Sears Holdings 3Q 2016: We remain fully committed to restoring profitability to our Company

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings Corporation (“Holdings,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”)(NASDAQ: SHLD) today (Dec. 8. 2016) announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 29, 2016. As a supplement to this announcement, a presentation, pre-recorded conference and audio webcast are available at our website

In summary, we reported a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $748 million ($6.99 loss per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $454 million ($4.26 loss per diluted share) for the prior year third quarter. Adjusted for significant items noted in our Adjusted Earnings Per Share tables, we would have reported a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $333 million ($3.11 loss per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss attributable to Holdings’ shareholders of $305 million ($2.86loss per diluted share) in the prior year third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $(375) million in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to $(332) million in the prior year third quarter.

Edward S. Lampert, Holdings’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We remain fully committed to restoring profitability to our Company and are taking actions such as reducing unprofitable stores, reducing space in stores we continue to operate (including through the Seritage lease arrangement), reducing investments in underperforming categories and improving gross margin performance and managing expenses relative to sales in key categories. While many observers have acknowledged the significant asset base of our Company, we understand the concerns related to our operating performance and are committed to transforming our Company through our Shop Your Way membership program and our Integrated Retail investments. At the same time, we will continue to explore options to recognize the inherent asset value in a manner that complements our transformation.”

Highlights include:

  • A partnership with Citi Retail Services, Inc. to bring together the Sears MasterCard and Shop Your Way® offer. Starting November 1st, more than five million current Sears MasterCard holders whose cards are linked to the Shop Your Way® program earn more Shop Your Way®points at many of their favorite places and, in early 2017, the Sears MasterCard will evolve into a newly branded Shop Your Way® card;
  • A strategic relationship with Uber Technologies, Inc. that allows its drivers and riders to earn Shop Your Way® points on trips made with Uber, leveraging the scale of Shop Your Way®, its tens of millions of members, and the footprint of Sears Auto Centers to provide unique benefits for drivers and riders; and
  • Improvements in our Home Services business and expansion of its capabilities including our home warranty offerings.

Jason M. Hollar, Holdings’ Chief Financial Officer, said, “We will continue to take actions to generate liquidity, adjust our overall capital structure, and manage our business while meeting all of our financial obligations. Actions may include additional expense reductions, financing transactions and asset monetization including exploring alternatives for our Kenmore®, Craftsman® and DieHard®brands, our Sears Home Services business and our real estate portfolio.”

Financial Results

Revenues decreased approximately $721 million to $5.0 billion for the quarter ended October 29, 2016, compared to revenues of $5.8 billion for the quarter ended October 31, 2015. The year-over-year decline in revenues was primarily driven by having fewer Kmart and Sears Full-line stores in operation, which accounted for $323 million of the decline, as well as a 7.4% decline in comparable store sales during the quarter, which accounted for $304 million of the revenue decline.

At Kmart, comparable store sales decreased 4.4%. While we experienced an overall comparable store sales decline in our Kmart segment driven by declines in the grocery & household, consumer electronics and pharmacy categories, we are encouraged by the comparable store sales increases experienced in several categories this quarter, including apparel, jewelry and outdoor living. Sears Domestic comparable store sales decreased 10.0% during the third quarter of 2016, primarily driven by decreases in the home appliances, apparel and consumer electronics categories.

During the third quarter, gross margin decreased $300 million compared to the prior year third quarter due to the above noted decline in sales, as well as a decline in our gross margin rate in both the Kmart and Sears Domestic segments. The decline in margin rate in both segments was primarily driven by a decline in gross margin performance in the apparel business, as well as an overall increase in markdowns.

Selling and administrative expenses decreased $87 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year quarter. Excluding significant items noted in our Adjusted Earnings Per Share tables, selling and administrative expenses declined $224 million, primarily due to a decrease in payroll expense. In addition, advertising expense declined as we shifted away from traditional advertising to the use of Shop Your Way® points awarded to members, the expense for which is included in gross margin.

Financial Position

The Company’s cash balances were $258 million at October 29, 2016 compared with $238 million at January 30, 2016. Short-term borrowings totaled $618 million at the end of the third quarter of 2016 compared to $797 million at January 30, 2016.

Merchandise inventories were $5.0 billion at October 29, 2016, compared to $6.2 billion at October 31, 2015, while merchandise payables were $1.6 billion and $2.3 billion at October 29, 2016 and October 31, 2015, respectively.

At October 29, 2016, we had utilized approximately $1.0 billion of our $1.971 billion revolving credit facility due in 2020 (consisting of $370 million of borrowings and $660 million of letters of credit outstanding). The amount available to borrow under our credit facility was approximately $174 million, which reflects the effect of our springing fixed charge coverage ratio covenant and the borrowing base limitation in our revolving credit facility, which varies primarily based on our overall inventory and receivables balances.

Total long-term debt (including current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations) was $3.7 billion and $2.2 billion at October 29, 2016 and January 30, 2016, respectively.

Update on Strategic Initiatives

On May 26, 2016, we announced our intention to explore alternatives for our Kenmore®, Craftsman®and DieHard® brands and our Sears Home Services business by evaluating potential partnerships or other transactions that could expand distribution of our brands and service offerings to realize significant growth. We continue to evaluate opportunities for these businesses. There can be no assurance that we will complete one or more transactions, and we also intend to take actions on our own that present the opportunity to improve the economics of these brands and business, including potential externalization through non-Sears Holdings channels.

Adjusted EBITDA

In addition to our net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), for purposes of evaluating operating performance, we use Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) and Adjusted Loss Per Share (“Adjusted EPS”), which are non-GAAP measures. The tables attached to this press release provide a reconciliation of GAAP to as adjusted amounts. We believe that our use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS provides an appropriate measure for investors to use in assessing our performance across periods, given that these measures provide adjustments for certain significant items which may vary significantly from period to period, improving the comparability of year-to-year results and is therefore representative of our ongoing performance. Therefore, we have adjusted our results for them to make our statements more useful and comparable. However, we do not, and do not recommend that you, solely use Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted EPS to assess our financial and earnings performance. We also use, and recommend that you use, diluted loss per share in addition to Adjusted EPS in assessing our earnings performance.

As a result of the Seritage and JV transactions, Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2016 and 2015 included additional rent expense of approximately $48 million and $52 million, respectively, while the first nine months of 2016 and 2015 included additional rent expense of approximately $150 million and $78 million, respectively. Due to the structure of the leases, we expect that our cash rent obligations to Seritage and the joint venture partners will decline, over time, as space in these stores is recaptured. From the inception of the Seritage transaction to date, we have received recapture notices on 17 properties, which is estimated to reduce the rent expense by approximately $10 millionon an annual basis. We have also exercised our right to terminate the lease on 17 properties, which is estimated to reduce rent expense by approximately $6 million on an annual basis.

Forward-Looking Statements

Results are unaudited. This press release contains forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements about our transformation through our integrated retail strategy, our plans to redeploy and reconfigure our assets, our liquidity, our ability to successfully achieve our plans to generate liquidity through potential transactions or otherwise, our intention to explore potential partnerships or other transactions involving our Kenmore®, Craftsman® and DieHard® brands and our Sears Home Services business, and other statements that describe the Company’s plans. Whenever used, words such as “will,” “expect,” and other terms of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including these, are based on the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Detailed descriptions of risks, uncertainties and factors relating to Sears Holdings are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart, as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit

Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

Source: Sears Holdings Corporation

Rebuilding Together will complete wheelchair accessibility ramp projects nationwide thanks to Shop Your Way donations

Rebuilding Together will complete wheelchair accessibility ramp projects nationwide thanks to Shop Your Way donations


Member, customer donations fund nationwide accessibility upgrade projects

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to an outpouring of Shop Your Way member and customer donations to Sears’ Heroes at Home for the Holidays program, Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, will complete dozens of wheelchair accessibility ramp projects nationwide for low-income veterans before Christmas.

According to the Center for Housing Policy and National Housing Conference, 26 percent of post-9/11 veterans (and 14 percent of all veterans) have a service-connected disability and face housing accessibility challenges as they transition from military to civilian life*. Sears shoppers donated more than $700,000 to support the Heroes at Home campaign, exceeding the program’s goals, meaning additional veteran homes will be rebuilt next year.

“We’re thankful for the incredible generosity of our Shop Your Way members and associates who have carried on Sears’ long tradition of supporting our nation’s veterans and military families,” said Gerry Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, Sears. “The holidays are not only about giving, but giving back. Our members have proved once again that simple, small gestures by many can result in immediate, long-term impact for America’s veterans.”

Sears celebrity designer Ty Pennington helped kick off the ramp builds recently for a disabled veteran in Decatur, Ga. who served two tours of duty in Iraq and has dedicated herself to helping other veterans in need through a house she turned into a care facility. Her story is told in a digital video launching at the Heroes at Home website today at Among the dozens of other veterans from around the country who will benefit from the program include:

  • A World War II Marine Corporal in Lakewood, Calif. who is also an Iwo Jima survivor
  • An Army Vietnam veteran in Henry County, Ill. who is dealing with the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange
  • An Air Force veteran in Dallas who served 22 years and was deployed four times, and severely injured on one of her deployments
  • A Purple Heart recipient in Atlanta who served in the Korean War
  • A disabled veteran in Phoenix who served in the Army for three years and Navy for four years and lives alone; a ramp will give him the freedom to continue to live independently

“We’re proud of the more than 1,600 rebuild projects we’ve completed with Sears’ help, and the need continues to be great,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “The holiday season will truly be easier and less physically demanding for many disabled veterans thanks to the generosity of Sears’ customers and the dedication of our affiliates who are now working hard right up to Christmas to make sure these ramps are built.”

Sears continues to raise funds for Heroes at Home in-store and online through the sale of limited-edition products, including a Kenmore patriotic washer/dryer pair, a Heroes at Home Christmas ornament and a Craftsman hat.

Join the conversation @Sears on Twitter and Facebook.

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 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 in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through, 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 more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at


Brian Hanover
Shop Your Way® PR

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Shop Your Way
312-527-2SHC (2742)

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.


Shop Your Way and Uber Technologies, Inc. expand popular rider rewards program to 23 new markets

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), and Uber Technologies, Inc. have expanded a popular rider rewards program to 23 new markets. Riders who link their accounts at can receive unlimited Shop Your Way points – up to $2 in points for every ride with Uber. The more a member rides, the more points they earn.

Since the program initially launched this fall in New York City and Chicago, more than 10,000 Shop Your Way members have linked their accounts, earning more than $250,000 in points in just over two months. Points can be redeemed online or in-store at Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, or on a wide array of products, gifts and popular brands.

“Expanding the program during the holiday season is especially timely, because we know members are using Uber to shop,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president, customer experience and Integrated Retail, Sears Holdings. “In fact, Black Friday was the biggest points- issuing day in November. We’ve had some riders already earn more than $300 in points. We’ve also had driver-partners who have earned $1,000 in points in addition to their Uber earnings.”

The 25 markets now featuring the $2 in points for every ride offer are:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Connecticut*
  • Dallas
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New Jersey*
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • Orange County, Calif.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Tampa Bay, Fla.
  • Washington, D.C.

Shop Your Way and Uber also launched a sweepstakes that awards a total of $10,000 in points every month to riders who have linked their Uber account to Shop Your Way. Every time they ride, members are automatically registered for the chance to be one of 1,000 winners.** Plus,  Shop Your Way members who are new to Uber will receive their first trip free, up to $15, and $5 in points.

“After a successful launch this fall in New York City and Chicago, we’re excited to expand the rider rewards program with Shop Your Way to additional cities,” said Jill Schweitzer, Product Manager at Uber.

Uber driver-partners can also earn Shop Your Way points in multiple ways, including:

  • Uber Driver-Partner Rewards: New driver-partners who sign up to drive with Uber at can earn up to $1,000 in Shop Your Way points+. Additionally, Uber and Shop Your Way are issuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Shop Your Way points to thousands of current Uber driver-partners in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and San Francisco who simply enroll in the program.
  • An Uber Preferred Maintenance Provider: Sears Auto Centers, with hundreds of locations nationwide, is an Uber Preferred Maintenance Provider for driver-partners, offering exclusive discounts and points. Uber driver-partners receive 50 percent off all oil changes and 30 percent back in points on all labor at Sears Auto Centers.

Uber is one of thousands of businesses on the Shop Your Way rewards and loyalty platform where members can earn and redeem points on everyday purchases. To learn more and read terms and conditions, visit

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit Download the free Shop Your Way app on iTunes or Google Play.

*Offer valid statewide
**Ends December 31, 2016. No purchase necessary to enter. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. To enter the Sweepstakes for Free, see complete official rules available at
+Up to $1,000 in New York City and San Francisco; up to $425 elsewhere.


Brian Hanover
Shop Your Way® PR

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Shop Your Way
312-527-2SHC (2742)

SOURCE: Sears Holdings

Intershop supported BMW Group in the implementation of their new online shop

  • Customers can order more than 15,000 original parts
  • Extended search functions guarantee compatibility with various vehicle models

Jena, Germany, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — An e-commerce system on Intershop basis is now available to the BMW Group. Intershop also supported the BMW Group in the implementation of their new online shop. Customers of participating dealers can select in the new store from more than 15,000 original products ranging from accessories, spare parts, and lifestyle products of the brands BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, and Classic.

The platform based on the Intershop Commerce Suite digitizes the after-sales business of the BMW Group offering customers a 24/7 access. Additionally, it offers extended functionality such as the search for the matching product. After entering the vehicle identification number customers are shown exactly those parts and accessories that are compatible to their car or motorcycle. Upon selection of an item the online shop automatically suggests the associated components which are necessary for the placement into the vehicle. These detailed search functions leverage digitized vehicle data that date back until the early 1980´s.

Depending on the customer´s preference the selected products can then be shipped by one of the participating BMW dealers to the customers or can be picked up at their facility. The option of scheduling appointments for having the parts fitted in will be integrated soon.

Axel Köhler, COO at Intershop Communications AG comments: „On the basis of our Commerce Suite in this project Intershop has supported BMW Group in turning central promises of the digitalization into reality: better customer service and higher reach at increased efficiency. It´s the latest example of 15 years of successful cooperation of our companies.”

About Intershop

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

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


Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Currys PC World teams up with maths whizz Rachel Riley to solve Brits’ festive shopping conundrums

Currys PC World teams up with maths whizz Rachel Riley to solve Brits’ festive shopping conundrums


As more than a third of Brits cite lack of ideas the hardest part of Christmas shopping, Currys PC World teams up with maths whizz Rachel Riley to solve Brits’ festive shopping conundrums

LONDON, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — COMMUTING, paying bills and moving house – they’re all events prone to inducing stress but none so much as Christmas shopping – according to a new study by Currys PC World.

The study of over 2,000 Brits reveals that almost a quarter (22%) of the nation find Christmas shopping the most stressful time of year – and for a third (31%), it’s the actual coming up with gift ideas that’s proving the most stressful part of festive present-buying.

In order to combat this, Currys PC World is today unveiling a unique scientific formula developed by TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley, alongside Essex University statistician Dr Dai, to help customers get it right this Christmas and ensure the buying is as enjoyable as the giving this festive season.

Incorporating a combination of whether hints from the receiver were given or not, the number of recipients, the difficulty of the person you are buying for, and the amount you have to spend, the mathematical Science Of Getting It Right formula creates the probability of getting all your presents right this year.

The formula is as follows:

With the average Brit buying for four adults and two children and spending an average of £21-30 per head, the research reveals that it’s our partners we find the most difficult to buy for, followed by our children, dads and mums.

As a result of a lack of festive inspiration, 12% of the nation has ended up being late in giving their loved ones their present, a third (29%) have panic bought more than they planned to, two fifths (40%) have resorted to giving a voucher and one in ten have simply bought the first thing they’ve seen. For an unlucky one in twenty, they didn’t end up getting a gift at all as a result of their loved ones’ lack of inspiration.

The research also reveals that while a proportion of us are relatively forward-thinking when it comes to Christmas shopping, with 13% starting to plan six months or more in advance, for the majority of Brits (59%) it’s not until a month before the big day that we actually start buying.

Rachel Riley comments “We’ve all been there – you’ve left present buying to the last minute, haven’t a clue what to buy your loved ones and the panic is starting to set in. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Currys PC World to create this mathematically-derived formula to help those who aren’t overly confident with their gift ideas to give them the focus they need to get it right this Christmas. That way, customers can be confident their presents will be greeted with a smile, and not a receipt request!”

Currys PC World’s top tips to Get it Right this Christmas:

Use Rachel Riley’s scientific formula to check the probability of you getting it right this Christmas – if it’s high, well done! If not, Currys PC World has everything you need to put things right:

  • Make use of the Currys PC World’s in-store KnowHow team to get their expert advice on picking the perfect gift for your loved ones
  • Message the Currys PC World Giftologist to gain extra inspiration and personal recommendations
  • Shop with confidence – Currys PC World’s Price Promise means that the retailer promises to match or beat the prices at, Argos, Asda, John Lewis and Tesco
  • Do your research – Currys PC World’s website has a wealth of information to help you pick the right products including this handy guide to get you started

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

For more information, please contact the Currys PC World team at M&C Saatchi PR:

Source: Dixons Carphone


Qatar: Grand Raffle Draws for Al Meera’s 11th anniversary

Qatar: Grand Raffle Draws for Al Meera’s 11th anniversary


  • 11 lucky customers walking away with a grand prize of QR 11,111 each
  • 300 total winners of prizes in the first raffle draw and 301 will be chosen in the second draw
  • A wide range of in-store promotions in all Al Meera stores

QATAR, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Crowning yet another trendsetting year in business, during which the Company continued to achieve further growth and cross farther milestones, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC (Al Meera) is celebrating its 11th anniversary with Grand Raffle Draws that will have 11 lucky winners walking away with grand prizes of QR 11,111 each, in addition to 590 more prizes for Al Meera shoppers.

With a massive turnout of customers and contestants hoping to become one of the campaign’s total of 601 winners, the anniversary’s first draw – held on Monday – saw the winning of 300 charmed customers who claimed more than QR 500,000 worth of prizes, leaving Al Meera shoppers anticipating its second and final draw, which will be held on the 13th of December at the Company’s newly opened Bu Sidra Branch.

Winners are chosen in the presence of the Ministry Of Economy And Commerce representative.

Congratulating the winners of the first raffle draw, Al Meera stated:
“Since its inception back in 2005, Al Meera has grown to become a staple of the Qatari economy and a key player in the country’s urban development, in addition to transforming retail shoppers experience across its regions. As well as demonstrating our commitment to the faithful execution of our expansion and growth plans, we have contributed to the realization of the Qatar National Vision throughout the years, by supporting each and every one of its pillars through our sound policies, market-leading innovations that pour into our beloved country’s economic development, and a number of community partnerships and initiatives that are a cause of pride and determination to maintain such efforts.”

Al Meera added: “This year, we wanted to celebrate our 11th successful year in business by sharing our blessings with our valued customers while continuing to provide them with the best shopping experience in Qatar. This translated into a number of Raffle Draws on coupons, fully sponsored by the Al Meera suppliers, and a wide range of in-store promotions that are bound to ‘make the day’ for hundreds of customers as well as make a tangible source of joy for a lucky few. Such promotional offers are a gesture of appreciation to our customers for being loyal to Al Meera, which is why we are really thrilled about the scores of shoppers who continue to choose Al Meera as their favourite neighbourhood retailer, and the huge interaction they are having with our 11th anniversary Raffle Draw and promotions. We also want all of our loyal customers to know that Al Meera stakeholders and customers will always be our number one priority and the Company will save no effort to bring the most innovative technologies, equipment and setups to Qatar and will continue to pursue its medium and long-term expansion plans, bringing our trademark shopping experience that brings shoppers ‘true value for money’ to shoppers in every corner of the country’s various regions.”

In addition to the 11 winners who will be taking home QR 11,111 each, Al Meera’s 11th anniversary celebration has 590 other prizes in store for its customers. Consumers shopping at any of Al Meera’s 40 stores across the country, earn one raffle coupon for every QR 200 spent. Customers can then use their coupons to enter in the raffle draw for a chance to win shopping vouchers at Al Meera stores. Entry coupons will be accepted until December 12th and the remaining 301 winners will be announced on the 13th of December at Al Meera’s Bu Sidra Branch at 11:00 am.

To sweeten the deal for shoppers during the anniversary celebration and provide them with more ‘value for money’ on their purchases, Al Meera’s supermarkets are also holding a wide variety of in-store promotions during the campaign. The anniversary draws on coupons and in-store promotions are just two of many special offers that the Company hold all year round, demonstrating its belief that its customers are not just shoppers, but active partners in Al Meera’s success.

Through this Grand Raffle Draw, Al Meera is also celebrating its many achievements in 2016, including the strides the Company has made in bringing its expansion plan to fruition. Al Meera’s Bu Sidra Branch, where the raffle draws are held, is the latest achievement to materialize as part of Al Meera’s ‘14 shopping centers’ expansion plan, announced in 2015.

In addition to the Bu Sidra branch, Al Meera will be opening four new shopping centers in North Sailiya (Al Miarad), Al Wakra (West), Um Salal Ali, and Leaibab 2, built on a covered of 4,000 m2, 2,667 m2, 4,014 m2 and 5,093 m2 respectively, which are set to open their doors to consumers in the soon future.

Al Meera’s faithful execution of its expansion plan reflects the Company’s strategy to be present in all the regions and residential communities in the country and improve the shopping experience of customers through the provision of a wide range of products, while following the highest international standards for quality assurance in processes, procedures and services, synonymous with its motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.


Tel: 40119111/40119112
Fax: +974 40119186

Source: Al Meera


eBay commits to ensuring equal pay; signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

eBay commits to ensuring equal pay; signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

We are committed to ensuring that we pay our people fairly based on their role, contribution and impact.

San Jose, California, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Dec 7, 2016) eBay signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge, underscoring our commitment to advancing equal pay.  For more than 20 years, eBay has sought to build a company that supports inclusive commerce that enables opportunity for everyone.  As part of our vision, we believe deeply that we must have a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace to ensure we reflect the perspectives of the tens of millions of customers that we serve globally.  That’s why we are proud to join with the White House in pledging to close the gender wage gap.  The White House announcement can be found here.

At eBay, we are committed to ensuring that we pay our people fairly based on their role, contribution and impact – not on factors unrelated to the work they do.  That’s why we have supported strategic initiatives, like our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and eBay Women in Technology (eWIT), that aim to support gender diversity in our workplace and the ability of women to build lasting, successful careers at our company.  Additionally, in early 2016, we undertook an extensive, global study of gender pay that considered the main components of compensation.  Our study found pay parity between male and female employees.

Going forward, we are committed to conducting on-going reviews of our compensation practices and, when necessary, we will take appropriate action to make sure that our employees continue to be paid fairly and equitably.  Ongoing commitment to equal pay principles is essential to ensuring we deliver on this pledge, and we will continue to review our practices globally to make sure we are creating the best possible workplace for all of our employees.


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Source: eBay


Swedish ICA stores announces 2.9% sales increase in November 2016 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 2.9% in November 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.4%.

November 2016 January – November 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all stores Change
SEKm Change all stores Change
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,728 2.5% 2.5% 30,362 2.9% 2.3%
ICA Kvantum 2,173 3.3% 2.2% 24,265 2.4% 2.0%
ICA Supermarket 2,682 2.8% 2.2% 30,596 1.9% 1.7%
ICA Nära 1,287 3.0% 2.7% 15,214 2.8% 3.0%
Total 8,870 2.9% 2.4% 100,437 2.5% 2.1%

In November 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,870 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 2.9% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-November 2016 amounted to SEK 100,437 million, an increase of 2.5% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for November to be 0.2%.

At 30 November 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,297. Store sales for December will be published on 10 January 2017 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2017, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website

This information is such that ICA Gruppen AB is obligated to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Swedish Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication at time 08:45 on Thursday December 8, 2016.


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

Source: ICA Gruppen

Staples, Inc. with score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

For Seventh Year in a Row, Staples Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today (Dec. 8, 2016) announced that it has received a score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“Staples’ perfect score for the seventh year in a row is a testament to our deep commitment to an inclusive culture for our LGBTQ associates and the LGBTQ community at large,” said Erika Hopkins, Head of Inclusion & Diversity. “Staples recognizes how important it is to embrace diversity and support equality making us an employer of choice for LGBTQ job-seekers and their allies.”

The company supports a range of Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), a formal community of committed associates who support Staples business results, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate engagement.

Staples’ Out At Work ARG, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates, partners with local LGBTQ charities, volunteers at community events, and recently hosted the company’s annual National Coming Out Day that featured Maura Healey, the first openly-gay Attorney General in the U.S.

“As an ally supporting the LGBTQ community at Staples, I am especially proud to work for a company that promotes equality and a safe work environment for all,” said Paula Robertson, Sr. Export Compliance Specialist at Staples and Co-Chair of Out At Work. “It’s reassuring to know that our associates are respected and celebrated for their differences that create a diverse and innovative workplace.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Staples’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Please visit the company’s website for more information on Staples diversity practices.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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 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

Scott Michel

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Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. acquires controlling interest in Staples’ European operations

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (Cerberus) announced today (Dec. 7, 2016) that Staples and Cerberus have entered into an agreement in relation to the sale of a controlling interest in Staples’ European operations to a Cerberus affiliate. Staples’ European business consists of retail, contract, and online businesses in 16 countries generating aggregate annual sales of approximately €1.7 billion. Staples is retaining a 15 percent equity interest in the business and will be represented on its board of directors following the closing of the transaction. In accordance with applicable law, Staples will now consult relevant European works councils. Subject to these consultations and satisfaction of other conditions, the parties anticipate closing the transaction during the first quarter of Staples’ fiscal 2017 year.

“One of our top strategic priorities has been to narrow our geographic focus on North America, and this is an important step toward simplifying our operations and better positioning Staples for sustainable long-term growth,” said Shira Goodman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Staples, Inc. “We believe that working with Cerberus will help enable the future success of the Staples Europe business, benefiting our associates and customers in the region.”

“We intend to instill a keen sense of urgency, focus, and commitment throughout the entire Staples Europe organization, enhance the company’s competitive position across its markets and channels, and return the business to growth by capitalizing on its many assets, including its well-recognized brands, strong customer relationships, dedicated sales force, advanced distribution and IT infrastructure, comprehensive pan-European footprint, and talented management and associates,” said Steven F. Mayer, Co-Head of Global Private Equity and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus. “Our strategy is to invest in a variety of initiatives designed to strengthen Staples Europe’s position as the leading provider of solutions to small, mid-sized, and large businesses in Europe, including sales force expansion, further diversification of products and services beyond office supplies, and next-generation technologies. Our unrelenting focus throughout the organization will be on satisfying our customers and on operational execution.”

Upon closing of the transaction, the Staples Europe business will be separated into a privately-held company controlled by an affiliate of Cerberus. The new company will enter into a licensing agreement with Staples for the use of certain Staples intellectual property, including its brand, a global accounts agreement, and transition services agreement governing a variety of services for defined periods. The company will operate under the Staples banner name and other sub-brands in European markets, and its associates will continue to be employees of Staples Europe, which will maintain its headquarters in Amsterdam. Olof Persson, an executive with Cerberus’ operations team and the former President and CEO of Volvo Group, will be appointed executive chairman of the new company.

The agreement with Cerberus follows Staples’ recent announcement of the sale of its UK retail business to Hilco Capital Limited, which also aligned with Staples’ new strategic direction of right-sizing its international business.

Barclays is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Staples. Clifford Chance LLP is acting as legal advisor to Staples. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Linklaters LLP are acting as legal advisors to Cerberus.

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

About Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Established in 1992, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one of the world’s leading private investment firms. Cerberus has more than US $30 billion under management invested in four primary strategies: operational private equity, both control and non-control; distressed securities and assets; commercial mid-market lending; and real estate-related investments. From its headquarters in New York City and network of affiliate and advisory offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Cerberus has the on-the-ground presence to invest in multiple sectors, through multiple investment strategies, in countries around the world.

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Cumberland Building Society’s new online appointment booking service powered by Q-Flow enterprise software solution

London, United Kingdom, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (December 7, 2016) announced it is continuing to support Cumberland Building Society’s digital strategy with the launch of Cumberland’s new online appointment booking service, powered by Q-Flow enterprise software solution, which was delivered through NCR’s strategic partnership with Q-nomy.

The new system is part of Cumberland’s wider omni-channel strategy, integrating the diaries of the society’s branch advisors with multiple customer appointment booking touchpoints. This new booking system enables customers and potential customers to schedule branch or telephone appointments for any type of product, such as mortgage, current account or savings, directly from a mobile, tablet or PC. The system provides customers with available appointments at a range of branches. While customers benefit from this visibility, it also optimises the branch team’s daily activity, leading to enhanced productivity.

“Online appointment booking is a key step in our digital strategy,” said Chris McDonald, Cumberland Building Society’s Operations and HR Director comments. “With an increasing number of customers beginning their search on-line, and at a time which suits them, it is important that those customers are able to move seamlessly from a digital to a non-digital environment. Why should you have to wait until 8 am the following morning to book an appointment or request a telephone interview? The new system is incredibly easy to use and it is already showing major impacts in terms of our customer experience and appointment requests.”

The Q-Flow system went live in September 2016, replacing a system of manual appointment bookings that was only accessible until 8 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on weekends. During the system’s first month, a third of appointments were booked outside of its branch and contact team opening hours. 80 per cent of these bookings have been for mortgage enquiries.

The Q-Flow system also allows customers to request valuation appointments through Cumberland Estate Agents and uses a geo-locator facility to optimise the travelling time between appointments.

“Financial institutions today face the challenge of improving the customer journey while at the same time optimising operational efficiencies and business process,” said Simon Ronald, Vice President Global Business Development at Q-nomy Inc. “Together with NCR we combine our strengths to enable customers to deliver a true omni-channel experience where customer and the organization are always in sync. This omni-channel vision has proved a valuable element of Cumberland’s transformation strategy.”

Q-nomy works with NCR to deliver integrated software solutions to financial institutions around the world. Q-nomy’s solutions integrate with NCR’s branch transformation and CxBanking solutions to improve the customer experience and increase profitability for banks and building societies like the Cumberland.

Rachel Nash, Director Financial Services at NCR Ltd in the UK concludes: “For Cumberland, this is a major step into omni-channel banking and transforming the society’s customer experience. It is, however, just the beginning of the potential advantages that digital transformation can bring. This can range from adding telepresence to enabling complete meetings to be arranged and performed remotely, to document scanning that can further expand the possible pre-staging that can be done without a physical meeting. Cumberland’s own digital transformation will be exciting to see, and we look forward to helping to support it on every step of the journey.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a 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.

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News Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191

Source: NCR Corporation

SPAR Portugal announces exciting new marketing move with SIC TV

Portugal, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Portugal has entered into an exciting new project that will see great exposure for the brand in this highly competitive market. Working in partnership with local television broadcaster, SIC, SPAR Portugal has entered into an agreement whereby one of Portugal’s most popular soap opera series, Amor Maior, features a SPAR store.

The TV show has a prime time slot, appearing Monday to Saturday at 21:30, just after the news. “Our goal is to build brand awareness and develop our relationship with our customers,” said Ricardo Cunha Lopes, Marketing Manager at SPAR Portugal. “We are using a different marketing technique to connect with our shoppers – getting inside their homes without direct advertising and promotion campaigns.”

This exciting new marketing move by SPAR Portugal follows a similar approach in Ireland where a long running TV show, Fair City, features a SPAR branded store that is an integral part of the storyline.

As with Fair City, Amor Maior, draws thousands of viewers each week. Featuring well-known Portuguese actors and actresses, it has a daily audience of 1.2 million viewers. Each episode is 45 minutes and the SPAR store appears in 90% of them.

SPAR Portugal works with independent retailers to grow its store network and enter new markets, whilst investing in company owned stores for independent retailer recruitment and the trialling of new SPAR products. Earlier this year, SPAR Portugal reached its 100-store milestone and to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding business, a new warehouse has opened in Alverca.

This new agreement with SIC TV is another step towards strengthening the SPAR Brand in Portugal. It will ensure greater brand exposure and increase awareness of the brand by local consumers.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Final subscription price for rights offering: $15.68 per share

Blockchain shares to trade on t0 platform

SALT LAKE CITY, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced today (Dec. 07, 2016) that the final subscription price for its rights offering of Series A Preferred Shares (“Series A”) and Series B Preferred Shares (“Series B”) will be equal to the previously-announced maximum subscription price of $15.68 per share. As described in the prospectus supplement for the rights offering, the subscription price was set as 95 percent of the volume-weighted average trading price of the common stock for the five days ending on and including Dec. 6, 2016, rounded to the nearest $0.01, but not more than $15.68. The volume-weighted trading price for that period was $16.97; 95 percent of which is $16.12. As a result, rights holders who validly exercised rights in the offering will acquire their shares for $15.68 per share, which is approximately a 9.4 percent discount to the closing price of the common stock on Dec. 6, 2016 of $17.30.

The subscription period for the rights offering expired in accordance with its terms on Dec. 6, 2016. Subject to the matters described in the prospectus supplement, the closing of the rights offering is expected to occur on Dec. 15, 2016. Overstock expects to be able to fill all validly-submitted subscriptions, including subscriptions utilizing the over-subscription privilege, without prorating any subscriptions. Overstock will announce the final results of the rights offering after the closing occurs, and the subscription agent will notify rights holders of the number of shares, if any, allocated to each, as promptly as may be practicable after completion of the allocation process. The Series A shares will trade as digital shares on Overstock subsidiary’s trading platform. The Series B shares will be traditional shares which are expected to trade in the over-the-counter market.

The rights offering is being made pursuant to Overstock’s effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Reg. No. 333-203607) on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the related prospectus supplement filed with the SEC on Nov. 14, 2016.

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

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

About Source Capital Group, Inc.
Source Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1992 as a boutique investment banking firm specializing in small to medium-sized transactions, and continues to focus its investment banking activities in those segments of the market. Source Capital has grown to include businesses in general securities, emerging market securities, distressed and high yield debt securities, investment management, mortgages and business lending. Source Capital’s mission is to provide excellent service and independent, unbiased and tailor-made advice. Source Capital is registered as a broker-dealer with the SEC and in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Actual results, including all matters relating to the rights offering and all matters relating to our future financial results, could differ materially for a variety of reasons. Information about factors that could potentially affect our financial results is included in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 which we filed with the SEC on August 4, 2016. These and our other subsequent filings with the SEC identify important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections, estimates and other forward-looking statements., Inc. has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the applicable prospectus supplement for any securities offered pursuant to the registration statement, and other documents that, Inc. has filed or files in the future with the SEC for more complete information about, Inc. and the offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at Alternatively,, Inc. will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling 1-801-947-5409.

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Delhaize America named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality

Company Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Fifteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

SALISBURY, N.C, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize America proudly announced that it 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. Delhaize America joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“Delhaize America is committed to upholding a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our associates,” said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion for Delhaize America. “We are proud and honored to have earned a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index again this year, a true reflection of our mission of building a more inclusive company and stronger communities.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 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. Delhaize America’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About Delhaize America

Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford, operating more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast. Each banner has a distinct identity and well-established brand image within its respective markets across 16 states, offering market-specific products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers. The companies of Delhaize America employ more than 96,000 full-time and part-time associates. The company is part of Ahold Delhaize, an international grocery retailer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

About Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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.

Contact:  (800) 213-9040

Source: Hannaford Supermarkets

What Prime Now customers need in superfast speeds: Games, top electronics, gift wrap and party supplies

  • Data shows customers place holiday orders for superfast delivery of items like games, top electronics, gift wrap and party supplies, to name a few
  • Prime Now curated local selection throughout December, based on recent and last year’s Prime Now holiday shopping data
  • Since launching Manhattan three holidays ago, Prime Now has expanded to more than 30 cities across the U.S. and includes more than 20 local stores and thousands of restaurants in the service

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prime Now, Amazon’s superfast one- and two-hour delivery service, today (Dec. 8, 2016) announced data showing what its customers need in superfast speeds as the busy holiday shopping season only has a few weeks left. Customers using Prime Now last holiday created a spike in orders of board games, top electronics such as Kindle devices and Amazon Echo, and holiday gift wrap through the service in December.

“Prime Now is the ultimate procrastinator’s tool to be able to get items you want and need right to your door at superfast speeds and we’ll be delivering right up until midnight on Dec. 24 for customers,” said Stephenie Landry, worldwide vice president of Prime Now. “Whether it is gift wrap, a toy or grocery items, customers can expect that we’ll be well stocked with local best-sellers and ready to deliver miracles to last minute shoppers this holiday.”

Since launching in Manhattan three holidays ago, Prime Now has expanded to more than 30 cities across the U.S. In select cities, the service offers ultra-fast delivery from local stores, popular restaurants as well as delivery of beer, wine and spirits. In two years, Prime Now has grown its one-hour delivery service to include more than 20 local stores such as the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore, Bartell Drugs in Seattle, beloved grocer Sprouts in multiple cities, and pet supply store All The Best in Seattle. Prime Now also delivers alcohol in six U.S. cities and meals from thousands of popular restaurants in more than 20 cities.

A Look at the Impatient Holiday Shopper

According to Prime Now shopping data from last holiday, the most in-demand products changed dramatically in December thanks to impatient holiday shoppers. Here’s a look at the top trends that emerged:

Early December:

  • The Gearhead – In nearly all Prime Now locations, ethernet, HDMI, and USB cables were the top-selling items in advance of the holidays.
  • Family Bonds – Pie Face Game, Connect4, and Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI DVD were best-sellers early in the month.
  • The Gift Giver – Holiday gift wrapping, tissue paper, and gift tags were all in-demand for Prime members.

Christmas Week:

  • Party Animal – Last-minute party supplies, such as plastic tablecloths, dessert plates, and party hats were must-haves in a hurry during the days leading up to Christmas.
  • Technophile – Amazon Echo, Fire Tablets and Fire TV Sticks were the most-wanted last-minute items in Prime Now shopping carts.

You can learn more about new service offerings and holiday sales trends from Prime Now in the accompanying infographic.

Prime Now is offered exclusively to Prime members in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan/Brooklyn, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and Washington, D.C. metro. Through Prime Now, one-hour delivery is $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. To learn more about Prime Now, visit

About Amazon

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

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Amazon top 20 best-selling books list of 2016

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids & Teens category
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also this year’s Most Wished For and Most Gifted book

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 7, 2016) announced its best-selling books of 2016, best-selling Kids & Teens books of 2016, as well as the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books of the year—just in time for holiday gifting. The best-selling book of the year is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany followed by When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also the best-selling book in the Kids & Teens category and Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney is number two. Rowling’s bestseller also tops the lists for both the Most Gifted and Most Wished For book of the year, confirming that Harry Potter continues to be a favorite for readers across genres. The best-selling book lists are first editions published in 2016 comprising both print and Kindle purchases. To see the full top 100 list of Amazon’s best-selling print and Kindle books of 2016, visit

“This year’s best-selling list showcases the variety of Amazon readers’ tastes, from literary fiction to thrillers to memoirs,” said Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior Book Editor. “The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t get enough of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release.”

The top 20 best-selling books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

More about Amazon’s best-selling books of 2016:

  • A lot of adults are kids at heart. The number one best-selling book is the same in both the overall and kids categories: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is actually a script; this is the first time a play has made the top 20 best-sellers list
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalathini and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, both debut memoirs, are serious, eye-opening and a sign of our times
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the best-selling debut novel of 2016
  • Mysteries and thrillers reign supreme in 2016; nine of the of the top 20 are from that category (ten, if you count romantic suspense)

The top 20 best-selling Kids & Teens books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  3. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  6. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
  8. The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
  9. Empire of Storms: Book 5 of Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Lady Midnight: Book 1 of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
  11. Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt and Kathryn Cristaldi
  12. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
  13. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  14. A Court of Mist and Fury: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
  16. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
  17. Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson
  18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
  19. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
  20. Broken Prince: Book 2 of The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Fun Facts about Amazon’s best-selling Kids & Teen Books of 2016:

  • Authors Jeff Kinney and Rick Riordan have made the 20 best-selling Kids & Teens list four years in a row
  • Over half of the top 20 best-sellers are part of a series
  • Three books based in the world of Harry Potter are featured on this list, 9 years since the final book in the series was released by J.K. Rowling
  • There are only two picture books in the top 20 and both are written by FOX news anchors

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Carrefour invites the general public behind the scenes at its 220 hypermarkets

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year running, Carrefour will be opening its doors and inviting the general public to have a look at what goes on behind the scenes at its 220 hypermarkets. An event scheduled for 7 December that will immerse customers in day-to-day hypermarket life through a series of fun workshops during which they will learn all about what hypermarket employees get up to. This is a completely original initiative for the retail sector in France, implemented transparently and in the spirit of sharing.

A second edition which hopes to take things one step further!
Given just how popular the event was in 2015, Carrefour is extending it this year to all of its hypermarkets in France. An opportunity for the general public to see what the day-to-day running of a hypermarket is all about and to find out about what the actual jobs are of the people who help turn their shopping trips into enjoyable experiences.

A life-size experience behind the scenes of Carrefour’s hypermarkets
First and foremost, Carrefour’s hypermarkets represent multitudes of different worlds and thousands of professionals, all with one aim in mind: to provide its customers with the best possible shopping experience.

As part of “Behind the Scenes”, the hypermarkets will be holding workshops designed to give customers a better idea of what goes on with the people working behind the counters and the products.

– The jobs involved in selling fresh produce: Professionals working in food-related areas and the retailer’s fresh produce – as well as local partner producers – will be running workshops designed to share the basics of what they do with the general public. These will include workshops on baking bread (kneading the dough, scoring it, baking, etc.) in traditional bakeries, opportunities to learn how to cut meat alongside Carrefour’ butchers, and advice product-sampling at the fish counter. Customers will also be able to get up close and personal with fruit and vegetables, etc. A whole world of craftsmen and women and their expertise, right in the heart of each hypermarket.

– Carrefour is committed to an ambitious corporate social responsibility policy and will also be running a workshop focusing on the various initiatives it has implemented in its stores to combat food wastage and reduce its carbon footprint. Held in partnership with a number of local associations, these CSR workshops will serve as forums for discussions about best practice for reducing waste and energy consumption.

– Having proved tremendously successful in 2015, customers will once again have the opportunity to enjoy immersive experiences working alongside checkout employees:  a friendly event designed to teach them more about this key role in hypermarkets which is so important for forging day-to-day relationships with customers.

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The Bartell family won the Seattle Business Magazine “2016 Washington Family Business Award for Legacy”

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bartell family, owners of the Washington chain of Bartell Drugs stores, won the Seattle Business Magazine “2016 Washington Family Business Award for Legacy” presented at a special event held Wednesday night at the Westin Hotel.

With its exceptional Northwest history and reputation, the Bartell family was in the running with a number of multi-generational, distinguished family business enterprises nominated from all over the state. The Bartells were eventually chosen due to their long tenure, sustained business acumen and stature, and outstanding duty to service and community.

Eleven other family enterprises (averaging over 77 years of continuous family ownership each) from across the state were also in contention for the award.

Bartell Drugs has been continuously owned by the Bartell family since its origin in Seattle’s Central District. Pioneer George H. Bartell, Sr., opened his first drugstore in 1890, nine years before Washington became a state. Since then, the family has grown it into the oldest and largest family-owned drugstore in the United States, currently with 65 locations in western Washington.

The chain continues to grow with two additional stores set to open in 2017 in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood and one on the Eastside’s Snoqualmie Ridge, always focusing on convenience, service and local flavor.

The third and fourth generations of the Bartell family was on-hand for the presentation event, including George D. Bartell, chairman of the Bartell Drugs’ Board; Jean Bartell Barber, sister of George and vice chair of the Board; and Evelyn Merrill, senior manager, digital, for the company.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

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Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 (office)

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Starbucks® stores in the U.S. turn into PokéStops or Gyms

Starbucks® stores in the U.S. turn into PokéStops or Gyms


Seattle, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — People across the country have been playing Pokémon GO since its release and Starbucks customers and partners (employees) are among them. To join in with the fun and excitement, starting today (December 8) at 11 a.m. PST, approximately 7,800 Starbucks® stores in the U.S. will begin to turn into PokéStops or Gyms.

By locating a Starbucks® store within Pokémon GO, players will discover the Pokémon GO Frappuccino® blended beverage. The Pokémon GO Frappuccino® starts with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino® blended beverage and raspberry syrup blended with freeze-dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream. It’s the perfect treat for any Pokémon Trainer on the go.

The Pokémon GO Frappuccino® blended beverage will be available at participating Starbucks® stores for a limited time while supplies last.

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Starbucks outlined five-year plan for strong global growth at its Biennial Investor Conference

Starbucks outlined five-year plan for strong global growth at its Biennial Investor Conference


  • Company to add 12,000 stores globally – to a total of 37,000 – by 2021
  • Projects 10 percent revenue growth, 15-20 percent EPS growth and mid-single digit comp growth annually
  • Roasteries and Starbucks Reserve stores to elevate the Starbucks brand and customer experience
  • New innovation to further accelerate momentum of the company’s digital flywheel and mobile ecosystem 

NEW YORK , 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Capping another record quarter, and year of growth and profitability, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (December 7, 2016 ) will host its biennial Investor Conference to present the company’s five-year strategic plan to grow revenue by 10 percent, EPS by 15-20 percent, and drive mid-single digit comp growth each year, as it plans to open approximately 12,000 new stores globally by 2021 while continuing to elevate the Starbucks Experience around the world.*

“Industry-leading innovation is driving our core business and creating further separation from competitors all around the world,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our Roasteries and Starbucks Reserve stores will further transform – and elevate – the Starbucks Experience we deliver to our customers, and are laying the foundation for our next wave of profitable, global growth. I have never been more energized or optimistic about the opportunities ahead as Kevin transitions to the ceo role and leads the most talented and experienced leadership team in Starbucks history.”

“Starbucks continues to deliver record financial performance. The customer experience created in our stores by partners who proudly wear the green apron is what makes Starbucks a destination for 80 to 90 million customers a week,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer. “We are today executing against an ambitious, carefully-curated, multi-year strategy to further elevate the entire Starbucks brand and customer experience around the world, and further extending Starbucks leadership around all things coffee, retail and mobile. The power of our brand, the strength and momentum in our business, and the world-class management talent we have assembled give me great confidence in our ability to capture the enormous global growth opportunities ahead.”

Last week, it was announced that Johnson will assume the role of president and ceo at Starbucks, and Schultz will become executive chairman, effective April 3, 2017.

Transforming the Premium Coffee Experience

Since opening two years ago, the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery in Seattle has become recognized as the most dynamic and immersive coffee forward retail experience in the world, delivering an unprecedented level of premiumization to the coffee category and fueling the next wave of transformation that is elevating the Starbucks Experience globally. Building on this, the company plans to accelerate the presentation of the Roastery experience around the world, opening its next Roastery in Shanghai in 2017, Tokyo and New York City in 2018, and a fifth location in Europe to be announced early next year.

Each Roastery will serve as the foundation for Starbucks Reserve® stores – a new retail format that will integrate the theatre and romance of the Roastery with the unique culinary experience of the company’s new Italian food partner, Princi. These Starbucks Reserve® stores, under the leadership of the company’s new Siren Retail organization, represent a significant growth opportunity for the company in the U.S. and around the world. The first of these new stores will open in Seattle and Chicago in the second half of FY17, with plans to open 1,000 or more globally over time. In addition, the company plans to open standalone Princi stores in Seattle, New York and Chicago in late 2017 and in early 2018. The company is also extending elements of the high-end Roastery experience to its core Starbucks® stores, adding Starbucks Reserve® experience bars in up to 20 percent of its total portfolio (including new and renovated locations) by 2021.

Premiumization Strategy to Drive Innovative New Customer Experiences

Starbucks Reserve® Roasteries will serve as an innovation pipeline that will elevate the brand and contribute a “halo” to the entire Starbucks Experience. This includes new product breakthroughs that will contribute to the growth of the company’s ecosystem, segmented strategically across all Starbucks® stores. Earlier this year, Starbucks introduced its first limited-time beverage offering inspired by the Roastery, the Smoked Butterscotch Latte. This was followed by Nitro Cold Brew, which is now available in more than 500 U.S. company-owned locations and select stores in Canada and China, as Starbucks pursues a $600 million global Cold Brew opportunity. Both products continue to reinforce the company’s focus on Roastery-inspired craft at scale, as well as ongoing investment in the cold coffee category. In core stores, Starbucks innovative, coffee-forward beverages such as Flat White, Cold Brew, Latte Macchiato and Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato all support the company’s premiumization strategy. In January, customers nationwide will be introduced to another Roastery offering with the introduction of the Cascara Latte. Made with the fruit of the coffee cherry, Cascara lends subtle notes of dark brown sugar and maple to classic Starbucks® espresso. With its strong retail foundation and operational excellence, Starbucks is bringing Roastery-inspired innovations like this to market more rapidly than ever before, creating further distinction from competitors.

Starbucks is simultaneously innovating and expanding its food menu with products customers have been looking for, starting with the launch of Sous Vide Egg Bites in January 2017 – a wheat-free, low calorie, high protein, convenient breakfast; the spring launch of a Certified Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich; the expansion of the successful Bistro Box platform; as well as a regional rollout of delicious organic soups. Relevant innovation has become fundamental to unlocking the lunch daypart and building on existing breakfast daypart momentum, giving the company the ability to realize additional profitability and incremental sales. Starbucks® Breakfast Sandwich sales have more than doubled over the past four years and innovation will continue to drive meaningful growth, creating and meeting customer demand for innovation across all dayparts. Building on this strong momentum, Starbucks once again aims to double food growth over the next five years.

Extending the Digital Flywheel

Starbucks offers the largest and most robust mobile ecosystem of any retailer in the world, with more than 12 million Starbucks Rewards™ members (up 18 percent year on year), eight million mobile paying customers with one out of three now using Mobile Order & Pay, and more than $6 billion loaded onto prepaid Starbucks Cards in North America during the past year alone. Today, Starbucks will unveil an innovative conversational ordering system, My Starbucks® Barista, powered by groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Starbucks® Mobile App. Starbucks® Mobile App customers will be able to place their orders via voice command or messaging interface, delivering unparalleled speed and convenience, enhancing customer loyalty and engagement and further extending the accessibility of the Starbucks® app. The My Starbucks® Barista feature will roll out first on iOS in limited beta in early 2017 and be made available to more iOS and Android users in subsequent releases.

Starbucks digital flywheel has also continued to gain momentum with the launch of true one-to-one personalization. While still early in the evolution of this service, Starbucks hyper-personalized e-mail reward offerings – with more than 400,000 variations – have more than doubled customer response rates over previous segmented email campaigns, translating into increased customer engagement and, importantly, accelerated spend. Starbucks has delivered personalized offers to customers directly on the front screen of the mobile app. By early 2017, the company expects to complete the rollout of suggested selling and recommendations (suggesting items for pairing or additions to a customer’s order) during Mobile Order and Pay checkout, which the company believes will further fuel engagement and growth. With Starbucks Rewards™, the company’s new spend-based loyalty program, customers are finding increased value when being rewarded for bigger purchases. This enables the company to boost ticket, create greater marketing flexibility and pursue “Stars Everywhere” partnerships to create further Star earning opportunities, while reducing “order splitting.” With a 94 percent program retention rate, and new international markets on the horizon, the program is stronger than ever before.

Unlocking High-Value Opportunities in China

Customers in China have continued to embrace the Starbucks brand, with some of the company’s most innovative, efficient and profitable stores producing record revenue and strong same-store sales growth in FY16. Starbucks newest class of stores in China are delivering the highest AUVs, ROI and profitability of any store class in the company’s 17-year history in the market. Starbucks now operates approximately 2,500 stores in 118 cities in China and employs more than 30,000 partners (employees), opening over a store a day – a growth rate that will continue to accelerate well into the future. Starbucks remains on track to open more than 5,000 stores in China by 2021 and expects the market will eclipse that in the U.S. over time. While Starbucks business in China is in its very early stages of development, the company will announce today a series of strategic moves it is making in the digital and mobile space to further extend customer engagement and loyalty.

Expanding Global Leadership Position in At-Home Coffee and Ready-to-Drink

Over the next five years, Starbucks expects its Channel Development segment, which includes its Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) portfolio, Branded Solutions (licensed stores and foodservice), and Ready-to-Drink (RTD) segments, will generate an incremental $1 billion in revenue, grow operating income by 75 percent, and double its RTD business outside of the U.S. The company is the industry leader in premium single serve, premium packaged roast and ground coffee, and Ready-to-Drink products, and is well positioned to grow its share of these markets both in the U.S. and globally. The company’s more than 20-year partnership with PepsiCo to create the North America Coffee Partnership (NACP) is a more than $2 billion business and has approximately 97 percent share of the RTD coffee category. The NACP continues to bring to the market highly relevant, new and innovative coffee and energy products to meet the needs of customers looking for premium, on-the-go coffee offerings. In spring 2017, the company will launch new bottled Starbucks® Cold Brew Cocoa and Honey with Cream in select markets across the U.S. In Latin America, Starbucks has expanded its partnership with PepsiCo to begin distribution of the iconic bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee beverage across ten markets. In China, where the RTD coffee and energy category represents a $6 billion opportunity that is projected to grow by 20 percent over the next three years, Starbucks and its partner, Tingyi Holding Corp., have rapidly achieved distribution in over 37 major Chinese cities and over 7,100 points of distribution, experiencing strong consumer demand.

Starbucks is extending this same disciplined growth and innovation to the RTD tea category, which is a fast growing $4 billion category, starting with the upcoming launch of bottled Teavana® Craft Iced Teas in partnership with Anheuser-Busch. The first line of teas will begin shipping to select Northeast U.S. retailers in February and customers will soon enjoy four new, vibrant varieties brewed from the finest Teavana® teas and botanicals with no artificial flavors. The new RTD teas include Pineapple Berry Blue Herbal Tea, Peach Green Tea, Mango Black Tea and Passion Tango® Herbal Tea. Later in 2017, select flavors will roll out to Starbucks® stores with plans for national channel availability by 2018.

Creating Long-Term Opportunities for Partners

From being among the first to offer comprehensive health benefits and equity in the form of stock for partners who work 20 hours or more a week, to providing them with the opportunity for full tuition reimbursement for a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University through the innovative Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Starbucks has continued to invest in and innovate around the partner experience while balancing the needs of its customers, shareholders and the marketplace. Starbucks has now matched $78 million in 401K savings in the U.S. with a total fund balance of $1.3 billion as of FY16. Its Global Bean Stock program, which grants partners equity in the form of company stock, generated $221.6 million in pre-taxed gains in FY16. The company also recently announced it will add an enhancement to the program in 2017, doubling the annual Bean Stock award for U.S. hourly store partners with at least two years of continuous service with the company. Further, with the recent move to a new healthcare platform, U.S. partners are now saving an average of 15 percent per pay check on healthcare premiums compared to last year.

Starbucks is finding that these incremental investments in both wages and benefits have helped support and elevate its partners, attract and retain the best talent, provide measured improvement in service to customers and deliver outsized returns to shareholders. In fact, since announcing the Starbucks College Achievement Plan two years ago, the company has enrolled more than 6,300 U.S. partners in the program and is on track to celebrate 1,000 graduates in 2017, with a commitment to graduating 25,000 partners from the program by 2025. Early results from the program are showing that participants have twice the retention rate and are more than four times more likely to achieve a promotion in responsibility.

In the spirit of the company’s Mission and Values, Starbucks CUP (Caring Unites Partners) Fund, an emergency financial assistance program for partners impacted by natural disasters and family emergencies, generated over $2.1 million in contributions from partners in FY16 through a combination of “round up” in stores and payroll contributions. Since it launched in 1998, partners have raised more than $18 million toward the CUP Fund. The company also matched $784,000 in individual partner charitable donations and volunteer hours, and donated more than 300,000 meals since launching its FoodShare initiative in select U.S. markets in March 2016. Looking ahead, Starbucks plans to roll out FoodShare to all 8,000+ U.S. company-operated stores over the next three years.

*Revenue and EPS growth are based on non-GAAP FY16 results. A reconciliation of FY16 GAAP revenue and EPS to non-GAAP revenue and EPS can be found here.

Forward Looking Statement

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based upon information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could different materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, our ability to preserve, grow and leverage our brands, potential negative effects of incidents involving food or beverage-borne illnesses, tampering, contamination or mislabeling, potential negative effects of material breaches of our information technology systems to the extent we experience a material breach, material failures of our information technology systems, costs associated with, and the successful execution of, the company’s initiatives and plans, the acceptance of the company’s products by our customers, the impact of competition, coffee, dairy and other raw materials prices and availability, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 2, 2016. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

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Starbucks and Tencent to co-create a new social gifting feature on WeChat

Starbucks and Tencent to co-create a new social gifting feature on WeChat


  • Companies to co-create a social gifting feature early next year aimed at fostering human connections through the instant delivery of gratitude and love with Starbucks gifts
  • Partnership extends WeChat Pay across Starbucks stores in Mainland China beginning December 8

SEATTLE, SHANGHAI & SHENZHEN, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK: 00700), a leading provider of internet value-added services in China, today (December 7, 2016 ) pioneered a strategic partnership to co-create a new social gifting feature on WeChat, China’s leading mobile social communications service, in early 2017.

This partnership positions Starbucks as the first retail brand to combine and bring a locally relevant social gifting and digital payment experience to life on WeChat in China. Tapping into the 846 million global monthly active user accounts (as of the third quarter of 2016), the new integrated feature will seamlessly allow customers in China to instantly and conveniently gift Starbucks to a friend or loved one. Beginning today, Starbucks customers will also be able to use WeChat Pay to make purchases at close to 2,500 Starbucks stores across Mainland China.

“Starbucks and Tencent share similar values to enable greater human connections through our respective products and services, and I am pleased to partner with an established and respected social and mobile industry leader in China,” said Belinda Wong, ceo, Starbucks China. “This new strategic partnership will leverage the strengths of both Starbucks and WeChat to create a true online-to-offline social gifting platform that will deepen our engagement with our customers in a unique and powerful way. Just as Starbucks cards are among the most gifted around the globe, we aspire to also become the most gifted brand digitally in China.”

“The strategic cooperation between WeChat and Starbucks enables us to bring the unique Starbucks retail experience seamlessly to hundreds of millions of WeChat users in China,” said Allen Zhang, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent. “We are happy to be the partner of choice of Starbucks and look forward to deepening our connection to our users through the highest-quality services.”

Starbucks is committed to innovative digital experiences that surprise, delight and deliver an elevated Starbucks Experience for its customers across China. The online social gifting platform is part of the company’s growing digital presence focused on connecting with customers through digital channels, including the Starbucks® Mobile App, the My Starbucks Rewards® program and social media.

Jointly created by Starbucks and WeChat, the social gifting feature encourages everyday acts of kindness and appreciation among family and friends. Customers will be able to select from Starbucks-branded gifts and products and add a personalized message of love, of gratitude or to simply uplift someone’s day. Recipients of these personal and simple acts of kindness can save their gifts and memories on their WeChat accounts and redeem their gift at Starbucks stores across China to enjoy the unparalleled Starbucks Experience.

As part of this partnership, Starbucks will introduce the use of WeChat Pay for purchases in its retail stores in a continued effort to elevate the in-store experience for customers. This cash-free digital payment experience, which allows users to pay for their goods and services from their mobile devices, is one of the most popular payment methods in China, with more than 300 million users linking their bank cards with WeChat or QQ, another flagship service of Tencent, as of March 2016.

Today’s announcement builds on Starbucks rapidly expanding portfolio of digital innovations in China, which integrates the exceptional in-store experience with the digital Fourth Place experience. Earlier this year, Starbucks launched a mobile payment system in China aimed at providing My Starbucks Rewards® (MSR) members access to a fast, seamless and convenient way to pay for purchases, using their pre-loaded Starbucks Gift Card on their mobile devices.

About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is one of the world’s fastest growing social apps with hundreds of millions of users internationally. WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways, by bringing together messaging, social communication and games in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed. WeChat provides a central point of control for users to share voice, photos, videos, and text messages across their entire social eco-system. Through Official Accounts, WeChat allows brands to deliver rich and high-touch appealing content experiences to engage with and grow their communities. WeChat is available free to download on Android, iOS, Windows operating system, web version and Mac for desktop version.

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Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights presented Howard Schultz with 2016 Ripple of Hope Award

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights presented Howard Schultz with 2016 Ripple of Hope Award


Seattle, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tonight (December 6) the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights presented Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo, with its 2016 Ripple of Hope Award celebrating leaders who are committed to social change.

Schultz was honored, alongside U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Guggenheim Partners’ Chairman of Investments Scott Minerd, during a gala in New York City.

“The words and actions of Robert F. Kennedy have been a powerful inspiration to me since I was a young man. The moral courage he demonstrated during his too-short life remain an essential beacon of truth, justice and love for all Americans,” said Schultz. “I am humbled and honored to receive the Ripple of Hope Award.”

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization’s award recognizes leaders of the international business, entertainment and activist communities who reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

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Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Tesco won 64 awards for its own-label range at the International Wine Challenge

Tesco won 64 awards for its own-label range at the International Wine Challenge


CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has struck gold this Christmas at the UK’s biggest wine competition, scooping an impressive 64 awards for its own-label range at the International Wine Challenge.

Topping the leaderboard of winning wines are some of the nation’s favourite festive tipples including 2009 finest* Vintage Champagne Grand Cru, finest* 10 year Old Tawny Port, finest* Vintage Port, finest* Chablis Premier Cru and finest* Dessert Semillon.

Altogether Tesco took away gongs for 64 of its wines (including 3 Gold, 11 Silver and 17 Bronze medals) in this round of the wine competition, which releases results twice yearly.  This takes the supermarket’s total IWC award tally to 107 in 2016

Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco, said:

“We’re delighted to have such a strong showing for our wines at the International Wine Challenge Awards. They demonstrate once again that our wines are great quality as well as a great price, offering outstanding value for money

“So If you’re looking for award-winning wines to impress your family and friends this Christmas, then look no further than the Tesco own- brand range. “

Tesco medal wins for the first tranche of the International Wine Challenge include:

3 Gold Medals

  • Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port
  • Tesco finest* Vintage Port
  • Tesco finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva

11 Silver Medals including,

  • Tesco finest* Chablis Premier Cru
  • Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon
  • Tesco finest* Late Bottled Vintage Port
  • Tesco finest* Vintage Champagne Grand Cru
  • Tesco finest* Sancerre

17 Bronze Medals including,

  • Tesco finest* Châteauneuf du Pape

33 Commended Medals

Full list of award winning wines are included below.

Wine Name Final Score
Tesco finest* 10 Year Old Tawny Port Gold
Tesco finest* Vintage Port Gold
Tesco finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva Gold
Tesco finest* Sauternes Silver
Tesco finest* Chablis Premier Cru Silver
Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon Silver
Tesco finest* Passerina Silver
Tesco finest* Steillage Mosel Riesling Silver
Tesco finest* Late Bottled Vintage Port Silver
Tesco finest* Vintage Champagne Grand Cru Silver
Tesco finest* Pouilly Fumé Silver
Tesco finest* Sancerre Silver
Tesco finest* Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc Silver
Tesco finest* Viña del Cura Rioja Gran Reserva Silver
Tesco finest* Limestone Coast Merlot Bronze
Tesco finest* Montagne St. Emilion Bronze
Tesco finest* Médoc Bronze
Tesco finest* Carmenère Bronze
Wairau Cove Chardonnay Bronze
Tesco finest* Alsace Gewürztraminer Bronze
Tesco finest* Cahors Malbec Bronze
Réserve De Tuguets Bronze
Tesco finest* Limestone Coast Shiraz Bronze
Tesco finest* Las Lomas Shiraz Bronze
Tesco finest* Châteauneuf du Pape Bronze
Tesco Old Vines Garnacha Bronze
Tesco finest* Chilean Organic Campo Lindo Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
Tesco finest* Quitralman Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
Wairau Cove Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
Tesco finest* Vinas del Rey Albariño Bronze
Tesco Vina del Cura Rioja Blanco Bronze
Tesco Chilean Merlot Commended
Tesco finest* El Recurso Block 18 Cabernet Sauvignon Commended
Tesco finest* Las Lomitas Merlot Commended
Tesco Claret Commended
Tesco Bordeaux Supérieur Commended
Tesco finest* Limestone Coast Chardonnay Commended
Tesco Australian Chardonnay Commended
Tesco Chilean Chardonnay Commended
Tesco finest* Swartland FairTrade Chenin Blanc Commended
Riesling Kalkstein Commended
Tesco finest* Sancerre Rosé Commended
Tesco Val De Loire Rosé Commended
Tesco Spanish Garnacha Rosé Commended
Tesco finest* South African Malbec Commended
Tesco finest* Côtes de Gascogne Commended
Tesco finest* Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Commended
Tesco finest* Central Otago Pinot Noir Commended
Tesco finest* Pinot Noir Commended
Wairau Cove Pinot Noir Commended
Tesco finest* South African Pinotage Commended
Tesco finest* Saint Chinian Commended
Tesco Côtes Du Rhône Villages Commended
Tesco finest* South African Shiraz Commended
Tesco finest* English Sparkling Commended
Tesco finest* Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Commended
Tesco Australian Semillon Chardonnay Commended
Tesco Loire Sauvignon Blanc Commended
Tesco Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Commended
Tesco finest* Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Commended
Tesco finest* Ribera del Duero Reserva Commended
Tesco Spanish Tempranillo Commended
Tesco Vina de Cura Rioja Commended
Wairau Cove Pinot Grigio Commended

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

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Carrefour Poland opens new “Gourmet” supermarket in Galeria Słoneczna shopping , Radom

Poland, 2016-Dec-09 — /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

Colruyt reopens newly renovated Kortrijk store

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 7 December, the renovated Colruyt store of Kortrijk will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded, restyled into a new-generation Colruyt store and equipped with a brand-new butcher’s department.

New-generation store
Store manager Nicholas Vermeersch: “Colruyt renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make it nicer for customers to shop. For instance, near the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps by an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us.”

Brand-new butcher’s department
“While the store was closed, we completely reorganised it”, says the store manager. “This enables customers to shop even more efficiently.”
For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher Tim Demeestere: “Our customers have a nice overview of the range of meat, cold cuts and salads. And they can see the butchers at work in an open workshop. Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer
Colruyt Kortrijk still has a Collect&Go pick-up point. Nicholas Vermeersch: “Collect&Go is the handy Colruyt service where we shop for our customers. They send their shopping list to or via the app, and the Collect&Go employees have their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice.Handy!”

Special open evening
As from Wednesday 7 December, store manager Nicholas Vermeersch, head butcher Tim Demeestere and their 58 co-workers will be on hand to welcome their customers in the renewed Colruyt Kortrijk.

Nicholas Vermeersch: “The evening before, on Tuesday 6 December from 5 to 8 p.m., everyone is invited for a store preview. During this special open house, customers will be offered snacks and a drink. Everyone is most welcome!”

For more information, please contact:

Yves Demoor
(regional manager)
02 345 2345 40

Silja Decock
(press officer Colruyt Group)
0473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group

Ten start-ups to present at the 2nd Demo Day of METRO / Techstars Accelerator

  • Ten start-ups make presentations at the second Demo Day of METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • Digital business models for the food service and hospitality sector presented to about 300 international investors and experts
  • Acceleration of digitisation in the food service and hospitality sector and new momentum for the entire industry
  • New accelerator programme focusing on digital solutions for retail to be launched in June 2017

Berlin, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the Demo Day, the 10 international teams of the METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars presented their innovative business ideas to about 300 global investors, experts and multipliers. The Demo Day marks the completion and highlight of the second round of the world’s first accelerator programme focusing on digital solutions for the food service and hospitality sector. After three intensive months in our co-working space in central Berlin – including comprehensive mentoring and coaching by leading industry experts under the leadership of METRO and Techstars – the founders now aim to attract more investors for their business concepts.

“Digitisation is increasingly asserting itself in the food service and hospitality sector as well. It’s our goal to actively shape this transformation and help our customers to become even more successful,” says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “With our accelerator programmes, we support innovations and help founders to test, improve and bring their ideas and solutions to market. We give them start-up assistance, provide support through our network and know-how, and are a critical companion and door opener. Many solutions simplify business processes, increase efficiency or improve the customer experience. In the end, the entire industry benefits from new business models and technological solutions.”

Ten teams from seven countries were selected from more than 600 applications for the programme in October 2016 and were each supported with up to €120,000. During the three-month accelerator programme in the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center in Berlin, the start-ups gained access to market expertise and to METRO’s customer and supplier networks. About 120 external mentors provided intensive support in more than 500 consulting hours dedicated to the start-ups. Many teams have successfully established products in the market or sharpened their business model and positioning in the accelerator.

“Highly motivated founders have refined relevant solutions for their customers in the accelerator. The great interest shown by investors at the Demo Day demonstrates that we are on the right track and confirms our course. We are helping new business models to grow and are connecting our customers with the digital world,” Koch says.

Three of the 10 teams redesigned their business models completely: Apparier, Frag Paul (Ask Paul) and Hyre changed their brand and positioning.

“The founders have made enormous progress in a short period of time and with a tight programme. We are proud to support them with our advice, expertise and network, and to move them forward. The 10 international teams show that innovations also enable growth in areas that have barely been digitised so far, such as the food service and hospitality sector,” says Alexander Zumdieck, Managing Director METRO Accelerator for METRO AG.

“METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars is a poster child and benchmark in the international start-up scene. In combination with the Demo Day and the alumni programme, we have created a unique platform for innovation and investment,” adds Jens Lapinski, Managing Director METRO Accelerator for Techstars.

The start-ups from the first programme also show positive developments. In cooperation with Lunchio, among others, METRO is currently building up a pilot project for digitised restaurants in major cities. Flowtify was able to refine its business model and gained another prestigious investor in High-Tech Gründerfonds. In total, eight of the 11 participating start-ups from the first programme have already been able to attract third-party investments in addition to the funds provided by Techstars and METRO.

The existing accelerator programme with a focus on the food service and hospitality sector will continue in 2017. Furthermore, METRO has launched another programme in cooperation with Techstars: the METRO Accelerator for Retail powered by Techstars focuses on digital solutions for the retail sector. Applications can be submitted until 12 March 2017.

For more information, go to

Under the umbrella of the METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars, METRO and Techstars, in two programs, help international start-up teams in the development of digital solutions. One of the programs focuses on solutions for the hotel, restaurant and catering sector while the second program is aimed at the retail industry. In the framework of the three-month programs organised in Berlin, experienced mentors and experts will in each case help ten selected startups to successfully develop their own business further with regard to customers and investors. The METRO Accelerator powered by Techstars was launched in 2015 with a regularly hosted hospitality program that is the unique in the world. More information available at

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

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of start-up programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster™. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from the idea to venture capital investments to M&A and IPO. For more information visit


METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company
Corporate Communications and Public Policy
Telephone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52


FoodMaxx opens store in Carson City, Nevada

Grand opening just in time for holiday meal planning

North Highlands, CA, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just three weeks after FoodMaxx broke into the Nevada marketplace with its first store in Sparks, the grocery chain opened its second store in the state today (Dec 7, 2016). It’s located at 3325 Highway 50 East in Carson City and offers more than 52,000 square feet of warehouse-style shopping and rock bottom prices on name brand products. Nevada resident, Wayne Cobb, has been named Store Manager and has hired approximately 75 new team members.

“Our first store in Nevada is such a hit, we’re ready to expand. We’re fired up about showing Carson City residents what we’re all about. We bring products in by the truckload. Volume means our shoppers can stretch their food dollar,” said Frank Capps, General Manager of FoodMaxx. “Come do your holiday meal shopping here. You won’t be disappointed.”

To highlight FoodMaxx’s commitment to the community, the store donated $500 to its adopted school, Empire Elementary. Students from the third, fourth and fifth grade sang Christmas songs at the grand opening. Friends in Service Helping (FISH) also received a $500 donation. To encourage shoppers to donate to the Ron Wood Family Resource Center at checkout, the store will match every donation, up to $1,500, from now until December 27th during our Give.Share.CARE! Holiday Drive.

Throughout the year, FoodMaxx donates up to 3% of profits to local schools and organizations enrolled in the Shares powered by eScripprogram. In addition to adopting a school, each store sponsors two kids’ sports teams a year by giving them a cooler full of water and snacks before each game during their season.

The Grand Opening comes just as FoodMaxx celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Its first store debuted in October of 1986 in Bakersfield, CA. The brand today stands 54 stores strong, 52 in California and two in Nevada. FoodMaxx is owned and operated by The Save Mart Companies.

Source: FoodMaxx

New eco-friendly Kum & Go store opens in West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go will open the doors Friday, December 9, at 6 a.m. to its newest location in West Des Moines, Iowa, at 5901 Mills Civic Parkway. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store design with a variety of unique offerings is the latest Kum & Go to be built in the metro.  To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive on Thursday morning will receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza.

The centerpiece of the store is an expanded and open food preparation area that customers can see from the moment they enter. Other location features include:

  • Elevated food experience with Kum & Go’s “Go Fresh Market”
  • Open kitchen layout, clear aisles and easy-to-navigate zones
  • Seating inside with heated patio seating outside
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for customers
  • Expansive beer cave and growler station with fresh beer
  • Designed for LEED-certified status, using energy efficient and sustainable design practices
  • A customized Ampersand that celebrates Central Iowa

“This new footprint represents everything that Kum & Go strives to be for our associates and for our customers,” said Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. “This is the evolution of our brand promise and business approach. Now customers can truly experience the “more” that we provide.”

The store will be open 24 hours a day. The phone number to the store is (515) 267-6499.

Kum & Go operates more than 50 stores in the Des Moines area. Future locations of this new layout are planned for 2016 in Iowa, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
515-457-6266 (office)

Source: Kum & Go

Popeyes: Find Tailgating and Socialgating tip at

Third party data shows 54% of NFL fans use a second screen while Homegating, 70% of NFL fans would rather Homegate than Tailgate

ATLANTA, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — First there was Tailgating, then there was Homegating, now Popeyes is recognizing the trend of Socialgating, the ever-increasing presence of that second screen wherever football fans are found. Whether at the game or at home, football fans all over the country are Socialgating with their social media communities of fans, sharing those moments that make the football season.

Sports Business Daily’s Top 20 Most Social Bowls for ’15-16 scored 3.2 million mentions on Twitter, even the ESPY awards describe their best play nominees in terms of how the play went viral. One of those plays was from the Inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

“Popeyes has long been a part of football celebrations and we have created our first-ever digital hub as a destination for what we proclaim as the newest trend in football – Socialgating!” said Hector A. Muñoz, Chief Marketing Officer – US. “It was a natural next step for Popeyes, who also sponsors the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. We know fans love to enjoy our food, especially our wings, during games. Mix that with how much social media allows fans to follow their teams and it’s a perfect combination.”

Third party data aggregated by Popeyes demonstrates the trend. The data is also available in the infographic linked here. Highlights from the infographic include:

  • 54% of NFL fans use a second screen (are Socialgating) while watching a game at home
  • 18% of fans will be Tailgating
  • 70% of fans would rather Homegate than Tailgate
  • Data from an hhgregg survey says that 1/3 of Americans are focused on social media at halftime; we say they’re Socialgating!

At, Popeyes fans can participate in a series of instant win games, vote on their favorite Popeyes Pick, enter secret keywords found on Popeyes social channels and create the perfect Tailgating party with Popeyes Tailgating Tips. All the while earning points that translate into chances to win the grand prize, a trip to the Bahamas, home of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Weekly Prizes and Instant win prizes!

“Popeyes brings the flavor to any football occasion, and if you’re watching football and enjoying Popeyes, you’re making it even better,” said Muñoz. “We are inviting everyone to join us on the web, on their devices and through their social media platforms while enjoying our Bonafide® Spicy or Mild chicken, our incredible Boneless Wings and everything in between.”

Find Tailgating and Socialgating tips, and register to play by visiting us at

About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is a leader in the New Orleans segment of the foodservice industry and is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken concept based on the number of units. As of October 2, 2016, Popeyes had 2,631 operating restaurants in the United States, the District of Columbia, three territories, and 26 foreign countries. For more information, visit the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Web site at

Media Contact:
Renee Kopkowski
Vice President, Brand Communications

Coltrin & Associates (on behalf of Popeyes)
Jennifer Webb

Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. received perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

New Albany, Ohio, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), a global retailer of casual luxury apparel and accessories under the Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and abercrombie kids brands, today (December 8, 2016) proudly announced that it 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.  The company has achieved this top rating since 2006.

“We are committed to embracing an inclusive and diverse environment for our associates and customers at each of our brands. For us, diversity is about cultivating and strengthening an inclusive culture and being an outstanding company to both work for and do business with. We are proud of our perfect score again this year and it is a testament to our company values,” said John Gabrielli, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

The Company offers a number of programs and initiatives that showcase their focus on diversity, inclusion, and respect, including:
· Comprehensive domestic partner benefits and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits
· Diversity and inclusion training programs for all associates
· Equal Opportunity non-discrimination policy that covers sexual orientation and gender identity or expression

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 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.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.  For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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 Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands.  The iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand embodies American casual luxury.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125 year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.   The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market.  abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 3-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style.

The Company operates over 900 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites and

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
(614) 283-6877

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.