CB Bank in Myanmar rolls out cardless cash withdrawal and P2P payment services with advanced technology from Diebold Nixdorf

Leading Myanmar retail bank rolling out cardless cash withdrawal and P2P payment services with advanced technology from Diebold Nixdorf

North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-Operative Bank Limited (CB Bank) in Myanmar has awarded Diebold Nixdorf an extensive contract for systems, software and services to expand its self-service cash offerings beyond the country’s main commercial hub Yangon. The bank will add 500 new ATMs and cash recyclers to its current network of 500 terminals supplied by Diebold Nixdorf.

Recently, Diebold Nixdorf helped CB Bank migrate all its ATMs to more secure EMV chip card technology and obtain EMV certification with both VISA and MasterCard. EMV is a technical standard for smart payment cards introduced by Europay, Mastercard and VISA.

Diebold Nixdorf is also assisting CB Bank with the implementation of cardless cash withdrawals at ATMs. The solution allows bank customers to use their mobile devices to generate a one-time PIN to activate a withdrawal at an ATM either for themselves or for a third party without requiring a bankcard. The technology provides an innovative person-to-person payment service to consumers especially in developing markets, and underscores Diebold Nixdorf’s commitment to drive connected commerce and help bridge the digital and physical worlds.

“Diebold Nixdorf was awarded the contract due to its superior product quality, flexible software and ability to offer field service for both hardware and software within the country,” said U Kyaw Lynn, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman, at CB Bank. “With the help of their advanced technology and services provided, we aim to become one of Myanmar’s top banks offering secure, innovative and convenient cash services across our branch, online and mobile channels.”

Diebold Nixdorf’s Myanmar partner, Kaytumadi iSolutions, will localize product features and begin installing the new systems at the start of next year. The rollout is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

Diebold Nixdorf will service the entire 1,000-strong fleet of advanced cash systems in CB Bank’s network of 180 branches.

“Together with our local partner, we are enabling CB Bank to extend the reach of its self-service offerings and win a greater share of Myanmar’s growing market for cash services,” said Neil Emerson, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, at Diebold Nixdorf.

Demand for cash is strong in Myanmar. Cash is the main mode of payment in the southeastern Asia country of more than 53 million people. Competition to provide cash services is also fierce. CB Bank already operates one of the largest ATM networks in the country and aims to expand its market position even further by doubling the number of terminals in its self-service network.

CB Bank benefits from its IT partner’s wealth of local experience in Myanmar. Diebold Nixdorf, which has been delivering solutions to CB Bank since 2012, is a major supplier of cash-handling technology and services to all major banks in the country and across the Asia-Pacific region.

About Co-Operative Bank Limited
Established since 1992, CB Bank is one of the earliest and largest private sector banks in Myanmar, employing about 7000 employees. CB Bank has business lines in retail banking, corporate banking and SME banking. CB Bank offers services in consumer financing, cards & merchant services, corporate finance & advisory, international trade, treasury and transaction banking. CB Bank has 180 branches, 350 mobile banking agents and more than 500 ATMs all over the country. CB Bank launched the first ATM in Myanmar on 1 November 2011 and since then has grown it ATM network in excess of 500 ATMs. The bank was the first to launch Self Service Cash Deposit and Cash Recycling Services in the country. CB also holds the top market position in card issuing bank and POS merchant acquisition in Myanmar. The self-service banking services of the bank are branded as EASI Banking.
Visit www.cbbank.com.mm for more information.

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 www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.


Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Email: ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

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Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

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NCR Corporation to release its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results on February 9, 2017

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results after the market close on Thursday, February 9, 2017. A conference call is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the same day.

Participants should plan to access the call 15 minutes prior to the start time to ensure a smooth connection. Details are as follows:

Dial in Number Passcode Time/Date
Conference call




4:30 p.m. EST, February 9, 2017

The live conference call, replay and slides will also be available at http://investor.ncr.com/.

To listen to a replay of this conference call, please register here using the passcode: 5508697.

For any difficulties accessing the conference call, please contact Mary Burke from NCR at (678) 808-7643.

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.

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

Investor Contact:
Gavin Bell
NCR Corporation

Media Contact:
Scott Sykes
NCR Corporation

Source: NCR Corporation

MagnifyMoney: eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps are powered by NCR’s Digital Banking solutions portfolio

NCR’s Digital Banking customers in the US represent eight of 2016’s Top 10 mobile banking apps, including the best overall, Eastman Credit Union

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today( January 18, 2016) announced that eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps are powered by NCR’s Digital Banking solutions portfolio, according to MagnifyMoney’s third-annual Mobile Banking App Study. This is the third year in a row that NCR’s community financial institution (CFI) customers were honored in the ’10 Best Overall’ category.

The study named Eastman Credit Union, a financial services cooperative with over $3.1 billion in assets and serving over 155,000 members at over 20 branches in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Texas, as the ‘Best Overall App’. NCR worked closely with ECU to build and deploy its mobile app to provide a better customer experience.

“At Eastman Credit Union, we strive to provide our members with the best products and services and our mobile applications are no exception,” said Darrell Dinsmore, VP Information Technology at ECU. “By partnering with NCR, an industry leader, we are able to offer our members a best-in-class mobile solution that meets their needs when it comes to managing their finances on the go.”

Of the apps honored, NCR also powers: ESL Federal Credit Union (New York), Redstone FCU (Alabama), SEFCU (New York), Wright-Patt Credit Union (Ohio), Tower Federal Credit Union (Maryland), Delta Community CU (Georgia), and Hudson Valley FCU (New York).

“It is extremely exciting to see so many NCR customers once again highlighted as providing best-in-class, deeply engaging and satisfying mobile experiences to their users,” said José Resendiz, Vice President and Financial Services Leader, NCR. “These high ratings are a testament of NCR’s commitment to deliver industry leading mobile banking applications for financial institutions.  We use design thinking to create easy-to-use experiences that proactively solve real customer needs with the latest in technology.”

MagnifyMoney compiled the ratings of iOS and Android banking apps from over 100 of the biggest banks and credit unions, including the 50 largest banks and 50 largest credit unions along with a selection of top online direct banks. The data, collected from the iTunes and Google Play stores the week of November 30, 2016, was used to create a composite 1 to 5 rating, factoring a weighted average of the ratings from both the iOS and Android platforms. MagnifyMoney then ranked each app based on its user rating score.

“In the past five years, adoption of mobile banking more than doubled, while the number of people banking on tablets increased more than eightfold,” said Nick Clements, founder of MagnifyMoney.com. “Mobile banking is a lifeline for more and more customers and the top rated apps on MagnifyMoney’s list deliver on reliability and simplicity.”

NCR’s 2017 product roadmap will continue to deliver the most feature-rich apps designed to bring powerful and optimized functionality to its mobile solutions offers.

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, Georgia 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.

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Media Contact:
Aaron Gould
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

Office Depot debuts the latest addition to Realspace® Magellan Collection – The Height-Adjustable Desk

Adjustable-Height Desks Promote a Flexible Lifestyle with Effortless Transitions between Sitting and Standing

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today (January 18, 2017) announced the debut of the latest addition to the exclusive Realspace® Magellan Collection – The Height-Adjustable Desk with pneumatic technology. This new sit stand desk is expertly designed with ergonomic features such as effortless transitions between sitting and standing, which provide a flexible alternative to the typical office desk.

Equipped with a durable, scratch-resistant surface and steel legs in a black powder coating finish, the Realspace® Magellan Height-Adjustable desk is the ideal work station for all needs and work locations. The pneumatic technology, which uses pressurized air to raise the desk surface with ease, accommodates a wide range of working positions. The standard seated-height desk, comfortably positioned at 30 inches high, can raise to the extended-height of your choosing, up to 43 inches to accommodate a comfortable standing position.

Research proves the importance of utilizing a full range of body motion in our everyday life. The simple adjustability of this Height-Adjustable Desk fully supports varied positions throughout the day, using the pneumatic lift-assist to easily adjust the surface of the desk from a seated height to a standing height, for maximum daily use.

“Office Depot recognizes the importance of health and wellness to our customers and so is adapting its product selection to support those goals,” said Ron Lalla, executive vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “The new Realspace® Magellan Height-Adjustable Desk enables a flexible solution grounded in great design.”

Featuring outstanding quality and durability consistent with the Realspace brand, the Magellan Height-Adjustable Desk incorporates enhanced functionality desired for optimal comfort and control. The sit stand desk is available in espresso, cherry and a modern gray. It is the perfect companion piece to complement Office Depot and OfficeMax’s premium active and ergonomic WorkPro seating collections.

Check out the Realspace® Magellan Height-Adjustable Desk or visit Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations for more information and other healthy lifestyle solutions.

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.


APCO Worldwide
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SSP America opens Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar and Mad Town Gastropub at Dane County Regional Airport

LONDON, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dane County Regional Airport announced the opening of their new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar and the debut of Mad Town Gastropub on January 17, 2017. The airport also unveiled the expansion of Metcalfe’s Local to Go and Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea. Along with the development and expansion of new food and beverage options is the opening of DCRA’s new Madison XPress and Madison Xchange gift shops.

“Dane County has a world class airport and these additions will make it a destination,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Serving breakfast through dinner and last departures, Mad Town Gastropub features a menu of fresh, sustainable dishes created by James Beard award-winning local chef, Tory Miller. Passengers can also enjoy wine, local beer, and handcrafted cocktails at the new Vinoteca Wine & Tapas bar.

The expanded family-owned Metcalfe’s Local to Go airside shop and restaurant will continue to offer travelers a taste of Wisconsin with their array of local products. Madison’s Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea will also welcome passengers to indulge in coffee, tea, and snacks while enjoying piano performances.

SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, was awarded a ten-year lease on its food & beverage contract at DCRA in May of 2016 and has been the sole food and beverage purveyor at MSN since 2006.

SSP America’s chief executive officer, Michael Svagdis, commented, “Our focus at SSP America is to deliver our airport clients a local taste of place, with community anchored dining bringing passengers food and drink that defines a region. As a result, partnerships are key to our success. Special thanks to our long-term partners Kevin Metcalfe’s of Metcalfe’s Market and Tom Walzer of Ancora Artisan Coffee and Tea as well as Chef Tory Miller who has been a tremendous partner in crafting our menu at Madtown. We’re grateful for the ongoing opportunity to be part of the MSN community.”

In addition to the expanded portfolio of restaurants, DCRA also debuted two new gift shop, Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange. Two of four shops in the airport run by the industry leader in Travel Essentials retail Paradies Lagardère, Madison Xpress and Madision Xchange both feature traditional newsstand items, as well as specialized gift shop finds, refreshments, and last-minute travel necessities.

“Madison Xpress and Madison Xchange are both resonating with travelers visiting the airport, while offering convenient, one-stop shop environments that cover all of a traveler’s needs. We’re excited to bring new retail options to travelers at DCRA, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Dane County Regional Airport for many years to come,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.

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Nimmt das Provisorium der Migros in Amriswil den Betrieb auf

Nimmt das Provisorium der Migros in Amriswil den Betrieb auf


Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 24. Januar 2017 nimmt das Provisorium der Migros in Amriswil den Betrieb auf. Der letzte Verkaufstag der Migros im Zentrum ist der 21. Januar 2017.

Im Provisorium am Biberacherweg empfangen ab 24. Januar 2017 ein Migros Supermarkt, ein Migros-Take Away und ein Kiosk die Kundschaft. Der Supermarkt wird auf einer Verkaufsfläche von rund 750 m2 ein attraktives und frisches Angebot für den täglichen Bedarf offerieren, der Take Away bietet eine feine Auswahl an Speisen und Getränken für die Verpflegung unterwegs. Die Drogerie befindet sich während der Bauzeit in Räumlichkeiten der Amriville-Apotheke im benachbarten Einkaufszentrum Amriville, die Zahnarztpraxis family dent empfängt ihre Patienten bis zum Bauabschluss an der Bahnhofstrasse 27. Als Parkplatz für die Kundinnen und Kunden steht der Viehmarktplatz zur Verfügung.


Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 50
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros


Amazon to open its ninth Texas fulfillment center in Coppell

The new Coppell site will be the sixth fulfillment center in the DFW metroplex

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jan. 18, 2017) announced plans to open its ninth Texas fulfillment center in Coppell. Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time associates at its seven currently operating fulfillment centers across the state and plans to create 1,000 more full-time positions at its third Coppell facility.

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Amazon currently operates fulfillment centers in Coppell (two facilities), Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos with a facility currently under construction in Houston. Amazon also has sortation centers in Irving, San Antonio and Houston.

“This building will be a new addition to the Amazon Robotics fulfillment network, which already has a robust presence in the metroplex,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “Because of our ability to have more inventory on-hand and increased speed of fulfillment, we are able to better meet customer demand and create thousands of associate roles, which receive competitive wages and benefits. We are proud of our ability to create jobs, spur innovation and provide excellent Prime service to members.”

Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Coppell fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. Amazon’s first Coppell fulfillment center began fulfilling customer orders in 2013 and its second facility launched during the 2016 holiday shopping season.

“Amazon’s continuing growth and job creation in Dallas County is a testament to the dedicated workforce and healthy business environment here in the region,” said Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell.

“When I toured the first Coppell fulfillment center two years ago,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, “I was impressed by just how quickly the company was growing and the number of jobs it could create. Here we are in 2017, and Amazon employs thousands of full-time employees in Dallas County alone.”

“We are so excited to see the Amazon team grow by the thousands here in Coppell,” said Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt. “To have a company that provides good compensation and furthering education tuition to its employees flourish in our city is a point of pride at Coppell City Hall.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed jointly by Hillwood Investment Properties and Perot Development Company.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon Studios announces Long Strange Trip, a Grateful Dead documentary set to debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video

  • Long Strange Trip is a groundbreaking documentary that probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the Grateful Dead in their 30-year quest for moments of collective inspiration
  • Documentary will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on May 26 in the US and UK with additional territories to be announced

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Studios today (Jan. 18, 2017) announced it has acquired Long Strange Trip, an unprecedented four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Set to debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK as a six part documentary, with additional territories to be announced, Long Strange Trip probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the Grateful Dead in their 30-year quest for moments of collective inspiration. By inventing a unique fusion of folk, jazz, R&B, avant-garde experimentation, world music and rock and roll, they earned the devotion of the most committed fan base in the music business, while gleefully disdaining every cliché of pop success.

The world premiere of Long Strange Trip will take place at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as well as Trixie Garcia will be in attendance.

Long Strange Trip is produced by Eric Eisner (Hamlet 2), Nick Koskoff (Bad Hurt), and Alex Blavatnik (For the Love of Spock) who also financed the project. Additional producers include Ken Dornstein (My Brother’s Bomber) and Justin Kreutzmann (The Who: Fragments). Executive producers in addition to Scorsese are Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Silence), Rick Yorn (Wolf of Wall Street), Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV (Somewhere Tonight), and Alicia Sams (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama).

“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” said Bar-Lev. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter. I recognized immediately that Amazon was the perfect distributor when I met their team, and I can’t wait to see how many brains they can infect with the Dead’s contagious brand of anti-establishment fun.”

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” said Scorsese. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

“The story of the Grateful Dead is that of music and culture of the 20th Century,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “Told with vast scope and an unprecedented cast of real life characters, Amir has taken advantage of this larger than life canvas to make an era-defining musical portrait that we can’t wait to bring to audiences everywhere.”

Bob Weir commented: “Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here’s the movie…”

Mickey Hart commented: “Stranger than fiction – a user’s guide for an impossible journey.”

On behalf of the producers, Eisner and Blavatnik commented: “We’re honored to be involved in this historic, ambitious and passionate undertaking. The Grateful Dead have played and continue to play an integral role not only in our lives, but in the very development of contemporary American society. Amir’s encompassing and engrossing look truly captures the story of this unique band.”

The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock and roll history. Famously averse to publicity, seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, they flouted music-industry convention by giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders, becoming the highest-grossing concert act in America on word of mouth alone. Executive produced by Scorsese (Silence), Long Strange Trip is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision, insistence on continuous innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that propelled the original jam band from a Bay Area pizza parlor to the ranks of the most enduringly influential musicians of their generation. By assembling candid interviews with the band, road crew, family members, and notable Deadheads, director Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) unearths the untold history of the Dead and the freewheeling psychedelic subculture that sprouted up around it, while providing poignant insight into the psyche of late lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who disdained leadership of the increasingly sprawling collective organization that kept the show on the road. With a soundtrack that captures some of the band’s most dynamic live performances as well as unguarded moments offstage and never before seen footage and photos, Long Strange Trip is an epic exploration into a uniquely American experiment in radically eclectic music-making that continues to earn the passionate loyalty of generations of fans worldwide.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

About Amazon Video

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

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

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

About Amazon

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

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Amazon to create 700 new positions at its third Maryland fulfillment center

Amazon’s new 1.2 million-square-foot facility will create 700 new full-time jobs

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jan. 17, 2017) announced plans to open a 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in North East, Maryland. Amazon currently employs more than 3,000 associates at its fulfillment and sortation centers in Baltimore and plans to create 700 new positions at its third Maryland facility.

“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in North East, creating hundreds of full-time jobs that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “Maryland has an incredible workforce, and we are so happy to have this opportunity to expand in the state to serve customers.”

“Creating jobs and growing Maryland’s economy is a top priority of our administration,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Amazon’s continued investment in Maryland, which includes thousands of jobs for our citizens, is a great example of companies that choose to locate and expand their business right here in Maryland – a testament to our state’s growing economy.”

The North East fulfillment center will support customer fulfillment. The company employs thousands of full-time employees at its Baltimore fulfillment and sortation centers and continues to hire to meet growing customer demand.

“Economic development is a major priority of my administration and the attraction of Amazon, the 18th largest company in the US, is a great example of the type of projects I’d like to see and bring to Cecil County in the future,” said Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy. The new facility is a joint venture of Trammell Crow Company and Diamond Realty Investments.

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 9,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon

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

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Evolution Fresh invites customers to celebrate National Green Juice Day with free green juice deliveries on January 26

Evolution Fresh invites customers to celebrate National Green Juice Day with free green juice deliveries on January 26


Seattle, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just when you thought the holidays were over, National Green Juice Day is back, and this year, Evolution Fresh is offering even more veggie-centric ways to join their inspirational, annual green juice celebration.

On Thursday, January 26, Evolution Fresh invites customers to “take a sip in a brighter direction” and celebrate National Green Juice Day with free green juice deliveries – your first sip is on us. To help customers get a head start on healthy in the month leading up to National Green Juice Day, green juice offers will be available at Starbucks® stores nationwide.

How to Get Free Green Juice on National Green Juice Day

Evolution Fresh is teaming up with Postmates to deliver a pack of three free, 11 fl. oz. bottles of cold-pressed, high pressure processed Smooth Greens & Kale to customers in 10 select cities across the country.

When:  January 26 beginning at 1 p.m. local time, while supplies last

Where: To order, visit www.greenjuiceday.com

Participating Cities: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, Miami, Phoenix, Orange County, San Diego

Start with Small Sips Before National Green Juice Day

From now through January 22, save some green on your green juice at Starbucks when you upgrade the Starbucks Power Lunch by substituting water for your choice of green juice.

Evolution Fresh established National Green Juice Day in 2016 as a way to encourage people to keep their wellness resolutions in the New Year, after finding that 53 percent of Americans have already broken their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January and that staying fit and healthy is a top resolution. This year, at a time when eight out of ten or 81 percent of Americans have made an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables[1], Evolution Fresh is inspiring people to thrive by helping them take those small sips toward a healthier way of living.

Media contact:

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

Source: Starbucks


Equity One, Inc. to announce its 2016 fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New York, NY, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY), an owner, developer, and operator of shopping centers, announced today ( January 17, 2017 ) that it will release its 2016 fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 after the market close.


As of September 30, 2016, the company’s portfolio comprised 122 properties, including 98 retail properties and five non-retail properties totaling approximately 12.3 million square feet of gross leasable area, or GLA, 13 development or redevelopment properties with approximately 2.8 million square feet of GLA, and six land parcels. As of September 30, 2016, the company’s retail occupancy excluding developments and redevelopments was 95.4% and included national, regional and local tenants. Additionally, the company had joint venture interests in six retail properties and two office buildings totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet of GLA. To be included in the company’s e-mail distributions for press releases and other company notices, please click here or send contact details to Investor Relations at investorrelations@equityone.com.


Equity One, Inc.
410 Park Avenue, Suite 1220
New York, NY 10022

For additional information:
Matthew Ostrower
EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Source: Equity One, Inc.

Carrefour Belgium to enhance its online drive.be ordering service in 2017

  • Some 100 new pick-up points open
  • Programme to extend home delivery
  • Delivery tests using the bringr mobile app commence

Belgium, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium has great plans for its online drive.be ordering service! In 2017, it is planning to provide its customers with even better service by providing them with even more options. Objective: open up a hundred or so additional pick-up points,  speed up home deliveries and increase the number of timeslots, linking the drive service up to its convenience stores, and serving customers wherever they happen to be.

When it comes to innovation, Carrefour is always a step ahead and is once again proving it. Having broken new ground when it created its drives back in 2013 (in a range of different formats – Summerdrive on the coast, drive services for companies, home delivery services, etc.), Carrefour is hoping to make life even easier for customers wanting to shop online in 2017.

Currently, they can already shop at France’s largest virtual supermarket where they can choose from some 17,000 food products. They can then pick up their shopping from one of 84 pick-up points available throughout the country… or have their shopping delivered to them from Monday to Friday. This facility is managed by Combo by bpost.

1st aim: 100 more pick-up points
Carrefour has listened to its customers and is increasing the density of its network of pick-up points. The aim is to open up an additional one hundred or so this year, taking the total up to around 180 by the end of 2017.

2nd aim: promote and extend home delivery
Carrefour currently has the potential to deliver to a third of all Belgian households thanks to its collaboration with bpost. In 2017, Carrefour wants to promote and geographically extend its home delivery options.

3rd aim: deliveries made by other people, thanks to trialling of the bringr platform
Carrefour wants to provide its customers with even greater flexibility. That’s why starting this week, it is going to be trialling the “bringr” service.

bringr is a mobile application developed by bpost. It messages other smartphone users based on their location (close to the delivery point) and their availability so they can deliver another customer’s order at the time and to the place that they specify.

It is being trialled in 8 Carrefour Market stores and 8 hypermarkets. Customers submit their order on drive.be before midnight and then receive their shopping the next day at the time of their choosing (any time after 10 AM) on store opening days – so even Saturday or Sunday if the store is open.

Within 2 hours from Carrefour Express stores!
Carrefour is also trialling bringr at 9 Carrefour Express stores. Customers will be able to submit their orders during store opening times by telephone or by going straight to the actual store. They’ll get their shopping within two hours – including on Saturdays and Sundays.

Obviously, the advantages of bringr are the speed and flexibility of the service. As soon as the order is submitted, it gets prepared in the store. The driver who accepts to deliver the order via the bringr platform goes and picks it up and then delivers it at the agreed time to the Carrefour customer… or whatever location they have specified (workplace, the gym, etc.).

How much does this new service cost? The bringr service will be available for all orders of €30 and above, and will be free for the six-month trial period.

If trials are successful, the new service will be rolled out wherever it can be implemented and for all circumstances in which it can be justified.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Walgreens Boots Alliance to host live webcast of its annual meeting of stockholders on 26 January 2017

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will provide a live webcast of its annual meeting of stockholders beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, 26 January 2017. The meeting will be held at Park Hyatt New York, 153 W. 57th St., New York.

The meeting’s webcast will be available through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: http://investor.walgreensbootsalliance.com. A replay of the meeting will be archived on the website for 12 months after the event.

In addition to the business meeting, Executive Chairman Jim Skinner and Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Pessina will make brief presentations. They also will answer questions from stockholders in attendance after the formal meeting concludes. The webcast, including the business meeting, presentations and question and answer session, is expected to last for approximately one hour.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related stockholder meeting and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Media Relations:
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Ten young artists from Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains exhibit their vision of the renovation work on La Samaritaine

Ten young artists from Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains exhibit their vision of the renovation work on La Samaritaine


Paris, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ten young artists are exhibiting their take on La Samaritaine on the hoarding of the worksite along the rue de Rivoli, in the windows of the No. 3 store, and at the Maison du Projet showroom on rue du Pont-Neuf. Six photographers and four videographers present their singular vision of this vast renovation project, ranging from realism to fiction, in an exhibition that runs until spring.

Following the success of the three previous editions, the fourth “Ma Samaritaine” exhibition welcomes new areas of visual expression, inviting four videographers and six photographers to share their vision of the renovation work on the former department store.

All graduates of Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, they each propose a striking interpretation of this emblematic Parisian site. Work by the photographers is displayed on the worksite hoarding and in La Samaritaine display windows, while the videos are being shown at the Maison du Projet project showroom. The exhibition creates a compelling dialogue between art and the worksite, introducing a fresh perspective of La Samaritaine while reaffirming close ties with the world of contemporary creativity.

The Grand Prix La Samaritaine, chaired this year by photographer Sarah Moon and Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti and a member of the board of the LVMH Group, was awarded to photographer Anaïs Boudot on September 27, 2016. The award, which includes 15,000 euros in prize money, was created to encourage and support emerging artists. The video shot by SMITH also received a special jury prize.

Artists participating in “Ma Samaritaine 2016”:

– Photography: David De Beyter, Anaïs Boudot, Kai-Chun Chiang, Jannick Guillou, Hanako Murakami and Baptiste Rabichon.

– Video: Dmitri Makhomet, Enrique Ramirez, Momoko Seto and SMITH.


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

Source: LVMH


The LVMH Group’s Swiss watchmaking houses – TAG Heuer, Zenith and Hublot host joint exhibition at the Salon de Genève

The LVMH Group’s Swiss watchmaking houses – TAG Heuer, Zenith and Hublot host joint exhibition at the Salon de Genève


Paris, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LVMH Group’s three Swiss watchmaking houses – TAG Heuer, Zenith and Hublot – are for the first time hosting a joint exhibition during the Salon de Genève, one of the watch industry’s premier events alongside Baselworld. Two months before Baselworld opens, the three watchmakers are unveiling striking new creations for 2017.

In a first for LVMH watchmaking houses, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith have come together in Geneva to present their new creations to watch professionals (retailers, journalists, etc.) and the public, two months ahead of the industry’s showcase event, Baselworld. The three houses are inviting guests to discover their timepieces on a boat moored in front of the Kempinski hotel. The exhibition is open to the public, giving watch lovers a chance to see the latest innovations firsthand. TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith are each featuring striking new timepieces.

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer presents the Aquaracer 300 Meter 43 mm. The 2017 edition has an aluminum bezel, replacing the ceramic version, and a quartz movement. TAG Heuer is also introducing an exciting new version for women with a natural mother-of-pearl dial in blue or black, finished with a ceramic bezel set with diamonds and a satin strap.

In addition, TAG Heuer has updated the iconic Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The new version is available in titanium, framed by a black ceramic bezel and a tachymeter scale. The sapphire case back reveals the beautiful mechanics of the automatic movement and the weight, decorated with a Côtes de Genève pattern.

The Swiss manufacture is also unveiling a new version of its signature Chrono model, the Carrera HEUER-01. This men’s chronograph is made entirely in matt black ceramic, updated for a sleek contemporary look.


Hublot continues to dress wrists with audacity, introducing six new models in its emblematic Big Bang collection. The Big Bang One Click 39 mm has an oversize interchangeable leather strap, while the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo revisits neon, featuring the finest St. Gallen embroidery in four bright, bold colors: Cobalt Blue, Sunflower, Hot Pink and Malachite Green.

The Maison shakes up traditional watchmaking codes too with the Big Bang MECA-10 Magic Gold, equipped with the new Hublot Manufacture calibre, the HUB1201, and a case made from Magic Gold, the first scratch-resistant gold.

The ingenuous watch manufacture has also conceived a timepiece that makes it simple for travelers to use a GMT complication. The Big Bang Unico GMT instantly updates the second time zone with a pushbutton, eliminating the need to reset all the hands with each change between time zones.


The legendary El Primero chronograph by Zenith is now decked out in striking black and white variations.  Available in two versions, the El Primero 36’000 VpH chronograph epitomizes the duality of charm and high mechanical precision. With an intense black ceramic-aluminum case, a three-counter dial and perforated rubber strap, the contrasting twin timepieces are a study in natural balance.

Zenith celebrates its past with the Heritage 146 chronograph, inspired by a 1960s watch and now equipped with an El Primero movement. The new version features a two-counter dial without a date window, a configuration typical of 1960s chronographs. This exclusive edition is available in two dial options: tropical brown or blue sunray with rhodium-coated baton hands.


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

Source: LVMH


Sears Auto Center launches “Digital Tire Journey” web app to help customers identify the best tires to fit their driving needs

Sears Auto Center launches “Digital Tire Journey” web app to help customers identify the best tires to fit their driving needs


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Auto Center introduced the pilot launch of the “Digital Tire Journey“, a web app that relies on IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier service to help Sears Automotive customers identify the appropriate tires to fit their driving preferences within the following categories: Comfort Warrior, Value Seeker, Off-Roader, High Performer, Safety Seeker and Winter Warrior.

Choosing the right tire can be tough for drivers when there are thousands of different tire brands, makes and models. Typical ecommerce websites selling tires often limit users to a drop-down menu of pre-selected tire terms without considering the driving and lifestyle preferences of shoppers. To find the best tire, consumers need to consider not only their vehicle’s make, model and tire size, but also how it supports their everyday routines and hobbies.

The Sears Auto Digital Tire Journey is being created to provide tire recommendations based on the driver style through a customer’s response to the question, “When it comes to tires, what’s most important to you?” A soccer dad may answer, “I am concerned about driving my kids safely” so tires that have higher safety ratings are presented. After the user types in an answer, the Digital Tire Journey shows what type of driving style they have with the help of the Watson Natural Language Classifier service. The tool then recommends tires with consumer ratings to assist drivers in making an informed purchasing decision.

“Our vision is to put our members’ lives in drive. We do that by investing in people, products and technology to keep them moving safely on the road of life,” said Brian Kaner, president of Sears Auto Centers. “The Digital Tire Journey is an innovative service that helps customers cut through the clutter while integrating digital, mobile and online with in-store shopping.”

Getting tire results is easy – simply enter a license plate or make/model of the vehicle to view tires from top brands that are right for the driver, along with objective ratings from previous customers. Users have several purchase options: buy the tires online, schedule an appointment for installation at the nearest Sears Auto Center or reach a call center agent to ask additional questions and purchase the tires by phone.

For more information, visit www.searsauto.com or Digital Tire Experience.

About Sears Auto Center
Sears Auto Center is a leading provider of automotive maintenance and repair services and parts, with more than 600 locations nationwide offering a full array of passenger and light truck tires, including RoadHandler™, Michelin and Goodyear; DieHard® batteries, Craftsman® auto accessories and more. Sears has a long history as America’s trusted place for car care, having offered auto parts since 1905 and service since 1931. Sears Auto Center offers customers convenient locations and hours – open seven days a week, as well as an extensive menu of services. Sears Auto Center is a division of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For more information on Sears Auto Center please visit www.SearsAuto.com. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SearsAuto | Twitter @SearsAuto.

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 shopyourway.com. 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. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com 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 largest provider of home services, with nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

Larry Costello
Sears Holdings

SOURCE: Sears Auto Center


Kesko ranked 25th and the only Finnish company included in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list

Helsinki, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has been ranked 25th in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list and, at the same time, as the most sustainable trading sector company in the world. Kesko is the only Finnish company included in the list every year since it was established in 2005.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list has been announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. For the list, companies were assessed on 14 sustainability indicators in the areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility.

“Responsible business is essential for the achievement of good and sustainable financial results. Good corporate governance, responsibility assurance and supply chain transparency are the basis of our operations,” says Kesko President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Responsibility is reflected in the K-Group’s daily operations

The K-Group wants to be a pioneer in corporate responsibility and stakeholders also expect us to operate responsibly.

In November 2016, we published the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a Kesko website where we explain how we promote the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We completed a human rights impact assessment in compliance with UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and published a human rights commitment in September 2016.

In October 2016, we published the K Code of Conduct, which outlines the shared guidelines for the work of each Kesko employee and business partner.

In December 2016, we started building solar power plants on the rooftops of seven new K-food stores. By summer 2017, there will be as many as 15 solar power plants on K-food store roofs. These new investments will make the K-Group Finland’s biggest producer and user of solar power.

Kesko participates in the 2017-2025 action plan of the commerce sector Energy Efficiency Agreement. In accordance with the agreement, Kesko commits itself to reducing its energy consumption by 7.5% through various saving measures.

The Global 100 list is prepared by Canada-based Corporate Knights Inc. and is based on a global assessment of around 4,000 listed companies.

The Global 100 list for 2017 has been published at http://www.corporateknights.com/reports/global-100/.

Read more: Kesko’s ranking in sustainability indices

Kesko is a Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. In 2015, Kesko’s net sales totalled €8.7 billion and it employed over 20,000 people. Kesko operates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main premises are in Helsinki. www.kesko.fi

Further information:
Matti Kalervo
Kesko Corporation
Vice President
Corporate Responsibility
tel. +358 50 306 4081

Source: Kesko Corporation

Argos stores in Scotland raised £20,727 during December fundraising drive for Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sixty-eight Argos stores in Scotland who took part in a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising drive during December have raised over twenty thousand pounds (£20,727), which is enough to fund 740 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Each Scottish Argos store team organised its own individual activities to encourage customers to get involved. These ranged from charity raffles and sponsored silences, to bake sales, Christmas jumper days and even a few painful sponsored leg waxes.

Laura Lamont, store manager for Glasgow Parkhead, who helped organise the activity in West Scotland said:  “In the spirit of community in the area, we came up with an idea to pull everyone together in the busiest month of the year to give something back.

“Stores were targeted with raising £20,000 for Macmillan – what they did was up to them but the idea was about dedicating time in store to fundraising and have some fun doing it! My guys loved it, my customers loved it and more importantly we raised money for a great cause doing it.”

Some of the stores ran a ‘guess the age’ competition for a metre-tall Chad Valley giant teddy bear with the winner getting an extra cuddly Christmas present to take home.

Perhaps the toughest fundraising activity was an ice bucket challenge which saw eighteen buckets of freezing cold water thrown at the Argos store team members on a chilly December morning.

Sheena Newport, store manager for Bathgate, who helped organise the activity in East Scotland said:  “MacMillan holds a special place in our hearts especially when you look at all of the hard work, care and respite that they offer to those that are suffering and their families too.

“With this in mind we were determined to do something different and really push the boat out over the festive period for a very deserving cause.  Every store in Scotland reached out to their local communities at the busiest time of the year and we cannot thank them enough! Everyone was amazing!”

Catriona Munn, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added:  “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Argos colleagues and their customers since partnering in 2015. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the Scottish Argos stores for their enthusiasm and for raising this fantastic amount, which will help fund vital nursing hours for people living with cancer.”

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers across the UK have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Notes to Editors:

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through www.argos.co.uk, www.habitat.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About the Macmillan Cancer Support & Argos partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Argos and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR

Source: Argos

EROSKI alcanza las 512 tiendas de nueva generación

EROSKI alcanza las 512 tiendas de nueva generación


  • 26 hipermercados y 486 supermercados permiten una compra más fácil y atractiva al cliente con una fuerte especialización en frescos y el protagonismo de los productos locales
  • Las tiendas de nueva generación han generado 1.155 nuevos puestos de trabajo y se han invertido más de 150.000 horas de formación a los equipos
  • Durante los últimos 4 años, EROSKI ha invertido más de 300 millones de euros en su transformación al nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”
  • Para este 2017, EROSKI prevé añadir 79 nuevas remodelaciones, además de 4 nuevas aperturas de tiendas propias

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha avanzado fuertemente en la transformación de su red de establecimientos a la nueva generación de tiendas que impulsa según el modelo comercial “contigo”, tal y como marca una de las líneas prioritarias de su plan estratégico. Tras una inversión de más de 300 millones de euros durante los últimos 4 años, son ya 512 los establecimientos de nueva generación de su red comercial – 26 hipermercados y 486 supermercados, entre propios y franquiciados – que ofrecen una compra más fácil y atractiva al consumidor de hoy.

En 2016 EROSKI ha incorporado, entre transformaciones y aperturas, a su red de tiendas de nueva generación 173 establecimientos, 9 hipermercados y 164 supermercados. “Durante los últimos ejercicios, más que una remodelación, hemos aplicado un giro radical a las tiendas EROSKI buscando diferenciarlas respecto a cualquier otra tienda competidora, ofreciendo siempre un plus de calidad y servicio a nuestros clientes y mejorando la competitividad en los precios” ha detallado la directora general de red comercial de EROSKI, Rosa Carabel.

La mayor libertad de elección del consumidor con un trato más personalizado, una fuerte especialización en frescos y el alto protagonismo de los productos locales son las principales señas de identidad de la nueva generación de tiendas “contigo” que buscan, en último término, promover una mayor cultura gastronómica y una alimentación más saludable.

Las tiendas de nueva generación de EROSKI se concentran principalmente en la franja norte de la península, donde el Grupo mantiene una sólida posición con un 19% de cuota de mercado. Así, de las tiendas remodeladas, 71 están en Galicia, 11 en Cantabria, 147 en País Vasco, 37 en Navarra, 11 en La Rioja, 17 en Aragón y 151 en Cataluña. Las 67 tiendas de nueva generación restantes se reparten entre Baleares, Madrid, Castilla León y Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura y Andalucía.

En términos de empleo, la transformación de la red hacia tiendas de nueva generación se ha traducido, hasta el día de hoy, en la creación de 1.155 nuevos puestos de trabajo, de los cuales 241 corresponden a los hipermercados transformados y 914 a los supermercados propios y franquiciados. En su conjunto, los equipos que trabajan en las tiendas de nueva generación han dedicado más de 150.000 horas a formación para ofrecer una mejor atención al cliente y avanzar en herramientas de autogestión para adecuar mejor su tienda al contexto competitivo. “Estamos realizando una fuerte apuesta por capacitar a nuestros equipos para ofrecer una atención al cliente absolutamente diferenciada” concluye Carabel.

79 remodelaciones y 4 aperturas previstas para 2017

EROSKI seguirá su “velocidad de crucero” en la remodelación de su red comercial durante 2017 añadiendo 83 tiendas de nueva generación. Durante este año se abordarán las remodelaciones de 3 hipermercados EROSKI (Calahorra en LaRioja, Llodio en Álava y Ponteareas en Pontevedra) y 76 supermercados, que se sumaran a las nuevas aperturas de supermercado ya anunciadas para este año en Bizkaia (Galdakao y Amorebieta) y en San Sebastián y la apertura de un supermercado EROSKI Center en Galicia.

Durante 2017, EROSKI acelerará la expansión de su modelo comercial “contigo” en Baleares con 18 remodelaciones de supermercados. “En Baleares, que es un mercado donde EROSKI tiene una notoriedad muy importante, no hemos desarrollado el nuevo modelo ‘contigo’ hasta que no estuviera consolidado en otras regiones. Durante el pasado año hicimos las 2 primeras remodelaciones de tiendas y los resultados de la transformación han sido espectaculares” explica la directora general de red comercial de EROSKI, y apunta “estamos muy contentos de la acogida que han mostrado los consumidores baleares a una apuesta más decidida por los alimentos frescos y locales”

En paralelo, EROSKI sigue apostando por expandir su red de tiendas de nueva generación a través de emprendedores locales que quieran abrir su propio negocio en franquicia. “Extendemos rápidamente a la red franquiciada las innovaciones y nuevas prácticas de éxito que desarrollamos en nuestra red de tiendas propias. Trabajamos conjuntamente con nuestros franquiciados desde el primer momento desde la cultura de servicio al cliente. Un franquiciado es para nosotros un socio en un viaje a largo plazo en el que vamos de la mano construyendo un negocio que aporte una buena rentabilidad para ambas partes. Queremos que se sientan una parte importante de nuestro proyecto y estamos muy satisfechos con las relaciones de confianza creadas en nuestra red de franquiciados, de quienes también aprendemos permanentemente”, explica Carabel.

28 puntos de recogida para las compras online

EROSKI se ha distinguido durante los últimos años también por su apuesta por la convergencia entre las tiendas físicas y el comercio electrónico como una estrategia para mejorar la experiencia global de compra a través de nuevas formas de relación con un cliente que avanza hacia la multicanalidad.

Cuenta ya con 28 puntos para la recogida de compras online, bien en puntos urbanos muy céntricos con un alto paso de viandantes, o bien para recoger el pedido en un parking de paso sin salir del coche. De estos puntos, 17 están situados en País Vasco, 7 en Cataluña, y 2 en Navarra y Galicia.

El supermercado online de EROSKI, disponible también a través de una aplicación para móviles, ofrece más de 15.000 referencias de alimentación, frescos, limpieza, cuidado personal y mascotas y ofrece el servicio a domicilio en las principales ciudades españolas como Madrid y Barcelona, además de en Baleares, Cáceres, Cantabria, Ceuta, Galicia, Guadalajara, Huesca, La Rioja, Málaga, Navarra, País Vasco, Tarragona, Toledo y Zaragoza.

Compromiso con el tejido productivo agroalimentario local

El modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa otorga un gran protagonismo a los productos locales y especialmente a los alimentos frescos de temporada como base de una alimentación saludable. “Una visita a cualquiera de nuestras tiendas de nueva generación permite ver que los productos locales ocupan lugares preferentes en nuestros lineales. Hemos convertido nuestros establecimientos en plataformas abiertas a la comercialización de alimentos locales, especialmente frescos. Contamos con casi 21.000 productos locales en los lineales de nuestras tiendas y colaboramos con Denominaciones de Origen e Indicaciones Geográficas Protegidas de toda España”, ha explicado Carabel.

Esto tiene también reflejo en las compras de la cooperativa y es posible por la colaboración de EROSKI con 4.793 proveedores agroalimentarios, más del 50% de los cuales son pequeños productores locales.  “Más la mitad de nuestros proveedores son pequeños productores locales y regionales con quienes trabajamos con una política de compras y aprovisionamiento adaptada a su dimensión y desarrollando conjuntamente proyectos para la profesionalización y crecimiento empresarial.  Se trata de una clara apuesta por impulsar un sector agroalimentario basado en la diversidad de su tejido productivo como un elemento clave para su sostenibilidad y su contribución a la economía, cultura y paisaje de cada entorno”, ha aclarado la directora general de red comercial de EROSKI.

La propuesta de frescos de la tienda “contigo” cambia a lo largo del año y se alinea con las temporadas locales de producción. Estas secciones tienen un peso superior al 25% en las ventas en hipermercados y más del 40% en supermercados. “Nuestra apuesta por la especialización en frescos está dando unos resultados muy positivos. Incluso el 75% de las cestas de nuestros clientes en internet contiene productos frescos lo que avala su confianza en la calidad de nuestra oferta”, ha revelado Carabel.

Los productos dietéticos y biológicos también ven aumentado su espacio en las tiendas de nueva generación, configurando espacios que agrupan todas las nuevas tendencias para una alimentación más saludable. Además, esta sección se completa con una amplia gama de productos específicos para intolerancias alimentarias (gluten, lactosa…) o nuevos productos adecuados para una alimentación baja en grasas, azúcar o sal.

A este compromiso con la salud también se suma una renovada sección de Perfumería y Parafarmacia más amplia, atendida por personal con formación especializada que ofrece una completa atención al cliente para el cuidado personal.

Tiendas que reducen su impacto medioambiental

Las tiendas de nueva generación de EROSKI buscan reducir su impacto medioambiental y para ello cuentan como referente a la ecotienda de tercera generación abierta en 2012 que consiguió reducir hasta un 65% el consumo energético respecto a un supermercado convencional.

Durante estos años, a medida que EROSKI ha ido expandiendo la transformación de sus tiendas a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, en paralelo junto a esas mismas remodelaciones, ha ido incorporando los nuevos sistemas de equipamiento y gestión de frío, climatización e iluminación para mejorar su eficiencia energética, reducir costes innecesarios y minimizar el impacto medioambiental de su actividad.

Asimismo, las tiendas de nueva generación de EROSKI minimizan los residuos que genera su actividad dado que ningún alimento retirado de la venta pero apto para el consumo es desechado sino que es donado a organizaciones solidarias. Además, el programa “Economía Circular” de EROSKI establece circuitos de reciclaje para distintas materias primas. Durante el pasado ejercicio, EROSKI superó las 15.000 toneladas de cartón, plástico y porex reciclados.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (January 17, 2017) announced that HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors, succeeding Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container Store. In addition, eight new members have been elected to the board, and Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO Karen Katz has been named chair of the NRF Foundation.

“As the leader of a company that has pioneered the new frontiers of retail, Mindy Grossman represents the future of our industry but also understands and values its roots,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Along with our new board members, she is the right leader at the right time as retail continues to evolve, innovate and meet new challenges both in the business world and the public policy arena.”

“Retail has always been a rapidly evolving business and that has never been more true than today,” Grossman said. “NRF is a vital organization for tapping into the best and brightest ideas and then disseminating that thought leadership throughout the industry. These are exciting times to be in retail and I look forward to serving the industry in this new role.”

Grossman, who will serve a two-year-term, was elected as the board held its annual winter meeting in New York on Sunday as part of Retail’s BIG Show. Katz, who will also serve for two years, will succeed Grossman as vice chair of the NRF board in addition to chairing the Foundation.

“Karen Katz has a deep commitment to the mission of the NRF Foundation and its focus on retail careers,” Shay said. “Her leadership will be a vital factor as the foundation works to shine a spotlight on the wide range of exciting professional careers available in retail and to prepare young people to enter this dynamic industry.”

“Retail is one of the best places to work whether you’re looking for a part-time job or a lifelong career,” Katz said. “The NRF Foundation is working hard to make sure everyone from college students to Congress knows about the range of opportunities available in our industry and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

New members of the board include:

  • North Carolina Retail Merchants Association President and CEO Andy Ellen
  • eBags Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Peter Cobb
  • Westfield Retail Solutions President Don Kingsborough
  • Google Inc. Vice President of U.S. Sales John McAteer
  • IBM Vice President and General Manager-Global Consumer Industry Steve Laughlin
  • Ashley Stewart Inc. Executive Chairman and CEO James Rhee
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP Vice Chairman-U.S. Retail and Distribution Leader Rodney Sides
  • Sephora Americas President and CEO Calvin McDonald

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

Treacy Reynolds
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF applauds warning from New York Fed CEO that border adjustment tax would have “unintended consequences” for American consumers

NEW YORK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation applauded a warning from Federal Reserve Bank of New York President and CEO William Dudley today (January 17, 2017) that a border adjustment tax would have “unintended consequences” for American consumers.

“Mr. Dudley and retailers are in agreement: a border adjustment scheme would be a risky experiment for the American economy,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Economic theorists are playing with fire and it’s the consumer who ultimately will lose.”

“We are pleased to hear Mr. Dudley voice his support for corporate tax reform,” French said. “The best way to grow our economy is for Congress to lower tax rates for all businesses, not pick winners and losers.”

In a keynote session at NRF’s Retail’s BIG Show this morning, Dudley was asked about his views on the border adjustability provision in the “Better Way” tax reform plan proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

“That type of adjustment proposal in the House, it’s a pretty dramatic change,” Dudley said. “I think that it will probably lead to a lot of changes in the value of the dollar, the prices of imported goods in the U.S. I’m not sure that that would all happen very smoothly and I also think there could be lots of unintended consequences.”

“I’m not of the view that import prices would go up 10 percent and the dollar would appreciate by exactly 10 percent so that the value that retailers pay for the imported goods would be exactly the same in dollar terms.”

“I’d like to see corporate tax reform and I’d like to see something that does reduce some of the distortions that occur, but I want to see something I think that is probably a little less dramatic.”

The border adjustment provision of the plan would, in effect, create a border tax on imported goods by ending retailers’ ability to deduct the cost of merchandise that they import. That means retailers would be taxed at nearly the full selling price of imported merchandise rather than just their profit.

That would have significant implications for retailers and other industries that import goods into the United States, including automobiles, technology, food and fuel. Analysis by NRF and many of its member companies indicates that the proposed tax would drive up costs, erode profits and exceed any benefits from a lower corporate tax rate. It would require price increases of up to 15 percent to retain profitability, effectively creating a new tax paid by consumers.

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

Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE responds to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit


“The Prime Minister has an ambitious plan with the right priorities. It is crucial that Britain gets a new deal that works for ordinary British consumers, which doesn’t hit them with the costs of new import tariffs at a time when the pound is already weakened. The Government has an opportunity to secure a win-win deal that works for the UK economy, by keeping prices down for consumers, while allowing the EU to continue benefiting from its open-trade relationship with the UK.

“This deal will take time to agree. The proposed ‘phased introduction’ must at all costs avoid the cliff-edge scenario – a sudden and overnight change in trading conditions that won’t benefit anyone. The number one priority for an orderly exit should be to allow all goods traded between the EU and the UK to be in free circulation.”

On the transfer of EU regulation:

“We welcome the clarity provided by the Government’s intention to transfer existing EU-based regulation into UK-based regulation.  Transferring responsibility for regulation from the EU to the UK will be a complicated task, taking up enormous resource. The focus should be ensuring the smooth transition from EU to UK law. Substantive reform will have to wait until we have left the EU.”

On the status of EU colleagues:

“Workers from the European Union are part of the reason that British retailers are often able to deliver affordable and high-quality goods. The Government is right to signal reassurance to EU workers throughout our UK supply chains about their right to remain here.”

Notes to Editors:

Retailers have come together to evaluate the impact of different potential trading arrangements, the analysis of which will be published by the British Retail Consortium soon.



Source: BRC

RILA responds to federal district court decision to remand South Dakota’s case against three large online retailers

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA’s) Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White issued the following statement in response to a decision by federal district court judge Roberto Lange today (1/17/2017)  to remand South Dakota’s case against three large online retailers to state court.

“Today’s decision to remand the case to state court will allow the issue to proceed through the state courts and up to the U.S. Supreme Court without an unnecessary jurisdictional burden.

“Retailers have long fought for a level playing field for the collection and remittance of online sales tax. We hope that the South Dakota case will provide the vehicle that Justice Kennedy requested for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the outdated Quill physical presence rule.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Source: RILA

CarMax to fill more than 120 positions at its two new stores opening in Puyallup and Lynnwood, Wash. in March 2017

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (January 16, 2017) announced that it is hiring to fill more than 120 positions at the company’s two new stores opening in Puyallup and Lynnwood, Wash. in March 2017. These CarMax stores will be the first in the Puget Sound region. The Puyallup and Lynnwood stores will be located at 202 Valley Avenue NW and 21317 Highway 99, respectively. The first CarMax in Washington state opened in 2014 in Spokane.

CarMax is looking for full and part-time employees and is offering up to a $5,000 sign-on bonus for automotive technicians in its service department. With competitive pay and benefits; and a foundation built around integrity, trust and giving back; CarMax has been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® 12 consecutive years. Applications are now being accepted on the retailer’s website at http://jobs.carmax.com.

Who is CarMax Hiring?

  • CarMax is seeking applicants for full and part-time positions.
  • Available positions include sales, business office, and service operations positions including inventory, painters and technicians.
  • Technicians require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not require experience.
  • Many CarMax associates have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s, Walmart and Macy’s.

Why Work at CarMax?

  • CarMax is committed to hiring people with strong values of integrity, transparency and respect. We live these values every day and they drive how we treat our associates and our customers.
  • CarMax offers unmatched training and support for associate career growth.
  • CarMax offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • Stores are equipped with climate controlled, state-of-the-art service bays with quality equipment, and associates also receive discounts on car purchases and other services.
  • CarMax is recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 15 Best Workplaces in Retail and 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, as well as one of TRAINING Magazine’s “Training Top 125” companies in America.

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contact:
Lindsey Duke
CarMax Public Relation
(855) 887-2915

Source: CarMax, Inc.

General Growth Properties, Inc., to officially change its name to GGP Inc. effective Jan. 27, 2017

CHICAGO, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Effective Jan. 27, 2017, General Growth Properties, Inc., will officially change its name to GGP Inc. (GGP).

Founded in 1954, the company was a real estate developer of grocery anchor strip centers. Acquiring its first shopping center two years later, GGP would evolve into one of the preeminent developers of regional shopping centers that would define the retail landscape in the United States.

“GGP is in the retail real estate business. The United States has 8 billion square feet of retail real estate, with approximately 1.3 billion square feet considered high quality. We control eight percent, approximately 100 million square feet, of the best retail real estate in the country,” explained Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP. “In addition to traditional retailers, our regional shopping centers incorporate supermarkets and lifestyle stores as well as dining and entertainment venues. Retailers are channel agnostic and seek the best retail real estate.”

As a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), GGP currently owns and operates 126 retail properties in 40 states. With a focus on creating an optimal customer experience, GGP owns and operates best-in-class retail properties that provide an outstanding environment for its communities, retailers, employees and shareholders.

About GGP

GGP is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Lindsay Kahn
Public Relations
Manager of GGP

Source: GGP

JCPenney and NIKE partner to create Nike brand shops in over 600 JCPenney stores

JCPenney and NIKE partner to create Nike brand shops in over 600 JCPenney stores


PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — From athletes to fashion enthusiasts, activewear continues to score big with shoppers, which is why JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] and NIKE, Inc. (NYSE: NKE) have teamed up to create inspiring Nike brand shop environments in over 600 JCPenney stores. The new Nike shops boast pumped up visual elements featuring world-class athletes and crisp signage to help shoppers find the best gear for basketball, training, running and more. The shops also feature an expanded assortment of apparel and accessories from one of the world’s leading activewear brands.

“Nike is immensely popular across all categories and with the rapid rise of activewear and athletic shoes, we want to have the best expression of Nike in any department store,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “JCPenney is an activewear destination, and by partnering with a perception-shifting national brand like Nike, we can deliver both the performance and athleisure products that customers want. Shoppers browsing our new Nike environments will be both inspired and motivated to take their athletic wardrobe to the next level.”

Anchored by an impressive Nike swoosh sign suspended above the shop, JCPenney has dedicated 500 sq. ft. of space to the activewear giant in a prominent location within the men’s department. Motivating graphics of athletes adorn the shop walls and updated fixtures, combined with dedicated mannequins, present the merchandise in an inspiring light. The iconic Nike logo is emblazoned throughout the shop and popular activities, including basketball, training and running, are called out with new signage to help customers shop quickly and easily. The JCPenney and Nike teams worked closely together to test various visual elements at a JCPenney store in Portland, Ore., to create the inspiring environment for the men’s department, now available in 600 locations across the country. Similar visual elements are available in select stores for women and kids.

Nike has a strong reputation for athletic innovation, and its ability to infuse sportswear with performance benefits appeals to a wide audience. The Nike shops inside JCPenney boast stylish apparel and accessories for men who are passionate about their sport. Fitness enthusiasts will find everything they need to maximize their workouts including Dri-FIT base layer pants, mesh shorts, jogger pants, moisture wicking compression tees, performance socks and breathable hoodies. The versatile selection of apparel is perfect for a casual weekend outing or a high intensity workout. In addition to performance and athleisure apparel, shoppers will also find an array of accessories, including weighted jump ropes, water bottles, workout gloves, gym socks and sweat bands.

Sneakers With Sole
Nike athletic shoes for men are situated adjacent to the shop for an easy, seamless shopping experience with over 100 locations featuring enhanced visual elements consistent with the new men’s environment. With over 50 styles designed for running, training, basketball and more, JCPenney features a strong statement of the hottest Nike sneakers, including the Tanjun lifestyle shoe, to complement the versatile selection of performance and athleisure apparel. This spring, JCPenney will introduce even more technologies and streetwear styles with popular outsoles.

Nike Scores Big Online
To complement the availability of extended sizes in stores, JCPenney offers shoppers more colors and size ranges of Nike products for men, women and kids at jcp.com. For team enthusiasts, The Sports Fan Shop boasts Nike brand apparel and gear in the top college, NFL, MLB and soccer teams including a Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys game jersey for $99.95, a University of Southern California 2017 Rose Bowl Championship locker room t-shirt for $34.95 and a Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions hoodie for $74.95.

The Nike selection at JCPenney will be featured throughout JCPenney marketing, including weekly sales circulars, direct mail, email and social media. Nike complements a robust assortment of fitness and athleisure brands available at JCPenney, including the retailer’s private brand, Xersion®, and exclusive brand, MSX™ by Michael Strahan.

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

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images, and company information.

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.


SUPERVALU INC. announces the appointment of Anne Dament as SVP of Retail, Merchandising and Marketing

SUPERVALU INC. announces the appointment of Anne Dament as SVP of Retail, Merchandising and Marketing


MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today (Jan. 18, 2017) announced that Anne Dament has been named Senior Vice President of Retail, Merchandising and Marketing effective immediately. In this role, Dament will lead the Company’s retail banner operations, oversee the retail merchandising and marketing functions, and report to Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dament, a 25-year retail veteran who began her career at SUPERVALU, most recently served as Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Target Corporation where she oversaw food merchandising for its grocery business, including perishables, non-perishables, food service and private label brands.

“I’m thrilled that Anne is joining our leadership team,” said Mark Gross. “As we focus on improving our retail store performance, Anne’s experience across varied retail and merchandising disciplines should prove extremely beneficial. Anne is a dynamic, collaborative leader with great experience building and leading high performing teams through transformation and change.”

“Returning to SUPERVALU provides a great opportunity to collaborate with grocery veterans I’ve respected throughout my career. Together, I’m looking forward to bringing a renewed energy to our retail banners,” said Dament.

Prior to joining Target, Dament spent seven years in senior level positions at PetSmart, including roles as Vice President of Merchandising Solutions and Vice President of Services. Dament’s retail career also includes 10 years in roles of increasing responsibility for Safeway where she held numerous category director positions, as well as the positions of Vice President, Business Unit General Manager, Homecare and General Merchandise; Group Vice President, Safeway.com; and Group Vice President, Perishable Strategy.

A native Minnesotan, Dament holds a marketing degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $13 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,067 stores composed of 1,850 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business, 195 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners, and 22 stores operated under the Shop ‘N Save name in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (store counts as of December 3, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 30,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Steve Bloomquist

Jeff Swanson


SM Prime Holdings recognized as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Countries Entering China

SM Prime Holdings recognized as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Countries Entering China


Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The year 2016 proved to be an auspicious one for Philippine brand SM Prime Holdings Co. Ltd. (SMPH), operator of SM Supermalls, which led to a recognition as one of the 2016 Top Ten Successful ASEAN Enterprises Entering China. The award was given by the China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) during ceremonies held at Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, China.

Present during the prestigious event were hundreds of top business and government officials from various organizations of China and member states of ASEAN. Representing SMPH were Senior Vice President Steven Tan and AVP Marketing of China Vivien Cheng.

“We receive this award with great honor not only for the company, but for the Philippines,” said Steven Tan. “This shows the tremendous cooperation among ASEAN members, which could only augur well for the future of the entire region.”

SM’s CABC award recognizes the company’s various investments and contributions to the industry. Currently, it has 7 malls in China, which include Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, Chongqing, Zibo, and Tianjin. SM City Tianjin is touted as one of the world’s biggest shopping malls in the world today. SM’s successful presence in China has yielded several awards and recognitions from various organizations, collecting over 10 awards in 2016 alone.

The CABC serves as a conduit between China and ASEAN trade and economic relations and development. The body is composed of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), national business leaders, entrepreneurs and experts from ASEAN members. It is supported by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the ASEAN Ambassadors to China, among others.

Source: SM Investments Corporation


Stockmann announces shareholders’ Nomination Board proposals for the Annual General Meeting on 23 March 2017

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stockmann’s shareholders’ Nomination Board has in its meeting decided to propose the following to the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on 23 March 2017:

The Nomination Board proposes that the number of members of the Board of Directors remain eight.

The shareholders’ Nomination Board proposes that the present members of the Board of Directors, Kaj-Gustaf Bergh, Jukka Hienonen, Susanne Najafi, Leena Niemistö, Michael Rosenlew, Per Sjödell and Dag Wallgren, all having given their consents, be re-elected for the term of office continuing until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.

Board member Torborg Chetkovich has informed that she will no longer be available as member of the company’s Board of Directors. The Nomination Board proposes that LL.M, M.Sc.(Econ.) Esa Lager with his consent, be elected new Board member for the term of office stated above. Esa Lager (b. 1959, Finnish citizen) is professional Board member and he has earlier had several management positions in the Outokumpu Group, e.g. as deputy to CEO and CFO.

The Nomination Board proposes that the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors remain at the present level.

Additional information on the member proposed by the Stockmann’s shareholders’ Nomination Board can be found on the company’s website www.stockmanngroup.com. The proposals of the Nomination Board will be included in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.

Magnus Bargum (nominated by Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland) acts as Chairman of Stockmann’s shareholders’ Nomination Board, and Kaj-Gustaf Bergh (nominated by Föreningen Konstsamfundet rf.), Ole Johansson (nominated by HTT STC Holding Oy Ab), Leena Niemistö (nominated by Kari Niemistö) and Stockmann’s Chairman of the Board Jukka Hienonen act as members of the Nomination Board.


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Source: STOCKMANN plc

Wawa Inc. launches into Southeast Florida; starts hiring for its first stores in Palm Beach County and Broward County

Opening of New Southeast Florida Stores Will Create More than 400 Jobs in Local Communities in 2017

West Palm Beach, FL, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc. is thrilled to announce that it is in the final stages of its launch into Southeast Florida with the first wave of new stores slated to open during the first half of 2017. Wawa’s store operations team has started accepting applications for jobs at the first stores it will open in Palm Beach County and Broward County and will begin interviews and hiring in January, 2017. Wawa’s Talent Acquisition team has already begun hiring for Customer Service Supervisors in both counties in anticipation of future store openings throughout the year.

To fill these more than 400 new jobs, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores, Wawa is looking to hire Customer Service Supervisors, Night Supervisors and Customer Service Associates.

Wawa will be hosting a hiring fair from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Wed., Jan. 18th at the Courtyard, 1800 Centrepark Drive East, West Palm Beach, FL. Wawa hiring managers recommend prospective candidates with prior restaurant/retail experience to apply to the career site prior to attending the hiring fair. “We are thrilled to start writing the next chapter of Wawa’s expansion story here in South Florida and the most exciting part of that story begins when we start to add new associates to our rapidly growing Wawa family,” said Denise Diillio, Wawa Area Manager. “Our team is looking forward to being able to provide more than 400 new job opportunities to enthusiastic associates in Southeast Florida throughout 2017, and continuing to see that number increase as we grow our stores and open more locations in our communities for years to come.”

To apply for a position, please visit www.wawacareer.com.

About Wawa’s Benefits
Wawa wants all associates to be happy and healthy. The generous benefits offered are designed to fit associates’ lifestyles, while helping them build and plan for a great future. Here is a preview of some of the benefits offered to eligible Wawa associates (including dependent and spousal/domestic partner):

• Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
• Wawa, Inc. 401(k) Plan
• Medical, Dental & Vision Plans
• Basic Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
• Management 40 hour work weeks • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care & Dependent Care)
• Wellness Reimbursement, Programs & Screenings
• Paid Personal Time Off
• Educational Assistance Plan

More About Wawa’s Florida Expansion

Wawa plans to open 25 – 30 stores every year throughout the State of Florida for the next several years. During 2017, Wawa will open new stores in Palm Beach and Broward Counties throughout the year. Each new Wawa store will employ nearly 40 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores. Associates in these full and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to earn stock in Wawa’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

About Wawa, Inc.

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In July of 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, winning with the highest “composite loyalty score” of 68 percent, and taking first place in the fresh food category and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. Wawa was recently designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (over 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshlybrewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.


Lori Bruce
Wawa, Inc.

Source: Wawa, Inc.