Idiazabal, Jose Mari Ustarroz, del presidente de Artzai-Gazta, Pablo Basterra, y del responsable de la comercialización de productos locales de EROSKI, Miguel Ángel Nafarrate.

EROSKI y el Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Idiazabal (D.O. Idiazabal) mantienen desde 2014 un acuerdo de colaboración para la promoción y desarrollo del queso amparado en esta denominación, elaborado a partir de la leche de ovejas latxas y carranzanas con certificado de calidad garantizada. Se trata del primer convenio firmado por el Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Idiazabal con un distribuidor para ayudar al desarrollo y sostenibilidad del sector a través de la venta de este producto certificado.

La firma de este acuerdo de colaboración supuso el arranque de un proyecto pionero en el sector que unía por primera vez a todos los miembros de la cadena de valor, desde los pastores, agrupados en la asociación Artzai Gazta, hasta los establecimientos EROSKI, donde los quesos D.O. Idiazabal son comercializados.

“La colaboración es fructífera para ambas partes, ya que la promoción y venta del queso Idiazabal en los ámbitos en los que EROSKI tiene implantación nos permite dar a conocer tanto las características de los productos como los sistemas de explotación sostenible, su vinculación con el entorno y su influencia en el desarrollo territorial, paisajístico y etnográfico”, ha señalado el presidente del Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Idiazabal, Jose María Ustarroz.

“La línea de colaboraciónabierta entre EROSKI y Artzai-Gazta es muy importante para la sostenibilidad de nuestro sector muy atomizado en su producción y basado en una elaboración completamente artesanal. El apoyo de EROSKI en la promoción de Artzai-Gazta nos garantiza el acceso a los consumidores de hoy que buscan y valoran la autenticidad de los alimentos artesanales. Al mismo tiempo se abren nuevas expectativas para revalorizar la profesión de pastor, que lleva implícito un modo de entender la vida, la alimentación y el desarrollo rural”, ha indicado el presidente de Artzai Gazta, Pablo Basterra.

EROSKI comercializa el 10% de la producción D.O. Idiazabal

EROSKI comercializa en torno a 125.000 kilos de queso D.O. Idiazabal, gran parte de ello elaborado de forma artesanal por 41 pastores agrupados en Artzai-Gazta. Adicionalmente, EROSKI trabaja con otras 20 queserías que elaboran queso D.O. Idiazabal en País Vasco y Navarra. En el último ejercicio EROSKI incrementó un 12% sus compras de Queso D.O. Idiazabal.

“La fuerte apuesta de EROSKI por el desarrollo de la D.O. Idiazabal y el apoyo para la comercialización de queso artesanal elaborado por los propios pastores está siendo muy apreciado por el consumidor. Las ventas crecen a una tasa del 12% anual y EROSKI representa en torno al 10% de la producción de la D.O. Idiazabal” ha señalado el responsable de Comercialización de Productos Locales de EROSKI, Miguel Ángel Nafarrate. “Trabajar directamente con una asociación como Artzai-Gazta formada por pastores elaboradores de queso, nos exige trabajar con una logística y unos procesos simplificados y más descentralizados, y esto permite que los clientes de cada tienda EROSKI puedan disfrutar de los quesos elaborados por los pastores de su zona.”

“Hay una buena simbiosis entre EROSKI y Artzai-Gazta, y nos hemos entendido perfectamente en la profesionalización de la logística que EROSKI necesita para comercializar cualquier alimento con todas las garantías. Es una señal más de la profesionalidad de Artzai-Gazta como grupo de comercialización. EROSKI entiende nuestras necesidades como pastores y todos nos beneficiamos del acuerdo de colaboración porque nos permite llegar al consumidor y a las formas que éste tiene de comprar hoy en día” señala Basterra.

Queso D.O. Idiazabal elaborado por pastores y con marca EROSKI SeleQtia

El acuerdo entre la D.O. Idiazabal, Artzai-Gazta y EROSKI contempla también la comercialización de queso certificado elaborado por pastores con la marca EROSKI SeleQtia, la marca propia de EROSKI que engloba una selección de productos de alta gama elaborados con los mejores ingredientes a partir de métodos tradicionales. “Para sacar adelante este proyecto, el grupo de comercialización que trabaja desde hace más de 35 años de Artzai-Gazta, formado por más de 30 pastores elaboradores de queso, llevan dos años trabajando en esta línea abierta que ha supuesto todo un reto”, según el presidente de Artzai Gazta.

EROSKI colaborador estratégico del Euskadi Basque Country International Cheese Festival

La celebración de esta mesa redonda se incluye dentro de las actividades del Euskadi Basque Country International Cheese Festival, que se celebra desde hoy y hasta este viernes en San Sebastián y del que EROSKI es colaborador. Se trata del certamen internacional de quesos más importante a nivel mundial, y una de las citas gastronómicas más importantes del año.

“Desde EROSKI hemos querido apoyar la celebración del International Cheese Festival en San Sebastián por el reconocimiento al sector primario que supone y por tratarse de una forma más de promocionar uno de nuestros alimentos locales más destacados y más apreciados por los consumidores”, ha indicado el responsable de comercialización de productos locales de EROSKI, Miguel Ángel Nafarrate.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announces 3Q 2016 financial results

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (November 16, 2016) reported net earnings of $379 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.43 for the quarter ended October 28, 2016, which includes certain non-cash pre-tax charges of $462 million further described below. Excluding the impact of these charges, adjusted net earnings1 for the third quarter were $775 million, a 5.3 percent increase over net earnings from the same period a year ago, and adjusted diluted earnings per share1 increased 10.0 percent to $0.88 from diluted earnings per share of $0.80 in the third quarter of 2015.

For the nine months ended October 28, 2016, net earnings were $2.4 billionand diluted earnings per share were $2.73.  Excluding the impact of the non-cash charges, as well as the net gain in the first half of the year on the settlement of a foreign currency hedge entered into in advance of the company’s acquisition of RONA, inc. (RONA), adjusted net earnings1 were $2.8 billion, an increase of 9.7 percent over net earnings from the same period a year ago, and adjusted diluted earnings per share1 increased 15.6 percent to $3.12 from diluted earnings per share of $2.70 in the same period a year ago.

The non-cash pre-tax charges referenced above consisted of the following:

  • $290 million resulting from the wind down of Hydrox, a joint venture in which Lowe’s holds a one-third ownership interest.  Woolworths, the other joint venture partner, claimed a unilateral termination of the joint venture agreement and initiated the wind down of Hydrox in August, 2016.  Hydrox operates Masters Home Improvement stores and Home Timber and Hardware Group’s retail stores in Australia.  Lowe’s will treat its claim for additional value under the joint venture agreement, above and beyond any amounts expected to be received through the wind down process, as a contingent asset and will recognize these amounts as they are realized.  This matter is currently in arbitration;
  • $96 million related to a write-off for projects that were canceled as part of the company’s ongoing review of strategic initiatives in an effort to focus on the critical projects that will drive desired outcomes; and
  • $76 million related to goodwill and long-lived asset impairments associated with the company’s Orchard Supply Hardware operations as part of a strategic reassessment of this business during the third quarter.

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. declares quarterly cash dividend of thirty five cents per share

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Nov-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of thirty five cents ($0.35) per share, payable February 8, 2017, to shareholders of record as of January 25, 2017.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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IKEA to install three Blink® electric vehicle charging stations at its Memphis, Tennessee store opening December 2016

MEMPHIS, TN, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/16/2016) announced plans to install three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its future Memphis, Tennessee store opening on December 14, 2016. This initiative reflects the continued partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTC: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.

“Installing EV charging stations at the future IKEA Memphis reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said store manager Trisha Bevering. “As a retailer, IKEA realizes a focus on sustainable transport of people can help empower customers to live sustainably. So, meeting the needs of EV drivers helps achieve both goals.”

To charge an EV at the future IKEA Memphis, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app,, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging. EV drivers can become a Blink member, which is free and typically provides discounted charging fees at Blink EV charging stations. More information about how to use the Blink EV charging stations and becoming a Blink Member is available at

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

Under construction on 35 acres along the southwestern side of Interstate-40 near Germantown Parkway, the 271,000 square-foot future IKEA Memphis, and its 800 parking spaces, will open late Fall 2016. Until then, Memphis-area customers can shop at IKEA stores in: Atlanta, GA; Frisco, TX; or St. Louis, MO; or online at Last month, IKEA completed Tennessee’s largest rooftop solar array atop the store.Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

Source: IKEA

IKEA to host its annual Swedish Julbord on Friday, December 9, 2016

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, IKEA invites everyone to celebrate together at its annual Swedish Julbord on Friday, December 9, 2016 at participating stores nationwide**. In Sweden, a traditional Julbord celebration gathers family and friends to enjoy each other’s company during a lavish meal, created from both cultural and family traditions.

IKEA is inviting everyone to join in on the fun with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish fare. Tickets are available for only $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

“The Julbord buffet lies at the center of a classic Scandinavian holiday celebration,” says Patricia Meumann, IKEA Food Manager. “We invite everyone to celebrate and learn more about Swedish traditions over a delicious meal with family and friends.”

The IKEA Julbord menu includes***:
•Assorted varieties of herring
•Gravad lax with mustard sauce
•Smoked salmon with horseradish sauce
•Poached salmon
•Hard boiled eggs with shrimp
•Swedish cucumber salad
•Red beet salad
•Swedish potato salad
•Christmas ham
•Prinskorv sausages
•Assorted cheeses
•Meatballs with lingonberries
•Braised red cabbage & apples
•Mashed potatoes
•Hard boiled eggs with shrimp
•Red cabbage
•Mashed potatoes
•Jansson temptations
•Crispbread, thin bread, softbread
•Swedish rice pudding with almonds
•Assorted desserts
•Warm glögg
•Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details, including local seating times, visit the “Store Locator” page on and enter your city/state or zip code.

Those not able to make it to the event can still experience the Swedish tradition at home. Visit the Swedish Food Market in IKEA U.S. stores to purchase select items from the Julbord menu, including KÖTTBULLAR Swedish meatballs, or to explore, find and try ingredients for other Swedish recipes, such as marzipan candy.

Marzipan Candy
Ingredients & Supplies
•MARSIPAN marzipan 200 g (7 oz.)
•IKEA chocolate:
oCHOKLAD LJUS milk chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
oCHOKLAD MÖRK dark chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
oCHOKLAD MÖRK 70% dark chocolate 100 g (3.5 oz.)
•Optional: Caramel coloring

•Form the marzipan into bite size shapes of your choice
•Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stove top
•Dip the marzipan one-bites in the chocolate and leave to dry
•Optional: Play around with caramel coloring to make figures of your choice

* IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.

** IKEA Carson will not host a Julbord Party in 2016.

*** Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 385 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:
Kathy Boerner
Phone: 646-935-3914

Source: IKEA

H&M announces Richard Quinn as the winner of H&M Design Award 2017

H&M announces Richard Quinn as the winner of H&M Design Award 2017
H&M announces Richard Quinn as the winner of H&M Design Award 2017


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday (16 NOV, 2016) in London, Richard Quinn was announced as the winner of the H&M Design Award 2017. Richard, a graduate from Central Saint Martins, was selected from eight international finalists by a jury of fashion experts chaired by H&M’s creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson. Richard Quinn wins €50,000, one-year’s mentorship from H&M, and the chance to develop pieces from the winning collection to be sold in selected H&M stores in Autumn 2017.

We all fell in love with Richard. He has a clear vision for his brand, and a real wow factor in his collections. Richard is deeply creative, with a very holistic view of the environment, and he’s a worthy winner of the H&M Design Award 2017,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor.

Richard Quinn was selected by an international jury of fashion experts led by H&M’s creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson. Other jury members were, Imran Amed, editor in chief of Business of Fashion, Pernille Teisbaek, founder and creative director of Social Zoo, Zanita Whittington, creative director of Azalle and Zanita Studio, Yasmin Sewell, fashion director of, Hannah Jinkins, winner of the H&M Design Award 2016 and Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor to H&M.

“It means so much to win the H&M Design Award. It helps me to open a studio with an ethical way of working, which I think is the future of fashion. I want to create my own collection, as well as offer my generation a creative hub, supporting real craft in London,” say Richard Quinn, winner of the H&M Design Award.

The jury spent time with each of the eight finalists, taking the opportunity to look through their collections. After deliberating in private, the winner was announced to an audience of international fashion editors and stylists.

“Richard Quinn has the makings of something really great. There is a depth of creativity, with so many different ideas, a real commercial potential and also the sustainable thinking that will help him build a real values-based brand,” says Imran Amed, editor in chief of Business of Fashion.

26 year-old Richard Quinn impressed the jury with his unique vision for the future of fashion. The London-born graduate from the Central Saint Martins MA course not only cuts womenswear pieces that are both striking and desirable. He also prints all of his own fabrics using ethical processes, and plans to open a print studio that will become a creative hub for other young designers in London. It’s a holistic approach that runs through all of Quinn’s work, which he hopes will prove to be a new model for the fashion industry in the 21st century.

The jury expressed their excitement at meeting all of the finalists, who each showcased their unique design talents. The finalists, who each win €5,000, are:

Constance Blackaller – University of Westminster, UK
Yu Li Song – Samsung Art & Design Institute, South Korea
Alex Huang – Parsons School of Design, USA
Amir Marc – Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Isreal
Max Luo – Central Saint Martins, UK
YuTyng Chiu – Institute Francais de la Mode, France
Chen Peng – London College of Fashion, UK

The H&M Design Award was founded in 2012 to support young designers. Each year, students and graduates from some of the world’s most respected fashion and design colleges take part, bringing together some of the most exciting new talent from across the globe. The annual prize underlines H&M’s strong commitment to the future of fashion, encouraging young designers as they begin their careers, as well as inspiring the next generation to choose fashion as their future path.

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Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M


The NRF Foundation announces semi-finalists for the 2017 Student Challenge

WASHINGTON, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 16, 2016) announced 10 teams as semi-finalists for the 2017 Student Challenge, a business case competition for NRF Student Association members to demonstrate their creativity and business acumen to retail executives, sponsored by KPMG. The finalists will attend the NRF Foundation GALA in New York City, where the top team will be announced January 15.

“This competition showcases some of the most brilliant and talented students in the country, all of whom are passionate about the retail industry,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “We are impressed by the caliber of teams who have entered this year and can’t wait to see the great contributions these students will make to our industry.”

NRF has joined with STORY – a retailer that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes its selection like a gallery and sells things like a store – as its retail partner and case study for the fourth year of the competition.

Each team, composed of two to four students, was required to develop a 20-page pitch presentation, a mock website and a 90-second pitch video to convince STORY CEO and founder Rachel Shechtman to bring their story to life through one of these themes: Travel, Made in America or Sensory. Each proposal was created to provide an experience for the customer through selected merchandise, marketing approach, social media campaigns and curated events.

Executives from over 20 retail companies will participate in two rounds of judging. Judges will have access to a team’s pitch presentation, website and video and will score them against the determined criteria. In Round two, judges will take part in a teleconference with teams and ask questions about the pitch presentation. In the final round, teams will present live to a panel of retail executives in New York City.

The top three teams will receive $5,000 for each participating student. The second-place team will receive $2,500 for each student, while the third-place team will receive $1,500 for each student.

The following teams have been named semi-finalists. To learn more, click here.

Columbia College Chicago

Blake Fortin

Sammantha Hoefs

Andrea Knight

Victoria Shilby

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Los Angeles

Alexandra Bejan

Sung Cho

Dmitri Walker

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Los Angeles

Jillian Colin

Amanda Tobias

Chloe White

Kathryn Wysocki

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla.

Katya Anleu

Leah Crooks

Mitchell Gaylord

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Ga.

Jeffrey Licciardello

Keller Campbell

Alexis Montano

Kelsey Wertz

Indiana University
Bloomington, Ind.

Jessica Huang

Maggie Mendola

Riley O’Bryan

Sanjana Palepu

University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.

Madison Lindley

Keilea Orr

Taylor Timmons

University of Pennsylvania

Jake Fischer

Anissa Lee

Holly Li

David Pang

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Sarah Muller

Hailey Turner

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wis.

Breanna Blazei

Krystal Jacobs

Brian Lucksinger

Kendra Trost

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

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

CVS Pharmacy stores in Middle Village neighborhood in Queens and in Brooklyn open MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics

Clinics Open Seven Days A Week, With No Appointment Necessary

Woonsocket, RI, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — New MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have opened inside CVS Pharmacy stores in the Middle Village neighborhood in Queens and in Brooklyn. The new Brooklyn and Middle Village clinics are the eighth and ninth MinuteClinic locations in New York City. MinuteClinic is open seven days a week with no appointment necessary.

“With these new locations in Brooklyn and Queens, MinuteClinic will help increase access to high-quality, convenient and affordable health care in areas where patients live and work,” said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President of MinuteClinic and Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “These clinics will also introduce even more patients to our growing suite of health care services as we continue to bring innovations and convenience to the way health care is delivered.”

MinuteClinic is staffed by nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for acute illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds and abrasions, and sprains, strains and joint pain are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B are available. MinuteClinic’s New York locations also offer Hepatitis C screening tests.

Prevention and wellness services offered at MinuteClinic include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis (TB) testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation. In addition, the nurse practitioners can evaluate and treat common skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis and rosacea.

At the conclusion of each MinuteClinic visit, patients receive educational material, a prescription (when clinically appropriate) and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail, to a primary care provider with patient permission.

Most major health insurance is accepted at MinuteClinic. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and online at The cost for most services is between $89 and $129.

Individuals who visit MinuteClinic and do not have a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the community who are accepting new patients.

The new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic in Brooklyn is located at 2925 Kings Highway and the new clinic in Middle Village is located at 7960 Metropolitan Avenue. Both clinics are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A new digital tool accessible via allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations and hold a place in line from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.

About MinuteClinic

MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 30 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit

Media Contacts: 

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
CVS Health

Brent Burkhardt
(410) 986-1303
TBC (for MinuteClinic)

Source: CVS Health

Macerich named 2016 Retail “Leader in the Light” by the NAREIT for the third consecutive year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC) today announced it has been named 2016 Retail “Leader in the Light” by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) for a the third year in a row, an unprecedented achievement that further reinforces the company’s industry leadership in sustainability.

For the second straight year, Macerich also earned a place on CDP’s annual (2016) Climate A List, which comprises those companies identified as A grade for their actions to mitigate climate change. This ranking puts the company in the top 4% of 3,800 global companies that participate in CDP. CDP is an international not-for-profit organization formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

“Macerich has a deep commitment to sustainability and a powerful track record for responsible environmental stewardship,” said Eric Salo, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Macerich. “These prestigious awards underscore our continued focus on minimizing our carbon footprint while maximizing operational efficiencies and conserving natural resources. We are very proud to lead the industry with our multi-dimensional approach to sustainability.”

Other major environmental accolades earned by Macerich this year include the #1 ranking in the North American Retail Sector for 2016, based on scores published by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) – the same top rank also earned in 2015. As well, Macerich in both 2015 and 2016 made the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership list of Top 30 On-Site Generation companies.

Key results of Macerich’s successful and comprehensive focus on sustainability include 205 million kWhs of electricity reduced since 2008; 350,730 metric tons reduced in greenhouse gas emissions over the past six years; 17,000 tons of waste recycled in 2015; 98.3 million gallons of water saved in 2015; and over 14,500 metric tons of CO2e saved per year by retrofitting lighting in parking lots and structures with LED lighting.

For more information on Macerich’s sustainability efforts and impacts, please view the 2015 Sustainability Report.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 56 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website:

Karen Maurer

SOURCE: Macerich

Federal Realty Investment Trust elects Elizabeth Holland to its Board of Trustees from February 2017

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust is pleased to announce the election of Elizabeth Holland to serve on its Board of Trustees beginning in February 2017. Liz will fill a newly added seat as approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Ms. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Credit Corporation and Abbell Associates, LLC(“Abbell”), a seventy-year-old private real estate acquisition, development and management company with a portfolio of shopping center, office, and enclosed mall properties and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Prior to joining Abbell, Ms. Holland was a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Bankruptcy Review Commission and, prior to that time, was a restructuring and business reorganization attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Ms. Holland was also a fixed income portfolio manager at Brown, Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York prior to becoming an attorney. Ms. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and its CRC Blue Council.

“We’re thrilled to have Liz join our Board” said Joseph S. Vassalluzzo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Federal Realty Investment Trust. “We went through a very deliberate process to identify someone who not only has a skill set that is complementary of the skills of our other Board members but also someone who will bring new ideas and perspectives to the Board.  We look forward to having Liz join the Board starting with our February 2017 meeting.”

About Federal Realty
Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Bostonas well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Rowin Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 96 properties include over 2,800 tenants, in approximately 22 million square feet, and over 1,800 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 49 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit

Investor Inquiries:
Leah Andress
Investor Relations Associate

Media Inquiries:
Andrea Simpson
Vice President, Marketing

SOURCE Federal Realty Investment Trust

Product recall: Olde Tyme Recipe Popcorn Balls, Edwards Orchard Popcorn Balls and Edwards Orchard West Popcorn Balls due to undeclared allergen

Product recall: Olde Tyme Recipe Popcorn Balls, Edwards Orchard Popcorn Balls and Edwards Orchard West Popcorn Balls due to undeclared allergen
Product recall: Olde Tyme Recipe Popcorn Balls, Edwards Orchard Popcorn Balls and Edwards Orchard West Popcorn Balls due to undeclared allergen


Tiffin, Ohio, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Popcorn Shoppe in Tiffin, Ohio is voluntarily recalling its Olde Tyme Recipe Popcorn Balls, Edwards Orchard Popcorn Balls and Edwards Orchard West Popcorn Balls (4 individually wrapped 5oz. popcorn balls in a clear plastic bag) due to an undeclared milk and soy allergen. This recall has been initiated due to the ingredient label not stating the milk and soy allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and soy run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Individuals exhibiting signs or symptoms of food bourne illness or allergies should contact a physician immediately.

Products were available for sale at retail locations in Illinois and Ohio. An Ohio Department of Agriculture inspector discovered the mislabeling issue during a routine visit. There have been no reports of illness to date involving products addressed in this recall.

Customers with a milk and/or soy allergies or sensitivity who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to The Popcorn Shoppe for a replacement. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Melissa Molyet at (567) 207-5432 Monday – Friday 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm. EST.

Consumers Contact:

Melissa Molyet
(567) 207-5432

Source: FDA


FDA: 4C Foods Corp. recalls 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese, and Cento Grated Cheese Brands

FDA: 4C Foods Corp. recalls 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese, and Cento Grated Cheese Brands
FDA: 4C Foods Corp. recalls 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese, and Cento Grated Cheese Brands


Brooklyn, NY, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — 4C Foods Corp. is voluntarily recalling 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese, and Cento Grated Cheese Brands due to possible contamination with Salmonella.  Other 4C Foods products, including any other cheese products, are not impacted by this recall.

Salmonella is an organism that 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, 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.

This recall was of a nationwide distribution and includes the following products, which were packed in 6 oz. vacuum-sealed glass jars, with BEST BY dates between November 12, 2016 and November 12, 2018 and packaged in cases of either 6 or 12 jars per case:

4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-33126)
4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-37126)
4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-77126)
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-32790)
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-11627)
4C HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-12302)
Cento Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90502)
Cento Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90501)
Although no illnesses have been reported, we are voluntarily recalling these products out of an abundance of caution after FDA testing revealed the issue.

Consumers are asked to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Retail stores and distributors are requested to immediately remove and discard any of the above items from the shelves and warehouses. 4C Foods Corp. will reach out to all retailers and distributors with additional information.

Please contact 4C Foods Corp. at 866-969-1920 Monday- Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time), with any inquires.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

4C Foods Corp.

Source: FDA


Gap Inc. announces the appointment of Teri List-Stoll as EVP and CFO effective January 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today (November 15, 2016) announced the appointment of Teri List-Stoll as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 17, 2017. List-Stoll will report to Gap Inc. chief executive officer Art Peck and will serve on the company’s senior leadership team.

“Teri is a seasoned finance leader with more than three decades experience, including top leadership positions at global consumer goods companies,” said Art Peck, chief executive officer, Gap Inc. “As we remain focused on accelerating our transformation, Teri’s expertise will help us drive our long-term financial objectives and continue our commitment to long-term shareholder value.”

List-Stoll will succeed Sabrina Simmons, whose departure was previously announced on November 2, 2016, and will have oversight of the company’s global finance function, as well as loss prevention and corporate administration divisions. Once List-Stoll joins Gap Inc. in mid-January, Simmons will shift into an advisory role through the end of the company’s fiscal year.

“I have tremendous respect for the brands in Gap Inc.’s global portfolio, and I am excited to join the company during a time of transformative change,” said List-Stoll. “I look forward to continuing Gap Inc.’s commitment to a strong balance sheet and operating discipline and supporting the company’s long-term growth strategy.”

Most recently, List-Stoll held the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.  Previously, she served in senior finance roles, including chief financial officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc.  List-Stoll spent almost two decades growing her career at The Procter & Gamble Company, where she ultimately served as senior vice president and treasurer. She began her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

List-Stoll serves on the board of directors and audit committees for Microsoft and Danaher. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2015 net sales were $15.8 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

Investor information:

Source: Gap Inc.

NACS appoints Dawn Pope as accounts payable coordinator

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dawn Pope has joined the NACS finance and accounting team in the role of accounts payable coordinator. She will provide hands-on support to management by researching and analyzing accounts and preparing financial statements for NACS and its seven affiliates.

Pope comes to NACS from the Community Health Charities where she served as an accounting clerk.  She also spent time at the Cordish Companies (Maryland Live Casino) as a revenue auditor. Pope also worked in the finance departments at both Grabber Construction Products and the Close Up Foundation.

Pope studied at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Source: NACS

CarMax opens new location in Kentwood; its first store in Michigan

Announces $10,000 grant to benefit area children

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (November 16, 2016) celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Michigan, located in Kentwood at 4431 28th Street.  The Kentwood store will have the capacity to stock approximately 200 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought more than 40 new jobs to the area.

“We are very excited to be opening our first store in the Great Lakes State, “said Bill Nash, president and CEO of CarMax. “We are looking forward to providing the simple, no-haggle CarMax experience to customers in Kentwood and to show them that buying a used car can be an honest and transparent experience.”

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will be providing a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. The grant will help fund the YMCA Veggie Van, which is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market. The Veggie Van provides the opportunity for local farmers to sell produce directly to residents in low food access neighborhoods. Kentwood CarMax associates nominated the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to receive the grant.

“CarMax associates are passionate about giving back to the communities where they live and work,” said R.J. Reilly, location general manager at CarMax Kentwood. “Public service is rooted in the culture at CarMax and we are excited to continue working with community nonprofits to make a positive impact on the Grand Rapids area.”

CarMax was founded more than 20 years ago to fundamentally change the way car buying is done. CarMax customers can shop for nearly every make and model at our stores or online at, with prices clearly listed for each of our nearly 50,000 vehicles nationwide. In addition, we stand behind our vehicles with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN & RI, 90-Day in MA, NY and NJ). The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $30 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

Media Contacts:
Lindsey Duke
CarMax Public Relations
Twitter: @CarMax

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Toys“R”Us® offers exclusive access to the hottest Thanksgiving Weekend deals to its Rewards“R”Us members from Sunday, November 20

Company’s Loyalty Members to Receive Early Access to More than 100 Deals Beginning Sunday, November 20 Before Hundreds of Additional Discounts are Released Online at 9 pm EST on Wednesday, November 23

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today (November 15, 2016) revealed that its most loyal customers – the 18-plus million Rewards“R”Us members – will receive an early holiday present: exclusive in-store and online access to more than 100 of the hottest Thanksgiving Weekend deals beginning Sunday, November 20. Those who suffer from “FOMO,” or the fear of missing out, fear not; they too can get a head-start on saving by signing up for the loyalty program at in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, November 24, 44 million households nationwide will find the full Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend circular in their daily newspaper, ready to be cut and cataloged as customers map out their holiday weekend shopping strategies. The guide is filled with deals on thousands of items valid all weekend long, plus doorbusters valid on Thanksgiving from the 5 pm opening until midnight.

“At Toys“R”Us we offer customers the broadest toy assortment of any brick-and-mortar retailer – with a full store of toys versus just an aisle,” said Jennifer Knowles, Vice President, Marketing, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “With over 1,000 toy and baby products on sale all weekend long, plus early access to hundreds of discounts for Rewards“R”Us members, our stores are a can’t-miss stop for shoppers on a hunt for the must-have gifts on their kids’ wish lists.”

Holiday Hosts Find Convenience in Online Offers
Providing customers added convenience based on how and when they choose to shop with Toys“R”Us, holiday multitaskers can prep the turkey on Wednesday evening and take advantage of nearly all the same steals online that will be offered in-store Thursday through Saturday. Beginning at 9 pm EST on Wednesday, November 23, shoppers can hurry over to to stock their virtual carts and cash-in on savings. Those who prefer to shop from the comfort of home can opt to buy online and pickup their items in a local store or take advantage of free shipping on purchases of $19 or more**.

With Loyalty Comes Great Rewards
Beginning Sunday, November 20, more than 18.5 million Rewards“R”Us members can begin shopping more than 100 deals, in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at The company will continue to add new, compelling deals every day of the week leading up to the holiday weekend, which will be sent to Rewards members via email to help them save even more on this season’s toy purchases.

Secret’s Out: Credit Cardholders Can Stack Savings
Now through December 17, “R”Us Credit Cardholders can stack their savings and receive 10% off their Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® purchases when using their “R”Us Credit Card** in-store on Thursdays and Saturdays – including Thanksgiving***. Additionally, when opening an “R”Us Credit Card on a Saturday, new cardholders will receive an extra 15% off****.

Deals, Discounts and Diapers
New and expectant parents who have yet to introduce their little ones to the magical world of Trolls or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can still take advantage of great weekend deals on everyday essentials, including diapers, wipes and laundry detergent, as well as nursery gliders, cribs and mattresses. In addition to shopping on Wednesday, November 23 at 9 pm EST on, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will open their doors on Friday, November 25 at 8am (local time) and follow regular store hours throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend for shoppers looking to stock up on must-haves for baby*.

Below are highlights of savings and deals on toys and baby products that bargain hunters will find in the highly-anticipated Toys“R”Us Black Friday circular, arriving in newspapers on Thursday, November 24.

Following are a selection of doorbuster deals available at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide (in-store only) beginning THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 from 5pm to midnight, while supplies last (no rain checks).

• SAVE 50% off Pokemon® 20th Anniversary 10-inch Plush; Was $24.99, Now $12.49
• SAVE 50% on NERF® N-Strike Elite Centurion Mega Blaster or NERF N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster; Prices Vary
• SAVE 50% on FurReal Friends® Get Up and Go Go My Walkin’ Pup™; Was $29.99, Now $14.99
• SAVE 40% on Paw Patrol® Lookout Play Set; Was $39.99, Now $23.99
• SAVE 40% on BARBIE® Pop-Up Camper; Was $89.99, Now $53.99
• SAVE 50% on Skylanders Imaginators® Starter Set; Was $74.99, Now $37.49
• SAVE 40% on SELECT LEGO® Construction Sets; Prices Vary
• SAVE 40% on Fisher-Price® Think & Learn™ Code-A-Pillar; Was $49.99, Now $29.99

Following are a selection of additional savings that will be available at Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores beginning THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 from 5 pm through SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 at midnight, while supplies last (no rain checks).

• SAVE 50% on ALL Regular-Priced Disney Princess® and Frozen Dresses; Was $39.99; Now $19.99
• SAVE 50% on Crayola® Coloring Arts and Crafts Kits; Prices Vary
• SAVE 50% on SELECT Play-Doh® 4-packs; Prices Vary Sale $1.99 (Offer Valid In-Store Only)
• SAVE 40% on ALL Fisher-Price Infant Toys; Prices Vary
• SAVE $70 on Star Wars® Legendary Jedi Master Yoda Collector Box Edition; Was $99.99, Now $29.99
• Buy One, Get One $1 on SELECT DVD and Blu-ray® Movies (Offer Valid In-Store Only)
• SAVE 40% on SELECT Babies“R”Us®-Branded Essentials, Including:
o ALL Babies“R”Us Brand Diapers – Super Packs; Was $19.99, Now $11.99
o ALL Babies“R”Us Brand Wipes – Value Box 864ct; Was $19.99, Now $11.99
o ALL Babies“R”Us Brand Laundry Detergent – 150oz; Was $22.99; Now $13.79

The deals listed above and other online eligible offers will also be accessible beginning 9 pm EST on Wednesday, November 23 on

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5 pm on Thursday, November 24 and remain open until 11pm on Friday, November 25, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 25 at 7 am, and stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9 pm and will reopen Friday, November 25 from 12 am – 11 pm. Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico will also have varying store open times. All Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us store hours can be found online at

** For more information on these services, please visit, and

***10% Off Saturdays & Thursdays: Offers valid in store only and subject to credit approval. 10% off your single receipt in-store purchase of in-stock merchandise charged to your “R”Us Credit Card on Saturdays through 12/17/16 and Thursdays through 3/30/17. Some exclusions apply. Visit or see an associate for details.

****Account Opening Offer: Valid on “R”Us purchases. Some exclusions apply. Valid within 90 days of account opening online or same day in store. See coupon for details and expiration date. Account opening discount may not be combined with special financing (available on purchases of $299 or more) or 10% Thursday. Visit or see an associate for details.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Toys“R”Us, visit and follow @ToysrusNews.

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 and, 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 or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Alyssa Peera

SOURCE: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Chow Tai Fook celebrates the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with new Star WarsTM Collection

Chow Tai Fook celebrates the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with new Star WarsTM Collection
Chow Tai Fook celebrates the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with new Star WarsTM Collection


HongKong, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chow Tai Fook presents the Star WarsTM Collection to celebrate the movie of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that will hit cinemas soon. The exquisite range of collectible pieces and jewellery will allow fans to revisit all the favourite characters and gear up for the Rebel Alliance’s plan to steal the blueprint of the Death Star for the universal peace in the upcoming movie.

Since it reached the big screen in 1977, Star Wars has fascinated numerous enthusiastic fans worldwide. From movies, dramas, books to merchandise, anything related to the story has been highly sought after. Anticipating the first stand-alone film of the Star Wars saga Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on 15 December, Chow Tai Fook proudly presents the new Star WarsTM Collection that reinterprets the favourite characters, including the Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, C3PO, R2D2, Chewbacca, Millennium Falcon, as well as the signature weapon Lightsaber, as meticulously crafted ornaments and jewellery pieces in pure gold, silver and 18K white gold. Fans can also amp up their looks with a stylish range of charms and pendants featuring the most iconic motifs.
Chow Tai Fook invites highly popular celebrity Helen, To Yu Fung to shoot viral video for Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection. It is curious how Helen will introduce this collection, please pay attention on Chow Tai Fook’s online platforms from 15, November onwards.
For more details, please visit:

Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection Special Offers
1.Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection Lucky Draw

From November 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017, customers can enjoy one lucky draw opportunity (per sales receipt) upon any purchase of Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection product at Chow Tai Fook branches and Chow Tai Fook eShop. Complete the online registration on or before January 15, 2017, the winners will be announced on January 20, 2017 at Chow Tai Fook Promotional Websites, Hong Kong Standard and Sing Tao Daily. Prizes include:

2.Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection Promotional Offers

From now on, customers can enjoy a free Star Wars tumbler, or redeem one Star Wars Backpack at HK$100 (full redemption proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Committee of the UNICEF) for any purchase of Chow Tai Fook Disney Collection product with a minimum of HK$4,000 (including at least one Star Wars product) at selected branches*, the offers will be available while stocks last.

*The promotional offers are available at:

Selected branches Address
3rd Central Branch 39 Queen’s Road Central, Central, H.K.
Times Square Branch B233-B235, Basement 2, Time Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, H.K.
6th Tsim Sha Tsui Branch Shop G02 & UG02, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.
4th Mong Kok Branch G01-06, Chow Tai Fook Centre, No.580 A-F Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, H.K.
1st Sha Tin Branch Shop No.312-313, Level 3, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, New Territories, H.K.
1st Tuen Mun Branch Shop No. M-1, MTR Level, V city, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, H.K.
2nd Causeway Branch 24-36 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, H.K.
3rd Causeway Branch 480-482 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, H.K.
7th Tsim Sha Tsui Branch Shop K11 G06, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.
13th Tsim Sha Tsui Branch Shop E to G, G/F, 54-66 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.
2nd Mong Kok Branch G23, G/F, Arland Center, 625 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, H.K.
5th Mong Kok Branch Shop No. 6-7, G/F., Bank Centre Mall, 636 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, H.K.
16th Mong Kok Branch Shop M27-28, MTR Floor, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, H.K.
Kwun Tong APM Branch (Zone 2) Shop No. C-22 Concourse Level, APM, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, H.K.
Kowloon Bay Branch Shop P37-P38, Telford Plaza, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, H.K.
Tsing Yi Branch Shop 138-140, Tsing Yi City, 33 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, New Territories, H.K.
2nd Tuen Mun Branch Shop 49-53, 1/F, Phase 2, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, New Territories, H.K.


3.Chow Tai Fook Star WarsTM Collection – Fight Minute Store Event

From December 10 to 18, 2016 (every Saturday and Sunday), customers in Fight Minute Store Event and complete the designated daily task at selected branches**, they have an opportunity to win: a Chow Tai Fook “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Special Edition Collectible Gold Card (the daily fastest completion), or valued HK$100 shopping vouchers (daily 2nd-10th fastest completion), the offers will be available while stocks last.
**The special events are available at:

Date Address
December 10 (Sat) 1:00-3:00pm Shop No.312-313, Level 3, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, New Territories, H.K.
December 10 (Sat) 4:30-6:30pm Shop M27-28, MTR Floor, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, H.K.
December 11 (Sun) 1:00-3:00pm Shop No.312-313, Level 3, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, New Territories, H.K
December 11 (Sun) 4:30-6:30pm Shop M27-28, MTR Floor, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, H.K.
December 17 (Sat) 1:00-3:00pm Shop No. C-22 Concourse Level, APM, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, H.K.
December 17 (Sat) 4:30-6:30pm Shop G02 & UG02, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.
December 18 (Sun) 1:00-3:00pm Shop G02 & UG02, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.
December 18 (Sun) 4:30-6:30pm Shop G01, G/F, Laforet Excelsior Plaza, 24-26 East Point Road, Causeway Bay, H.K.

Offer is subject to the terms and conditions. Products / Gifts are available while stocks last.
In case of any dispute, Chow Tai Fook reserves the right of final decision.

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Source: Chow Tai Fook


Red Button Vintage Creamery launches seven flavors of premium gelato

Red Button Vintage Creamery Brings a Taste of Italy to Local Grocers
Utah company adds seven varieties of gelato to frozen dessert offerings

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Red Button Vintage Creamery is adding a taste of Italy to its product line with the launch of premium gelato this week. The Utah-based company, which also makes Red Button Vintage Creamery Ice Cream and Premium Pies, will introduce seven varieties of the decadent dessert to shoppers exclusively at more than 300 members of Associated Food Stores.

Red Button Vintage Creamery Premium Gelato is available in seven flavors including Bananas Foster, Vanilla Caramel Swirl, Southern Roasted Pecan, Creamy Coconut, White Chocolate Raspberry, Minto Chocolate Classic and Double Dark Chocolate. Each flavor is curated in small batches with the freshest ingredients including cane sugar, thick cream and all-natural flavors to ensure each spoonful is just as delicious as the first. Available in one-pint plastic containers with a re-sealable lid, Red Button Vintage Creamery Gelato is comparable to the best national brands and will retail for two for $7 with the ice cream throughout the holiday season.

Gelato is Red Button Vintage Creamery’s third product line, joining 28 flavors of ice cream and 13 premium pies currently available to shoppers at more than 300 retailers including Lin’s, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market, Peterson’s and Stokes. For more information about Red Button Vintage Creamery or to find a retailer near you, visit

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

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

Source: Associated Food Stores

Price Chopper and Market 32 kick off 2016 Check Out Hunger campaign and Holiday Toy Drive

Schenectady, NY, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper and Market 32’s Check Out Hunger, a campaign that raises dollars and food donations for regional food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries and the annual Holiday Toy Drive kicked off this past weekend and will run for four weeks through Saturday, December 10.

“Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to organize and host these important campaigns in our stores and we’re thankful for the collective generosity and support of our teammates, customers and community partners,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Check Out Hunger and the Holiday Toy Drive help us raise awareness and resources for our neighbors who may need a little help getting through the end of the year.”

Check Out Hunger gives shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their grocery bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and to purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

The annual Holiday Toy Drive, in partnership with The Salvation Army, offers toy collection sites at every Price Chopper and Market 32 throughout the six-state service area, with the goal of distributing the toys to children in need within the communities where the toys were donated.

Price Chopper and Market 32 will match donations for both campaigns of up to $5,000.

Last year’s campaigns raised more than $42,000 and 26 tons of food that were distributed to a dozen area food banks and more than 3,000 toys that were distributed locally.

Both Check Out Hunger and the Holiday Toy Drive are annual giving programs that are available at all 135 Price Choppers and Market 32s throughout the chain’s six state footprint (CT, MA, NH, NY, PA and VT.)

About The Golub Corporation: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

Mona Golub
Price Chopper

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications

Source: Price Chopper

QVC and Peace Love World to raise fund this #GivingTuesday to benefit Nest

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s no better gift than giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, QVC is celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and its charitable mission to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships as the first company to globally support #GivingTuesday. The video and ecommerce retailer will be offering a shirt created especially for QVC from Peace Love World, a line of inspirational women’s clothing. Sixty percent of the purchase price* of every shirt will benefit Nest, a global nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of women by supporting female artisans who might not have the resources they need to flourish.

“This Giving Tuesday, we are celebrating the women who embody the same tried and true spirit that we so value in our QVC entrepreneurs,” said Rachel Ungaro, vice president, fashion and beauty merchandising, QVC. “We are pleased to team up with Nest and Peace Love World, a budding, women-led enterprise spreading peace, love and happiness around the world, to support women as they forge their own futures and strengthen economies across the globe.”

To join the global celebration of generosity, shoppers can tune in to QVC or visit and purchase the Peace Love World Give Love T-Shirt. Created especially for QVC, the shirt champions the universality of love by featuring the word in 16 different languages. In addition to the U.S., the shirt will also be available in QVC’s United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Italy markets. The proceeds from the purchase of the shirt contribute to the expansion of Nest’s remote learning center to reach 35,000 women; high-impact programming for six new artisan businesses in each of QVC’s six global markets; and leadership training and market immersion for six women business leaders.

“Nest is thrilled to receive the support of QVC this Giving Tuesday as we work towards our mission to empower artisan women in all corners of the world,” said Rebecca van Bergen, founder and executive director of Nest. “Our relationship with QVC demonstrates our shared commitment to creating increased economic opportunities for women by giving them access to the resources and training they need to succeed.”

Throughout the day, QVC will feature segments that highlight inspiring stories of those who have benefitted from the valuable resources provided by Nest. The creators of Nest and Peace Love World will also share how they made their respective passions a reality. QVC is asking shoppers to help spread the love by sharing a selfless selfie in the Peace Love World Give Love T-Shirt on social media by tagging QVC and using #GivingTuesday #unselfie.

November 29 also marks the launch of the full Peace Love World collection on The apparel line, which expresses positivity through powerful affirmations and imagery, blends luxury with coziness and includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants and more beginning at $29.50.

“I believe the journey of Peace Love World has molded me into the person I am today. I hope to give back by empowering women and helping them bring their passion to life, the way I have been able to,” said Alina Villasante, designer and founder of Peace Love World. “I strive to be an inspiration to my children and women throughout the world and show them dreams come true and hard work does pay off. QVC has provided me with the opportunity to inspire and share my message of peace, love and happiness with a large audience and I couldn’t have picked a better partner.”

The Peace Love World Give Love T-Shirt will be available, while supplies last, through, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 360 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has evolved from a TV shopping company to a leading ecommerce and mobile commerce retailer. The company’s website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc. *Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC


Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired military to enjoy free Thanksgiving meal in participating airport restaurants

ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, will once again offer a special thanks to the country’s military personnel. Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired military to enjoy a free meal through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program the week of Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 20, through Sunday, November 27, in these participating airport restaurants:

Asheville Regional: Blue Ridge Tavern Long Beach: Long Beach Burger Bar
Asheville Regional: Blue Ridge News Long Beach: Taco Beach Grill
Aspen–Pitkin County: Aspen Bar & Grille Long Beach: Taco Beach Cantina
Aspen–Pitkin County: Aspen Kiosk Long Beach: Long Beach Marche
Austin–Bergstrom: Ruta Maya Coffee Long Beach: 4th Street Vine
Austin–Bergstrom: ThunderCloud Subs Long Beach: The Boathouse
Dallas/Fort Worth: Whitetail Bistro Northwest Arkansas: Smokewood American Grill
Denver: Say Si Bon! TravelMart Northwest Arkansas: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market
Denver: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Northwest Arkansas: Mountain Bird Coffee/CNBC
Denver: Big Bowl Northwest Arkansas: Jammin’ Java
Denver: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand Northwest Arkansas: Auntie Anne’s
Denver: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Northwest Arkansas: Core Brewing Co.
Denver: Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs Pittsburgh: Bar Symon
Eagle County: Mountain Java Pittsburgh: Bottega dei Sapori
Eagle County: Alpenglo Express Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – Center Pier
Eagle County: Townie Tavern Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – North Pier
Eagle County: Alpenglo Grille Reagan National: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta: Sweet Auburn Market Reagan National: Wow Bao
Long Beach: Polly’s Gourmet Coffee N. Terminal Reagan National: Washington Pour Bar
Long Beach: Polly’s Gourmet Coffee S. Terminal Reagan National: U Street Pub
Long Beach: George’s Greek Café

Active and retired military service men and women can simply show their military identification when ordering or checking out to take advantage of this promotion.

“Providing free meals in our airport restaurants to our country’s military personnel through the Paradies Lagardère Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program is our way of saying thank you for serving our country,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “We’ve fed thousands of service members since the program started in 2013, and this initiative during Thanksgiving is just a small way of showing our appreciation for all that our service members do.”

Additional details:

Treat Our Troops is a national program that facilitates customer donations in many of the U.S. airports in which Paradies Lagardère operates stores. Shoppers are given the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of useful items such as snacks, beverages, toiletries, reading materials, and electronics, which are then placed in a collection box. Working in conjunction with airports and the United Service Organization (USO), Paradies Lagardère coordinates packaging and delivery of these donations to USO offices across the country. In 2015, the program resulted in donations of more than 660,000 products to military men and women worldwide.

Paradies Lagardère also offers free meals to U.S. military personnel between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Learn more about these and other initiatives by visiting

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste, and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently awarded three prestigious awards for excellence in Food and Beverage. Airport Revenue News awarded the company an ARN Award for Best Chef-Driven, Local or Regional Restaurant for Bar Symon in the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards also awarded Paradies Lagardère the Best Airport Bar Wait Staff for its Bar Symon Restaurant in the Pittsburgh International Airport, and recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

PIECES to donate EUR 66,666 to Doctors Without Borders instead of spending on an expensive Christmas campaign

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — PIECES had everything lined up for this year’s Christmas campaign – theme, top model, iconic actress, location etc. But then they asked themselves: Hey, what if we did something different this year? So, instead of spending all the budget on an expensive campaign, they decided to donate everything – EUR 66,666 – DKK 500,000 to Doctors Without Borders. Check out their video – where the entire cast participated free of charge.

The production of the movie found inspiration in the 90s dogma movies, and to keep the costs down and focus on the cause, all sequences have been shot on a consumer camera with a small hand-held, battery-powered lamp for lightening. PIECES chose to keep their products out of the movie, to make sure there would be no confusion about the non-commercial message of the movie.

PIECES thanks the volunteers: Bodil Jørgensen, Reem, Nicholas Kidd, Marie Boda Joekim, Andrea Nielsen, and Mathilde Gøhler.


Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00