The RideConnected motorcycle communication App now available for free in the iTunes and Google Play Stores

IRVINE, Calif., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth innovation for the motorsports, action sports and outdoor sports lifestyles, has announced today the release of the RideConnected App. The RideConnected App for motorcycle riding will connect multiple riders across the globe through their Sena Bluetooth headsets. Riders may now connect with more riders than ever before through any Sena Bluetooth headset with the RideConnected App.

The RideConnected motorcycle communication App, created for both iOS and Android phones, will be available for free in the iTunes and Google Play Stores. Not only will riders no longer be limited by range, the amount intercom connections between riders are virtually limitless when within LTE range of their mobile carrier. Compatible with all Sena Bluetooth headsets, the RideConnected App offers more freedom than ever. As long as you are connected to WiFi, or a mobile network, you may now communicate over any distance, and with multiple riders.

Set up your own personal profile and navigate through the features of the RideConnected App with ease. Simply create different teams, and invite friends to create their own profile on the App through SMS message, GPS, or by providing them with your unique four-digit code. Users may also use the existing voice prompts of their Sena Bluetooth 4.1 headsets to operate the RideConnected App.

The App will be the first of many added benefits designed for Sena users. Sena is always looking for ways to benefit its loyal community of riders, and improve upon communication and connectivity. The RideConnected App for motorcycle and cycling communication is Sena’s solution to sticky communication situations while on the road.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Meat injector buyers turn to Premiala as spurious quality claims from rivals discovered

LONDON, United Kingdom, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware today announced an increase in sales of its popular stainless steel meat injector after customers discovered spurious quality claims by rival manufacturers. Prior to Premiala’s entrance onto the meat injector scene, it was common-place for injectors to be manufactured from chrome-plated aluminium or brass, with only the barrel and needles being made from stainless steel. Premiala claims to use food-safe stainless steel for all parts which come into contact with food, and while rivals have imitated these claims, customers are now discovering they’re secretly using cheaper metals for certain parts.

“Food safety and quality are top priorities at Premiala, so it was a no-brainer for us to specify 100% food-safe 304-grade stainless steel for all food-facing components on our meat injector”, Premiala General Manager Greg Carder said today. “Some of our competitors have imitated our claims, and while we have known for some time these claims are false, eagle-eyed customers themselves are now starting to notice hidden platings and cheaper materials on their supposedly ‘stainless steel’ injectors and are reporting these spurious claims in their product reviews. This has led to much stronger than usual post-Christmas sales, as customers discover the alternatives are not all they seem.”

One manufacturer in Amazon Germany claims their product is “stainless steel 304” (Bratenspritze Edelstahl 304), however a recent reviewer posted this against the offending product (as translated from German):

“The only part made of stainless steel is the cylinder, even the front part is cheap die-cast and pressed into the cylinder. As a result, the syringe is difficult to clean in the front area, and germs and bacteria can unfold freely in the casting molds inside.  Even worse, after the first clean the chrome coating has detached itself on several parts of the syringe. So I would not like to find chromium chips in my food”

The manufacturer did not refute the claim but simply made a reference to it being a quality control mistake and offered a refund.

The story is the same in the USA. A product touting to be a “Heavy Duty Meat Injector 304 Stainless Steel” was also unmasked by a discerning buyer. Under the title of ‘Stainless steel – really?’, the buyer posted:

“The seller claims this is Stainless Steel. The top and bottom of this unit is Chrome plated something. It does not look like SS, and in fact, more than likely is die cast metal, Zinc, pot metal, or something else. The only parts that are clearly SS are the needles, and the body.”

In this case the manufacturer did not even respond.

Premiala’s meat injector is definitely priced higher than its competitors, but it appears the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ holds true in this case, as customers turn to Premiala in greater numbers to ensure their food isn’t tainted by unsafe materials.

Premiala’s injectors are available on numerous Amazon marketplaces, including Amazon USA, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.

About Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware: Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware aims to provide premium quality BBQ and kitchen tools to home and professional users.  It believes better health and well-being can be achieved by using premium tools, by providing superior results and greater user satisfaction while working.

Contact:
Greg Carder – enquiries@premiala.com

CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital, The Carlyle Group and McDonald’s create company that will act as McDonald’s Franchisee in mainland China and Hong Kong

New Partnership Will Become the Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Outside the United States

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CITIC Limited (SEHK: 00267) (“CITIC”), CITIC Capital Holdings (“CITIC Capital”), The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) (“Carlyle”) and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) (“McDonald’s”) today (Jan 8, 2017) announced the formation of a partnership and company that will act as the master franchisee responsible for McDonald’s businesses in mainland China and Hong Kong for a term of 20 years.

The total consideration payable by the new company to acquire McDonald’s mainland China and Hong Kong business is up to US$2.08 billion (approximately HK$16.14 billion). The consideration will be settled by cash and by new shares in the company issued to McDonald’s. After completion of the transaction, CITIC and CITIC Capital will have a controlling stake of 52%, while Carlyle and McDonald’s will have interests of 28% and 20%, respectively.

The partnership will use its combined expertise and resources to accelerate growth in McDonald’s business through new restaurant openings, particularly in tier 3 and 4 cities, and to improve sales performance in existing restaurants. The focus will be on key areas such as menu innovation, enhanced restaurant convenience, retail digital leadership and delivery. It intends to add over 1,500 restaurants in China and Hong Kong over the next five years.

McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said, “China and Hong Kong represent an enormous growth opportunity for McDonald’s. This new partnership will combine one of the world’s most powerful brands and our unparalleled quality standards with partners who have an unmatched understanding of the local markets and bring enhanced capabilities and new partnerships, all with a proven record of success. By working together, we will unlock even faster growth and be closer to the customers and communities we serve as McDonald’s works to be the leading Quick Service Restaurant across the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.”

China’s consumer sector is growing rapidly, benefiting from continued urbanisation, an expanding middle class and increasing disposable household incomes. China’s working population is larger than those of the US and Europe combined, yet spending levels of China’s middle class are a small fraction of those in more developed countries. As disposable incomes rise, people will continue to spend more on leisure and dining out, particularly in tier 3 and 4 cities where there is great growth potential. As such, the market for Western Quick Service Restaurants is expected to continue to grow rapidly.

For CITIC, this investment offers a chance to deepen its exposure to the consumer sector, which is poised to be the main driver of China’s economy for decades to come. This transaction is another step in CITIC’s efforts to better balance its financial and non-financial businesses. CITIC also sees opportunities for synergies with its existing businesses.

Mr Chang Zhenming, Chairman of CITIC Limited, commented: “We believe CITIC’s unique platform and its extensive resources will enable us to help realise McDonald’s full potential in China. Together with our partners, we will devote ourselves to continue upholding McDonald’s extremely high standards of food quality and service. Importantly, this is also a strategic opportunity for CITIC to invest in the expanding Chinese consumer sector. McDonald’s extensive network and consumer base will provide us with invaluable insights, which we will leverage to the benefit of our existing businesses.”

For Carlyle, this investment offers the chance to partner with an iconic brand with sizeable market share and growth potential in China. Carlyle has years of strong investment and operating experience in the global consumer and retail sector, and is well positioned to drive further growth of the new company. Equity for this transaction will come from Carlyle Asia Partners IV. Carlyle has invested more than US$7 billion of equity in approximately 90 transactions in China, as of 30 September 2016.

Mr X.D. Yang, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Asia buyout team of The Carlyle Group, will serve as Vice Chairman of the board of the new company. He said, “Carlyle and CITIC have a strong history of partnering together. Today, we are pleased to cooperate with CITIC again, alongside McDonald’s, on one of our largest deals in China. This substantial investment demonstrates our confidence in the strength of the Chinese consumer.”

Mr Yichen Zhang, Chairman and CEO of CITIC Capital, will serve as Chairman of the board of the new company. He said, “McDonald’s core business proposition and potential in China is clear. We will work closely with the existing management team and partners, including Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group, to respond to local market expectations and continue to expand and improve the business to meet the needs of the Chinese consumer.”

As part of its turnaround plan announced in May of 2015, McDonald’s committed to refranchising 4,000 restaurants by the end of 2018, with the long-term goal of becoming 95% franchised. As a result of this transaction, McDonald’s is refranchising more than 1,750 company-owned stores in China and Hong Kong.

As of 31 December 2016, McDonald’s operates and franchises over 2,400 restaurants in mainland China and more than 240 restaurants in Hong Kong. It has built one of the strongest brand names and most robust systems in the region over the past three decades. Currently employing over 120,000 staff and serving over one billion customers annually in China, McDonald’s is the second largest Quick Service Restaurant chain in China and the largest in Hong Kong.

Upon completion of the transaction, the new company will have a board of directors with representatives from CITIC, CITIC Capital, Carlyle and McDonald’s. McDonald’s existing management team will continue to lead the business.

The deal is contingent upon relevant regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in mid-2017.

This press release should be read in conjunction with the full text of the HKEX Announcement dated 9 January 2017, which is available on www.hkex.com.hk.

About CITIC Limited

CITIC Limited is China’s largest conglomerate operating domestically and overseas, with businesses in financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing, engineering contracting and real estate as well as others. CITIC’s rich history, diverse platform and strong corporate culture across all businesses ensure that CITIC Limited is unrivalled in capturing opportunities arising from China’s continued growth. CITIC Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK: 00267), where it is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index. CITIC Group, a Chinese state owned enterprise, owns 58% of CITIC Limited. For more information about CITIC Limited, please visit the company website at www.citic.com.

About CITIC Capital

Founded in 2002, CITIC Capital is an alternative investment management and advisory company. The firm manages over US$8 billion of capital from a diverse group of international and Chinese investors. Core businesses include Private Equity, Real Estate, Structured Investment and Finance, Asset Management and Venture. CITIC Capital currently employs over 200 staff members throughout its offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Tokyo and New York. The firm combines a deep knowledge of the Chinese business and financial markets with world-class investment expertise to create and maximize value for its investors.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with US$169 billion of assets under management across 125 funds and 177 fund of funds vehicles as of 30 September 2016. Carlyle is one of the largest investors in China, having pursued approximately 90 investments over almost 20 years in China. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments — Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions — in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including aerospace, defence & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 35 offices across six continents.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

Media enquiries:

For CITIC Limited, CITIC Capital and Carlyle
Ms. Jasmine Yap
Tel: +852 3103 0108
Mobile: +852 9325 3363
jasmine.yap@citigate.com.hk

For McDonald’s Corporation
Ms. Terri Hickey
Mobile: +1 773-655-3035
Terri.Hickey@us.mcd.com

For McDonald’s China
Ms. Regina Hui
Mobile: +86 138 1109 0306
Regina.hui@cn.mcd.com

For McDonald’s Hong Kong
Ms. Wendy Lam
Mobile: +852 64608981
Wendy.lam@hk.mcd.com

Source: McDonald’s

Yum China Holdings, Inc. and Taco Bell Corp. open the first Taco Bell restaurant in China

Yum China Holdings, Inc. and Taco Bell Corp. open the first Taco Bell restaurant in China

 

Shanghai, China, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”, NYSE: YUMC ), and Taco Bell Corp., the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, today (January 9, 2017) announced that they have opened the first Taco Bell restaurant in the second largest economy in the world: China. The inaugural restaurant is located near Shanghai’s landmark Oriental Pearl Tower in the Lujiazui area, the city’s central business district, and is Taco Bell’s latest international market entry as it grows the brand globally.

“We are thrilled to bring Taco Bell to China with the official opening of the first restaurant at a spectacular location in Shanghai,” said Micky Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. “Consumers in China today want the best the world has to offer, and Taco Bell is one of the most exciting brands anywhere. Leveraging our deep insights into Chinese consumer preferences, developed from close to 30 years operating in this market, we thoroughly researched and fine-tuned the Taco Bell menu for China and the initial response from customers is very encouraging.”

The menu features the brand’s favorites that have been adapted to local tastes. High quality ingredients coupled with newly developed sauces create items such as the Shrimp and Avocado Burrito unique to Taco Bell restaurants in China. The Crunchy Taco Supreme is now loaded with Taco Bell’s signature Nacho Cheese Sauce and the Volcano Chicken Burrito features spicy Sriracha sauce.

Customers can also order shared plates featuring seasoned nacho chips, spicy fried chicken, and Mexican fries. These menu items pair perfectly with a variety of alcoholic beverages including ice-cold beer on draft and specialty cocktails like the Margarita and the Mojito. The Mexican inspired classics are made-to-order in a transparent, open kitchen where fans can see their food being handmade. Self-order kiosks allow consumers to study the menu and beat the rush at peak hours. The unique menu and ambience combine to create a totally unique and fun experience for Chinese consumers.

The official launch of the restaurant follows the soft opening during which Taco Bell fans have been sharing their love for the brand through social media posts, blogs, and videos. Over 1,000 fans participated in a selfie soft opening promotion and continue to voice their excitement for the brand’s arrival in China.

Mr. Pant continued, “Taco Bell is an innovative brand with a strong heritage that we believe will resonate well with Chinese millennials. Built around the concept of ‘Live Mas’ – literally meaning ‘Live More’ – Taco Bell encourages its customers to try things they’ve never tried before. I look forward to creating experiences that surprise and delight people as we expand the Taco Bell brand in China.”

The Shanghai restaurant showcases Taco Bell’s classic California inspired look and design, perfect for enjoying meals worth sharing with friends and groups. The restaurant features guitars, graffiti art and surfboards hanging from the ceiling, while also integrating advanced technology throughout, including free Wi-Fi, digital ordering kiosks, digital menu boards and a range of payment options, providing customers with a fully immersive and convenient in-restaurant experience.

“Building restaurants in new international markets is a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell and we’ve just scratched the surface of our global unit expansion potential,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “The opening of this Taco Bell restaurant in China is an exciting milestone for the brand as this market holds tremendous growth potential. We look forward to supporting Yum China as it builds Taco Bell’s presence in the country.”

Currently, Taco Bell has more than 7,000 restaurants in the world with over 300 in 26 countries outside of the United States. Taco Bell’s first restaurant in China is part of the brand’s global growth strategy of reaching 1,000 restaurants internationally by 2022.

About Yum China Holdings
Yum China Holdings, Inc., with executive offices in Shanghai, China, is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which opened in China at the end of 2016. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. Yum China is well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It has a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China has more than 7,300 restaurants and more than 400,000 employees in over 1,100 cities, and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.

About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this communication contain “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. We intend all forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and by the use of forward-looking words such as “expect,” “expectation,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “may,” “could,” “intend,” “belief,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “predict,” “likely,” “will,” “should,” “forecast,” “outlook” or similar terminology. These statements are based on current estimates and assumptions made by Yum China or Taco Bell in light of their experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate and reasonable under the circumstances, but there can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future business plans and earnings and performance of Yum China and Taco Bell, and anticipated effects of population and macroeconomic trends. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by those statements. We cannot assure you that any of the expectations, estimates or assumptions expressed herein will be achieved. The forward-looking statements are only made as of the date indicated on the relevant materials, and Yum China, Yum! Brands and Taco Bell disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Numerous factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: whether Yum China or Taco Bell is able to achieve development goals at the times and in the amounts currently anticipated, if at all, the success of marketing campaigns and product innovation, the ability to maintain food safety and quality control systems, the ability to control costs and expenses, including tax costs, as well as changes in political, economic and regulatory conditions in China and elsewhere. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known or that are currently believed to be immaterial could affect the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. You should consult Yum China’s and Yum! Brands’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional detail about factors that could affect financial and other results.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

Like: Facebook.com/tacobell
Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)
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Contact:

Tel:  949-863-3915
e-mail: media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell Corp.

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) partners with SSP Canada to bring Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) partners with SSP Canada to bring Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport

 

LONDON, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is ringing in the New Year with a new full-service restaurant, Lift Bar & Grill. Inspired by the original location in downtown Vancouver, passengers are now able to enjoy their well-known selection of seasonal cuisine with a focus on local seafood offerings.

“YVR provides the first and last impression of British Columbia so we are delighted to welcome Lift Bar & Grill to bring our passengers a unique West Coast dining experience,” said Scott Norris, Vice President, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We take great pride in delivering exceptional customer experiences and having quality food and beverage offerings play a huge role in that—we look forward to hearing our passengers’ feedback.”

Centrally located in the international terminal, the restaurant is wrapped around the airport’s iconic aquarium and is designed to draw on a coastal waters theme. This is evident in both the interior detailing with tones of warm oak, steel blue and charcoal greys as well as the menu, featuring Oceanwise certified seafood. YVR partnered with SSP Canada, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, to bring the Lift Bar & Grill concept to the airport. With over 50 years of experience, the SSP Group serves approximately a million customers every day. They currently operate approximately 2,000 units in over 30 countries around the world, including 10 locations at YVR.

Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer of SSP Canada commented, “With the international departures area serving as a global gateway between Asia and the Americas, Lift Bar & Grill is a welcome addition to the worldly minded passengers of YVR. We’re honored to work closely with Chef Soojin Park and the Lift team to craft a stylish restaurant experience that truly delivers a memorable taste of Vancouver before passengers head to their next destination.”

In addition to Lift Bar & Grill, SSP Canada will open five other food and beverage locations, occupying 14,225 square feet at YVR. The restaurants will include a mix of local as well as modern, world-class international and proprietary brands. Pajo’s Fish & Chips serves up locally sourced, but world famous fish and chips; Bánh Shop features traditional Vietnamese street sandwiches and bowls; and Freshii provides fresh and healthy food options. These offerings will be opening throughout 2017 with two additional concepts to be opened in 2019. The entire portfolio will further enhance YVR’s award-winning concession program.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call:
Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP Group

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Amazon announces original kids series, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter to premiere on Prime Video on January 27

  • International Emmy Award-winning animated series based on children’s novel by Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking
  • English version narrated by Gillian Anderson, series directed by Gorō Miyazaki and presented by Studio Ghibli and Saltkråkan

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jan. 10, 2017) announced its original kids series, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, is set to premiere on Prime Video on January 27 in the US and UK. An animated adventure for kids and families, the new series is narrated by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), directed by Gorō Miyazaki (Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea), and presented by the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren Company). Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is already a full-fledged hit in Japan, winning the International Emmy Award for “Best Kids Animation.” The series is based on the wildly-popular children’s fantasy book of the same name by noted Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), which has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 1981, and been translated into 41 languages and adapted for film and television internationally.

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is an epic 26-part story of 10-year-old Ronja (Teresa Gallagher), born on a stormy night in a mountain fort, surrounded by her father (Rufus Hound), mother (Morwenna Banks) and a loving band of robbers. She grows to be a strong girl, and discovers that the forest is both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by strange creatures. She befriends Birk (Kelly Adams), the son of her father’s rival, and so begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties. Viewers follow along as she explores and understands these key factors in her life, and discovers that seemingly irresolvable choices can finally be made with the help of love and understanding.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Studio Ghibli on their first television series, excited to have the talented Gillian Anderson narrate, and proud to bring Astrid Lindgren’s well-loved novel to life,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We look forward to sharing this incredible story of love, family and friendship with our customers.”

“With Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, Astrid Lindgren seems to be telling children to believe in their own power to grow, whilst telling adults to learn more from children,” said Director Gorō Miyazaki. “Mutual respect will attain freedom in the true sense of the word.”

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families.The series will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can also download select titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Video

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

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 80 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the US as add-ons to their membership. To view the full list of available channels, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

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

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Carrefour Taiwan inaugurates SIGUREC intelligent waste disposal stations

Taiwan, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Taiwan inaugurated SIGUREC, the first intelligent waste disposal stations in collaboration with Tainan city government in An Ping store on 3rd of January.

The set up of the convenient recycle station enable the citizens’ willingness and further reduce the waste. Carrefour, as one of Tainan citizens, is happy to offer the space and discount coupon to encourage the recycle doing for a better environment in the future.

People who collect over 3 bottles to SIGUREC will be rewarded with $1 discount coupon valid in Carrefour. SIGUREC is expected to collect over 60 ton of PET bottles, 12 tons of aluminium cans, 300 tons of iron, 720 tons of paper, 6 tons of battery and electronic equipment waste in one year.

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

Tesco launches new campaign ‘Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco’

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (9 Jan 2017) launched ‘Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco’, a new campaign which aims to set out the retailer’s food quality credentials and celebrate the passion and care that goes into the meals we all love.

The campaign will introduce food love stories each month to demonstrate Tesco understands the special role food plays in its customers’ lives.

The stories will aim to capture the mind-set of its customers throughout the year, from wholesome, hearty meals in January, to fresh, vibrant meals perfect for a summer evening.

The first advert will air on TV and digital media today, with spots in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Undateables, and will feature ‘David’s hot or not chicken curry’, while a number of other food love stories will also feature across outdoor, radio, social, and digital media throughout January. Ingredients and recipe cards for each featured meal will be available in all of Tesco’s large stores, as well as online at Tesco.com, to help customers create the meals for themselves.

‘Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco’ builds on the work Tesco has undertaken over the last two years to improve every aspect of the shopping trip for customers, including improving customer service, lowering prices on thousands of everyday products and introducing its Brand Guarantee service.

Michelle McEttrick, Group Brand Director at Tesco said:

“We’ve always taken great pride in the quality of our food and we know how good food brings people and families together.

“So this January, we’re launching ‘Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco’, a campaign which puts food at the very heart of our business and tells the stories behind the meals we all make for those closest to us.”

Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco said:

“We’re passionate about our food and we work closely with our producers and growers to continually improve the quality and taste of the food we offer.

“Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco’, puts our fantastic food centre stage and we hope to inspire our customers with delicious meals whatever the occasion.”

The campaign represents the first major food campaign for Tesco in partnership with creative agency BBH and media agency MediaCom.

The inspiration for the stories shared in January comes from the comforting family meals we all crave after Christmas. The first of these will be ‘David’s hot-or-not chicken curry’. The advert shows ‘David’s’ story, who for 15 years has been (lovingly) hiding the fact he doesn’t really like ‘hot curry’ like his wife, and cheats by adding a touch of yoghurt without her knowing.

The story will be joined by six others throughout January:

Iain’s ‘proper’ croque monsieur

Henry’s ‘being good tonight’ falafel

Sunita’s ‘secret veg’ meatballs

Lisa’s ‘big Greek’ stew

Jini’s ‘make it better’ jambalaya

Elena’s ‘cheeky tortilla’ quiche

Notes to editors:

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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Tesco proposes to reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (9 Jan 2017) proposed changes to its distribution network in order to run its business more simply and in a way that best serves its customers.

These changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, to ensure Tesco is set up for the future in a rapidly changing retail sector.

The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will include: 

  • Closing Welham Green distribution centre and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.
  • Bringing the majority of general merchandising into one distribution centre at Middlesbrough, resulting in the closure of the Chesterfield distribution centre.
  • Withdrawing from Daventry hanging garments shared distribution centre which is currently operated by third party DHL. Its clothing operations will move to nearby Tesco Daventry distribution centre.
  • Bringing all warehouse operations that are currently carried out by DHL and Wincanton in house.
  • Simplifying the management structure across all distribution centres.

While these changes will result in some redundancies, new roles will be created within other sites across the Tesco distribution network. This includes new jobs at Reading and Middlesbrough distribution centres as well as the creation of colleague support roles in the majority of centres.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK&ROI CEO, said:

“As the needs of our customers change, it’s vital we transform our business for the future.

“As part of this we are proposing to close two of our distribution centres in the UK. These changes will help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better.

“Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time.”

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 800 505555
Email: customer.service@tesco.co.uk

Source: Tesco

Premiala Announces Ongoing Customer Satisfaction with its Flavor Injector


Overview of the Premiala Flavor Injector

LONDON, United Kingdom, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware today announced a high ongoing level of satisfaction with its stainless steel Flavor Injector, with all marketplaces holding a satisfaction rating above 96%.  A flavor injector is used to inject marinade or brine into turkey, chicken, beef and other meats to provide a juicier roast than can be achieved by regular marinating, although the tool can also be used for injecting cream and jelly into donuts and other desserts. Premiala’s offering includes a thin steak needle for thin cuts of meat or fruit, two 6-inch needles for large meat cuts or cakes and donuts, a comprehensive recipe e-book and some spare parts.

“We are delighted to have such high satisfaction ratings on this product”, Premiala General Manager Greg Carder said today. “Satisfaction ratings range from 4.8 to 5 stars out of 5, or 96% and above, which provides consumers with a high level of confidence that they too will find the product to their satisfaction”.

Premiala provided these examples of recent comments:

“This is the best injector on the market today. So far, I have injected garlic, garlic butter, chopped mushrooms, and various marinades and sauces into turkey, other poultry, and beef and pork roasts…and every piece of meat has come out delicious and full of flavor. The injector is one of the best purchases I have made in kitchen tools.” –Michael J. Stern, December 20, 2016

“I used this for my Turkey on Thanksgiving. It was the first time I ever used an injector. The turkey was the juiciest bird I ever roasted. Even the leftovers stayed moist through the 4th day. The injector is great and easy to use as well as clean. I’m already recommending this to my friends” – S., December 6, 2016

“The absolute BEST injector I have ever used. I can’t overstate how well this injector works, the large gauge, thick stainless needles handle either a simple liquid solution, or a more ‘chunky’ blend of seasoning so, so easily. There is ZERO straining to inject, and the large capacity that the syringe holds means more injecting with less refills. — William P., December 2, 2016

The Premiala Flavor Injector is available from Amazon Canada, various EU marketplaces such as Amazon Germany and Italy, as well as the USA.

About Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware: Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware aims to provide premium quality BBQ and kitchen tools to home and professional users.  It believes better health and well-being can be achieved by using premium tools, by providing superior results and greater user satisfaction while working.

Contact: Greg Carder

MIGROS BIETET GANZHEITLICHES WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMM AN

MIGROS BIETET GANZHEITLICHES WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMM AN

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seit Anfang Januar 2017 bietet die Migros das neue Weight Management Programm in 41 Deutschschweizer Fitnessanlagen an. Das Programm setzt auf eine ganzheitliche Betrachtung des gesundheitsrelevanten Umfelds und Lebensstils. Schritt für Schritt führt es den Kunden mit einem 1:1 Coaching zu einer ausgewogenen Ernährung, zum dauerhaften Wohlfühlgewicht und zu mehr Vitalität.

Die Migros-Welt bietet von den Fitnessanlagen über die Gesundheitsdienstleistungen (Medbase, Santémed) bis zum Lebensmittel- und Sportartikelverkauf alles, was ein Fitnessanbieter normalerweise nicht oder nur mit sehr grossem Aufwand anbieten kann. Nun kommt das neue Weight Management Programm, das den Kunden mit einem Coaching rund um sein Wunschgewicht ganzheitlich berät und betreut. Vorläufig ist das Weight Management Programm in 41 Deutschschweizer Fitnesszentren buchbar. Weitere Migros Fitnessanlagen werden dieses Programm im Verlauf des Jahres ebenfalls in ihr Angebot aufnehmen.

Das persönliche Wunschgewicht erreichen
Im Gegensatz zu herkömmlichen Methoden, die ausschliesslich auf Gewichtsreduktionen hinzielen, verfolgt das Weight Management Programm einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz. Kunden schärfen dabei ihr Bewusstsein, ihre bisherigen Essgewohnheiten zu hinterfragen, nachhaltig zu ändern und in ihren persönlichen Lebensstil zu integrieren. Denn nur so gelingt es, ihr Wunschgewicht zu erreichen und langfristig zu halten.

Ausgewogene Ernährung und ausreichende Bewegung sind wichtige Schlüsselfaktoren beim Thema Körpergewicht. Genauso entscheidende Kriterien sind aber auch Stress, Schlafqualität sowie objektiv messbare gesundheitliche Risikofaktoren. Der Kunde wird während 12 Monaten von seinem persönlichen Coach 1:1 beraten und begleitet, davon drei Monate intensiv und neun Monate in unterstützender Form. Das Programm führt den Kunden Schritt für Schritt zu einer ausgewogenen Ernährung, einem dauerhaften Wohlfühlgewicht bis hin zu mehr Vitalität.

Weight Management ist von den Migros Fitnessanlagen in Kooperation mit dem bekannten Gesundheitswissenschaftler David Fäh, der seit Jahren für das Vivai-Magazin beratend tätig ist, sowie dem Entwicklungspartner «Freunde am Kochen» entstanden. Das Programm richtet sich an Personen, die Handlungsbedarf sehen und Zeit in ihre Gesundheit investieren wollen.

Migros fördert die Gesundheit der Menschen noch stärker
Das Thema Gesundheit ist seit langem im Leitbild der Migros-Gruppe verankert. Mit ihren Fitness- und Wellness-Zentren, Entspannungskursen, ihrer Kompetenz im Ernährungsbereich, Beiträgen in den Migros Medien und ihrem betrieblichen Gesundheitsmanagement verfolgt Migros seit mehreren Jahren eine umfassende Gesundheitsstrategie. Mit der neuen Gesundheitsinitiative „iMpuls“, die Anfang Januar 2017 startete, wird die Gesundheit der Menschen mit inspirierenden Tipps und vielfältigen Angeboten noch stärker gefördert.

Freizeit- und Gesundheitszentren Migros: Ein M gesünder
Migros ist schon seit den 1970er-Jahren im Freizeitmarkt führend. Das heutige Angebot umfasst rund 150 gesundheitsfördernde Standorte in der ganzen Schweiz sowie in Deutschland und Frankreich. Neben 100 Fitness-, Wellness- und Aquaparks sorgen 36 Gesundheitszentren von Medbase und santémed für eine ganzheitliche Betreuung im medizinischen Bereich. Drei Sport- und neun Golfparks runden das vielseitige Freizeitangebot ab.

Mehr:
fitnesspark.ch/de/ernaehrung/weight-management/index.html

migros-impuls.ch

Mehr über David Fäh

Dr. David Fäh lehrt und forscht an der Uni Zürich und ist Dozent für Ernährung und Diätetik an der Berner Fachhochschule. Der Präventivmediziner und Gesundheitswissenschaftler beschäftigt sich mit Ernährungsthemen insbesondere mit den Ursachen, den Folgen und der Vermeidung von Übergewicht und ist Autor zahlreicher Publikationen. Fäh berät die Migros seit über 10 Jahren in Ernährungsfragen unter anderem für Vivai, dem Wohlfühl- und Nachhaltigkeitsmagazin der Migros.

Mehr zu Vivai
migros.ch/de/magazin-medien/vivai

Mehr über «Freunde am Kochen»

Das Start-up «Freunde am Kochen» hat ein Ernährungsprogramm entwickelt, das schnelle, gesunde und alltagstaugliche Rezepte smart miteinander kombiniert. Diese Komponenten haben die Migros überzeugt und sind im Weight Management Programm integriert worden.

Mehr:
freunde-am-kochen.ch

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Ariane Lang
Koordination Klubschulen/Freizeitanlagen
Projektleiterin Kommunikation
TEL: +41 (0)44 277 27 67
E-MAIL: ariane.lang@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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MINI-MIGROS GEHT WEITER AUF TOUR

MINI-MIGROS GEHT WEITER AUF TOUR

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im letzten August lancierte die Migros eine Spielfiliale: Auf über 100 Quadratmetern können Kinder zwischen 4 und 12 Jahren „Verkäuferlis“ spielen. Die Mini-Migros ist ein voller Erfolg, darum reist sie auch im Jahr 2017 durch die ganze Schweiz und wird in verschiedenen Einkaufszentren und Messen zu Besuch sein.

Rund 18‘000 Kinder haben die Mini-Migros bereits besucht. Der grosse Ansturm und die leuchtenden Kinderaugen haben die Migros überzeugt, die Spielfiliale weiter einzusetzen. Die häufigsten Kommentare der Buben und Mädchen waren: „Was, ist die Zeit schon um?“ und „Ich will morgen wieder kommen!“

In der Mini-Migros gestalten die Kinder beim “Verkäuferlis” ihre eigene Welt. Wahlweise schlüpfen sie in die Rolle einer Filialmitarbeiterin, eines Kunden oder eines Logistikers. Wie die echte Migros verfügt auch die Mini-Migros über eigene Industrie-Betriebe und ein ausgeklügeltes Transportsystem. In den Regalen finden die jungen Besucher original verpackte Spielprodukte. Nicht ganz überraschend kauften die Kinder bisher mit ihrem Lilibiggs-Geld am liebsten Risoletto-Schokolade. Beliebt war auch die Zahnpasta “Candida Junior Mint”. Bei den Frischwaren lief die Banane am besten, am wenigsten gekauft wurden die Käsescheiben “Raccard assortiert”. Die eifrigen Kassiererinnen und Kassierer nahmen 2016 insgesamt 679‘093 Lilibiggs-Franken ein.

Die Migros hat das Konzept für die Mini-Migros gemeinsam mit Marius Tschirky von der Agentur Hotz’n’Plotz entwickelt. Der erfahrene Kindergartenlehrer ist vor allem bekannt, weil er mit der Band für Kinder “Marius und die Jagdkapelle” auch als Musiker erfolgreich ist. „Es war uns wichtig, dass die Kinder frei spielen. Ohne Anleitungen und Animationen haben sie nicht nur mehr Spass, sondern lernen auch viel – zum Beispiel beim Zählen, Stapeln, Tauschen und Verhandeln“, erklärt Tschirky

Standorte 2017 und weitere Infos

09. bis 21. Januar 2017: Stücki Shoppingcenter, Basel
30. Januar bis 11. Februar 2017: Bülach Süd Center
20. Februar bis 4. März 2017: Centro Shopping Serfontana
13. März bis 25. März 2017: Mythen Center Schwyz
24. April bis 6. Mai 2017: Einkaufszentrum Rheinpark, St.Margrethen
26. Juni bis 8. Juli 2017: Zentrum Oberland, Thun
17. bis 29. Juli 2017: Glattzentrum, Zürich
07. bis 19. August 2017: Centre Balexert, Genève
15. bis 24. September 2017: Comptoir Suisse, Lausanne
29. September bis 8. Oktober 2017: Foire du Valais, Martigny
23. Oktober bis 4. November 2017: Avry Centre

Die Mini-Migros ist kein Kinderhort; die Verantwortung für die Kinder liegt bei den Eltern. Deshalb werden die Eltern auch gebeten, sich im Wartebereich aufzuhalten, während das Kind am Spielen ist. Der Besuch ist für Kinder zwischen 4 und 12 Jahren geeignet, die Spielzeit ist auf 30 Minuten begrenzt.

www.vonuns-vonhier.ch/mini-migros

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Martina Bosshard
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 044 277 20 67
E-MAIL: martina.bosshard@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Migros: 3.82 MIO. FRANKEN FÜR BEDÜRFTIGE MENSCHEN IN DER SCHWEIZ

Migros: 3.82 MIO. FRANKEN FÜR BEDÜRFTIGE MENSCHEN IN DER SCHWEIZ

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auch dieses Jahr haben Migros-Kundinnen und -Kunden ein starkes Zeichen der Solidarität mit bedürftigen Menschen in der Schweiz gezeigt. Sie spendeten mit dem Kauf von Schokoladeherzen über 2,8 Millionen Franken. Die Migros hat den Spendenbetrag um eine Million erhöht und kann Caritas, Heks, Pro Juventute, der Winterhilfe und Pro Senectute somit einen Check in der Höhe von total 3.82 Millionen Franken überreichen.

Dank der Grosszügigkeit der Migros-Kundinnen und -Kunden kam auch dieses Jahr eine beeindruckende Spendensumme von CHF 2‘820’00.- durch den Kauf von Schokoladenherzen im Wert von 5, 10 und 15 Franken zusammen. Der Betrag kommt vollumfänglich den Hilfsorganisationen Caritas, Heks, Pro Juventute, der Winterhilfe und Pro Senectute zugute, welche das Geld für Projekte zur gezielten Unterstützung von bedürftigen Menschen einsetzen. Herbert Bolliger, Präsident der Generaldirektion des Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes, freut sich: „Unsere Kunden haben erneut ein starkes Zeichen der Solidarität mit bedürftigen Menschen gezeigt. Dafür möchten wir uns bei allen Spendern herzlich bedanken.“ Den Spendenbetrag der Kunden hat die Migros um eine Million auf total 3.82 Millionen Franken erhöht. Jede Hilfsorganisation erhält einen Betrag von 764‘000 Franken.

Samuel Schmid, a. Bundesrat und Zentralpräsident der Winterhilfe Schweiz ist ebenfalls erfreut  und sagt  stellvertretend auch für die anderen Hilfsorganisationen: “Wir sind überwältigt, dass so viele Menschen Herz gezeigt und mit dem Kauf eines Schokoladenherzes für jene gespendet haben, die am Rande der Gesellschaft leben und oft übersehen werden. Ein herzliches Dankeschön allen Spenderinnen und Spendern sowie der Migros, die diese Aktion ermöglicht und den Spendenbetrag aufgestockt hat.“

Neben dem Kauf von Schokoladenherzen haben viele Kundinnen und Kunden auch eine der zusätzlichen Spendenmöglichkeiten wie Onlinespenden, SMS-Spenden oder  den Kauf des Weihnachtssongs genutzt, welche die Migros ebenfalls angeboten hat.

Die Migros dankt allen Kunden für Ihre Spenden und wünscht ein gutes neues Jahr.

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Monika Weibel
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 044 277 20 63
E-MAIL: monika.weibel@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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New Nordstrom Rack at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario to open in fall 2018

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) announced today (Jan. 10, 2017) plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The approximately 35,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2018. The property is owned and managed by Orlando Corporation.

The new Nordstrom Rack at Heartland Town Centre will join Costco, Loblaws, Marshalls, Winners, H&M and more. The center is west of downtown Toronto and located conveniently off of Highway 401, and the new store will be at the intersection of Mavis Road and Britannia Road.

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc., offering customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Nordstrom Rack merchandise, available at Rack stores and at Nordstromrack.com, comes from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com as well as specially purchased items from many of the top brands available at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

“We’re excited to announce our third location in the greater Toronto area, in addition to our previously announced locations at One Bloor and Vaughan Mills,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We look forward to offering folks southwest of the city a convenient location to shop with us, and customers can expect a great selection of the brands at great Rack prices when we open our doors in 2018.”

“Nordstrom Rack will provide outstanding brand strength and strong merchandise selection to Heartland Town Centers’ existing retail mix,” said Phil King, President of Orlando Corporation. “We are pleased they selected Heartland Town Centre as a partner in their Canadian expansion.”

Nordstrom first announced plans to expand to Canada in 2012 and to date has opened five full-line stores: in Calgary at CF Chinook Centre on September 19, 2014, CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa on March 6, 2015, CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver on September 18, 2015, CF Toronto Eaton Centre on September 16, 2016, and Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 21, 2016. The company will open an additional full-line store in the Toronto area at CF Sherway Gardens in fall 2017. Nordstrom Rack Vaughan Mills and One Bloor will open in Toronto in spring 2018.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

About Heartland Town Centre
Heartland Town Centre, one of Canada’s largest and most successful Power Centres offers over 180 stores and services for the ultimate shopping experience. With over 2 million square feet of retail space, the Centre has Canada’s most successful mix of retailers including; Best Buy, Banana Republic, H&M, HomeSense, JYSK, Harry Rosen Outlet, Marshalls, Petsmart, The Brick, Tommy Hilfiger, Wal-Mart, Winners, and many more! The Centre is conveniently located off the 401 at the corner of Mavis Road and Britannia Road.

“Everything You Need Is Here”

About Orlando Corporation
Orlando Corporation is Canada’s largest privately-owned industrial real estate developer and landlord. As a multi-faceted real estate company, Orlando is involved in a wide range of real estate investments and activities. In the Greater Toronto Area, Orlando has built a critical mass of properties and are able to offer tenants a complete range of property types and premium locations. Orlando owns, leases, and manages over 40 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail property. The scale and diversity of their tenant base provides a stable and secure source of rental income.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jessica Canfield
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-4250
Jessica.Canfield@nordstrom.com

Paola Caldaroni
Orlando Corporation
905-677-5480
Caldaronip@orlandocorp.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom appointments: Geevy Thomas as Chief Innovation Officer and Karen McKibbin as president, Nordstrom Rack

Seattle, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. today (January 9, 2017) announced that the company has created a new executive team role, Chief Innovation Officer, and named long-time company leader Geevy Thomas to the position. It also announced Karen McKibbin as president, Nordstrom Rack.

Geevy Thomas Named Chief Innovation Officer

“Our new Chief Innovation Officer and his team will lead the most forward-looking customer-centric effort that Nordstrom has taken on to date,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “Our business was founded and built over the years through our full-line stores, and today they still represent the largest portion of our sales volume. However, the way customers are choosing to shop in a more digitally-connected world continues to change, and we know we need to find ways for our stores to evolve with them. This is a challenge, but we also see a tremendous opportunity to leverage our stores in ways that will allow us to serve customers into the future better than anyone else.

Over the past few years, Nordstrom has worked to deliver a more seamless, personalized and relevant shopping experience for customers by enhancing its stores, Nordstrom.com site, and Nordstrom app. The Nordstrom Innovation team will be tasked with helping the company ideate how its full-line stores of the future will better serve customers through further integration of digital and mobile.

“We’re looking to answer big questions and to get there, we’re giving our Nordstrom Innovation team the ability to move quickly and boldly to find solutions for the stores of tomorrow right out of the gate today,” continued Nordstrom. “Creating a fully separate team will help remove restrictions or boundaries around what’s possible for the Innovation team to test and try.”

Thomas brings 34 years of experience in all areas of Nordstrom to this role, beginning as a salesperson and then moving into store, regional and buying management roles. He most recently served as the company’s president of Nordstrom Rack. “Geevy is known as a customer-first, visionary leader. That deep knowledge, along with his curiosity and energy to try new things, make him uniquely positioned to take on this role. We’re excited for what’s to come for our customers.”

Karen McKibbin Named President, Nordstrom Rack

With Thomas moving to his new role, the company also announced Karen McKibbin will assume the role of president, Nordstrom Rack. In this position she will support the company’s 215 Nordstrom Rack stores, including operations, merchandising, strategy, finance and store planning, focused on continuing to serve more customers with speed and convenience, gain market share and grow the company’s store presence in top retail centers around the country.

“Karen has been with Nordstrom for 30 years in a variety of roles and has always proven to be a leader who consistently delivers results, develops talent and innovates to deliver to our customers,” said Blake Nordstrom. “She is the right person to take on our Rack business as it continues to evolve with the needs of our customers and we know she’ll drive results and growth into its next chapter.”

Prior to this new role, McKibbin was the company’s first president of Nordstrom Canada. She was named to the role in 2012, leading the company’s efforts to serve customers through its first international venture. In that role she and her team opened five of the company’s six planned stores (with one to come in 2017).

“Karen was instrumental in building an infrastructure that allowed us to enter the Canadian market, first with full-line stores and soon with Nordstrom Racks to come,” Nordstrom continued. “The entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and creativity that she brought into that role will serve us well in the Rack as well.”

McKibbin began her Nordstrom career in 1985 as a stockperson. Over the years, her assignments have included salesperson, department manager, buyer and store manager. In 1999, she was named vice president, Los Angeles regional manager and has led three additional regions since then – the Northeast, where she pioneered the company’s entry into the competitive Boston market; the South, where she supported the company’s fastest-growing region; and Northern California and Hawaii, where she drove the company’s strongest same-store sales growth in California.

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Contact:
Tara Darrow
Cell: (206) 310-8016
Office: (206) 303-3016

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom announces Terry Boyle as President, NordstromRack.com/HauteLook and Trunk Club

Seattle, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. today (January 9, 2017) announced that Brian Spaly, CEO of Trunk Club, has chosen to depart the company. Terry Boyle, president of NordstromRack.com/HauteLook, will take on leadership of Trunk Club in addition to his current responsibilities. His new title will be President, NordstromRack.com/HauteLook and Trunk Club.

“We’re moving into an exciting next phase of Trunk Club and we’re excited to welcome a seasoned leader like Terry into this leadership role,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “Terry comes into this role with a tremendous amount of knowledge about Trunk Club, having served on its advisory board since it was acquired by Nordstrom in 2014. His unique track record in taking startup businesses, building them to scale and supporting their growth, both in and outside of Nordstrom, will enable him to support Trunk Club and the leadership team there during this critical time for that business.”

Boyle is a consumer technology startup veteran with extensive experience in scaling startups within a company after acquisition. Since joining HauteLook in 2008, he has been instrumental in the company’s growth, supporting its integration into the company after it was acquired by Nordstrom in 2011. Boyle also led the design and launch of NordstromRack.com in May 2014. He is also a board director for online shoe retailer Sole Society and digital commerce solutions provider Onestop Internet.

“Brian has created an incredibly unique business and has been instrumental in getting Trunk Club to where it is today. We now have a strong foundation on which to build and we thank him for everything he’s done to support Trunk Club from its inception and partner with Nordstrom over the past several years. We wish him well as he seeks out new opportunities.”

In addition to Boyle, Trunk Club’s leadership team now also includes: Kevin Price, who has served as Chief Financial Officer since Trunk Club’s inception and is taking on additional accountability as Chief Operating Officer; Linda Bartman, who recently joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer, bringing deep expertise in marketing with prior leadership roles at CDK Global, AT&T (formerly Ameritech), BP, GE and Cars.com; and Michael Barkin, also with Trunk Club since it was founded, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales.

“We’re looking forward to building on the strong foundation that Trunk Club has today and feel really good about the leadership group and team we have in place there to move forward,” said Nordstrom.”

About Nordstrom and Trunk Club

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:
Tara Darrow (Nordstrom)
Cell: (206) 310-8016
Office: (206) 303-3016

Kyle Donash (Trunk Club)
Cell: (630) 294-9679
Office: (312) 638-6708

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom announces the appointment of Michelle Haggard as VP, regional manager for Canada

Seattle, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. today (January 9, 2017) announced that Michelle Haggard will take on the role of vice president, regional manager for Canada. Karen McKibbin, who previously served as president, Nordstrom Canada, has taken on a new leadership role in the company as president, Nordstrom Rack.

“Over the past four years, Nordstrom was fortunate to successfully expand into Canada and open our doors to serve customers there,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. “Now, with a solid infrastructure in place, we can move to the next part of our strategy, which was to create a regional structure focused on operating our stores. We’re excited that we have a seasoned store leader like Michelle Haggard who will lead our efforts.”

The Canada region supported by Haggard and her team based in Toronto, will be comprised of Nordstrom full-line stores that have already opened in Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto (two), as well as a sixth store set to open in Toronto next year. Haggard will also manage opening and operating the company’s five announced Nordstrom Rack locations.

Haggard is a seasoned Nordstrom leader who joined the company in 1991. She started as a salesperson in our store in Riverside, California, and then was promoted to department manager before taking on buying roles in the Womens and POV/Sportswear departments. Haggard managed four full-line stores around the country and was an assistant regional manager for the Northeast, helping lead the company’s expansion in Boston. In 2010 she was promoted to Southeast Rack regional manager and in 2013 she was named full-line vice-president, Southeast regional manager.

Karen McKibbin previously lead the company’s Canada expansion efforts since 2012.

“Karen was instrumental in building the foundation that allowed us to enter the Canadian market and we’re so appreciative of her efforts,” continued Nordstrom. “The entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and creativity that she brought into that role will serve us well in our Rack business, and we know she’s paved a great path for Michelle to take this area of our business forward.”

About Nordstrom and Trunk Club

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 349 stores in 40 states, including 123 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 215 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:
Tara Darrow
Cell: (206) 310-8016
Office: (206) 303-3016

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Sacred Heart Health System to operate clinical services at four Walgreens stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Florida

Walgreens and Sacred Heart expand relationship to further coordinate patient care

DEERFIELD, Ill. & PENSACOLA, Fla., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and Sacred Heart Health System have signed an agreement to have Sacred Heart operate and provide all clinical services at four retail health clinics to be located within Walgreens stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Two existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to Sacred Heart this spring at which time the clinics will become an extension of the Sacred Heart Medical Group.  Walgreens will continue to manage these Healthcare Clinic locations until that time. In addition, Sacred Heart plans to open two new retail clinics in other area Walgreens stores in the spring.  All of the sites will be named Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens.

This new clinic agreement expands on an existing clinical collaboration and pharmacy relationship between Walgreens and Sacred Heart focused on enhanced communications to better coordinate care. Today’s agreement further improves care coordination by fully integrating the clinics into Sacred Heart Medical Group.  In addition, Walgreens operates an on-site pharmacy at Sacred Heart Hospital’s main campus, where Walgreens provides pharmacy services for Sacred Heart patients and employees.

“Our collaboration with Walgreens is an important step in Sacred Heart’s commitment to improve access to care and to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System.  “The convenience of Walgreens locations and its pharmacy services along with Sacred Heart’s personalized care and expertise, will advance our efforts to improve the health of our patients. We want to offer the most appropriate level of care to consumers when and where they need it.”

The Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens locations will include: 

  • 8220 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
  • 6314 N. 9th Ave, Pensacola
  • 3909 Highway 90, Pace
  • 2237 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola

As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Sacred Heart will also form a collaborative council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

“With the changing needs of patients in today’s healthcare environment, forming deeper and more collaborative relationships with health systems is key,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.  “We continue to expand our relationships with established community health systems, like Sacred Heart, in efforts to enhance care coordination for our patients. We look forward to collaborating even more with Sacred Heart as they share our commitment to provide convenient access to high quality and affordable health care services.”

Sacred Heart plans to operate the Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens locations seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment. Services will be provided by board-certified nurse practitioners who provide care for common minor illnesses and injuries. Sacred Heart will continue to evaluate the possibility of new services in the future.

Sacred Heart serves seven counties along the Gulf Coast between Apalachicola, Fla. and Gulf Shores, Ala. The hub of the Sacred Heart system is its 566-bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  The facilities in Pensacola include The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, a Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network,   and the area’s leading Maternity Center. The Health System also includes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 70-bed community hospital near Destin, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital in Port St. Joe, Fla., and Sacred Heart Medical Group, a large regional network of primary care and specialty physicians.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Sacred Heart Health System
On the Gulf Coast, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Fla.  and Providence Health System based in Mobile, Ala.  Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.

Contacts:

Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Sacred Heart Health System
Mike Burke
850-416-1153
mburke@sshpens.org

Source: Walgreens

Fondation Louis Vuitton extends Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection exhibition until March 5, 2017

Fondation Louis Vuitton extends Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection exhibition until March 5, 2017

 

Paris, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the tremendous success of the Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection exhibition, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has announced that the show will be extended until March 5, 2017.  This gives the public a chance to discover or rediscover the 130 masterpieces of modern art and their resonance with works by Russian avant-garde artists.

In the ten weeks since it opened, the exhibition Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton has already welcomed over 600,000 visitors. The historic and unprecedented exhibition pays tribute to Sergei Shchukin, one of the greatest patrons of the arts of the last century.

Organized in partnership with the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Pushkin Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be extended from February 20 to March 5, 2017.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will also propose extended opening times for the exhibition. During French school holidays the exhibition will be open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. What’s more, during the final week – from February 27 to March 5 – the exhibition will be open every day from 7 am to 11 pm. During this special week visitors will be welcomed with a complimentary breakfast during “Shchukin Mornings” from 7 am to 9 am. On Saturday, March 4, the Foundation will remain open until 1 am the following morning. And on Wednesday March 1, the exhibition will reserve a special welcome to children and families.

Contact:

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

Source: LVMH

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IKEA to open its relocated Los Angeles-area Burbank store on February 8, 2017

BURBANK, CA, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (01/10/2017) announced its relocated Los Angeles-area store within Burbank will open to customers at 9:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Customers can begin lining-up at the store three hours in advance, at 6:00 a.m., to partake in the festivities – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Burbank. Prior to the grand opening of the new, larger IKEA Burbank, customers can continue to shop at the original Burbank store through Saturday evening, February 4, when the old store will close permanently.

The future 456,000-square-foot new IKEA Burbank store, including 1,700 parking spaces, is being built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue – less than one mile from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States. (The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard.)“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress and are confident we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-February,” said Jeff O’Shaughnessy, store manager. “We cannot wait for customers to experience our new store’s ease of access, convenient parking and updated layout.”

The new, more spacious IKEA Burbank will feature a larger quantity of the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger (600-seat) restaurant serving Swedish specialties. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition, IKEA offers a variety of customer services such as home delivery, product assembly, product picking and delivery as well as an IKEA FAMILY loyalty program.In addition to 500 jobs created during construction and 150 new coworkers joining the store team, the new IKEA Burbank will generate even more annual sales and property tax revenue to the city and local schools. Also, IKEA is installing a solar array atop the new store, complementing its current U.S. renewable energy presence of solar at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, and six electric vehicle charging stations.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:
Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

35,000 retailers and more than two dozen industry leaders to gather for NRF’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show

Washington, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than two dozen industry leaders will be featured keynote speakers as close to 35,000 retailers from around the world convene in New York City beginning this weekend for the National Retail Federation’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show.

“The level of expertise and insider insights that industry leaders and brand executives will bring to this conference will make this year the most impactful in the show’s history,” NRF Senior Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives Ellen Davis said. “Each one of these visionaries and pioneers was handpicked to challenge, inspire and encourage attendees to redefine their brand, explore opportunities, enhance customer experience both in-store and online and constantly embrace change.”

The three-day conference opens on Sunday, when Macy’s Chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren, HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Chair Mindy Grossman, Ashley Stewart Executive Chairman and CEO James Rhee and Walmart U.S. President and CEO Greg Foran will participate in a session titled “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Retailers Are Attracting and Retaining Talent.” The session will discuss how retail employment has grown by half a million jobs since 2012 and is expected to grow by nearly another 1 million by 2022.

Also on Sunday, Deloitte LP Wholesale and Distribution Leader Rod Sides will moderate a session titled “From Data to Delight: An Insight-Driven Revolution of the In-Store Experience.” Sides will be joined by GameStop International Executive Vice President and President Mike Mauler and The Vitamin Shoppe CEO and Chief Health Enthusiast Colin Watts, who will share statistics that matter in measuring and shaping the most impactful experiences with their customers.

At lunch on Sunday, retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will address his record-breaking year in space and how he captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration in a session titled “The Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons From a Year in Space.”

Shoes of Prey co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Jodie Fox and Indochino CEO Drew Green will close out Sunday with a session titled “Tailoring The 21st Century Customer Experience,” where they will discuss the future of customization, personalization and perfecting the customer experience.

On Monday, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay will open the show by discussing The State of NRF and the Retail Industry. His remarks will be followed by A Fireside Chat with Sir Richard Branson, featuring the Virgin Group founder along with Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container Store and chairman of NRF.

Later on Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president of global retail at Levi Strauss & Co., will speak at a session titled “Driving Retail Transformation: How Data and Smart, Connected Technology Deliver Amazing Customer Experiences.” Krzanich and Ask will outline how the industry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, and how that transformation translates to exciting new experiences for retailers and consumers alike.

Wrapping up Monday, Union Square Hospitality Group Founder and CEO Danny Meyer, Gunther T. Bright, American Express Company executive vice president and general manager for merchant services-U.S., and Phil Wahba, Fortune magazine senior retailer writer, will speak in a session titled “Setting the Table with Danny Meyer – How Focusing on Hospitality Creates Deep Customer Connections.” The session will focus on the success of Meyer’s restaurant brands from fine dining destination Gramercy Tavern to burger joint Shake Shack.

On Tuesday, the show’s final day, Macy’s Lundgren will return to the stage with Federal Reserve Bank of New York CEO William Dudley in a session titled “Evolving Consumer Behavior: A View from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.” Dudley will discuss how consumer behavior has evolved over the last 10 years with a focus on how consumer spending has been financed.

Also on Tuesday, this year’s Retail’s BIG Fast Track session will be hosted by XRC Labs founder and Managing Director Pano Anthos and Executive Director Leslie Cohen. The session will feature Joe Beninato, founder and CEO of Banter, Strypes CEO Alexa Fleischman, Perseus Mirrors co-founder and CEO Erik Skantze and ShopShops founder and CEO Liyia Wu. The program will explore how the speakers see the retail industry shifting beyond traditional approaches to everything from customer engagement and personalization to global markets and customer connectivity.

The last keynote session of the show, “Winning Today’s Socially Aware Customer,” will feature IKEA U.S. President Lars Petersson, 500 Startups Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture Partner Tristan Pollock and The Honest Company founder and Chief Purpose Officer Christopher Gavigan. This session will discuss building trust through brand authenticity and fostering genuine consumer relationships paired with a relentless focus on product excellence.

Members of the news media and accredited retail analysts can click here to register online for show, call 855-NRF-PRESS or email eventpress@nrf.com.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF calls on U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely show customers the added costs that come with paying by credit card

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely and accurately show customers the added costs that come with paying by credit card rather than cash.

“Retailers have no interest in surcharging their customers for using credit cards,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “That would be the opposite of our goal to bring credit card swipe fees under control. But merchants do want to be able to show customers the cost of using a credit card without running afoul of the law.”

“This case isn’t about surcharging,” Duncan said. “It’s about giving retailers freedom of speech when they try to give their customers a break for paying by cash. Some states allow cash discounts but prohibit credit card surcharges. A gas station owner shouldn’t be hauled into court for saying gas is $2.90 a gallon cash and $3 credit rather than saying $3 credit and $2.90 cash.”

Justices are hearing arguments today in a case challenging laws in 10 states that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge when customers use a credit card. The laws, which were passed at the urging of the card industry, can be traps for merchants who give a cash discount. The lawsuit before the court argues that the laws violate merchants’ free speech rights under the First Amendment and are unconstitutionally vague under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Banks charge merchants a fee averaging about 2 percent of the transaction amount each time a credit card is used, and a fee of at least 21 cents when debit cards are used. The fees total more than $50 billion a year and drive up costs for consumers because card industry rules effectively require them to be built into the price of merchandise.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF and Hackett Associates report: Imports at major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the holiday season

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the industry’s busy holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (January 9, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“We won’t see final sales numbers for a few more days, but import volume suggests that retailers had a strong holiday season,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers don’t import merchandise unless they think they can sell it.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.64 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in November, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 1.6 percent from October since most imported holiday merchandise had already arrived but up 11.2 percent from November 2015. Global Port Tracker had previously predicted a year-over-year increase of 3.6 percent. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

December was estimated at 1.54 million TEU, up 7 percent year-over-year rather than the 3.2 percent that had been expected.

Cargo volume does not correlate directly to sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations. NRF’s annual forecast called for $655.8 billion in 2016 holiday sales during November and December, a 3.6 percent increase over 2015. November sales were up 5 percent year-over-year, and the Commerce Department is scheduled to release December numbers on Friday.

Cargo volume for 2016 is now estimated at 18.8 million TEU, up 2.9 percent from 2015 rather than the 2 percent previously expected. Total volume for 2015 was 18.2 million TEU, up 5.4 percent from 2014.

January is forecast at 1.57 million TEU, up 5.7 percent from January 2016; February at 1.52 million TEU, down 1.5 percent from last year; March at 1.41 million TEU, up 6.5 percent from last year; April at 1.55 million TEU, up 7.3 percent, and May at 1.61 million TEU, down 0.5 percent.

“Economic data is fickle by nature – it surges and falls and often surprises us,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said, referring to sometimes-contradictory economic numbers seen over the past year. “There is both optimism and pessimism and pointers showing growth as well as decline.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

ALDI Kicks Off 2017 with Weekly Meal Plans and Better-for-You Foods

Batavia, Ill, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — For many, the start of the year means a re-focus and commitment to healthier lifestyle habits. According to a recent survey, more than 56 percent of New Year’s resolutions are based around healthier eating, weight loss or fitness1 . These healthy hopefuls can now turn to an affordable ally to help them reach their goals this year – ALDI.

In addition to significantly expanding their fresh produce and organic offerings, the retailer, one of America’s favorite grocery stores2 , is offering customers fresh online resources at ALDI.us/hellohealthy to help them say “hello, healthy” in the New Year. Starting in January 2017 and continuing through March, visitors can find new resources each week, including weekly meal plans, new recipes, inspiring videos, and tips on how to shop for a variety of eating styles like paleo, vegan and plant-based.

“It’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about making a fresh start and resolving to eat better, and I’m so excited that ALDI is offering these resources to help introduce better-for-you foods, whether it’s a new fruit or vegetable, or a smarter way of preparing a favorite recipe,” said Sally Kuzemchak, registered dietitian, author and ALDI Advisory Council member. “And, many people don’t realize that ALDI carries several dietitian-recommended products – at a fraction of the cost compared to other grocery retailers.”

Overcoming Barriers to Better Eating

Research shows people often give up on healthy living resolutions because they are overwhelmed by a number of factors, including the perceived higher cost of healthy foods. In fact, 41 percent of people surveyed note that lower prices on healthy food would best help them stick to their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier1 . Now, customers can easily find all of the products to support their healthy living endeavors at ALDI, all while saving up to 50 percent3 on their grocery bills.

“At ALDI, we want our customers to know we are dedicated to making living healthier not only attainable, but affordable, too,” said ALDI spokeswoman Liz Ruggles. “In addition to providing high quality groceries at the lowest possible prices, we developed these new resources to help our shoppers achieve their goals in health and wellness.”

More than 50 percent of survey respondents say that lack of planning was a reason for not sticking to healthy eating resolutions in the past1 . To be able to offer up a variety of meal plans and shopping guides to fit every lifestyle, ALDI has teamed up with well-known food and lifestyle partners Cookie and Kate, A Couple Cooks, The Healthy Apple, and My Heart Beets to curate better-for-you recipes and meal plans to help ALDI customers stick to healthier eating habits.

In addition to these partners, ALDI is proud to work with a team of dietitians who specialize in family nutrition, sports performance and promoting a positive body image. This team, also known as the ALDI Advisory Council of Registered Dietitians, select their ‘Dietitian’s Picks’ to help more than 32 million monthly shoppers easily find smart choices and kick-start healthy eating habits at home. These products, hand-picked for their nutritional value, can be found by the ‘Dietitian’s Picks’ emblem online at ALDI.us and include gluten-free and organic items, fresh meat and produce options, kid-friendly choices as well as fresh bakery goods.

That’s not all ALDI has done with a focus on the well-being of its customers. Over the past several years, ALDI has improved its product offerings and resources to provide customers with even more options they can feel good about, including:

Store Developments: Introduced Healthier Checklanes which replaced high calorie and high sugar content candy and treats with smarter options like single-serve nuts and trail mixes, dried fruits and assorted granola bars.

Product Changes: Removed added MSG, certified synthetic colors, and partially hydrogenated oils from all exclusive brand food products – which make up 90 percent of the items in ALDI stores.

New Product Lines: Ever-growing SimplyNature line of products, which is free from more than 125 artificial ingredients, as well as a gluten-free line of products under the ALDI exclusive brand, liveGfree, and Never Any! meat products that contain no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives.

Fresh Produce: Expanded selection of fresh, organic produce offerings, including organic bananas, apples, tomatoes, avocados and salad mixes.

ALDI is ready to help Americans stick to those resolutions for good. For deliciously healthy recipes, eating tips, and to learn more about how ALDI is helping customers say “hello, healthy” this year, check out ALDI.us/hellohealthy.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,600 US stores in 35 states. More than 36 million customers each month save up to 50 percent 3 on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

1 Based on a survey of 1,051 adults based in the continental United States conducted by ALDI in association with Google Consumer Survey, December 2016 2 According to a survey of US consumers conducted in 2016 by Market Force Information 3 Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores

Contact:
Katie Green
(312) 988-2168
KGreen@webershandwick.com

Source: ALDI

Forever 21 launches 2017 Activewear Collection

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21 2017 Activewear Collection provides fashionable yet functional low, medium and high-impact pieces in an array of soft and neon hues for the girl who wants to look good while on the go. The Fit and Run assortment is designed for high-impact activity and features loud prints, wicked seams for sweat resistance, matching sets and light weight jackets that are easy to wear on the run. The Booty Sculpt assortment is designed for medium-impact activity and aims to highlight and define curves in flattering black and charcoal hues; bottoms are presented in high waisted shorts, capris and leggings with power mesh inserts to shape and lift. The Dance and Yoga assortment is designed for low-impact activity and features soft tone colors and delicate styles such as loose fitting joggers and wrap around tops that are perfect for layering.

Forever 21 Activewear Collection will launch globally at Forever 21 and on Forever21.com beginning Friday, January 6.

ABOUT FOREVER 21
Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 730 stores in 48 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit: www.newsroom.forever21.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Forever 21 Public Relations
press@forever21.com

Source: Forever 21

The Macerich Company announces tax treatment for dividend distributions taxable in 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) today (Jan. 9, 2017) announced the tax treatment for dividend distributions taxable in 2016 on its Common Stock.

During the calendar year ended December 31, 2016 Macerich paid dividends of $4.75 including a $2.00 special dividend to shareholders of record as of November 12, 2015 which was paid on January 6, 2016. Pursuant to relevant U.S. tax rules, as shown in the table below, a portion of this dividend in the amount of $0.21 was treated as having been paid by Macerich on December 31, 2015 and received by each shareholder of record as of November 12, 2015 on December 31, 2015.

Macerich hereby designates $3.60 of its 2016 dividends as “capital gain dividends”.

The 2016 dividends are classified for income tax purposes as follows for The Macerich Company, Common Stock, CUSIP # 554382101:

Record Date Payable Date Total Distribution per Share Portion of 2016 Dividend Attributable to 2015 2016 Taxable Ordinary Dividends 2016 Total Capital Gain Distribution
11/12/2015 01/06/2016 $2.00 $0.21 $0.37 $1.42
02/19/2016 03/04/2016 $0.68 $0.00 $0.14 $0.54
05/05/2016 06/03/2016 $0.68 $0.00 $0.14 $0.54
08/19/2016 09/08/2016 $0.68 $0.00 $0.14 $0.54
11/11/2016 12/02/2016 $0.71 $0.00 $0.15 $0.56

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 56 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 50 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:
Jean Wood
Vice President
Investor Relations
424-229-3366

John Perry
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations
424-229-3345

Thomas O’Hern
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(310) 394-6000

SOURCE: Macerich

Ahold Delhaize commences €1 billion share buyback program and expects to complete before the end of 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize today (January 9, 2017) commences the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016 and expects to complete the program before the end of 2017.

Maintaining a balanced approach between funding growth in key channels and returning excess liquidity to shareholders is part of Ahold Delhaize’s financial framework to support its Better Together strategy. The purpose of the program is to reduce the capital of Ahold Delhaize, by cancelling all or part of the common shares acquired through the program.

The program will be executed by intermediaries allowing the execution of share repurchases in the open market during open and closed periods. The program will be executed within the limits of relevant laws and regulations and the existing authority granted at Ahold’s 2016 annual general meeting of shareholders on April 19, 2016 and of the authority (if granted) by the annual general meeting on April 12, 2017.

Ahold Delhaize will provide regular updates on the progress of the program by means of press releases.

Media Contacts:

Email: media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize Group

Meijer Pharmacies remind customers that it’s never too late to get a flu shot

Meijer Pharmacies remind customers that it’s never too late to get a flu shot

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer stores have experienced a 30 percent increase in cold and flu remedies being purchased over the counter at its pharmacies in recent weeks. According to Meijer pharmacists, this activity most likely indicates that many consumers may have passed on getting their annual flu shot.

“Flu viruses commonly peak in January and February. If you and your family have not gotten a flu shot, you can still get one,” Meijer Pharmacy Operations Vice President Karen Mankowski said. “It’s always better to get your flu shot earlier in the season, but there is no expiration date. Getting a vaccination now can only provide a better chance to protect yourself against the flu and help all of us stay healthier.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published that influenza activity is on the rise and that outpatient visits to the doctor are expected to increase in the coming weeks. The current flu shot for the 2016-2017 season is a good match for the predominant circulating H1N1, H3N2 and B strains.

Seasonal influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, lead to hospitalization and serious complications. Every flu season is different, and influenza effects vary. Common symptoms include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, and tiredness. Mankowski says it is important to understand the facts. Click here for the top Meijer flu myth busters.

Health experts recommend everyone over the age of six months should get vaccinated as soon as possible because it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus.

Mankowski said each of the retailer’s 230 Meijer Pharmacies offer walk-in services without appointments and no co-pay fees under most insurance plans. Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer pharmacies offer a variety of vaccine options.

The flu vaccine, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, could also count as a prescription toward credits in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases. See program details for restrictions.

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, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional 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:

Joseph Hirschmugl
Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com
761-791-3943

Source: Meijer

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The Golub Corporation opens its first “ground up” Market 32 store in Ft. Edward, New York

FT. EDWARD, N.Y, 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Golub Corporation cut the ribbon on its first “ground up” Market 32 in the State of New York today in Ft. Edward, giving local residents the opportunity to experience the chain’s contemporary new supermarket concept. Located at 354 Broadway, this redevelopment project reflects a Herculean collaborative effort by the Golub Corporation, the municipality, developers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Grid. Constructed on a fully remediated brownfield site, the new Market 32 bolsters the town’s comprehensive redevelopment plan and returns a supermarket to the town for the first time since 2003.

Golub Corporation Executive Chairman Neil Golub, Vice Chairman Jerry Golub, President & CEO Scott Grimmett, Store Manager Joe Reiser and other company officials were joined by Deputy Secretary of State Sandi Allen, New York State Assembly Member Carrie Woerner, Ft. Edward Town Supervisor Mitch Suprenant, Village of Ft. Edward Mayor Matthew Traver, Town Trustee and Grant Writer Darlene DeVoe, and other elected officials and civic leaders, including Bruce Ginsburg of IKON Realty Group, David Kaplan of Kaplan Realty and hundreds of local residents for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The American flag was raised by members of American Legion #1133.

A catered preview party held the night before drew several hundred people to the store and raised thousands of dollars for Ft. Edward Youth Sports, Ft. Edward Community Food Pantry and the Ft. Edward Backpack Program. All proceeds collected at the door were matched by both Market 32 and the team of IKON and Kaplan Realty Groups.

“Market 32 is a contemporary, food-focused concept store that reflects what our customers have told us they want in a modern and convenient shopping experience,” said Grimmett.

This is the 12th Market 32 to open since the company announced its plans to develop the new brand across the majority of its stores. To date, 10 of the company’s Price Chopper stores have been converted to Market 32, while three have been built from the ground up in Sutton, Mass. (opened in October 2015); Oxford, Conn. (in September 2016) and Ft. Edward. Several conversions are currently underway across the chain’s six state footprint, while another new ground up store is planned for Clifton Park, N.Y. in 2017.

The look and feel of Market 32 is distinctively more modern than Price Chopper, though many of the differences are subtle. Marked by open space, a décor filled with soft earth tones and productfocused displays, murals and lighting, the brand emphasizes convenient, ready-to-eat foods; fresh, handcrafted, and locally grown, produced and manufactured products; and intuitive product/department adjacencies (e.g., greeting cards next to the floral department).

“Our Ft. Edward Market 32 is a grocery store for this and future generations. While maintaining our focus on quality and value, we’ve added a host of wonderful signature items throughout the store, plus modern conveniences like customized prepared foods, a café equipped with WiFi, a full-service pharmacy with a drive-through, a Chef’s Table offering food demonstrations and sampling, and a new higher standard of service,” said Grimmett.

The more than 41,000-square-foot store employs 170 full- and part-time teammates. Some of the features of the new Ft Edward Market 32 include:

• A Full-Service Pharmacy, with a convenient drive-through, is a complete health and wellness destination for the community. Pharmacists can answer health and medication related questions in private patient consultation rooms and administer flu and other preventative shots. Most insurance plans are accepted and Market 32 makes it easy to transfer prescriptions. Market 32’s award-winning Diabetes AdvantEdge program offers customers free diabetes medications and supplies while the RxAdvantEdge Plan offers discounts on medications. And an onsite blood pressure kiosk is available to customers, as are personal SmartCards, to help those who are interested in tracking their results and sharing them with a health care provider.

• A Center Store (Grocery and General Merchandise) department featuring: the rollout of PICS – Market 32’s exclusive line of high-quality, value-priced products; a customizable ‘pick 24’ on single serve Price Chopper brand coffee pods; an expanded craft beer section with a “Pick 6” and large variety of local N.Y. favorites; locally sourced products (both dry packaged and dairy); natural and organic offerings integrated into their relative categories; and an expansive glutenfree section.

• A full-service, Fresh Meat Department offers an extensive variety of high-quality Certified Angus Beef steaks and roasts, including specialty restaurant cuts such as the tomahawk rib steak and bone-in filet. Case ready variety includes an exclusive on Chiappetti 100% Grass Fed/Grass Finished Antibiotic Free beef and all natural and hormone free lamb and veal. Convenient, value-added meats include panko-encrusted cutlets, stuffed chops with all natural no water/no salt added, and the free seasoning and/or marinating of USDA Grade A chicken, beef and pork products by our in-store expert butchers.

• A wide ranging, colorful and Fresh Produce Department with mountains of heirloom tomatoes, fresh bunches of herbs and a wide variety of mushrooms and peppers. Market 32 is dedicated to finding local providers for produce (as possible, given growing seasons) and is committed to an expanded assortment of organic produce. Additionally, customers will find an assortment of prepared, ready-to-cook and grab-n-go fruit and vegetables.

• The Fresh and Healthy Seafood Department offers the most extensive assortment of salmon found in a supermarket, including wild caught, farm raised, Scottish, cedar planked, marinated portions, stuffed pinwheels, and even New Zealand King Salmon – all in all, more than three dozen varieties from which to choose. The extensive fin fish selection includes sea bass, halibut portions, tilapia, haddock; the varieties of shellfish include lobster, clams, shrimp and crab. Fresh seafood selections fried or steamed to order, with classic sides such as coleslaw and French fries, top a menu of full prepared meals, while selections dredged in free seasoning rubs, or those that have been breaded or stuffed offer simple, ready-to-cook solutions.

• A Fresh Deli Department featuring quality sliced meats and cheeses that help to create healthy meal solutions, such as those from McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli, whose turkeys and hams are sourced from local family farms and contain no antibiotics, no growth hormones and no nitrates.

• An expanded Specialty Cheese Department featuring Market 32’s signature Cheese Shop with more than 200 varieties of unique cheeses, including those from local makers. Our knowledgeable cheese mongers are there to help customers sample and select the right cheese every time, whether for entertaining or snacking.

• Convenient, Delicious and Healthy Prepared Foods throughout the store so shoppers can bring home full meals or supplement meals without sacrificing freshness or value. Offerings include fresh-baked Corner to Corner and Tavoletta pizzas; a variety of hot and cold soups; an in-store smoker that slow cooks ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork with Market 32’s signature rub; sushi delivered fresh daily; and Grab & Go and heat and eat meals.

• A colorful and aromatic Floral Department to brighten any room or occasion greets Market 32 shoppers as they enter the store. As the largest florist in the Northeast, Market 32 has a wide array of assorted fresh flowers and plants. With custom design services, Market 32 floral experts can help customers design the perfect flowers for all of life’s occasions.

• A warm and inviting Bakery Department provides delicious store-made breads and desserts, signature Vienna breads and decadent individual deserts such as fruit tarts and cupcakes, as well as dessert and special occasion cakes.

Throughout Market 32, customers will notice a commitment to supporting local manufacturers and growers, sourcing authentic imports and expanding varieties of gluten-free, organic and natural products. Unique destination displays explode with a wide variety of popular categories, adding ideas and excitement to the shopping experience.

“This Market 32 reflects the newest and best ideas that we’ve gotten from our customers. We’re very proud of this store and we’re pleased to be a part of this community,” said Grimmett.

About The Golub Corporation:
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employeeowned. For additional information, visit www.market32.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
The Golub Corporation/Market
518-379-1480

Jonathan M.Pierce,APR
Pierce Communications
32 518-221-1186 (cell)
jon@albanypr.com

Source: Market 32

Advance Auto Parts’ MOTOSHOP® Technology Tools enhances its programs for commercial shop owners, service managers and technicians

Tools and services provided by MOTOSHOP help shops better serve their customers

ROANOKE, Va., 2017-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — MOTOSHOP® Technology ToolsSM, a product portfolio from Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), recently introduced a series of enhancements to the tools and programs available for commercial shop owners, service managers and technicians. MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, MotoREV Shop Marketing®, MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training and MotoSHOP Shop Management System® each use advanced technologies to help shops increase efficiencies in repair and service offerings and better connect with their customers.

MotoLOGIC now provides unedited OE repair and diagnostic information for more than 98 percent of the cars and light duty trucks on the road today. The Web-based platform features a new dynamic search function that allows technicians to find the repair information they need fast, with the search method they prefer most: by keyword, by vehicle systems menu or by following the OE Table of Contents. Through a partnership with MOTOR, MotoLOGIC recently updated its labor information to MOTOR’s Gen5 data – making MotoLOGIC the only repair and diagnostics resource with this latest information. And with the addition of OEM information for late model Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles, MotoLOGIC now houses more than 30 million searchable articles of repair and diagnostic content.

MotoREV continues to provide personalized customer marketing and branding solutions, delivering quantifiable ROI to a shop’s marketing programs. New Receipt Email functionality allows a shop to immediately capture and integrate a customer’s service visit into both a shop database and the customer’s personal service profile. Early adopters of this new feature have seen customer email open rates exceeding 40 percent. New mobile website designs for shops using MotoREV also make connecting with consumers easier than ever, as tasks including appointment scheduling and reviewing coupons have been optimized for today’s mobile-first customer.

MotoSKILL expanded its quality training offerings in 2016, adding 18 new courses to its comprehensive on-demand training program. Subscribers can access more than 150 courses to refine their skills and stay current on technical trends and expertise. New functionality allows a shop’s employees to easily view past course results and print certifications of completion, while shop owners and managers can easily view a dashboard of their team’s progress. MotoSKILL’s 500+ hours of training content are available to subscribers on any device at any time in any location with internet access.

Launched in 2015, MotoSHOP Shop Management System helps shops automate their business and offers a streamlined solution for service writers to build a customer database, create quick estimates – including integrated labor and parts ordering – handle invoicing and more. MotoSHOP also offers tools that enhance the customer service experience, including educational videos to help explain the repair process. Recent MotoSHOP enhancements include a configurable parts pricing matrix and the ability to export to QuickBooks.

“We are committed to providing tools and services to shops to help drive efficiencies and grow their business,” said Jad Dunning, Advance Vice President and General Manager of MOTOSHOP. “The MOTOSHOP product portfolio offers flexible solutions to meet a shop’s needs for reliable repair information, quality training content, marketing expertise and overall shop management.”

For more information on products from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit www.motoshop.com.

About MOTOSHOP Technology Tools
MOTOSHOP Technology Tools is a comprehensive set of trusted, innovative technologies offered by Advance Auto Parts, Inc. MOTOSHOP builds technology solutions to address the full spectrum of automotive shop needs. The MOTOSHOP product line includes MotoREV Shop Marketing®, MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, MotoSHOP Shop Management System®, and MotoSKILL® Shop Tech Training, each designed to help automotive industry professionals grow their businesses. For more information on the suite of technology services from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, visit www.motoshop.com.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 8, 2016, Advance operated 5,058 stores and 127 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.advanceautoparts.com.

Media Contact:
Laurie Stacy
tel:  540-561-8452
email: laurie.stacy@advance-auto.com

Source: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.