EarthLink and Boston Retail Partners to help retailers transition to a true unified commerce platform

ATLANTA, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — EarthLink Holdings Corp. (ELNK) and Boston Retail Partners (BRP) today (Jan. 16, 2017) announced the launch of a new Unified Commerce as a Service offering to help retailers transition from current faux omni-channel environments to a true unified commerce platform. The Unified Commerce as a Service offering delivers a unique combination of consulting expertise with direct access to technology solutions that provide the clearest path to achieve a unified commerce environment. Combining EarthLink’s network, voice and hosting services and BRP’s consulting and implementation services, Unified Commerce as a Service helps retailers define their unified commerce strategy, select the right hardware and as a service software for their environment, implement advanced technology and networks, and provide architecture and integration services that will enable a seamless customer experience.

Going beyond omni-channel, unified commerce eliminates the barriers between internal channel silos to leverage a common commerce platform. By bringing all retail systems together on an integrated platform, unified commerce positions retailers to better respond to customer demands, provide enhanced customer experience across channels and respond in real time. Unified commerce combines in-store POS, mobile, Web, customer history and loyalty, product information and reviews, suggested selling, order management, order routing, call center and clienteling into one integrated platform. This new retail paradigm delivers a channel-agnostic customer experience that is personal, mobile, seamless and secure.

A flexible, real-time network is key to integrating the data analytics needed to support a persona-based unified commerce experience. The EarthLink and BRP Unified Commerce as a Service offering will leverage SD-WAN to support as a service options as part of a retailer’s unified commerce strategy. Retailers will benefit from EarthLink SD-WAN Concierge, a fully-managed service built on personalized and proactive expert guidance and a robust SD-WAN platform that helps ensure optimal network connectivity in support of all unified commerce applications.

“By joining forces in the summer of 2016, EarthLink and BRP have created a robust offering for retailers that establishes a new path to unified commerce,” said Joe Eazor, Chief Executive Officer and President of EarthLink. “With the launch of Unified Commerce as a Service at NRF, we are enabling retailers to more rapidly adapt the technologies needed to provide a seamless, cross-channel customer experience.”

According to BRP’s 2017 POS/Customer Engagement Survey, 52 percent of retailers indicate that omni-channel integration is a top priority and 71% indicate that they plan to have a unified commerce platform within three years, up from 9% today. While retailers understand the importance of moving to a unified commerce model, it can be a daunting endeavor when considering the scope of a commerce platform that enables and supports every customer touch point in real-time.

“Combining EarthLink’s technology and network expertise with BRP’s consulting and industry insight offers retailers a one-stop shop to move to a unified commerce platform, which simplifies and speeds the process,” said Ken Morris, Principal, BRP. “We recognize that it is challenging for retailers to implement a unified commerce platform, however, the benefits of decreased overall costs, increased revenues and improved customer satisfaction are well worth the investment.”

To learn more about EarthLink and BRP’s new offering please visit us at NRF booth #3963.

About EarthLink

EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp.) (ELNK) is a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences in a cloud connected world. We help thousands of multi-location businesses securely establish critical connections in the cloud. Our solutions for cloud and hybrid networking, security and compliance, and unified communications provide the cost-effective performance and agility to serve customers anytime, anywhere, via any channel, or any device. We operate a nationwide network spanning 29,000+ fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP coverage. To learn why thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, franchisors, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms, local governments, residential consumers and other carriers choose to connect with us, visit us at, @earthlink, on LinkedIn and Google+.

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Tiffany & Co. announces the appointment of Reed Krakoff as Chief Artistic Officer

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) today (January 17, 2017 ) announced that Reed Krakoff will join Tiffany in the new position of Chief Artistic Officer, effective February 1. Reed will direct design for TIFFANY & CO. brand jewelry, as well as luxury accessories, and lead the brand’s overarching artistic and design vision with respect to stores, e-commerce, marketing and advertising.

In 2016, Reed served as a creative collaborator for Tiffany with the re-launch of a luxury accessories collection, which the Company anticipates will debut for Holiday 2017.

Reed’s appointment to this new position continues Tiffany’s mission for the past 180 years – to create the most important and beautiful jewelry, accessories and objects for the home – and advances its global commitment to excellence in design, using exemplary materials and craftsmanship.

“Reed’s extraordinary talent and deep understanding of iconic American design, and Tiffany’s defining role in its legacy, make him poised for great success in this new position,” said Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co. “His expertise and creativity will continue to help build Tiffany as a global house of luxury.”

A three-time CFDA Award winner, Reed is celebrated globally for his contributions to the worlds of fashion, interior design and the arts. Reed formerly served as president and executive creative director of Coach, after holding a senior design role at Ralph Lauren, and most recently helmed his eponymous luxury fashion line of womenswear and accessories.

“I’m honored to join Tiffany as Chief Artistic Officer and fully dedicate my creative focus to this storied American luxury brand,” said Reed Krakoff. “The exceptional opportunity to further Tiffany’s rich creative legacy of design and craftsmanship, and join the incredible talent within Tiffany, is truly inspiring.”

After three-and-a-half years, Francesca Amfitheatrof – who served as Design Director and was responsible for the design of Tiffany & Co. brand jewelry – will leave the Company to pursue other opportunities. She has made important contributions to the portfolio, and Tiffany is deeply grateful for the unique creative perspective she brought to the brand.

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit

Nathan Strauss
Director, Corporate Communications

Ashley Barrett
Vice President
Global Public Relations

Source: Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. announces sales results for the holiday period

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) reported its sales results for the two months ended December 31, 2016 (“holiday period”). Worldwide net sales of $966 million were slightly above $961 million a year ago, with sales growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan largely offset by lower sales in the Americas and Europe; worldwide comparable store sales declined 2%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis that excludes the effect of translating foreign-currency-denominated sales into U.S. dollars (see “Non-GAAP Measures”), worldwide net sales rose 1% from the prior year and comparable store sales declined 1%. There were no significant variations in performance among jewelry categories.

Frederic Cumenal, chief executive officer, said, “These overall holiday period sales results were somewhat lower than we had anticipated, but we continue to benefit from a favorable gross margin and prudent expense management. Although we do not anticipate any significant improvement in 2017 to the macroeconomic challenges that we faced this year, we continue to focus on our initiatives to enhance our stores and our customers’ experience, and to add newness to our product assortment, while maintaining effective marketing communications and a well-developed supply chain. We believe executing on these initiatives, which are within our control, will contribute over the long-term to strengthening Tiffany’s competitive position among global luxury brands.”

Net sales by region were as follows:

  • In the Americas, both total sales of $483 million and comparable store sales were 4% below the prior year. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales declined 4% and comparable store sales declined 3%. Management attributed the lower sales to local customer spending, with a decline in U.S. sales exacerbated by a 14% decline at the Company’s Flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, which we attribute at least partly to post-election traffic disruptions.
  • In the Asia-Pacific region, total sales increased 7% to $200 million and comparable store sales declined 4%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 9% and comparable store sales declined 3%. Management noted strong growth in retail sales in China and in wholesale sales in Korea, but softness in most other markets throughout the region.
  • In Japan, total sales rose 16% to $143 million and comparable store sales rose 21%, which management attributed to higher spending by local customers. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales increased 8% and comparable store sales rose 12%. Strong retail sales growth was partly offset by lower wholesale sales.
  • In Europe, total sales of $119 million were 10% below the prior year and comparable store sales declined 11%. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales were equal to the prior year and comparable store sales were 4% below the prior year. Management attributed the sales performance to weak demand across continental Europe tied to domestic and foreign tourist spending, and noted modest growth in local-currency sales in the United Kingdom.
  • Other sales of $20 million rose 33% and comparable store sales declined 7% reflecting increased wholesale sales of diamonds, offset by lower retail sales in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”).
  • At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 314 stores (125 in the Americas, 86 in Asia-Pacific, 55 in Japan, 43 in Europe, and five in the UAE), versus 307 stores a year ago (125 in the Americas, 81 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 40 in Europe, and five in the UAE).

Full Year 2016 Outlook:

For the full 2016 fiscal year, (i) management expects earnings per diluted share to decline by no more than a mid-single-digit percentage on a GAAP basis, as well as on an adjusted basis (which in 2016 excludes a charge of approximately $0.13per diluted share to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016 related to the impairment of capitalized costs for the development of a replacement of the Company’s finished goods inventory management system, and, in 2015, excluded loan impairment and certain staffing and occupancy charges – see “Non-GAAP Measures”); and (ii) management continues to expect worldwide net sales declining by a low single-digit percentage from the prior year. These expectations are approximations and are based on the Company’s plans and assumptions, including: (i) worldwide gross retail square footage increasing 3%, net through 11 store openings, 5 relocations and 6 closings; (ii) operating margin below the prior year due to an anticipated increase in gross margin more than offset by SG&A expense growth; (iii) interest and other expenses, net lower than 2015; (iv) an effective income tax rate consistent with the prior year; (v) the U.S. dollar unchanged at current spot rates versus other foreign currencies for the balance of the year; and (vi) weighted average diluted shares outstanding lower than in fiscal 2015. Management also expects for the full 2016 fiscal year: net cash provided by operating activities of more than $575 million and free cash flow (net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures – see “Non-GAAP Measures”) of more than $325 million, both of which now include a previously-unplanned and voluntary contribution of $125 million to the Company’s U.S. pension plan. These expectations are approximations and are based on the Company’s plans and assumptions, including: (i) net inventories below the prior year, (ii) capital expenditures of $240 million and (iii) net earnings in line with management’s expectations described above.

Next Scheduled Announcement:

The Company expects to report its fourth quarter and full year results on Friday March 17th before the market opens. To be notified of future announcements, please register at (“E-Mail Alerts”).

Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit or call our shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.

Forward-Looking Statements:

The historical trends and results reported in this document should not be considered an indication of future performance. Further, statements contained in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to plans, assumptions and expectations for the current fiscal year and future periods, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statements under “Full Year 2016 Outlook” as well as statements that can be identified by the use of words such as ‘expects,’ ‘projects,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘assumes,’ ‘forecasts,’ ‘plans,’ ‘believes,’ ‘intends,’ ‘estimates,’ ‘pursues,’ ‘continues,’ ‘outlook,’ ‘may,’ ‘will,’ ‘can,’ ‘should’ and variations of such words and similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding the Company’s plans, assumptions, expectations, beliefs and objectives with respect to store openings and closings; product introductions; sales; sales growth; sales trends; store traffic; competitive position; retail prices; gross margin; operating margin; expenses; interest and other expenses, net; effective income tax rate; net earnings and net earnings per share; share count; inventories; capital expenditures; cash flow; liquidity; currency translation; macroeconomic conditions; growth opportunities; litigation outcomes and recovery related thereto; the collectability of amounts due under financing arrangements with diamond mining and exploration companies; contributions to Company pension plans; and certain ongoing or planned real estate, product, marketing, retail, customer experience, manufacturing, supply chain, information systems development, upgrades and replacement, and other operational and strategic initiatives.

These forward-looking statements are based upon the current views and plans of management, speak only as of the date on which they are made and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. Actual results could therefore differ materially from the planned, assumed or expected results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. While we cannot predict all of the factors that could form the basis of such differences, key factors include, but are not limited to: global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; changes in taxation policies and regulations; shifting tourism trends; regional instability, violence (including terrorist activities), election-related or other political activities or events, and weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well as our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company’s product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; changes in our competitive landscape; disruptions impacting the Company’s business and operations; failure to successfully implement or make changes to the Company’s information systems; gains or losses in the trading value of the Company’s stock, which may impact the amount of stock repurchased; and our ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, the operational and strategic initiatives referenced above. Developments relating to these and other factors may also warrant changes to the Company’s operating and strategic plans, including with respect to store openings, closings and renovations, capital expenditures, information systems development, inventory management, and continuing execution on, or timing of, the aforementioned initiatives. Such changes could also cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.

Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included under “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016 and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Readers of these documents should consider the risks, uncertainties and factors outlined above and in the Form 10-K in evaluating, and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on, the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law or regulation.



The Company reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Internally, management also monitors and measures its performance using certain sales and earnings measures that include or exclude amounts, or are subject to adjustments that have the effect of including or excluding amounts, from the most directly comparable GAAP measure (“non-GAAP financial measures”). The Company presents such non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with useful supplemental information that will allow them to evaluate the Company’s operating results using the same measures that management uses to monitor and measure its performance. The Company’s management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

Net Sales

The Company’s reported net sales reflect either a translation-related benefit from strengthening foreign currencies or a detriment from a strengthening U.S. dollar. Internally, management monitors and measures its sales performance on a non-GAAP basis that eliminates the positive or negative effects that result from translating sales made outside the U.S. into U.S. dollars (“constant-exchange-rate basis”). Sales on a constant-exchange-rate basis are calculated by taking the current year’s sales in local currencies and translating them into U.S. dollars using the prior year’s foreign exchange rates. Management believes this constant-exchange-rate basis provides a useful supplemental basis for the assessment of sales performance and of comparability between reporting periods.

Free Cash Flow

Internally, management monitors its cash flow on a non-GAAP basis. Free cash flow is calculated by deducting capital expenditures from net cash provided by operating activities. The ability to generate free cash flow demonstrates how much cash the Company has available for discretionary and non-discretionary purposes after deduction of capital expenditures. The Company’s operations require regular capital expenditures for the opening, renovation and expansion of stores and distribution and manufacturing facilities as well as ongoing investments in information technology. Management believes this provides a useful supplemental basis for assessing the Company’s operating cash flows.

Mark L. Aaron

Source: Tiffany & Co.

London & Cambridge Properties given outline planning permission for a residential development on the former Ibstock Brick site in Kingswinford

London, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — About 200 homes could be built on the former Ibstock Brick site in Kingswinford after leading property company London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) was given outline planning permission for a residential development.

Residential developers are being consulted about transforming the land off Tansey Green Road, bordering the Pensnett Estate which is owned and managed by LCP

The property company and Ibstock Brick Ltd applied jointly to planners at Dudley Council for permission to pursue the homes scheme on the 19-acre site.

Nicholas J Burgess, managing director of LCP, said: “We are a company that is committed to investing in our property portfolio.

“Bringing forward this surplus industrial land for residential development is another important step in benefitting the community in which we are based, as the area needs good quality, sustainable homes.  We will now look to promote the site to residential developers to ensure the best solution for the borough.”

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Al Rajhi Bank partners with Diebold Nixdorf to develop an award-winning biometric-enabled self-service solution

Customized debit card printing enhances consumer experience

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Rajhi Bank, a leading international banking group, recently partnered with Diebold Nixdorf to collaboratively develop an award-winning biometric-enabled self-service solution. The custom solution is the first to enable debit card printing via biometric authentication at a self-service terminal in the Middle East. In an effort to drive connected commerce in the region, 100 of the custom units with this unique service have been made available in Al Rajhi Bank’s branches through a local distribution partner, Alhamrani Universal Company.

“We are delighted to be the first bank to introduce this unique feature in the region, which will provide our customers with a secured and individualized service in just a matter of seconds,” said Saleh Alzumaie, general manager of retail banking group, Al Rajhi Bank. “Our collaboration with Diebold Nixdorf has been fruitful at turning our vision into reality with their collaborative approach to innovation.”

To print a new debit card, consumers can now use biometric fingerprint readers to authenticate themselves, select how their name will appear on the card, quickly receive the new card and continue on with their day. This service is part of a variety of additional services available on the self-service terminal such as check book printing, statement printing, pre-account opening, local and international remittances and more.

“In the Middle East, software-driven services such as digital onboarding and biometric authentication are readily being adopted,” said Habib Hanna, Diebold Nixdorf managing director, Middle East. “Diebold Nixdorf’s technology leadership is continuing to enable our customers to stay ahead in this rapidly changing, increasingly digital consumer landscape.”

“We are delighted to have worked closely with Al Rajhi Bank on this great achievement, and we’re committed to providing top quality services and delivering the latest innovations to financial institutions in the Middle East,” said Tariq Abdat, president, Alhamrani Universal Company.

About Al Rajhi Bank
Founded in 1957, Al Rajhi Bank is a leading International banking group with total assets of SR 307 billion (US$ 80 billion), a paid up capital of SR 16.25 billion (US$ 4.33 billion), employing more than 9,600 associates. With over 58 years of experience in banking and trading activities, the various individual establishments under the Al Rajhi name were merged into the umbrella ‘Al Rajhi trading and exchange corporation’ in 1978 and it was in 1988 that the bank was also established as a Saudi share holding company. With an established base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Al Rajhi Bank has a vast network of over 600 branches, more than 4,400 ATM’s, and 60,000 POS units installed with merchants and the largest customer base of any bank in the Kingdom. The first men’s branch was opened in Aldirah in 1957, with the first ladies branch being opened in AlShmaisi in 1979.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit for more information.


Renee Murphy
Media Relations
Phone: 330-490-5825

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf announces the appointment of Devora Henderson as VP, retail, for the Americas region

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) today (Jan. 16, 2017) announced that Devora Henderson has been named vice president, retail, for the Americas region. In this role, she will focus on growing the company’s retail business in the region and manage a portfolio of innovative solutions that will transform the retail experience for consumers. Henderson has extensive experience in leading retail and service organizations, and has demonstrated the ability to increase sales, customer satisfaction and retention, and win competitive deals on a global scale.

Prior to joining Diebold Nixdorf, Henderson held multiple leadership roles with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and International Business Machines (IBM). She most recently served as vice president, sales, North America, for Toshiba, where she identified and established strategic, global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) alliances to drive incremental revenue growth. Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit for more information.

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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. to close its Elder-Beerman store at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Ohio

MILWAUKEE, WI, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), today (January 17, 2017)  announced it will close its Elder-Beerman store at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Ohio. The company will not renew the lease, which terminates March 31, 2017. The closing will impact approximately 46 associates at this location. The store will remain open until the end of its lease term.

“Closing a store is never an easy decision,” commented Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped with Elder-Beerman over the years as well as our devoted store associates for their dedication and friendly customer service to this community.”

The affected associates at Elder-Beerman’s Ohio Valley Mall location will be offered the opportunity to interview for available positions at stores in the area or receive career transition benefits, including severance, according to established practices and state employment service support.

Customers are invited to shop online at the company’s website at

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 266 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, ElderBeerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s website at


Christine Hojnacki

Source: Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

NCR Corporation enters into agreement to resolve Wisconsin Fox River environmental cleanup and related Superfund litigation

United States Government and State of Wisconsin Support Decree Relating to Cleanup Efforts that NCR Began in 2009

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today (January 17, 2017) announced it is resolving the Wisconsin Fox River environmental cleanup and related Superfund litigation by entry into a definitive consent decree with the United States Government and the State of Wisconsin, under which the company expects to finally conclude the longstanding matter. The decree is subject to court approval.

The resolution includes NCR’s commitments to complete the in-river cleanup work designed to remove polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the river, and to drop a potential legal appeal. It also incorporates elimination of Superfund claims brought against the Company by other parties, discontinuation of the Company’s own such claims and assignments of responsibility for closing out certain final costs.

With the contributions of its former corporate parents and affiliates from the past several decades, NCR has successfully performed the overwhelming majority of the cleanup work to date. NCR is the only company to have consistently been involved in that work from its start in 2009 to the present. Several other parties that had failed to participate in the work have recently entered into their own settlements, which included financial contributions applied toward remediation expenses. The remainder of the cleanup work is expected to be completed over 2017 and 2018. The remediation project, covering 29 miles of the Fox River, is the single largest sediment cleanup project to date in the United States.

“NCR is pleased with the successful resolution of this matter pending the court’s approval, following nine years of complex and protracted litigation involving multiple trials and appeals,” said Edward Gallagher, General Counsel of NCR Corporation. “NCR is pleased to put this matter behind us, and we are also glad to provide the federal and state governments and the people of Wisconsin confidence that the clean-up, which NCR commenced in 2009, will be completed without interruption or delay.”

NCR will agree not to appeal a key decision on which it had previously prevailed, relating to calculation of harm and responsibility at Superfund locations. This eliminates a key litigation risk for the Government.

Upon approval by the court, the decree is expected to bring to an end a set of complex litigations that commenced in 2008. In particular the settlement will provide contribution protection to NCR that will foreclose Superfund litigation claims brought against it by other companies that had contributed to the pollution of the river. NCR is, at the governments’ request, conditionally relinquishing its own affirmative claims for recovery against the same parties. This presumptive end to the litigation removes a substantial part of NCR’s Fox River risks and renders its remaining responsibility readily measurable, and it helps enable NCR’s commitment to complete the cleanup alone.

The settlement also includes arrangements under which other companies that had contributed to the river’s pollution will bear primary responsibility for certain government costs, and for long-term monitoring and maintenance of the remediation work.

The settlement will be funded internally by a non-material increment of approximately $14 million to NCR’s reserve for Fox River discontinued operations, and the continued contributions of its former parent and sister corporations. NCR will not make any settlement payments under the consent decree, but will fund the remediation through contractors and vendors on a pay-as-it-goes basis over 2017-18, as the Company has done for the past 8 years. The impact on free cash flow is anticipated to be modest and at or near prior projections for Fox River expenditures; the settlement is expected to have no material impact on NCR’s free cash flow as a whole for either year. This consent decree settlement would not affect the rights NCR has to pursue what is referred to in the company’s SEC filings as the NCR Adjustment, which is related to funds owed to the Company for prior Fox River remediation payments it made, and which has the potential to create future positive cash flow.

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.

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NCR Corporation
Scott Sykes

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Globus hypermarket rolls out NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper powered by Re-Vision in Russia

The Scan & Go system is based on the NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper powered by Re-Vision solution and is the first customer implementation in Europe

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel technologies, announced that the Globus hypermarket chain is the first supermarket in Europe to introduce the NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper powered by Re-Vision. In mid-December, Globus rolled out the solution in one of its hypermarkets in the Moscow region offering consumers a scan-as-you-shop option. Globus customers can now pick up a Zebra MC18 device when they enter the store to scan the items they are putting in their basket or trolley and quickly finalize the transaction at a designated checkout area.

NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper powered by Re-Vision is a new solution in NCR’s store transformation portfolio that provides retailers with solutions to reinvent the store as the hub of the shopping experience, enabling flexible shopping options both inside and outside the store. With the introduction of the NCR technology, Globus offers its customers a more convenient shopping experience that eliminates the need to place all their items on the checkout belt, significantly reducing queues.

This intuitive solution lets shoppers scan the bar code on items they want to buy and pack them directly it into their bag. To complete the purchase, they pay at designated checkout areas equipped with NCR’s SelfServ™ 90 card-only checkout or at an NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout which offers convenient payment methods like cash, card, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay.

“With our Scan & Go system, shopping becomes faster and more comfortable,” said Denis Rossoshanskij, head of checkout systems and processes at Globus Hypermarkets. “Globus was among the first retailers in Russia to introduce self-checkout technology which has become an integral part of our store transformation strategy. Today we are taking the next step in that transformation and are proud to offer our customers another convenient technology that enhances their shopping experience.”

The NCR solution is fully integrated with the point-of-sale infrastructure of Globus and provides a completely new checkout ecosystem that is scalable to meet changing business needs. The Scan & Go solution can also provide product information, pricing or targeted offers created by the integration to Globus’ existing loyalty program.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with such an innovative retailer as Globus, that continuously evolves to offer new services for its shoppers,” said Andriy Pinkevych, Head of Retail Solutions for Russia & CIS at NCR. “Our NCR FastLane Mobile Shopper powered by Re-Vision solution is part of the NCR Retail ONE application ecosystem, the foundation of an omni-channel experience that makes it possible to unite all retail checkout tools and other applications on one a single platform.”

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:
Russian website:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Media Contact:

Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 4058191

Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation

Allied and RioCan announce Indigo as new tenant at King Portland Centre achieving 75% total leased area at the new office component

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) and RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN) today (Jan. 17, 2017) announced an important lease transaction in connection with the development of King Portland Centre in Toronto. Indigo Books & Music Inc. has signed a commitment to lease approximately 78,810 square feet of GLA in the new office space under construction at King Portland Centre, bringing the total leased area of the new office component to approximately 75%.

King Portland Centre, 602-620 and 642 King Street West, Toronto

The overall development site for King Portland Centre includes 79,975 square feet of land with frontage on King Street West, Portland Street and Adelaide Street West and is comprised of a restored heritage structure, 602-604 King West (the “Rental Property”), an adjacent property extending from King West through to Adelaide West (the “Development Property”) and a heritage structure under restoration, 642 King West (the “Ancillary Property”). The Rental Property is substantially leased and is expected to remain so through the development process. The Ancillary Property is undergoing restoration and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

Allied and RioCan are building a new structure on the Development Property that will be integrated with the Rental Property and the Ancillary Property. The new structure will be comprised of 256,173 square feet of office GLA and 13,035 square feet of retail GLA fronting on King West and approximately 116 rental residential units fronting on Adelaide West. The office and retail components of King Portland Centre have been designed to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) CS (Core & Shell) Platinum standard and will include best-in-class operational, environmental, life-safety and health and wellness systems.

Each of Allied and RioCan owns an undivided 50% interest in the Rental Property, the Development Property and the Ancillary Property. On completion of the new component of King Portland Centre, which is scheduled for early 2019, Allied will manage the office component and RioCan will manage the retail and residential components.

Indigo Lease Transaction

Indigo’s head office currently occupies 65,027 square feet over seven floors at Allied’s 468 King West, representing all the GLA in the building, including the ground and basement floors, which can more valuably be put to retail use. Recognizing the need to expand the size of its head office and to achieve efficiencies possible on larger floor plates, Indigo decided not to renew its lease at 468 King West, which currently expires on June 30, 2018, and will be extended as necessary to accommodate the move to King Portland Centre. On expiry of Indigo’s lease at 468 King West, Allied will upgrade the property and reposition the ground and basement floors for retail use with a view to boosting the NOI from the property in a material way.

Indigo has agreed to lease approximately 78,810 square feet of office GLA over four floors at King Portland Centre for a term of 15 years and six months commencing on July 1, 2018, subject to unavoidable delay. The space will be used for Indigo’s head office and will include a portion of the second floor and all of the third, fourth and fifth floors.

“Indigo is one of our pioneering tenants at King & Spadina, having taken occupancy at 468 King West in April of 1999 and grown continuously in the area since that time,” said Michael Emory, President & CEO of Allied. “We value the relationship immensely and are delighted that we can accommodate Indigo’s workspace needs in the area as they continue to evolve.”

“The downtown west area of Toronto is an exciting and vibrant part of Toronto that RioCan and Allied long ago identified as an area where our tenants want to be,” said Edward Sonshine, CEO of RioCan. “Our success at Shoppes on Queen West, located a few blocks north on Portland Avenue, is a prime example of what can be accomplished in urban retail, and the King Portland Centre enhances our urban footprint by extending our presence to include office and rental residential. The substantial progress that Allied has made leasing the office component of this high profile mixed use development demonstrates the success of this project and our shared vision to shape the future of the downtown west market.”

Cautionary Statements – Allied Properties REIT

This press release may contain forward-looking statements with respect to Allied, its operations, strategy, financial performance and condition. These statements generally can be identified by use of forward looking words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “intends”, “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations. The actual results and performance of Allied discussed herein could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including that the transactions contemplated herein are completed. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, among other things, general economic and market factors, competition, changes in government regulations and the factors described under “Risk Factors” in Allied’s Annual Information Form, which is available at These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to Allied and persons acting on Allied’s behalf. Unless otherwise stated, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the parties have no obligation to update such statements.

Cautionary Statements – RioCan REIT

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made with respect to RioCan’s development program and other statements concerning RioCan’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking information in this News Release is qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended September 30, 2016 (“MD&A”) and the Trust’s most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to: liquidity and general market conditions; tenant concentrations and related risk of bankruptcy or restructuring (and the terms of any bankruptcy or restructuring proceeding), defaults, including the failure to fulfill contractual obligations by the tenant or a related party thereof; retailer competition; access to debt and equity capital; interest rate and financing risk; joint ventures and partnerships; the relative illiquidity of real property; development risk associated with construction commitments, project costs and related approvals; environmental matters; and property management. Although the forward looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Certain statements included in this News Release may be considered “financial outlook” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this News Release.

The Income Tax Act (Canada) contains provisions which potentially impose tax on publicly traded trusts (the SIFT Provisions). However, the SIFT Provisions do not impose tax on a publicly traded trust which qualifies as a REIT. RioCan currently qualifies as a real estate investment trust for Canadian tax purposes and intends to qualify for future years. Should this not occur, certain statements contained in this News Release may need to be modified.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Allied

Allied Properties REIT is a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments that enrich experience and enhance profitability for business tenants operating in Canada’s major cities. Its objectives are to provide stable and growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value through effective management and accretive portfolio growth.

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

Allied Properties REIT
Michael R. Emory
President & Chief Executive Officer
(416) 977-9002

Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 866-3018

Source:  RioCan

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust completes issuance of $300 million principal amount of Series Y senior unsecured debentures

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) announced today (01/16/2017) that it has successfully completed its issuance of $300 million principal amount of Series Y senior unsecured debentures (the “Debentures”). The agency syndicate was co-led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets. The Debentures carry a coupon rate of 2.83% and will mature on October 3, 2022. The Debentures were sold at a price of $99.997 per $100 principal amount with an effective yield of 2.831% if held to maturity.

The offering was made under RioCan’s base shelf short form prospectus dated August 10, 2016. The terms of the offering are described in a prospectus supplement dated January 11, 2017, which was filed with Canadian securities regulators.

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

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia J. Devine
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973
(647) 253-4973

Source: RioCan

Al Meera to expand its chain of supermarkets at Msheireb Downtown Doha

Al Meera to expand its chain of supermarkets at Msheireb Downtown Doha


QATAR, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Msheireb Properties and Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) signed a partnership that will bring the country’s leading retail brand to Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD).

The new Al Meera store will be located at Galleria Mall which forms a major part of the retail offering at Msheireb Downtown Doha.and consist of 100 shops in the vibrant mixed-use community development at Msheireb Downtown Doha, that has been meticulously planned to revitalise Doha’s central urban area. The Galleria will comprise an anchor supermarket (Al Meera), multi and a six screen cinema. The mall will also feature dedicated entertainment zone for children, involving both educational and physical activities where children of all ages will be entertained in a safe and friendly environment.

Msheireb Downtown Doha project offering over 300 retail shops, more than 100,000 square meters of leasable commercial space over 17 grade-A office buildings with 24/7 property management services, a luxury department store, fine dining restaurants, premium hotels, government buildings, four heritage houses, and stylish homes, Msheireb Downtown Doha is set to transform the way we live and work.

The iconic development features a pioneering sustainability design to offer residents and visitors a premier shopping experience with shaded walkways and clean efficient energy that creates the perfect climate to shop and relax.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Sheikh Thani Bin Thamer Al Thani Chairman of Al Meera, said: ” Al Meera’s Msheireb Branch is a new, unique vision of its kind. It is the fruition of years of experience that Al Meera has gained in the model design of the company’s commercial branches, which goes in harmony with the nature of the place and its surroundings. This is the reason behind the design being influenced by the characteristics of the ‘Msheireb Downtown Doha’ project, as one of the most important architectural projects in Qatar, which the concerned authorities were keen on it being a mirror that reflects the essence of the country’s spirit. On this premise, the Msheireb branch design is an attractive blend of the modern Qatari architectural art’s adherence to the authenticity of Qatari culture, as well as its openness to contemporary art trends.”

He added: “Al Meera’s Msheireb branch, will be divided into several sections, of which the first section will be dedicated to the supermarket space, in addition to a space for organic products in the second section, while the third section will be devoted to a coffee shop for organic products. The branch will be equipped with the best technological solutions that follow international standards, paying attention to the smallest details in its advanced lighting systems, and features the best forms of presentation and storage – through the use of racks and shelves with an attractive design to help customers in a quick and easy selection of products, so as to preserve and maintain products, while making the shopping experience fun and exciting.

We are pleased to be serving another segment of the Qatari community, embodying our motto ‘Your Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 for the development of the various regions of the country.”

Speaking about the new partnership, Mr. Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties, said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Al Meera to Msheireb Downtown Doha. We believe together we can offer visitors and residents an unrivalled experience that seamlessly connects work, life and play. Al Meera’s values reflect our own goals to make a positive impact on our local community, and we look forward to working closely together to make a vital contribution to our country’s vision of a diversified economy.”

Msheireb Downtown Doha, a transformative revitalised urban regeneration project in the heart of Doha, is now open for commercial, retail and residential tenants. This ground-breaking QR 20 billion community initiative covers more than 31 hectares, and its vision to create sustainable modern communities that offer a wealth of residential, commercial and retail prospects.


Tel: 40119111/40119112
Fax: +974 40119186

Source: Al Meera


7‑Eleven® introduces hot, ready-to-eat breakfast pizza!

7‑Eleven® introduces hot, ready-to-eat breakfast pizza!


New Breakfast Pizza with Biscuit Crust is Available Whole, by the Slice

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good gravy! Participating 7‑Eleven® stores now have hot, ready-to-eat breakfast pizza! While some like to eat traditional breakfast foods for the first meal of the day, others choose what’s easy, like leftover pizza, for breakfast. To bring the best of both worlds together, 7‑Eleven, Inc. has created a breakfast pizza that has everyone’s favorite breakfast foods in every slice.

The world’s largest convenience retailer’s new breakfast pizza is loaded with smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, hickory-smoked ham, scrambled eggs, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and peppered cream gravy on top of a flaky biscuit crust.

The hot breakfast pizza is part of 7‑Eleven stores’ two-for-$2 pizza slice offer. Whole breakfast pizzas are $5.55.

Breakfast is the fastest-growing food daypart in food service, according to a Technomic consumer survey. Fast-food restaurants have extended their breakfast menu beyond the morning hours and shown sales increases as a result.

“This is a hearty option for customers craving a warm breakfast in addition to their fresh-brewed cup of coffee on cold mornings,” said Nancy Smith, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverages. “And it’s great for sharing at the office giving co-workers another great option from the usual box of great donuts.”

During a successful test at select 7‑Eleven stores, the breakfast pizza proved so popular with customers that it became the second highest-selling pizza. Once customers tried it, they came back for more.

“Since we started carrying hot pizza, it has become one of the best-selling ready-to-eat foods at 7‑Eleven stores,” said Dennis Phelps, 7‑Eleven vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverages. “Mornings are our busiest time of day, and adding a breakfast pizza will prove to be as popular with the a.m. crowd as our other pizzas are for lunch and dinner.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.


Office Depot and Austin Independent School District to develop an innovative entrepreneurship classroom at Crockett High School

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today (January 17, 2017 ) announced an expanded partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD). The company recently worked with the district to develop an innovative entrepreneurship classroom at Crockett High School, located in Austin, Texas. Students enrolled in the school’s entrepreneurship program utilize the innovative learning space, which teaches future-focused skills such as creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

This entrepreneurship program follows curriculum developed by INCubatoredu, a national program that teaches entrepreneurism through hands-on learning. Classes feature real-world entrepreneurs and business experts who serve as coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research and business model development. In the innovative classroom space, set up to resemble an authentic work space, students can work individually or in small groups, while also accommodating large group presentations.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the changing needs of students today. For the incubator space at Crockett High School, the company provided full turnkey services from visioning to implementation of the furniture, which can be arranged in various configurations to address students’ unique and changing needs.

“The demands of the 21st century workforce are dramatically changing the way students learn in the classroom,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “With Austin ISD, we wanted to simulate a business atmosphere so students can connect learning with real life. Our design experts worked with educators and learners to create a space that will provide students with the necessary skills to prepare them for future success.”

Students journey through the entrepreneurial experience in the more than 1,500 square foot re-envisioned classroom. The space facilitates distinct teams through product ideation to launch.

Office Depot, Inc. was able to use its diverse furniture and technology portfolio to create a space that best responds to this unique modern learning scenario. Writable surfaces facilitate ideation and brain storming. Soft seating disrupts conformity of the old learning regime by encouraging inter- and intra-teaming collaboration. Digital displays provide access to virtual resources and a place for students to team on digital products, business spreadsheets and marketing materials.

This non-traditional learning environment models those increasingly more common in the global and technologically driven world, notably in Austin, thus providing access to authentic, future-forward skillsets.

With the goal of optimum student engagement, Office Depot, Inc.’s educational team, which includes designers, educators, furniture experts and technology innovators, at the request of Crockett educators, created a survey for students so they could provide input that led to the development of the incubator space. A student committee evaluated and ultimately helped select the furniture and the entire finished package.

“We didn’t want a traditional classroom setting,” said Sissy Camacho, interim principal at Crockett High School. “We wanted an open space designed for students to collaborate, create, and innovate. Office Depot helped create and flawlessly execute our vision.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s “Committed to Learning” initiative, which consists of a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. In developing this team, the company provides instructional solutions and professional development for educators to enrich the learning experience, in addition to forging partnerships with thought leaders in the industry, including INCubatoredu, to focus on early literacy, cognitive computing, entrepreneurship, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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.

As of our most recent filed annual report for fiscal year ended 2015, the Company had annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employed approximately 49,000 associates, and served 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 and Grand & Toy. 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”.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About AISD

AISD is the largest school district in central Texas, serving more than 83,000 students at 130 schools. Follow AISD on Facebook at, Instagram at @austinisd or on Twitter at @AustinISD.

Julianne Embry

Sarah Hoffman

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Zalando SE announces 25-26% increase in revenues during the fourth quarter of 2016

  • Q4 revenues at EUR 1,086-1,094 million (25-26% growth), adjusted EBIT of EUR 81-104 million (7.5-9.5% margin)
  • Full year revenues at EUR 3,633-3,642 million, adjusted EBIT of EUR 202-225 million (5.6-6.2% margin)
  • Zalando to expand fulfillment footprint in Sweden

BERLIN, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online platform for fashion, grew revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 by 25-26% to EUR 1,086-1,094 million (Q4 2015: EUR 868.5 million), according to preliminary figures. Zalando expects to achieve an adjusted EBIT of EUR 81-104 million, corresponding to an adjusted EBIT margin of 7.5-9.5% (Q4 2015: EUR 71.8 million or 8.3%) for the same period.

In the financial year 2016, Zalando achieved group revenues of EUR 3,633-3,642 million (FY 2015: EUR 2,958 million) growing between 22.9-23.1%, in line with its full-year guidance. Profitability improved substantially, with adjusted EBIT approximately doubling to EUR 202-225 million and corresponding to a margin of 5.6-6.2% (FY 2015: EUR 107.5 million, 3.6%).

“We have completed a successful 2016. For the first time we broke the billion-euro revenue barrier in a single quarter, a clear result of our customer focus,” said Rubin Ritter, co-CEO. “We will continue to emphasize growth and further invest behind an ever-improving customer experience across all our markets.”

Zalando intends to open a satellite warehouse in Sweden in the course of 2017, similar to its satellite warehouses in France and Italy. The facility will be run by a service provider and aims to further improve Zalando’s customer proposition in its important Nordic markets in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

All figures reported herein are preliminary and unaudited. Full financial disclosure for the fourth quarter and financial year 2016, together with the management guidance for the financial year 2017, will be published on March 1, 2017.

Zalando ( is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by a warehouse in Northern Italy with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract over 160 million visits per month. In the third quarter of 2016, more than 65 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 19.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

René Gribnitz
Vice President Communications

Alexander Styles
Financial Communications

+49 30 20968 2022

Source: Zalando

A.F. Blakemore launches Blakemore Branching Out programme to support young people gain skills to enter employment successfully

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.F. Blakemore has launched a new community programme to inspire, engage and motivate young people about the opportunities in the employment industry. The Blakemore Branching Out programme will support young people across five key interventions, enabling them to gain the necessary skills to enter employment successfully, provide insight into the world of work and ultimately help reduce youth unemployment.

A.F. Blakemore employees will work with schools across its trading area to offer a more strategic approach to employability which will include reading support, workplace insights, employability workshops, career support and work experience.

Today, about 60%[1] of young people in the UK are leaving school without the necessary skills to enter the world of work. Furthermore, the City and Guilds Group state that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 40,000 skilled jobs within the UK – many of those skills are required by A.F. Blakemore.

A.F. Blakemore have had strong links with schools for over 10 years and in that time the volunteering programme has grown significantly, being nationally recognised with Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards.

By 2020 the Blakemore Branching Out programme aims to deliver 1,200 events involving 2,000 employees, inspiring 13,500 young people and recruiting 50 people into the business as a result of engaging in the programme.

A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Liz Bell commented: “We have spent many years working with schools but I believe Branching Out will bridge the gap between education and employment. Branching Out is going to allow young people to grow and flourish. The young people of today will be our leaders of tomorrow, and it is our job to inspire them to work for our business.

“Inspiring young people to work and to want to work for A.F. Blakemore is just the start of Branching Out. We will look at the way we recruit and grow young people when they are in the business.”


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Nigeria hosted SME Bazaar for small and medium Nigerian enterprises

Nigeria, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Nigeria was the host of the one day SME Bazaar organised for small and medium Nigerian enterprises in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Retail Council of Nigeria.

The SME Bazaar followed an extensive SME Workshop to educate and offer professional assistance to small businesses on the essence of modern day retailing. More than 40 growing businesses showcased their products to SPAR shoppers and the general public. Products included grains, beverages, clothing and merchandise, cosmetics, etc. all manufactured in Nigeria.

Present at the occasion was the Deputy Managing Director of SPAR Nigeria, Mr. Prakash Keswani.  He stated that Nigeria has much potential in terms of business ideas and retail growth. “As a Hypermarket business, we are deeply interested in Nigerian products. We need to encourage and support growing businesses to standardise and align with best practices in the modern retail world.”

The Regional Head of the SME Division of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Adetokunbo Akinsola congratulated suppliers at the Bazaar, saying that their products had the potential to go beyond the country’s borders if they remain committed to maintaining high quality standards. He also stated that the Bank of Industry was willing to support growing businesses in achieving their financial goals and objectives.

Ms Doris Onwugamba, Managing Director of the business arm of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria was highly impressed with the day and stated: “It is evident that Nigerians are interested in Made in Nigeria products. I am excited that suppliers have upgraded packaging and increased registrations.’’

Suppliers were grateful with the opportunity to present their products at the Bazaar. Amede Olisa-Achingale, a producer of organic food products, stated that before the Bazaar she felt limited in her reach to potential customers but through the event had been able to showcase her products for more effective market reach.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sheetz for the Kidz raised a record-breaking $580,000 during its annual December 2016 campaign

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz for the Kidz is proud to announce that it raised more than $580,000 during its annual December campaign through customer donations.  This is a record for the Sheetz employee-run charity that exceeds last year’s campaign fundraising total by more than $60,000. Sheetz for the Kidz is a 501 (c)(3) employee-operated charitable organization that raises funds through a variety of fundraising efforts, including in-store customer donations during the months of July and December. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting children in need of the local Sheetz communities.

Throughout the 2016 holiday season, each of Sheetz’s 541 stores supported 16 children from their local communities by collaborating with The Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families. Approximately 8,800 children from across the six-state Sheetz operating area of PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC benefited from the program this holiday season.  Sheetz employees volunteered their time to shop, wrap, and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa greeted the children and presented them with new toys, clothes, and other basic necessities purchased specifically for them.

“We are overwhelmed by the incredible kindness demonstrated by our customers and we thank them for their loyal support of Sheetz for the Kidz this past holiday season and always,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Development. “Our generous customers and employees helped make the season special for so many local children, and we were honored to be able to spread holiday cheer to these local families.”

“This fundraising initiative allows us to give back to the communities that support Sheetz and we look forward to its continued growth in 2017,” said Sarah Piper, Executive Director of Sheetz for the Kidz.  “We are also thankful for the efforts of Sheetz employees, who volunteer their own time each year to help families in their own hometowns have a brighter holiday season.”

There are many ways customers can support Sheetz for the Kidz throughout the year:

  • Purchase Sheetz for the Kidz water – 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity.
  • Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz for the Kidz” as the charity of your choice.  Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to Sheetz for the Kidz.
  • Go to to donate online today.
  • In the months of July and December, Sheetz offers customers an opportunity to donate at the register.

Since its beginning in 1992, Sheetz for the Kidz has brought smiles to the faces of more than 100,000 children in the communities surrounding Sheetz stores in PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC through donations totaling more than $22.9 million.

About Sheetz for the Kidz
Sheetz for the Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c)(3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children.  The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy, and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates.  To date, the charity has raised more than $22.9 million and helped more than 100,000 children!

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Christina Perry

SOURCE: Sheetz for the Kidz

Symphony EYC and Topco to provide retail members with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales

Partnership provides Topco members and suppliers with better understanding of consumer shopping patterns and decision-making across the aggregate, helping drive business growth and gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

PALO ALTO, CA, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Symphony EYC, the leading provider of software and services for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and Topco Associates, LLC, the largest food buying cooperative in the United States, have announced the establishment of an aggregated solution to provide Topco member retailers with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales.

Together, Symphony EYC and Topco are able to deliver an aggregated set of customer data across multiple member retailers that can be shared with their Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) partners, allowing Topco members and CPG partners to design and run better programs that ultimately deliver higher sales. In addition, through this partnership with Symphony EYC, Topco will further leverage customer insights into their own-brand label business supporting their member retailers.

Symphony EYC and Topco will provide members with access to segmentation solutions and innovative cloud-based Category Management capabilities. Additionally, Topco members, who represent some of the strongest and most trusted regional retailers in the US, will benefit from:

 Increased ID store sales due to better customer insights driving better plans
 Improved partnership and support from CPGs using the retailers customer data
 Ability to drive scale
 Stronger private label offerings developed using customer insights

“Symphony EYC is proud to partner with Topco to provide our customer-centric retailing solutions and services to its participating member retailers who are a diverse and strong group of regional retailers that span the US market,” said Dr Pallab Chatterjee, Chairman and CEO of Symphony EYC. “Together, we will deliver scalable customer insights that will further strengthen the retailers and allow CPG partners to effectively leverage this valuable information to drive their results as well.”

“We view this partnership with Symphony EYC as another opportunity for our members to collaborate and achieve greater value. By collectively leveraging Symphony EYC’s customer-centric insights and reporting, we’re creating richer insights and helping Topco members better understand consumers and their buying decisions,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO of Topco.

About Symphony EYC

Symphony EYC, a leading provider of software and services for insights-driven customer engagement, partners with leading retailers and manufacturers in over 70 countries to deliver increased margins, profits and loyalty by enabling a more consistent customer retail experience. The simple, intuitive cloud-based software apps, big data analytic solutions and services, as well as Symphony EYC’s innovative omni-channel loyalty management platform, enable value creating customer-centric retailing opportunities that align to delight existing and attract new customers.

Symphony EYC solutions help power the Symphony Retail Cloud, the industry’s first rolebased, customer-centric cloud solution that enables retailers and manufacturers to deliver more than two percent revenue growth by translating customer intelligence into insights and actions that drive bottom-line decisions. More at

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is an over $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business-building capabilities. For more information, please visit

For additional information please contact:
Symphony EYC

Joan Geoghegan

Topco Associates
Nancy Antol

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Sears Home Services rolls out GoToAssist Seeit on their technicians’ smartphones to help them fix appliances faster

GoToAssist Seeit Enables Master Technicians to Remotely See and Diagnose Problems to Get Appliances Running Again as Quickly as Possible

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Sears Home Services technician Antonio Corzo was in a customer’s home in Bound Brook, N.J., last month to repair a washing machine, he encountered an unusual issue that  required additional problem-solving. To support him with the issue, he used new technology on his smartphone that Sears Home Services is rolling out nationwide, to share live video and photos of the situation with a master technician at the company’s service center in Round Rock, Texas. Within minutes, working together, the problem was resolved and the washing machine was repaired.

Sears Home Services has teamed with the GoToAssist team to equip its technicians with GoToAssist Seeit on their smartphones, which will help them fix appliances faster, and most of the time, in one visit, making it more convenient for customers to care for their homes. Sears Home Services technicians repair more than 180 appliance brands – not just those sold by Sears. In the event these technicians face an unfamiliar appliance issue, they can now show remote master technicians exactly what they see and receive step-by-step instructions to complete the repair – all without leaving the customer’s home.

“No one likes taking time out of their busy schedules for their appliances to be repaired, especially if it takes longer than anticipated or requires multiple service appointments,” said Sean Skelley, president of Sears Home Services. “Now our technicians can use their smartphones to livestream video and photos of appliance problems to our most experienced experts who can coach them toward a solution and get your appliance up and running again quickly. It’s like they have master technicians in their pockets.”Homeowners who have had their appliances repaired by technicians using GoToAssist Seeit:

  • Save time– Technicians have resolved appliance issues and shortened service appointments by as much as 40 minutes.
  • Gain access to functioning appliances faster– Technicians repaired significantly more existing appliances, meaning customers did not have to wait for replacement parts for a repair or replace their appliance altogether. The result: customers can keep the existing appliance they enjoy and are familiar using.

As the nation’s No. 1 provider of appliance services, Sears Home Services has more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly seven million service calls annually. Sears offers a complete solution for homeowners, helping members purchase, service and replace their appliances, as well as manage and maintain their homes and a variety of products within their homes, from fitness equipment to lawn mowers and snow blowers. Sears has the largest fleet of services technicians in neighborhoods throughout the U.S., and sells the top 10 appliance brands, including Kenmore.

For service and support professionals, GoToAssist Seeit is the simplest and fastest way to troubleshoot equipment anywhere. With just one tap, service technicians can securely show remote experts what they are seeing through their mobile device camera.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s No. 1 provider of appliance services, with more than 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

Media Contact:
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings Corp.
(847) 286-9036

John Arango
Zeno Group
(312) 396-9750

Source: Sears Holdings Corp., Inc. further expands its presence and range of services in global financial ecosystem with the acquisition of Blue Ocean Technologies

Creates Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC to offer U.S. securities trading after close of U.S. capital markets

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Financial technology firm, Inc., has formed Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC after acquiring the assets of Singapore-based Blue Ocean Financial Technology, Pte. Ltd. The addition of Blue Ocean Technologies to the t0 portfolio of companies further expands the fintech leader’s presence and range of services in the global financial ecosystem.

“Blue Ocean Technologies will provide investors in the rapidly growing Asian region with an avenue to execute U.S. equities during their usual business hours,” said t0 President Joe Cammarata. “This concept is the first of its kind, and has already attracted the attention of several large market-making clients to provide daily liquidity within our platform.”  The newly-formed Blue Ocean Technologies will offer the first transparent, electronic marketplace for trading U.S.-listed securities during non-U.S. trading hours. This electronic marketplace creates a new opportunity for firms, traders, and investors to manage risk and take advantage of opportunities created outside of U.S. regular trading hours. Also, foreign investors will have after-hours access to the full capabilities of the U.S. capital markets, which make up the second largest class of investments across Asia and Europe (behind country-specific home markets), while allowing for U.S.-based traders to track off-hours market movement and react accordingly.

Cammarata also noted that Blue Ocean’s dedication to pricing transparency and reporting the overnight trades to the Blockchain makes it a good fit for t0 and its development of blockchain-based technologies, which puts great emphasis on radical transparency.

“This partnership affords us the opportunity to work with t0, a company on the cutting edge of securities technology,” said Blue Ocean Financial Technology CEO and Blue Ocean Technologies managing member, Greg Shinnick. “Additionally, the relationship allows for a broader sphere of access and reach, which is crucial to expanding the emerging global securities marketplace.”

Blue Ocean will operate as a Division of PRO Securities, LLC, Member: FINRA & SIPC.  PRO Securities, is another wholly owned subsidiary of, Inc., and is an approved Alternative Trading System. The PRO Alternative Trading System recently supported the world’s first public issuance of a blockchain equity in’s successful rights offering utilizing t0’s distributed ledger technology-based platform.

About t0, Inc. (pronounced tee-zero) is a majority owned subsidiary of, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (fintech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception, t0 has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. More information is available at

About Medici Ventures
Launched in 2014, Medici Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of, Inc., created to manage and oversee the company’s investments in firms building solutions leveraging and servicing blockchain technologies. Medici project companies include: t0, PeerNova,, SettleMint and Identity Mind.

Media Contact:

Mark Delcorps
(801) 947-3850


Walgreens announces availability of naloxone opioid antidote without prescription at its Arizona pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today (January 17, 2017) announced it has made naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Arizona pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 240 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Arizona. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Arizona families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” said Brian Sizemore, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Arizona. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in states and Washington D.C. where regulations allow. Since its announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in more than 34 states and Washington D.C.

“We need all hands on deck to stop the unrelenting wave of opioid drug and heroin overdose deaths throughout Arizona and the rest of the country,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “By signing HB 2355, it became possible for pharmacies like Walgreens to make naloxone available for loved ones and others who may be in a position to save the life of someone struggling with addiction.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 19 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 20151.

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

States where Walgreens offers naloxone without requiring a prescription:

Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (including Duane Reade pharmacies), North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (, 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 and Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health


Phil Caruso

Source: Walgreens

Kroger appoints Matt Perin as Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs

CINCINNATI,, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today ( Jan. 17, 2017) Matt Perin has joined the company as Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

Mr. Perin will be based in Washington, D.C. and responsible for Kroger’s federal government relations efforts, including working closely with the company’s supermarket operating divisions and other subsidiaries to counsel and guide state and local advocacy activities.

Mr. Perin previously served as deputy director of government relations for the Bayer Corporation. Before joining Bayer, he was staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition & Horticulture. He has also served as a Congressional legislative assistant and political campaign manager. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

“Matt’s involvement and relationships with leaders in Washington will help advance our federal and state lobbying efforts and elevate Kroger’s unique story among these influential stakeholders,” said Keith Dailey, Kroger’s senior director of external affairs. “We look forward to having Matt’s expertise on the ground in Washington.”

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.

BJ’s Restaurants includes more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options to its EnLIGHTened menu

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), a first-mover with its EnLIGHTened Entrees®, is now redefining the category to include more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The mission: to ensure the EnLIGHTened menu offers something for everyone.

“There’s been a movement of people wanting to understand what they eat and how it makes them feel. As a result, ‘healthy’ has taken on new meaning,” said Scott Rodriguez, Vice President of Culinary and Kitchen Innovation at BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “Whether it’s going meatless, avoiding gluten or keeping an eye on calories, we’ve curated menu items to help make those better-for-you choices a little bit easier.”

To test the EnLIGHTened mission, BJ’s turned to Generation Z and selected a group of ruthlessly honest kids to serve as its tasting panel. The diminutive diners were invited to try five BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees® and give their feedback on camera.

BJ’s worked with DDB San Francisco to turn the kids’ critiques into an exceptionally cute video series in which the kids try to guess what they are eating. One boy thinks the Peruvian quinoa in the Roasted Chicken and Spinach Quinoa Bowl is “dirt balls” while another makes a strong case that the Cherry Chipotle Glazed Salmon is actually “Megalodon.”

“Their facial expressions, empty plates and candid remarks tell you everything you need to know about our BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees®,” added Kevin Mayer, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “There really is something for everyone.”

As written in the menu, the EnLIGHTened movement goes beyond cutting calories. “It’s not about taking things out; it’s about putting the right things in,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “We’re committed to transparency that empowers the allergy-conscious, the calorie-conscious, the health-conscious and everyone in between.”

The EnLIGHTened menu includes whole foods and superfoods that are dense in nutrients and loaded with vegetables and grains. Initially introduced in May 2011, the EnLIGHTened menu continues to grow in breadth and popularity. BJ’s offers nearly 20 EnLIGHTened Entrees® along with EnLIGHTened Cocktails® that have fewer than 140 calories. The proprietary BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager—a gold medalist at the highly renowned Great American Beer Festival—is just 100 calories per 12-ounce serving.

With these healthy offerings and more flavorful choices, guests can keep their New Year’s Resolutions while enjoying the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® signature quality.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 187 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

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Lauren Hendeles


BJ’s Restaurants includes more nutrient-rich superfoods, vegetarian and gluten-free options to its EnLIGHTened menu


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