Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-2018 school year opens Dec. 13

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season is full of the usual landmark dates, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. However, there’s one other date in December which could prove to be almost as important as the traditional celebrations for some military families: Dec. 13 marks the opening of the Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Now entering its 17th year, the program was created to recognize the “contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community,” according to the mission statement on the militaryscholar.org website.

At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700 scholarship grants will be awarded this year.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

“This is always an exciting time of year, when the Fisher House Scholarships for Military Children program kicks off, knowing 700 military children will have the opportunity to receive a $2000 scholarship to help toward their studies,” said Marye Dobson, the Defense Commissary Agency’s liaison for the scholarship program.

The commissary’s industry partners, including vendors, suppliers and manufacturers, as well as the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant’s family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2017. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

“Every year, we continue to be impressed by the caliber of military children who submit applications. The students who are selected to receive scholarship grants are truly ‘the best of the best,'” said Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House Foundation vice president.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2017 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

In the past 16 years of its existence, the program has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships to over 9,000 students.

For more information, students or sponsors should visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at (856) 616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Build-A-Bear Workshop named one of the Best Workplaces for Diversity for the second consecutive year

ST. LOUIS, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. (NYSE: BBW)—an interactive destination where guests can make their own personalized furry friends­—is one of the Best Workplaces for Diversity, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked No. 8 on the 2016 list, which is based on employees’ perceptions of their workplace fairness, opportunities for training, and access to senior leadership, among other factors. The 50 companies on the 2016 Best Workplaces for Diversity list average 24 percent higher year-over-year revenue growth than other Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM workplaces that didn’t earn a spot on the ranking.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-CertifiedTM organizations. Build-A-Bear Workshop also ranked as a best workplace on the following lists by Great Place to Work® and Fortune: the 2016 100 Best Companies to Work For® list (for the eighth consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women list (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces in Retail list (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Millennials list (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Flexibility list; and the 2015 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie list.

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About The Best Workplaces for Diversity 2016
Published together with our partner, Fortune, The Best Workplaces for Diversity ranking is based upon feedback from 448,456 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified companies who completed our Trust Index© Employee Survey. Employees from all backgrounds answered 58 questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, considering everything from how comfortable they are being themselves, to the degree of favoritism or insider politics they observe in the workplace, the fairness of promotions, the feeling of honest connection with co-workers, their access to senior leadership, and who receives information and professional development and who doesn’t.

To determine the winners, Great Place to Work analyzed how positively women, minorities and LGBTQ employees reported experiencing their workplace overall, paying special attention to an index of factors where these employees tend to have a less positive experience than their colleagues. Rankings take into account how favorably women, minorities and LGBTQ employees experience their workplace relative to their male, Caucasian and heterosexual colleagues’ experiences. The list also considered the degree of representation women and minorities enjoy within the workforce as a whole, as well as in management and executive roles. Organizations needed to have at least 50 employees to be considered and were compared to peers of similar size.

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

Follow Great Place to Work online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

BRP issues The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard

Boston, MA, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — One year after The Future Store Manifesto was published, BRP issued a scorecard to evaluate how retailers are progressing along the road to the “future store.” The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard, sponsored by Salesforce Commerce Cloud, highlights how retailers are changing their initiatives to align with the key future store imperatives: mobile, relevant, personal, ubiquitous and secure.

The digital world is infiltrating brick and mortar stores, where consumers are equipped with smartphones and a new set of expectations. Over the past twenty years, many in the retail industry have predicted the demise of the physical store. But the reality is, the store is still the foundation of retailing. It is where the tactile and sensory experience comes together for the consumer.

To succeed, retailers are infusing digital features into the store environment to personalize the shopping experience, compete more effectively with online pure-play retailers and exceed customer expectations. The store is not dead, it’s digitized!

“It is impressive to see how many retailers are making the five critical elements of the future store a top priority, however, many retailers have a long way to go,” said Ken Morris, principal at BRP. “The physical store will continue to be the heart and soul of retail operations for the foreseeable future, however, a transformation is in process. While the store isn’t going away, it’s already starting to get a whole lot more connected, mobile and smarter.”

“The unified consumer experience is table stakes today, and retailers know it. They don’t question  why they should do unified commerce. They question how – as in, how to break down the silos between digital and store systems to get to the omni-channel use cases. It all starts with a move to a single, real-time view of the consumer, prices and inventory availability across all channels,” said Eric Olafson, SVP Stores, Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

Here are a few of the key findings in this special report:

  • Mobile – 78% of retailers plan to use mobile POS to enable associates to complete a customer’s purchase on the sales floor by the end of 2018
  • Relevant – 58% of retailers plan to utilize geolocation within two years
  • Personal – 51% of retailers plan to offer suggested selling based on what is in the customer’s closet by mid-2019
  • Ubiquitous – 50% of retailers will allow a customer transaction to start anywhere, finish anywhere within five years
  • Secure – 88% of retailers plan to have end-to-end encryption (E2EE) implemented to ensure data security by 2019

About Salesforce Commerce Cloud

The Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store.  From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion.  With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud delivers customer satisfaction and growth from planning to launch and beyond.

For more information, visit commercecloud.com, call +1-888-553-9216 or email commercecloud@salesforce.com

About BRP

BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

For more information on BRP, visit www.bostonretailpartners.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

David Nauman
Vice President of Marketing
916-673-7757
dnaumann@bostonretailpartners.com

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BRP issueS The Future Store Manifesto – 2016 Scorecard

 

Source: BRP

Lenta announces the opening of 11 new stores previously operating under the K-Ruoka brand

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of 11 new stores acquired during the purchase of the Kesko food retail business in Russia (“KFR”), previously operating under the K-Ruoka brand.

10 hypermarkets and one supermarket are opening today in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region, now operating under the Lenta brand.

The total selling space of new Lenta stores is 40,0231sq.m, of which 39,657 sq.m is owned and 2,366 sq.m is rented. In terms of size and layout, the stores are compatible with existing Lenta compact and supercompact hypermarket formats, and all of the store locations are strategically complementary to Lenta’s existing stores in Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region. All stores are opened 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The specific store characteristics are listed in the table below:

Address Total
Space
(sq.m)
Trading
Space
(sq.m)
Store
Format
Ownership No. of
cash
registers
No.
of
SKUs
No. of
parking
lots
Hypermarkets
Leningradskiy region,
Kingisepp, 69 Krikkovskoe av.
7,300 3,660 Supercompact owned 18 14,000 410
St.Petersburg,
Peterhof, 58A Gostilitskoe av.
7,300 3,677 Supercompact owned 18 14,000 400
St.Petersburg,
60A Parashutnaya str.
11,200 5,150 Compact owned 28 19,000 400
St.Petersburg,
45A Shuvalovskiy av.
7,200 4,485 Compact owned 18 19,000 180
St.Petersburg,
59A Piskarevskiy av.
10,900 5,150 Compact owned 28 19,000 240
St.Petersburg,
17A Planernaya str.
10,900 5,150 Compact owned 26 19,000 450
Leningradskiy region,
Vsevolozhsk, 12 Doroga Zhizni av.
7,500 3,670 Supercompact owned 15 17,000 860
Leningradskiy region, Sosnoviy Bor,
2 Akademika Aleksandrova str.
7,500 3,655 Supercompact owned 18 14,000 650
St.Petersburg,
13A, bld.2, Simonova str.
6,700 3,540 Supercompact owned 16 14,000 250
St.Petersburg,
34 bld.2 Uriy Gagarina av.
3,552 2,366 Supercompact leased 15 10,000 100
Supermarkets
St.Petersburg,
7A Urkhov alley
2,900 1,520 Supermarket owned 11 10,000 100

These new openings bring the total number of Lenta stores to 180 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 44 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 180 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 44 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 1,089,165 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,800 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 20162.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

Citigate
International Media:
David Westover
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its fifth hypermarket in Chelyabinsk

With this opening, Lenta expands its network in the Urals to 19 hypermarkets in 8 cities

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its fifth hypermarket in Chelyabinsk.

The new store is a Lenta supercompact format hypermarket located at 15 Akademika Sakharova str., Chelyabinsk. The store has a total area of 5,948 sq.m with 2,630 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 12,000 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Chelyabinsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 260 parking spaces and 20 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

The opening in Chelyabinsk is Lenta’s forty second hypermarket opening in 2016 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 181 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 44 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 181 hypermarkets in 77 cities across Russia and 44 supermarkets in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a total of approximately 1,091,795 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,900 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 1,000 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 34,134 people as of 30 June 2016 1.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

Citigate
International Media:
David Westover
Тel: +44 207 282 2886
E-mail: lentateam@citigatedr.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Marin Minamiya Japan’s Youngest Everest Summiteer becomes UNIQLO’s first female Global Brand Ambassador

Marin Minamiya Japan’s Youngest Everest Summiteer becomes UNIQLO’s first female Global Brand Ambassador

 

Berlin, Germany, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — UNIQLO today announces that it has appointed Marin Minamiya as its first female Global Brand Ambassador. She was 19 when summiting Mt. Everest in May this year as the youngest Japanese national to achieve this feat. UNIQLO will continue to support her through this partnership while working with her on product development and in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and other initiatives to enhance customers’ daily lives through LifeWear.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Minamiya said, “I have always been a “UNIQLIMBER” wearing UNIQLO’s clothes when I do climbing and training. Therefore, I am deeply honored to become a UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador. I’ve been a UNIQLO devotee for some time, relying on the amazing functionality of its clothing in the harsh environs of Everest and other mountains or when I’m training or simply out and about. I’m also impressed with the affordability and everyday comfort of these high-performance items. I look forward to drawing on my experiences in working closely with UNIQLO on product development and CSR while pursuing more adventures.”

Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., said, “I am delighted to have Marin Minamiya become a UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador, not least because she is a student at my alma mater university. I am also very pleased that she was able to prove the outstanding performance of such LifeWear items as HEATTECH and Ultra Light Down in reaching the world’s highest peak. Her desire to keep taking on new challenges perfectly matches the relentless UNIQLO commitment to innovation. We look forward to collaborating with her to develop new LifeWear items that leverage advanced technologies while helping her to realize her dreams.”

Profile of Marin Minamiya
Marin Minamiya was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1996. When 18 months old, she relocated with her parents to Malaysia, thereafter living in Shanghai and Hong Kong. She has spent a total of 12 years living abroad. From 2011 to 2013, she climbed all of Hong Kong’s mountains and scaled 6,000-meter-high peaks in Nepal and Tibet. She obtained a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in 2014. Marin went to South Island School in Hong Kong and Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School. In 2015, she became a student in the Department of Global Political Economy of Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics.

Seven Summits Completed

Aconcagua (South America) January 2015
Kilimanjaro (Africa) August 2015
Vinson Massif (Antarctica) December 2015
Mount Kosciuszko (Australia) January 2016
Mount Elbrus (Europe) March 2016
Mount Everest (Asia) May 2016
Denali (North America) July 2016

Items Supplied to Marin Minamiya

Product Price (excl. tax) for Japan
Everest Down Suit (tentative name) Customized item not available for sale
Ultra Light Down Jacket ¥5,990
Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full Zip Jacket ¥1,990
HEATTECH Turtle Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt ¥990
HEATTECH Extra Warm Turtle Neck T-Shirt ¥1,500
HEATTECH Extra Warm Leggings ¥1,500
BLOCKTECH Coat ¥7,990
BLOCKTECH Hooded Jacket ¥7,990

Source: FAST RETAILING CO., LTD.

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GameStop reveals what kids want this holiday season

GameStop Has the Loot Your Kids Want This Holiday; Fund Your Holiday Purchases Through Trades Plus Get a $50 GameStop Gift Card Starting Wednesday, December 7

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, has the inside scoop on what kids want this holiday season. The top gaming retailer recently polled its PowerUp Rewards™ members to find out what’s on their littlest gamer’s wish lists.

It came as no surprise that those who took the survey said their favorite persons to shop for were the kids in their life with their significant other a distant second. They also offered the inside information on the must-have merchandise for Holiday 2016.

From games for every system to collectibles and more, these are the top 5 video game gifts kids want this year:

  • New games – Some of the most popular games the kids today are playing are sporty titles like Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and FIFA 17 but also classics, like LEGO games. LEGO Dimensions is a toys-to-life video game that allows players to live out their wildest franchise cross-over fantasies. Utilizing the Lego Toy pad and official LEGO Dimensions mini-figures, you can transport characters from various major franchises such as D.C. Comics, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more as you fight to save the Multiverse. Just Dance 2017 is the latest installment of the hit family game that will keep kids, or the whole family, active while having fun, and customers can get $10 off Just Dance 2017 December 11-17. Shoppers can also save $20 on Forza Horizon 3and ReCore December 11-31.
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL – For the kid on the go, the New Nintendo 3DS XL not only plays hundreds of awesome 3DS games, but it also plays every original DS game too. Popular games for the 3DS include any game starring our hero: Mario. Try out Super Mario Maker, the classic Mario Kart 7, the new Mario Party Star Rush or Super Smash Brothers, which allows gamers to pit different Nintendo characters against each other to fight it out. December 11-17 you can get $25 off the purchase of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, while supplies last.
  • Everything Pokémon – Pokémon is super popular right now, and two of the hottest games to come out this year are the just released Pokémon Sun andPokémon Moon, available only for the 3DS at $39.99 each. Your Poké-fan can experience the world of Pokémon in a new way with the unique Pokémon Z-Ring and Z-Crystals! Compatible with both titles, the Z-Ring can interact and synchronize to enhance the game play experience with new Z-Moves! Available now for $32.99.
  • Anything Star Wars – With a brand new movie in theaters, cool t-shirts, awesome FUNKO pop vinyl figures, and games like LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens and the epic Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars is as cool as ever and some of the coolest gifts in the galaxy are at GameStop!
  • PSVR (for children ages 12 and up) – GameStop is the destination for virtual reality this holiday and you’d be sure to dazzle the whole family with the new PlayStation® VR. It has immersive technology that will transform how you experience interactive entertainment. The PSVR core bundle includes the headset, cables, stereo headphones and demo disc with 18 games. It’s compatible with the PS4 and the PS4 Pro. It’s non-stop fun at the highest level of engagement and an excellent value at $399.99.
  • Harry Potter Collectibles – Fallen in love with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? You find the magical creatures at GameStop. Intricately detailed and painted, each creature, ranging from Hedwig to a Gringott’s goblin, is available in figure form for $29.99.

Also popular among those polled:

  • Skylanders Imaginators – Kids of all ages love these high-tech meets tactile toys. All the Skylanders figures you already own will work with this new game. There are more than 350 to collect! Visit GameStop during Skylanders Weekend, December 17 and 18, for deals on Skylanders and to scoop up the GameStop exclusive Mystical Bad Juju Sensei figure, first available on December 17 for $14.99.
  • All things Minecraft – If the gamer on your list loves Minecraft, and who doesn’t, then GameStop is your Minecraft headquarters. GameStop has the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Favorites Console Bundle for $299.99. The bundle includes everything you need to build, create and explore: full downloads of Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10, plus 13 content Packs, and a FREE new Xbox One white or black wireless controller with purchase, now through December 10. Saturday, December 10 is also Minecraft Day at GameStop. Celebrate with us and get a FREE Minecraft sticker pack while supplies last. Save $10 on select Minecraft games and 20 percent on Mattel Minecraft collectibles.
  • New consoles – Whether it’s the Xbox One S, the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 Pro or PlayStation®4, GameStop can help customers select the console that’s right for their family. GameStop is offering a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership for FREE with the purchase of the PlayStation® 4 500 GB Uncharted 4 Bundle for $299.99 now through December 10 and while supplies last.

GameStop has these and all of the most coveted products for children of all ages. A GameStop game advisor can also help customers know which games are appropriate for your child and which games and other gifts your kid will love the most.

Customers can also make their holiday budget stretch further in trading consoles, games and accessories and put credit towards their wish list purchases. Starting Wednesday, December 7 through Friday, December 9, when customers trade in select hardware or technology items and opt for store credit, they will receive a $50 GameStop gift card on top of the value of their trades.

For more gift ideas for the holidays and information on products deals, please visit a GameStop store location, or GameStop’s online Holiday Hub.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 70 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,429 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Contact:
JackieSmith
GameStop Public Relations
817-722-7520
jackiesmith@gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

Kroger’s hiring event hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members

CINCINNATI, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Dec. 6, 2016) announced that as a result of its one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event held on November 9, the company hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members.

“I’m so proud of our store teams for their outstanding efforts during our national hiring event in November,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We can all be proud of hiring 4,000 veterans and family members in one day. We are delighted to welcome them to our Kroger family.”

Last month’s veteran-focused hiring event performed better than Kroger’s first one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event, which was held on September 15, 2015 and resulted in the company hiring 2,000 military veterans and their family members.

Kroger has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger’s family of stores have donated more than $18 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Newegg announces its most successful Black November to date

Strong Sales of VR and Gaming Notebooks Fuel the Most Successful Black November in Company History

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the holiday shopping destination of choice for tech enthusiasts, recently closed the books on its most successful Black November to date, driven in large part by strong sales from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. In aggregate, during this five-day period Newegg sales increased 19.1% year-over-year. In contrast, online shopping as a whole increased 15.2% over that same period (Adobe Digital Insights, November 29, 2016). Newegg outpaced e-commerce industry trends with strong sales of virtual reality (VR) equipment, gaming notebooks and video game consoles. Popular PC upgrade components and accessories such as graphics cards, SSDs and monitors were also popular.

With less than three weeks until Christmas, Newegg offers some helpful tips for holiday shoppers in search of the perfect gift:

Ship to FedEx Locations
With so many people shopping online this time of year, it’s no surprise thieves are out in force. Customers can follow these recommendations to keep “porch pirates” at bay:

  • Take advantage of Newegg’s new “Hold for Pick-up at FedEx Location” option for secure storage and convenient pick up
  • When shipping to residential addresses, customers can track their order status to know when their packages will arrive and limit how long they sit unattended at their homes
  • And for added peace of mind, customers can install an IP/Network camera to deter thieves, and capture valuable visual evidence if a package is taken

Get to Know Shipping Deadlines
When shopping online in December, it’s valuable to understand various shipping deadlines. This will save customers money and help them avoid the frustration of gifts that arrive after Christmas.

Make Well-informed Purchasing Decisions
Finding the perfect gift – especially tech products – can be a daunting task. Before making a purchase, make sure to browse some of the millions of customer reviews on Newegg.com. And Newegg’s customer service team is always on hand to offer expert advice and support before and after purchase.

Understand the Ins and Outs of VR
Some of the hottest sellers this holiday are products that bring VR into the home. VR requires powerful computers; it’s possible a component or two may need to be upgraded to ensure a flawless VR experience. Visit Newegg’s VR portal to learn what you need and how to check to ensure your machine is VR-ready.

Whether shopping from home or on the go, Newegg’s desktop, mobile and app-based shopping experience is second to none. For more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest holiday deals from Newegg, visit http://www.newegg.com/HolidayDeals.

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 28 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. Newegg operates Hybrid Centers in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Source: Newegg Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts becomes the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the National Hockey League

Dunkin’ Donuts becomes the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the National Hockey League

 

  • Multi-year deal marks Dunkin’ Donuts’ first national sports league partnership and will make Dunkin’ Donuts the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the NHL
  • New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh and Boston Bruins Center David Backes will join Dunkin’ Donuts as official spokespersons

CANTON, MA, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. hockey fans have a new reason to cheer this season, as Dunkin’ Donuts and the National Hockey League announced a multi-year agreement today (December 05, 2016), making Dunkin’ Donuts the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the NHL®. The partnership, which marks Dunkin’ Donuts’ first national sports league partnership, will officially launch during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® outdoor game in St. Louis on January 2, 2017.

As part of the deal, Dunkin’ Donuts will be prominently featured at several of the NHL jewel events, including the NHL Winter Classic®, NHL® All-Star Weekend, NHL Stadium Series™ and the NHL’s year-long Centennial celebration. Dunkin’ Donuts will be included in advertising, LED Signage and jumbotron displays, as well as on-site activations at each jewel event.

Dunkin’ Donuts also will have significant presence across NHL’s broadcast and digital platforms in the U.S. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts has a multi-million dollar partnership with NBC Sports that will include custom in-game features and dasherboard visibility, as well as advertising across broadcast, digital and social media channels beginning January 2 and continuing throughout the NHL season.

New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and Boston Bruins center David Backes will join Dunkin’ Donuts as national brand spokespersons. McDonagh and Backes will be featured in a series of advertisements, along with U.S. Women’s Team Captain and star of the Boston Pride, Meghan Duggan.

“As the NHL celebrates its Centennial year, we are thrilled to be partnering with such an iconic league, giving our fans many more opportunities to engage with their favorite hockey teams,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President, Field Marketing, Dunkin’ Brands. “NHL fans, much like Dunkin’ Donuts fans, are some of the most loyal, energetic and passionate fans around. Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches are sure to keep hockey fans running throughout the season.”

“This groundbreaking deal, marking the NHL as the first professional sports league partner for Dunkin’ Donuts, reflects the power and reach of the NHL brand and our ever-growing fan base,” said Dave Lehanski, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Global Partnerships, NHL. “Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches are synonomous with hockey at all levels – whether you’re a hockey fan, parent, or player. We’re excited and proud to welcome Dunkin’ Donuts to our NHL family, and look forward to working together to engage hockey fans all across the country.”

Dunkin’ Donuts will also offer special NHL team logo donuts for a limited time throughout the season at participating U.S. restaurants in select markets.

Prior to launching a league-wide partnership with the NHL, Dunkin’ Donuts has maintained a proud history of local partnerships with several prominent NHL franchises including the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.  As a result of Dunkin’ Donuts’ partnership with the NHL in the U.S., the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues have joined the brand’s roster of local NHL team sponsorships. In December 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts became the first official corporate sponsor of the new National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and entered into a partnership with USA Hockey that includes designation as the Official Coffee Shop of the U.S. Women’s National Team in February 2016.

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

To learn more about the National Hockey League visit www.nhl.com or follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NHL), Twitter (www.twitter.com/NHL) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/nhl)

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and the NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL All-Star logo, and NHL Stadium Series name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League.  NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams.   © NHL 2016.   All Rights Reserved.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

About the NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, will celebrate its Centennial anniversary in 2017. The year-long celebration will pay tribute to 100 years of NHL hockey by honoring the past, commemorating the present, and celebrating its future. In 2017 the League will also celebrate 125 years of the most revered trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Comprised of 30 Member Clubs, the NHL is represented by players from more than 20 countries across team rosters. Each year, the NHL entertains hundreds of millions of fans around the world. The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, and Viasat in the Nordic Region. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™, and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and featuring an enhanced statistics platform powered by SAP, providing the definitive destination for hockey analytics. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community through programs including: Hockey is for Everyone™ which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer™ which raises money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight; NHL Green™ which is committed to the pursuit of sustainable business practices; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports. For more information, visit NHL.com.

Contact:

Michelle King
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Michelle.King@dunkinbrands.com

Nirva Milord
NHL
212-789-2123
nmilord@nhl.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Coop Italia and Accenture reinvent grocery shopping experience with the opening of Supermarket of the Future store

Coop Italia and Accenture reinvent grocery shopping experience with the opening of Supermarket of the Future store

 

COOP, Accenture and Avanade deliver a range of technologies to increase brand loyalty and store profitability

MILAN, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop Italia, Italy’s largest supermarket chain, has collaborated with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to reinvent the customer experience in grocery shopping with the opening of its Supermarket of the Future store.

The new flagship store, located in Milan’s University area of Bicocca, provides a welcoming, innovative and informative shopping environment. It merges the physical and digital to recreate the atmosphere of local open-air markets, combined with innovative digital solutions that provide useful product information, while improving store navigation.

Accenture helped Coop to completely redesign the supermarket’s information architecture. Working with Avanade, a joint venture company between Accenture and Microsoft, Accenture helped implement the IT infrastructure, and analyze and develop point-of-sale touch points. The result is a modular and flexible solution, underpinned by a Microsoft Azure cloud-based platform that can be easily scaled to a large number of stores.

“Following the great success and positive feedback we received when we showcased the Supermarket of the Future concept at Expo Milano 2015, we got straight to work to make our vision a reality,” said Marco Pedroni, President of Coop Italia. “Using their digital expertise, Accenture and Avanade have helped us redesign the grocery shopping experience through a digital journey that meets customer demand for information, engagement and functionality in a simple and intuitive way.”

The customer experience is enabled by the implementation of interactive food display tables and smart shelves to make shopping more relevant and personalized by providing customers with a range of product information. The project incorporates a series of technical solutions originally developed by Accenture for COOP at Expo Milano 2015, based on designs by MIT professor and head of Carlo Ratti Association, Carlo Ratti, the Supermarket of the Future includes:

  1. Interactive tables: Products are exhibited in the supermarket on large interactive tables where a simple movement of the hand shows augmented information about the product on a monitor, including its origins, nutritional facts, the presence of allergens, waste disposal instructions, correlated products and promotions. This augmented experience is made possible by Microsoft Kinect sensors that use body detection to interpret the customer’s gestures.
  2. Vertical shelving: In the new store the traditional layout of the shelving has been rethought and associated with a touch application, which enables the customer to navigate through the product categories, to filter and search for most suitable products, discover promotions, view detailed product information. The result is an augmented label that gives the customer deeper insight into the product they are purchasing.
  3. Real Time Data Visualization: During the journey through the store, the customer can take a look at a large real-time data visualization screen showing content including: Coop’s brand values, special daily offerings and cooking suggestions, social media information including posts on Coop’s Facebook account, top selling products and promotions for each category, facilitating an additional interaction point with the shoppers.

“Through Coop’s Supermarket of the Future, we are bringing to life how the physical and the digital are capable of converging to create an engaging and immersive grocery shopping experience,” said Alberto Pozzi, managing director in Accenture’s Retail Practice in Italy. “Coop is shaping the future of supermarkets by combining hyper personalization, deep product information and connected devices in-line with customer buying journeys. We are looking forward to continued collaboration and bringing future innovation straight into the hands of Coop’s customers.”

“Avanade is passionate about the power of digital innovation and how it can transform the customer experience. We are particularly excited to have helped Coop make the supermarket of the future concept a reality for its customers,” said Stefania Filippone, executive in Consumer Goods & Retail, Avanade, Italy.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts:
Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Armando Barone
Accenture
+ 39 3485608969
armando.barone@accenture.com

Source: Accenture

Nedbank to become the first bank in South Africa to introduce NCR Interactive Teller

Nedbank becomes first bank in South Africa to deploy NCR’s Interactive Services software

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that Nedbank (JSE: NBKP), one of the largest banks in the country, will be the first bank in South Africa to introduce NCR Interactive Teller. Built on modern hardware, this software-based technology allows the user to complete up to 80 percent of transactions typically completed inside a physical branch with a live video teller at an ATM.

NCR has integrated its Interactive Banker, tablet banking software with the Interactive Teller to help Nedbank deliver amazing customer experience while boosting efficiency and increasing profits. This integration will enable Nedbank to leverage intuitive tablet enterprise technology to turn smart data into great customer service by using real-time customer information so the very best assisted service is offered at the most appropriate moment. The introduction of NCR Interactive Teller will allow Nedbank customers to execute all branch banking features outside of traditional banking hours, including: cash withdrawals above the daily limit, cash deposits, cheque deposit, cheque encashment, credit card payments, and money transfers.

“Offering exceptional customer experience and interaction remains a key growth strategy for us. The introduction of NCR’s innovative Interactive Services technology for the first time in the country, reiterates our commitment to deliver exceptional banking experience to our customers,” said Preni Naidoo, Executive, Self Service Banking at Nedbank. With NCR Interactive Teller, we are actually increasing access to banking services using technology, while maintaining the comfort of human interaction. This initiative will offer our employees additional time to better serve customers with more complex banking needs, and allow us to offer clients the convenience they need every day of the year.”

NCR Interactive Teller enables a centrally located teller to take full remote control of all modules on a specially equipped ATM while engaging the customer over two-way, real-time video conversation, delivering a highly personalized experience. NCR Interactive Teller can reduce operating costs by enabling video tellers to operate units deployed across multiple sites, reaching and interacting with more customers than ever before, without incurring traditional branch expenses.

“Consumers cannot always bank during traditional branch banking hours. They desire service at a time and location that is convenient for them,” said Dimitri Kanellopoulos, Country Manager, NCR Financial Services, South Africa. “Allowing customers to bank at locations and channels of their preference is at the heart of how financial institutions are evolving their branch and omni-channel banking services. We remain committed to deliver innovations that bring a new world of omni-channel interactions and help financial institutions to offer differentiated customer experiences.”

NCR Interactive Banker untethers staff from their desks offering the freedom of a mobile universal banker app able to view multiple live transactions that informs them who is in the branch, their account details and what they are doing. They can act promptly with assistance that is precisely targeted to the customer’s needs and real-time information on cross-selling opportunities, staff can act immediately and offer customers a product they are interested in.

About Nedbank
Nedbank Group Limited is one of South Africa’s four largest banking groups by assets and deposits, with Nedbank Limited being its principal banking subsidiary. Nedbank provides a wide range of wholesale and retail banking services and has a growing insurance, asset management and wealth management offering through four main business operations, namely Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, Nedbank Business Banking, Nedbank Retail and Nedbank Wealth. For more information visit www.nedbank.co.za.

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

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com | www.ncrsilver.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:

Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Corporation
912. 261. 954. 583
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Staples, Inc. declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on its common stock

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today (Dec. 6, 2016) that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Staples, Inc. common stock of $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable on January 12, 2017, to shareholders of record on December 21, 2016.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online, via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples(NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Media Contact:
Bill Durling
508-253-2882

Investor Contacts:
Chris Powers
508-253-4632

Scott Tilghman
508-253-1487

Source: Staples, Inc.

SPAR Netherlands announces initiatives to increase its footprint

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continued growth in the convenience format has enabled SPAR to roll out a number of city stores recently, with openings unveiled in the cities of Eindhoven, Zutphen, Breda and Zwolle. But there are new initiatives to increase the brand’s footprint.

New SPAR forecourt stores

In its latest move to grow the presence of the brand, SPAR Netherlands has entered into an agreement with EFR, the operating company of Texaco service stations in the Netherlands, to open SPAR forecourt stores.

In January 2017, the stores of three petrol stations will be converted to the SPAR Express format. The combination of direct food consumption with daily groceries is the starting point. The new forecourt stores will build on the existing SPAR City store concept, of which 28 are already operational in the Netherlands. The product range will be adapted to the needs of local residents and passers-by.

Amsterdam gains a young and ambitious SPAR retailer

Most recently, SPAR Netherlands launched a new city store on Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam, operated by Carlo Janmaat. This is the sixth SPAR City store to open in the capital.

Carlo is an enthusiastic young retailer, just 28 years of age. He is delighted to be running his own SPAR store in the country’s capital. Carlo has gained experience at several retail companies, visited many SPAR City stores and done extensive market research on the location of the store.

As with all SPAR City stores, the new Amsterdam store’s offer is mainly focussed on passers-by. The store is located on a busy stretch of road and includes a large variety of fresh convenience products as well as items for direct consumption such as sandwiches, smoothies and coffee with pastries. Additionally, the SPAR City store offers quick breakfast options, healthy lunch choices and convenient ready-to-eat dinners.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR UK launches healthier snacking range

United Kingdom, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR UK has launched an on-trend fruit, nuts and seeds snacking range, tapping into consumer demand for healthier snacks.

The range brings shoppers a choice of dried fruit, unsalted nut and mixes containing seeds, nuts and chocolate.

There are eight ‘eat now’ £1 bags, and five larger £2 re-sealable bags in the range, which is now available in SPAR stores in the UK.

The £1 ‘eat now’ range comprises: Berry mix; Brazil nuts; Fruit, nut & seed mix; Unsalted cashews; Mixed nuts; Almonds; Dried mango; and Chocolate, fruit & nut mix.

The £2 sharing range comprises: Walnuts; Almonds; Unsalted cashews; Dried Mango and Mixed nuts.

Susan Darbyshire, SPAR UK Brand Director, said: “With the current trend for health and wellness, consumers are looking for alternative snacking options that meet their needs for a healthy, tasty treat.

“As a result, the category is growing at 12% year on year, making this the perfect time for the SPAR Brand fruit, nuts and seeds snacks to launch.

“With all the bestsellers in the category available in the range, packaged in handy re-sealable bags, we’re confident this range will be a success for our retailers,” she said.

Merchandising materials including POS, posters and stands are available to retailers to help display the range, and the launch will be supported by social media activity and sampling.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Sheetz to open three new stores in central Pennsylvania: Manheim, Hummelstown-Derry Township and York

ALTOONA, Pa., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 60 years, today (Dec. 6, 2016) announced the upcoming openings of three new stores in central Pennsylvania:  Manheim, Hummelstown-Derry Township and York.

The first opening is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 at the store in Manheim, located at 1205 Lancaster Road.  On Dec. 15, Sheetz will welcome a new store near Hershey, Pa. in the Hummelstown and Derry Township area, located at 777 Middletown Road.  The final new store opening of 2016 will be on Dec. 22, when Sheetz opens its latest store in York, located at 160 Leader Heights Road.

All Sheetz locations are open 24/7 and these new stores will offer more than 60 new full and part-time job opportunities.  The new locations will welcome customers with a special offer of free self-served coffee for a limited time.  All three locations will continue to display Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on unique touch-point terminals to order any specialty drink or food item.

The grand opening ceremonies for each store will begin at 11 a.m. with  a ribbon-cutting ceremony, where a Sheetz family member and people from each community will witness the last time each store’s doors will be opened.

Sheetz is truly committed to all the communities each store serves. During the grand opening ceremony at each store, Sheetz will be donating $2,500 to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers. Since 2005 Sheetz has also partnered with Make-A-Wish, where they have been able to grant over 400 wishes sending families and their seriously ill children on dream vacations to Walt Disney World. During the Christmas season, for the last 24 years, Sheetz For the Kidz™charity has helped more than 100,000 children by raising more than $22 million dollars to provide underprivileged kids with new clothes, toys, and necessities.

About Sheetz, Inc.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates over 535 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

Contact:
Nick Ruffner
nruffner@sheetz.com

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

HBC announces its 3Q FY2016 financial results

  • Consolidated retail sales increased 28.6% to $3.3 billion from $2.6 billion a year ago
  • Digital sales at Legacy HBC grew 12.9% on a constant currency comparable basis
  • Inventory levels on a comparable basis declined approximately 2% from a year ago as a result of the Company’s disciplined focus on this area
  • Adjusted EBITDAR decreased 1.4% to $276 million
  • Net Loss of $125 million; The current quarter included $3 million in net dilution gains related to the joint ventures compared to $91 million a year ago, which contributed to net earnings of $7 millionin that period

TORONTO & NEW YORK & COLOGNE, Germany, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX: HBC) today (December 5, 2016) announced its third quarter financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine week periods ended October 29, 2016. Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars. Certain metrics, including those expressed on an adjusted, normalized, comparable and/or constant currency basis, are non-IFRS financial measures (for more information please refer to the “Supplemental Information” section of this press release and the reconciliation tables further below).

“During the third quarter we continued to execute our all channel strategy in the face of a retail environment where there were challenges in the women’s apparel, department store and luxury segments. To address this we are continuing to move aggressively, making specific improvements both in our digital and brick and mortar operations that will allow us to better serve our customers. During the quarter we finished installing our world class robotic fulfillment system in Canada, and are already leveraging this technology at Hudson’s Bay during the busy holiday season. We are also excited about our progress in Europe. In the Netherlands, we are executing our organic growth strategy, and in November we completed our first major renovation in Germany at our GALERIA Kaufhof store in Düsseldorf. During the quarter, we took advantage of a favourable lending environment to reprice our term loan which will reduce our interest costs going forward. We believe our world class real estate portfolio, which is less affected by near term retail trends, continues to provide substantial value to the Company,” stated Richard Baker, HBC’s Governor and Executive Chairman.

Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “Sales were challenging in the third quarter but we believe our all channel strategy is the right long-term strategy for generating profitable growth. We continue to focus on delighting our customers and building a digital and brick and mortar platform that will allow them to shop whenever, wherever and however they choose. Many of our initiatives revolve around finding new ways to wow our customers and offering tailored, exclusive product, which we expect will drive sales across all of our banners. While we have made considerable progress on increasing efficiencies during the last year, we believe that there are further areas for improvement and we will continue to evaluate our options. We remained focused on inventory management during the quarter and despite lower than expected sales, driven by challenges in some of our markets, comparable inventory levels decreased by approximately 2% from the prior year. We believe we are well positioned for and excited about the current holiday season and remain focused on executing our all channel strategy across our banners and geographies.”

Plans to Drive Sales Growth

Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor are focused on strengthening outperforming categories such as dresses and active wear. Additionally, Hudson’s Bay is optimizing its Home Goods business while better utilizing existing space through the addition of new categories such as toys. Both banners will continue to emphasize top-performing brands and products that are “Exclusively Ours”. For the holiday season, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor look to deliver strong key items at tremendous values and the introduction of an all-door gift giving program is expected to drive incremental sales. Both banners are also increasing their focus on the fast-growing mobile segment of the digital market.

Saks Fifth Avenue is very focused on sourcing exclusive and limited distribution product in order to differentiate its offerings. In conjunction with this, SaksFirst, the Saks Fifth Avenue customer loyalty program, is dedicating its service towards driving loyalty among emerging customers and creating one-of-a-kind experiences for existing members. For the holiday season, Saks Fifth Avenue is also proud to introduce a new gift concierge service which will offer dedicated gift concierges to assist customers with all of their gift-giving needs, including gift-wrapping, shipping, delivery, or simply finding that perfect holiday gift. Along with these initiatives, Saks Fifth Avenue is equipping all of its sales associates with tools that allow them to market themselves locally and take greater control over their success.

GALERIA Kaufhof is continuing its renovation program to modernize its selling space and introduce new and exciting brands. For example, Topshop recently opened its first German location at the Berlin store on Alexanderplatz. While renovations at key stores have negatively impacted current sales, these initiatives are expected to drive long-term sales growth and modernize the shopping experience throughout the banner. In addition to the ongoing renovations, GALERIA Kaufhof is investing in digital platforms as it works towards creating a best-in-class all channel offering. Digital sales are currently a small portion of the banner’s overall sales and GALERIA Kaufhof believes that there is significant opportunity to grow sales in this channel.

HBC’s Off Price banners are refocusing on their core strategy: offering high end brands at everyday value. While Saks OFF 5TH attempted to broaden its appeal by offering a wider selection of price points, the banner’s ability to provide high end, sought after products is a major differentiating factor for Saks OFF 5TH as compared to other off priced retailers. Saks OFF 5TH is in the process of re-merchandising its product mix to have a higher concentration of products at the top end of Saks OFF 5TH’s offering range, which is expected to drive increased traffic and conversion as well as a higher overall basket size. In addition, Saks OFF 5TH introduced a revised pricing strategy which was fully implemented by the end of the third quarter in the prior year. This revised strategy substantially reduced promotional activity and focused on offering great value on an everyday basis. The revised pricing strategy is expected to drive increased margin by offering customers a clearer value proposition. Gilt recently unveiled holiday offerings that feature entire outfits curated from its selection of unique brands, and is expanding its concierge program to provide personalized service to top customers. Heading into next year, Gilt expects to expand its brand partnerships to include new up and coming brands in addition to securing exclusive launches and collaborations.

Third Quarter Summary

All comparative figures below are for the thirteen week period ended October 29, 2016 compared to the thirteen week period ended October 31, 2015. DSG refers, collectively, to the Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters banners. HBC Europe refers, collectively, to GALERIA Kaufhof, Galeria INNO and Sportarena banners. HBC Off Price refers, collectively, to the Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH (“Saks OFF 5TH”) and Gilt banners. Legacy HBC refers to the Company as structured prior to the acquisition of HBC Europe and Gilt.

Consolidated retail sales were $3,300 million, an increase of 28.6% from the prior year, primarily as a result of the addition of HBC Europe and Gilt offset by a decrease in comparable sales of 4.0%. On a constant currency basis, comparable sales declined by 2.4% at DSG, 2.2% at HBC Europe, 8.4% at HBC Off Price and 4.6% at Saks Fifth Avenue, resulting in a total comparable sales decline of 3.6%. Total digital sales increased by 73.0% from the prior year, with total digital comparable sales increasing by 5.4% on a constant currency basis. Total digital comparable sales at Legacy HBC increased 12.9% on a constant currency basis.

For HBC overall, gross profit rate as a percentage of retail sales was maintained at 42.2% compared to the prior year.

Over the last several quarters, HBC has grown dramatically through the acquisition of GALERIA Kaufhof, Gilt, and the creation of the respective joint ventures with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Simon Property Group (collectively the “Joint Ventures”). Until the Company begins to anniversary these transactions, SG&A expenses will not be directly comparable to previous periods.

SG&A expenses were $1,342 million compared to $1,012 million in the prior year. This increase reflects the additions of HBC Europe, Gilt and the Joint Ventures. Normalized SG&A expenses were $1,284 million or 38.9% of retail sales, compared to 35.3% in the prior year. This rate increase was primarily driven by increased net rent expenses incurred in connection with the Joint Ventures, lower than expected comparable sales, and the inclusion of HBC Europe, which operates at a higher SG&A rate, for the full quarter.

Adjusted EBITDAR was $276 million, a decrease of 1.4% compared to $280 million in the prior year. This decrease should be viewed in relation to the 52.2% increase in Adjusted EBITDAR reported in the prior year. The decline in the current quarter was driven primarily by lower comparable sales, offset by the addition of HBC Europe for part of the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was $89 million, a decrease of $81 million compared to $170 million in the prior year. The Joint Ventures had a $60 million impact on Adjusted EBITDA compared to an $18 million impact in the prior year. Adjusting for this $42 million increase, the decline would have been 22.9%. This decline is relative to an Adjusted EBITDA increase of 44.1% in the prior year.

Commencing with the fourth quarter, the Company expects that its results will be more comparable as it anniversaries the increase in Joint Venture rent expenses associated with the contribution of its European properties and the sales of part of its equity in the HBS Joint Venture to third party investors. These Joint Venture rent expenses are essentially flat over the course of the year, while the retail business is seasonal, with sales and earnings weighted towards the back of the fiscal year.

Finance costs were $48 million compared to $29 million in the prior year. Of the $19 million increase, $8 million was due to the change in non-cash finance income generated from mark to market adjustments associated with the valuation of outstanding common share purchase warrants, and $6 million was related to higher interest expense associated with finance leases and pension liabilities acquired as part of the GALERIA Kaufhof transaction. Interest paid in cash was $41 million compared to $36 million in the prior year.

Net loss was $125 million compared to net earnings of $7 million in the prior year. Prior year earnings included a net gain of $91 million related to the dilution gains from investments in the Joint Ventures, compared to $3 million in the current year. Normalized Net Loss was $102 million compared to a loss of $1 million in the prior year. This increase in loss is primarily a result of increased rent expenses to the Joint Ventures and third parties, higher depreciation and amortization expenses, lower comparable sales and increased finance costs.

Year-to-Date Summary

All comparative figures below are for the thirty-nine week period ended October 29, 2016 compared to the thirty-nine week period ended October 31, 2015.

Consolidated retail sales were $9,855 million, an increase of 47.6% from the prior year, primarily as a result of the addition of HBC Europe and Gilt as well as an increase in comparable sales of 0.7%. On a constant currency basis, comparable sales grew 0.2% at DSG, offset by declines of 0.9% at HBC Europe, 8.0% at HBC Off Price and 4.0% at Saks Fifth Avenue, resulting in a total comparable sales decline of 2.0%. Total digital sales increased by 81.8% from the prior year, with total digital comparable sales increasing by 5.5% on a constant currency basis. Total digital comparable sales at Legacy HBC increased 13.0% on a constant currency basis.

For HBC overall, gross profit rate as a percentage of retail sales was 41.9%, an increase of 80 basis points from the prior year. This increase was primarily related to the addition of HBC Europe, which operates at relatively higher gross margin and SG&A rates.

SG&A expenses were $4,023 million compared to $2,567 million in the prior year, primarily as a result of the addition of HBC Europe, Gilt, and the Joint Ventures. Normalized SG&A expenses were $3,833 million or 38.9% of retail sales, compared to 36.1% in the prior year. This rate increase was primarily driven by the inclusion of HBC Europe, as well as net rent expense incurred in connection with the Joint Ventures.

Adjusted EBITDAR was $789 million, an increase of 37.5% compared to $574 million in the prior year, primarily as a result of the addition of HBC Europe. This increase follows an Adjusted EBITDAR increase of 22.1% in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $232 million, compared to $326 million in the prior year. The Joint Ventures had a $182 million impact on Adjusted EBITDA during the first three quarters of this fiscal year, compared to a $19 millionimpact in the prior year.

Commencing with the fourth quarter, the Company expects that its results will be more comparable as it anniversaries the increase in Joint Venture rent expenses associated with the contribution of its European properties and the sales of part of its equity in the HBS Joint Venture to third party investors. These Joint Venture rent expenses are essentially flat over the course of the year, while the retail business is seasonal, with sales and earnings weighted towards the back of the fiscal year.

Finance costs were $149 million compared to $128 million in the prior year. The majority of this increase is related to higher interest expense related to the Company’s finance leases and pension and employee liabilities acquired as part of the GALERIA Kaufhof transaction, as well an increase in short term borrowing interest expense. Interest paid in cash was $127 million, a $20 million increase over the prior year.

Net loss was $364 million compared to net earnings of $17 million in the prior year. Prior year earnings include total gains of $198 million related to the Joint Ventures, compared to $41 million in the current year. Normalized Net Loss was $315 million compared to a loss of $90 million in the prior year, primarily as a result of the creation of the Joint Ventures and the additional net rent expense associated with these entities, which are spread evenly over the course of the year, and increased depreciation and amortization expense.

Inventory

Inventory at the end of the third quarter increased by $217 million compared to the prior year. This increase was driven by the acquisition of Gilt, the opening of new Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks OFF 5TH stores and foreign exchange movements. During the quarter there was a heightened focus on inventory and as a result, on a comparable basis, inventory levels decreased by approximately 2% compared to the prior year.

Store Network

During the third quarter, the Company opened five Saks OFF 5TH stores in Canada, which are located in Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta and Edmonton, Alberta. In the U.S., the Company opened two Saks Fifth Avenue stores located in New York, New York and Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as 12 Saks OFF 5TH stores, which are located in Woodland Hills, California; Frisco, Texas; Fairfax, Virginia; Palm Desert, California; Springfield, Virginia; Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Brooklyn, New York; Naples, Florida;Scottsdale, Arizona; Rockville, Maryland and Clarksburg, Maryland. The Company closed two Saks Fifth Avenuestores in Short Hills, New Jersey and Fort Myers, Florida, one Saks OFF 5TH store in Schaumburg, Illinois and three Home Outfitters stores in Ottawa, Ontario; Nepean, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Hudson’s Bay Company:
Kathleen de Guzman
646-802-7070
kathleen.deguzman@hbc.com

Elliot Grundmanis
416-256-6732
elliot.grundmanis@hbc.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Hudson’s Bay Company:
Andrew Blecher
646-802-4030
Andrew.blecher@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Sears Auto and DieHard® launches DieHard 360º Vehicle Assessment and DieHard Edge Maintenance Plan

  • DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans Protect Driver’s Investment
  • DieHard 360º Provides Peace of Mind with CARFAX® and Entertainment with SiriusXM®

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Auto and DieHard®, America’s most trusted* auto battery brand, today ( Dec. 6, 2016) introduced DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans and DieHard 360° – services designed to provide peace of mind and protect drivers’ investments in their vehicles.

“Your vehicle is one of the largest investments you’ll make, second only to buying a home,” said Brian Kaner, president of Sears Auto. “That’s why it’s so important to take care of it through regular maintenance. Earlier this year, we introduced the first-ever DieHard tires. Now we’re expanding our product offering with the Diehard services: DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans and DieHard 360º. The DieHard Edge Maintenance Plans are designed to help our customers keep their vehicles running longer by providing pre-paid, flexible plans at an affordable price. The DieHard 360° vehicle assessment enables you to sell or buy a used vehicle in a safe meeting place and receive an unbiased, third-party evaluation. With DieHard 360°, we’ve established a partnership with both CARFAX and SiriusXM, so our customers will receive a full report and a two-month SiriusXM subscription which provide added value, security and entertainment.”

DieHard Edge Maintenance Plan – Provides 36 months or 45,000 miles, (whichever comes first) of covered maintenance locked in at today’s discounted prices (savings range from 25% to 40% off regular retail prices**), DieHard Edge is available in three flexible plans:

Basic– Includes:

  • Conventional Oil Change Plan $299.99 (Synthetic Oil Change Plan $599.99)
  • Tire rotations
  • Cabin and engine air filter replacement
  • Performance snapshot featuring a computerized diagnostics check and comprehensive visual inspection of key vehicle components
  • Brake evaluation

Premium– Conventional Oil Change Plan $699.99 (Synthetic Oil Change Plan $999.99). Includes all Basic Plan service, plus:

  • Battery replacement
  • Steering and suspension evaluation
  • Alignment
  • Brakes (pads, shoes and labor)

Elite–  Conventional Oil Change Plan – $1099.99 (Synthetic Oil Change Plan $1,399.99). Includes all Basic and Premium Plan services, plus:

  • Tire replacement, installation

Plans subject to applicable tax.

All maintenance is performed by professional, certified technicians. Maintenance plans are offered for 25% to 40% off** our regular retail price.

  • Road Hazard Protection – Entitles the purchaser to repair or for replacement of a covered tire that becomes unserviceable due to road hazards such as nails, potholes, etc.  Sears Road Hazard Plus is separate coverage issued by Sears when a tire is replaced under the DieHard Edge Elite Plan.  See Sears’ associate for details.

DieHard 360º Vehicle Assessment 
“Whether you’re selling or buying a used vehicle, the Diehard 360º Vehicle Assessment is a 120-point vehicle inspection available exclusively at Sears Auto Center, that provides confidence,” Kaner said. “If you’re selling a vehicle, DieHard 360º provides a third-party assessment of your vehicle that can help with the resale value. If you’re buying a vehicle, it provides a safe meeting place and an unbiased assessment of your vehicle’s true condition. And if you’re maintaining an existing vehicle, it helps eliminate the surprise and sting of unplanned services and expenses down the road.”

The DieHard 360º Vehicle Assessment, regular price $99.99 is available at an introductory price of $49.99 and Includes:

  • Performance snapshot with computerized diagnostics check and comprehensive visual inspection
  • DieHard service electrical system check
  • Brake evaluation
  • Steering and suspension evaluation
  • Tire rotation
  • Air conditioning system check
  • Exhaust evaluation
  • CARFAX Vehicle History Report
  • Two-month SiriusXM subscription (on eligible vehicles)

The DieHard brand offers a wide range of automotive and alkaline batteries, portable power products, phone cases, flashlights, high-performance work boots, tires and more. In addition, Sears Auto Center is the home of DieHard, trusted by generations of American drivers to keep them on the road with a full range of services and products. To learn more about the DieHard brand, visit http://www.DieHard.com.

*Among American drivers

About DieHard EdgeMaintenance Plans
Entire terms and conditions of agreement are included in the Sears DieHard Edge Maintenance Agreement; see your Sears Auto Center for eligibility requirements and a copy of the agreement to review full list of coverage, benefits, limitations, and exclusions. Services cannot be redeemed after the coverage term expires. Pre-Paid Maintenance coverage is provided and administered by AMT Warranty Corp., P.O. Box 1009, Bedford, TX 76095, (866) 652-1847. AMT Warranty Corp. is a Sears-approved provider but is not a related entity of Sears or Sears Auto Centers.

**Savings comparison varies by parts, service, vehicle and/or plan

For More Information visit searsauto.com.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way®, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore®, Craftsman®, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

About Sears Auto Center
Sears Auto Center is a leading provider of automotive maintenance and repair services and parts, with more than 600 locations nationwide offering a full array of passenger and light truck tires, including RoadHandler™, Michelin and Goodyear; DieHard® batteries, Craftsman® auto accessories and more. Sears has a long history as America’s trusted place for car care, having offered auto parts since 1905 and service since 1931. Sears Auto Center offers customers convenient locations and hours – open seven days a week, as well as an extensive menu of services. Sears Auto Center is a division of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For more information on Sears Auto Center please visit www.SearsAuto.com. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SearsAuto | Twitter @SearsAuto

About the DieHard brand
Introduced in 1967, Sears designed the original DieHard automotive battery to produce 35 percent more usable starting power than other similar batteries. Featuring a revolutionary tough, thin-walled case of translucent polypropylene plastic, which was 50 percent thinner than conventional black rubber-type battery enclosures, the design’s extra room meant bigger plates, more acid and extra starting power. During testing, not a single failure was reported in over 26,000 starts in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to more than 100 degrees, hence the name “DieHard.” See more DieHard history and compelling “Battery Torture” video at www.DieHard.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

McDonald’s Corporation announces Lionhorn Pte. Ltd. as the Developmental Licensee for its Malaysia and Singapore markets

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today (Dec 2, 2016) announced it has selected Lionhorn Pte. Ltd. as the Developmental Licensee (DL) for its Malaysia and Singapore markets. Lionhorn is led by Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza, who bring 20 years of experience as the DL for the nearly 100 McDonald’s restaurants in the Western and Southern regions of Saudi Arabia.

“This transaction marks another milestone in our Company’s ongoing efforts to identify strategic partners who share our values and vision to accelerate our growth and scale across diverse markets, drive innovation and place us closer to our customers and the communities we serve,” said McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook.

The new DL assumed ownership of the McDonald’s business in Malaysia and Singapore on December 1, 2016, which includes a total of 390 restaurants, more than 80% of which were Company-owned. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the DL structure, McDonald’s transferred its ownership interest in McDonald’s Malaysia and Singapore and granted a license to the DL to run McDonald’s restaurant operations in these markets. The DL partner will provide the capital necessary to support and grow the business and will pay an initial franchise fee and an ongoing royalty to McDonald’s.

“We are pleased to welcome Sheik Fahd as the Developmental Licensee for our business in Malaysia and Singapore,” said Simone Hoyle, Head of McDonald’s Asia Foundational Markets. “Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza’s experience in running great restaurants will create brand excitement for our customers and new opportunities for our people as these markets continue to grow and develop.”

Leading the day-to-day management of the Malaysia and Singapore markets, respectively, will be local operating partners Azmir Jaafar and Kenneth Chan, both of whom previously held senior leadership positions at McDonald’s and together possess over 40 years of experience.

This announcement follows a rigorous evaluation and selection process over the past year. As part of its turnaround plan announced in May of 2015, McDonald’s committed to refranchising 4,000 restaurants by the end of 2018 with the long-term goal of becoming 95 percent franchised. With this transaction, McDonald’s has now refranchised approximately 1,300 restaurants.

About McDonald’s:
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

McDonald’s has successfully utilized the DL ownership structure for more than 30 years in regions throughout the world including more than 70 individual countries with a portfolio of approximately 5,500 restaurants.

About Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza:
Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza serve as McDonald’s Developmental Licensees in the Western and Southern regions of Saudi Arabia, with nearly 100 restaurants. In their capacity as the McDonald’s DLs, Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza were awarded the Golden Arch Award in 2001, the highest recognition for a McDonald’s franchisee in the organization. Abdulrahman currently serves as General Manager of the McDonald’s business in Saudi Arabia.

About Kenneth Chan:
Kenneth Chan will join the Lionhorn DL organization as the operating partner for Singapore/Malaysia and Managing Director (MD) of Singapore. Prior to this, Kenneth served as Division President of China & Greater Asia as well as CEO of Greater China and MD of Singapore with oversight to Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan. His extensive knowledge of both markets and of the McDonald’s system will enable him to drive strong growth for the new DL.

About Azmir Jaafar:
Azmir Jaafar will join the Lionhorn DL organization as operating partner for Malaysia and will continue in his current role as the market’s MD. Previously, Azmir held other significant roles including Chief Development Officer of McDonald’s China and MD of the Company’s Middle East markets. Since his recent return to Malaysia, Azmir has successfully led a turnaround in the business with locally relevant, customer-focused strategies.

CONTACT:

Investors:
Chris Stent
630-623-3801

Media:
Terri Hickey
630-623-5593

Source: McDonald’s

Aurora Health Care to own and operate health clinics within eight Walgreens stores across eastern Wisconsin

Patients to have access to Aurora’s high-quality care at  eight convenient Walgreens locations

DEERFIELD, Ill. & MILWAUKEE, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and Aurora Health Care today ( December 6, 2016) announced that Aurora Health Care will own and operate, and provide all clinical services at, eight retail health clinics to be located within Walgreens stores across eastern Wisconsin.

Five existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to Aurora next spring, at which time the clinics will become an extension of Aurora Health Care. Walgreens will continue to manage these Healthcare Clinic locations until that time.  In addition, Aurora plans to open three new retail clinics in other area Walgreens stores in the spring. All of the sites will be named Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens.

Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations will give consumers improved access to the compassionate, affordable, high-quality care provided by Aurora Health Care. Aurora will also provide a seamless care experience for patients, as care will be truly integrated, whether patients visit an Aurora Health Care physician, an Aurora Health Care medical center or an Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens.

“At Aurora Health Care, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance access to care and make care more convenient, which is exactly what this new collaboration with Walgreens does,” said Jeffrey Bahr, MD, president-elect of Aurora Health Care Medical Group. “For those times when patients need quick, on-the-go care, we’re pleased to offer them access to Aurora’s high-quality, cost-efficient care with no appointment necessary, all inside a convenient neighborhood Walgreens.”

As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Aurora Health Care will form a collaborative council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction while reducing health care costs. With a joint focus on how to better serve the population of eastern Wisconsin, the two organizations will also continue to explore ways to provide new community access points.

“There is a growing need for convenient access to high quality and affordable healthcare services,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “By entering into new, innovative retail clinic collaborations with established community health systems like Aurora Health Care, we continue to help serve that need. Today, we welcome Aurora and its shared commitment to delivering to patients an exceptional and personalized continuum of care.”

The new Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations include:

  • 11270 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon
  • 2985 S. Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee
  • 10800 W. Capitol Drive, Wauwatosa
  • 6030 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee
  • 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield
  • 950 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh
  • 2301 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon
  • 464 Cardinal Lane, Howard

Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations will offer a variety of services, including quick, affordable diagnosis for common health concerns, such as bronchitis, influenza, and minor rashes, as well as vaccines for flu, pneumonia and meningitis. The locations will also be able to do pregnancy tests, TB tests and sports physicals.

The sites will operate seven days a week, including evenings, which gives patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 32,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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

Contacts:
Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Aurora Health Care:
Tami Kou
414-299-1860
tami.kou@aurora.org

Source: Walgreens

Walgreens with perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Company scores 100 percent for the 12th Year on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th Annual Scorecard

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This marks the 12th year Walgreens has earned a perfect score from the CEI index.

“It’s an honor to be acknowledged once again by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce that aligns with our mission to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy,” said Stevens Sainte-Rose, chief human resources officer at Walgreens. “We recognize the importance of fostering the growth and development of all our employees. Our Walgreens Pride Alliance business resource group has been especially helpful with evolving our policies and practices for more than a decade to help ensure a welcoming workplace for all.”

The 2017 CEI rated 887 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

Walgreens efforts satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Walgreens joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Walgreens

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

Contact:

Phil Caruso
847-315-2936
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks Vietnam and The Asia Foundation to prepare disadvantaged young people for careers in Vietnam’s fast-growing food and beverage industry

Starbucks Vietnam and The Asia Foundation to prepare disadvantaged young people for careers in Vietnam’s fast-growing food and beverage industry
Starbucks Vietnam and The Asia Foundation to prepare disadvantaged young people for careers in Vietnam’s fast-growing food and beverage industry

 

Starbucks extends commitment to creating opportunities and employment in communities around the world

HANOI, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Vietnam and The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization, today (December 5, 2016 ) announced a one-year vocational training program in Hanoi to prepare young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for careers in Vietnam’s fast-growing food and beverage industry. The Starbucks Vocational Training program will engage 50 youth between the ages of 18 and 24, including those who have been affected by family violence, human trafficking, and poverty, in a training program where they will acquire the professional and life skills required to succeed in the retail sector.

As part of the program, youth will receive both classroom instruction focused on subjects such as customer service, English language learning, financial literacy, and work readiness, as well as on-the-job training. Starbucks partners (employees) will actively engage in the program, providing seminars and in store experience. Upon completion of the program, youth will receive six months of follow-up assistance to help them secure full-time employment.

“Being an active part of the communities we serve in is intrinsic to who we are as a company,” said Mark Ring, president of Starbucks Asia Pacific. “As Starbucks continues to grow in Vietnam and across Asia, so too does our aspiration to build a different kind of company – one committed to performance that is driven through the lens of humanity – and being a positive force in building the future success of young people.”

“We are proud to partner with The Asia Foundation and REACH to provide lifelong experiences and skills for disadvantaged young people,” said Patricia Marques, general manager for Starbucks Vietnam.

“Youth in Vietnam represent a huge pool of talent for this dynamic country, but at the same time there are also challenges for many young people to gain access to work. We have created this project to build confidence, self-esteem and training, which will help them to succeed in the economy.”

Figures from the General Statistics Office in 2015 indicate that the unemployment rate among youth is more than triple the overall unemployment rate, standing at 6.75%. While well-educated workers are able to access expanding opportunities in the private sector, for less educated workers, and particularly those from rural areas, it is much more challenging due to their lack of education, skills and business connections. This leaves them with fewer options and makes them more vulnerable to exploitation.

“The gap between supply and demand in Vietnam’s fast-growing industries is an opportunity to provide disadvantaged youth with market-driven, practical vocational training. And by providing employers with skilled young people, we are proud to partner with Starbucks Vietnam to contribute to the development of a workforce that can help to meet the demands of Vietnam’s rapidly changing economy, while empowering some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities,” said Dinh Thi Kieu Nhung, The Asia Foundation’s project manager.

Starbucks Vietnam and The Asia Foundation will implement this program in partnership with REACH, a local non-governmental organization specializing in providing vocational training, career advice, and job placement to some of Vietnam’s most disadvantaged youth. Funding for the project is supported by The Starbucks Foundation.

About The Starbucks Foundation

Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation believes in creating pathways to lifelong opportunities for underserved young people and developing social consciousness through community service to create a purpose driven workforce. The Foundation is proud to partner with organizations that are providing the training and experiences needed to help young people become job ready. The Starbucks Foundation gave $6.9 million to 128 nonprofit organizations in 2015. The Starbucks Foundation also supports employee engagement in their local community. Coming together in service represents a fundamental act of citizenship for individuals, businesses and community members to create a stronger, more cohesive society.

About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation’s work across Asia addresses five overarching goals—strengthening governance, empowering women, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environmental resilience, and promoting regional cooperation. The Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2015, it provided more than $95 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million.

About REACH

Established in 2008, REACH is a local nonprofit organization that specializes in providing vocational training, career advice and job placement for Vietnam’s most disadvantaged youth. REACH provides practical training in areas including hospitality, tourism, hairdressing, nail art, sales, marketing, and web and graphic design across its centers in Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue, Hoi An, and Hai Duong. To date, REACH has trained over 6,000 youth with a very committed staff. Over 80 percent of its students have been placed in a stable employment post-graduation in the services sector such as bartending, sales, and web design.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Starbucks® Christmas Blend is a feeling of home for a U.S. serviceman deployed overseas

Starbucks® Christmas Blend is a feeling of home for a U.S. serviceman deployed overseas
Starbucks® Christmas Blend is a feeling of home for a U.S. serviceman deployed overseas

 

Seattle, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brian is far away from the things most of us find comfort in during the holidays.

A U.S. serviceman deployed overseas, Brian (last name and location withheld for security reasons) can only imagine a world of festive decorations, stockings by the fire, and gatherings with family and friends. Those things will have to wait for holidays to come, but for this year he had one request for his mother to create a feeling of home. All he wants for Christmas is coffee the company offers once a year – Starbucks® Christmas Blend.

“Every Christmas, he’d make sure he had a supply of Starbucks Christmas Blend,” said Joan, who lives with her husband in northern Idaho. “That’s the only kind he asks for specifically. So when he was deployed, he asked, ‘Mom, can you get me some Christmas Blend?’”

Brian recalled tasting the coffee one day at a base and becoming an instant fan. “Prior to that, I didn’t even drink coffee,” he said. “I can’t make it quite as good as the baristas, but it is a great morale booster.”

His mother, Joan, made it her mission to make that Christmas wish came true. She began shopping for the coffee weeks before it arrived in Starbucks stores. Her house is a half-hour from the nearest town with a Starbucks, so she reached out to the company through Facebook for some help.

On Veterans Day, a Starbucks partner (employee) who works with the Starbucks social media team, contacted the determined military mom. As soon as Christmas Blend® became available, Starbucks assembled a package containing four complimentary pounds of Christmas Blend, as well as a card, ornament and supply of VIA®. Once it arrived in Idaho, Joan pulled out two pounds of Christmas Blend to save for her son to enjoy when he arrives home from his six-month deployment in late January and tossed in a pennant from his alma mater, the University of Washington.

“He was just thrilled,” Joan said. “He texted me when the package arrived and said, ‘I can’t thank you enough, Mom!’”

Starbucks® Christmas Blend has become a holiday tradition for Starbucks customers around the world.

“Everyone has an experience with this coffee,” said coffee specialist Leslie Wolford. “They can tell you where they were when they first had it. They can tell you what celebration they took it to.”

Starbucks first offered Christmas Blend in 1984 when it was just a small chain of five retail stores that sold whole bean coffee. It was a unique blend of Latin American beans, Indonesian coffees and rare, spicy Sumatran beans that have been aged for three to five years with a distinctive cedary, spicy flavor balanced by a sweet, rich smoothness.

When it was first introduced, customers quickly scooped up the coffee, buying it as a gift for friends and family or as a special addition to a holiday meal. Stores were selling Christmas Blend just as quickly as it could be put on the shelves. Over the next 30 years, Starbucks brought back the blend each year. Each vintage is unique – just like wine its flavors can fluctuate each season. What hasn’t changed is its cherished role through the holidays in more than 25,000 stores in 75 countries around the world.

Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee is available in participating stores and online in whole bean, ground, Verismo® pods, K-Cup® packs and Starbucks VIA® Instant.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Nutrition and fitness guru Joe Wicks to become best seller in the Tesco celebrity chef book chart

Nutrition and fitness guru Joe Wicks to become best seller in the Tesco celebrity chef book chart
Nutrition and fitness guru Joe Wicks to become best seller in the Tesco celebrity chef book chart

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nutrition and fitness guru Joe Wicks’ fantastic year has got even better – he’s just taken Jamie Oliver’s crown as the UK’s favourite recipe book author.

Joe, who rose to fame with his personalised The Body Coach online plans and Instagram videos, has also beaten off a strong challenge from the Great British Bake Off team to become best seller in the Tesco celebrity chef book chart.

His speedy rise as a top-selling author started with the launch of his first book- Lean In 15 and it’s follow up, Lean In 15 – The Shape Plan earlier in the year, which have become two of Tesco’s fastest ever selling recipe books.

Now his latest book, Lean In 15 – The Sustain Plan released last month, is so popular that it has taken an unassailable lead as the Christmas favourite book at the top of the Tesco cookery book chart.

Tesco book buyer Karen Brindle said:

“We know the festive season is the time of year when people like to indulge themselves- perhaps a little too much.

“But what we’re seeing this year, with the popularity of the Lean in 15 books, is that no matter how much Brits love cakes and treats, they also want the tools to create delicious and wholesome meals.

“By using simple recipes and readily available fresh ingredients, the Body Coach is helping the nation to make tasty and healthy choices.”

The book will be available in Tesco stores across the country and online for £8.

After hearing of his latest success Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, said:

“Wow! Thank you Tesco shoppers for getting behind me from the very start and making me your number one cook book this Christmas. I can’t wait to get even more people lean in 2017.”

In the last four years the top selling celebrity chef authors at Tesco have been divided equally by Jamie Oliver and the Great British Bake Off team.

Also included in the best seller list is Let’s Cook With The Nation’s Favourite Chefs – a book exclusively on sale at Tesco featuring recipes from among others, Jamie Oliver, Joe Wicks, Nadiya Hussain, The Hairy Bikers, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gino D’Acampo and Rick Stein with £2 from each sale going to Cancer Research UK

Note to editors:

The top selling new celebrity chef books for Christmas 2016 at Tesco are as follows:

  1. Joe Wicks – Lean In 15 – The Sustain Plan £8
  2. Jamie Oliver – Christmas Cookbook £12
  3. Great British Bake Off – Perfect Cakes & Bakes To Make At Home £10
  4. Jamie Oliver – Super Food Family Classics £12
  5. Mary Berry’s Family Sunday Lunches £11
  6. Gino D ’Acampo – Gino’s Hidden Italy: How to Cook Like a True Italian £9.50
  7. Various – Let’s Cook £9
  8. The Hairy Bikers’ Chicken & Egg £11
  9. Marcus Wareing – Marcus at Home £9
  10. Rick Stein – Rick Stein’s Long Weekends £11

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Carrefour Poland expands its network of “Gourmet” supermarkets beyond the Warsaw region

Carrefour Poland expands its network of "Gourmet" supermarkets beyond the Warsaw region
Carrefour Poland expands its network of “Gourmet” supermarkets beyond the Warsaw region

 

Poland, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Poland is continuing to expand its network of “Gourmet” supermarkets and is now doing so beyond the Warsaw region.  The new supermarket – which opened on 30 November in the Galeria Słoneczna shopping arcade – has a wide range of products, including products which are smoked on site and items produced locally.

In particular, Carrefour’s range stands out through its high quality, together with the range of fresh and traditional products that are available. With a sales area of some 1300 sq.m, the store has more than 15,000 items, made up mainly of a wide selection of fresh produce, with more than 200 fruit and vegetable products.

Its bakery products (made on site) and the traditional meat products made in the store’s own meat smoker are highly popular.
The store also has a special “healthy eating” area where customers will find organic products, products for diabetics, gluten-free products, lactose-free products, soya products and low-fat products.  The store’s product mix is supplemented by wide range of cosmetics, clothing and seasonal products.

Nearly 40 employees from Radom and the surrounding area ensure that customers can always enjoy the highest levels of service.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Macy’s commemorates National Believe Day with double donation for Believe letter writing program and Wishes Across America

Macy’s commemorates National Believe Day with double donation for Believe letter writing program and Wishes Across America
Macy’s commemorates National Believe Day with double donation for Believe letter writing program and Wishes Across America

 

Along with granting wishes across the country on Friday, Dec. 9, Macy’s will double its donation for all letters to Santa collected in-store or online that day

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Friday, Dec. 9, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will celebrate the eighth annual National Believe Day, a pinnacle moment of this year’s Believe campaign. Macy’s will commemorate the occasion with a double donation for the Believe letter writing program and the return of Wishes Across America, a day devoted to granting incredible wishes for children across the country with life-threatening medical conditions.

“National Believe Day is one of our favorite times of the year, where our partners at Make-A-Wish, Macy’s customers and employees come together to help make wishes come true for wish kids and their families,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “Along with these incredible wishes, we’re bringing back double donation, which is a huge opportunity to raise an additional $1 million for Make-A-Wish on National Believe Day alone.”

National Believe Day

Since early November, Macy’s has invited customers of all ages to drop their letters to Santa at their local Macy’s store or send online via macys.com/believe. Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish for every letter collected through Dec. 24.

For National Believe Day on Dec. 9, Macy’s will offer a double donation, providing an additional $1 per letter to Make-A-Wish, up to an extra $1 million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal. In addition, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish will celebrate Wishes Across America by granting wishes in Macy’s stores across the country, bringing together wish kids and their families, Macy’s employees and local communities. Wishes will be granted to children like Jake (age 16), who wishes to have a guitar, Alyla (age 3), who wishes to be a princess, and Kayla (age 14), who wishes to create a professional modeling portfolio.

The Believe campaign was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking about the existence of Santa. The classic response, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …,” penned by Francis P. Church, became the most reprinted editorial in any English-language newspaper. The season also marks a major milestone, as Macy’s will celebrate $100 million in total giving to Make-A-Wish since 2003, with nearly $13 million donated through the Believe campaign.

Celebrate with “Yes, Virginia”

This Friday, Dec. 9, the “Yes, Virginia” animated special will air online at youtube.com/macys. The award-winning, half-hour holiday program features a star-studded cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title role. The cast also includes former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s characters.

To learn more about the Believe campaign and the children who will have their wishes granted on National Believe Day, visit macys.com/believe. For media materials, including images and b-roll, visit http://pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2016/believe.php.

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 macys.com. 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 macys.com/pressroom.

About Make-A-Wish

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

Media Relations:

Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Tracy Davis
646-429-7470
tracy.davis@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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CHRISTBAUMVERKAUF IN MIGROS- UND DO IT + GARDEN FILIALEN

CHRISTBAUMVERKAUF IN MIGROS- UND DO IT + GARDEN FILIALEN
CHRISTBAUMVERKAUF IN MIGROS- UND DO IT + GARDEN FILIALEN

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weihnachten steht vor der Tür und Ihnen fehlt der passende Baum? Bei uns werden Sie garantiert fündig.

In folgenden Do It + Garden Filialen finden Sie eine grosse Auswahl an Christbäumen:

  • Do It + Garden Buchs
  • Do It + Garden Chur – Kalchbühl
  • Do It + Garden Mels – Pizolpark
  • Do It + Garden Pfungen
  • Do It + Garden Rüti ZH
  • Do It + Garden St. Gallen – St. Fiden
  • Do It + Garden St. Margrethen – Rheinpark
  • Do It + Garden Wetzikon
  • Do It + Garden Wil Larag

In ausgewählten Supermarkt-Filialen startet der Christbaum-Verkauf am 9. Dezember 2016:

  • MM Altstätten
  • M Andelfingen
  • MM Appenzell
  • M Davos-Dorf
  • M Domat-Ems
  • MM Gossau
  • M Herisau Walke
  • MM Ilanz
  • MM Kreuzlingen – Seepark
  • MM Landquart
  • MM Pfäffikon
  • MMM Schaffhausen – Herblinger-Markt
  • M Seuzach
  • MM Thusis
  • M Turbenthal
  • MM Wattwil
  • MMM Winterthur – Neuwiesen
  • MM Winterthur – Rosenberg

Source: Migros

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Sainsbury’s predicts fizz sales will exceed last year as the nation’s love of sparkling wine hits new heights

Sainsbury’s predicts fizz sales will exceed last year as the nation’s love of sparkling wine hits new heights
Sainsbury’s predicts fizz sales will exceed last year as the nation’s love of sparkling wine hits new heights

 

London, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s expects ‘Fizz Friday’, 23rd December, to be the biggest Christmas ever for fizz sales as the nation’s love of sparkling wine hits new heights. In fact, 1 in 4 people said they plan to enjoy a glass of fizz with breakfast on Christmas morning.

  • Sainsbury’s declares 23rd December ‘Fizz Friday’ and is predicted to sell over half a million bottles of sparkling wine in one day
  • Supermarket launches Christmas Uncorked report unveiling festive drinks trends

The supermarket predicts that Fizz Friday will see sales exceed last year – when customers bought just shy of 600 bottles of sparkling wine per minute – as the nation broadens its fizz tastes. Also the biggest day for food shopping (and home delivery), buyers predict sales on Fizz Friday to be up at least five times that of a ‘normal’ Friday. Among sparkling wine sales, alternatives to Champagne such as Prosecco continue to drive growth, with sales of Prosecco up by a third last Christmas, year on year. In the week before Christmas, sales of the Italian favourite doubled4.

Elizabeth Newman, Head of Beers, Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury’s says: “Our Christmas Uncorked report is a fascinating insight into the nation’s evolving drinks preferences. Our thirst for fizz shows no sign of slowing and we’ve found that Christmas is the time our customers are most likely to spend a little more on that special bottle. With a wider choice of sparkling wine available than ever before, we expect Fizz Friday to be our best yet.”

Sainsbury’s Christmas Uncorked also found that Champagne remains the most popular choice when it comes to gifts – we’re twice as likely to put Champagne under the tree compared to any other sparkling wine.

Over half (58%) of Sainsbury’s sparkling wine magnum sales occur during November and December, as shoppers seek to make an impression.

Festive Fizz Facts

  • 1 in 4 people enjoy their first glass of fizz with breakfast on Christmas morning – half of these opting for a Buck’s Fizz by topping up their morning juice.7
  • People are happy to spend more on their fizz during the festive season – with over a third (35%) naming sparkling wine as the drink they are most likely to push the boat out on.
  • 14% of would-be party-goers still pick Champagne as the drink with which they’d most like to start a party with.

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

Source: Sainsbury

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MIGROS RUFT SPÜLMASCHINENFESTE SODASTREAM-FLASCHE ZURÜCK

MIGROS RUFT SPÜLMASCHINENFESTE SODASTREAM-FLASCHE ZURÜCK
MIGROS RUFT SPÜLMASCHINENFESTE SODASTREAM-FLASCHE ZURÜCK

 

Zurich, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Migros-Lieferant Sodastream® ruft aus Sicherheitsgründen die spülmaschinenfeste Sprudelflasche mit dem Verbrauchsdatum 04/2020 zurück. Grund für den Rückruf ist gemäss Hersteller Sodastream® ein Qualitätsmangel.

Bei der blauen, spülmaschinenfesten Sodastream®-Flasche (Art. Nr. 7031.528) besteht die Gefahr,  dass diese aufgrund eines Qualitätsmangels beim Gebrauch bersten bzw. platzen kann. Aus Sicherheitsgründen bittet die Migros alle Kunden, die eine Flasche mit dem aufgedruckten Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum 04/2020 gekauft haben, diese nicht mehr zu benutzen.

Die Sodastram-Flaschen können gegen Rückerstattung des Verkaufspreises von CHF 17.00 in alle Migros-Filialen zurückgebracht werden.

Contact:

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Monika Weibel
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 044 277 20 63
E-MAIL: monika.weibel@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Walgreens Boots Alliance to release its 1Q FY 2017 earnings results on Thursday, 5 January 2017

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2017 first quarter earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, 5 January 2017, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 5 January 2017 through 12 January 2017, by calling +1 855-859-2056 within the USA and Canada, or +1 404-537-3406 internationally, using replay code 30360241.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related conference call and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Media Relations:
Michael Polzin
USA
+1 847 315 2935

Laura Vergani
International
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.