Celebrate Valentine’s Day with personalized gifts from Build-A-Bear Workshop

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with personalized gifts from Build-A-Bear Workshop

 

Celebrate Someone Special and Support a Heartfelt Campaign for Save the Children

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Love is in the air at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive destination where Guests can create personalized furry friends. New thoughtful gift ideas—from scented furry friends and ready-to-go gift sets, to traditional teddies and treats—help Guests of all ages share their heart this Valentine’s Day.

The new Sweet Scent Collection includes three new Make-Your-Own furry friends—Sweet Scent Panda, Sweet Scent Leopard and Sweet Scent Teddy—with candy-scented fur made possible by Celessence™ Technologies microencapsulation, a license of Genius Brands International (NASDAQ: GNUS). The technology uses touch to release an irresistible fragrance; the more you hug them, the sweeter they smell!

  • With soft brown fur, light brown paw pads and love-struck blue eyes, the candy-scented Sweet Scent Teddy will steal any Valentine’s heart!
  • Sweet Scent Panda is ready to hug! Soft pink and white fur and an all-over heart pattern make this furry friend extra lovable.
  • The wildly adorable Sweet Scent Leopard turns heads with bright pink leopard-print fur and expressive blue eyes.

Each Sweet Scent furry friend is available for purchase separately or as part of a gift set that includes an outfit and accessories, such as a plush heart with a cute printed message. Several additional gift ideas—from a traditional teddy with a tuxedo tee and a rose, to items from our hottest licensed collections—are available for every kind of Valentine in select Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores and at buildabear.com/gifts.

For a truly one-of-a-kind gift to cherish, add a personalized message that your loved one can play over and over again to any Make-Your-Own furry friend. With a Build-A-Sound® recordable sound chip—available in stores and online—you can share your voice and your sentiment with a special someone.

For Guests looking for sweet treats this Valentine’s Day, Build-A-Bear Workshop has partnered with Cookies by Design to create a gourmet Valentine’s Day gift basket filled with customizable handmade and hand-decorated heart-shaped cookies, and a cuddly pre-stuffed Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy sporting an “I Love You” tee. The basket is made to order and is available in two sizes—with either six or eight cookies—at cookiesbydesign.com and in select Cookies by Design stores now. Same-day, one- and two-day delivery options are available, depending on the level of customization.

Share Your Heart: Support Save the Children with Build-A-Bear Workshop

For the second consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Build-A-Bear Foundation have partnered with Save the Children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, helping to provide schools and communities with structured programs designed to support emotional development.

Launched in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program empowers children of all ages to identify their own strengths and build coping skills, self-esteem and overall resilience. The program has since been delivered to more than 85,000 children in Canada, the United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Now through Feb. 28, 2017, Guests can make a donation in stores or online at buildabear.com to support Save the Children. All donations made in the U.S. will go to Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program in the United States. Build-A-Bear Foundation will match each Guest donation made in U.S. stores, up to $100,000.  At U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop locations, Guests can also sign a Valentine’s Day card and place it in a special Cub Condo® carrying case to be delivered to children in the United States through Save the Children.

“As we begin our 20th birthday year, we are grateful to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “We invite Guests around the world to help us kick off a year-long celebration by supporting Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program and sharing a little more of their hearts to make a difference in a child’s life.”

“Every day, children in the United States and around the world struggle with poverty, community violence, stressful home lives and traumatic experiences, which threaten their chances for academic success and a bright future,” said Bill Corwin, Save the Children’s vice president of U.S. Programs. “Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program helps children of all ages to explore their emotions and develop newfound coping skills and self-esteem, and we are excited to continue our partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop to make sure more kids feel safer and more supported.”

For more information, visit buildabear.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear

Celebrating 20 years of business in 2017, Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About Save the Children

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact:
Maria Lemakis
(314) 423-8000, ext. 5367
MariaL@buildabear.com

SOURCE: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

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GameStop now accepting reservations for Nintendo Switch

New system is available to reserve Friday, January 13 online and at all U.S. GameStop locations while supplies last

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, is now taking pre-orders on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s revolutionary new home gaming system launching March 3.

“Nintendo has once again changed how video games will be played with the launch of the new Nintendo Switch,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop.  “This new innovative system will offer gamers a new gaming experience without boundaries, and that will be momentous for the industry.”

In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con.

Reservations for Nintendo Switch can be made now online at www.gamestop.com/switch or at any U.S. GameStop store location upon store open today with a $50 deposit that will be applied toward the $299.99 cost of the system.

Nintendo Switch games will also be available for pre-order at GameStop.  Some of the publishers announcing support for Nintendo Switch include Activision Publication Inc., Electronic Arts, GameTrust, Take 2 Interactive, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Players can look forward to games available at launch such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ($59.99) and 1, 2, Switch ($49.99) from Nintendo, Just Dance 17 ($59.99) from Ubisoft, and Has-Been Heroes ($19.99) from GameTrust, available exclusively at GameStop. Additional games coming this spring, and available now for pre-order at GameStop, include ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and LEGO City Undercover ($59.99). Coming this fall is Super Mario Odyssey ($59.99), also available now for pre-orders at GameStop.

Select Nintendo Switch accessories will also be available for pre-order in GameStop stores and on GameStop.com. These include the gray Joy-Con, neon blue Joy-Con, neon red Joy-Con, and a Nintendo Switch Carrying Case.

Customers can trade games, consoles and electronics towards the purchase of a Nintendo Switch system. Plus, PowerUp Rewards™ members who trade an Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, Wii U, or PlayStation® VR system will receive an additional $50 in store credit, while PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive an additional $75 in store credit, to put towards their purchase of a Nintendo Switch system. PowerUp Rewards members who trade a Nintendo Wii or Nintendo 3DS will receive an additional $20 in store credit, while PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive an additional $30 in store credit, to put towards the purchase of a Nintendo Switch system.

To pre-order the Nintendo Switch or for more information about the Nintendo Switch, games and accessories, please visit http://www.gamestop.com/switch. Quantities are limited and only one reservation can be made per household.

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

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

Contact:

Jackie Smith
GameStop Corp.
817-722-7520
JackieSmith@GameStop.com

Source: Gamestop Corporation/globenewswire

GameStop announces sales results for the nine-week holiday period

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, today (Jan. 13, 2017) reported sales results for the nine-week holiday period ended December 31, 2016.

Total global sales for the holiday period were $2.50 billion, a 16.4% decline compared to the 2015 holiday sales period. Total comparable store sales decreased 18.7%.  Comp trends improved from November to December (-26.6% in Nov. and -13.0% in Dec.) and are expected to continue to improve in January. November’s comp was significantly impacted by weak Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Titanfall 2 sales and aggressive console promotions on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Paul Raines, chief executive officer, stated, “During the holiday period, sales in the video game segment were impacted by industry weakness, promotional pricing pressure and lower in-store traffic, amidst a difficult holiday season for many retailers. We are disappointed with our overall results, but looking broadly, we did see continued growth in our non-physical gaming businesses and we expect this category to approach 40% of our earnings in fiscal 2016. As we look forward to 2017, we remain focused on our transformation plan, which includes growing our non-gaming businesses, right-sizing our global store portfolio by continuously evaluating non-productive stores for closure, and maintaining strong financial discipline, including reducing SG&A by $100 million by 2019.”

Gaming Business Update

  • New hardware sales decreased 30.3% as strong sales of recently released new hardware, such as the Nintendo NES Classic, were offset by a greater-than-expected decline in PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware sales.
  • Sales of new video game software decreased 22.8% due to difficult comparisons to titles launched a year ago, lower average selling prices and decreased store traffic.
  • Pre-owned sales outpaced new software sales, but declined 7.9% compared to holiday 2015.
  • GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards loyalty program grew 10% over the last twelve months surpassing 51 million members worldwide.
  • Based on the data released by NPD, the company calculated that it lost market share in November and to a lesser degree in December. GameStop maintained its overweight share on new titles launched, but less overall sales of new games led to a mix shift to catalog and a slight decline in total market share.

Non-Physical Gaming Business Update

  • Non-GAAP digital receipts decreased 9.2% to $295.5 million, or $42.5 million of sales on a GAAP basis, primarily as a result of the decline in new console software sales.
  • Driven by an assortment of Pokémon products, Collectibles sales increased 27.1% to $176.9 million, with year-to-date sales reaching our guidance of $450 to $500 million.
  • Technology Brands revenues, which are not included in comparable store sales, expanded by 44.0% to $192.4 million, driven by store growth and strong sales of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

Capital Allocation Update
During the holiday period, GameStop repurchased 755,400 shares of common stock at an average price of $22.63, or $17.1 million worth of stock. Year-to-date, the company has repurchased 2.1 million shares at an average price of $25.19, or $53.1 million worth of stock. As of the end of the holiday period, there was approximately $192.2 million remaining of the current share repurchase authorization.  The company intends to repurchase $75 million of stock in fiscal 2016.

Guidance Update
GameStop is reiterating its previously announced fourth quarter and full-year 2016 earnings per share guidance of $2.23 to $2.38 and $3.65 to $3.80, respectively, excluding any year-end impairments and store closing charges, based on a favorable fourth quarter tax rate of between 32.5% and 34.5% compared to the initially forecasted rate of 36.0%. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter are now expected to be in a range of -18.0% to -16.0% and -12.0 to -10.0% for the fiscal year.

About GameStop
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,600 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.comwww.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 70 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, http://springmobile.com, sells post-paid AT&T services and wireless products through its 1,436 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 68 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

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

Non-GAAP Measures
As a supplement to our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), GameStop uses certain non-GAAP measures, such as digital receipts, to provide a clearer perspective of the current operating performance of the company. GameStop defines digital receipts as the full amount paid by the customer for digital content at the time of sale and/or the value attributed to digital content when physical and digital products are sold combined. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company’s reported GAAP financial results. A reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP projections to GAAP financial measures is not available as the amount of potential adjustments cannot be determined at this time.

Safe Harbor
This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, the outlook for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016, future financial and operating results and projections, projected store openings, timing and terms of potential acquisitions, the company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of GameStop’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. GameStop undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of product to meet consumer demand, including console hardware and accessories; the timing of release and consumer demand for new and pre-owned video game titles; our ability to continue to expand, and successfully open and operate new stores for, our collectibles and tech brands businesses; risks associated with achievement of anticipated financial and operating results from acquisitions; our ability to sustain and grow our console digital video game sales; the timing and amount of recognition of tax attributes; the impact of cost reduction initiatives, including store closing charges and intangible asset impairments; the risks associated with international operations, wireless industry partnerships and operations and the completion and integration of acquisitions; increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and digital distribution of console games, and the impact of that competition and those changes on physical video game sales; and economic, regulatory and other events, including litigation, that could reduce or impact consumer demand or affect the company’s business. Additional factors that could cause GameStop’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in GameStop’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended Jan. 30, 2016 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site at http://www.sec.gov or http://investor.GameStop.com.

Contact:

Matt Hodges
VP, Corporate Communications GameStop Corp.
817-424-2130

Source: Gamestop Corporation/globenewswire

REI announces Vendor Partner of the Year awards recipients and the inaugural winner of the REI Root award

Brooks, GHOST, Oboz, Petzl and Columbia recognized for their exceptional contributions 

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Each day, leading outdoor retailer REI offers top gear and apparel from thousands of established and up-and-coming outdoor brands. During the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, REI recognized vendor partners who have made a significant impact to the co-op’s mission with its Vendor Partner of the Year awards. This year, the co-op also recognized the inaugural winner of the REI Root award, which celebrates industry-leading sustainable product design.

REI Vendor Partner of the Year Awards
Brooks, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., received the co-op’s overarching Vendor Partner of the Year award for its partnership to consistently provide best-in-class product, superior customer service and support across the co-op’s many programs.

“Brooks’ partnership with the co-op stood out all year. Their efforts to support and collaborate with REI’s teams consistently went above our expectations,” said Susan Viscon, REI’s senior vice president of Merchandising. “Its commitment to the co-op is evident throughout the organization; whether visiting our store teams for training clinics or events, or partnering with us on larger integrated marketing campaigns like OptOutside, Brooks’ partnership is second to none.”

The following vendor partners were also named divisional winners for the year:

  • Actionsports: GHOST-Bikes GmbH (Waldsassen, Germany) in partnership with Accell North America (Kent, Wash.)
  • Outdoorwear: Oboz (Bozeman, Mont.)
  • Camp/Climb: Petzl (Salt Lake City)

The Vendor Partner of the Year awards program was established by REI in 1993. Each year, companies are nominated by the co-op’s three merchandising divisions – Camp/Climb, Actionsports and Outdoorwear – for partnering with REI to meet customer needs, raise the bar for product quality and drive sustainable business practices.

REI Root Award
The co-op’s Root Award was created in 2016 to celebrate the gritty, below-the-surface determination that drives sustainability innovation in the outdoor industry. This year, REI recognized the Columbia OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket, a high performance, waterproof, breathable jacket made without perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) or dyes. The OutDry Extreme ECO is made from 21 recycled plastic bottles and is a bluesign® certified product, further lowering the jacket’s scientifically measured environmental footprint. To learn more about the OutDry Extreme ECO story, please visit http://blog.columbia.com/preview-outdry-extreme-eco/.

“Sustainability is a core value for REI and our members. We have a unique opportunity to recognize sustainable product breakthroughs and to scale how these breakthroughs impact the broader outdoor industry,” said Vik Sahney, REI’s divisional vice president of Sustainability. “We applaud Columbia for taking a scientific life-cycle based approach to designing a classic outdoor product—the rain shell—and creating a breakthrough in sustainability performance.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and   outstanding customer service. REI has 149 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/REI-Garage or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Contact:
REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI

WCA member companies to be integrated into Alibaba.com logistics platform for cross-border eCommerce shipments

Shanghai, China, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — WCA Ltd, the world’s largest logistics network, and Alibaba.com, a leading global wholesale trading platform and the B2B business arm of Alibaba Group today ( January 12, 2017) announced they have concluded a co-operation agreement that will see approved WCA member companies integrated into the Alibaba.com logistics platform for cross-border eCommerce shipments.

WCA will provide its professional support in vetting and approving international logistics providers for high quality and efficient logistics services for the customers of Alibaba.com. Approved providers will have full access to compete for logistics orders generated on the Alibaba.com platform.

WCA and Alibaba.com have agreed parameters and standards of service, as well as offering all participants a protection scheme that includes compensation for qualifying transactions.

“The fact that Alibaba.com has recognised the quality, global strength and professionalism of WCA and its members will open up vast new opportunities for business growth for independent freight forwarders”, said Dan March, WCA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Many of our member companies are already heavily involved in many facets of cross-border eCommerce logistics. The strict qualification process for our newly-formed WCA eCommerce network will provide reassurance that the services provided by our members can facilitate merchants on Alibaba.com to accelerate their global trading.”

The collaboration will commence in January 2017, facilitating shipments generated by Alibaba.com’s members to be made to the major export markets of the USA, India and the UK.

Steve Su, Director, Alibaba Logistics said: “We are thrilled to partner with WCA, a global network with well-connected global resources, to provide fast and convenient shipping options for our members. We are committed to offering premium services to global SMEs on our platform who are looking to scale up their business presence through cross-border trading. We are confident partnering with a leading global logistics alliance such as WCA will help us achieve that goal.”

“The world is rapidly changing,” added WCA Chairman, David Yokeum. “And we are working hard to ensure that our members are equipped and able to take advantage of the huge projected growth in global eCommerce shipments. Alibaba.com has shown both determination and innovation in forming this partnership and we fully expect the business to flourish. We are putting both independent forwarders and Alibaba.com traders at the vanguard of change in this exciting and dynamic market.”

About WCA
WCA is the world’s largest and most powerful network of independent freight forwarders, with over 6,300 logistics offices located in 189 countries worldwide. WCA offers members a comprehensive suite of benefits, products and networking opportunities, including an extensive financial protection programme allowing companies to conduct business with complete security and peace of mind. WCA is dedicated to developing industry-leading solutions to the challenges and opportunities faced by the world’s best independent freight forwarders.

About Alibaba.com
The first business of Alibaba Group, Alibaba.com (www.alibaba.com) is the leading platform for global wholesale trade serving millions of buyers and suppliers around the world. Through Alibaba.com, small businesses can sell their products to companies in other countries. Sellers on Alibaba.com are typically manufacturers and distributors based in China and other manufacturing countries such as India, Pakistan, the United States and Thailand.

Media Contacts:

Kaitlyn Mode
WCA, Ltd
+1 954 973 5537
kmode@wcaworld.com

Crystal Liu
Alibaba Group
Crystal.liu@alibaba-inc.com

Source: Alibaba Group

NCR and Zebra Technologies expand partnership to provide frictionless customer service to shoppers in-store

DULUTH, Ga, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions and Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, today (January 13, 2017 ) expanded their global strategic relationship in two key areas of NCR’s Store Transformation portfolio to provide truly visionary and frictionless customer service to shoppers in-store.

By integrating NCR’s Unified Commerce and Store Transformation solutions with the new Zebra SmartSense™ for Retail asset visibility solution, brick and mortar retailers get deeper visibility into their operations to help them execute successful omni-channel fulfillment strategies, improve the shopper experience and reduce missed sales opportunities.

Through a combination of UHF RFID, video and a new micro-location capability, the journey and location of merchandise and shoppers who opt into the network or a loyalty app can be tracked in real-time by Zebra’s SmartSense for Retail platform. This helps retailers maintain optimal stock levels and provides a more accurate view of their in-store merchandise count online, so that shoppers know before driving to a store whether the product is available, which helps increase customer satisfaction.

Additionally, NCR and Zebra offer a unique in-store mobile shopping experience.  Leveraging NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper software and the Zebra MC18 Personal Shopper device, retailers can give shoppers the opportunity to save time and scan the barcodes of merchandise as they shop using Zebra’s intuitive store-provided handheld. The NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper extends the unified commerce experience by linking to a consumer’s shopping list and delivering relevant product information to the MC18 Personal Shopper – enabling consumers to quickly complete their shopping trip with the device. After scanning items with the rugged MC18 handheld device, they can place the items in their cart, packing as they go, and quickly finalize the transaction at a designated checkout area, powered by the NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout, or on the MC18 without having to wait in line.

NCR’s Store Transformation solution portfolio includes the flexible FastLane SelfServ Checkout family, FastLane Mobile Shopper, high velocity assisted-service checkouts, click & collect, as well as kiosks, cash management, mobile experiential technologies, and consulting services.

“NCR’s Store Transformation solutions help retailers reimagine the store as the hub of the shopping experience and deliver rich, naturally convenient and personalized services,” said Dusty Lutz, Vice President Store Transformation, NCR Retail. “Zebra’s MC18 Personal Shopper and new SmartSense for Retail solutions ideally complement our store transformation vision and can be integrated with NCR loyalty solutions to actively push targeted promotions to shoppers based on knowledge of their purchase history and location within the store, as well as enable frictionless checkout.”

Zebra’s SmartSense for Retail is an Enterprise Asset Intelligence solution that also enhances retailers’ loss prevention capabilities with real-time alerts to loss prevention personnel during a potential theft event and can help quickly locate misplaced merchandise and assets to within very short distances.

“Zebra is proud of its long-standing relationship with NCR,” said Bob Sanders, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Capture Solutions, Zebra Technologies. “We’ve had a global relationship for the last 10 years and remain committed to delivering visibility solutions that keep checkout lanes flowing, make transactions fast and accurate and minimize abandoned sales.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA, with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries.

Global website: www.ncr.com
Russian website: www.ncr.ru
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/ncrgroup
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 4058191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Bill Abelson
Zebra Technologies
917.952.2551
bill.abelson@zebra.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Helzberg Diamonds implements NCR Connected Payments to help with its payments security

Cloud-based solution enhances data protection and facilitates payment management across all locations

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE:  NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, announced today (January 12, 2017) that Helzberg Diamonds, one of North America’s leading jewelry retailers, has implemented NCR Connected Payments to help with its payments security. Helzberg is using the cloud-based payment solution to manage its daily operations related to bank card payments across its network of stores.

Helzberg Diamonds selected NCR to provide a flexible, secure payment solution that mitigates payment card theft and fraud risks for their customers. NCR Connected Payments provides data and transmission protection, from PIN pad to payment processor, helping to reduce Helzberg’s exposure to potential payment data theft and fraud. The flexible cloud solution also makes it easy to comply with changing payments regulations and implement changes across all locations from a single center.

“We were looking for an electronic payment solution that allowed us to insulate sensitive card data from our enterprise systems, and provided a level of flexibility to implement changes quickly and easily,” said Jeff Rohr, CIO of Helzberg Diamonds. “NCR Connected Payments met those requirements and now the complexity of payments is handled by NCR.”

NCR Connected Payments is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) 3.0 and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) certified, enabling retailers to comply with the latest industry regulations. It also employs point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization, and provides advanced security monitoring and vulnerability management to grant retailers constant visibility into the health of their complete payment system. As a cloud-based solution, Connected Payments allows retailers to easily comply with evolving payment regulations and standards on an ongoing basis, with NCR managing the process of ongoing updates. It also offers the flexibility for retailers to configure the implementation to their specific requirements, providing access to the latest innovative payment methods without having to apply complex and costly changes to POS and payment infrastructure.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Helzberg Diamonds, a leader in the retail jewelry industry, for implementation of NCR Connected Payments,” said Steven Arthur, Vice President and General Manager, Payments-Security & Cloud Services, NCR. “This implementation helps provide our valued client access to the latest payment options to enhance the shopper experience, while significantly reducing liability and exposure to fraud.”

NCR is leading transformational change across the entire retail ecosystem through its omni-channel software platform, channel integration & transformation and digital enablement. See its portfolios at the National Retail Federation Show (NRF) January 15-17, 2017, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City Booth #3405.

About Helzberg Diamonds
Helzberg Diamonds®, a retail and online jewelry store focused on customer service, was founded in 1915 and has more than 230 stores nationwide, featuring a wide selection of fine jewelry, including diamond engagement rings and wedding rings, precious gems and watches. Helzberg Diamonds takes pride in its history of offering exceptional value, a superior customer experience and a broad selection of quality jewelry. Helzberg Diamonds is based in North Kansas City, Mo., and is part of the Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE symbol BRK/B) family of companies. For the locations nearest you, call 1-800-HELZBERG (800-435-9237) or visit helzberg.com.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

NCR leads POS software provider for the retail and hospitality industries according RBR “Global POS Software 2016” report

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leader in omni-channel technologies, is the leading point-of-sale (POS) software provider for the retail and hospitality industries according to research published by the strategic research and consulting firm RBR.

RBR’s study Global POS Software 2016 is the first in-depth international study of this dynamic market, analysing nearly 1,000 projects by more than 40 vendors. The report shows that there are more than 6.6 million POS installations worldwide in the retail and hospitality industries, with NCR as the market leader with 18% market share.

“Retail and hospitality brands are undergoing an evolution and transforming to become digitally integrated businesses. Omni-channel software that can seamlessly integrate physical and digital channels, while aggregating, integrating and presenting enterprise data, is critical to their success,” said Mark Benjamin, president and COO, NCR Corporation. “Our point-of-sale software has actually become a platform of sale that enables our customers to embrace mobile and cloud capabilities, transform their operations and redefine the customer experience.”

NCR is leading transformational change across the entire retail ecosystem through its omni-channel software platform, channel integration & transformation and digital enablement. See its portfolios at the National Retail Federation Show (NRF) January 15-17, 2017, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City Booth #3405.

“Express customers continue to share with us that they want access to our products anytime and anywhere,” said Keith Pickens, chief information officer of Express. “NCR offers us solutions that we can leverage to support our need to deliver a shopping experience that is efficient and personalized across every channel.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omnichannel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA, with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Media Contact:
Tim Henschel
NCR Public Relations
770.299.5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Disney named the “Most Intimate Brand” among millennials in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report

GLENDALE, Calif, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Disney has been named the “Most Intimate Brand” among millennials in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report—the largest study of brands based on emotion—an increase from MBLM’s 2015 list, on which Disney was ranked No. 6. The full report will be released on January 17, 2017.

In compiling its study, MLBM looked at responses from 6,000 consumers and 54,000 brand evaluations in the U.S., Mexico and UAE to understand better how emotions help to drive the relationship between consumers and brands, as well as to measure which brands are most successful at creating these strong bonds.

The Branding Agency studied the emotional connection between consumers and brands, as well as the character and strength of the bond. Among other factors, the study took into account the nostalgia consumers have for a brand, how the brand exceeds consumer expectation, and the degree to which consumers feel connected and committed to it.

“Disney resonates with this age group because they grew up with the brand. It has kept up with their changing interests and now includes popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel. Disney is also a mainstay for young families,” stated Mario Natarelli, MBLM’s managing partner, adding that the strong representation by media and entertainment companies in the upper ranks of the list reflect a “prevailing mood of escapism and the need for respite” among the millennials surveyed.

Source: Disney

eBay further raises the standard of online commerce with the launch of an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™

eBay further raises the standard of online commerce with the launch of an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™

 

San Jose, California, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the past 20 years, eBay has set the standard for operating a trusted and safe marketplace, devoting substantial resources in a variety of trust and safety initiatives that enable more than 165 million global active buyers to shop our platform with confidence. But still, we know many consumers may be hesitant to purchase certain types of high-end merchandise online.

Later this year, eBay will be launching an authentication program – eBay Authenticate™, a service powered by a network of professional authenticators. The program is designed to boost consumer confidence when purchasing high-end merchandise. This is another step in raising the standard of online commerce to help every eBay customer find their perfect – from the new to the unique and everything in between.

eBay sat down with Laura Chambers – Vice President of eBay Consumer Selling, and lead of this new program – to hear more about the program.

Q: Tell me more about this authentication program?

Laura: eBay pioneered buying and selling online. We created the first ever ecommerce trust infrastructure at scale, making it safe and secure for consumers to transact. We’re currently developing a service that will further benefit both buyers and sellers on our marketplace. We know that many shoppers may be hesitant to purchase high-end products online. This service is designed to help quell some of those concerns – and in turn – enhance the opportunity for our sellers to get top dollar for their items.

Q: How will the authentication program work?

Laura: Throughout the course of the year, we’ll be testing and building out the foundation of the program, but the basic premise is there will be an authentication service powered by a network of professional authenticators that sellers and buyers can take advantage of.

eBay sellers who sell certain types of inventory, such as high-end handbags, will have an opportunity to opt-in to the authentication service for a fee when listing a product. In return, there will be messaging on their listing that highlights that the item will be reviewed by a professional authenticator before it’s delivered to the buyer. If the item sells, a professional authenticator will examine the item for authenticity. If the item passes inspection, the item will be forwarded to the buyer. To further bolster consumer trust in this program – if a buyer receives an item following inspection and it’s found to be inauthentic – eBay will refund the buyer two times the cost of the original purchase price*.

For listings within specific categories where the seller hasn’t adopted the authentication service, the buyer will still have the ability to utilize the service for a fee.

Q: Is there a certain category of inventory this service pertains to?

Laura: We’ll initially be focusing on areas within the fashion category, such as high-end handbags, as we know this particular set of inventory causes some consumers apprehension in their purchase journey. Based on our learnings, we’ll look to broaden the service out further.

Q: Who does the program benefit?

Laura: For buyers, the service adds another layer of trust to allow them to shop confidently. And for sellers, the service will be most beneficial for those who are looking to part ways with their high-value items, but don’t necessarily have a long established selling history on eBay. For our more established sellers, the service may not be as meaningful given they’ve likely established a trusted reputation, but it will certainly be available to all sellers.

Q: How does this program tie into eBay’s anti-counterfeit efforts?

Laura: We view this program as an extension of our existing industry-leading anti-counterfeit initiatives. We utilize a combination of sophisticated detection tools, enforcement and strong relationships with brand owners, retailers and law enforcement agencies to present our customers with a safe, trusted shopping experience. Back in 1998, we launched our best-in-class Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program, which allows more than 40,000 rights owners to quickly report possible counterfeit goods. Less than a fraction of a percentage point of all items listed on eBay were identified as potentially counterfeit. This program simply helps our buyers have more confidence on the great, authentic inventory that we have on the site – and enable our sellers to benefit from that confidence.

Q: What is the timing for launching this program?

Laura: We’ll be piloting various elements of the program in the coming months, and aiming to make this broadly available toward the end of this year.

* Coverage may vary by region. Terms will apply

Contact:

United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

Source: eBay

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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announces distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for January

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today (Jan. 13, 2017) announced a distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of January. The distribution will be payable on February 7, 2017 to unitholders of record as at January 31, 2017.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15 billion as at September 30, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 301 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 47 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s
website at www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Compliance
416-864-6483
www.riocan.com

Source: RioCan

USDA FSIS: Kettle Cuisine, LLC recalls chicken soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

USDA FSIS: Kettle Cuisine, LLC recalls chicken soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

 

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kettle Cuisine, LLC, a Lynn, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,096 pounds of chicken soup product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Jan. 12, 2017). The label declares the product to be chicken soup, when it is actually an Italian wedding soup with meatballs. The product also contains eggs, milk, and wheat, known allergens which are not declared on the product label.

The chicken soup items were produced and packaged on January 3, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 24 ounce cups containing “MOM’S CHICKEN SOUP” with a “USE BY” date of 02/17/17

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-18468” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Whole Foods Market locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

The problem was discovered when a retail store noted that product labeled as “Mom’s Chicken Soup” actually contained “Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs”.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Richard Bourgeoise, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, at (617) 409-1120. Media with questions about the recall can contact Sandy Rega, Senior Director Marketing, at (617) 409-1163.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Julie Schwartz
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

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PVH Corp. announces three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Piercy and 2015 PGA Tour champion David Lingmerth as brand ambassadors for IZOD Golf brand

PVH Corp. announces three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Piercy and 2015 PGA Tour champion David Lingmerth as brand ambassadors for IZOD Golf brand

 

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH] announced today (Jan. 12, 2017) agreements in principle for multi-year marketing partnerships for its IZOD Golf brand with three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Piercy and 2015 PGA Tour champion David Lingmerth. As brand ambassadors, both Piercy and Lingmerth will wear IZOD Golf apparel on-course, making their first appearance of 2017 during this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Off-course, the players will contribute to future product design and development. This marks the second time IZOD has partnered with Piercy.

“We’re extremely excited to renew our partnership with Scott and develop our relationship with David,” said Mike Kelly, Executive Vice President of Marketing for PVH. “They both embody the spirit of the IZOD brand – as seasoned winners with a competitive spirit, and as energetic players who are poised for continued success. We look forward to working with both champions as they continue their careers and build upon their legacies.”

Piercy and Lingmerth will wear the complete IZOD Golf line consisting of shirts, pants, belts and socks. They will also be featured across IZOD’s website and social media channels. All IZOD Golf apparel seen on tour will be available for consumer purchase at participating national retailers in the U.S.

“It’s a pleasure to reunite with an iconic American golf brand like IZOD,” said Piercy. “I have the best team on the tour and IZOD is such an important part of it.”

“It is a tremendous honor and big step in my career to partner with a brand that I have long recognized and admired,” said Lingmerth. “I’m looking forward to working with Team IZOD and honored to join Scott on the pro roster.”

Piercy was a runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Open Championship and most recently won the 2015 PGA Tour Barbasol Championship. Lingmerth broke into the top 50 in the world rankings in 2016 and most recently won the 2015 PGA Tour Memorial Tournament.

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Limited.

MEDIA:
PaulWilmotCommunications
Taylor Boozan
212-206-7447
tboozan@paulwilmot.com

Sean Barnett
212-206-7447
sbarnett@paulwilmot.com

Myescha Joell
212-206-7447
mjoell@paulwilmot.com (Broadcast)

PVH Corp.
Investors:
Dana Perlman
212-381-3502
Treasurer, Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations
communications@pvh.com

Source: PVH Corp.

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Office Depot, Inc. expands line of Pens and customizable Notebooks with the launch of TUL Brights

Expanded Line of Pens and Customizable Notebooks Brings Pop of Color to TUL’s Reliable Quality and Style

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, announced today (January 11, 2017) the launch of TUL Brights, a colorful new expansion of the premium, exclusive TUL gel pens and customizable, TUL Note-taking System.

TUL Brights helps writers, note-takers and doodlers showcase their creativity with vibrant shades of colors to keep their ideas flowing. The new assortment of gel pens, available in purple, lime, sky blue, berry and 10 other vivid colors, are formulated with a smear-resistant gel ink and hand assembled and hand tested for premium quality.

Additionally, the TUL Note-taking System, which features a sleek design and a smooth leather cover, is now available in the limited-edition colors of pink, blue, teal and coral through June 2017. The customizable discbound system fits customers’ note-taking styles, scheduling and organizational needs with a wide range of personalized features, accessories and add-ons in colors that make a statement.

“TUL Brights adds a spark of imagination to the otherwise subtle, understated TUL pens and notebooks,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “With refined style and expertly crafted pieces, the new collection is designed to deliver a superior writing and note-taking experience – now with an eye-catching splash of color.”

TUL combines high-quality materials and advanced technologies to deliver top performing products for all tasks and note-takers. The clean and simple design fits a wide range of personal and professional settings, providing a pop of color with the right balance of style and performance.

The new TUL Brights line is now available at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations and online at officedepot.com/TUL.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Contact:
APCO Worldwide on behalf of Office Depot, Inc.
Ken Sanderman
312-368-7548
ksanderman@apcoworldwide.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd all set for growth in 2017

Zimbabwe, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd recently announced firm plans are in place to grow the SPAR business further in 2017. The new, wholly locally owned company has a management team with both retail and distribution expertise and SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd is set for growth.

At the beginning of 2016, SPAR International granted the shareholders of SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd the licence to operate the SPAR Brand and during the course of this year, they have grown the retail portfolio they manage and also developed a distribution and direct purchasing business.

Speaking about this new partnership, Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director of SPAR International said: “Since its establishment in 1932, SPAR has grown by following the principle of working together for mutual benefit and growth. We are confident that SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd is able to support and work with the licenced independent retailers to continue to deliver excellent service to their customers. We will support SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd fully to develop their supply chain and expand their retail footprint across the country.”

Independent retailers are licensed to operate the brand and today there are 21 stores which are 100% owned by independent Zimbabwean retailers in addition to the 10 stores operated by SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd. When the previous licence holder left the market, the newly formed SPAR Zimbabwe Ltd took over six stores, with eighty percent of the staff in those stores able to join the new company.

SPAR Retailers are supplied from the centralised warehouse which delivers not only FMCG products but also a range of locally sourced speciality brands and SPAR Own Brands, which are increasingly being produced in Zimbabwe. SPAR South Africa continues to support the business by supplying products to complement locally sourced goods.

Embracing family values throughout the organisation, training staff and introducing innovative and sustainable solutions are all principles that bolster and encourage this growth.  As with SPAR all over the world, working with local suppliers is a key part of SPAR Zimbabwe’s business model and offering to customers. SPAR Zimbabwe remains firmly committed to local communities and retailers work with local charities and organisations where possible.

Speaking about the growth plans, SPAR Zimbabwe Managing Director Terrence Yeatman said “We are building on the brand’s success from the past 49 years and will continue to offer our valued customers great product choice, every-day low prices, excellent customer service in world-class stores which are deeply rooted in their local communities. The SPAR retailers are able to compete against the national chains by embracing the values of the brand and working together, benefitting their local communities where they are operating. In 2017 we will continue to open new stores, partnering with independent retailers who are keen to benefit from the great brand awareness in our market.”

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores announce successful goods collection campaign for Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven Blakemore Retail SPAR stores signed up to the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal’s goods collection, supported by their area manager Donna Cooper.

Over the festive period, collection baskets were made available to customers and staff in these stores. The response from the local community was unbelievable, with an estimated £1,500 collected instore. Donations included food, drink, gloves, scarves, socks and toiletries.

The SPAR fund-raising was added to the stock collected by other collection points; totalling 3.5 tonnes of stock for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal. The charity and volunteers sorted these goods into Christmas shoeboxes and gift bags which were given to the disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless.

In addition to this fund raising, the company’s charitable trust – the Blakemore Foundation-  awarded a further £1,260 to the charity via its employee match funding. This will be used by the charity to purchase further supplies in the colder months, such as sleeping bags, blankets, socks and tents.

Blakemore Retail Area Manager and organiser Donna Cooper commented: “To see colleagues’ enthusiasm for the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal was amazing. It is the first year our Blakemore Retail SPAR stores have ever done something like this and I am pleased to say it was a massive success.

Worcestershire Homeless Appeal said: “We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that has supported our 2016 Christmas Appeal. We have been overwhelmed, stuck for words and even had a tear in our eye by the generosity of so many warm hearted people; we are humbled by your support.”

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) Board of Directors today ( Jan. 13, 2017) declared a quarterly dividend of 12¢ per share to be paid on March 1, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 15, 2017.

Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. The company expects, subject to board approval, to have an increasing dividend over time.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, about the future performance of the company. This statement is based on management’s assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. Such statement is indicated by the word “expect.”  Our ability to continue to increase our dividend over time, will be affected by our inability to generate free cash flow at the levels anticipated and our failure to generate expected operating results.   This forward-looking statement is subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. We assume no obligation to update the information contained herein. Please refer to Kroger’s reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger announces election of Mark S. Sutton to its Board of Directors

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 12, 2017) announced that Mark S. Sutton has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Sutton is chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper, a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for running the company’s global business. Mr. Sutton joined International Paper in 1984 as an electrical engineer. He held roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career, including mill manager, vice president of corrugated packaging operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, vice president of corporate strategic planning, and senior vice president of several business units, including global supply chain, before being named CEO in 2014.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to Kroger,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Mark’s deep experience in an end-to-end business and global perspective make him a valued addition to Kroger’s Board of Directors.”

Mr. Sutton is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the boards of the American Forest & Paper Association and the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo. He also serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow and the New Memphis Institute.

Mr. Sutton is elected to serve until Kroger’s annual meeting of shareholders in June 2017. At that time, he will stand for election by the shareholders.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger recognized by EPA for its efforts around sustainable food management

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 11, 2017) announced that it was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts around sustainable food management.

Kroger participated in the EPA’s 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 Winner in the Grocers category.

“Kroger is a proud participant of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, and is honored to have the efforts of our store associates recognized,” said Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Kroger’s director of sustainability. “We remain committed to our goal of meeting and exceeding the EPA’s zero waste threshold in our facilities by 2020. This is just one more step as we continue to look for new opportunities to help us reach that goal.”

Kroger is increasing donations and diverting food waste from landfills. In 2015, Kroger expanded its Perishable Donations Partnership (PDP) across the enterprise. Through the program, 56 million pounds of fresh food – the equivalent of more than 46 million meals – was donated to local food banks. In 2016, Kroger’s distribution centers launched efforts to become zero waste, too. And, 32 of the company’s manufacturing facilities are zero waste.

“EPA congratulates Kroger for its national leadership in helping feed people instead of landfills,” said EPA Acting Region 5 Administrator Robert A. Kaplan. “Kroger reduced its carbon footprint and helped communities by donating more than 50 million pounds of food and diverting more than 150,000 tons of food waste from landfills in just one year.”

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Colruyt Group’s private label Boni Selection launches new product: Appetit meal drink

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt Group’s private label Boni Selection markets a new, innovative product: Appetit. It is an easy, nutritious meal drink made of oats and fruit, which offers people with a busy lifestyle an alternative for unhealthy snacks. Appetit is the result of our own research and product development, and will be available at 2.49 euros at Colruyt, Collect&Go, Okay and Spar as from 18 January.

Nutritious meal drink with unique recipe

The unique combination of oats and fruit makes Appetit nutritious and filling. It provides enough energy to keep going until the next meal and offers busy people a nutritious alternative for fast food or unhealthy snacks. “It is important to emphasize that it is not the umpteenthsmoothie, protein shake or diet drink”, says project manager Julie D’Haenens. “Appetit is a nutritious meal drink that leaves you satisfied.”

We also thought of user-friendliness. Appetit is ready-to-drink (no need to add water or powder) and comes in a re-closable bottle easy to take with you. Appetit is available in two flavours: raspberry-blueberry and mango-passion fruit. It will be available in the fresh-market  at Colruyt, OKay and Spar and online via Collect&Go

Gap in the market

Appetit will not only fill the emptiness in your stomach, but the gap in the market as well. Colruyt Group did extensive market research and interviewed different test groups about their lifestyle. “The results showed that many active adults cannot find the time to eat properly. They often skip meals or turn to fast food”, says brand manager Sofie Priëls of Colruyt Group. “The demand for a solution to appease the appetite in a quick and healthy way was very real. So our Food Innovation team developed this product. And at the acceptable price of 2.49 euros.”

Innovation at Colruyt Group

Appetit is a realisation of Colruyt Group’s R&D&I department (that takes care of research, development and innovation), and a milestone in own product innovation. Colruyt Group worked on Appetit for a long time, until it met all conditions.

“We made several prototypes, from powders to drinks. And the latter proved to be the handiest since you can easily put a bottle in your pocket”, explains Julie D’Haenens “We also focused on health, a natural composition and nutritional value. We tested salty variants such as tomato-carrot and paprika-oregano, but they were often associated with cold soup. We continued our tests with different kinds of fruit and selected the two flavours that scored best in tasting tests: mango-passion fruit and raspberry-blueberry.” These two will be on the store shelves as from 18 January.

Contact:
Hanne Poppe
press@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group

Panera Bread announces that its entire menu is now 100% clean

St. Louis, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced today ( January 13, 2017) that its entire U.S. food menu and portfolio of Panera at Home products are now free from all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors from artificial sources as defined by the company’s No No List, inclusive of 96 separate ingredients and additive classes.

Panera is the first national restaurant company to make such a comprehensive commitment and, more importantly, to meet it.

Clean Facts
To achieve this clean food milestone, Panera:

• Reviewed more than 450 ingredients, delving several levels into the supply chain to ensure the removal of all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources

• Reformulated 122 ingredients, resulting in changes to the majority of Panera’s bakery-cafe recipes

• Partnered with more than 300 food vendors on the clean food journey to innovate solutions, ranging from ingredient replacements to rethinking how foods are prepared

This is the latest step in a decades-long journey to offer better food and make a difference in the lives of Panera’s guests as outlined in Panera’s Food Policy.

Cleaning up Panera’s menu while maintaining the same or better taste was not an easy task. Deli meats, bacon and select bakery items were some of the most difficult challenges given the ubiquity of additives in these categories.

Many of the additives removed – notably FD&C colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite and sodium phosphate – remain pervasive in retail and restaurant food today.

Ron Shaich, Panera Bread, founder and CEO, Comment
“At Panera, we want to serve food we want our own families to enjoy. Offering a clean menu free from all artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources is one way we can help our guests feel confident about the food they eat at Panera,” said Ron Shaich, Panera Bread founder and CEO. He concluded, “Panera’s clean food is foundational to serving food as it should be.”

Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness, Comment
“This initiative required us to restock the pantry with 100% clean ingredients,” said Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness, Panera Bread. “We are proud of accomplishing this feat, but we are even more proud of the potential impact we can have on the broader food industry. We continue to challenge our peers to make a comprehensive commitment to 100% clean ingredients.”

Tom Neltner, Chemical Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Comment “EDF congratulates Panera’s leadership, and hopes to work with more brands to ensure that food and chemical policies prioritize health and the environment for our children and future generations,” said Tom Neltner, Chemical Policy Director, EDF. “Panera’s leadership shows that consumer health can be a priority in the corporate bottom line. If more brands followed Panera’s approach to transparency, informing consumers and developing institutional commitment, food would be healthier for all.”

About Panera Bread
Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like chicken and turkey raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from artificial sources) from the food in our bakery-cafes and our Panera at Home grocery products. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of September 27, 2016, there were 2,024 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

Media Contact:
Jonathan Yohannan
jonathan.yohannan@panerabread.com

Source: Panera Bread

Taco Bell launches The Naked Chicken Chalupa the first taco shell made entirely of marinated, all-white crispy chicken

Taco Bell launches The Naked Chicken Chalupa the first taco shell made entirely of marinated, all-white crispy chicken

 

The shell is the chicken. The chicken is the shell.

Irvine, Calif., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell is coming un-shelled with its latest food innovation, coming in the form of the first taco shell made entirely of marinated, all-white crispy chicken. The Naked Chicken Chalupa will bare all nationwide on January 26, clucking the trend of traditional fried chicken.

“Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “However, we feel confident that once our fans get a taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa they are going to understand exactly why this is our next big, fun and craveable innovation, following in the footsteps of the Doritos Locos Tacos five years ago and the Quesalupa just last year.”

The shell is made with four ounces of marinated, all-white-meat, antibiotic-free* chicken kicked up with bold Mexican spices and seasoning, and is packed with fresh shredded lettuce, diced ripe tomatoes, cheddar cheese and creamy avocado ranch. The mouthwatering combination brings a fresh, crisp flavor with a kick of spice to the menu like never before.

The Naked Chicken Chalupa saw buzzworthy tests in select markets in both 2015 (Bakersfield, CA) and 2016 (Kansas City, MO), and will now make its full reveal nationwide. Crisped to perfection to deliver a solid crunch for just $2.99, it will also be featured in a $5 Box including a Naked Chicken Chalupa, Doritos® Locos Taco, Crunchy Taco and Medium Drink.

Fans are encouraged to follow along leading into the nationwide launch of the Naked Chicken Chalupa using the hashtag #NakedChickenChalupa. Further details, and some rebellious surprises, will be shared as January 26 approaches.

* Chicken raised without antibiotics important to human-medicine

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.

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Source: Taco Bell Corp.

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MIGROS-GRUPPE 2016: WACHSTUM AUF HOHEM NIVEAU

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — 2016 erzielte die Migros-Gruppe mit insgesamt CHF 27.7 Mrd. Umsatz ein Wachstum von CHF 274 Mio. (+1.0%). Der Detailumsatz erhöhte sich teuerungsbereinigt bei einer durchschnittlichen Migros-Teuerung von -0.9% um 2.2% auf nominal CHF 23.3 Mrd. Die zehn Genossenschaften erreichten dank leicht höheren Kundenfrequenzen einen Umsatz von CHF 15.6 Mrd., was einem Wachstum von 0.1% entspricht. Die Minusteuerung auf den Migros-Sortimenten belief sich im Inland auf -0.5%. Teuerungsbereinigt betrug das reale Wachstum in den zehn Migros-Genossenschaften 0.3%.

„Die Minusteuerung, der anhaltende Einkaufstourismus und negative geopolitische Ereignisse, die sich vor allem aufs Reisegeschäft auswirkten, beeinflussten im vergangenen Jahr wiederum die Entwicklung der Umsätze. So gesehen, können wir mit den erzielten Umsätzen zufrieden sein. Besonders erfreulich ist, dass die nachhaltigen und regionalen Produkte, mit denen rund CHF 3.8 Mrd. Umsatz erzielt wurden, weiter an Beliebtheit gewinnen. Das Alnatura-Sortiment verzeichnete gar eine Verdoppelung des Umsatzes. Ein weiteres wichtiges strategisches Ziel wurde mit dem Wachstum von über 20 Prozent beim E-Commerce erreicht. Die Migros bleibt somit sowohl bei den Produkten mit sozialen und ökologischen Mehrwerten als auch im Online-Handel unangefochtener Marktleader“, freut sich Herbert Bolliger, Präsident der Generaldirektion des Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes.

Detailumsatz

Der gesamte Detailumsatz im In- und Ausland (ohne Mehrwertsteuer) erhöhte sich nominal auf CHF 23.278 Mrd. (Vorjahr CHF 22.996 Mrd.), was einem Plus von 1.2% entspricht. Die durchschnittliche Migros-Teuerung lag bei -0.9%. Der Effekt aus der Teuerung auf den Detailumsatz beträgt rund CHF -217 Mio. Teuerungsbereinigt liegt das Wachstum somit bei +2.2%.

Der Detailumsatz ohne Mehrwertsteuer setzt sich wie folgt zusammen: Genossenschaften In- und Ausland CHF 15.634 Mrd. (+0.1%), Denner CHF 2.960 Mrd. (+2.0%), Globus inklusive Schild CHF 879 Mio. (-5.4%), Interio CHF 168 Mio. (-7.6%), Depot CHF 502 Mio. (+10.1%), Migrolino CHF 431 Mio. (+12.9%), Office- World-Gruppe (Owiba) CHF 178 Mio. (-0.6%), Migrol CHF 1.294 Mrd. (-4.8%), Ex Libris CHF 112 Mio. (-7.3%), LeShop.ch CHF 182 Mio. (+3.5%), Digitec Galaxus CHF 704 Mio. (+41.1%; Vollintegration ab 1.4.2015) sowie weitere Unternehmen.

Der Detailumsatz im Ausland umfasst die Umsätze der Migros France, der Tegut-Gruppe, der Gries- Deco-Gruppe Deutschland und Österreich sowie von Probikeshop. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr resultierte in Euro ein Umsatzwachstum von 3.9%, umgerechnet in Schweizer Franken erhöhte sich der nominale Umsatz um CHF 108 Mio. auf CHF 1.780 Mrd. (+6.4%).

Genossenschaftlicher Detailhandel

Der Nettoumsatz der Genossenschaften inklusive Ausland erhöhte sich um CHF 21 Mio. auf  nominal CHF 15.634 Mrd. (+0.1%). Im Ausland nahmen die Umsätze von Migros France um +1.5% auf CHF 130 Mio. und von Tegut um 4.0% auf CHF 1.085 Mrd. zu.

Steigende Umsätze in einem anspruchsvollen Marktumfeld

Die Super-/Verbrauchermärkte der Migros erwirtschafteten im Inland 2016 einen Umsatz von CHF 11.689 Mrd. Somit konnten die Umsätze trotz anspruchsvollem Marktumfeld mit anhaltender Frankenstärke um 0.2% gegenüber Vorjahr ausgebaut werden. Bei einer durchschnittlichen Minusteuerung von -0.3% entspricht dies einem realen Wachstum von 0.5% in den zehn Migros-Genossenschaften. Auch bei der Kundenfrequenz ist eine positive Entwicklung zu verzeichnen, mit 344.8 Mio. Kassenbons konnte sie um 0.3% ausgebaut werden.

In den Fachmärkten Micasa, SportXX, Melectronics, Do it + Garden und OBI wurde 2016 ein Umsatz von CHF 1.602 Mrd. (-1.2%) erzielt. Bereinigt um die erneut hohe Minusteuerung von -3.6% konnten die fünf Fachmärkte zusammen real um 2.4% zulegen.

Online und Cross-Channel mit zunehmender Bedeutung

Weiterhin positiv zeigt sich die Umsatzentwicklung der Online-Shops der Fachmärkte. 2016 konnte ein Wachstum von 17.4% erzielt werden. Nach der erfolgreichen Lancierung von PickMup, dem Abhol-Service der Migros-Gruppe für Online-Bestellungen, wurde das Flächennetz auf 305 Abholorte ausgebaut. Damit erreichen 90% der Schweizer Bevölkerung innerhalb von 15 Autofahrminuten einen PickMup-Standort. Die Migros-App – der digitale Einkaufassistent der Migros – zählt seit der Lancierung 2014 erstmals über zwei Millionen Nutzer.

Regionale und nachhaltige Produkte mit anhaltend grosser Nachfrage

Die Nachfrage nach regionalen und nachhaltigen Produkten sowie nach Allergiker-Sortimenten ist auch 2016 weiter gestiegen. Das „Aus der Region. Für die Region.“-Sortiment erfreut sich mit einem Umsatzvolumen von über CHF 920 Mio. nach wie vor grosser Beliebtheit. Für gesamthaft CHF 2.854 Mrd. wurden Produkte mit ökologischem oder sozialem Mehrwert gekauft (+6.6%), wobei besonders Produkte der Marke Alnatura mit einer Verdoppelung des Umsatzes und die MSC- und ASC-Fisch-Sortimente mit einem Wachstum von 16.1% resp. 28.4% gegenüber Vorjahr hervorzuheben sind. Produkte mit dem aha!-Gütesiegel, welche für Kundinnen und Kunden mit Allergien und Intoleranzen besonders geeignet sind, verzeichnen einen Umsatzanstieg von 22.2%.

Einzigartige Mehrwerte durch erfolgreiche Innovationen

  • Die Migros bleibt ihren Versprechen treu und bietet seit September 2016 als erste Schweizer Detailhändlerin ein 100% nachhaltiges Sortiment an Fischen und Meeresfrüchten an.
  • Zusammen mit dem WWF konnte in einem Modellprojekt die Nachhaltigkeit im Bananen-Sortiment wegweisend gesteigert werden. Diese Zusammenarbeit garantiert eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung ökologischer und sozialer Kriterien und verfolgt u.a. Ziele in den Bereichen Klimaschutz, Biodiversität und Gesundheitsschutz der Mitarbeitenden.
  • Um den heutigen Convenience-Ansprüchen der Kundinnen und Kunden gerecht zu werden, bietet die Migros mit „Migros Daily“ in einigen Filialen ein neues ultrafrisches Sortiment an Sofortkonsum-Artikeln an.
  • Mit der Welle 7 wurde am Bahnhof Bern ein urbanes Konzept-Center eröffnet, welches einen neuen Ankerpunkt darstellt mit einem innovativen Workspace, der modernsten Klubschule Migros der Schweiz sowie einem vielfältigen Mix aus Shops, Take Away- und Service-Angeboten sowie Restaurants.

Handel

Denner: Denner kann den Vorjahresumsatz um CHF 58 Mio. (+2.0%) auf CHF 2.960 Mrd. erhöhen. Denner verfügt aktuell über 809 Standorte.
(Separate Denner-Medienmitteilung folgt am 16.1.2017)

Magazine zum Globus inklusive Schild: Die Magazine zum Globus AG (Globus, Herren Globus, Schild) erreichten einen Nettoumsatz von CHF 879 Mio. (-5.4%, flächenbereinigt -2.1%).

Migrol: Die weiterhin stark sinkenden Rohölpreise, der wegen der Frankenstärke rückläufige Treibstoffabsatz in den Grenzregionen sowie das warme Winterwetter 2015/16 wirkten sich negativ auf den Umsatz aus. Dieser verringerte sich um 4.8% auf CHF 1.294 Mrd.

Migrolino: Der Umsatz erhöhte sich um CHF 49 Mio. auf CHF 431 Mio. (+12.9%). Per Ende 2016 zählte Migrolino total 307 Shops, davon 59 Stand-alones und 248 Tankstellen-Shops.

Depot: Die Handelskette Depot (Gries Deco Company Ausland und Schweiz) erzielte einen Umsatz von EUR 461 Mio., was eine Zunahme von 7.5% zum Vorjahr ergibt. In Schweizer Franken beträgt der Umsatz CHF 502 Mio. (+10.1%) zum Vorjahr.

Digitec Galaxus: Das Online-Warenhaus Digitec Galaxus hat seinen Umsatz um 41.1% gegenüber dem Vorjahr auf CHF 704 Mio. gesteigert. Dabei gilt es zu beachten, dass die Vollintegration von Digitec Galaxus am 1. April 2015 erfolgte.  Digitec Galaxus hat sich 2016 vollständig aus dem Grosshandelsgeschäft zurückgezogen. Im Privat- und Firmenkundengeschäft erzielte das Unternehmen das höchste Wachstum seiner 15-jährigen Firmengeschichte.

LeShop.ch: Zum vierten Mal in Folge steigerte LeShop.ch den Jahresumsatz. 2016 verkaufte der grösste Onlinesupermarkt der Schweiz Waren für CHF 182 Mio. Das sind CHF 6 Mio. oder 3.5% mehr als im Vorjahr.
(Siehe LeShop-Medienmitteilung vom 3.1.2017)

Probikeshop.fr: Der französische Online-Marktführer für Fahrradzubehör steigerte seinen Umsatz erneut um 24.2% auf CHF 75 Mio.

Online-Geschäft

Im E-Commerce konnte die Migros ihre unbestrittene Position als Marktführer weiter ausbauen. Der gesamte Online-Umsatz betrug inklusive Digitec Galaxus nominal CHF 1.946 Mrd. (+21.6%).

Industrie

Die M-Industrie konnte ihre Marktstellung im In- und Ausland weiter ausbauen. Sie erzielte einen Umsatz von CHF 6.390 Mrd. (Vorjahr CHF 6.255 Mrd.), was einem Plus von 2.2% entspricht. Im Umsatz enthalten sind neu Ondal France Sarl, Gabriel Fleury SA, Idhéa SAS.

(Separate Medienmitteilung folgt am 22.02.2017.)

Hotelplan-Gruppe

Das strategische Geschäftsfeld Reisen war mit schwierigen geopolitischen Ereignissen in einigen Kerndestinationen konfrontiert. Gesamthaft verringerte sich der Netto-Umsatz von Hotelplan Group um 1.6% auf CHF 1.284 Mrd. (Vorjahr: CHF 1.305 Mrd.).
(Der Jahresbericht „Kompass“ von Hotelplan Group wird am 1.2.2017 publiziert).

Migros Bank

In einem anspruchsvollen Marktumfeld setzte die Migros Bank die stabile Entwicklung ihrer Kerngeschäfte fort. Besondere Fortschritte verzeichnet das Anlagegeschäft, das 2017 weiter ausgebaut werden wird. Die Migros Bank präsentiert das detaillierte Jahresergebnis an ihrer Bilanz-Medienkonferenz vom Dienstag, 17. Januar 2017, in Zürich.

Die Bilanz-Medienkonferenz des Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes (MGB) findet am Dienstag, 28. März 2017 in Zürich statt.

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Monica Glisenti
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Leiterin Corporate Communications
TEL: 044 277 28 44
E-MAIL: monica.glisenti@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

Florida Hospital to operate and provide clinical services at Walgreens stores across Tampa

Florida Hospital to operate retail health clinics in 15 Walgreens stores in Tampa area; Walgreens plans to open a retail pharmacy at Florida Hospital Tampa   

DEERFIELD, Ill. & TAMPA, Fla., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Florida Hospital and Walgreens today (Jan. 11, 2017 ) announced a retail health clinic and pharmacy collaboration focused on delivering more coordinated care and providing greater access to patients across the Tampa region. As part of the agreement, Florida Hospital will operate and provide all clinical services at 15 retail health clinics located within Walgreens stores across Tampa. In addition, later this year, Walgreens plans to open a pharmacy at Florida Hospital Tampa, located at 3100 East Fletcher Avenue.

“This collaboration will allow Florida Hospital to expand our footprint in the Tampa Bay area. We are proud to collaborate with Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, to help provide improved access and convenient healthcare in our community,” said Mike Schultz, President & CEO Florida Hospital West Florida Division.

The clinics are planned to transition to Florida Hospital this summer, at which time the clinics will become an extension of Florida Hospital Physician Group.  Walgreens will continue to manage the existing Healthcare Clinic locations until that time.  All of the sites will be named Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens.

“Today’s announcement is another example of how we’re developing new and innovative relationships with community health systems – collaborations that offer our patients a true continuum of care and provide more convenient access to a trusted healthcare provider in the community,” said Pat Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.

Walgreens and Florida Hospital 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.

“Florida Hospital Physician Group is excited to manage the operations and clinical services for these retail health clinics that will soon be known as Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens, providing patients across Tampa Bay with a continuity of care from their initial clinic visit through their ongoing primary care and specialty care needs,” said Chris Jenkins, President of Florida Hospital Physician Group.

Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens will operate seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment.

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 Florida Hospital West Florida Division
The Florida Hospital West Florida Division is a not-for-profit 1,295-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit www.FloridaHospital.com.

About Florida Hospital Physician Group
Florida Hospital Physician Group (FHPG) is a multi-specialty physician group, dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities throughout the greater Tampa Bay region with more than 160 providers operating in over 45 locations representing over 25 medical specialties. FHPG offers patients the highest level of compassionate and multidisciplinary care through a broad range of medical and surgical services, as well as direct access to five local Florida Hospitals, a Long Term Acute Care facility, imaging centers, specialty and urgent care centers, rehabilitation facilities and home care agencies located throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit www.FHPhysicianGroup.com

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

Florida Hospital
Jennifer McVan
813-373-9505
jennifer.mcvan@ahss.org

Source: Walgreens

FedEx dropoff and pickup services to be made available at Walgreens locations nationwide

Walgreens and FedEx customers to benefit from additional convenient and secure delivery locations
 

MEMPHIS, Tenn., and DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Walgreen Co., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, announced a long-term alliance agreement that will offer convenient access to FedEx dropoff and pickup services at thousands of Walgreens locations across the United States beginning within the next several months.

“Walgreens, with its strong focus on customer care, is the perfect retailer to help us continue to meet the growing demand for convenient, secure dropoff and pickup options, and our research has shown that customers rank pharmacies as a preferred location for accessing their e-commerce shipments,” said Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, FedEx Corporation.

“The addition of Walgreens locations to the existing network of FedEx retail offerings will substantially increase customer access to staffed pickup and dropoff locations and enhance convenient access to FedEx Ground and FedEx Express package shipment and dropoff options. We look forward to offering these capabilities to customers, and continuing to meet their e-commerce shipping needs with these flexible options.”

“Working with FedEx to provide safe and secure delivery locations while making it easy for customers to ship returns and other packages through the FedEx networks is another way we are becoming America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer,” said Reuben Slone, Walgreens senior vice president of supply chain. “We look forward to providing our customers with these convenient options that will be available whenever the store is open.”

Improving Convenience and Saving Time
By bringing together Walgreens convenient network of retail locations across the country and FedEx as one of the leading enablers of the rapidly growing e-commerce economy, this new alliance will significantly expand the options available to consumers to drop off and pick up their FedEx shipments and handle multiple tasks during a single store visit. As part of the FedEx Onsite™ program, customers will be able to drop off pre-packaged and pre-labeled shipments to Walgreens stores and pick up packages that they direct to their neighborhood Walgreens.

After an initial, small-scale rollout this spring, Walgreens and FedEx expect to have the program available at thousands of Walgreens locations later this calendar year and chainwide at nearly 8,000 Walgreens stores by fall 2018.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $58 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

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.

Contact:
Email: media@walgreens.com
Tel: 847-315-2921.

Source: Walgreens

Nordstrom announces plans to close its MainPlace Mall store in Santa Ana, California

SANTA ANA, Calif., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom today (Jan. 12, 2017) announced plans to close its MainPlace Mall store in Santa Ana, California. Originally opened in 1987, the store will serve customers through Friday, March 17, 2017.

“Southern California is one of our strongest markets and we’re continuing to invest in our growth there to ensure we’re offering customers a broad assortment of merchandise and a great shopping environment into the future,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. “We’ve enjoyed taking care of customers at MainPlace for 29 years, but believe our other nearby locations will better serve them longer term. We’re looking forward to opening new stores at Century City and La Jolla this year, and we’re excited to unveil the most extensive remodel we have ever done at our South Coast Plaza store.”

The closure impacts about 195 non-seasonal employees. “Fortunately we have 18 nearby Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, so we’ll have a job for anyone who wants to stay with us,” said Nordstrom. Employees who do not have a role at another store and remain until their last scheduled shift will receive a separation plan.

Nordstrom will continue to serve Orange County customers at six area Nordstrom locations: Nordstrom South Coast Plaza; Nordstrom Fashion Island; Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum Center; Nordstrom Brea Mall; Nordstrom Los Cerritos Center; Nordstrom The Shops at Mission Viejo.

Customers can also visit 12 Nordstrom Racks: Outlets at Orange; Nordstrom Rack Metro Pointe at South Coast; Nordstrom Rack Tustin Market Place; Nordstrom Rack Edinger Plaza; Nordstrom Rack Brea Union Plaza; Nordstrom Rack Laguna Hills Mall; Nordstrom Rack Marina Pacifica; Nordstrom Rack Plaza 183; Nordstrom Rack Lakewood Center; Nordstrom Rack Laguna Niguel; Nordstrom Rack Chino Spectrum Towne Center; and Nordstrom Rack West Covina Mall. The company also continues to serve customers online at Nordstrom.com with free shipping and returns.

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 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.

CONTACT:
Emily Sterken
Nordstrom, Inc.
Office: (206) 303-3034
emily.sterken@nordstrom.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom

Starbucks UK promote Deaf awareness through a program called We Sign Café

Starbucks UK promote Deaf awareness through a program called We Sign Café

 

Seattle, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s not uncommon for customers visiting London’s Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf Starbucks to sign “good morning” and “thank you” as they place their orders. It’s part of the payoff from an ongoing effort by the store’s manager, Toro Manca, and his fellow partners (employees) to promote Deaf awareness through a program called We Sign Café.

A meetup of partners, customers and others, We Sign Café is hosted by Deaf baristas Manu Sulaiman and Haytam Lakb, who provide instruction in British Sign Language as part of the monthly sessions. Sulaiman, who is studying accounting and hopes to become a store manager, was hired in 2015. Lakb, an aspiring actor, became a partner in 2016.

“Manu and Haytam are so proud to be given the chance to share the language and culture, not only to our partners, but to our customers,” Manca said.

A 15-year Starbucks partner who joined the company shortly after he arrived in London from his native Italy, Manca began to study British Sign Language six years ago after interacting with a Deaf customer. He received funding for sign language training from Starbucks.

After he became manager of the Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf store four years ago, Manca conducted a coffee tasting attended by Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz. Inspired by a conversation with Schultz, Manca made recruiting Deaf partners a priority. We Sign Cafe, which was developed last year, represents his next step in building knowledge of Deaf culture.

Customers who participate in We Sign Café enjoy using their sign language skills to place an order or extend a greeting. Hearing partners have also embraced the program and the store’s emphasis on inclusion for the Deaf community.

“To improve Deaf awareness is so simple,” said Manca. “We just need to adjust the way we communicate.”

“Think about the skills that people have, not that they’re Deaf,” Lakb suggested. “Think about the personality, skills and experience.”

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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Starbucks breaks ground for new store in Birmingham to support local economic development in Alabama

Starbucks breaks ground for new store in Birmingham to support local economic development in Alabama

 

Seattle, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Starbucks initiative to support local economic development in lower income communities expanded today (January 11) with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new store in Birmingham, Alabama.

The event, attended by Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr. and representatives from Starbucks and other commercial retailers, took place in the city’s Five Points West area, a once-flourishing working-class community that’s experienced decades of decline. The Starbucks location, which is slated to open in the fall, will be part of a commercial corridor at Highway 11 and Avenue W. The $46 million Birmingham CrossPlex sports facility, which opened in 2011, anchors the city’s revitalization efforts in the historic African-American neighborhood.

Starbucks has opened four similar stores with classroom and training spaces as part of an effort to support local economic development in Ferguson, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York; and the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago’s Southside. These stores create meaningful jobs, provide in-store job-skills training programs for youth and invest in local minority-owned contractors and suppliers. Starbucks plans to expand the national initiative to four other communities in 2017, including neighborhoods in the Baltimore; Long Beach, California; Miami; and Seattle areas.

“Starbucks partnership with the City of Birmingham goes far beyond the norm,” said Mayor Bell (pictured above). “With this new investment in the Five-Points West district, Birmingham will continue its momentum on making innovation a key priority in 2017 and provide yet another example of how transformative a commercial project can be for a community. Starbucks is a very socially engaging company that, with the leadership fundamentals and the management training skills provided to local residents, will continue to build its brand throughout all areas of Birmingham.”

An Emphasis on Community Engagement

Starbucks strives to identify communities that have large opportunity gaps and a need for business engagement and investment, as well as the foundations for commercial success, according to Rodney Hines, Starbucks director of Community Investments for U.S. Retail Operations.

“We considered the impact Starbucks can have in this community, and whether it is a viable site in terms of driving business for us and being profitable,” Hines said. “It’s the convergence of those two considerations – community impact and impact on business – that led to this site being right for us. It’s a residential community with a commercial corridor and a significant civic building – the Birmingham CrossPlex sports facility – that’s there for the county and the city.”

Hines said the Birmingham store, like predecessors in Ferguson, Phoenix, Chicago and Jamaica Queens, will strive to “bring the community to life” with local hires, homegrown artwork and a training space for opportunity youth – young people ages 16-24 who are not in school or employed. A search for a nonprofit partner and locally based store manager is already underway.

“Starting with the groundbreaking and leading up to the opening, we meet and build relations with civic and community leaders, including members of the police force, so that there’s a great foundation that welcomes us in the community,” Hines said.

Jennifer Hicks, Starbucks regional director of operations, expects the store to be embraced by local residents.

“There are not a lot of places to connect in the Five Points neighborhood of Birmingham,” she said. “The thing that’s important is the community aspect that Starbucks brings. We’ve heard residents are looking forward to having that in the neighborhood.”

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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Tesco announces the appointment of Alessandra Bellini as Chief Customer Officer

Tesco announces the appointment of Alessandra Bellini as Chief Customer Officer

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is pleased to announce the appointment of Alessandra Bellini as Chief Customer Officer, from 1 March 2017. Alessandra will join the Executive Committee and the UK Leadership team.

Alessandra joins from Unilever where she has worked for over 20 years, latterly as the Vice President for the Food Category in North America and Food General Manager for the USA. She has a track record in growing global and local brands as well as a passion for developing her people. An international executive, Italian-born Alessandra has held executive level roles in markets including Italy and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Unilever, Alessandra had a 12 year career in advertising, both in the UK and in Italy.

Speaking of the appointment, Dave Lewis, Tesco Group Chief Executive, said:

“I’m delighted that Alessandra is joining the team at Tesco. Her experience in building brands will be a valuable asset in the next stage of building a truly differentiated Tesco brand. She understands how to put the customer at the heart of business decisions, and has a great track record of building market-leading brands and teams. I am very much looking forward to having her on the team.”

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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Walmart and Sam’s Club partner to offer free health screenings across the country on Jan. 14

More than 5,200 locations to offer free health screenings Jan. 14

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution for a majority of Americans, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, and by mid-January nearly 30 percent of those resolutions will be abandoned. To help customers and members get back on track, Walmart and Sam’s Club have teamed up to offer free health screenings in more than 5,200 locations across the country on Jan. 14.

This joint effort will make it easier than ever for hundreds of thousands of Americans to learn critical information that will help them keep their health-focused intentions on track.

“Knowing your numbers is critical to achieving your healthy resolutions and to maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said George Riedl, senior vice president and president, Walmart Health & Wellness. “That’s why Walmart and Sam’s Club have joined together for the very first time to kick off 2017 with the company’s largest free health screening event to-date.”

According to the CDC, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, making body fat and body mass index among the important numbers to understand. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. Sam’s Club locations will provide body fat readings, and for the first time in Walmart stores, customers can test for body fat and body mass index.

Over the course of 2016, Walmart and Sam’s Club collectively provided nearly a half million free health screenings to people across the country. At Walmart alone, nearly 250,000 were conducted in October. Sam’s Club began offering free health screenings in 2010 and has conducted more than one million screenings since the program began.

These events have helped countless individuals uncover existing health problems, including high blood pressure, signs of diabetes and other potential illness.

Walmart Screening Information
Walmart Wellness Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, Jan. 14, in more than 4,600 Walmart stores across the country. Free screenings will include blood glucose, blood pressure, vision, and for the first time body fat and body mass index. Product samples and health insurance information will be available. More than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will offer immunizations in select stores. Walmart continues to break company records at screening events. In October alone, nearly 52,000 immunizations were administered and more than 2 million free samples were distributed in a single event.

Sam’s Club Screening Information
Free screenings at Sam’s Club locations are open to members and the public and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time in approximately 618 clubs across the country. Screenings*, which are valued at up to $150, will include free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision / hearing (where applicable), body fat, total cholesterol and HDL (good cholesterol). Sam’s Club licensed pharmacists will be on-hand to offer immunizations as well.

“Sam’s Club and Walmart are committed to helping the communities we serve lead healthier lives,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of Sam’s Club, Consumables and Health and Wellness. “We invite you to our locations this weekend to experience our health screenings to start or restart your healthy choices for the year.”

Sam’s Club offers free health screenings the second Saturday of every month from January to October. Check your local pharmacy for other dates and times.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 655 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

* Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. All tests are performed by licensed professionals.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.