L Brands to participate in the 19th Annual ICR Xchange Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 11 , 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) is scheduled to participate in the 19th Annual ICR Xchange Conference in Orlando, FL on Jan. 11 , 2017.  Stuart Burgdoerfer, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be making a presentation at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET .  A link to the presentation will be available on the homepage of our website at www.LB.com.  The archive of the webcast will be available for 90 days following the live presentation.

ABOUT L BRANDS :
L Brands , through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel , is an international company.  The company operates 3,087 company-owned specialty stores in the United States , Canada , the United Kingdom and Greater China , and its brands are sold in more than 700 additional franchised locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com, www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

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We caution that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in the presentation or made by our company or our management involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in the presentation or otherwise made by our company or our management:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand internationally and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our ability to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our ability to attract customers with marketing, advertising and promotional programs;
  • our ability to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry and the segments in which we operate;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability, significant health hazards, environmental hazards or natural disasters;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • our geographic concentration of supplier and distribution facilities in central Ohio ;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our ability to pay dividends and related effects;
  • our ability to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the ability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner, meet quality standards and comply with applicable laws and regulations;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our ability to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our ability to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • legal and compliance matters; and
  • tax matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in the presentation to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

For further information, please contact:

L Brands:
Investor Relations:
Amie Preston
(614) 415-6704
apreston@lb.com

Media Relations:
Tammy Roberts Myers
(614) 415-7072
communications@lb.com

Source: L Brands Inc./globenewswire

App Store announces its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day

  • $240 million in customer purchases makes January 1, 2017 the App Store’s busiest day ever
  • App developers earned $20 billion in 2016 — up 40 percent from 2015

Cupertino, California, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (JANUARY 5, 2017) announced that the App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day, capping a record-breaking holiday season and a year of unprecedented developer earnings and breakout app hits. In 2016 alone, developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40 percent from 2015. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $60 billion, creating amazing app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. Those efforts helped kick off 2017 with a remarkable start, making New Year’s Day the highest single day ever for the App Store with nearly $240 million in purchases.

“2016 was a record-shattering year for the App Store, generating $20 billion for developers, and 2017 is off to a great start with January 1 as the single biggest day ever on the App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We want to thank our entire developer community for the many innovative apps they have created — which together with our products — help to truly enrich people’s lives.”

Customers broke all-time records this holiday season with purchases from the App Store topping $3 billion in December. In the same month, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run made history with more than 40 million downloads in just four days after its release, and was the most downloaded app globally on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Super Mario Run is also among last year’s top 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, with Pokémon Go taking the top spot. Pokémon Go, a beloved game from Niantic, quickly became a cultural phenomenon in mid-2016. Prisma, Reigns, Procreate, Lumino City, Sweat With Kayla and djay Pro, from some of Apple’s independent developers, were among the most successful apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac, respectively. The App Store offers 2.2 million apps in total, up over 20 percent from last year.

With the App Store available in 155 countries, Apple’s customers have access to millions of apps to make their lives easier, enrich their passions and connect with people from all around the world. The App Store’s top-grossing markets include the US, China, Japan and the UK, with China experiencing record year-over-year growth at an incredible 90 percent. The global impact of the App Store was captured this past year with two campaigns — Apps for Earth and Games for (RED). In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and (RED), customers were empowered to make a difference, helping to protect life on our planet and join the fight against AIDS. The custom content created by each campaign’s participating developers helped raise over $17 million in total for the two organizations.

With the introduction of iMessage apps and SiriKit in iOS 10, developers created exciting new types of app experiences. iPhone and iPad customers now have access to over 21,000 iMessage apps to send stickers and easily collaborate with friends, and for the first time ever, users can ask Siri to book rides, make payments, return a call and more.

Since subscriptions became available across all 25 app categories this fall, including Games and Kids, customers can subscribe to their favorite services from over 20,000 apps, with Netflix, HBO Now, Line, Tinder and MLB.com At Bat among last year’s most popular. iPhone and iPad customers grew the App Store’s subscription billings significantly in 2016 to $2.7 billion, up 74 percent from 2015.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contact:
Lisa Israel
Apple
lisrael@apple.com
(408) 974-2118

Stephanie Saffer
Apple
ssaffer@apple.com
(408) 974-5160

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

Source: Apple

Meijer’s free prescription program filled nearly 40 million prescriptions and surpassed $500 million savings for customers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone earlier this month when its free prescription program surpassed $500 million in savings for customers. The program – a first of its kind when launched in October 2006 – has since filled nearly 40 million free prescriptions.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities we serve,” said Jason Beauch, Vice President of Pharmacy Merchandising. “We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which includes access to necessary medications. We are pleased this program is used by so many families across the Midwest.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral generic antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescriptions most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free prenatal vitamins in May 2008, metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010, and the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium), the cholesterol lowering medication, in 2012.

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer has been the generic cholesterol lowering medication. In 2016, Meijer pharmacy customers filled more than 3.2 million atorvastatin calcium prescriptions, followed by more than 1.4 million metformin prescriptions, more than 1.3 million antibiotics, and more than 480,000 free prenatal vitamin prescriptions.

In addition to the free prescription program, the Meijer mPerks pharmacy rewards program rewarded pharmacy customers with more than $13 million in rewards to spend at Meijer last year.

“We’re proud that we’ve helped millions of families improve their health and wellbeing without impacting their budgets,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Providing these solutions for the customers who rely on our pharmacies is part of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

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. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

Source: Meijer

Gary Philbin appointed Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. and Duncan Mac Naughton as President of the Family Dollar Banner

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (January 05, 2017) announced management changes, including the promotion of Gary Philbin and the addition of Duncan Mac Naughton.

Gary Philbin, age 60, has been promoted to Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. In his new role, Mr. Philbin’s responsibilities will include store operations, merchandising, marketing and real estate across all banners including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. He will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 15 years at Dollar Tree, Mr. Philbin has served in numerous leadership capacities within the Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar banners. He most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar, where he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives and the successful achievement of budgetary, synergy, and transition goals following Dollar Tree’s acquisition of Family Dollar in July 2015. From 2007 to 2015, prior to the acquisition of Family Dollar, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer for the Dollar Tree banner. He began his career with Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores.

“I am extremely pleased to have Gary assume this important role for our organization,” said Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “Since joining Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores and later as President and Chief Operating Officer, Gary has played an integral role in our growth, success and sector-leading profitability. With his experience at Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and most recently his outstanding leadership as President of Family Dollar, Gary is uniquely positioned to contribute to our continued success in his new role as Enterprise President.”

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada teams in this new role as Enterprise President,” said Philbin. “Additionally, I would like to welcome Duncan Mac Naughton to the Family Dollar team. Duncan is an accomplished retail leader and will be instrumental in continuing to develop and improve the Family Dollar banner through an intense focus on the customer. I also want to thank the thousands of Family Dollar team members across the country for their dedication and efforts through the past eighteen months of integration.”

Duncan Mac Naughton, age 54, has joined the Company as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar. He will report to Gary Philbin, Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc.

Mr. Mac Naughton has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the food, grocery, mass merchant and specialty retail industries. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Mills Fleet Farm. He has held numerous leadership roles at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., including Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer of Wal-Mart U.S. from 2011 to 2014, Executive Vice President of Consumables Healthand Wellness and Walmart.com from 2010 to 2011, and Chief Merchandising Officer of Wal-Mart Canada from 2009 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing for Supervalu, Inc., including serving as the Head of the Health and Wellness Division.

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we continue to develop the Family Dollar banner to its highest level of productivity,” Sasser continued. “Just as we have done at Dollar Tree, our goal is to serve the Family Dollar customer with terrific merchandise values in stores that offer a bright, fun and friendly shopping environment. Duncan brings a tremendous amount of experience, retail acumen and energy to our Family Dollar brand and to the entire Dollar Tree organization. With his extensive leadership experience in the discount retail industry, Duncan can immediately make important contributions to our organization. There are exciting opportunities ahead for the Family Dollar banner under Duncan’s leadership.”

“I am honored to lead the Family Dollar team, a well-recognized brand with a legacy of delivering value and convenience for more than five decades,” said Mac Naughton. “In partnership with Bob, Gary and the entire management team, I relish the opportunity to grow and improve the Family Dollar business. Our focus will continue to be on meeting the everyday needs of our customers – through providing terrific values, affordable prices, and the right assortment in clean, convenient and shopper friendly stores.”

Shared Services, including Strategic Planning, Finance, Supply Chain, Corporate Administration, Audit and Legal, will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, as will Gary Philbin in his new role of Enterprise President.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,284 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of October 29, 2016. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding our infrastructure, growth prospects and future financial and operating results. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Harris Teeter recalls Everroast Chicken Caesar Wrap that may contain undeclared anchovy

Matthews, N.C., 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an abundance of caution Harris Teeter, LLC of Matthews, NC is issuing a voluntary recall of Everroast Chicken Caesar Wrap because it may contain undeclared anchovy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recall applies to:

Everroast Chicken Caesar Wrap (UPC: 72036-95828) that was prepared in the deli department of various Harris Teeter supermarkets in multiple states. All code dates.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product ingredients statement did not declare the presence of fish. Upon discovering the issue Harris Teeter promptly removed the product from its in-store delis.

If you purchased this item, and have an allergy or sensitivity to anchovies, please do not consume the product. Instead, return it to any Harris Teeter store for a full refund. Customers with questions or concerns should contact Harris Teeter’s Customer Relations Department at 1-800-432-6111, Option 2.

Source: Harris Teeter