No risk of aluminum contamination from Premiala’s Flavor Injector

Overview of the Premiala Meat Injector

LONDON, United Kingdom, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following last month’s announcement about cheap metals being used in some meat injectors, Premiala BBQ and Kitchenware today provided some authoritative evidence as to the risks of these cheaper materials, underscoring its decision to use 100% food-safe stainless steel for all food-facing components on its popular Flavor Injector syringe. Some research shows usage of aluminum or brass in food equipment leads to leaching of harmful substances such as lead into food.

Professor Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Professor of Chemistry at Ashland University is an author of the 2014 study “Lead Exposure from Aluminum Cookware in Cameroon“. In the study, he stated:

“Even low-level lead exposures can result in reduced IQ and neurological deficits, and contribute to cardiovascular disease”.

Lead exposure in children is significantly linked to brain damage, mental retardation, lower educational performance, and other adverse health effects.

“We have taken into consideration the threats aluminum poses to health”, stated General Manager, Greg Carder “and do not want to put our customers at risk by including aluminum or brass in any of our products. Our insistence on food-safe stainless steel ensures our customers get both quality results of the meat and the safety from possible lead contamination”.

All food-facing components of the Premiala Flavor Injector are manufactured from food-safe 304-grade stainless steel. The company claims their product doesn’t rust even in the presence of aggravating mixtures such as brine or marinades.

The Premiala Flavor Injector has a 2-oz (60ml) capacity and includes three different needles for injecting different types of marinades into a range of meats.  Consumers can upgrade its one year warranty to a lifetime warranty by joining the company’s VIP customer club. More information, as well as purchasing sources, can be found at http://www.premiala.com/stainless-steel-flavor-injector/

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

Contact:

Greg Carder

General Manager

enquiries@premiala.com

Ahold USA and Delhaize America unveil plans and strategies to further strengthen their brands

Quincy, Mass. and Salisbury, N.C., 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold USA and Delhaize America, proud companies of Royal Ahold Delhaize, are each announcing plans to further strengthen their brands to ensure they will remain customer-focused, close to their communities and positioned to win in their markets. This follows the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group on July 24, 2016, which created the largest grocery retailer group on the United States East Coast, and furthers its strategy centered on building great local brands while capturing the benefits of scale.

As part of this strategy, Ahold USA and Delhaize America in December announced the creation of Retail Business Services LLC, led by Roger Wheeler, President. Retail Business Services will leverage its scale to drive synergies and best practices as well as provide industry-leading expertise, insights and analytics to the Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands to support their respective strategies. Services provided by Retail Business Services, in addition to commercial support, will include financial services, not-for-resale procurement, legal services, information technology, and people systems and services.

With the creation of Retail Business Services, the Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Peapod, Food Lion and Hannaford brands will be able to dedicate full focus on building on their leading positions in their respective markets and delivering even more for their customers. Each of the brands will have distinctive commercial strategies that are tailored to local markets with dedicated resources, including category merchandising, assortment, pricing, promotions, marketing and format teams. This brand-centric structure, which we expect to be complete by early 2018, will better position the Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands to be even more closely connected to their customers and communities. “Positioning the Ahold USA brands to be even closer to their customers will not only help them deepen their connection in their local communities and win in their markets, it will ensure that associates have exciting and rewarding opportunities to make meaningful contributions to each brand’s success,” said Kevin Holt, chief operating officer of Ahold USA.

“Today’s announcements will further strengthen Food Lion and Hannaford’s strong brands,” said Frans Muller, acting chief operating officer (ad interim) of Delhaize America. “The brand-centric structure will enable our Food Lion and Hannaford associates to build even stronger relationships with existing customers and communities in the markets they serve, and win new customers to grow their businesses.”

Ahold USA also announced that its Stop & Shop New York Metro and Stop & Shop New England Divisions will be consolidated into one brand organization. Having a single brand organizational structure dedicated to Stop & Shop will strengthen the brand and will ensure it can better leverage its brand to serve the unique needs of customers in the different markets that Stop & Shop serves.

Delhaize America and Ahold USA brands will maintain their respective office locations in:

 Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass.
 Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C.
 GIANT/MARTIN’S, Carlisle, Penn.
 Hannaford, Scarborough, Maine
 Giant Food, Landover, Md.
 Peapod, Skokie, Ill.

Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands that have regional support offices now will continue to have brand support offices throughout their market areas.

In addition, Holt announced the following Ahold USA brand executive leaders will continue in their roles:

 Mark McGowan, President, Stop & Shop
 Tom Lenkevich, President, GIANT/MARTIN’S
 Gordon Reid, President, Giant Food
 Jennifer Carr-Smith, President, Peapod

“I’m very excited about the brand-centric model at Ahold USA and its brands, which puts the customer at the center of all we do,” said Holt. “Mark, Tom, Gordon and Jennifer all have proven track records and they are the right leaders for our great local brands.”

Muller announced the following Delhaize America brand executive leaders will also continue in their roles:

 Meg Ham, President, Food Lion
 Mike Vail, President, Hannaford

“I am extremely pleased that Meg and Mike will continue to lead and drive the successful strategies of Food Lion and Hannaford,” said Muller. “We have every confidence in the continued success of Food Lion and Hannaford under their leadership.”

In addition, the following executive appointments in the U.S. will become effective when the brand-centric organization is complete, which is expected by early 2018:

 Reporting to Royal Ahold Delhaize:
o Greg Amoroso, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chief Financial Officer
o Linn Evans, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chief Legal Officer

 Reporting to Retail Business Services:
o Kathy Russello, Executive Vice President, People Systems and Services
o JJ Fleeman, Executive Vice President, Commercial Services & Strategy
o Chris Lewis, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
o Paul Scorza, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

The Ahold USA brands and Delhaize America brands will continue to operate as independent companies in the U.S. and will continue to serve their local customers’ needs and be strong community partners in their respective markets.

About Ahold USA

Ahold USA is a proud company of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. Ahold USA supports four regional Divisions – Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover, and Giant Carlisle – that together operate approximately 780 supermarkets with 115,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia along with Peapod, the nation’s leading e-commerce grocery shopping/delivery service. For more information, visit www.aholddelhaize.com.

About Delhaize America

Delhaize America companies include Food Lion and Hannaford, operating more than 1,200 stores along the East Coast. Each banner has a distinct identity and well-established brand image within its respective markets across 16 states, offering market-specific products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers. The companies of Delhaize America employ more than 96,000 fulltime and part-time associates. The company is part of Ahold Delhaize, an international grocery retailer based in Zaandam, Netherlands.

Media Contacts:
Christopher Brand
for Ahold USA
717-240-1513 (office)
717-448-5835 (cell)

Christy Phillips-Brown
for Delhaize America
704-310-2221 (office)
704-245-3317 (cell)

Source:  Ahold USA

SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: Ahold Delhaize repurchased 1,267,000 of Ahold Delhaize common shares from January 30, 2017 up to and including February 3, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize repurchased 1,267,000 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from January 30, 2017 up to and including February 3, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.85 per share for a total consideration of € 25.2 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 4,807,266 common shares for a total consideration of €95.2 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/shareholders/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

 

Dollar General to create 10,000 new jobs as a result of continued growth in 2017

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) intends to create approximately 10,000 new jobs in 2017 as the result of 1,000 planned new store openings and two new state-of-the-art distribution centers. The creation of these approximate 10,000 new jobs will be a roughly nine percent overall increase to its workforce and mark the largest one-year employee increase through organic store and distribution center growth in the company’s 78-year history.

“Dollar General looks forward to welcoming new employees who want to grow with us as we expand throughout the states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These new jobs reflect the organization’s commitment to seize growth opportunities and further deliver Dollar General’s value proposition of everyday low prices on quality merchandise to customers in 1,000 new locations in 2017. Since joining Dollar General in 2008, I’ve had the privilege to see the company grow from approximately 72,000 employees to more than 130,000 anticipated employees by end of the 2017 fiscal year. It really is an exciting time to be a Dollar General employee.”

As all hiring functions are managed online, candidates looking to join Dollar General must apply for all new positions online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.

“This year’s continued growth presents numerous opportunities for candidates looking to begin and develop their careers at one of America’s fastest-growing retailers,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. “Candidates should look to Dollar General as a great career choice for numerous factors including our variety of training and development programs, focus on internal advancement within the company and mission of Serving Others.”

Dollar General plans to use its robust and best-in-class training programs to support the company’s commitment to one of its operating priorities of investing in employees as a competitive advantage. The company is expected to invest more than 1.5 million training hours in employees in 2017 to promote education and development throughout the year. Training magazine recently recognized the company among its Training Top 125 for the sixth consecutive year, ranking #8 on the list.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Dollar General includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws throughout this release. A reader can identify forward-looking statements because they are not limited to historical fact or they use words such as “will,” “should,” “expected,” “anticipated,” “plan,” “looks forward,” “intend,” and similar expressions that concern Dollar General’s strategy, plans, intentions or beliefs about future occurrences or results, including without limitation statements regarding Dollar General’s planned job creation, employee training, and store and distribution center openings.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may change at any time and may cause actual results to differ materially from those that Dollar General expected. Many of these statements are derived from Dollar General’s operating budgets and forecasts, which are based on many detailed assumptions that Dollar General believes are reasonable, or are based on various assumptions about certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future. However, it is very difficult to predict the effect of known factors, and Dollar General cannot anticipate all factors that could affect actual results that may be important to an investor. All forward-looking information should be evaluated in the context of these risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those factors disclosed under “Risk Factors” in Dollar General’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2016 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 1, 2016.

All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements that Dollar General makes from time to time in its SEC filings and public communications. Dollar General cannot assure the reader that it will realize the results or developments Dollar General anticipates, or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences or affect Dollar General or its operations in the way Dollar General expects. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Dollar General undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which they were made, except as otherwise required by law. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, Dollar General.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,205 stores in 43 states as of October 28, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 13,205 stores in 43 states as of October 28, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Media Hotline:

1-877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dg.com

Dan MacDonald
615-855-5209

Crystal Ghassemi
615-855-5210

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Chow Tai Fook celebrates Valentine’s Day with selection of the finest diamond jewellery and store events

Chow Tai Fook celebrates Valentine’s Day with selection of the finest diamond jewellery and store events

 

Hong Kong, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chow Tai Fook curates a wonderful selection of the finest diamond jewellery to let you express your deepest affection and commitment to your love in this Valentine’s Day. Chow Tai Fook Shine Collection, Chow Tai Fook Perfect Love Collection “Together”, Chow Tai Fook Forevermark Swan Bridal Collection, Chow Tai Fook Magic SquareTM Forevermark Collection, Chow Tai Fook “Twinkle Me” Collection (Powered by Coronet) and Chow Tai Fook Disney “Tsum Tsum” Collection will embody your promise of “two hearts as one forever” on the most romantic day of the year.

To celebrate and countdown this sparkling and affectionate moment, Chow Tai Fook is pleased to launch two promotion campaigns, reminding couples of their romance with promises and tokens of love.

“Sparkling Moments”Online Game*

From now until February 14, 2017, customers can visit our promotion site to mix and match their own love declaration, share it to their personal facebook accounts, and stand a chance to win a diamond pendant, HK$100 SOGO vouchers or HK$300 Chow Tai Fook vouchers.

Promotion Site: https://promotion.chowtaifook.com/valentines_2017/

“Sparkling Moments” Store Event*

From February 11 to 12, 2017, customers can join our special store events and enjoy a digital journey of romance at selected branches, to stand a chance to win a diamond pendant, HK$100 SOGO vouchers and HK$300 Chow Tai Fook vouchers.

Store event details:

Date Address
February 11 (Sat) 2PM-5PM 6TH CAUSEWAY BAY BRANCH, Shop No.G01, G/F, Laforet Excelsior Plaza, 24-26 East Point Road, Causeway Bay, H.K.
February 12 (Sun) 2PM-5PM 8TH TSIM SHA TSUI BRANCH, Shop 3, 4 & 15, G/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, H.K.

 

* The above promotions are subject to terms and conditions, please visit our promotion site for more details. In case of any dispute, Chow Tai Fook reserves the right of final decision.

Media Enquiries:

media@chowtaifook.com

Source: Chow Tai Fook

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Perry Ellis International announces the appointment of David Rattner as CFO

MIAMI, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today (February 6, 2017) the appointment of David Rattner as Chief Financial Officer of Perry Ellis International, Inc., reporting to Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO & President of Perry Ellis International. David brings over 20 years of financial experience from Elizabeth Arden, most recently serving as VP Finance and Corporate Controller. Anita Britt announced her retirement from the company effective March 31, 2017 and will ensure the transition of the CFO office is seamless.

“We are pleased to welcome David to Perry Ellis International and expect his breadth of experience will be a critical element as we enter the growth mode of our 5 point growth and profitability plan,” commented Oscar Feldenkreis. “We thank Anita for her eight years of contributions at Perry Ellis.  She has been instrumental in assisting Perry Ellis to drive gross margin expansion, expense savings and inventory turns.  Anita has built a solid finance team and with her help we anticipate a smooth transition over the next few months.”

Anita Britt stated, “I am proud of my time at Perry Ellis and feel fortunate to have worked with George and Oscar Feldenkreis and the entire organization.  Perry Ellis is a unique company with powerful brands and a strong operating platform.  I look forward to supporting David in his new role and to ensure a smooth transition.”

“I am thrilled to join the talented Perry Ellis team and believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous,” said Mr. Rattner.  “These are both exciting and challenging times in the apparel industry, which present real opportunities for a company like Perry Ellis , with its strong portfolio of brands and its focus on delivering innovative retail experience to its customers and consumers.”

Mr. Rattner holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
We caution readers that the forward-looking statements (statements which are not historical facts) in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations rather than historical facts and they are indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “budget,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “guidance,” “indicate,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possibly,” “potential,” “predict,” “probably,” “proforma,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” or “will” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon and similar words or phrases or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Perry Ellis’ strategic operating review, growth initiatives and internal operating improvements intended to drive revenues and enhance profitability, the implementation of Perry Ellis’ profitability improvement plan and Perry Ellis’ plans to exit underperforming, low growth brands and businesses. We have based such forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control.  These factors include: general economic conditions, a significant decrease in business from or loss of any of our major customers or programs, anticipated and unanticipated trends and conditions in our industry, including the impact of recent or future retail and wholesale consolidation, recent and future economic conditions, including turmoil in the financial and credit markets, the effectiveness of our planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns, our ability to contain costs, disruptions in the supply chain, including, but not limited to these caused by port disruptions, our future capital needs and our ability to obtain financing, our ability to protect our trademarks, our ability to integrate acquired businesses, trademarks, trade names and licenses, our ability to predict consumer preferences and changes in fashion trends and consumer acceptance of both new designs and newly introduced products, the termination or non-renewal of any material license agreements to which we are a party, changes in the costs of raw materials, labor and advertising, our ability to carry out growth strategies including expansion in international and direct-to-consumer retail markets; the effectiveness of our plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions which are subject to change at any time at our discretion, potential cyber risk and technology failures which could disrupt operations or result in a data breach, the level of consumer spending for apparel and other merchandise, our ability to compete, exposure to foreign currency risk and interest rate risk, the impact to our business resulting from the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to exit the European Union and the uncertainty surrounding the terms and conditions of such a withdrawal, as well as the related impact to global stock markets and currency exchange rates; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity and armed conflict, actions of activist investors and the cost and disruption of responding to those actions, and other factors set forth in Perry Ellis’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those risks and uncertainties detailed in Perry Ellis’ filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are valid only as of the date they were made. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise.

Contact:

Allison Malkin
ICR
203-682-8225

Source: Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Albert Heijn Rock Frogs delen gratis fruit uit

Albert Heijn Rock Frogs delen gratis fruit uit

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Met een speciale Rock Frogs kar deelt Albert Heijn vanaf deze week in 400 winkels elke dag gratis fruit uit aan kinderen. Die kunnen ook een spannende Rock Frogs speurtocht doen en een leuke attentie winnen. De coole rockkikkers werden vorig jaar geïntroduceerd en wijzen kinderen de weg naar gezonde producten. Onlangs werd het assortiment uitgebreid met linzen-, groene erwten- en dierenpasta. In winkels in Amsterdam, Amersfoort en Houten kunnen kinderen sinds kort spelen in de Rock Frogs kinderhoek. Kijk voor meer informatie over de Rock Frogs: https://www.ah.nl/rockfrogs

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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PENNY verteilt Rubbellose mit Gewinnen im Gesamtwert von über 1.7 Millionen Euro

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unter dem Motto “Wer rubbelt, der jubelt“ bewirbt PENNY ab heute (06.02.2017.) bundesweit seine aktuelle Rubbellos-Aktion: PENNY-Kunden erhalten in den kommenden sechs Wochen (bis zum18.02.2017) an der Kasse je 10 Euro Einkaufswert ein Rubbellos gratis – nur so lange der Vorrat reicht. Bereits 2016 hatte PENNY mit seiner Rubbellosaktion Gewinne im Gesamtwert von über 1,5 Millionen Euro ausgeschüttet.

Jedes Rubbellos bietet die zweifache Chance auf tolle Gewinne: drei gleiche Euro-Beträge unter der Rubbelfläche bedeuten Einkaufsgutscheine im Gesamtwert von einer Million Euro. Ein Glückscode berechtigt zusätzlich zur Teilnahme an einer Online-Verlosung unter www.penny.de/rubbeln und bietet somit die Chance auf einen von insgesamt 50 Opel ADAM JAM. Die Gewinn-Ziehungen finden im Aktionszeitraum immer sonntags um 14:00 Uhr statt und sind live auf der PENNY Facebookseite und auf www.penny.de/rubbeln mit zu verfolgen. In wöchentlich wechselnden Städten (Berlin, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Köln, München und Dresden) ermittelt Andreas Bursche, bekannt als Fernseh- und Rundfunkmoderator, die Glückscodes per Buzzerdruck. Um an der Ziehung teilnehmen zu können, müssen Kunden sich online registrieren und ihren Glückscode aktivieren, der bei sämtlichen Ziehungen gilt. Die Treueaktion wird in TV, Funk und Online aufmerksamkeitsstark beworben.

PENNY erzielte 2015 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 26.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro. Im Ausland erwirtschaftete PENNY mit 1.360 Filialen und 18.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über vier Milliarden Euro.

Für Rückfragen:
PENNY-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

PetSmart® & PetSmart Charities® celebrates American Heart Month with National Adoption Weekend Feb. 17-19

In this Month of Love and Heart-Health, PetSmart® & PetSmart Charities® Host National Adoption Weekend Feb. 17-19; SharesHeart-Warming and Heart-Protecting Reasons to Adopt a Pet

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s well known that adopting a new pet and saving a life will warm the heart, but now scientific evidence is showing that owning a pet could help ward off heart disease, too.

During American Heart Month, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are celebrating the heart-warming and heart-protecting reasons to adopt a pet during their first National Adoption Weekend event of the year. Taking place in nearly every PetSmart store across North America Feb. 17 – 19, National Adoption Weekends feature the widest array of adoptable pets and there’s no shortage of great reasons to bring one home.

Mounting Evidence for the Heart-Protecting Power of Pets
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), owning a pet could help protect you from heart disease. A scientific statement issued in 2013 by the leading cardiac health organization notes, “numerous studies have explored the relationship between pet (primarily dog or cat) ownership and cardiovascular disease, with many reporting beneficial effects.” Just a few of the heart-health benefits seen in pet parents are increased physical activity, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and even improved survival rates following a cardiac event.

Data from the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering, funding and sharing research on positive health impacts of companion animals, further supports the healing power of pets. In a 2014 survey of 1,000 physicians, HABRI found that 60 percent of doctors have recommended getting a pet as part of a patient’s treatment plan, while 88 percent reported that they’ve seen a patient’s physical condition improve as a result of human-animal interaction.

“It’s reasonably well understood that adopting a pet quite literally saves a companion animal’s life, but it’s a lesser known fact that pets can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of pet parents,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., the chair of HABRI’s research working group and president of PetSmart Charities. “Through a growing body of scientific research, we know that pet ownership can not only warm our heart, but its cardiovascular benefits can also help to protect it. During American Heart Month and our first National Adoption Weekend of the year, we are giving potential pet parents even more compelling reasons to consider adopting a pet.”

The Heart-Warming Reasons for Pet Adoption Remain Strong
Pet homelessness remains a serious issue across North America. There are millions of healthy, adorable and adoptable pets currently in shelters and rescue facilities just waiting for a lifelong, loving home.
Feb. 17 – 19, many of these adoptable pets will be looking for their forever families during PetSmart Charities’ signature National Adoption Weekend events hosted at nearly every PetSmart store across North America. PetSmart, The Adopt Spot, has helped to facilitate over 7.2 million adoptions to date, more than any other brick-and-mortar facility. From dogs and cats to rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets and more, PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend invites more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring a wide array of adoptable pets to nearly all 1,500-plus PetSmart stores to help match them with potential pet parents. For every 30 seconds a PetSmart store is open, a pet is adopted, totaling 1,400 pets lives saved every day.

PetSmart Charities’ February National Adoption Weekend
Date: Feb. 17 – 19, 2017
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Nearly all 1,500-plus PetSmart stores across North America. Visit www.petsmart.com to
find the store nearest you.
A Free Gift for Those Who Adopt
No matter which heart-related reason inspired a pet parent to adopt, nor where they chose to adopt, PetSmart offers a free Adoption Kit*, which provides important content on how to integrate a new pet into the family and true value – more than $450 in free items and discounts on pet essentials and services. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, a free veterinarian visit, a complimentary private training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp session and a free overnight boarding stay, as well as half-off on a grooming service. Also included are savings on all the essentials for a new pet, including beds, crates, gates, brushes, feeding bowls, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as solutions like pet calming products, and stain and odor remedies for any mishaps that may occur.
*Adoption papers required.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada. Each year more than 20,000 cats and dogs find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly all PetSmart stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $10 million to help pets in need with a funding focus on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart.

Contact:

PetSmart Public Relations
24-Hour News Media Line
Phone: 623.587.2177

PetSmart Charities
Phone: 623.587.2177
PetSmart Charities Newsroom<class=”ccbnlnk>

Marketing/Advertising Inquiries
Phone: 623.580.6100

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Abercrombie & Fitch launches new store concept at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio

Abercrombie & Fitch launches new store concept at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio

 

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) today (February 6, 2017) announced that for the first time in more than 15 years, it will unveil a new store concept.  The store will open on Friday, February 17th, at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio and 20% of all opening weekend sales will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Designed by MJ Sagan Architecture, which was also involved in the creation of the company’s New Albany headquarters, the prototype’s look and feel is in line with the brand’s new evolution.

This boutique, which is 4,860 feet in size, is the first of seven that will be built this year and provides the customer with a new vision of the brand. In line with the changes that have taken place over the past eighteen months, the space was imagined with the best customer experience in mind, encouraging the discovery of the brand’s new collections.

“It is important that our stores reflect what the Abercrombie & Fitch brand is today, so we’ve created a new space for our customers, that is warm, inviting, inclusive and open. We are excited for customers old and new to rediscover what is at the core of this American Heritage brand: timeless, high-quality clothing that you want to live in,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids.

“The new Abercrombie and Fitch store design illustrates a strong brand, with a rich history that is evolving and moving forward. A cohesive material palette, an elevated collection and residential scale elements enhance the personal, more intimate aspect of the A&F shopping experience,” said MJ Sagan, Architect.

The striking updates begin at the entrance. The storefront is transparent and features a metal sculpture of an A&F logo first used in the early 1900s. Upon entering the store, the customer will discover two shop-in-shops: a fragrance “apothecary” and an area for seasonal capsule collections. There will also be a dedicated denim room.

Mannequins for both genders will live on a concrete platform that runs from the storefront through the middle of the store, showcasing the key trends and ideas for the current season. Throughout the store, the collections will be merchandised to inspire the customer and showcase how pieces can be mixed together.

Looking to provide a unique and personal shopping experience, the updated layout includes accommodating features such as, innovative fitting rooms and omni-channel capabilities.

The fitting rooms will serve as a comfortable haven from the mall or street, comprising two individual capsules within a larger, private suite. This allows each guest to share new looks with a friend or family member while also enjoying privacy. Each suite has thoughtful amenities that heighten the customer’s mood, including separate controls for light and music, as well as a phone charging dock.

With a focus on seamless service, associates will be on hand to help shoppers place and pick up online orders in store. Furthermore, cash wraps will be located throughout the space, enabling a quicker and more accessible checkout experience.

The interior features a cohesive palette of modern, tactile materials including cork, bronze, galvanized steel, concrete, vegan leather, wood and marble that act as a neutral but complimentary background to the collections. The store will be subtly scented with a lighter, cleaner, gender-neutral fragrance.

About Abercrombie & Fitch:
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high-quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 285 stores in 20 countries and online at abercrombie.com. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital:
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:
Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@abercrombie.com

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
Investor_Relations@abercrombie.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

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Shop Direct announces the appointment of Derek Harding to its executive board as group finance director

Liverpool,UK, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Direct, the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, has appointed Derek Harding to its executive board as group finance director.

Derek will join later this year from Senior PLC, the FTSE250 international engineering group, where he has held the role of group finance director since September 2013. A market leader in its field, Senior has 33 operations in 14 countries and focuses on designing, manufacturing and marketing high-technology components and systems for the aerospace, defence, land vehicle and energy markets.

Prior to joining Senior, Derek was at Wolseley plc for 11 years, most recently as finance director of Wolseley UK. Before that, he undertook a number of group roles for the FTSE100 company, including group financial controller, director of group strategy and investor relations, and head of mergers and acquisitions. Derek qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for six years, including two in the United States.

At Shop Direct, Derek will report directly to group CEO, Alex Baldock, assuming the position currently held by Greg Pateras. After nearly 10 years with the business, Greg will leave in July to explore new opportunities.

Alex Baldock, group CEO of Shop Direct, said:

“I’m delighted to be welcoming Derek to Shop Direct as we step up our transformation to a world class digital retailer.

“Derek is a world class finance director of large, complex businesses. Most recently, at Senior, he has played an important role in developing and delivering the growth strategy for a technology-focused business. At Wolseley, he was integral to the multichannel distributor’s organic and acquisitive growth.

“Derek will strengthen an already strong executive team here at Shop Direct. I very much look forward to working with him.”

Derek Harding said:

“Shop Direct has achieved a remarkable digital transformation and driven strong and sustainable profit growth thanks to its focus on strict controls and a shrewd investment strategy. I look forward to working with Alex and the team to propel the business ever-closer to its vision of world class.”

ABOUT SHOP DIRECT

Shop Direct is the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer, with annual sales of £1.9 billion. Our digital department store brands are Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, VeryExclusive.co.uk and Littlewoods.ie. We receive an average of 1.4 million website visits every day, with 67% of our sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our department store range of famous brands, market-leading ecommerce and technology capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise.

We sell more than 1,300 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands. We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click and collect service, Collect+, delivers to 5,800 stores across the UK, providing ease and convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us on Twitter at @ShopDirect.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Shop Direct
Lauren Young
lauren.young@shopdirect.com
0844 292 3986

Dave Lafferty
dave.lafferty@shopdirect.com
0844 292 2738

Brunswick
Eilis Murphy
emurphy@brunswickgroup.com
0207 404 5959

Cerith Evans
cevans@brunswickgroup.com
0207 404 5959

Source: Shop Direct

NeweggBusiness awarded General Services Administration Schedule contract; now a preferred source for government agencies

Contract Allows NeweggBusiness to Provide Great Tech to Government Agencies

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — NeweggBusiness – the B2B subsidiary of leading tech-focused e-retailer Newegg – today (February 2, 2017) announced that it has been awarded General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contract #GS-35F-089GA. This award facilitates sales engagement with agencies of the U.S. government, paving the way for revenue growth from key government institutions.

“As a holder of a GSA Schedule Contract, NeweggBusiness is now a preferred source for government buyers,” said Danny Lee, CEO of Newegg. “This milestone positions the company to earn government contracts and tap new public sector revenue streams.”

The GSA is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose purpose is to help manage and support basic functions of federal agencies. The GSA Schedule is a government-wide acquisition contract with a pre-negotiated list of products, prices and delivery terms, available for use by a wide variety of federal customers and other approved entities. With the NeweggBusiness GSA Schedule Contract in place, any government official can now purchase directly from NeweggBusiness using its GSA contract.

“Our mission has always been to make it easy for our customers to get their hands on the best tech products. Our new status with the GSA extends this mission beyond our core customers and into the government sector. We are enthusiastic about the value NeweggBusiness can now offer government organizations,” said Lee.

Government agents who would like to learn more about procuring technology products through NeweggBusiness can visit https://www.neweggbusiness.com/gsa-schedule.

About Newegg Business Inc.
NeweggBusiness Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newegg North America Inc. It owns and operates NeweggBusiness.com, which was founded in 2010. NeweggBusinessSM is a leading online e-tailer that specializes in providing an extensive assortment of IT products, services and solutions to businesses, government agencies and educational entities of all sizes, with unique expertise serving institutions with less than 200 employees. Additionally, it serves manufacturers systems integrators and value added resellers seeking a broad assortment of sharply priced IT products, technical support services and warehousing and logistics services all backed by an efficient and sophisticated, international supply chain. NeweggBusiness, Inc. is headquartered in the City of Industry, California.

Source: NeweggBusiness Inc.

SE, LUKT, SMAK – SPIS? NORGESGRUPPEN TESTER HOLDBARHETSMERKING

SE, LUKT, SMAK – SPIS? NORGESGRUPPEN TESTER HOLDBARHETSMERKING

 

Norway, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alt for mye spisbar mat går rett i søpla. Det er et samfunnsproblem og et miljøproblem som vi skal bidra til å løse, sier konsernsjef i NorgesGruppen, Runar Hollevik. Selskapet lanserer nå en tilleggsmerking på enkelte egne merkevarer. Målet er at mindre mat skal kastes hos forbruker.

De fleste matvarer kan normalt spises etter «best før»-datoen. Derfor vil vi nå teste om det har effekt å legge til en ekstra merking som vi har kalt «normalt brukbar til». Vi håper dette vil bidra til at kundene blir oppmerksomme på at produkter også kan nytes etter «best før», og gir en indikasjon på hvor lenge produktet normalt holder en brukbar kvalitet. Vi anbefaler uansett at folk alltid ser, lukter og smaker på produktet før bruk, sier Hollevik.

Kundene ønsker merkingen velkommen
Det kastes 355 000 tonn mat i Norge hvert år, tilsvarende hver 8. handlepose. Mesteparten av denne maten kastes i hjemmet, nærmere bestemt 218 000 tonn. God forbrukerveiledning på mat kan ha stor betydning for å minimere matkasting. Det er mange som kaster maten når den har passert «best før»-datoen, selv om produktet fortsatt både smaker godt og er trygt å spise. En representativ undersøkelse gjennomført i hele landet blant trumfkunder av NorgesGruppen viser at seks av ti forbrukere mener at en tilleggsmerking med «normalt brukbar til» vil gjøre dem tryggere på å spise Kvarg etter at «best før»-datoen er forbi. Syv av ti svarer at en slik merking ville ført til at de smaker før de eventuelt kaster produktet.

Meieriprodukter, i tillegg til bakervarer og frukt og grønt, er varegrupper det kastes mye av.

– Vi tror derfor det er et stort potensiale i å teste den nye merkingen på nettopp Kvarg. Kundene vil finne «normalt brukbar til» på seks ulike Kvarg-produkter i alle NorgesGruppens butikker fra midten av mars, og vi er veldig spente på hvordan dette vil mottas, sier administrerende direktør Odd Ture Wang i UNIL, selskapet som er ansvarlig for NorgesGruppens egne merkevarer.

Et supplement til eksisterende regelverk
Den nye merkeordningen skal ikke erstatte etablert holdbarhetsmerking, men fungere som tilleggsinformasjon til «best før»-merkingen. Piloten vil følges nøye, og erfaringene vil avgjøre om denne ordningen eller annen tilleggsmerking skal utvides til andre produkter.

– Vi har allerede sett på flere produkter hvor vi tror det kan føre til mindre matsvinn med ekstra merking, sier Wang.

NorgesGruppen har i mange år jobbet systematisk med tiltak for å redusere matsvinn hos både grossist og i butikkene. Her er blant annet nedprising av produkter som er i ferd med å gå ut på dato ett av flere tiltak, i tillegg til avtaler med veldedige organisasjoner og effektivisering av vareflyt og bestilling. Andre eksempler er kampanjer med mål om å bevisstgjøre forbruker, slik som lansering av små brød og «1 for prisen av 1» hos Kiwi.

Definisjon av tilleggsmerking
Best før: Dato for hvor lenge produktet bevarer opprinnelig kvalitet, forutsatt riktig oppbevaring og uåpnet emballasje.

Normalt brukbar til: Datoen for hvor lenge produktet kan spises, men det kan ha noe endret smak og konsistens.

Kontakt oss:
NorgesGruppen ASA
Karenslyst allé 12-14, postboks 300 Skøyen, 0213 Oslo
(+47) 24 11 31 00

Source: NorgesGruppen ASA

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Rakuten Pay to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™ from summer 2017

Rakuten Pay to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™ from summer 2017

 

Rakuten Edy, Suica, nanaco, QUICpay+, iD and more accepted from Summer 2017

Tokyo, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Pay in-store payment system will be expanded to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™*1 from summer 2017. Among similar payments services in Japan, Rakuten Pay is the first to support the 14 major electronic money brands in the country.

With Rakuten Pay, Rakuten is able to provide affiliated stores with a single payments service that supports a variety of payment methods, including credit cards, electronic money and a smartphone app, allowing them to meet the diverse needs of their customers. Rakuten Pay will accept payments made through Rakuten Edy, the electronic money service provided by Rakuten Group, nine electronic money brands affiliated to transport organizations, including “Suica” and “PASMO”, “nanaco” which can be used at Seven & i Holdings retailers across Japan, “WAON” the electronic money brand provided by the AEON Group (planned service launch in 2018) , as well as  “QUICPay+TM” and “iD*1.” As the system supports “Rakuten Edy”, it is also compatible with Android Pay™. In the future there are plans to make the service compatible with payment services based on the international NFC (Near Field Communication)*2 standard, such as “Visa payWave”*3 ,  “Mastercard® Contactless”*4 and “J/Speedy”*5  making it possible for affiliated stores to process payments made by foreign tourists visiting Japan as well.

In preparation for the beginning of this service expansion, the “Rakuten Card & NFC Reader Elan” (18,800 yen including tax) will also become available for purchase from March 6, 2017*6. This device is equipped with functions that enable payment through both credit cards and electronic money. For participating stores that already carry the older device and stores that wish to accept only major electronic money brands, the “Rakuten NFC Reader Piu” (4,980 yen including tax), an electronic money reader that is equipped with NFC functions, is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2017.

Rakuten launched the Rakuten Pay in-store payment system, originally a settlement service for credit cards, in December 2012 with the aim of expanding the Rakuten Ecosystem to brick-and-mortar stores. In October 2016, Rakuten began providing a smartphone app service through Rakuten Pay which utilizes the Rakuten Member ID, further driving innovation and capitalizing on the strengths of its FinTech businesses, such as Rakuten Card and Rakuten Bank. The Rakuten Pay in-store payment system is recognized for its convenience, as well as paying by Rakuten Super Point.

By working to continually expand its payment services offerings and functions, Rakuten aims to further improve satisfaction for participating stores and customers.

Overview

Launch date of service: Summer, 2017

Electronic money brands accepted:
Rakuten Edy, all electronic money brands affiliated with transport organizations (Suica, PASMO, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA, nimoca, Hayakaken), nanaco, WAON (scheduled to be launched in 2018) , QUICPay+, and iD,

* As the system also supports Rakuten Edy, payment is also accepted through Android Pay™, the digital wallet service provided by Google.

Source: Rakuten Inc.

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Tiffany & Co. announces departure of its CEO Frederic Cumenal

  • Frederic Cumenal Steps Down as CEO
  • Chairman Michael Kowalski Will Serve as Interim CEO; Board Will Work with Executive Search Firm to Recruit Successor
  • Reaffirms FY 2016 Earnings Guidance

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) today (February 5, 2017 ) announced that Frederic Cumenal has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has commenced a search to recruit a successor in which it will be assisted by a leading executive search firm. During this process, Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairman.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to thank Frederic Cumenal for his contributions to Tiffany,” said Mr. Kowalski. “At a time of continuing challenges in the global luxury market, Frederic has enhanced the management team and taken important steps to position Tiffany for success in the long term. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Kowalski continued, “The Board is committed to our current core business strategies, but has been disappointed by recent financial results. The Board believes that accelerating execution of those strategies is necessary to compete more effectively in today’s global luxury market and improve performance. As such, we remain focused on enhancing the customer experience, increasing the rate of new product introductions and innovation, maximizing marketing effectiveness, optimizing the store network, and improving our business operations and processes, all while efficiently managing our capital and costs. We believe these initiatives and the pace of their execution are key to driving shareholder value. Tiffany is an iconic brand with a family of talented and committed employees to match, and I look forward to supporting both during the transition.”

Mr. Cumenal said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished at Tiffany and would like to thank the management team and our many talented employees around the world with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I have great confidence in Tiffany’s brand, strategic direction and people, and I believe the Company will have many exciting opportunities in the future.”

Reaffirms Annual Guidance

The Company also affirmed, based on its plans and assumptions detailed in the January 17, 2017 holiday period sales news release, its fiscal year 2016 guidance described in that press release. The Company expects to report its fourth quarter and full 2016 fiscal year results, and also to provide its expectations for the 2017 fiscal year, on March 17 before the market opens.

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

Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements contained in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including those that refer to the Company’s search for a successor CEO, the Company’s strategy and initiatives and the pace of execution thereon, the Company’s objectives to compete in the global luxury market and to improve financial performance, and the Company’s fiscal year 2016 guidance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ from the predicted results, performance or achievements include, among others, global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments; changes in interest and foreign currency rates; changes in taxation policies and regulations; shifting tourism trends; regional instability, violence (including terrorist activities), political activities or events, and weather conditions that may affect local and tourist consumer spending; changes in consumer confidence, preferences and shopping patterns, as well as our ability to accurately predict and timely respond to such changes; shifts in the Company’s product and geographic sales mix; variations in the cost and availability of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals; changes in our competitive landscape; our ability to successfully control costs and execute on, and achieve the expected benefits from, our operational and strategic initiatives, and any difficulties or delays we encounter in identifying a successor CEO.

Additional information about potential risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2016, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and the Company’s Press Release dated January 17, 2017. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

Contact:
Mark L. Aaron
212-230-5301
mark.aaron@tiffany.com

Source: Tiffany & Co.

LCP unveils plans for continued growth in 2017

London, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LCP group of companies has unveiled plans for continued growth in 2017, following a £98 million investment in its commercial property portfolio last year.

LCP, one of the UK’s leading property investment and management companies, is looking to invest a further £200 million in 2017 in both retail and industrial properties.

Last year, the company invested in 41 sites, totalling 875,000 sq ft, across the UK, the largest of which was the £23.34 million Blossom portfolio, comprising 216,000 sq ft across 14 sites.

James Buchanan, investment director, said: “The past two years have seen LCP undertake significant investment, with a heavy focus on neighbourhood shopping parades, which are vital community assets.

“We are actively identifying opportunities that have potential for improvement and that offer the best value in terms of investment and yields. Once we acquire sites, we are committed to improving them and redeveloping them if necessary for the benefit of local communities. We will continue to acquire more sites in 2017 and are looking forward to delivering the same high level of asset management to our tenants.”

LCP has more than 410 sites, with more than 3,500 tenants and over 15 million sq ft of property.

Contact:
Tel: 020 7233 5255
Fax: 020 7233 5266

Source: LCP

Costa launches its nationwide cup recycling scheme – promising to recycle ‘any cup’

  • Recycling scheme launches in over 2,000 Costa owned stores nationwide
  • Costa also announces 25p off customer incentive each time customers uses a recyclable cup in store
  • New reusable cups available in-store from April, 2017 

London, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a bid to ensure cup recyclability stays centre stage in 2017, Costa is today officially launching its much anticipated nationwide cup recycling scheme – promising to recycle ‘any cup’. Continuing to explore new ways of investing in and tackling recyclability, the UK’s favourite coffee shop will launch a number of new initiatives in the first quarter of 2017.

Aiming to increase the number of takeaway cups recovered and recycled across the country, customers will be encouraged to partake in a new recycling scheme in stores now. The scheme, available in over 2,000 Costa stores nationwide*, aims to recover and guarantee the recycling of any paper takeaway cup – from Costa or any of its competitors.

Once deposited at a Costa store, the cups will be collected by Costa team members and stored in cup racks, back of house. Costa will then work alongside its waste partner, Veolia, to transport them to specialist waste processing plants. The scheme, which is the first of its kind amongst coffee shop retailers, follows a successful trial which took place across over 45 stores in London and Manchester, during 2016.

In addition to today’s launch, Costa now offers 25p off a handcrafted hot or cold drink*** when using a reusable cup at Costa or franchised owned store.

Finally, Costa will introduce two new, multipurpose, reusable cups** (available to purchase in stores in April, 2017). .

*Not currently including Ireland or the Channel Islands

**Costa Reusable Red Cup (£3) and Costa Foundation Travel Mug (£9.95) – £1 from every Costa Foundation Travel mug will be donated to the Costa Foundation. Products will be available from April in both equity and partner stores.

*** T&Cs for 25p incentive

  • 1. Costa will offer a discount of 25p on the price of any barista served drink purchased using a reusable cup in participating UK Costa stores (excluding Northern Ireland). For a full list of non-participating stores (which includes all Costa Proud to Serve Outlets) please see costa.co.uk/terms.
  • 2. Offer excludes any pre-bottled beverage.
  • 3. Costa Coffee Club members will receive Coffee Club points reflecting the discounted price of their purchase.
  • 4. Only reusable cups that are clean, of an appropriate size for the purchased drink and with a secure lid will be accepted. The store manager’s decision as to the acceptability of any cup will be final.
  • 5. Costa reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time without prior notice.

Notes to editors

Costa is conducting independent research with Sheffield University to further investigate cup recyclability. Research results to be shared Q1/Q2

Cup Innovation

Costa is working in conjunction with several environmentally friendly packaging companies, including our long term partner Huhtamaki, as well as Delipac, Frugalpac and reCUP. We will shortly begin investigating manufacturing processes and test materials for a potential new takeaway cup. Research is currently limited to out of store testing only.

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & December 2016).

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,280 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. As part of our commitment to look after coffee farm communities we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, the Costa Foundation has funded 69 school building project to help improve the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities. The Costa Foundation has a target to build 100 schools by 2020. We also source 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee and were the first coffee chain in the UK to use sustainably grown beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Costa is committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to be a signatory of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge which started in 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its annual Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

For more information:
Esme Knight
Communications Manager
Email: Esme.Knight@whitbread.com

Source: Costa

Dubai Airports extends NCR Wayfinding software accessibility to mobile devices to further improve passenger journey

Passengers can now easily navigate Dubai Airports using their mobile devices

Duluth, GA, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dubai Airports has embraced omni-channel technology solutions from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) to further improve the customer journey through Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports (DXB) by extending its NCR Wayfinding software, available today (February 6, 2017) on kiosks, to mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.

With more than 80 million passengers passing through DXB in 2016 and a footprint of over 2.1 million square metres (22.6 million square feet), ensuring that everyone easily finds their gate, preferred restaurant or duty free shopping is key to the customer experience.  Dubai Airports already provided navigation capabilities on kiosks with the NCR Wayfinding solution to passengers, however, to meet the growth of omni-channel and changing customer demands Dubai Airports decided to extend this solution to passengers’ own devices.

Dubai Airports chose to roll out the solution using HTML 5, so that NCR Wayfinding could be accessed regardless of the type of device the passenger was using. This also helped to minimize investments made by Dubai Airports as they didn’t have to develop or maintain multiple apps.

NCR’s platform allows Dubai Airports to maintain navigational information very easily. With one single content management system for all the airport’s venues, Dubai Airport’s marketing team only has to update a single system for changes to be implemented across both kiosk and mobile/web Wayfinding functions.

“Passengers are used to being able to access everything via their smartphone and tablet and were looking for us to provide access to our interactive map system via their own devices,” says Matt Horobin, Head of Digital Media at Dubai Airports. “NCR was able to help us to leverage the same software running on our kiosks and extend it to mobile devices, so we were able to guarantee consistency of customer experience across the different channels.

“The big advantage for us lies in the flexibility of HTML 5 and therefore the ability to integrate into all of our platforms across our total ecosystem, giving our passengers a consistent experience and ourselves an efficient solution to manage. In a large and complex environment like Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports, that’s a significant step,” adds Horobin.

Dubai Airports has also integrated the new map solution into staff tablets so the solution can also be used to assist passengers on their journey through the airport, supporting the company’s commitment to customer engagement.

“Omni-channel is a huge opportunity for airports and other travel venues to really deliver a highly intuitive consumer engagement program which is seamlessly integrated across all channels, meaning however a customer chooses to interact with your venue they receive the same look, feel and standard of service,” adds Nick Wagnitz, account director for travel and entertainment at NCR.

To find out more about NCR’s Travel and Entertainment solutions, visit www.ncr.com

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NCR Corporation

Bottomline Technologies integrates Authentic, NCR’s intelligent transaction processing platform into its Direct Faster Payment Service solution

NCR brings intelligent transaction processing to Europe’s largest 24/7 real-time payments system

DULUTH, Ga., and GREAT NECK, NY, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (February 3, 2017) announced that Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) has integrated Authentic, NCR’s intelligent transaction processing platform into its Direct Faster Payment Service (FPS) solution. The technology enables UK-based financial institutions to connect securely to the Faster Payments network.

Prior to June 2016, any UK-based financial institution requiring access to the Faster Payments network was unable to make the link directly and was dependent on larger sponsor banks to provide indirect access. In June, Bottomline Technologies’ highly regarded Universal Aggregator™ service became one of only five fintechs awarded the ‘trust mark’ certificate, required to provide direct technical access to Faster Payments. This new service enhances choice and competitiveness for smaller financial institutions, who had been previously disadvantaged due to the fee structures and other barriers.

Bottomline Technologies decided to build its FPS using its own payment technology linked to Authentic to implement a real-time, future-proof solution that will be scalable as demand grows, complementing the company’s growing range of services for SWIFT, Bacs, CHAPS, ebics, Paym, CASS, cheques, Bank of England settlement services and more.

“We wanted a global solution that could provide seamless connectivity to the Faster Payments network,” said Ed Adshead-Grant, General Manager, Payments and Cash Management at Bottomline Technologies. “The team at NCR showed real partnership in supporting our new designs, and with two UK banks already in delivery we know we have a winning combination to service the growing market of Faster Payments.”

Able to process ten thousand transactions per second from a full range of payment sources, such as mobile and internet banking or ATM and POS devices, Authentic enables customers to retain total control over their payments environment.

“It has been a pleasure working in concert with Bottomline to help build a system that quite simply delivers a better experience for smaller financial institutions,” said Andy Brown, marketing director, payments at NCR. “Flexibility and responsiveness, two key attributes found in Authentic, are crucial to delivering solutions made for today’s real-time payments world.”

About Bottomline
Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY) helps businesses pay and get paid. We make complex business payments simple, secure and seamless. Businesses and banks rely on Bottomline for domestic and international payments, effective cash management tools, automated workflows for payment processing and bill review and state of the art fraud detection, behavioural analytics and regulatory compliance. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we delight our customers through offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Businesses around the world depend on Bottomline solutions to help them pay and get paid, including some of the world’s largest systemic banks, private and publicly traded companies and Insurers.

Every day, we help our customers by making complex business payments simple, secure and seamless. For more information, visit www.bottomline.com.

Bottomline Technologies and the Bottomline Technologies logo are trademarks of Bottomline Technologies, Inc. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand/product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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.

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

Bottomine Technologies Contact for Media:
Henry Goodwin
(001) 603.501.5311
henry.goodwin@bottomline.com

Media Contact:
Aaron Gould
NCR Public Relations
212.589.8556
aaron.gould@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Fnac Darty appoints Stéphanie Constand-Atellian as Financing and Investor Relations Director

Ivry, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fnac Darty announced today  February 6, 2017) the appointment of Stéphanie Constand-Atellian as Financing and Investor Relations Director. She will report to the Group’s Chief Financial Officer, Matthieu Malige. Stéphanie Constand-Atellian will be responsible for developing relations with the financial community in support of Fnac Darty strategy. She replaces Nadine Coulm who has decided to pursue other career opportunities.

Stéphanie Constand-Atellian, 40, is a graduate of the ESSEC business school and EFAP school of communications, and has developed solid experience in major international groups. She started her career at the brokerage firm Exane before joining Accor’s Investor Relations Department. In 2004, she joined Mersen Group (formerly Carbone Lorraine) where she held the positions of Financial Controller and Investor Relations Director. In 2011, she joined Publicis Groupe as Investor Relations Officer. Since 2015, she has been VP Investor Relations at Ingenico Group.

CONTACTS:
ANALYSTS &INVESTORS:
Stéphanie Constand-Atellian
stephanie.constand@fnacdarty.com
+33 (0)1 55 21 18 63

PRESS:
Laurent Glepin
laurent.glepin@fnacdarty.com
+33 (0)1 55 21 53 07

Source: Fnac Darty

Debenhams presents an array of romantic range of lingerie and nightwear this Valentine’s Day

Debenhams presents an array of romantic range of lingerie and nightwear this Valentine’s Day

 

London, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Presenting an array of lingerie and nightwear, fall in love with Debenhams this Valentine’s Day with their romantic range full of fanciful floral’s and flowing frills.

Boasting a range of seductive styles, whether you choose to reveal or conceal. Treat yourself to a super soft kimono from B by Ted Baker; fall head over heads into a contemporary two piece from the Nine by Savannah Miller collection or own the underwear to outerwear trend on the ultimate night of date nights with the luxurious range of lace bodies and bralets from Reger by Janet Reger.

With prices starting from just £10, they’re almost too dreamy for bed…

Available from Debenhams http://www.debenhams.com/
All imagery featured is available on http://www.prshots.com/Debenhams

CONTACTS:
Elsa.Heron@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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