Colruyt reopens newly renovated store in Gosselies

Halle, Belgium, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 30 November the renovated Colruyt store in Gosselies will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. This new-generation Colruyt store has been expanded and completely reorganised. The butcher’s department has been completely renovated, and a Collect&Go pick-up point has been added. In March 2017, Colruyt Group’s toys specialist Dreamland will open a store on the same site.

New-generation store

Store manager Luca Tiepido: “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.”

Wider aisles and a new butcher’s department

“We expanded the store and widened the aisles”, the store manager explains. “This enables customers to shop even more efficiently. And we can offer them a broader range of food and non-food products.”
The fresh market has also been enlarged. For fresh quality meat, customers can visit the brand-new butcher’s department. Head butcher Maxime Grandjean: “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 Gosselies now also has a Collect&Go pick-up point. Luca Tiepido: “Collect&Go is Colruyt Group’s handy online shopping service. Customers send their shopping list to collectandgo.be 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

From Wednesday 30 April, store manager Luca Tiepido, head butcher Maxime Grandjean and their 50 employees will be on hand to welcome customers at the renovated Colruyt Gosselies.
Luca Tiepido: “The evening before, on Tuesday 29 November 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!”

Practical information: 

Colruyt Gosselies
Rue Tahon 37
6041 Gosselies

Openingsuren:
Mon – Sat:8.30 – 20.00
Fri:8.30 – 21.00

Open evening:
Tuesday 29 November from 17.00 to 20.00

For more information, please contact:

Tiziano Antenucci
(regional manager)
02 345 2345

Patricia Verdoodt
(Colruyt Group press officer)
0473 924510

Source: Colruyt Group

ESCHEN: VORÜBERGEHEND KEINE MIGROS-PRODUKTE

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz beendet die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Migros-Partnergeschäft in Eschen per Ende Jahr. Damit entfällt die Möglichkeit, sich vor Ort mit Migros-Produkten zu versorgen.

Wie bereits angekündigt, wird die Migros Ostschweiz die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Betreiber des Ländle-Marktes in Eschen per Ende Jahr einstellen. Kundinnen und Kunden aus Eschen und Umgebung müssen aber nicht auf ihre gewohnten Migros-Produkte verzichten. Im Umkreis von wenigen Kilometern finden sie beim Migros-Partner an der Landstrasse 33 in Ruggell, im MM Buchs oder in der Migros Schaan attraktive Einkaufsmöglichkeiten.

Standortsuche mit neuem Partner

Die Migros Ostschweiz evaluiert derzeit Möglichkeiten, um ihren Kunden aus Eschen möglichst bald wieder einen Einkauf in nächster Nähe zu ermöglichen. Dabei steht sie in engem Austausch mit Stefan Ospelt, der bereits erfolgreich Migros-Partnergeschäfte in Ruggell, Balzers, Bad Ragaz und Grabs führt.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

VORERST KEINE MIGROS-PRODUKTE MEHR IN HEERBRUGG

Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz hat die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Migros-Partnergeschäft im Dornacherhof auf Ende Jahr gekündigt. Damit entfällt für die Bevölkerung von Heerbrugg die Möglichkeit, sich am Wohnort mit Migros-Produkten zu versorgen. Die Suche nach einem neuen Standort läuft.

Die Migros Ostschweiz beendet per Ende 2016 die Zusammenarbeit mit Jürg Andrist. Als selbständiger Detaillist und Migros-Partner führt er unter anderem ein umfassendes Angebot an Migros-Produkten. Für die Bevölkerung von Heerbrugg entfällt damit die Möglichkeit, sich direkt vor Ort mit Migros-Produkten zu versorgen.

Alternative Einkaufsmöglichkeiten

Die Kundschaft des Migros-Partners Heerbrugg muss aber nicht auf ihre gewohnten Migros-Produkte verzichten. Nur zwei Kilometer entfernt findet sie im MM Widnau ein breites Sortiment für den Tages- und Wocheneinkauf. Weitere attraktive Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in der Umgebung sind der im Sommer 2016 modernisierte Migros-Partner Rebstein, der MMM Rheinpark sowie die M Diepoldsau, die nach einer umfassenden Modernisierung am 24. November Wiedereröffnung feierte.

Standortsuche läuft

Aktuell evaluiert die Migros Ostschweiz einen Nachfolgestandort für die Verkaufsstelle im Dornacherhof in Heerbrugg, um ihren Kunden aus Heerbrugg und Au wieder einen Einkauf in nächster Nähe zu ermöglichen.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

The Starbucks Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation support No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place

The Starbucks Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation support No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place
The Starbucks Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation support No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place

 

  • With family homelessness at a crisis point, King County’s business leaders, including The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Dick’s Drive-In, Comcast, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, Nordstrom, Group Health Cooperative, Bank of America, Key Bank Foundation, Group Health, and the Seattle Mariners, are joining an unprecedented employer-led effort to raise more than $3 million to ensure “No Child Sleeps Outside”
  • Campaign benefitting Mary’s Place arrives in more than 200 Starbucks stores across King County, where Starbucks will raise awareness and match customer donations (up to an additional $1 million) throughout the month of December

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ —The Starbucks Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation announced today (November 29, 2016 ) their support of the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign by Mary’s Place. Together with other businesses, they are joining an unprecedented effort to mobilize the community, and contributing over $3 million to provide safe emergency shelter for the estimated 500 unsheltered families in King County, including hundreds of children. The campaign also has the support of companies like Microsoft Corp., Dick’s Drive-In, Comcast, Alaska Airlines, Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, Nordstrom, Group Health Cooperative, Bank of America, Key Bank Foundation, Group Health, Seattle Mariners, as well as the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Seattle Association which together represent thousands of Seattle businesses.

Following a nearly 20 percent jump in the homeless count last year, families with young children are waiting months for emergency shelter, leaving many sleeping on the streets, in cars and parks across the community. This move by The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Microsoft, and others supports an immediate expansion of Mary’s Place and responds to the critical, short-term need to bring unsheltered families inside. Separately, the organizations also expressed support for the mayor’s Pathways Home strategy, which addresses some of the systemic problems contributing to the homeless crisis. It includes a shift towards rapid rehousing, funding for expanded shelter hours at several shelters, and the creation of lockers for the homeless. Recognizing that city and county reforms to provide affordable housing will take months or years, supporters of the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign believe it is critical to provide immediate emergency shelter for hundreds of children.

“The 500 families with small children who are sleeping outside in King County cannot wait for the promised reforms and housing that will take a year or more,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks and cofounder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “We need to treat this daily tragedy with the same urgency that would follow any natural disaster. This is a short-term but urgent humanitarian need, and we are proud to join other Seattle employers in the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign.”

Mary’s Place is a 17-year-old emergency shelter organization with six locations throughout the county that operates primarily with private funding. Mary’s Place provides emergency shelter to nearly 40 percent of families experiencing homelessness across King County by serving 115-120 families per night, and 400 families throughout the year. However, 20 families a day are still turned away because there is not enough capacity at these shelters.

“King County is facing an unprecedented homelessness crisis and more than 500 families are sleeping outside each night in places unfit for habitation,” said Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place. “It breaks our hearts to have to turn them away each day. We are so incredibly grateful for the support of our business partners like Starbucks, Microsoft, the Schultz Family Foundation and so many others who are making it possible for us to expand our services and bring more families inside to warmth, safety, and stability.”

“No child should have to sleep outside at night. We must come together as a community to address this vital need as a local imperative,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft president. “We are pledging $1 million, including $250,000 to Mary’s Place, to address homelessness across King County.  We will support partners throughout the area to pursue both short- and long-term systemic solutions, including permanent housing.”

The Starbucks Foundation to Match Customer Donations in more than 200 King County Stores in December

In addition to a $1 million financial contribution to the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign, The Starbucks Foundation will match every dollar donated by customers in participating King County Starbucks® stores between December 1-31, up to an additional $1 million dollars to help shelter local families. The Starbucks Foundation will also allocate an additional $250,000 to other local nonprofits, including the United Way, YWCA, and Youth Care, that connect homeless families and youth to job placement programs, and other critical services.

Howard and Sheri Schultz, cofounders of the Schultz Family Foundation, are also personally contributing $1 million to Mary’s Place through the Schultz Family Foundation to expand both shelter capacity and the organization’s ability to move families into permanent housing. In addition, the Schultz Family Foundation will continue to support other Seattle homelessness organizations to reduce the number of unsheltered youth and young adults.

About Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. Mary’s Place operates six crisis response family shelters providing refuge and community for 400 family members experiencing homelessness. The organization focuses on an innovative strategy of combining prevention, emergency shelter and resources for transition into housing to bring families out of homelessness. At their Family Center, Mary’s Place provides shelter, services and resources in the same building. This allows families, together with their assigned Housing & Wellness Advocates, to focus on individualized plans for overcoming barriers and finding employment and stable housing. It does all this cost effectively in loaned buildings that are empty and awaiting development, for just dollars per night. To learn more, visit www.marysplaceseattle.org.

About The Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation was created in 1997 as part of Starbucks commitment to strengthen communities. The foundation supports programs around the globe through Starbucks Opportunity for Youth Grants as well as other grant programs. The Starbucks Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization that receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations.

About Schultz Family Foundation

The Schultz Family Foundation was cofounded in 1996 by Sheri Kersch Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. Guided by a belief that an “inequality of opportunity” is stifling America’s potential, the foundation invests in innovative programs and partnerships that unlock human potential, remove barriers to success and create new pathways to opportunity. The Schultz Family Foundation currently supports two signature national initiatives: Onward Youth and Onward Veterans. For more information, visit http://schultzfamilyfoundation.org,

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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Starbucks further strengthen its Bug Bounty program to help protect customers’ personal information

Starbucks further strengthen its Bug Bounty program to help protect customers’ personal information
Starbucks further strengthen its Bug Bounty program to help protect customers’ personal information

 

Seattle, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is committed to protecting customers’ personal information.  As the company brings together loyalty, mobile payment, and content partnerships through a more advanced digital ecosystem, it is also taking an additional step to further strengthen its Bug Bounty program and help ensure the highest quality digital and online experience for customers.

Starbucks Bug Bounty program fosters collaboration among security professionals to help protect customers’ personal information. Starbucks security engineers engage with the research community to safeguard the company’s systems.

To strengthen the Bug Bounty program, Starbucks has published further details on the types of submissions that are in scope and otherwise out of scope for reward, as well as the associated bounty amounts a researcher may be eligible to receive. The additional information will help researchers focus their efforts on searching for any quality submission in exchange for a worthwhile reward.

New submissions will be considered under the new set of guidelines, now available here: https://hackerone.com/Starbucks.

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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This December 15,000 additional Festive Colleagues set to help customers with their Christmas shopping at Tesco

This December 15,000 additional Festive Colleagues set to help customers with their Christmas shopping at Tesco
This December 15,000 additional Festive Colleagues set to help customers with their Christmas shopping at Tesco

 

Tesco customers are set to be given an extra helping hand with their Christmas shopping this year by over 15,000 additional Festive Colleagues.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The majority will start in stores across the UK from the start of December, and will work across a range of departments to help customers with everything they need – from picking the perfect party dress to finding that all important jar of cranberry sauce.

Tony Hoggett, UK Chief Operating Officer at Tesco said:

“Our colleagues are already doing a wonderful job getting ready for the festive season and with our additional Festive Colleagues joining them in store, we’re ready to help our customers every step of the way this Christmas.”

Nearly 60,000 people were interviewed for Festive Colleague roles at Tesco this year.

Thousands of Tesco office colleagues will also work in Tesco stores over the festive period as part of the Feet on the Floor programme.

Feet on the Floor, which runs between Halloween and Christmas, is an opportunity for all Tesco colleagues to share experiences and work together at a crucial time of year, ensuring the best possible customer service. Tesco head office employees are set to work the equivalent of 10,000 days in stores over the next six weeks.

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

Source: Tesco

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Tesco once again is delivering thousands of free mince pie across Britain for the holidays

The Tesco mince pie van is back and it’s delivering a very Hap-pie Christmas to people across Britain.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help customers get into the festive spirit, the retailer is once again delivering thousands of the little festive treats, free, to people’s front doors over the next few weeks.

Visiting the length and breadth of Britain, local residents in towns and cities will be surprised and delighted with a knock on the door as the Mince Pie Man looks to drop off over 18,000 packs of mince pies ranging from Tesco Finest* to Free From, and wishing them all a Merry Christmas. Any customers not at home will receive a voucher so they can pick up their gift in their local store.

Talking about his impending Mince Pie Drop, the Mince Pie Man, Warren, said:

“I’m really excited that this pie in the sky idea worked so well last year and I’m back for a second helping. I can’t wait to spread some more Christmas cheer and get everyone in the festive mood.

“This year, I’ll be knocking on even more people’s doors handing out free packs of Tesco mince pies and wishing them a Merry Christmas.”

Notes for Editors

The Mince Pie van will be touring the following areas across the UK, delivering 1,000 mince pies per location:

  • Portsmouth
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Merthyr
  • Oakham
  • Corstorphine
  • Aberystwyth
  • East Didsbury
  • Northwich
  • Wellingborough
  • Barnstaple
  • Redditch
  • Exmouth
  • Yeovil
  • Yeading
  • Pontardawe
  • Shrewsbury
  • York

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

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

Source: Tesco

Tesco calls on food waste entrepreneurs to join its new crowdfunding platform, BackIt

Tesco calls on food waste entrepreneurs to join its new crowdfunding platform, BackIt
Tesco calls on food waste entrepreneurs to join its new crowdfunding platform, BackIt

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco appeals for food waste entrepreneurs to join new crowdfunding platform, BackIt. BackIt helps small businesses gain vital funding, in order to bring their food waste-busting products to market. Hannah McCollum, founder of ChicP, is the first food waste entrepreneur to join the platform, with her hummus made from wonky fruits and vegetables.

A new hummus, made from wasted vegetables is set to take the foodie scene by storm, thanks to its launch on Tesco’s new crowdfunding platform, BackIt.

ChicP is one of five small businesses currently being supported through the scheme which offers the chance to work with a large retailer and scale up ideas, as well as gain advice and from industry experts. The platform showcases new businesses and allows them to campaign for support from the public.

Londoner Hannah McCollum founded ChicP after seven years as a part-time private chef in her school holidays, cooking her way across Europe. A stint working for events and catering companies followed, and Hannah was exposed to the realities of how much perfectly edible food is wasted every single day.

Tesco is now appealing for other food waste entrepreneurs, like Hannah, to join the platform and gain funding for their product in a drive to help reduce food waste in the UK.

Michael Francis, Tesco Business Development Director said:

“We are really excited to welcome ChicP to BackIt and to offer people the chance to support an innovative and brilliant food waste solving business.

Food waste is something that Tesco takes very seriously and is an issue that we have a responsibility to work together to solve. It’s businesses like ChicP that will help us do just that.

We are now looking for other brilliant food waste businesses to come forward and help us fight food waste. There’s room for many more on the platform and the BackIt team can offer you the help and support you need to bring your product to life.”

Tesco has committed that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste in its UK stores by the end of 2017. It was the first retailer to publish third party assured food waste data.

Combining Hannah’s raw cooking talent with her love of food and passion to end food waste, ChicP is the latest addition to the hummus world, and Hannah, the newest and brightest food waste entrepreneur to hit the scene in 2016.

Supporting British farmers by using fruit and vegetables that would have otherwise gone to waste, ChicP is already stocked in Local London delicatessens including Sonny’s Kitchen, Krystal’s Fulham, and the Rude Health Café. ChicP is building a cult following amongst those who want healthy, good food, without the waste.

Hannah said:

“I hate wasting food, and I know I’m not the only one. Creating ChicP has enabled me to combine my desire to reduce food waste with being able to produce delicious, healthy hummus.

I can’t wait to see where my business goes from here and hope that other people who want to help stop food waste come forward and turn their food waste busting dreams, into tomorrow’s solutions!”

Hannah is seeking to raise £5,000 via BackIt to help grow ChicP further. Funding will enable her to create a great marketing campaign to help ChicP expand, increase sales and awareness.

To invest in ChicP, or to find out how you can get your own food waste busting business on to BackIt go to www.tesco.com/backit

Notes to editors

Businesses that sign up to BackIt are not obliged to list or work with Tesco after their campaign.

For more information about ChicP or for interview requests for Hannah please contact the Tesco media team on 01707 918 701

For further information about BackIt and discuss opportunities for your business please contact the BackIt team directly on backit@uk.tesco.com . Visit www.tesco.com/backit for terms and conditions and more information.

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Carrefour updates on its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities

Carrefour’s employment rate of people with disabilities has increased by 21.3% over four years

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate International Disability Day on 3 December, Carrefour is taking stock of its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Currently, more than 11,000 disabled people work for Carrefour. That’s an increase of 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and the figure rose by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Carrefour – a company that accepts people with disabilities in all of the countries in which it operates

A founder member of the ILO’s Global Disability Network in 2011, Carrefour takes action at local level in order to help people with disabilities get onto the job markets of all of the countries in which it operates. With some 11,200 employees with disabilities, Carrefour implements major initiatives which go beyond legal requirements. These initiatives have a tangible positive impact. The share of disabled people it employs increased by 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Here are some examples of the initiatives it has deployed:

. In France, with 4000 disabled employees, 6.3% of the people it employs in supermarkets and 6.7% of the people it employs in hypermarkets (as many as 14% in some) have some form of disability. The “Mission Handicap” agreement was first entered into in 1999 and has been renewed six times since.

. In Brazil, all Carrefour stores employ people with disabilities. Carrefour has deployed the “Eu pratico a inclusão” (I support inclusion) programme, together with the “Meu amigo e especial” (My friend is special) scheme to help them integrate into the company. This proactive policy has increased the number of disabled employees to 1600 – nearly 300 of whom were hired in 2015.

. In Belgium, Carrefour launched the “Duo Day” programme in 2015, set up in partnership with the AWIPH (Walloon agency for the integration of disabled persons). Under this scheme, employees are asked to work in tandem with a disabled person for several days. The campaign is an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace, and to raise people’s awareness of how these people – who are full of potential – can be employed.

. In Poland, Carrefour employs 600 employees with disabilities – 5% of its total workforce. Stores work closely alongside the Ekon association which was set up to help people find or return to employment in its partner companies (one of which is Carrefour).

Furthermore, Carrefour gives its disabled customers the same level of attention, and has created a number of services designed to help them do their shopping. For example, Carrefour Belgium provides blind people and people with reduced mobility with support while they shop. Carrefour France welcomes guide dogs and supports the associations which train them, so that they can familiarise themselves with public places.

“Invisible” disability is also an area in which Carrefour is taking action

In July, Carrefour entered into an agreement with France’s Armed Services to provide military personnel physiologically or psychologically wounded in the line of duty with immersion traineeships. The aim is to give them guidance in finding a new civilian career and offer them appropriate retraining. Military personnel can carry out traineeships for periods of up to six months. They may then be offered either a fixed-term contract, or a permanent contract. So far, Carrefour has provided four soldiers wounded in the line of duty with traineeships.

Following on from a partnership entered into with the Ninsun Project association and Autistic Children without Borders (designed to facilitate the schooling of autistic children and teenagers), Carrefour is helping young adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to get onto the job market, working alongside the Ass des As association. Carrefour’s recruitment managers meet the families, provide them with information about the various jobs on offer and arrange coaching sessions (interview practice, etc.).

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

Amazon Web Services selected as Capital One’s predominant cloud infrastructure provider

Capital One continues to take a cloud-first approach by migrating core business and customer applications to AWS over the next five years

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today (Nov. 29, 2016) announced that Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) has selected AWS as its predominant cloud infrastructure provider. Capital One is one of the country’s leading financial institutions and recently ranked #1 on the Information Week Elite 100 list of the country’s most innovative users of business technology. Over the next five years, Capital One will continue to migrate many core business and customer applications to AWS as part of its commitment to delivering great digital experiences to its tens of millions of customers.

“Technology is going to play a central role in the future of banking as we move toward an experience that is real-time, digital-first, and that anticipates customer needs. The AWS Cloud enables fast, efficient development and deployment of software and allows our teams to focus on what we do best – building great software and delivering innovative experiences to our customers,” said Rob Alexander, CIO, Capital One. “We’re taking a cloud-first approach to development with AWS as our predominant cloud infrastructure provider.”

“Cloud has become the new normal even for the most highly regulated, data-sensitive organizations like those in the financial services industry. Such organizations are making the cloud a core part of their central IT operations and digital transformation efforts to take advantage of the security, reliability, and broad functionality of the AWS Cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Sales at AWS. “As a leading financial services institution, Capital One is embracing cutting-edge technology, like the AWS Cloud, to innovate in an industry that has great potential to benefit from technology transformation.”

About Amazon Web Services

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

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 www.amazon.com/about.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $226.0 billion in deposits and $345.1 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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Source: Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Amazon devices sales up more than double over last year during holiday shopping weekend and Cyber Monday

  • Millions of Echo Dot devices sold since launch—sales of Amazon Echo family of devices up more than 7x over last year’s Cyber Monday
  • Sales of Amazon Fire TV devices up over 2.5x this Cyber Monday—continues to be the #1 streaming media player family in the U.S. across all retailers
  • Fire Tablets sales up 2x this Cyber Monday—best holiday shopping weekend ever for Fire Kids Edition

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 29, 2016) announced its best-ever holiday shopping weekend for devices—including a record-breaking Cyber Monday with Amazon device sales up more than 2x over last year and millions of devices sold.

Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire tablet, and Amazon Echo were not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but they were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon.

  • Millions of the all-new Echo Dot sold since launch—sales of Amazon Echo family of devices up over 7x over last year’s Cyber Monday.
  • Millions of Alexa devices were purchased this holiday shopping weekend.
  • Fire Tablets sales were up 2x compared to last Cyber Monday.
  • Fire Kids Edition has its best holiday shopping weekend ever—continues to be the #1 kids tablet in the U.S., across all retailers.
  • Amazon Fire TV sales were up more than 2.5x year-over-year on Cyber Monday. Fire TV continues to be the #1 streaming media player in the U.S., across all retailers.
  • The Kindle e-reader business continues to grow—customers bought hundreds of thousands of Kindle e-readers this holiday weekend.

“Customers purchased millions of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices this holiday weekend—the all-new Echo Dot, the best-selling 7” Fire tablet, and the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote are all available for under $50 and all powered by Alexa,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices & Services. “It’s never been easier to have Alexa in any or every room, and we’re excited for millions of new customers to discover Alexa this holiday season.”

Many Amazon device customers already enjoyed using Alexa this holiday weekend, as well as other festive Amazon content on their devices:

  • Alexa helped customers prep and cook for their Thanksgiving gatherings. Customers asked Alexa to set nearly 2x as many timers on Thanksgiving Day as the day before, and customers asked Alexa nearly 3x as many questions about cooking during Thanksgiving week compared to the week prior.
  • The top 3 most popular Kindle cookbooks downloaded during Thanksgiving week include: “Essential Spices and Herbs,” “The Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook,” and “Me, Myself and Pie.”
  • Customers listened to 40% more Amazon Music on Alexa devices than any other device on Thanksgiving.
  • The top playlist on Alexa devices for Thanksgiving was “Thanksgiving with the Family;” the following day, “Christmas Classics” became the #1 playlist.
  • Prime Video’s hit new show “The Grand Tour” was the most streamed title on Thanksgiving Day, followed by “Goliath.”
  • The most popular holiday titles viewed on Amazon Video on Thanksgiving Day include “Christmas Vacation” and “Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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 www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon Studios brings Bug Diaries and Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters to Prime Video Original Kids Series

In addition to streaming or downloading thousands of titles on Prime Video, Amazon Prime members enjoy fast, free shipping, unlimited access to more than two million songs with Prime Music, unlimited secure photo storage with Prime Photos, and more—customers can enjoy a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime today

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Nov. 29, 2016) announced it has ordered two new Amazon Original Kids Series including animated series Bug Diaries, based on a best-selling children’s book series, and live-action series Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, based on the classic Saturday morning television series from the 1970s.

“We are so excited to bring this beloved series, Bug Diaries, to our customers that highlights important life lessons for our young viewers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We also look forward to reviving the classic Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that has a strong message of friendship.”

The Bug Diaries is an animated comedy series for preschoolers based on the witty children’s books by best-selling author Doreen Cronin and best-selling Illustrator Harry Bliss. The show follows a comic trio of slimy, crawly, and buzzy bug friends whose tiny world offers up huge adventures. Pairing kid-personalities with incredible bug abilities, the series will give us a mile-high look at the world through Fly’s compound eyes, let us squirm in Worm’s “footsteps”, and literally hang around with Spider as they record their adventures, each in their own way, in their bug diaries.

Sid & Marty Krofft present Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, a live action show for children ages 6 to 11, based on their classic Saturday morning series from the 1970s. The show is centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scotty, who along with their cousin Robyn befriend Sigmund, a friendly young sea-monster who escapes from his old life and his comically dysfunctional brothers Slurp and Blurp. Now, using a Clubhouse as their hiding place, the gang must keep Sigmund safe from an ambitious sea-monster hunter Captain Barnabas. The show is executive produced by Sid & Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost) with the pilot directed by Jonathan Judge (The Thundermans, School of Rock) and starring David Arquette (Scream, Jake and the Neverland Pirates) as Captain Barnabas. Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner (Santa Baby) wrote the new teleplay based on the classic series.

These series will be part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families. Amazon Original Kids Series are available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership—Prime members can also download titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership
  • Amazon Channels: Over 80 video subscriptions to networks like SHOWTIME, STARZ and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

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 www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon Web Services launches new AWS Partner Network (APN) programs and Competencies

  • AWS Announces New Programs, Competencies, and Tools to Support Growing AWS Partner Network
  • AWS introduces three new partner programs providing tools, training, and benefits to support and distinguish partners in Service Delivery, Public Sector, and VMware Cloud™ on AWS
  • Newest AWS Competencies recognize APN partners specializing in Financial Services and IoT
  • New AWS Partner Solutions Finder website helps customers easily search for and connect with APN Partners
  • AWS Marketplace now features more than 3,500 software listings from over 1,100 ISVs

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 29, 2016) at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced three new AWS Partner Network (APN) programs – the AWS Service Delivery Program, the APN Public Sector Partner Program, and the VMware Cloud™ on AWS Partner Program – that will support and differentiate APN partners who provide solutions and expertise for specific services, workloads, and industry verticals. AWS also launched two new AWS Competencies that enable and promote partners who have demonstrated proven success in Financial Services and Internet of Things (IoT). To help customers more easily find the right partner and solution for their specific business needs, AWS launched the APN Partner Solutions Finder, a new website where customers can search for, discover, and connect with APN Partners. AWS also announced that the AWS Marketplace has grown to more than 3,500 listings from 1,100 independent software vendors (ISVs) across 35 different categories, enabling customers to easily purchase and deploy even more software that is pre-configured for the AWS Cloud. For more information, visit http://aws.amazon.com/partners.

AWS customers across regions and industries turn to APN Partners for specialized technology and expertise that helps them solve a diverse set of business challenges and get the most out of the expanding range of AWS services. With 60 percent of APN Partners headquartered outside of the U.S., customers around the globe can find the tools and services they need to take full advantage of the AWS Cloud. More than 10,000 new partners have joined the APN in the past 12 months, offering customers an ever-expanding selection of software solutions hosted on, or integrated with, AWS. And, thousands of new APN Consulting Partners are available to help design, architect, build, migrate, and manage customer workloads and applications. AWS customers also continue to turn to AWS Marketplace for their software needs, and today customers around the world are using over 300 million hours a month of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to run AWS Marketplace products.

“There’s never been a better time to be an APN Partner. Customers are turning to the AWS Cloud to address an increasingly broad set of needs across their organizations, which translates to business opportunities for the APN partners that help them achieve their goals,” said Dorothy Copeland, General Manager, Global Partner Programs, AWS. “This is why we continue to invest in programs that help APN Partners differentiate based on the specialized value they provide to customers. AWS Competencies and other APN distinctions help customers know that an APN Partner can deliver the right expertise, solution, or technology for the job.”

New APN programs for Service Delivery, Public Sector Partners, and VMware Cloud on AWS

Today, AWS is introducing three new programs that provide tools, training, and benefits to qualified APN Partners, and help distinguish them based on specialized expertise:

  • The AWS Service Delivery Program: Identifies APN Consulting and Technology Partners that have passed technical reviews, and have a validated track record of customer success with a specific AWS service. For example, a customer planning to use Amazon Redshift can look to partners that have earned Amazon Redshift Partner status to provide tested and validated expertise or solutions. At launch, the AWS Services Delivery Program has over 150 APN Partner solutions and practices validated across 15 categories, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudFront, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS GovCloud (US) workloads, AWS Lambda, and AWS WAF.
  • The AWS Public Sector Partner Program: Designed for APN Partners with solutions and experience to help deliver government, education, and nonprofit customer missions around the world leveraging the AWS Cloud. With more than 350 partners at launch, the program helps qualified APN Partners build and accelerate their AWS Public Sector business.
  • The VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program: In October, VMware and AWS announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from the leader in the private cloud, running on the world’s most popular, trusted, and robust public cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service that leverages AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services. Launching in 2017, the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program will focus on supporting customers as they deploy and operate VMware Cloud on AWS.

New IoT and Financial Services Competencies Launch Today

The AWS Competency Program highlights APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. With these additions, the AWS Competency Program now covers 16 different workloads and verticals.

  • The AWS Financial Services Competency: Recognizes APN Consulting and Technology partners that have demonstrated industry expertise and offer solutions for customers in banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance. APN Partners with the AWS Financial Services Competency include: 2nd Watch, Accenture, Avoka, Calypso, Capgemini, Cloud Technology Partners, Cloudreach, Cognizant, Corezoid, EIS Group, FICO, FIS-Prophet, Guidewire, IHS Markit, Infosys, Mambu, Moven, NICE Systems, REAN Cloud, Sopra Steria, and Wipro.
  • The AWS IoT Competency: Showcases APN Consulting and Technology Partners that provide proven technology and implementation capabilities for a variety of IoT use cases, including intelligent factories, smart cities, energy, automotive, transportation, and healthcare. APN Partners with the AWS IoT Competency include: Accenture, Amdocs, Aricent, Asavie, Bsquare Corporation, C3 IoT, Cloud Technology Partners, Eseye, Intel, Luxoft, MachineShop, Microchip Technology, Mobiquity, PTC, Solstice, SORACOM, Splunk, Sturdy Networks, Thinglogix, and Trek10.

AWS Partner Solutions Finder helps customers connect with the right APN Partners

Customers often ask where to go when looking for a partner that can help design, migrate, manage, and optimize their workloads on AWS, or for partner-built tools that can help them achieve their goals. The AWS Partner Solutions Finder provides customers with a website where they can easily search, discover, and connect with trusted APN Technology and Consulting Partners based on their business needs. Customers can easily search AWS-vetted partner profiles based on criteria such as location, industry, use case, and products. The AWS Partner Solutions Finder helps customers quickly identify authorized AWS Resellers or validated AWS Managed Service Providers, and find APN Partners who hold specific AWS Competencies and AWS Service Delivery Program distinctions.

AWS Marketplace continues rapid growth

AWS Marketplace provides a way for customers around the globe to find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on AWS by simplifying licensing, purchasing, and deployment of software to the AWS Cloud. AWS Marketplace has added more than a thousand new listings and over 300 new ISVs in the last year, bringing the total to more than 3,500 software listings from over 1,100 ISVs. More than 100,000 active customers rely on AWS Marketplace to take the heavy lifting out of finding, procuring, and deploying third-party software, and with the recent launch of SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, it’s now easier than ever for AWS customers to start using third-party SaaS and API products and pay for it all through their existing AWS bill. SaaS Subscriptions are currently available for more than 40 solutions on AWS Marketplace, from ISVs such as Acumatica, Avalara, Datadog, New Relic, Sumo Logic, Trend Micro, and many more.

For further details on APN programs, benefits, and terms, see http://aws.amazon.com/partners/programs/.

About Amazon Web Services

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

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 www.amazon.com/about.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
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Source: Amazon Web Services, Inc.

EROSKI desarrolla su nueva gama gourmet, testada por Basque Culinary Center

EROSKI desarrolla su nueva gama gourmet, testada por Basque Culinary Center
EROSKI desarrolla su nueva gama gourmet, testada por Basque Culinary Center

 

  • EROSKI y Basque Culinary Center (BCC) mantienen un acuerdo de colaboración por el que la calidad de los productos SELEQTIA es evaluada por profesionales vinculados a Basque Culinary Center
  • EROSKI SELEQTIA cuenta con 177 referencias en diferentes categorías de alimentación y frescos, entre las que se incluyen alimentos de 27 Denominaciones de Origen e Indicaciones Geográficas Protegidas en España
  • La cooperativa ha aumentado en más de un 10% las ventas de SELEQTIA en 2016

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — La marca propia especializada en productos gourmet de EROSKI, SELEQTIA, celebra su décimo aniversario apostando por la innovación en sus referencias, modernizando su imagen y mejorando la calidad sensorial de sus productos, gracias a un acuerdo firmado con Basque Culinary Center (BCC).

“La demanda por parte del consumidor de alimentos gourmet ha aumentado en los últimos tiempos. Prueba de ello es el crecimiento superior al 10% que nuestra marca propia SELEQTIA ha experimentado en lo que va de año. El cliente, hoy en día, no solo opta por los productos premium en ocasiones especiales; está dispuesto a pagar un poco más por un aceite de oliva excelente, unos cereales de desayuno que le encantan o el arroz con el que borda la paella”, señala la directora de Marca EROSKI, Ainhoa Oyarbide.

La cooperativa ha celebrado hoy un acto en la sede de Basque Culinary Center (BCC) en San Sebastián en el que ha dado a conocer las novedades de EROSKI SELEQTIA ante más de 150 Socios Cliente que han podido conocer de primera mano y degustar la gama renovada.

Calidad sensorial mejorada gracias a la colaboración del Basque Culinary Center (BCC)

EROSKI y el Basque Culinary Center (BCC) mantienen un acuerdo de colaboración por el que la calidad de los productos SELEQTIA es testada a través de catas por parte de expertos profesionales vinculados al Basque Culinary Center (BCC).

“Las catas recogen las puntuaciones proporcionadas por los chefs en atributos de calidad como la textura, el sabor, el aroma, aspecto visual o los ingredientes. Sus informes dan una puntuación global sensorial e indican si el producto es apto para formar parte de la gama EROSKI SELEQTIA o si debe ser reformulado y volver a testarse para garantizar la máxima calidad sensorial”, explican desde el Centro de I+D del Basque Culinary Center (BCC).

“Una valoración sensorial adecuada de nuestros productos es fundamental para  garantizar la calidad diferencial, excelencia y superioridad que identificamos con la marca EROSKI SELEQTIA. Creemos que el Basque Culinary Center con su conocimiento, experiencia y desarrollo de I+D en todo lo relacionado con la gastronomía, es un aporte de valor importante. Los productos testados y aprobados llevan el logo del Basque Culinary Center impreso en el envase. La introducción de este sello está siendo progresiva a medida que los productos EROSKI SELEQTIA van ganando la certificación y vamos actualizando y modernizando el envase de las referencias”, afirma la directora de Marca EROSKI.

Apuesta por la innovación

Este año EROSKI ha incorporado novedades al surtido SELEQTIA en su apuesta por la innovación entre ellas, pizzas fresca y congelada, pasta seca y fresca rellena, sardina del Cantábrico, mini tostas de manzana y en postres dulces. “Apostamos por ofrecer nuevos productos año tras año en colaboración con nuestros proveedores ‘gourmet’. Las novedades se unen a productos como las trenzas hojaldradas, el salmón o el pudding de pescado que gozan de muy buena acogida entre nuestros clientes con sus opiniones a través de nuestro programa de participación de marca propia”, detalla la directora de Marca EROSKI.

Como el resto de los productos de marca propia EROSKI, los productos de la gama SELEQTIA no incorporan transgénicos, ni conservantes o colorantes artificiales, ni grasas vegetales parcialmente hidrogenadas, y cuentan en el frontal de su envase con el “semáforo nutricional”, el etiquetado más avanzado para una total transparencia al consumidor sobre la calidad nutricional de los alimentos.

Sobre EROSKI SELEQTIA

EROSKI SELEQTIA reúne un amplio surtido de productos de alta calidad, con una clara superioridad de sus atributos aromáticos y de sabor, además de una cuidada presentación diferencial. La marca de productos gourmet de la cooperativa cuenta en la actualidad con una selección de 177 productos que engloban a 27 Denominaciones de Origen (D.O.) e Indicaciones Geográficas Protegidas (I.G.P.) y que son producidos en distintas regiones como País Vasco, Navarra,  Cataluña, Andalucía, Castilla la Mancha, Alicante y las italianas Módena y Grana Padano.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York

Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York
Dior opens its first exclusive makeup store located in Westfield World Trade Center, New York

 

Paris, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dior has opened its first exclusive makeup store, a concept boutique designed in Paris and located in New York in the landmark Westfield World Trade Center. Inspired by the backstage ambiance at a fashion show, this new space melds modernity and audacity.

An electric atmosphere pervades this stunning boutique with neon lights and floor-to-ceiling video screens, linking Dior beauty and fashion. The faces of Dior muses are featured, reflected in the mirrored ceiling. The new concept store creates an immersive experience for customers, transporting them backstage at a fashion show to target a younger clientele of millennials.

Inspired by the backstage glamour of Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior makeup since 2014, the space includes a lip studio where customers can play with different lipstick shades and textures. Six professional makeup stations heighten the experience, offering professional services like face consultations or lash and brow styling. Another fun innovation is the Mix & Match video table where customers can change the colors of the lipstick and nail polish on a virtual model.

This new beauty playground is centered on innovation while expressing the unique heritage that has earned Dior global renown. The boutique spans all makeup categories for face, lips and eyes, as well as iconic fragrances created by François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, including J’adore, Miss Dior, and Dior Homme.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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IKEA submits plans to the City of Live Oak, Texas for a San Antonio-area store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (11/29/2016) announced it is submitting plans to the City of Live Oak, Texas for a San Antonio-area store that would increase the Swedish company’s U.S. presence with its fifth store in the state. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Live Oak could begin in Spring 2018, with an opening in Summer 2019. Until then, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in Houston and Round Rock, or online at IKEA-USA.com. In North Texas, IKEA is represented by a store in Frisco as well as a store opening Fall 2017 in Grand Prairie.

Located approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, the 289,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its approximately 1,000 parking spaces would be built on 31 acres at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We are excited at the possibility of growing our U.S. and Texas presence with a San Antonio-area store,” said IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson. “This location would provide our already 180,000 San Antonio-area customers their own store and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to others throughout South Texas.”

IKEA Live Oak would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 325-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries, salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferring parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Live Oak also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions because reducing environmental impacts makes business sense. IKEA evaluates locations for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; key measures in buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED lighting. IKEA U.S. has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 14 locations and solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two U.S. wind farms.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at affordable prices. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 42 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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

Source: IKEA

Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC to release its 1Q financial results on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DALLAS, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC will announce its first quarter financial results on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with an investor conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time).

The audio webcast may be accessed on the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com simultaneously with the commencement of the call. Prior to the call, any necessary supplemental financial or statistical information will be posted to the Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC website. Following the live broadcast, interested parties may replay the webcast by accessing this website.

Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC is a luxury, multi-branded, omni-channel fashion retailer conducting integrated store and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, CUSP, and mytheresa brand names. For more information, visit www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

From time to time, the Company may make statements that predict or forecast future events or results, depend on future events for their accuracy or otherwise contain “forward-looking information.” These statements are made based on management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events and are not guarantees of future performance.

The Company cautions readers that actual results may differ materially as a result of various factors, some of which are beyond its control, including but not limited to: weakness in domestic and global capital markets and other economic conditions and the impact of such conditions on the Company’s ability to obtain credit; general economic and political conditions or changes in such conditions, including relationships between the United States and the countries from which the Company sources its merchandise; economic, political, social or other events resulting in the short-or long-term disruption in business at the Company’s stores, distribution centers or offices; changes in consumer confidence resulting in a reduction of discretionary spending on goods; changes in the demographic or retail environment; changes in consumer preferences or fashion trends; changes in the Company’s relationships with customers due to, among other things, its failure to provide quality service and competitive loyalty programs, its inability to provide credit pursuant to its proprietary credit card arrangement or its failure to protect customer data or comply with regulations surrounding information security and privacy; the effects of incurring a substantial amount of indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments; the ability to refinance the Company’s indebtedness under its senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments and the effects of any refinancing; the effects upon the Company of complying with the covenants contained in its senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments; restrictions on the terms and conditions of the indebtedness under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities and other debt instruments may place on the Company’s ability to respond to changes in its business or to take certain actions; competitive responses to the Company’s loyalty program, marketing, merchandising and promotional efforts or inventory liquidations by vendors or other retailers; changes in the financial viability of the Company’s competitors; seasonality of the retail business; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, particularly during peak selling seasons; delays in anticipated store openings and renovations; the Company’s success in enforcing its intellectual property rights; changes in the Company’s relationships with designers, vendors and other sources of merchandise, including changes in the level of goods and/or changes in the form in which such goods are made available to us for resale; delays in receipt of merchandise ordered due to work stoppages or other causes of delay in connection with either the manufacture or shipment of such merchandise; changes in foreign currency exchange or inflation rates; significant increases in paper, printing and postage costs; changes in key management personnel and the Company’s ability to retain key management personnel; changes in the Company’s relationships with certain of our buyers or key sales associates and the Company’s ability to retain our buyers or key sales associates; changes in government or regulatory requirements increasing the Company’s costs of operations; litigation that may have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results or reputation; terrorist activities in the United States and elsewhere; the impact of funding requirements related to the Company’s pension plan; the Company’s ability to provide credit to its customers pursuant to its proprietary credit card program arrangement, including any future changes in the terms of such arrangement and/or legislation impacting the extension of credit to its customers; and the design and implementation of new information systems as well as enhancements of existing systems.

These and other factors that may adversely affect the Company’s future performance or financial condition are contained in its Annual Report in Form 10-K and other reports filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

Contact:
Mark Anderson
Director – Finance and
Investor Relations
(214) 757-2934

Source: Neiman Marcus Group LTD

OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy team up to offer consumers and clients a new pharmacy network solution

CHICAGO and WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy are partnering to provide more convenient choices and lower costs for consumers and clients while improving health outcomes. OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually. CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy, with more than 9,600 retail pharmacies across the nation.

The strategic relationship will bring together complementary capabilities to provide greater convenience and value. Together, the two companies will offer employers a new pharmacy network solution that:

  • Provides eligible OptumRx members the option to fill 90-day prescriptions at prices equal to home delivery copay levels at CVS locations nationwide or through OptumRx home delivery;
  • Increases consumer engagement and improves health outcomes through the combination of OptumRx’s leading pharmacy and clinical solutions with CVS Pharmacy’s leading in-store health and wellness capabilities;
  • Enables OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy to leverage a shared pharmacy platform to develop new pharmacy and health solutions for clients and consumers.

“Our new strategic relationship with CVS Pharmacy will benefit our clients and consumers by improving access to medications, driving better health outcomes, and reducing costs,” said Mark Thierer, chief executive officer of OptumRx. “By deepening our relationship, we can develop innovations that further modernize and enhance pharmacy care.”

Further expanding OptumRx’s full range of network offerings, this joint pharmacy offering provides a platform for Optum and CVS Pharmacy to bring together capabilities and systems to build new combined pharmacy, health and wellness programs. Optum’s long-term business relationship with CVS Pharmacy as traditional pharmacy network partners ensures this new pharmacy solution will quickly benefit consumers and clients, improving health outcomes and lowering costs beyond the pharmacy.

“We are very pleased to announce that we will be partnering with OptumRx, which will allow us to explore innovative ways of helping patients on their path to better health,” said Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy. “This strategic relationship will enhance patients’ access to care, lower costs, and improve health outcomes through our unmatched clinical capabilities delivered by our 27,000 retail pharmacists nationwide.”

OptumRx and CVS expect the new 90-day pharmacy solution to be available to OptumRx commercial clients implementing new 90-day prescription benefit designs, beginning July 1, 2017.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About OptumRx
OptumRx is a pharmacy care services company helping clients and more than 65 million members achieve better health outcomes and lower overall costs through innovative prescription drug benefits management services, including network claims processing, clinical programs, formulary management and specialty pharmacy care. Leveraging expertise, flexible technology and a network of over 67,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacies, OptumRx is putting patients at the center of the pharmacy experience and making health care more connected and less fragmented – ensuring patients get the right medication at the right time at the best cost. OptumRx is part of Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. For more information, visit www.optum.com/optumrx.

About Optum
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 100,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more information, visit www.optum.com.

Media Contacts:
Carolyn Castel
Tel: (401) 770-5717
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

Investor Contacts:
Nancy Christal
Tel: (401) 770-3614
nancy.christal@cvshealth.com

Optum
Drew Krejci
Tel: (952) 205-6652
andrew.krejci@optum.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

Inditex and Entreculturas NGO renewed partnership that will execute 22 new social projects

Inditex and Entreculturas NGO renewed partnership that will execute 22 new social projects
Inditex and Entreculturas NGO renewed partnership that will execute 22 new social projects

 

  • Nine countries in Latin America, South Africa and the Lebanon will benefit from 22 new educational, employment and humanitarian aid programmesç
  • One million people have received direct aid since the two institutions began to collaborate back in 2001

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (29/11/2016), the chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, and the managing director of Entreculturas NGO, Daniel Villanueva, renewed the collaboration agreement to which the two entities are party for the next three years for the continued funding of education, employment and humanitarian aid programmes in Latin America, South Africa and the Lebanon that will directly benefit 165,500 people.

Entitled Educating People, Generating Opportunities (EPGO), the new three-year agreement, which contemplates the execution of 22 social projects between 2017 and 2019, will facilitate the extension of the projects initiated under the scope of the last three-year agreement (2014-16) that have brought assistance and relief to over 160,000 people (for more information about the projects, go to www.unmillondeoportunidades.org).

Education

In the educational arena, one of Entreculturas’ main lines of intervention, the new EPGO programme will prioritise the provision of access to learning for children currently not in the school system and assistance to children and youths susceptible to dropping out of the system in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The 18,200 people who will benefit from this programme include youths with disabilities who face social obstacles impeding their integration into school life and the job world and youths living in rural areas and violent urban areas who face difficulties in attending their learning centres with the required assiduity and/or in raising their academic performance. This programme also includes specific plans for the teachers who work with these vulnerable youths.

Employment

The employment projects contemplated under the agreement are centred on the provision of vocational and skills training to youths living in poverty and excluded from the job market with a view to facilitating self-employment or helping them find work. Notably, this programme includes concrete initiatives targeted at young people living in the rural areas of Ecuador most affected by the earthquake of 2016, skills training plans for women and courses on new farming techniques for farmers living in economically-depressed regions. These projects will be carried out in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela and will touch the lives of 32,500 people.

Humanitarian aid

The work planned on the humanitarian aid front will concentrate on the provision of assistance to forced migrants and refugees in need of international protection in Mexico, South Africa and the Lebanon and will reach over 114,800 people.

Specifically in Mexico, the programme will provide in-person assistance to people attempting to reach the United States via Mexico, offering them legal counsel, psychological support and covering their basic needs across a network of shelters.

In South Africa, the humanitarian effort will focus on the integration into society and the job market of refugees and displaced people fleeing from armed conflict in other parts of Africa and take the form of educational programmes, skills training, healthcare and essential services.

The Lebanese project, meanwhile, is designed to provide more than 2,400 displaced Syrian children living in refugee camps with access to quality education, psychosocial support and emergency relief such as food and hygiene materials.

15-year collaboration

Inditex and Entreculturas embarked on this collaboration in 2001. During these last 15 years, Inditex has earmarked over €39 million of social investment to education and community development projects carried out by this NGO in Latin America and Africa that have helped almost one million people. Under this new agreement, Inditex will contribute a further €9.8 million of funding over the next three years.

Entreculturas

Entreculturas is a development-focused NGO that champions access to education as the means to social change and cross-cultural dialogue. It targets its educational initiatives at the most vulnerable populations of 41 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia and runs a host of training, volunteering and social awareness programmes as well as campaigns designed to encourage critical thinking.

For any press request please contact with:

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

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

Source: Inditex

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CarMax announces the opening of its new store in Fremont, CA

Company announces $15,000 in contributions to two local organizations

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Fremont, located at 44100 Christy Street. The Fremont store will have the capacity to stock approximately 300 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought more than 100 new jobs to the area.

The Fremont store is one of two stores to open in the Bay Area today, a store in Santa Rosa is also opened. The first CarMax in the Bay Area opened in Pleasanton in May. These stores have brought more than 200 jobs to the region this year, and positions are still being filled. Those interested in a career at CarMax should visit jobs.carmax.com for more information.

In celebration of the Fremont store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to Abode Services. Fremont CarMax associates recently volunteered with Abode Services and selected them to receive the grant to help support their mission to provide permanent housing and supportive services programs for local adults and children who are homeless.

The CarMax Foundation is also providing a $10,000 grant to the YMCA of the East Bay. Funding from the grant will help support the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Support for the YMCA also came at the recommendation of the Fremont associates.

“CarMax associates love to volunteer and build strong relationships with community partners where they live and work,” said Christina Kahn, location general manager of the Fremont CarMax. “With the opening of our second and third locations in the Bay Area, we look forward to providing more customers with the easy, no-haggle experience they’ve come to expect from CarMax.”

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

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

Media Contacts:
Beth Singer
CarMax Public Relations
pr@carmax.com

Twitter: @CarMax
Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Source: CarMax

CarMax announces the opening of its new store in Santa Rosa, CA

Company announces $15,000 in contributions to two local organizations

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Santa Rosa, located at 2783 Corby Avenue. The CarMax Santa Rosa will have the capacity to stock approximately 300 used vehicles of nearly every make and model, and has brought more than 40 new jobs to the area.

The Santa Rosa store is one of two stores to open in the Bay Area today, a store in Fremont also opened. The first CarMax in the Bay Area opened in Pleasanton in May. These stores have brought more than 200 jobs to the region this year, and positions are still being filled. Those interested in a career at CarMax should visit jobs.carmax.com for more information.

In celebration of the Santa Rosa store opening, CarMax donated $5,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. CarMax associates recently volunteered with the Food Bank, and selected them to receive the grant to help support their mission to end hunger in the community.

The CarMax Foundation is also providing a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Funding from the grant will help expand an intramural sports program where members learn the importance of practice, teamwork, sportsmanship, encouragement of others and more. This expansion will add more sports and allow an additional 3,000 youth at 20 Clubs the opportunity to participate in this free program. Support for the Boys & Girls Club also came at the recommendation of the Santa Rosa associates.

“At CarMax, our associates care deeply about the community and it shows through their commitment to organizations like these,” said Brandon Mullins, location general manager at CarMax Santa Rosa. “We are excited to announce the opening of our newest store here in Santa Rosa and look forward to serving customers with the easy, no-haggle CarMax experience.”

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

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

Media Contacts:
Beth Singer
CarMax Public Relations
pr@carmax.com

Twitter: @CarMax
Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

Source: CarMax

DDR to release its 4Q 2016 financial results on Monday, February 13, 2017

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) will issue financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2016, after the market closes on Monday, February 13, 2017. The Company will conduct a conference call and audio webcast on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. ET.

To access the conference, dial 877-249-1119 (domestic), or 412-542-4143 (international) at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

The conference call webcast will be recorded and available for replay through the Investors portion of DDR’s website, http://ir.ddr.com.

About DDR Corp.

DDR is an owner and manager of 327 value-oriented shopping centers representing 107 million square feet in 36 states and Puerto Rico.  The Company’s assets are concentrated in high barrier-to-entry markets with stable population and high growth potential and its portfolio is actively managed to create long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com.

SOURCE: DDR Corp.