Mercadona introduces new efficient store model and will invest 180 million euros in store renovations across Spain in 2017

  • The New Efficient Store Model improves the experience and optimises shopping times for the “Bosses”, as well as generating energy savings of 40% in comparison to the traditional store.
  • Its design has been fully renovated to include novelties affecting all sections, as well as new electronic devices for a computerised internal management and improved management of the assortment.
  • The company plans to refurbish and renovate 125 stores located throughout Spain in 2017.

Tavernes Blanques, Spain, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 december 2016), Mercadona – a 100% Spanish-owned, family-run chain of supermarkets – launched a New Efficient Store Model that will enhance and optimise the shopping experience for its “Bosses”, which is what the company calls its clients internally. To this end, the company plans to invest 180 million euros in refurbishing and renovating 125 stores throughout the country in 2017. The first two supermarkets to include this New Store Model are located in Puerto de Sagunto (Valencia) and in the municipality of Peligros (Granada).

65 suppliers have partaken in the construction of a more efficient, New Store Model, revitalising the atmosphere store design, which was started in 2000, and improving the distribution, decoration and arrangement of the different sections. The company has presented a fully renovated design in terms of new colours and materials, applied both to the outside access to the supermarket and the distribution of the different sections. It has decided on open spaces that favour natural lighting and warm colours separating the different sections, while using eco-efficient installations.

Novelties across all sections

The New Store Model introduces novelties throughout all sections, all of which are designed to benefit the “Bosses”, the employees, the suppliers and society. For instance, a new double-glazed glass entrance that avoids gusts of air, specific shelves for fresh milk and refrigerated juices, a central gondola for specialised cosmetics and a new fish exhibit for shellfish, among others.

The new design seeks offering a better service to facilitate shopping, by expanding the fruit and vegetable aisles, introducing a new shopping cart model and two basket models that are much lighter and more ergonomic.

With the objective of facilitating the workforce’s daily tasks, the new model includes a number of different measures to improve ergonomics and eliminate over-exertion. Mercadona has collaborated with Valencia’s Institute of Biomechanics in the design of the new till units. In addition, the company has redesigned the common areas in order that the employees may be more comfortable at break time, and it has further included a better-equipped canteen and larger, more comfortable lockers.

Energy savings and fully computerised management: eco-efficient store

Where the environment is concerned, measures have been taken to reduce energy consumption by 40%, including improving thermal and acoustic insulation, optimising materials and thickening walls and ceilings, as well as introducing new freezer cabinets that are more efficient and respectful towards the environment. The new model further boasts a new automated LED lighting system that adapts to the different areas and times of the day, all in aid of a much more efficient power management.

Similarly, the New Store Model integrates a number of electronic devices and collaborative tools with which to share information from any of the store’s sections, facilitating the autonomy of each supermarket, and speeding up the processes throughout the chain. In total in 2016, 45 million euros have been allocated to R&D+i for IT improvements, and more than 130 specialist technicians have collaborated in the development process. A further 5 million euros will be invested in refurbishments in 2017. Among the new devices are the line of tills, the scales and the use of electronic tablet devices in substitution of paper to carry out administrative tasks. All of this allows for optimising the processes and monitoring the store’s management in real time, which facilitates decision-making and contributes towards improved agility, especially where the management of fresh products is concerned.

Mercadona has also redesigned its corporate web page (www.mercadona.es), updating the previous design and improving usage and communication between the users. The new web page, which is simpler, more intuitive and adapted to mobile devices, has come at an investment of 1 million euros, and more than 30 specialised technicians have collaborated in its development.

Source: Mercadona

DDR Corp. announces the appointment of William T. Ross as COO

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today (Dec 14, 2016) announced that it has named William T. Ross as chief operating officer, effective January 3, 2017.

Mr. Ross will oversee Asset Management and Property Management and will focus on improving same-store net operating income and cash flow at the property and portfolio levels. He will work closely with the full leadership team of DDR on all operational initiatives and especially with Vince Corno, executive vice president of leasing and development.  Mr. Ross and Mr. Corno will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Tom August.

Mr. Ross is a seasoned veteran of the retail real estate industry with extensive experience as a senior leader at Forest City Realty Trust as executive vice president of asset management since 2006.  In his role at Forest City, he oversaw 85 properties totaling 22 million square feet, and provided strategic oversight on leasing, operations, capital expenditures, and redevelopments across the portfolio.  While in that role, Mr. Ross also led many broad operational improvement and strategic initiatives across the organization.  Prior to his role in Asset Management, Mr. Ross was vice president of strategy and investment management at Forest City where he evaluated investment decisions and put in place core strategic processes for achieving profitable growth.

Prior to his time at Forest City, Mr. Ross was an executive at General Electric Company where he led M&A for one of GE’s major divisions.  He also spent six years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, worked in venture capital, and ran a small sporting goods manufacturing company.  Mr. Ross earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Tom August, chief executive officer of DDR, commented, “We are very pleased to announce the addition of Bill Ross to our executive team.  Bill is a seasoned retail real estate executive who will provide a fresh perspective for how to strategically view our portfolio as well as dive into operations and drive asset-level cash flow growth.  With his experience working with retail leasing, he will be able to work closely with Vince Corno and the leasing and development teams to continue our efforts of driving strong operational performance.  Given Bill and Vince’s significant retail real estate backgrounds, the operational side of the organization is extremely well-prepared to address the rapidly changing retail landscape.”

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 populations 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.

Safe Harbor
DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be 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, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; redevelopment and construction activities may not achieve a desired yield on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our capital recycling strategy; and any impact on strategy or results from the transition and leadership. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

SOURCE: DDR Corp.

NACS survey: Americans more likely to go out and shop this holiday season compared to previous years

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The continued economic optimism that is driving the stock market to new highs may have the same effect on holiday shopping and travel, according to the results of a new national consumer survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

A record 60% of U.S. fuel consumers report feeling optimistic about the economy, a 1-point increase over the prior month. Younger consumers ages 18-34 (64%) and consumers in the South (also 64%) report the highest levels of optimism, which is largely consistent across all demographics.

NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells 80% of the gas in the United States, conducts monthly consumer surveys to gauge how gas prices affect broader economic trends.

Americans also say that they are more likely to go out and shop than in previous holiday seasons. One in three (33%) say that they will be spending more money this month on non-fuels purchases, significantly higher than December 2015 (27%) December 2014 (24%). More than two in five younger consumers ages 18-34 (42%) say that they will spend more this month.

Americans also intend to drive more this December: 27% intend to drive more this December, compared to only 22% who said they would drive more last December.

Low gas prices are a major factor driving consumer optimism. Three in four drivers (78%) say that gas prices impact their feelings about the economy, including 84% of consumers age 18-34. Nationally, gas prices peaked for the year in June at $2.38 per gallon.

Though consumer optimism remains strong, there is some concern about gas prices rising in the future. More than one in three (38%) consumers say that gas prices increased over the past month and a majority of fuel consumers (52%) believe that gas prices in 30 days will be higher than they are today. Nationwide, gas prices rose from $2.15 to $2.19 per gallon over the past three weeks. While gas prices are 19 cents per gallon higher than a year ago (December 2015: $2.00), they are significantly lower than they were in December 2014 ($2.70) and December 2013 ($3.29).

“Economic optimism is continuing into the holiday shopping and travel season,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives. “This continued optimism as we head into 2017 is good news for retailers across the country—and especially for convenience store retailers who will offer food and fuel for holiday shoppers and travelers.”

Average miles per dollar—a calculation that examines gas prices related to vehicle fuel efficiency—remained steady at 11.1 miles per dollar.

The survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,124 U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle such as a car, truck or van at least once per month were surveyed December 6-9, 2016. The time period between the November and December monthly survey was compressed compared to typical months; the November survey was conducted one week later than usual (November 15-18) in order to avoid fielding during election. Summary results are available at nacsonline.com/fuelssurvey.

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

Source: NACS

Meijer surprised 230 customers by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart during its third annual Very Merry Meijer event

Meijer surprised 230 customers by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart during its third annual Very Merry Meijer event

 

Third year retailer collects customer reactions in Very Merry Meijer video of the fun-filled events

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer made Christmas very merry this year when it once again surprised an unsuspecting customer in each of its 230 stores by “gifting” them their entire shopping cart filled with gifts and groceries upon checkout.

During the third annual Very Merry Meijer event, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer randomly selected 230 customers on Dec. 10 to receive their purchases free, and gave a $100 Meijer gift card to the Meijer cashier helping the customer.

In addition, each surprised customer received an additional $100 Meijer gift card to help pass along the generosity.

“Christmas is a time for kindness and joy, and we were so excited to bring back the Very Merry Meijer event once again to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers and team members,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We are very appreciative of our customers and team members, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

The Very Merry Meijer event resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to Meijer customers – with shopping carts ranging from $400 to upwards of more than $1,000 in value – along with a mixture of emotions that spurred tears, hugs and even speechlessness from very happy customers. For some, the surprise renewed hope in the true meaning of the season; others appreciated the generosity during a time that can be quite stressful.

Meijer released a video today that showcases how the retailer surprised its customers. In most cases, the store director revealed the gift upon checkout, but Hank Meijer, Board Director Doug Meijer, and Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes also helped spread holiday cheer.

“We strive all year long to put our customers first, and provide them with a great shopping experience through the quality products we sell, the service we provide and the many ways we offer savings,” Keyes said. “The Very Merry Meijer event was an extra special way to show our appreciation and make the season bright. That is what the holidays are all about.”

The impact of this year’s Very Merry Meijer event was far reaching as those customers received a second gift from the retailer – a $100 Meijer gift card – to pay it forward to a charitable organization, or a family or individual in need. Meijer is encouraging those customers to share their pay-it-forward photos and videos on its Facebook page with the hashtag #VeryMerryMeijer for a chance for their charity to receive a $5,000 donation.

“The Very Merry Meijer event began as a simple way to say thank you, but it has grown into so much more because of our thoughtful customers,” Doug Meijer said. “This is truly an event I look forward to all year long because it gives us a chance to show our customers and team members just how much they mean to us.”

To view the Very Merry Meijer video, please visit the Meijer Newsroom: http://newsroom.meijer.com/multimedia.

Editor’s Note: To follow the Very Merry Meijer conversation in the social space, please look for the hashtag #VeryMerryMeijer.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Frank Guglielmi
616-791-3814
frank.guglielmi@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Apple AirPods now available to order online from Apple.com

New Wireless Headphones Available Online Today and in Stores Beginning Next Week

Cupertino, CA, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (DECEMBER 13, 2016) announced AirPods are available to order online now from Apple.com and will start delivering to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers next week.

AirPods introduce an effortless wireless listening experience packed with high-quality audio and long battery life. These magical wireless headphones use advanced technology to reinvent how we listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri, providing a wireless audio experience not possible before.

With AirPods, setting up and using wireless headphones has never been easier. Just open the charging case near your iPhone and with a simple tap, AirPods are immediately set up with all the devices signed into your iCloud account, including your Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. Advanced sensors detect when AirPods are in your ear and can automatically play and pause your music. Double tapping on AirPods activates Siri, allowing you to access your favorite personal assistant to select and control your music, get directions, make and receive calls or perform any other Siri task.

This revolutionary experience is enabled by the new ultra-low power Apple W1 chip, which enables AirPods to deliver high-quality audio and industry-leading battery life in a completely wireless design. AirPods deliver up to five hours of listening time on one charge while the custom-designed charging case holds additional charges for an industry-leading total of more than 24 hours of listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are.

Pricing and Availability

Apple-Designed Wireless AirPods
Including charging case for $159 (US).
Available today from Apple.com and will start delivering to customers and arriving at Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers next week.

AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Stores will receive regular AirPod shipments.

AirPods are available in more than 100 countries and territories including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Japan, UAE, the UK and the US.

AirPods require Apple devices running the latest version of iOS 10, watchOS 3 or macOS Sierra.

Press Contacts:

Alex Kirschner
Apple
alexkirschner@apple.com
(408) 974-2479

Trudy Muller
Apple
tmuller@apple.com
(408) 862-7426

Apple Media Helpline
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.

Auchan Retail, Russia’s largest foreign investor opens its 100th hypermarket in Moscow

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With a surface area of 5,970 sqm, the new store proposes 23,400 food and non-food product assortments as well as the entire offering available on auchan.ru at a Click&Collect pick-up point.

Having opened its first Russian hypermarket in Mytischi in 2002, the Auchan Retail network now operates in more than 85 cities via its 3 formats (hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores), and via e-shopping.

Since the beginning of its adventure in the country, Auchan Retail invested around 200 billion roubles (€3 billion). Auchan Retail is thus the country’s largest foreign investor and a major player in its economic and social development.
Indeed, it is an active supporter of the state agricultural development programme through its own “Sector Project” that offers farmers co-financing, training and long-term partnerships. Auchan Retail Russia has 43,000 employees, making it the country’s largest foreign employer.

This inauguration in Moscow comes in the footsteps of the opening last week of Auchan’s 99th hypermarket in Tyumen in the Siberian Urals, and in advance of around ten new stores, all formats included, to be opened between now and the end of the year.

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Auchan Retail, Russia’s largest foreign investor opens its 100th hypermarket in Moscow

 

Source: Auchan Holdings

JACK & JONES and SELECTED Brand Director Morten Mortensen to leave the company

JACK & JONES and SELECTED Brand Director Morten Mortensen to leave the company

 

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — After 27 years, JACK & JONES and SELECTED Brand Director Morten Mortensen hands over the torch to his management team.

“Morten has been a large part of BESTSELLER for more than 27 years, where he has been responsible for our men’s wear department since the start-up of JACK & JONES. Since then, we have seen SELECTED emerge and together, these two businesses make up a considerable share of our company and our results”, says Anders Holch Povlsen.
Through the past many years, Morten has been a driving force behind creating successful brands. His approach to building a strong brand through the ultimate menswear store ‘Men’s Comfort Zone’, his approach to collaboration with wholesale customers, his respect for the end consumers and not least his passion for management, training and the continuous development of talents has been impressive, and of great significance for BESTSELLER.

“On our company’s, my family’s and my own behalf, I would like to express our deep gratitude and respect for Morten and the cooperation that has always meant a lot to us,” Anders Holch Povlsen finishes.

Throughout the years, Morten has built a strong management team in JACK & JONES and SELECTED, and the plan is for this team to take over where Morten left and continue building strong healthy brands in BESTSELLER.

Morten Mortensen says:  “I’d like to give a big thank you to Merete, Troels and Anders Holch Povlsen for giving me the opportunity to start, develop and lead JACK & JONES and SELECTED on this long journey. It has been the most joyful trip, and I owe a big thank you to all the dedicated colleagues that have travelled with me along the way. BESTSELLER has been a big part of my life so far, but I feel it is time to try something else. I have no concrete plans for the future, but I have thousands of ideas, and I look very much forward to be spending more time with my family,” says Morten Mortensen.

Contact:

contact@bestseller.com
+45 99 42 32 00

Source: Bestseller

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PetSmart shares advice for keeping pets safe, healthy and happy this holiday season

PHOENIX, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season is synonymous with family gatherings, dinner parties, gift openings and plenty of festive food, which can pose some challenges for pets.

Lisa Darling, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert, shares advice for keeping pets safe, healthy and happy this holiday season and throughout the cold winter months.

Create a Safe Home for Pets

This time of year, home holiday décor can include seasonal plants, ornaments and candles, which means plenty of intriguing and dangerous new sights and smells for pets. For example, extra electrical cords can be tempting new “chew toys” for pets. Darling recommends pet parents take special care to ensure extra electrical cords for festive indoor lighting are not accessible to pets by taping them down or covering them to help prevent injuries.

Christmas trees can also pique the interest of curious cats and playful pups. Darling urges pet parents to firmly anchor trees so they can take any potential playful swatting and to keep breakable glass ornaments higher up on the tree, out of pets’ reach, along with temptations like tinsel and ribbons.

Candles can also be problematic, so it’s best to avoid burning them or put them far out of pets’ reach. Seasonal plants like holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so if you plan to decorate your home with them place them in an area your pet cannot reach.

Savor the Season – Safely

The holidays are filled with festive food, treats and candy, and although it can be tempting to share human foods with our beloved pets, resist the urge.

“Table scraps such as turkey, gravy and stuffing may look harmless, but even small amounts can lead to serious health issues,” said Darling.

Instead, include pets in your festive feasting by offering them pet-friendly treats that look and taste like the real thing. Simply Nourish® Merry Meals™, in flavors like Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cranberry, are healthy alternatives to the human food on our holiday table. PetSmart’s meat and cheese tray, pie slice and turkey leg made of rawhide are fun takes on holiday feasting, but are specifically formulated for pets.

Keep Them Calm

The holidays can be a hectic time for people and pets. Extra visitors to the house, travel and commotion can leave pets feeling anxious.

“Before company arrives, try putting your dog or cat in a Thundershirt®, which is designed to provide a calming effect when they experience fear or discomfort,” Darling said. “Many pet parents also find that supplements like LICKS® Zen Calming Remedy also work by promoting calmness and behavior which may help stabilize pets’ moods.”

Keep Them Feeling Cozy and Warm

During especially cold winter days and nights, look to your pet to gauge comfort levels and plan time to dress them accordingly. Generally, if your pet is small and short-haired, it’s likely he or she is sensitive to the cold. The same goes for older pets and those that may be frail or ill.

Darling says that sweaters, coats and booties to protect their paws are all smart (and comfortable) solutions. Booties are particularly important for icy areas that may be salted and can help guard pup’s paws from the harmful solution.

A safe home is a happy and festive home this holiday season. Keeping these tips in mind can help avoid emergency trips to the vet, which means the whole family can enjoy a joyful holiday season. Find more pet-friendly tips for the holidays at Petsmart.com/learning-center.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Contacts: 
Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann
dbickelmann@golin.com
469.680.2503

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Big Lots raised $3.6 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital through its 2016 “Give Big for Kids” campaign

Customers Continue to Make a BIG Difference for Sick Children

Columbus, Ohio, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) announced today (Dec. 13, 2016) that its 2016 “Give Big for Kids” campaign raised $3.6 million for lifesaving pediatric research and care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a $1.4 million increase over last year’s campaign donation to the hospital of $2.2 million.

The six-week-long campaign offered customers and associates the opportunity to donate in-store and online to support Nationwide Children’s, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, but cares for patients from all 50 U.S. States and 41 countries. Funds raised will help benefit state-of-the-art facilities, revolutionary research and available lifesaving treatments.

The campaign also included shopping sprees for hospital patient champions representing Big Lots in seven markets across the country, including California, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. Patient champions are children who are being treated or have been treated at Nationwide Children’s and this year’s Big Lots patient champions had an opportunity to shop at their local Big Lots store for gifts to send back to patients at Nationwide Children’s to enjoy.

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This gift will support the construction of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. The 250,000-square-foot pavilion on the hospital’s main campus will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children’s research teams, as well as community partner agencies to help care for children and teens with mental illness and behavioral health conditions.

“On behalf of Big Lots, I want to express sincere thanks to our customers and associates and their generosity for making a tremendous difference in the lives of the many patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through their kind donations,” said David Campisi Big Lots CEO and President. “Our patient champions continue to inspire the Big Lots community, and we are so thrilled to have exceeded our goal of $3 million for this year’s Give Big for Kids program. We look forward to continuing our support for the hospital through similar donation programs in the future and our commitment to the Behavioral Health expansion.”

To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots media hotline at 877-251-0243 or visit BigLotsMedia.com.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, nontraditional, discount retailer operating 1,445 Big Lots stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Colleen Cleary
1-631-921-5320
Colleen.Cleary@havas.com

Source: Big Lot’s Inc.

Kum & Go features its new Marketplace store design at its newest location in Craig, Colorado

New store prototype features fresh food and a variety of fuel options

Craig, CO, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go opens the doors on Thursday, December 15, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Craig, Colorado, at 700 Victory Way East. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the first store in Colorado to feature the new Marketplace store design which features a variety of unique offerings.  To encourage customers to try out those offerings, the first 99 customers to arrive on Thursday morning receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza.

To celebrate the grand opening, a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 16, beginning at Noon. The public is encouraged to attend! Free samples of pizza and made to order sandwiches will be given out.

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
  • Designed for LEED-certified status, using energy efficient and sustainable design practices

“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.”

To celebrate the opening, Kum & Go will present checks for $500 each to local non-profits Moffat County Extension Office – 4H Youth Development and Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado.

The store will be open 24 hours a day. The phone number to the store is 970-824-0377.

Kum & Go operates three stores in the Craig area, and 52 in the state of Colorado. Future locations of this new layout are planned for 2016 in Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.

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).

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
kristie.bell@kumandgo.com
515-457-6266 (office)

Source: Kum & Go

Kering enhances its parental policy for all its employees globally

London, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With effect from 1 January 2017, Kering’s parental policy will allow all the Group’s employees, whatever their personal circumstances or location, a minimum of 14 weeks on full pay for maternity and adoption leave and a minimum of five days on full pay for paternity or partner leave.

The luxury Group is thus demonstrating its commitment to professional equality and work-life balance.

From 1 January 2017, Kering’s parental policy will provide a new framework across the Group and its Maisons for more than 38,500 employees, in close to 60 countries.

Every Kering employee with more than a year’s seniority, regardless of their personal circumstances or location, will be entitled to 14 weeks on full pay for maternity and adoption leave, and five days on full pay for paternity and partner leave.

By setting a global minimum standard for maternity and adoption leave, paternity leave and partner leave, Kering is taking an important step forward for the benefit of all its employees. In many countries, aligning adoption leave with maternity leave (14 weeks), whatever the parents’ legal status represents great progress, as does the introduction of five days’ leave for the partner of the mother or adopting parent.

In countries where local legislation provides more favourable parental leave benefits, this will be applied in place of Kering’s parental policy.

The Group’s new parental policy aims to foster a better work-life balance and to promote gender equality, regardless of employees’ personal circumstances, by guaranteeing the same minimum benefits on the birth or adoption of a child, to all Group employees worldwide.

Kering’s managers and human resources teams will be actively involved in implementing this new policy by providing parents with specific support before and after their leave, to ensure that they return to work in the best possible conditions, and benefit from a smooth career progression in the long term.

François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, commented: “Since our employees are at the core of our business and our inspiration, I am proud to launch a policy that represents a major step forward for parenthood in many parts of the world. This initiative, which is particularly close to my heart, reflects our enduring commitment to promoting equality between men and women throughout their careers, whatever their personal circumstances.”

Béatrice Lazat, Kering’s senior vice president of human resources, added: “This ambitious policy will enable employees of the Group and its companies in almost 60 countries to benefit from a standard framework that promotes a healthy work-life balance. By guaranteeing the same minimum benefits to everyone, we are developing a more sustainable and harmonious working environment and contributing to a shared corporate culture within the Group, which is a source of pride and well-being.”

Press kit available on request

About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Press contacts:
Emilie Gargatte
emilie.gargatte@kering.com
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20

Astrid Wernert
astrid.wernert@kering.com
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57

Website
www.kering.com

Social media
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official
YouTube: KeringGroup 

Source: Kering

GameStop offers the widest selection of exclusive collectible items perfect to fill all types of stockings this holidays

GameStop offering discounts on various collectibles, games and more

GRAPEVINE, TX , 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that make the most popular technologies affordable and simple, is preparing gift-givers of gamers, geeks, fanatics and more with the widest selection of exclusive collectible items, as well as a week of discounts and deals, perfect to fill all types of stockings. GameStop offers customers a convenient and affordable holiday shopping experience through its expanded line of collectible products such as Funko POP! Vinyls, t-shirts, figures, and more that can only be found at GameStop.

Customers can visit their local GameStop stores, or shop online at www.GameStop.com between December 11 and December 17 to receive discounts such as 30 percent off of all t-shirts, backpacks, and ornaments as well as buy one get one 50 percent off on select collectibles. Stocking stuffer ideas include:

  • Halo Energy Sword (only at GameStop)
  • Pokémon plushes
  • The Legend of Zelda t-shirt
  • Harley Quinn backpack
  • Various Nintendo Christmas ornaments
  • Star Wars Death Star coffee mug
  • Call of Duty socks
  • Minecraft foam roleplay sword or axe
  • Pokémon booster packs
  • Original Piggy Back phone stand
  • Star Wars Funko POP! Vinyl figures

Each holiday season, gamers of all ages seek the latest and greatest video games with hopes of discovering new worlds within their stockings. GameStop is making it easier and more affordable for last minute shoppers to make these dreams a reality. December 11 through December 17, GameStop is discounting many of the hottest video game titles such as:

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – $39.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – $29.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Titanfall 2 – $39.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Gears of War 4 – $39.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Dishonored 2 – $39.99 (reg.$59.99)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition – $29.99 (reg.$49.99)
  • Watch Dogs 2 – $49.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Overwatch Origins Edition – $39.99 (reg. $59.99)
  • Madden NFL 17 – $39.99 (reg. $59.99)

For more information on stocking stuffer gift ideas and discounts, visit a local GameStop store location or online at www.GameStop.com.

About GameStop

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

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

Contacts:
Kyle Stephenson
GameStop Corp.
817-722-7735
KyleStephenson@Gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corporation

Barnes & Noble offers the best in class educational toys and games selection for the 2016 holiday season

New York, NY, 2016-Dec-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (December 13, 2016) released its top educational toys and games list for the 2016 holiday season (www.bn.com/topholidaytoyslist). Barnes & Noble has all the hottest, must-have, high-quality toys and games of the season, along with a best in class educational toys and games selection arranged by age and interest, making it an unmatched resource for gifts to help children learn and grow.

“At Barnes & Noble, we know what toys and games are at the top of every child’s wish list, and that’s why we are delighted to be featuring the hottest toys of the season.  We also recognize that play is not only fun but an essential part of a child’s development” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games. “That is why we have created an expansive, curated selection of educational toys and games, reaching a broad range of ages, interests and play patterns.”

For the 2016 holiday season, Barnes & Noble recommends the following Top Toys of the Season from its leading selection:

Ages 0-2

Ages 3-5

 Ages 6-8

Ages 9-12

 Ages 13 and up

These toys, along with many other great gift ideas, can be found in the Barnes & Noble 2016 Holiday Gift Guide online at bn.com/holiday and at Barnes & Noble stores across the country.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. announces the appointment of Adam M. Jaworski as SVP and Chief Accounting Officer

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust” or the “Company”), today (12/13/2016) announced the appointment of Adam M. Jaworski as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, effective immediately.

Mr. Jaworski joins InvenTrust with more than 20 years of real estate experience in financial and accounting leadership roles and brings a deep understanding of the real estate industry. He most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer of the United States platform of Global Logistic Properties (GLP), where he was instrumental in leading the predecessor company’s initial public offering readiness efforts.

“We are pleased to welcome Adam to the InvenTrust leadership team,” said Michael Podboy, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer of InvenTrust. “Adam’s background in real estate, along with his proven track record in enhancing companies’ financial and accounting operations, will complement the expertise of our existing finance team. Adam will provide a strong perspective on accounting and financial best practices as we continue to execute on our pure-play retail strategy. I am confident that Adam will contribute to our company and play an important role in maintaining financial and fiscal discipline at InvenTrust.”

“I am honored to join InvenTrust at this pivotal point in the Company’s development,” said Mr. Jaworski. “I look forward to leveraging my experiences and working with the talented InvenTrust management team to continue executing on the Company’s strategic objectives and creating stockholder value.”

About Adam M. Jaworski

Mr. Jaworski most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer of the United States platform of Global Logistic Properties, a global owner, manager and developer of modern logistics facilities, from 2013 to November 2016. Prior to this role, Mr. Jaworski served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in the real estate advisory group from 2011 to 2013. He served as Corporate Controller for Waterton Associates LLC, a real estate investor and property management company, and its hotel investment and management division, Ultima Hospitality, LLC from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Jaworski has worked previously as an auditor in the field of public accounting for both Arthur Andersen, LLP and Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He has 20 years of experience in auditing and accounting. He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

About InvenTrust Properties Corp.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. is a pure-play retail company with a focus on acquiring open-air centers with a disciplined approach, in key growth markets with favorable demographics. This acquisition strategy, along with our innovative and collaborative property management approach, ensures the success of both our tenants and business partners and drives net operating income growth for the Company. InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of September 30, 2016, is an owner and manager of 88 retail properties, representing 15.1 million square feet of retail space, and one non-core property.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, the Risk Factors included in InvenTrust’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the SEC. InvenTrust intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Dan Lombardo
630-570-0605
dan.lombardo@inventrustproperties.com

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.

ICA Sweden conducts IT investment worth approximately SEK 550 million during the period 2014–2019

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Sweden is conducting a large IT project aimed at modernising and improving the efficiency of assortment control, master data for product articles, and product supply. After evaluating a previously chosen solution for product supply, a new solution with better functionality and a more favourable investment calculation has been chosen. However, this entails that an impairment loss must be recognised for accumulated costs. The impairment loss amounts to SEK 148 million and will be recognised as a non-recurring item in Q4 2016 for ICA Sweden.

Of the three project components, the first two are proceeding according to plan and will be implemented in the near future. For the third component, product supply, the study that has been completed has shown that there are alternatives that better meet ICA Sweden’s needs than the previously chosen solution.

The entire ongoing IT investment is very extensive, and the total investment is worth approximately SEK 550 million during the period 2014–2019.

This information is such that ICA Gruppen 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 08:30 CET on Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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

Source: ICA Gruppen
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ICA Gruppen outlines its strategic priorities for 2017

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen’s board of directors has adopted the company’s strategic priorities for 2017. The priorities are designed to promote continued profitable growth and facilitate cooperation and synergies between various operations in ICA Gruppen.

ICA Gruppen has five long-term strategic themes that set the direction for the Group’s operations: customer experience, brand and loyalty, simplicity, employees, and sustainability.

In addition to these long-term themes, every year a number of more short-term joint priorities are identified. These are intended to promote continued profitable growth for ICA Gruppen and facilitate cooperation and synergies between the various operations. Goals are set for the strategic priorities and are followed up.

Two of the priorities for 2017 are new, and a few have been adjusted to opportunities and challenges in the coming years.

ICA Gruppen’s strategic priorities for 2017 can be summarised in the ten points:

  • Ensure competitive pricing and fair price competition
  • Implement new strategies with strengthen customer offerings for non-food, Hemtex and ICA Bank
  • Build a leading omni-channel offering across businesses and platforms
  • Strengthen store network and concepts with focus on urban areas, convenience and health (new)
  • Further strengthen our position in the Baltics
  • Develop leading CRM and leverage the common Swedish loyalty programme
  • Drive reliability and efficiency throughout the value chain with focus on logistics and store operations
  • Improve speed and project delivery through new ways of working
  • Improve performance management process and change ability (new)
  • Drive sustainable customer choices and climate-smart operations

This information is such that ICA Gruppen 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 08:45 CET on Wednesday, 14 December 2016.

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

Source: ICA Gruppen

Energy provider SSE and Dixons Carphone join forces to create a ‘one-stop’ solution for customers to manage their homes

LONDON, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two of Britain’s biggest brands have announced a partnership to create a ‘one-stop’ solution that will give customers access to all the support and services they need to manage their homes, from boilers to laptops, dishwashers to wifi.

As the home becomes increasingly connected, energy provider SSE and retailer Dixons Carphone have joined forces to develop a unique solution that leverages their existing expertise. This includes SSE’s highly skilled engineers, Dixons Carphone’s leading after-care service from Knowhow, and honeyBee, the market-leading digital platform from Connected World Services. This combination aims to bring connected home benefits to everyone, not just the tech savvy.

The partnership will be able to support all vital service requirements customers may have in the home. It will bring nationwide support to the UK & Ireland through the two brands’ combined customer base of around 10 million households, supported by a 4,000-strong workforce of highly skilled engineers and technical advisers and 1,200 stores.

Customers will be able to control connected devices in the home, purchase a wide-range of recommended products, arrange installation of smart thermostats or security systems, get peace of mind cover and help to troubleshoot technical and maintenance issues.

Together, SSE and Dixons Carphone will be building and trialling new connected product and service propositions through 2017, paving the way for a consumer launch thereafter. The combined customer base will be the first to benefit from a range of exclusive deals.

Will Morris, SSE MD Retail said:

“Together, we are developing a solution that isn’t just focused on launching the latest technology, but on meeting customers’ desire for a simple, flexible way to control, manage and maintain their homes. To do this, we are taking a customer first approach, leveraging SSE’s expertise and proven track record in providing essential services in the home. The powerful combination with Dixons Carphone’s unique platform, leading customer support function via Knowhow and high street presence puts us in a strong position in what is a nascent market with significant potential.

“This is another big step on our journey towards becoming a market-leading retailer of energy and essential services, by digitising and diversifying our business and consistently delighting our customers.”

Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO Dixons Carphone said:

“We live in an increasingly connected world, where keeping our devices working at home, at work and on the move, with busy family and professional lives can be a minefield. CurrysPCWorld and Knowhow are out delivering, installing and fixing these products 365 days a year and our market leading honeyBee platform provides an easy way to monitor and control these devices, so we are incredibly excited to partner with SSE and extend our relationship with customers further into the home.”

About SSE
SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy and home services to around 8.14 million customer accounts throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources. It was accredited with the Fair Tax Mark in October 2014.

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

Connected World Services (CWS) leverages the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of white label services to businesses.

honeyBee™ by Connected World Services, is the global industry standard for building, delivering and managing digital customer journeys. Consisting of four core platforms; Sell, Activate, Create and Home, honeyBee™ simplifies complex sales and support journeys, provides home technology control, easy activation of carrier and digital connections and creates unique back-end IT interfaces that deliver 360-degree visibility, real time data analytics and an intuitive end-user experience. Backed by Accenture, honeyBee™ currently has agreements across Europe and in the US with major blue-chip carriers and retailers.

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.

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

Contact:

Dixons Retail switchboard on 0844 800 2030
Carphone Warehouse switchboard on 0370 111 6565

Source: Dixons Carphone

SPAR UK store assistants honoured at the 2016 Sales Assistant of the Year Awards

United Kingdom, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two SPAR UK store assistants have been awarded for being inspirational SPAR employees at the 2016 Sales Assistant of the Year Awards.

Tracie Horner from SPAR Carrowdore in Co. Down has been revealed as the overall winner of the 2016 Sales Assistant of the Year award, while Michelle Chamberlain of SPAR Knight Street, Pinchbeck, was named the deserving winner of the multiple symbol sector.

Convenience Store magazine’s Sales Assistant of the Year Awards are now in their 36th year, and are designed to achieve recognition for all hard-working store assistants and to reward those who excel.

Tracie was chosen because of her personal charm and commitment to customer service, her contribution to the store’s business success, and her capacity to embrace change with enthusiasm. Tracie sets herself the challenge each day of making sure every customer she serves leaves the shop with a smile on their face. Under her supervision she has managed to both increase sales and reduce waste in the store’s crucial fresh produce department, and is already involved in planning how the section will evolve when the store is being enlarged.

Tracie said: “I couldn’t believe it when they called out my name. All the other finalists were such lovely girls and all were very worthy winners. This has been just a wonderful event, from the lovely people, to all the attention to detail in looking after me, the whole experience has been wonderful, and to win this award is just the icing on the cake.”

Michelle Chamberlain also said: “This has definitely given me a confidence boost, I just can’t believe it. This certificate is definitely going up on the store wall.”

Convenience Store editor, David Rees, added: “With five such outstanding individuals to choose from, this was always going to be a very difficult decision for the judges. But Tracie’s high standard of work, dedication to the store and the local community coupled with engaging personal charm meant that she is the epitome of the perfect sales assistant and a very worthy winner of the accolade, Sales Assistant of the Year 2016.”

Tracie and Michelle were both awarded £500 in prize money for reaching the finals and winning their respective categories, with Tracie also receiving a further £500 and trophy for being the overall winner. The winners were announced and celebrated during a grand ceremony, which took place at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

SPAR Shandong now listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

Shandong, China, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Shandong operators, Jiajiayue Group, who became SPAR International’s first retail partner in China in 2004, have launched an initial public offering (IPO) which saw the company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Jiajiayue issued 90 million shares priced at 13,64 yuan per share to raise 1,23 billion yuan ($178,12 million). In late November, interest from investors saw the online portion of the IPO oversubscribed 4,407 times. The listing on the main A-Share exchange in China saw trading activity begin immediately after the opening on Tuesday, ending 43% up on the first day of trading.

The market funding will be used to strengthen the business further by financing new store openings and existing store upgrades, developing distribution centres and logistics infrastructure and enhancing the existing technology and IT infrastructure.

Jiajiayue was the first SPAR partner in China and opened its first store in 2005 in the city of Weihai, north east China. Since then, SPAR China has opened 360 stores with nearly 1,000,000 sqm of selling space in eight provinces, employing over 30,000 people. It also operates eight distribution centres delivering across 50 cities.

Speaking at the launch, Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director of SPAR International said: “Today is a significant milestone, not just for SPAR Shandong, but also for the wider SPAR China family. All at SPAR are delighted to have contributed to the success of Jiajiayue, our founding partner of SPAR in China. Over the last 12 years the company has continued to lead the way, working closely with the growing list of SPAR Partners in China to grow and enhance the brand. Investor interest in today’s IPO is testament to the strength and vision of the company and its management team. This partnership embodies the values of SPAR and we look forward to growing together the scale of our retail network in Shandong and China as a whole.”

In addition to its partnership with SPAR, Jiajiayue Group Co. Ltd is involved in food processing, wholesale of agricultural products and foreign trade business. In total it operates over 400 stores with a selling space of 900,000 sqm in 34 cities within Shandong province such as Weihai, Yantai, Jinan, Weifang, Qingdao, Linyi, Laiwu and Zaozhuang.

The store formats cover hypermarket, supermarket, department store, neighbourhood store and discount store. The company has been recognised with a number of awards, including top 100 China FMCG Chain, Customer Satisfied Company in Shandong Province and Top Employer of China Retailing.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Kohl’s announces exclusive one-day deals on Super Saturday; and shop around-the-clock from 7:00 a.m. on December 20-24

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the clock ticking on holiday shopping, Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) will provide customers with incredible savings and conveniences on last-minute gifts, exclusive one-day deals on Super Saturday and the option to shop around-the-clock beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20 through Saturday, December 24*. Customers also have the opportunity to save even more when they take advantage of our incredible $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent from now through December 24!

Super Saturday Savings
Last-minute must-have gifts, available in store and on Kohls.com all day on Saturday, December 17, include:
• $3.99 SO cozy 2-pk. socks. Orig. $10
• $9.99 Tek Gear fleece separates. Orig. $20
• $9.99 graphic fleece sweatshirts for Juniors. Orig. $30
• $9.99 Dearfoams or SONOMA Goods for Life slippers for her. Orig. $24-$34
• $14.99 The Big One or SONOMA Goods for Life sherpa throws. Orig. $39.99-$49.99
• $17.99 Star Wars fleece hoodies for boys 4-7. Orig. $38
• $19.99 Brilliance jewelry made with Swarovski crystals or Swarovski zirconia. Orig. $60
• $29.99 Columbia fleece for men. Orig. $60
• $29.99 Playskool Heroes Spiderman Helicopter Playset. Orig. $59.99
• $139.99 Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate + fitness wristband. Orig. $149.99

Customers will enjoy an easy experience at Kohl’s when they take advantage of Kohl’s loyalty opportunities for even deeper savings, including Yes2You Rewards, where members earn one point for every dollar they spend, and receive a $5 reward for every 100 points, no matter how they pay, with no limit on points earned and no cost to join. Customers will also save 30% on their first day’s purchases when they open a Kohl’s Charge account now through December 24 on Kohls.com and at stores nationwide. To maximize their savings, customers can combine their Kohl’s Charge discounts and Yes2You Rewards with Kohl’s incredible sale prices and special offers.

Last-Minute Conveniences Kohl’s offers a seamless and personalized customer experience across all devices allowing customers to shop when and how it’s most convenient to them – even if it’s on Christmas Eve!

Buy Online, Free Pick Up In Store – Customers shopping Kohls.com can choose buy online, free pick up in store and get their gifts quickly at their local store. Recently added text alerts when orders are ready, reserved parking spaces, alternate party pick-up and dedicated pick-up lines at Customer Service make it easier than ever to pick up purchases.
Gift Cards and E-Gift Cards: Kohl’s offers a variety of gift card designs for any occasion, key third party gift card brands and gift card accessories to pair with gifts. Kohl’s gift cards are available both in stores and on Kohls.com in a variety of denominations to make the perfect gift for loved ones. They can be used anytime and have no service fees and no expiration dates. Shoppers can also quickly and easily send and receive Kohl’s egift cards, which arrive almost instantly to an email account and are redeemable both online and in-store via smartphone or print-out.
Kohl’s App: The Kohl’s app features the option to scan and store Kohl’s gift cards, Kohl’s Cash and savings offers and easily track Yes2You Rewards points and redeem earned Rewards in the digital wallet for easy access at checkout. In addition to browsing and shopping by category, customers will experience Store Tools, a store mode for the Kohl’s app providing a more customized in-store shopping experience, and Snap and Shop, which allows customers to take photos of products anywhere and find similar items at Kohl’s.
Kohl’s Pay: Launched just in time for the holidays, customers can now use Kohl’s Pay, a mobile payment option which integrates the Kohl’s Charge private label credit card into the Kohl’s app. Customers also have the added convenience of seamlessly applying their Kohl’s offers, Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards with a single transaction at checkout

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Kohl’s intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to those described in Item 1A in Kohl’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl’s filings with the SEC.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com

Connect with Kohl’s:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

NOTE: Kohl’s welcomes media to its stores through December 24. To contact your local store about shooting b-roll or photos or to request a local interview during the holiday season, please visit Kohl’s Store Locator and connect with the Store Manager.

*Hours may vary by location. Visit store or Kohls.com for your local store hours

Contacts:

Jen Johnson
Jen.Johnson@Kohls.com
262-703-5241

Ale DesJean
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com
262-703-2985

Source: Kohl’s

Transform Diabetes Care™: CVS Health new program to improve health outcomes and lower pharmacy costs

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today ( December 13, 2016) introduced Transform Diabetes Care™, a new program available to help the company’s pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients improve the health outcomes of their members, lower pharmacy costs through aggressive trend management and decrease medical costs by improving medication adherence, A1C control and lifestyle management. This program, which will be available in early 2017, emphasizes tailored support for members with diabetes and incorporates both clinical care and cost management solutions, including a single-digit client trend guarantee for medicines in the antidiabetic category. In fact, participating clients could save between $3,000 to $5,000 per year for each member who successfully improves control of their diabetes.

“The Transform Diabetes Care program focuses on three key components to help improve outcomes and reduce overall health care spend in diabetes: medication adherence, A1C control and lifestyle management,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “What’s unique about this program is that at CVS Health we are able to marshal resources across our enterprise and provide a high level of personalized support and care via multiple touch points. What makes our face-to-face counseling and education at our more than 9,600 pharmacy locations and more than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations so effective is that it happens when patients are already thinking about their health.”

The Transform Diabetes Care program uses advanced analytics to identify unique improvement opportunities for enrolled members and leverages the company’s Health Engagement Engine to enable more effective outreach by identifying and prompting personalized counseling opportunities. Enrolled members will receive highly personalized support and coaching to help improve medication adherence, better track and control A1C levels and support healthy lifestyle behaviors through CVS Health consumer touch points. These interventions will be delivered to enrolled members, at no extra cost, either in person at CVS Pharmacy, or by telephone, and members will also receive free comprehensive diabetes visits at MinuteClinic locations at no out-of-pocket cost, including A1C checks. In addition, members will be offered a connected glucometer, which will share their blood glucose levels with a pharmacist-led team via a health cloud, enabling the team to identify potential issues and intervene with one-on-one coaching. Members also have access to digital tools within the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, such as medication refill reminders and the ability to refill a prescription via two-way text messaging, to help reduce the complexity of daily disease management.

“In 2016 antidiabetic drugs were the leading driver of gross costs for our clients,” said Jonathan Roberts, President of CVS Caremark. “The Transform Diabetes Care program will enable us to help our clients manage the unsustainable increases in the cost of diabetes care by maximizing the value and effectiveness of our engagement with patients to improve clinical outcomes, while also employing strategic approaches to actively manage and control costs.”

Clients enrolled in the Transform Diabetes Care program will have a year-over-year drug trend guarantee in the single digits for the antidiabetic drug category, which will vary based on the plan population’s demographics and current spend profile. In addition, the program has a managed pharmacy network for drugs to treat diabetes, which includes all CVS Pharmacy locations and CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy. This will help simplify medication refills, improve coordination of care with the member’s primary care providers and help members stay engaged with their therapy and additional clinical services offered by the program.

The Transform Diabetes Care program, the first in a new suite of Transform Care programs focused on managing costly, chronic conditions, expands the suite of diabetes programs and services already provided by CVS Health. Studies have shown that through better lifestyle management, medication adherence and control of A1C, health can improve and medical costs can be significantly reduced. In fact, the CVS Health Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program has shown a nearly 10 percent increase in optimal medication adherence for enrolled members with diabetes.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Christine Cramer
CVS Health
(401) 770-3317
christine.cramer@cvshealth.com

Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Innovativ, modern und freundlich – der neue Coop-Supermarkt

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morgen wird in Zumikon der erste grosse Coop-Supermarkt eröffnet, der nach dem neuen Ladenkonzept gebaut worden ist. Das Konzept wurde im Dialog mit den Kundinnen und Kunden entwickelt. So ist ein Ladenkonzept herangereift, welches durch zahlreiche Highlights und viele kleine Details besticht. Entstanden ist ein zeitgemässer Laden, in dem man sich wohl fühlt und der das Einkaufen noch angenehmer macht.

“Einkaufen ist etwas Emotionales”, erklärt Joos Sutter, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsleitung Coop. “Einkaufswelt und Kundenbedürfnisse haben sich in den letzten Jahren stark verändert. Dem tragen wir mit unserem neuen Ladenkonzept Rechnung, indem wir vor allem den Kunden wieder stärker ins Zentrum rücken.” Dass dies gelungen ist, zeigen die sehr erfreulichen Rückmeldungen von über 400 befragten Testkunden. Diese hatten das neue Ladenkonzept von Coop in einem Laborladen in Bern-Schönbühl auf Herz und Nieren geprüft.

Marktstimmung und Einkaufserlebnis
Im neuen Coop riecht und sieht man die Frische. Im Eingangsbereich herrscht Marktstimmung: farbig-frische Früchte- und Gemüse, schön präsentiert in Holzkisten, frisch gebackenes Brot vor einer Backsteinmauer, warmes Licht. Das «Chäshüsli» erinnert an die Chääsi, die neu gestaltete Fleischtheke vor hellen Kacheln an die Dorfmetzg. Die holzumrahmten Kühlmöbel im neu designten Selbstbedienungsbereich sind besser ausgeleuchtet. Bier- und Weinwelten mit Holzdekor laden zum Probieren ein, im Kosmetik-Bereich überraschen Beauty-Inseln.
Kunden erleben auch die Regionalität noch stärker. Denn neben der grossen Vielfalt an regionalen Produkten sind die verschiedenen Rayons neu im Dialekt der jeweiligen Region beschriftet.

Liebe zum Detail
Zum neuen Ladenkonzept gehören aber auch viele kleine Neuerungen, die nicht sofort ins Auge fallen und die das Einkaufen angenehmer machen. Die Kühlschränke sind weniger hoch, damit das oberste Fach leichter erreichbar ist. Der Kassenbereich ist offen und hell gestaltet und sorgt für mehr Übersicht. Kasse 1 hat einen verbreiterten Durchgang und ein tieferliegendes Kassenband, was vor allem Kunden mit Kinderwagen oder Rollstuhl schätzen werden. Self-Checkout-Stationen verkürzen die Wartezeiten. Eine Sitzbank aus FSC-zertifizierter Schweizer Eiche lädt Kundinnen und Kunden zu einer kleinen Verschnaufpause ein. Bewährtes wurde beibehalten, wie die Kaffeemühle oder die beliebte Inserate-Wand, oder optimiert, wie beispielsweise die Recycling-Stationen.

Nachhaltigkeit und Fortschritt
Das neue Ladenkonzept punktet auch bei Nachhaltigkeit und technologischer Innovation. Im Selbstbedienungsbereich beim Fleisch und der Charcuterie sind die Kühlschränke nun mit Glastüren ausgestattet. Das sieht nicht nur modern aus, sondern spart auch Energie. Die Beleuchtung im Laden ist zu 100 Prozent LED und die Materialien, welche für den Bau eingesetzt wurden, entsprechen den modernsten ökologischen Standards.

Modernste Technik und zeitgemässer Service
Erst bei genauem Hinschauen fallen die elektronischen Preisetiketten der neuesten Generation auf. Sie bieten den Kunden mehr Transparenz und die Bewirtschaftung der Schilder wird für die Coop-Mitarbeitenden deutlich einfacher. Die blauen Pickup-Station gleich nach den Kassen erlauben den Kunden, ihre Onlinebestellungen von verschiedenen Coop-Onlineshops unkompliziert abzuholen. Alle neuen Coop-Verkaufsstellen werden künftig mit solchen Pickup-Stationen ausgerüstet. Mit 856 Supermärkten hat Coop hier das grösste Potenzial in der Schweiz.

Über 40 umgebaute Supermärkte im neuen Jahr
Die Umrüstung der Coop Verkaufsstellen auf das Ladenkonzept ist ein laufender Prozess. Das Ziel für 2017 ist definiert: Im nächsten Jahr werden über 40 Läden nach dem neuen Konzept umgebaut. Im Spätherbst 2017 ist mit dem Seewenmarkt in Seewen, Kanton Schwyz, die Eröffnung des ersten Megastores im neuen Konzept geplant.

Kontakt:

Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Source: Coop

Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection

Tesco customers donated more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Generous Tesco customers got into the festive spirit by donating more than 2.8 million meals to people in need during the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection, which took place between 1 and 3 December.

This collection brings the total number of meals collected by Tesco customers to an astounding 41 million since the programme began in 2012.

The collection provides essential food for people in need over the festive period and beyond, and will now be redistributed through foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity, FareShare.

During the collection, Tesco customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, tinned vegetables, tinned meat and Christmas treats. Volunteers from Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare joined Tesco colleagues in store over the course of the three days to collect donations from kind-hearted customers.

Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to the two charities. This financial top up is used by The Trussell Trust and FareShare to provide additional services such as counselling and housing advice, volunteering and training opportunities as well as helping to cover running costs in order to provide more food to people in crisis.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“Once again we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity our customers have shown in their local communities for the Neighbourhood Food Collection. With winter upon us, it’s absolutely essential this food now goes to helping those in need.

“The collection could not take place without the support and response from our colleagues and volunteers, and we want to thank everyone involved who helped to make this collection so successful.”

The donations come at a vital time when both The Trussell Trust and FareShare see an increase for their support.

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said

“The staggering generosity of Tesco customers, store colleagues and volunteers, means foodbanks UK wide will be able to provide vital food and support to people who are struggling during what could be our busiest December yet. Thank you for your support – your generosity will help stop hunger this Christmas.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“What we’re seeing, right across the country, is an increased demand from the organisations we work with for more food. They have more mouths to feed. There has been a 26% increase in the number of charities signing up to FareShare in the last year, so without the Neighbourhood Food Collection we simply couldn’t meet the growing demand. Every single item of food donated will make a difference, so thank you to everyone involved.”

In addition to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, Tesco has over 600 permanent collection points across the UK where customers can donate food each week.

Food collections also took place at Tesco stores in Central Europe with over 1.1 million meals collected across Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic – a 20% increase on last year’s collection. Tesco will add an extra 20% to all customer donations in the form of financial support to charity partners in Central Europe too.

Notes to the Editor

• Since the Neighbourhood Food Collection began in 2012, Tesco customers have donated 41 million meals – this includes customer donations as well as the 20% top-up from Tesco and food donated to our permanent collection points.
• Some Tesco stores collect for their local Trussell Trust foodbank, which will provide a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food supplies to people that have been identified as being in crisis by frontline agencies such as Citizen’s Advice, children’s centres or housing associations. Other stores collect for their regional FareShare depot, where the food is redistributed to community groups and local charities.

About The Trussell Trust

• Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy or bereavement to welfare problems or receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks provides three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
• From April 2015 to April 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks provided 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of those helped, 415,866 went to children.
• Everyone who comes to a Trussell Trust foodbank is referred by a frontline professional like a Citizens Advice worker, health visitor or children’s centre.
• Trussell Trust foodbanks do much more than food: they provide a listening ear and help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis either through signposting onto relevant local charities or providing on-site immediate support, such as holiday clubs or budgeting and cookery courses.
• Find out more at www.trusselltrust.org

About FareShare

FareShare is a UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and food poverty by redistributing in date, good food from the food & drink industry, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, and domestic violence refuges. These organisations transform the food into nutritious meals, which they provide alongside life-changing support.

In 2015/16, FareShare redistributed 10,795 tonnes of food to 4,652 charities and community groups, enough to provide 21.9 million meals for people in need with an estimated value to the charity sector of £21.7 million. FareShare helped to feed 499,140 people every week. To find out more, please visit www.fareshare.org.uk

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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Narragansett turkey available online and in Tesco stores across the UK this Christmas

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — A rare breed of premium heritage turkey which has not been sold in supermarkets for more than 70 years has been brought back by Tesco.

The Narragansett turkey, which was bred by crossing old English breeds together over 200 years ago, is a real gourmet treat.

It’s been selected by the supermarket for its finest range, because of its unique, succulent and flavoursome taste.

Narragansetts are particularly distinctive because of the way they are reared. Living on acres of land, they are among the most free range birds in the UK- they can eat, rest and play whenever they like.

They spend their days exploring their surroundings in woodland and rural areas, pecking at soil and eating the same natural diet they would have in the wild.

Game cover – such as strips of plants like kale and chicory – is also planted on the land so the birds are sheltered from the late summer sun, winter wind and rain.

Tesco turkey buyer Suzanne Eldridge explains:

“With only a few days to go before the big day, the Narragansett is the bird to impress guests and to treat the family this Christmas.

“Considered to be the king of British turkeys, the wonderful tasting dark meat and a succulent breast certainly has the flavour to match its reputation.”

The Narragansett is being bred for Tesco by award-winning farmers in East Anglia and is available online and in Tesco stores across the UK from £9 per kg.

It was reintroduced to customers, after trials over the last two years proved that there was a huge appetite for this heritage turkey.

Note to editors

*The last dates for turkey ordering at Tesco are midnight on Wednesday Dec 14 for tesco.com orders and Thursday midnight for store shoppers.

The Narragansett gets its name from the area in Rhode Island, North America where some of the English pioneers settled in New England and starting breeding the turkeys they brought with the native, wild American variety.

Customers can order turkeys here, but supply is limited. A whole Narragansett will cost £9 per kilo while a crown will cost £16 per kilo.

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

EROSKI y sus clientes donan 444 toneladas de alimentos para familias necesitadas en Bizkaia en la Gran Recogida

  • La cifra equivale al consumo medio de alimentos de 670 personas a lo largo de un año
  • 114 establecimientos EROSKI de Bizkaia participaron en la última Gran Recogida solidaria de alimentos organizada por los Bancos de Alimentos el último fin de semana de noviembre

ELORRIO,España, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y sus clientes han donado 444 toneladas de alimentos destinados a ayudar a los colectivos más desfavorecidos de Bizkaia en la última Gran Recogida solidaria organizada por los Bancos de Alimentos el último fin de semana de noviembre y en la que tomaron parte 114 establecimientos EROSKI de Bizkaia. La cifra equivale al consumo medio de alimentos de 670 personas a lo largo de un año.

“Casi la mitad de los alimentos recaudados en Bizkaia se ha hecho a través de  nuestras tiendas EROSKI. Queremos trasladar nuestro agradecimiento a nuestros clientes, que una vez más se han volcado con una causa solidaria, y al Banco de Alimentos por su labor voluntaria. Desde EROSKI creemos fundamental contribuir entre todos a alcanzar una sociedad más justa y cohesionada”, señala el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

“Para el Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia es fundamental la colaboración de empresas como EROSKI, que prestan su ayuda en campañas especiales como la Gran Recogida y a lo largo de todo el año a través del programa de donaciones Desperdicio Cero”, explica el presidente del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia, Miguel Ángel Fernandino.

La última Gran Recogida de Alimentos ha contado con dos modalidades, la entrega física tradicional de productos y la colaboración vía bonos de alimentos, con valor de 3 y 5 €. “Los bonos de alimentos han tenido una muy buena acogida por parte de los consumidores. Ahora  la cantidad recaudada queda a disposición del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia para la compra de los productos que le resulten necesarios”, ha detallado el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI.

Como en anteriores campañas, EROSKI ha añadido una donación adicional equivalente al 7% del total recogido en la campaña.

20 años de colaboración con los Bancos de Alimentos

EROSKI inició su colaboración con los Bancos de Alimentos en 1996 a propuesta del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia y de los propios consumidores que demandaban a la cooperativa iniciativas solidarias dirigidas a colectivos desfavorecidos y personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Así, nacieron ese mismo año las campañas “Operación Kilo” de recogida de alimentos en las tiendas EROSKI.

Posteriormente, EROSKI inició su programa de donación de alimentos envasados cercanos a su fecha de consumo preferente pero todavía aptos para su consumo con total seguridad alimentaria. Hoy este programa de EROSKI y los Bancos de Alimentos continúa vigente con el compromiso “Desperdicio Cero” de no tirar ningún alimento que sea apto para el consumo en toda su red de hipermercados y supermercados.

Más recientemente, con el inicio de las primeras consecuencias de la crisis económica, EROSKI y los Bancos de Alimentos extendieron este programa a los alimentos frescos, para lo que fue necesario redefinir la logística de donación con el fin de mantener la cadena de frío y asegurar que los alimentos donados lleguen con total seguridad alimentaria a sus destinatarios.

La cooperativa ha sido reconocido con la “Espiga de Oro”, el máximo galardón que otorga la Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos (FESBAL) a aquellas organizaciones que destacan por su colaboración en la redistribución solidaria de los excelentes alimentarios.

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

Source: Eroski

M&S Chairman Robert Swannell intends to retire in 2017

LONDON, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) announces that, after serving six years as Chairman, Robert Swannell has informed the M&S Board that he intends to retire in 2017. Senior Independent Director Vindi Banga will now lead a process to identify and appoint the next M&S Chairman and Robert Swannell will continue in his role until this process is complete.

Robert Swannell, Chairman said: “A year ago we chose Steve Rowe as our Chief Executive. Steve completed a thorough analysis of the business and developed a detailed plan to build a simpler and more relevant M&S.

“This plan is now underway and I feel that it is the right time for the business to look for a new Chairman. It is a real privilege to chair this iconic company and I will continue to do so until my successor is in place.”

For further information, please contact:

Corporate Press Office: +44 (0)20 8718 1919

Source: Marks and Spencer Group

Chipotle Mexican Grill names company Founder Steve Ells its sole Chief Executive Officer

  • Ells Pledges Renewed Focus on Enhanced Guest Experience, Innovation and an Expanded Commitment to Making Better Food Accessible to More People
  • Investor Call Scheduled for 5:00 PM Eastern Time Today

DENVER, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced that its Board of Directors has named company Founder Steve Ells the company’s sole Chief Executive Officer. Ells will also remain Chairman of Chipotle’s board. Monty Moran has stepped down from the co-CEO role and from his board seat effective immediately, and will retire from Chipotle in 2017.

“Steve founded Chipotle more than 23 years ago with a powerful vision to use great ingredients prepared skillfully by hand, but served very fast,” said Neil Flanzraich, Lead Director of Chipotle’s board. “This approach has proven to be a very successful formula, but as the company grew, operations became more complicated and less consistent. Given the ongoing challenges facing the company, the board felt strongly that it was best for Steve to resume leadership of the company going forward. This will ensure that his high standards for the guest experience and his unyielding commitment to the company’s mission are top priorities.”

Ells, a classically trained chef, started Chipotle in 1993 with a small loan from his father. Chipotle has since grown into one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies, with more than 2,200 locations in five countries. Ells served as Chairman and CEO from 1993 until 2009 when he became co-CEO, a title he shared with Moran. The company went public in 2006. As Chairman and CEO, Ells will directly oversee restaurant operations, strategic initiatives, and innovation projects at the company.

“Chipotle is based on a very simple idea: We start with great ingredients, prepare them using classic cooking techniques, and serve them in a way that allows people to get exactly what they want,” said Ells. “Even though it’s a simple idea, operations have become over-complicated. I’m very much looking forward to relentlessly focusing on ensuring an excellent guest experience, removing unnecessary complexity from our operations, championing innovation, and pursuing our mission of making better food accessible to more people.”

Ells also indicated that he will pursue employee incentives that are more closely tied to the guest experience. Chipotle now pays its starting employees above the federal minimum wage and provides benefits including paid vacation time, paid sick leave, and tuition reimbursement to all employees. The company also provides stock to its General Managers upon achieving Restaurateur status. The Restaurateur program, which recognizes the company’s elite restaurant managers and provides a pipeline for its future leaders, is a cornerstone of Chipotle’s field operations. In recent years, however, achieving Restaurateur status has become increasingly complex and Ells is committed to re-envisioning the program by placing an emphasis on the guest experience and making the path to Restaurateur more intuitive and accessible to more General Managers.

“It’s incredibly important to me that we create an excellent dining experience in all of our restaurants. That starts with having great restaurant teams. To that end, I will evolve our Restaurateur program to ensure that even more of our best employees succeed and thrive at the company,” Ells said. “While our plans will take some time to implement, we will act with a sense of urgency toward all of the changes we are pursuing.”

Ells also recommitted to the company’s quest to serve better ingredients, announcing a reimagined company mission. The new company mission to “Ensure that better food, prepared from whole, unprocessed ingredients is accessible to everyone” is the next step in the evolution of Chipotle’s mission-driven business. Chipotle’s previous mission was to “Change the way people think about and eat fast food.”

Ell’s commitment to expanding the company’s mission can be seen at http://www.chipotle.com/mission.

“When I started Chipotle, I knew very little about the way food was raised,” Ells said. “But over the years, I’ve become a champion for ingredients that are raised with respect for people, animals, and the environment. I will also continue to advocate for food made simply, without processed ingredients, which is the kind of food I believe should be available to everyone. I’m incredibly proud of the team at Chipotle and I’m thankful to them for helping us realize our mission of bringing better food to more and more people.”

“I’d also like to thank Monty for his extraordinary contributions to Chipotle over the years. Monty inspired us with his vision for an enlightened people culture, and I wish him the best as he retires from the company,” Ells said.

Chipotle will hold a call for investors at 5:00 PM Eastern time today during which management will discuss these changes. Please note that the company will not be providing an update to Q3 financials during this call. The conference call can be accessed live by dialing 800-239-9838 or for international callers by dialing 1-913-661-9178. The call will be webcast live from the company’s website at chipotle.com under the investor relations section. An archived webcast will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release, including statements about company leadership and the quality of the guest experience in Chipotle restaurants, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “should”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “predict”, “project”, “target”, and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the uncertainty of our ability to achieve expected levels of comparable restaurant sales due to factors such as changes in consumers’ acceptance of and enthusiasm for our brand, including as a result of food-borne illness incidents, the impact of competition, including from sources outside the restaurant industry, decreased overall consumer spending, or our possible inability to increase menu prices or realize the benefits of menu price increases; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food or dining out generally; factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and the availability of qualified employees; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies or higher food costs due to new supply chain protocols; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty retaining qualified employees, including as a result of market pressures, enhanced food safety procedures in our restaurants, or new regulatory requirements; risks relating to our expansion into new markets; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; risks associated with our Food With Integrity strategy, including supply shortages and potential liabilities from advertising claims and other marketing activities related to Food With Integrity; security risks associated with the acceptance of electronic payment cards or electronic storage and processing of confidential customer or employee information; risks relating to litigation, including possible governmental actions related to food-borne illness incidents, as well as class action litigation regarding employment laws, advertising claims or other matters; risks relating to our insurance coverage and self-insurance; risks arising from senior management changes, including our return to having a single CEO, as well as our dependence on key personnel; risks related to our marketing and advertising strategies, including risks related to our Chiptopia rewards program and other promotional activities; risks regarding our ability to protect our brand and reputation; risks associated with our ability to effectively manage our growth; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the investor relations page of our website at ir.Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Dutch e-commerce start up Zamro implements Intershop Commerce Suite as B2B omni-channel commerce platform

Intershop solutions enabled a record time development of 5 months supporting the rapid growth strategy

Jena, Germany, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG, the leading independent supplier of innovative omni-channel commerce solutions, has brought online another ambitious B2B client from The Netherlands. Zamro, part of the ERIKS Group, has selected Intershop to implement their B2B e-commerce platform, based on Intershop Commerce Suite including the Intershop Order Management.

Zamro is an ambitious and dynamic e-commerce company that was founded in February 2016 and has great ambitions for cross border growth and focuses on the rapidly changing behaviour of the technical B2B buyer. With its broad assortment of over 500,000 industrial components the start-up’s online offer is focusing on a one-stop shop proposition primarily directed at smaller and medium-sized business clients. Zamro aims to deliver “ease of order” to the industry, which is not yet that widely spread. Key focus is a perfect understanding of the customer in order to offer an excellent customer experience, comprehensive product information and the quick, reliable delivery of their orders. Unlike often still the case in the business client sector; catalogs, products, and prices in the shop are kept completely transparent. Visitors can access without prior registration regardless of the client.

Axel Köhler, member of the board at Intershop: “We are delighted that Zamro selected Intershop after intensive competitive analysis. This success mirrors Intershop’s B2B focus and confirms once again that our B2B omni-channel commerce solution is very appealing for ambitious medium-sized companies geared toward cross border growth.”

Floris Jan Cuypers, Founder and Managing Director at Zamro added: “As an innovative, rapidly growing company, we have in Intershop the support of an experienced partner for our ambitious B2B e-commerce strategy. The platform meets our demands for an innovative yet economical solution that is flexible and scalable enough to push our plans for growth ahead. We also appreciate the unbeatably short project duration that secures our swift market launch.”

Zamro designed a state-of-the-art commerce architecture, which is hosted in the public cloud by Carrenza. In this architecture the Intershop order management system has been integrated to on-board new suppliers and (international) warehouses quickly. The B2B platform, which offers a B2C experience, is instrumental to realize the international growth ambitions and initially went live in the Netherlands and Belgium.

About Zamro BV

Zamro is a young B2B eCommerce company offering technical components and tools for small and medium sized companies. With shops live in the Netherlands and Belgium it focuses on a rapid expansion in the European market. The main aim of the company is offering “ease of order” through a broad assortment, technical knowledge and great user experience. Zamro is part of Eriks group.

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 www.intershop.com.

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.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. recalls Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie products due to undeclared milk

Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. recalls Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie products due to undeclared milk

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenny & Larry’s, Inc., announced today (December 12, 2016) a nationwide voluntary recall of two flavors of Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie products — Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip varieties – due to the possible presence of undeclared milk in the dark chocolate chips. Lenny & Larry’s, Inc. is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The following product is being recalled:

  • 4 oz. Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip
    • Best by Dates: 7-1-17 to 11-30-17
    • UPC Code: 7 87692-83461 7
  • 4 oz. Complete Cookie, Coconut Chocolate Chip
    • Best by Dates Between: 9-18-17 to 11-15-17
    • UPC Code: 7 87692-83538 6

This recall is limited exclusively to the Chocolate Chip and Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie varieties and no other Lenny & Larry’s products are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have a dairy allergy should consider discarding these products. Affected product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact Lenny & Larry’s at 888–943–4212 from Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.

Lenny & Larry’s deeply cares about the health and safety of the people who consume our products and we apologize for any problems that this situation may cause. This voluntary recall is being conducted in consultation with FDA.

Consumers Contact:
Lenny & Larry’s Consumer Care
888-943-4212

Source: FDA

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NEW HOPE MILLS recalls certain Crepe MIX due to possible contamination with Salmonella

NEW HOPE MILLS recalls certain Crepe MIX due to possible contamination with Salmonella

 

Auburn, NY, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — NEW HOPE MILLS of Auburn, NY, is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of NEW HOPE MILLS Crepe MIX as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient supplier has issued a recall of the bulk milk powder.  Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered milk product supplied to New Hope Mills, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall the product produced from the specific lot received from our ingredient supplier.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The affected New Hope Mills Crepe MIX was shipped to distributors and retailers in the New York and Pennsylvania areas between the dates of 8/23/2016 and 9/20/2016.

The following product code is affected by the recall:

  • New Hope Mills Crepe MIX
  • NET WT. 1 LB. 4 OZ
  • Packaged in a brown paper bag
  • UPC 074703601529 (located on back label)
  • BEST BY: 07/19/17:A1 (located on the back flap)

Consumers who have purchased New Hope Mills Crepe Mix are urged to discontinue use and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by email at QA@newhopemills.com or phone at (315) 252-2676, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm EST.

Consumers Contact:

New Hope Mills
QA@newhopemills.com
315-252-2676

Source: FDA

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