Product launch: unique patent-pending PTT-Handheld Speaker + Mic combination body camera

Netherlands, 04-Jan-2017 — /EPR Retail News/ — X-Surveillance launched the new, unique, patent-pending body camera DS300, which is a combination of a PTT-Handheld Speaker + Mic. with an incognito body camera. This sounds a mouthful, yet it is a body camera that is designed to replace an existing Push-To-Talk Mic.

With the X-Surveillance DS300 there is no need to place any new device on a uniform. Within just a few minutes an existing PTT Microphone, can be replaced with the DS300 “PTT Handheld Body Camera”.

Introduction of other features
The team of X-Surveillance together with partners throughout the world have designed the DS300 for over two years with the mission to develop a non-provocative, civilian-friendly body camera that can be used without the need to add additional equipment to the already busy equipped uniform of an officer.

Due good research together with law enforcement professionals, the development team of X-Surveillance developed more features, such as; password-encrypted data storage, built-in LED flashlight, real-time GPS coordinates, and full-shift battery life.

As additional to the most important “must-have” safety features; up-to 30 seconds pre-recording, instant automatic infrared recordings, and 1080p video-/ 16MP photo 32GB recordings.

Pre-recording, this ludicrous. But it is a feature that is needed for indisputable proof of what caused a situation. Too often these recordings are started late, and do not accurately represent what actually happened. With the 30 seconds pre-recording, no more false accusations, misconduct, or abuse against officers. Increasing transparency and accountability of officers.

What’s the importance of a body camera?
We have all seen what happens when civilians record officers with their cell phone. Sometimes even unpleasant and provocative. The internet is flooded with videos about it. But the most videos only start from the moment the agents are in battle with the suspect. What preceded it is never shown.

Sadly enough, there have been situations when an officer has to take their own phone to film a confrontational situation, to proof the accountability of officers in duty.

With smartphones and cameras everywhere today, it’s becoming critical for Law Enforcement to have the ability to record their civilian encounters.

And what is easier than replacing a device which is already on the perfect height, with the right-angle for recording confrontational situations. And effortless to use with the already familiar Push-To-Talk button on one side and the Camera-Recording button on the other.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Tesco PLC announces departure of Richard Cousins; Deanna Oppenheimer to succeed as Senior Independent Director

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.11, Tesco PLC today (3 Jan 2017) announces that Richard Cousins has decided to resign as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Deanna Oppenheimer will succeed Richard Cousins as Senior Independent Director with immediate effect.

John Allan, Chairman, said “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Richard for his strong contributions to the deliberations of the Tesco Board over the last two years and particularly for his insights and invaluable advice as we have delivered an unprecedented level of change across the business. We wish him well for the future.

I am delighted that Deanna Oppenheimer has accepted the Board’s invitation to become Senior Independent Director.”

Enquiries:
Group Company Secretary
Robert Welch
07793 222569

Media:
Ed Young
01707 918701

Investors:
Chris Griffith
01707 912900

Source: Tesco PLC

70th Carrefour Express store opens in Sao Paulo

70th Carrefour Express store opens in Sao Paulo

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour opens another convenience format branch on december 29th. The opening in Sao Paulo of the 70th Carrefour Express store reinforces the company’s investment in a sector that offers customers improved levels of flexibility and comfort in shopping, focusing on a daily range of fresh and ready-to-consume items. The new branch is located in the Torre Z Berrini building, in the Brooklin district, in the South Zone of the capital city.

The Express brand reinforces the multiformat services offered by the Carrefour Group, enabling it to meet the growing demand among customers for smaller purchases at stores located in close proximity to home or the workplace. The company’s first store in this format was opened back in the second half of 2014, in the district of Tatuapé. In addition to the stores in São Bernardo do Campo, Santo André (SP), São Caetano (SP), Diadema (SP), Osasco (SP), Guarulhos (SP) and Barueri (SP), the format is also now present in districts such as Jardim Paulista, Saúde, Moema, Santo Amaro, Vila Mariana, República, Itaim, Mooca, Pinheiros, Vergueiro, Tucuruvi and Brooklin, all located within the city of Sao Paulo itself.

To guarantee the most user-friendly shopping experience, the layout of Carrefour Express stores has been specially designed with customer shopping habits in mind, and the products are arranged in such a way as to make it easier for customers to find their desired items. As is the case for each branch, the Brooklin store has been adapted to respond to the characteristics and demands of the surrounding district, taking various factors into consideration such as the sales area and range of products on offer.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Carrefour launches special shopping bag to support Small Change campaign

Carrefour launches special shopping bag to support Small Change campaign

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 4 January through to 11 February 2017, Carrefour stores throughout France will be supporting the “Small Change” campaign to help improve the living conditions of sick children and teenagers in hospital. A special shopping bag, sold exclusively at Carrefour, has been produced for the campaign. Proceeds from sales will go to the Hôpitaux de Paris–Hôpitaux de France Foundation.

Carrefour has been supporting the Small Change campaign for 16 years
For the 16th year running, Carrefour is one of the Hôpitaux de Paris–Hôpitaux de France foundation’s partners for the Small Change campaign, which is aiming this year to fund even more projects to improve the day-to-day living conditions of sick children and teenagers in hospitals.

Between 4 January and 11 February 2017, Carrefour, Carrefour Market, Carrefour City, Carrefour Contact and Carrefour Express stores across France will be actively supporting the fund-raising campaign: customers will be able to donate via “Small Change” piggy banks at each checkout, as well as giant ones in hypermarkets. Altogether, more than 110,000 small piggy banks and 300 giant ones will be deployed in Carrefour stores throughout the country.

This year, Carrefour hypermarkets have created a special “Little Nicolas” branded shopping bag, based on the famous character created by French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé. He will be featuring as the 2017 edition’s mascot. These bags – made of organic cotton – are manufactured and printed in France, and will be on sale exclusively at Carrefour for €2.50. For each bag sold, 10 cents will go to the association.

More than €1.2 million raised by Carrefour since 2003 for the Small Change campaign
The 2017 campaign will attempt to beat the 2016 record: more than 14 tonnes of coins (nearly €154,539) were raised thanks to the generosity and charitable contributions of Carrefour customers and employees.

Since 2003, more than 114 tonnes of coins – that’s equivalent to nearly €1,255,350 – have been collected by Carrefour.

For many years now, Carrefour’s teams have been getting involved in and investing in the charity sector, supporting numerous campaigns such as the Boucles du Cœur, Food Banks, the Secours populaire français, the Restos du Cœur and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.

“Little Nicolas for Small Change” shopping bag
Available from 4 January 2 11 February 17 in Carrefour hypermarkets.
Sales price: €2.50, 10 cents of which will go to the Hôpitaux de Paris–Hôpitaux de France foundation.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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NACS survey: Low gas prices drove sales increases at convenience stores in 2016; retailers expect strong sales to continue in 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Low gas prices helped drive sales increases at convenience stores in 2016—and retailers expect those strong sales to carry over into 2017, according to a survey of retailers released today (1/2/2017) by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than two in three convenience retailers (68%) say that their fuels sales increased in 2016 and nearly the same percentage (63%) say that foodservice sales increased.

“The continued improvement of the economy and low gas prices gave our customers more confidence to buy inside,” said Aloha Petroleum’s Richard Parry (Honolulu, HI). He said that he expects “better-for-you” items to help continue to drive strong sales in 2017.

Industry-wide, better-for-you items like fruits and vegetables, yogurt, nuts and health bars saw strong sales in 2016: 63% of retailers reported that sales of these items increased in 2016. Only one retailer surveyed said that sales were down in 2016. “Healthier-for-you items are beginning to gain some traction,” said Michael Zielinski with Retail Management Services Inc. (New Lenox, IL).

Retailer confidence about the U.S. economy also surged. A record 79% of retailers say they are optimistic about the U.S. economy—a 26-point jump from last quarter. This surge in retailer optimism mirrors the optimism of their customers. A record 60% of U.S. fuel consumers said they are optimistic about the U.S. economy, according to the NACS December 2016 consumer sentiment survey.

Retailers also are very optimistic about the overall convenience retailing industry. More than three in four convenience retailers (78%) said they are optimistic about the industry’s prospects in the first quarter of 2017, a 7-point jump from three months ago.

New investments in technology related to loyalty programs and enhanced customer experiences are central to the strategy of growing convenience store sales in 2017. Continued technology enhancements surrounding digital advertising, consumer awareness and loyalty are a priority at Casey’s General Stores (Ankeny, IA), according to Terry Handley. Meanwhile, A.H. Jamra Co. (Toledo, OH) is investing in point-of-sale technology, said David Oswald. “Go high tech or go blind,” was the advice from Mohammad Khan with Shahani Inc. (Branford, CT).

Retailers said that new investments in food and beverage equipment are also growing sales. Kwik Trip (La Crosse, WI) saw strong sales from its high-end hot beverage sales with its Franke machines and is investing in new beverage offers to continue the momentum. “We expect explosive growth from our new cold-brew coffee and smoothies in 2017,” said Steve Loehr.

Ready-for-you meals will be a big industry trend in 2017, according to Sam Odeh with Power Mart Corp. (Elmhurst, IL). Meanwhile, products produced locally—whether snacks, merchandise or even craft beers—are gaining in popularly, according to Todd Kunkel at Handy Mart (Durand, WI).

Increased investments in their stores may have helped reduce retailer concerns over competition. Overall, 39% of retailers cited competition from other convenience stores as a concern, down from 47% who cited industry competition a year ago. Meanwhile, 33% cited concerns over competition from other channels like drug stores or dollar stores. However, the new Amazon Go concept “could be game-changer down the road,” said Lisa Dell’Alba with Square One Markets Inc. (Bethlehem, PA).

Retailers are much more concerned over threats to their business that are less in their control. A majority of retailers (55%) said that they are concerned about regulations and legislation that could affect their businesses. And 53% are concerned about labor issues, a sharp increase from the 41% who cited labor as a concern a year ago.

Despite concerns over threats to their businesses, 69% of retailers are optimistic about their own business prospects in the first quarter of 2017, largely because of the combination of convenience and an enhanced food offer.

“More convenience stores are adding foodservice, and our industry is moving to a one-stop shop for local communities,” said Nishant Chudasama with Cadnicks (Orange, CA).

“I truly think food will continue to be the trend in 2017—but it’s going to take ingenuity and creativity to continue to entice people to visit convenience stores for lunch and dinner. We’ll need to continually adapt to reflect trends and customer preferences—whether it’s a new burger or a new healthy option,” said Dennis McCartney with Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA).

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy as a whole. A total of 81 member companies, representing a cumulative 4,052 stores, participated in the December 2016 survey.

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

NGA announces the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as VP and Executive Director for NGA Foundation

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (Jan 3, 2017) announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation).

“On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of Elizabeth. She joins us during a very exciting time of growth for our organization and the foundation, said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “With an impressive background in development, outreach, and non-profit work, Elizabeth will be a valuable asset to the foundation. We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin.

“The hiring of an executive director for the NGA Foundation is a part of NGA’s continued commitment to strengthen the independent supermarket industry through research, education, and training,” said Neal Berube, Chairman of the NGA Foundation Board of Directors.

Before joining the NGA Foundation, Crocker served as senior director of development and outreach for SHAPE America, where she led all corporate sponsorship, outreach, fundraising, partnerships, and business development for the organization. Prior to her role at SHAPE America, Crocker was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Rural Service, a national non-profit that serves as the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for nearly eight years. She has held staff positions in the U.S. Senate and federal agencies.

As executive director, Crocker will be responsible for developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day operations for the NGA Foundation.

The NGA Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Dunkin’ Donuts partners with Drew Brees and Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC to develop up to 69 new restaurants in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK TEAMS UP WITH EXISTING DUNKIN’ DONUTS FRANCHISEE VIK PATEL TO EXPAND BRAND’S PRESENCE ACROSS THE STATE

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (January 3, 2017) that New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, in partnership with existing franchisee Vik Patel, has signed an agreement to develop up to 69 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana over the coming years.  The first location under the new partnership is planned to open in 2017, and the group will also co-own five existing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Louisiana.

Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC is led by Vik Patel, the CEO of Tampa-based Purple Square Management Co. Patel has been a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee for 10 years and currently operates 46 restaurants in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. Purple Square also has plans to open additional units in 2017. New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champion and MVP Drew Brees and former New York Giants offensive lineman and current FOX Sports broadcaster David Diehl are also partners at Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC.

“As Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees we are committed to growing the brand in Louisiana and playing an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Vik Patel, CEO at Bourbon Street Donuts, LLC. “Drew has proven his commitment to New Orleans – both on and off the field – and we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in Louisiana. We’re excited to open our first few restaurants under this partnership next year, and developing even more restaurants over the long-term.”

Currently, there are a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Louisiana, and the company is continuing to grow the brand throughout the Southeast. As part of this growth, Dunkin’ Donuts is recruiting franchisees in Arkansas, eastern Texas and Mississippi. To help fuel growth, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.* In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth in the Southeast would not be possible without our existing franchisees like Vik Patel who continue to demonstrate their high confidence in our business model, our world-class support team, and the unit economics of the business,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Additionally, we are excited to welcome NFL great Drew Brees to our system, and we look forward to working with Bourbon Street Donuts to bring great products and exceptional guest service to our loyal guests throughout Louisiana.”

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

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

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Rachel Tabacnic
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: rtabacnic@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” available exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores

Animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” available exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores

 

Animal welfare documentary available exclusively in retailer’s stores and via iTunes and Amazon

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” is now available on DVD exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores and on-demand via iTunes and Amazon.

The film, which premiered in theaters nationwide this summer, follows omnivore filmmaker John Papola and his vegetarian wife, Lisa, on the couple’s cross-country journey to learn how animals are raised for consumption in the U.S. Through behind-the-scenes footage and in-depth interviews with farmers and animal welfare experts, the film examines the complex world of animal agriculture, including many of the challenges and opportunities that exist within the current system.

“We’re proud to support this film because we believe it has the power to help drive change across the industry,” said Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey. “In addition to sparking a deeper conversation about animal welfare in agriculture, the film showcases how consumers can vote with their dollars to directly influence the way farmers raise their animals.”

Many of the farming practices examined in the film, including cages, crates and crowding, are prohibited under Whole Foods Market’s rigorous animal welfare standards. Since 2011, all of the fresh pork, chicken, turkey and beef sold at Whole Foods Market has come from farms that have been certified to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Program.

In addition to filmmakers John Papola and Lisa Versaci, “At the Fork” features a number of experts in the food, farming and animal welfare fields, including: Mark Bittman (renowned cookbook author and former New York Times columnist); Leah Garces (Compassion in World Farming and board member at Global Animal Partnership); Dr. Temple Grandin (professor, Colorado State University); John Mackey (CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market); and Wayne Pacelle (president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S).

For more information about the film, visit: www.attheforkfilm.com.

Contact:
Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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SUPERVALU INC. to hold its fiscal 2017 3Q conference call on January 11, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) will hold its fiscal 2017 third quarter conference call on Wednesday January 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Central time. The call will be webcast live online at www.supervaluinvestors.com (click on microphone icon).

A replay of the conference call will be archived on SUPERVALU’s website under “Investors, Presentations and Webcasts.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $13 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,012 stores composed of 1,815 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business and 197 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners (store counts as of September 10, 2016). In addition, the Company operates 22 stores under the Shop ‘N Save name in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 30,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

JCPenney completes sale of its Home Office campus in Plano, Texas to Dreien Opportunity Partners, LLC for $353 million

JCPenney completes sale of its Home Office campus in Plano, Texas to Dreien Opportunity Partners, LLC for $353 million

 

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today (January 3, 2017) that it has completed the sale of its Home Office building and surrounding 45 acres of land in Plano, Texas to Dreien Opportunity Partners, LLC, general partner of Silos Opportunity Partners, LP, for a gross sale price of $353 million before closing and transaction costs. The Company previously announced that upon the transfer of ownership, JCPenney would lease back approximately 65 percent of the building, leaving the remaining square footage available for new tenants. The building lease expense would be offset by a reduction in maintenance costs, property taxes and interest expense as a result of paying down debt with proceeds from the transaction.

“Since we began exploring the sale of our Home Office, we have been quite pleased by the level of interest in the building. Our team reviewed numerous offers and decided that it was most advantageous to select Dreien Opportunity Partners, whose leadership recognizes the building’s long-term potential and has demonstrated tremendous support of the Company as we maintain our Home Office operations within the booming Legacy corridor,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer for JCPenney. “This transaction also represents a significant financial milestone for the Company, as proceeds from the sale give us the opportunity to reduce outstanding debt and make improvements to our workspace, creating a modern and efficient environment that fosters productivity and seamless collaboration.”

Prominently located near the intersection of Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121, JCPenney has occupied the three-story 1.8 million-square-foot office building as its global headquarters since 1992. CBRE Capital Markets represented the Company in this transaction.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world‐class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings and cash flows. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms including EMV chip technology, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all.  There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations.  Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

By downloading an image or video appearing in the newsroom, you understand and agree, and hereby represent that: (1) you are either a student of an accredited primary, secondary or higher education institution or a member of the news media; (2) use of the image or video is in connection with a student report, story or an article appearing in newspapers, periodicals, digital publications or television; (3) image or video and rights thereto remain the property of JCPenney; and (4) use of the image or video are not for publication covers, advertising, promotion or otherwise for commercial purposes. Furthermore, use of any and all images or video appearing on this page must each include the notice “Image and video courtesy of JCPenney.” Use of materials copied from this website are at your own risk. You must obtain prior written consent from JCPenney or its affiliate(s) for uses that exceed the above parameters.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500
jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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Xcel Brands to present at the 2017 ICR Conference on January 10th in Orlando, Fl

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a brand management and media company, today ( Jan. 03, 2017) announced Robert W. D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Seth Burroughs, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Treasury, will present at the 2017 ICR Conference.

The presentation will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET and can be accessed live over the Internet hosted at the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.xcelbrands.com and will be archived online.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

For further information please contact:

Hunter Wells / John Mills
ICR
646-277-1246
Hunter.wells@icrinc.com / John.mills@icrinc.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Sequential Brands Group to present at the 19th Annual ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) today (Jan. 03, 2017) announced that management will be presenting at the 19th Annual ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, January 10th at 4:00pm Eastern Time.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available at the Company’s investor relations website: http://ir.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active and home categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams.  Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.  For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Investor Relations Contact:
Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Media Contact:
Jaime Cassavechia
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CBRE acquires Floored, Inc., a leading producer of SaaS solutions for the global commercial real estate industry

Floored’s 3D Graphics Technology Further Enhances CBRE’s Marketplace Differentiation

Los Angeles, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today  (January 3, 2017) announced that it has acquired Floored, Inc., a leading producer of SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions, including scalable, interactive 3D graphics technology, for the global commercial real estate industry.  Floored gives CBRE’s professionals and clients access to advanced technology, and significantly increases the company’s capabilities to develop technology innovations that enhance marketing and leasing of commercial properties.

“We are very excited to add Floored’s interactive 3D graphics to our growing suite of technology tools,” said Chandra Dhandapani, CBRE’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer. “Many of our leading professionals and clients have been using Floored technology and are very excited about their solutions. It gives our professionals a powerful advantage in the marketplace, enabling them to configure, visualize and compare vacant space and arrange virtual tours.  Our clients will continue to have access to these, and future, powerful products.”

Floored’s two main existing SaaS products are:

  • Protofit, which allows users to visualize and edit floor plans in 2D and 3D (including accurate external window views from each floor) and to create customized space layouts in real-time.  Protofit, which is being rebranded as Floored Plans, has been utilized in over 65 million sq. ft. of properties.
  • Luma, which enables a high-quality, interactive, next-generation customized 3D “walk-through” experience for new, unbuilt and repositioned spaces. This technology has been used to visualize space from project concept and design all the way through leasing and marketing efforts and is now being re-branded as Floored Build.

The products are used by property owners like Related, Equity Office, Hines and Beacon Capital.

Floored’s co-founders – Chief Executive Officer David Eisenberg, Chief Technology Officer Dustin Byrne and Vice President of Engineering Judy He – and their 36-person team of engineers, designers, 3D modelers and client support personnel will all join CBRE as part of the acquisition. Mr. Eisenberg will serve as SVP of Digital Enablement & Technology for CBRE’s leasing business (called Advisory & Transaction Services).

“We look forward to working with Dave, Dustin, Judy and their incredibly talented team to develop other innovative capabilities to enable exceptional outcomes for our clients. This will also give us momentum in tapping into the New York digital talent base,” Ms. Dhandapani said.

“We have worked very hard over the past four years to invent groundbreaking technology for commercial real estate,” said Mr. Eisenberg. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this innovation to the industry’s premier, globally integrated commercial real estate services and investment firm. Together we will build powerful advantages for CBRE’s clients.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue).  The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.  CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About Floored
Floored, Inc., founded in 2012, is a New York City-based company that creates interactive 3D graphics and technology for the hospitality and commercial, residential, industrial, and retail real estate industries. Floored has worked with hundreds of clients from around the world, with enterprise customers including Related, Equity Office, Hines and Beacon Capital.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Floored, Inc. that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ”safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate Floored’s technology into our existing operations as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do 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. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at www.cbre.com or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at investorrelations@cbre.com.

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