Al Meera opens its newest branch in Umm Salal Ali

Al Meera opens its newest branch in Umm Salal Ali

 

QATAR, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In line with the State’s call for the real-estate development of the areas outside Doha, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) has recently welcomed the opening of its newest branch in Umm Salal Ali, which marks the launch of the 3rd shopping center in the Company’s previously announced 14-store expansion plan, while bringing Al Meera’s distinctive shopping experience to one more of the country’s underserved regions – as part of the Company’s mission to provide consumers in every area of the country a great shopping experience that provides true value for money.

The milestone achievement marks the third launch in Al Meera’s current five-store expansion phase in the country, after the opening of both the Bu Sidra and North Sailiya (Al Miarad) branches, with completion nearing the remaining 2 stores due to open their doors to shoppers in the near future, to be located in Al Wakra (West) and Leaibab 2.

In addition to the aforementioned, there are 6 stores that are currently under construction that began during the second half of 2016, which will include branches in Rawdat Aba El Heran, Azghawa, Leabaib and Umm Qarn – to be built on a land area of 10,805 m2, 6,311 m2, 17,390 m2 and 10,230 m2 respectively, while the branches in both Al Khor and Sailiya are to be built on a land area of 15,000 m2 each. These state-of-the-art stores will bring the expansion plan to a total of 11 out of 14 branches, in line with Al Meera’s vision to provide consumers from various regions across the country their shopping needs under one roof, synonymous with its motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.

The 4014 m2 new shopping center, located in Umm Salal Ali – next to the Saad Bin Moaz School –, features a 1750 m2 Supermarket that has been equipped to serve residents in the area with fresh sections that Al Meera clients grew used to shopping from at all of its newly opened and renovated stores. The Supermarket’s Fresh Sections include a Butchery, Fishery, Bakery and a Delicatessen.

The Store exhibits Al Meera’s trademark modern interior designs and shelving installations, as well as advanced technologies and facilities that have become equivalent to the Retailer’s community shopping centers around the country.

To serve the community’s diverse shopping needs under one roof, the Umm Salal Ali branch also includes 9 shops, a restaurant area and small food court. A dedicated parking space and other facilities further augment customers’ experience at the shopping center.

During the inauguration of the branch HE Sheikh Thani Bin Thamer Al Thani, Al Meera’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented on the Company’s achievement, in the presence of a number of Al Meera Senior Staff, noting:

“We are truly pleased to introduce Umm Salal Ali’s residents with the answer to their shopping needs and to play a significant role in the real-estate development of the area, which has been highlighted in the State’s country-wide urbanization plan. As with every new branch that Al Meera opens, the Umm Salal Ali branch is designed to exceed consumers’ expectations with a distinctive, integrated shopping experience that sets a benchmark for retail chains across the country.”

HE Sheikh Thani Bin Thamer Al Thani added: “The launch of our new shopping center also marks a significant progress in Al Meera’s expansion plan and further widens its reach to more regions in the country, especially ones where residents are underserved or receive lackluster services. This is the perfect occasion to reaffirm our commitment to continue providing consumers with an unmatched shopping convenience and best-in-class services, as well as to advance our goals of contributing effectively to the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The opening of the new shopping center is aligned with Al Meera’s agenda to provide the highest quality products at affordable prices to the communities in which it operates, as well as keep pace with the plan to introduce a number of new shopping centers in succession to consumers across various regions that are witnessing significant urban development and a population boom in Qatar, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Community shopping centers represent an important element in the growth and development strategy that the Company is pursuing. Al Meera’s expansion plan has been set in motion as an answer to the Company’s strategic research and its mission to continue serving the diverse communities in Qatar wherever they are, while keeping pace with Al Meera’s future growth and the country’s urbanization plan.

Contact:

Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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Cold Stone Creamery® launches Grab and Go product line in Chile

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) has partnered with a Master Licensee in Chile launching a line of Grab and Go products now available at select locations throughout the country.

This is an important first step for the iconic ice cream brand, owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, as it introduces The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the Chilean people through a collaboration with PJ Chile SpA, owned by Drake QSR.

Drake QSR is one of the fastest-growing, most successful franchise businesses, with more than 50 units throughout Chile.

“We’re excited for Chilean consumers to try new and better ice cream experiences through the launch of our product as a convenient Grab and Go item,” said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Kahala Brands. “This collaboration with PJ Chile SpA allows customers their first opportunity to experience the Cold Stone Creamery brand in Chile.”

The company hopes to generate buzz through this Grab and Go item; and provide momentum for expanding the Cold Stone Creamery brand in Chile. It plans to differentiate itself from others in the Chilean market based on the premium quality of its product.

“Cold Stone Creamery offers a premium quality product by serving the best ice cream, made using the best ingredients, delivered through a unique experience, which provides a high value proposition,” said Jimenez. “As the brand makes its entry into Chile, we see great opportunity for the brand to expand beyond Grab and Go and offer the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience to consumers.”

Cold Stone Creamery has continued to make strong key moves into the international market in recent years. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the first international store opened in Tokyo, Japan. Today, stores are operating in over 300 international locations and in 28 countries abroad, including the Philippines, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Nigeria, Egypt, India and Indonesia.

About Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery® delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 28 countries.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.
For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo recognized by Food Marketing Institute

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has recognized ShopRite of Hunterdon County President Joseph S. Colalillo for his work as an entrepreneurial and industry leader who helps businesses better serve consumers. Colalillo, a second-generation grocer, owns and operates five ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also serves as Chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest U.S. retailer-owned cooperative in the country and the merchandising and distribution arm for ShopRite stores.

“Joe is a straight-talking, honest broker of goods and services and he inspires our industry to maintain its relevance by his keen commitment to doing what is right for the customer,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “Joe is a champion of new ideas and he has consistently embraced new industry initiatives that empower businesses to better serve the consumer.”

Sarasin presented Colalillo with FMI’s Wegman Award at the institute’s mid-winter executive conference late last month. FMI is a leading advocate for the food retail industry and the award recognizes entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.

Colalillo’s commitment to the supermarket industry is rooted in tradition and a passion for the business.
Founded nearly 70 years ago by Colalillo’s father, Joseph A. Colalillo, ShopRite of Hunterdon County today owns and operates ShopRite stores located in Flemington, Greenwich, and Clinton, NJ; and Yardley and Bethlehem, PA., and employs more than 1,800 associates.  In addition to his role as president of the family business, Colalillo has also served as chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. since 2005.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by FMI, and I am accepting this award on behalf of all our associates who work in our stores and help make ShopRite of Hunterdon County a successful company,” said Colalillo. “I’m proud to be part of the grocery industry and to work closely with other members and Wakefern staff in our cooperative to create the very best supermarkets we can for our customers.”

Colalillo serves on the Board of Directors for FMI and he is a past chair and a current member of FMI’s Food Safety committee.  He also serves on FMI’s Member Services, Independent Operator and Strategic Planning committees.

He has been recognized in the past by FMI for launching consumer-facing technologies, initiating seafood sustainability programs, cultivating associate engagement and implementing health and wellness solutions in ShopRite stores. Colalillo is also a member of one of FMI’s non-competitive share groups that exchanges new ideas to better its businesses, the industry and the communities which they serve.

A past member of the New Jersey Food Council’s Board of Directors, Joe received the Food Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 for his contribution to the food industry and service to the community. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Choose New Jersey, an organization formed in 2010 to recruit new businesses to the state.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. Colalillo and his wife Jeannie have four children.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Karen Meleta
Vice President
Consumer and Corporate Communications
Email: Karen.meleta@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5356

Source: ShopRite

Sears Holdings Corporation announces improvement in 4Q 2016 operating performance

  • Preliminary fourth quarter 2016 operating results represent significant year-over-year improvement
  • Launches comprehensive restructuring to streamline operations, targeting at least $1.0 billion in annualized cost savings in 2017
  • Right-sizes asset-based credit facility, creating an incremental $140[1] million in liquidity
  • Plans to reduce outstanding debt and pension obligations by at least $1.5 billion, utilizing proceeds from recent transactions and operational improvements

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings Corporation (“Holdings,” “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHLD) today (Feb. 10, 2017) announced that it delivered meaningful improvement in operating performance for the fourth quarter of 2016, and outlined important actions to drive profitability. These include steps to enhance the Company’s liquidity and financial flexibility, as well as a strategic restructuring program intended to streamline operations, further improve operating performance and target cost reductions of at least $1.0 billion on an annualized basis.

Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings, said, “We significantly improved our operating performance and made progress toward profitability in the fourth quarter of 2016. In the first several weeks of 2017, we undertook a series of transactions to optimize our capital structure and unlock value across our wide range of assets. We also reached an agreement to amend our asset-based credit facility which further enhances our liquidity and financial flexibility. Furthermore, we intend to use net proceeds from our announced Craftsman and real estate transactions, as well as from improvements in the operating performance of the Company, to meaningfully reduce our outstanding obligations and their associated expenses.

“To build on our positive momentum, today we are initiating a fundamental restructuring of our operations that targets at least $1.0 billion in cost savings on annualized basis, as well as improves our operating performance. To capture these savings, we plan to reduce our corporate overhead, more closely integrate our Sears and Kmart operations and improve our merchandising, supply chain and inventory management.

“We believe the actions outlined today will reduce our overall cash funding requirements and ensure that Sears Holdings becomes a more agile and competitive retailer with a clear path toward profitability. In addition, we believe these actions will enable us to focus our investments to drive our strategic transformation and the evolution of our Shop Your Way ecosystem through value enhancing partnerships, compelling offerings and a seamless online and in-store shopping experience for our members,” Mr. Lampert concluded.

Next Phase of Our Transformation

Sears Holdings has initiated a restructuring program targeted to deliver at least $1.0 billion in annualized cost savings in 2017. These savings include cost reductions from the previously announced closure of 108 Kmart and 42 Sears stores.

Under the restructuring program, we intend to:

  • Simplify Sears Holdings’ organizational structure, including greater consolidation of the Sears and Kmart corporate and support functions, as well as improve accountability for profitability at our store and online channels;
  • Implement an integrated model to drive efficiencies in pricing, sourcing, supply chain and inventory management;
  • Optimize product assortment at Sears and Kmart stores, using data analytics to better align with preferences of our Best Members focusing on profitable, high-return Best Categories; and
  • Actively manage our real estate portfolio to identify additional opportunities for reconfiguration and reduction of capital obligations.

Profitability

In addition to the cost reduction target announced today, we continue to assess our overall operating model and capital structure to become a more agile, asset-light and innovative retailer focused on member experience. To help drive our profitability, we intend to:

  • Capitalize on valuable real estate through potential in-store partnerships, sub-divisions, and reformatting to support our Integrated Retail model; and
  • Continue to evaluate strategic options for our Kenmore® and DieHard® brands and our Sears Home Services and Sears Auto Centers business through partnerships, joint ventures or other means.

We expect these actions will enable us to focus our investments on driving our strategic transformation and enhancing the value of our Shop Your Way program for our millions of members and the strategic partners that we attract to the program. Our Shop Your Way platform rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through our extensive network of thousands of top brands and millions of products, members can earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons, as well as personalized services and advice.

Transformation Progress to Date

Today’s announcements build on the path we have taken since the beginning of 2017 to improve operational performance and liquidity. Since the calendar year started, we have taken the following strategic actions to strengthen our financial position:

  • Obtaining an additional $179 million of loan proceeds, which fully utilizes the $500 million Senior Secured Loan Facility entered into on January 4, 2017;
  • Closing a $72.5 million real estate sale on January 26, 2017 for five Sears Full-line stores and two Sears Auto Centers;
  • Initiating the closing process of the 150 stores announced during our fourth quarter 2016 with the expectation to complete the closures of all 150 stores during the first quarter of 2017;
  • Engaging Eastdil Secured to market and sell at least $1.0 billion of certain real estate properties under the direction of a committee of the Board of Directors; and
  • Announcing the Craftsman® transaction for $775 million in cash plus participation in the externalization of the Craftsman® brand by Stanley Black& Decker.

Additional Financial Flexibility

On February 10, 2017, the Company entered into an agreement to amend our existing asset-based credit facility. The amendment provides a $140 million increase to available borrowing capacity under our revolver as compared to availability reported at the end of the third quarter of 2016. Sears Holdings concluded the fourth quarter of 2016 with no borrowings and $464 million of letters of credit outstanding, against its asset-based credit facility. The amendment provides immediate additional liquidity and financial flexibility to the Company.

On a pro forma basis, giving effect to the amendment of our credit facility, our total liquidity and liquid assets would have been over $4.0 billion at the end of third quarter of 2016. The amendment will reduce the aggregate revolver commitments from $1.971 billion to $1.5 billion, but will implement other modifications to covenants and reserves against the credit facility borrowing base that improve net liquidity. The amended credit facility is smaller in size, reflecting the Company’s reduced needs consistent with lower inventory levels associated with our transforming business model, which has fewer physical stores and a greater online presence. The amendment also provides additional flexibility in the form of a $250 million increase in the general debt basket from $750 million to $1.0 billion.

We are targeting a reduction in our outstanding debt and pension obligations of $1.5 billion for fiscal 2017 through improving profitability, asset sales, and working capital management. Sears Holdings has contributed almost $4.0 billion to our pension plan since 2005, driven largely by the prolonged low interest rate environment.

Fourth Quarter Update

As previously indicated in our January 2017 update, sales declined in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year fourth quarter due to a combination of the competitive retail environment and fewer operating stores, as we emphasized improving profitability. Accordingly, we have continued to manage inventory and costs closely resulting in a notable improvement in our short-term operating performance and progress toward our profitability goals.

We expect total revenues of $6.1 billion and $22.1 billion for the fourth quarter and full-year of 2016, respectively. Total comparable store sales for the fourth quarter have declined 10.3%, comprised of a decrease of 8.0% at Kmart and a decrease of 12.3% at Sears Domestic. We expect that our fourth quarter 2016 net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders will range between $635 million and $535 million, which is inclusive of a non-cash impairment charge related to the Sears trade name of between $350 million and $400 million. This compares to a net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders of $580 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, which was inclusive of a non-cash impairment charge related to the Sears trade name of $180 million.

In addition, our preliminary fourth quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA was $(61) million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $(137) million in the fourth quarter of 2015. This significant improvement in Adjusted EBITDA has been driven by tighter expense control and inventory management.

We have provided below a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders.

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

In addition to our net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), for purposes of evaluating operating performance, we use Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which is a non-GAAP measure. The table set forth below provides a reconciliation of as-adjusted amounts to net loss attributable to Sears Holdings’ shareholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. We believe that our use of Adjusted EBITDA provides an appropriate measure for investors to use in assessing our performance across periods, given that these measures provide adjustments for certain significant items, which may vary significantly from period to period, improving the comparability of year-to-year results and is therefore representative of our ongoing performance. Therefore, we have adjusted our results to make our statements more useful and comparable. However, we do not, and do not recommend that investors solely use adjusted amounts to assess our financial performance.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements about our strategic restructuring, our transformation through our integrated retail strategy, our plans to redeploy and reconfigure our assets, our plans to market and sell a portion of our existing real estate assets, our expectation of closing the sale of our Craftsman brand as previously announced, our liquidity, our ability to exercise financial flexibility as we meet our obligations and pursue possible strategic transactions, and other statements that describe the Company’s plans. Whenever used, words such as “will,” “expect,” and other terms of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including these, are based on the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Detailed descriptions of other risks relating to Sears Holdings are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law. Results presented herein are unaudited. The unaudited and estimated financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 contained in this press release reflect a number of complex and subjective judgments and estimates about the appropriateness of certain reported amounts and disclosures. Our financial statements for the 2016 fiscal year are not finalized. We are required to consider all available information through the finalization of our financial statements and their possible impact on our financial conditions and results of operations for the period, including the impact of such information on the complex judgments and estimates referred to above. As a result, subsequent information or events may lead to material differences between the information about the results of operations described herein and the results of operations described in our subsequent annual report. You should consider this possibility in reviewing the financial information for the period described above.

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com

[1] Based on the assumption that the extension is applied to the credit facility availability as of October 29, 2016.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

Elaine Rubin elected to Smart & Final Stores’ board of directors

COMMERCE , Calif., 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:SFS), today announced the election of Elaine Rubin to its board of directors (the “Board”), effective January 5, 2017.

Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With 145 years of history at Smart & Final, it’s as important as ever to evolve the ways we listen to and engage with our customers, which is why Elaine Rubin will be an excellent addition to our board of directors. Elaine’s extensive board and management experience in ecommerce and digital retail will provide valuable perspectives and insights on our customer-centric business. We’re pleased to have her join our Board as Smart & Final continues its growth plan and works to provide innovative offerings to its customers.”

Ms. Rubin is the founder and president of Digital Prophets Network, a consulting, advisory and executive placement firm, with a network of more than 150 certified digital and retail commerce experts. Elaine personally has more than 20 years of executive management and advisory experience in projecting, developing and managing ecommerce, digital, marketing, retail and direct-to-consumer businesses, ranging from leadership positions at 1800flowers.com, iVillage.com and amazon.com, and helping brands like Pier1 Imports and elf cosmetics develop their dotcom digital strategies. As a direct-to-consumer business and multichannel marketing pioneer with strategic and operational experience in retail, she is best known in the industry as the founder of Shop.org, the digital division of National Retail Federation (NRF).

Ms. Rubin is actively engaged as a board member of Blue Nile (NILE;NASDAQ), a board member of Moosejaw Mountaineering (a private company dedicated to outdoor fun), an advisor to Hint Inc. (a private company dedicated to healthy beverage consumption), a member of the Shop.org Think Tank, and co-founder of Retreat & Disrupt (an invite only digital leader’s summit).

Previously, Ms. Rubin served as founder, chairman and board member of Shop.org, board member and recipient of the Silver Plaque Award for service to NRF, and retail advisory board member for Hilco Global.

About Smart & Final
Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. The Company offers quality products in a variety of sizes, saving household, nonprofit and business customers time and money. As of October 9, 2016, the Company operated 304 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final,” “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. In business for 145 years, the Company remains committed to giving back to local communities through employee volunteer opportunities and Company donations to local nonprofits.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release that are not historical information contain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is difficult to predict the impact of known factors and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. These factors are discussed in the special note concerning “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and “Business” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or how they may affect it. The Company has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Laura Bainbridge / Andrew Greenebaum
Addo Investor Relations
O: 310.829.5400
investors@smartandfinal.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@smartandfinal.com

Source: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Angela Wimmer ist neue Coop-Mediensprecherin

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coop hat seit Anfang Februar eine neue Mediensprecherin. Angela Wimmer verstärkt die Coop Medienstelle und wird neben Urs Meier, Leiter Medienstelle, Ramón Gander und Andrea Bergmann für Coop sprechen. Sie ersetzt damit Nadja Ruch, welche eine neue berufliche Herausforderung ausserhalb von Coop gefunden hat.

Angela Wimmer hat nach dem Studium der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft an der Universität Zürich den Master der Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Hochschule St. Gallen erworben. Während des Studiums war sie in der Tagesschauredaktion von SRF tätig. Zuletzt hat sie für das Eidgenössische Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA) gearbeitet, zunächst beim Schweizerischen Generalkonsulat in Atlanta, wo sie zusammen mit dem Kommunikationsteam für den Social-Media-Auftritt und für Projekte im Bereich Kultur und Bildung mitverantwortlich zeichnete, und danach bei der Schweizerischen Botschaft in Washington D.C.

Bild zum Download

Kontakt:
Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: Coop.ch

MIGROS: WETTBEWERB FÜR OSTSCHWEIZER GENERATIONENPROJEKTE

MIGROS: WETTBEWERB FÜR OSTSCHWEIZER GENERATIONENPROJEKTE

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Das Migros-Kulturprozent zeichnet beim Wettbewerb für Ostschweizer Generationenprojekte innovative Projekte aus, die Generationen verbinden. Es vergibt dabei Förderpreise im Gesamtwert von 20‘000 Franken. Bis am 6. Mai 2017 kann man Projekte einreichen.

Für ein verständnisvolles Zusammenleben von verschiedenen Generationen ist der Austausch untereinander sehr wichtig. Kontakte zwischen verschiedenen Generationen helfen, Hemmschwellen und Vorurteile abzubauen. Möglichkeiten für den Austausch gibt es viele: Wenn Jung und Alt gemeinsam Theater spielen, wenn Kinder regelmässig etwas mit Altersheimbewohnern unternehmen, wenn Quartiertreffs Aktivitäten für verschiedene Generationen anbieten, wenn sich Jugendliche und Senioren zum gemeinsamen Spielen treffen – am Tisch oder vor dem Computer.

20’000 Franken für innovative Projekte

In der Ostschweiz gibt es viele initiative Menschen, die mit ihrem Engagement Kontakte zwischen verschiedenen Generationen ermöglichen. 2017 fördert das Kulturprozent der Migros Ostschweiz zum vierten Mal innovative Projekte, in denen Generationenbeziehungen entstehen und gelebt werden. Es vergibt im Rahmen des Wettbewerbs für Ostschweizer Generationenprojekte Fördergelder in der Höhe von 20‘000 Franken. Die Initiantinnen und Initianten der ausgezeichneten Projekte werden zudem zum Workshop „Entwicklungsraum“ der Generationenakademie vom 20./21. Oktober 2017 eingeladen. Dort erhalten sie Tipps für die Weiterentwicklung ihres Projekts und können wertvolle Kontakte mit Gleichgesinnten knüpfen.

Projektdossier bis am 6. Mai einreichen

Initiantinnen und Initianten von Generationenprojekten im Wirtschaftsgebiet der Migros Ostschweiz (Kantone Graubünden, St.Gallen, Appenzell Innerrhoden und Ausserrhoden, Thurgau, Schaffhausen, Region Winterthur und Zürcher Oberland sowie Fürstentum Liechtenstein) können ihr Projektdossier bis am 6. Mai 2017 einreichen. Folgende Angaben muss das Dossier enthalten:

  • Name des Projekts
  • Initianten und Trägerschaft
  • Beteiligte in der Projektorganisation
  • Zeitdauer des Projekts
  • Ausgangslage und Ziel
  • Ausführliche Beschreibung des Inhalts
  • Kommunikationsmassnahmen
  • Budget und Finanzierungsplan
  • Kontaktperson (Adresse, Mailadresse, Telefon)

Das Dossier ist per E-Mail einzureichen an Natalie Brägger mit dem Vermerk „Wettbewerb für Generationenprojekte“.

Eine Jury entscheidet

Die folgende Jury wird die Projektdossiers anschliessend bewerten:

  • Sabina Misoch, Leiterin Interdisziplinäres Kompetenzzentrum Alter, Fachhochschule St.Gallen
  • Jessica Schnelle, Projektleiterin Generationen in der Direktion Kultur und Soziales, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
  • Claudio Senn, Geschäftsleiter Pro Senectute Graubünden
  • Natalie Brägger, Projektleiterin Kommunikation/Kulturprozent, Migros Ostschweiz

Die Jury wählt maximal fünf Projekte aus, die mit Förderbeiträgen ausgezeichnet werden. Die Preisverleihung findet im August 2017 statt.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Natalie Brägger
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 46
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: natalie.braegger@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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MIGROS LANCIERT DEN KOCHCLUB MIGUSTO

MIGROS LANCIERT DEN KOCHCLUB MIGUSTO

 

Zurich, Switzerland, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros bündelt ihre Kochkompetenz unter einer neuen Marke: Migusto. Im Zentrum steht der Kochclub Migusto, der sich an die ambitionierte Hobbyköchin genauso wie an den Familienkoch mit kleinem Zeitbudget und den Kochanfänger wendet und seinen Mitgliedern eine Vielzahl von Vorteilen bietet. Migusto wird mit der Plattform migusto.ch und auf den Social Media präsent sein. In einem nächsten Schritt wird die Kochzeitschrift Saisonküche adaptiert. Das Club-Mitglied Nr. 1 steht schon fest: Tatort-Kommissar Stefan Gubser freut sich darauf, seinen Koch-Horizont zu erweitern.

In der Migros gab es schon immer alles, was es für ein gelungenes Menü braucht: gute und günstige Produkte, kompetente Beratung an der Theke und das passende Rezept aus dem Kochmagazin Saisonküche. Ab sofort tritt die geballte Kochkompetenz der Migros unter der neuen Marke Migusto auf. Im Zentrum steht der Kochclub Migusto mit der neu lancierten digitalen Plattform migusto.ch. Sie vereint eine grosse Rezeptdatenbank inklusive Videos und Glossar mit täglich neuen Geschichten und Reportagen aus der Welt der Küche.

Der Kochclub wendet sich an alle, die gerne kochen, es lernen möchten oder sich einfach inspirieren lassen wollen. So finden Migusto-Mitglieder auf migusto.ch Rezepte für ein exquisites Menü für Gäste, aber auch Anleitungen, wie man seiner Familie schnell ein gesundes und schmackhaftes Abendessen auftischt. Schliesslich werden auch Koch-Einsteiger mit einfachen Rezepten und nützlichen Tipps und Anleitungen an den Herd geführt.

Erstes Mitglied im Koch-Club ist Schauspieler Stefan Gubser, bekannt aus seiner Rolle als Tatort-Kommissar: „Ich gebe zu: Bis jetzt bin ich ohne grosse Kochkünste durchs Leben gekommen. Umso mehr freue ich mich auf die einfachen Migusto-Rezepte, dank denen ich endlich auch einmal Freunde bekochen kann.“ Wie der erste Versuch herausgekommen ist, erfahren die Leser des Migros-Magazins in der nächsten Ausgabe.

Nebst Inspirationen und Rezepten erhalten Kunden, welche sich für eine gratis Clubmitgliedschaft entscheiden, auch attraktive Vorteile. Sie profitieren von exklusiven Cumulus-Angeboten oder speziellen Rabatten auf verschiedene Produkte oder Dienstleistungen aus der ganzen Migros. Weiter können Sie exklusive Online-Angebote nutzen, etwa indem sie sich online eine eigene Rezeptsammlung anlegen oder die Zutaten direkt in die digitale Einkaufliste übertragen. Schliesslich erhalten sie auch das neue Print-Magazin Migusto gratis, das in den nächsten Monaten die Saisonküche ablösen wird. Die Abonnenten werden bis Ende Februar informiert.

Neben der Plattform und dem Print-Magazin nehmen die Social Media eine zentrale Rolle ein. Migusto wird auf Youtube, Google+ und Instagram mit eigenen Auftritten präsent sein. Auch über diese Medien werden die Kunden täglich mit unterhaltsamen Informationen zu Küche und Essen versorgt.

„Wir demokratisieren Leidenschaft und Begeisterung rund um die Zubereitung und den Genuss. Die kreative und abwechslungsreiche Küche ist nicht elitär. Kochen muss allen Freude machen, auch denjenigen, die es heute als Pflicht empfinden. Das ist die Idee hinter dem Koch-Club Migusto. Mit dem Team um die Saisonküche haben wir heute schon sehr viel Koch-Kompetenz in der Migros und somit die besten Voraussetzungen, diesem hohen Anspruch gerecht zu werden“, sagt Hansueli Siber, Leiter Marketing der Migros.

www.migusto.ch

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Luzi Weber
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 21 / Mobil 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL: luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Nordstrom to host 4Q 2016 financial results conference call on Thursday, February 23, 2017

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) announced today (Feb. 9, 2017) that it will report its fourth quarter 2016 financial results after the close of the financial markets on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The announcement will be followed by a conference call at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, in which senior management will comment on the company’s fourth quarter financial results and 2017 outlook. The 45-minute conference call will be available by telephone and audio webcast. Located within the Quarterly Earnings section of the company’s website will be the slides referenced during the conference call. After the conference call, the speakers’ prepared remarks will be available in the Quarterly Earnings section.

To listen to the LIVE conference call on February 23, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. EST:
— Access the slides and audio webcast at investor.nordstrom.com.
— Alternatively, for audio-only dial (201) 689-8354.

To listen to the REPLAY:
— The slides and audio webcast will be available at investor.nordstrom.com in the Quarterly Earnings section, where they will be archived and available for at least one year.
— A telephone playback will be available at (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415, enter Conference ID 13654137, beginning approximately three hours after the live conference call through the close of business on March 2, 2017.

Information to access conference calls for fiscal year 2017 will be made available approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled event on investor.nordstrom.com.

About Nordstrom

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

Investors Contact:
Trina Schurman
206-303-6503

Media Contact:
Tara Darrow
206-303-3016

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom launches Spring 2017 campaign

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. launches a national brand campaign to celebrate the best of spring fashion. Shot by photographer and rising star Petra Collins, the campaign will debut on February 6 in the U.S. and Canada with print, digital, social, out of home and video components.

Collins shot the series on 35mm film to capture the retailer’s most inspirational looks for men and women through her signature dreamy and hyper-feminine lens. It tells a fashion story inspired and invigorated by the female perspective, depicting that point-of-view through layers of diversity – in age, ethnicity, identity and experience.

The campaign vision and concept was developed by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, whom along with her creative team knew the art world favorite Collins could bring that vision to life.

“We see the brand campaigns as our opportunity to tell our most fashion-forward story,” said Kim. “We want it to feel approachable, but still aspirational enough that our customers get excited about the season. We selected some of our favorite looks to showcase, but alongside that we wanted to make a statement about self-confidence, empowerment and authenticity.

“With Collins, we selected a group of models and non-models alike to help tell a story of togetherness and unity, as if to say we are all here as one. As a young woman, Petra has such a strong and captivating voice, and an incredible way of articulating what she believes in through her camera lens. Her photos capture moments that are real and honest, and for this we think she is a great person to express fashion for 2017 in a way that feels strong, powerful and beautiful.”

Collins, Toronto-born photographer and curator, has been featured in numerous art exhibitions and magazines such as Vogue, Purple, i-D, Rookie, Vice, Wonderland, Dazed & Confused, Elle, and LOVE. She has photographed campaigns for COS, Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Adidas, and Stella McCartney, among other brands. She was cast in a supporting role on the television show Transparent, and has produced dozens of short films and videos of her own. As a model, she has appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Gucci.

Kim joined Nordstrom in February 2013, and under her Creative Projects umbrella focuses on creating energy, excitement, and inspiration through curated partnerships, concept shops and developing new experiences for customers. With her creative mind and unique perspective as a merchant, Kim took on the role of setting the vision for the company’s brand campaigns in Spring 2016, the retailer’s first in 15 years. Following her inaugural “See Anew” campaign, “We Are Here” from Fall 2016, and “Love, Nordstrom” from the holiday season, the launch of the latest brand campaign for Spring 2017 marks her fourth developed for Nordstrom.

DESIGNERS FEATURED INCLUDE:

Belstaff J.W.Anderson Shrimps
Chloé Kate Spade Simone Rocha
Dress the Population Marni Stella McCartney
Ellery Marques’ Almeida Undercover
Gucci Molly Goddard Y/Project
Isa Arfen Rachel Comey Y-3

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

Contact:
Anna Brown
Nordstrom, Inc.
206.303.4178
anna.brown@nordstrom.com

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Starbucks launches “用星说” (Say it with Starbucks) social gifting feature on Weixin, in China

Starbucks launches “用星说” (Say it with Starbucks) social gifting feature on Weixin, in China

 

“用星说” (Say it with Starbucks), a new social gifting feature on Weixin, fosters deeper human connections through the instant delivery of gratitude and love with the gift of Starbucks

SHANGHAI, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (February 9, 2017) announced the launch of “用星说” (Say it with Starbucks), a new social gifting feature on Weixin, in China. Co-created by Starbucks and Weixin, China’s leading mobile social communications service, this pioneering online-to-offline social gifting innovation encourages everyday acts of kindness and appreciation among family and friends, by enabling users to instantly and conveniently gift a Starbucks beverage or digital gift card. Starbucks is the first retail brand to bring to life a locally-relevant social gifting experience in China. The launch today follows the strategic partnership announcement between Starbucks and Tencent in December 2016.

“Our new social gifting feature aims to deepen the shared moments of connection by allowing our customers to express their love, concern and gratitude, with the gift of Starbucks, to the people most important to them,” said Belinda Wong, ceo, Starbucks China. ”By leveraging the power and reach of Weixin, we want to encourage everyday simple acts of kindness to put a smile on someone’s face at any time or place, while elevating the unique Starbucks Experience beyond our retail stores in China.”

During the initial launch period, Weixin has opened a convenient access for ‘Say it with Starbucks’ users in its Weixin Wallet-function, demonstrating the significance of the strategic partnership to both companies. The Starbucks China Weixin official account continues to provide a fast, permanent access to the social gifting feature.

Users will be able to select from a carefully curated selection of Starbucks-branded gifts and add a personalized message in the form of text, image or video to uplift the day of a loved one. Once a gift is received, it will be saved in the recipient’s Weixin app and can be redeemed at any Starbucks store in Mainland China.

“This is the beginning of an exciting social gifting journey for Starbucks. During the trial phase two weeks ago, our partners (employees) and many Starbucks customers became the first in China to experience this innovation and have conveyed tens of thousands of gestures of love, gratitude and care to their friends and loved ones,” added Molly Liu, vp, China Digital Ventures. “We are looking forward to inspire even more of our customers to show their love and appreciation through ‘Say it with Starbucks.’ Meanwhile, we will continue to enhance the social gifting experience to celebrate important festivals and holidays in China and the special moments in our customers’ lives.”

A sister product of WeChat, Weixin targets Chinese domestic users, and together, the platform has 846 million global monthly active users (as of the third quarter of 2016).

Media Contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

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Carrefour to sell eggs produced by Granja Virgen del Rosario on sustainable farms in Aragon, Spain

Carrefour to sell eggs produced by Granja Virgen del Rosario on sustainable farms in Aragon, Spain

 

Aragon, Spain, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour selects Aragon egg producer for national distribution. Carrefour has signed a collaboration agreement with Granja Virgen del Rosario, from Zaragoza, as part of the company’s strategic commitment to Spanish production. Rural Development and Sustainability Councillor, Mr Joaquín Olona Blasco, attended the signing to show his support for the initiative.

This is the first alliance entered into as part of the new Quality Line own brand plan. It was created by the retailer to recognise and promote national products that are committed to recovering foods’ original flavour and that take animal welfare and the environment into account, as well as acknowledging the work of crop and livestock farmers and fishermen who know how to pass on these values from generation to generation. Accordingly, the eggs from these free range hens, which are reared on sustainable farms, will be available at all Carrefour stores.

A boost for local and regional products.
Ángel Monreal, Carrefour Spain French Produce Manager and Miguel Esteban Martín from the producer, Granja Virgen del Rosario, took part in the event. The specifications listing all details of the collaboration between the two entities and providing a road map for further collaboration to take place during 2017 were also signed at the meeting.

Fresh free-range eggs.
The eggs produced by Granja Virgen del Rosario are laid by hens raised on sustainable farms in Aragon that have outdoor access and an entirely plant-based diet consisting of cereals such as maize, barley and wheat. They are also totally free of antibiotics and coccidiostats during the laying season, and have nest systems that allow the hens to lay their eggs undisturbed.

From a sanitary point of view, the farms have a salmonella control plan in place, as well as protection procedures through which a series of vaccinations are given that protect the animals for the rest of their lives.

Calidad y Origen, two Carrefour objectives
This bran, which has been present in the aisles of Carrefour stores for over 15 years, is a response to growing consumer demand for products guaranteeing the original flavour of food, that have regard for animal welfare and the environment, and that are produced by crop and livestock farmers and fishermen with a passion for their products marketed at the best price. Over the coming months, Carrefour will be concluding agreements with different local fish, fruit, vegetable, meat and delicatessen producers.

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

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Amazon.com, Inc. announces two new fulfillment centers in Eastvale and Redlands, California; will create more than 2,000 new jobs

New facilities will bring Amazon’s Southern California regional presence to ten facilities

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Feb. 9, 2017) announced two new fulfillment centers in Eastvale and Redlands, California, which will create more than 2,000 new full-time associate roles when opened. Across the state, more than 15,000 full-time Amazon associates currently pick, pack and ship customer orders at the company’s nine existing Golden State fulfillment centers. A fulfillment center in Sacramento is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2017.

“2017 marks the five-year-anniversary of Amazon beginning to operate fulfillment centers in California,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America Operations. “Within that time span, we’ve launched Career Choice, a program hundreds of Amazonian Californians have participated in to go back to school; we’ve supported the growth of hundreds of thousands of California businesses, authors, and developers that reach customers through Amazon.com, and we’ve continued to increase speed of delivery to customers throughout the state.”

At the one-million-square foot facility in Eastvale, developed by Goodman Group, associates will handle smaller sized customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. At the Redlands facility, which is over 750,000 square feet and developed by Prologis, associates will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture and pet food.

“Amazon’s expansion in the IE over the last several years has been remarkable. Redlands, as well as the region and the state as a whole, have all benefited from the economic growth Amazon has generated here,” said Redlands Mayor Paul Foster. “Today’s announcement of 1,000 new jobs in Redlands is in addition to the hundreds of full-time Amazon employees already working in our city. We are thrilled Amazon has found such a strong workforce here in Redlands, in San Bernardino County, and in the IE, and we look forward to our ongoing, collective success.”

“Amazon has helped revitalize the Inland Empire and we are excited to see its growth in Eastvale,” said Eastvale Mayor Joseph Tessari. “Not only are the current and future employment opportunities exciting for Eastvale residents, but I’m also eager to see Amazon employees participate in the company’s Career Choice program in which they can go back to school. Here in Eastvale, we are committed to long-term prosperity both for our city and for everyone, and Amazon will be a fantastic partner in that mission.”

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/.

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Le 1947 headed by chef Yannick Alléno becomes the only restaurant in Courchevel with three Michelin stars

Le 1947 headed by chef Yannick Alléno becomes the only restaurant in Courchevel with three Michelin stars

 

Paris, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The restaurant Le 1947, headed by chef Yannick Alléno at Cheval Blanc Courchevel, has been awarded a third star in the 2017 Michelin Guide. This third star honors the creativity of the resolutely modern cuisine created by Chef Alléno and his teams since he arrived in the Alpine resort in 2008.

The 2017 Michelin Guide has awarded a third star to Le 1947, honoring the work and innovation of chef Yannick Alléno and his team. Since his arrival in 2008, Yannick Alléno has revolutionized the codes of gastronomy to delight guests with unprecedented experiences.  His bold and resolutely modern cuisine perfectly expresses the values of the LVMH group – creativity, expertise and excellence.

At Le 1947, Chef Alléno draws inspiration from the rich diversity of local Savoie ingredients to craft a cuisine that celebrates flavor and taste at the heart of every dish. The dishes are a culinary score where each nuance is flawlessly executed. The current season’s menu features pike accompanied by a millefeuille of spinach, Maviar and Arctic Char gravlax.

“I feel an immense joy and I thank the Michelin Guide for the support it has shown us with this new distinction,” said Chef Alléno.  “The restaurant has a marvelous setting – it is truly up there that modern sauces are born. I am delighted for Monsieur Arnault, with whom our group shares his fundamental values of excellence and creativity. Thank you as well to the teams at LVMH Hotel Management who have supported us since our first day in this crazy gamble to reinvent French cuisine.”

This distinction crowns ten years of effort and creativity and makes Le 1947 the only restaurant in Courchevel with three Michelin stars.

Contact:

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

Source: LVMH

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Maxima Grupė announces management changes

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Once Alvydas Šustikas decided to leave Maxima Grupė managing retail companies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria, the Board of the company appointed a new CEO and a Chairman of the Board. Since 8 February, Robertas Čipkus, Director of Finance of the company, will be appointed the CEO of Maxima Grupė and board member of Maxima LT. Petras Jašinskas, a member of the Company’s Board, was elected the Chair of the Board of Maxima Grupė. Legal Director Eugenijus Filonovas was also appointed to the Board of Maxima Grupė.

“We are very grateful to Alvydas Šustikas for his contribution and professionalism in the development of the group’s activities and the launched new stage of its transformation” – said the Chair of the Board of UAB Vilniaus Prekyba Raimonda Kižienė.

According to R. Kižienė, Maxima Grupė will continue its role as a consolidating institution; however, its role in the organization of Maxima business will change, because the company’s activities are moving closer to the business taking place in each country. “After the governance reform, we can coordinate and adopt more decisions in supervisory institutions established in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, where to managers of Maxima Grupė have also been delegated” – said R. Kižienė.

UAB Vilniaus Prekyba started changing the governance of its subsidiaries in December of last year. Boards were formed or renewed in Vilniaus Prekyba Group companies Maxima Grupė, Maxima LT, Maxima Latvia, Maxima Eesti, Euroapotheca, Akropolis Group, Ermitažas and Franmax. The aim of the change is to improve corporate governance by delegating members of the Board and CEOs of parent companies to boards of subsidiaries. This step is also aimed at ensuring sustainable development of companies and increasing their performance efficiency.

Contact:

Phone: +370 5 219 0134
Fax: +370 5 219 6001
E-mail: info@maximagrupe.eu

Source: Maxima Grupė

NRF and Hackett Associates Global Port Tracker report: Imports expected to increase 4.6 percent during the first half of 2017

WASHINGTON, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to increase 4.6 percent during the first half of 2017 over the same period last year as the nation’s economy improves and retail sales continue to grow, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (February 9, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“This is very much in line with what we are forecasting for retail sales and consumer spending this year,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers try to balance inventories very carefully with demand. So, when retailers import more merchandise, that’s a pretty good indicator of what they are expecting to happen with sales.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.58 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in December, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 3.8 percent from November as the holiday season came to an end but up 10.2 percent from December 2015. That brought 2016 cargo volume to a total of 18.8 million TEU, up 3.2 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

January was estimated at 1.59 million TEU, up 6.6 percent from January 2016. February is forecast at 1.53 million TEU, down 0.6 percent from last year; March at 1.43 million TEU, up 7.8 percent from last year; April at 1.56 million TEU, up 8.2 percent; May at 1.66 million TEU, up 2.3 percent, and June at 1.65 million TEU, up 4.3 percent.

Those numbers would bring the first half of 2017 to 9.4 million TEU, up 4.6 percent from the first half of 2016. That would be almost three times the 1.6 percent growth seen in the first half of 2016 over the same period in 2015.

The cargo numbers come a day after NRF forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, citing job and income growth and low debt that show “the fundamentals are in place.”

Cargo volume does not correlate directly to sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

“The United States is well placed in 2017 and is likely to outperform most of the rest of the developed economies,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “If the infrastructure investments promised by the new administration come about, we can expect stronger growth than in 2016, but that assumes good relationships with U.S. trading partners and no recourse to trade barriers that would result in a tit-for-tat response.”

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

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

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

Contact:

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

Source: NRF

Lechler GmbH migrates to the current version of Intershop Commerce Suite

  • Long-time Intershop client signs license agreement and migrates to the current platform version
  • Intershop Commerce Suite supports growth strategies and makes online shopping even easier for Lechler’s business clients

Jena, Metzingen, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to e-commerce, Lechler GmbH will continue to rely on the solutions and expertise offered by Intershop Communications AG. The company signed a license agreement to this end in Metzingen, in Baden-Württemberg. Lechler is a family-run company that develops and produces atomizer nozzles for a wide range of applications and is among the world’s leading businesses in this sector.

Its first online shop was launched using Intershop in 2000, making Lechler GmbH a pioneer among the more than 300 Intershop clients around the world. In order to upgrade its technology and thus expand its leading position in digital B2B retail, the international company decided to switch to the current version of Intershop Commerce Suite after an intensive test phase. With this move, Lechler GmbH is investing in a market-leading, highly efficient shop solution that makes online shopping even easier and more interesting for business clients.

Tilo Nestle, project manager for e-business at Lechler GmbH, emphasizes that “the decision to stay with Intershop was made with good reason. Intershop has allowed us to turn our growth initiatives into success in the past. The new platform will also help us adapt to shifting shopping habits in the B2B segment and offer our clients an attractive, convenient shopping experience across all touchpoints.”

Axel Köhler, chief executive officer at Intershop Communications AG, adds, “we are proud of the fact that a company as renowned as Lechler is continuing to place its trust in the expertise and technology that Intershop provides. Our years of cooperation prove that we understand the challenges faced by ambitious medium-sized companies and that we offer perfect solutions for successful commerce strategies.”

About Lechler GmbH:

Lechler develops and manufactures precision nozzles for industry-specific applications. Our 135 years of experience have brought us to where we are now. The comprehensive knowledge of nozzle technology held by our more than 680 employees and a deeper understanding of typical industry processes allowed us to become an innovative leader in nozzle technology early on. Today, Lechler manufactures in Germany, England, Hungary, India, China and the USA. Additional subsidiaries and 40 offices round off our global sales network. Despite our international positioning, we are still a Swabian company at heart – with the typical passion for precision, innovation and the drive to constantly improve.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Whole Foods Market signs leases for new 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores in Brooklyn, New York, and Oakland, California

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced that it has signed leases for new 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores in Brooklyn, New York, and Oakland, California.

The Brooklyn store, located in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, is the first 365 by Whole Foods Market store planned for New York. The company has previously announced six locations in California, including its first store, which opened in May 2016 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. This store will be located in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.

The grocer also announced today that its Cedar Park, Texas, store will open on April 26. Two Austin-area companies, Easy Tiger and JuiceLand, will be featured in the store through the grocer’s Friends of 365 program. Easy Tiger will serve their full menu, including beer, wine, coffee and baked goods. JuiceLand will serve light snacks, juices and smoothies.

“We’re excited to bring the 365 experience to Cedar Park in our hometown community of Greater Austin,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We have some great Friends for this location, who will bring shoppers incredible local products that Austinites know and love.”

The first three 365 by Whole Foods Market stores—Silver LakeBellevue and Lake Oswego— opened in 2016.

365 by Whole Foods Market stores provide a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience. The stores feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading standards in a shopping environment that’s enjoyable and convenient.

More details will be announced closer to the stores’ grand openings. For the latest updates, visit www.365bywfm.com.

Contact:
Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

SUPERVALU Foundation donates $1 million to nonprofits for hunger and food-related relief efforts across the country

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., 2017-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today (Feb. 9, 2017) announced that the SUPERVALU Foundation will donate $1 million to 34 nonprofits that provide hunger and food-related relief to those in need in local communities across the country.

The $1 million in donations will benefit local communities in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Recipient organizations include local food bank affiliates of Feeding America, local members of Meals on Wheels America, local urban garden programs and meal programs at local emergency shelters, among others.

“Too many people in the United States today experience food insecurity,” said SUPERVALU President and CEO Mark Gross. “Today’s donations provide needed funding to help feed our communities, which is part of our company’s mission, and is an important contribution to the efforts to address hunger relief.”

The SUPERVALU Foundation was established in 1993 to effect positive change in communities where SUPERVALU operates and serves. Hunger relief and nutrition programming are key focuses of the Foundation. In addition to today’s $1 million in cash donations from the Foundation, SUPERVALU has continued its giving to local and regional nonprofits, including Feeding America affiliates in the form of food to create meals for families across the country.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 percent of American households were estimated to be food insecure in 2015, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. An estimated one in six American children are food insecure, and seniors represent the fastest growing food-insecure population.

Donation recipients
Following is a list of the organizations, their grant amounts and their focus by state:

  • Minnesota: $260,000, representing CUB employees and employees who work in SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business and corporate offices
    • The Aliveness Project ($50,000): Provides meals to Twin Cities’ residents suffering from HIV/AIDS.
    • The Bridge for Youth ($50,000): Supports meals for local youth temporarily housed at the Bridge for Youth emergency shelter.
    • Urban Roots ($50,000): Provides urban farming and nutritional cooking classes for youth on St. Paul’s East Side.
    • Youth Farm ($50,000): Provides urban farming for youth in Twin Cities’ neighborhoods.
    • Matter ($40,000): Distributes meals to families in Twin Cities’ communities experiencing food insecurity.
    • Cornerstone ($20,000): Supports meals for individuals and families temporarily housed at the Cornerstone Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence in the Twin Cities.
  • Virginia: $130,000, representing Farm Fresh and SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank ($70,000): Supports the food bank’s Mobile Food Pantry and Kids’ Café in the Hampton Roads area.
    • Feed More Community Kitchen ($40,000): Provides meals for Meals on Wheels, summer children’s feeding programs, adult day care centers and Kids’ Café in the Richmond area.
    • Health Brigade ($20,000): Helps individuals with chronic diseases gain access to nutritious foods through the organization’s “food pharmacy” for low-income patients in the Richmond area.
  • Missouri: $110,000, representing Shop ‘n Save and SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • St. Louis Crisis Nursery ($70,000): Provides emergency services, meals and short-term care for families in need.
    • Nurses for Newborns ($40,000): Provides at-risk families with services and resources to prevent infant mortality.
  • North Dakota: $80,000, representing Hornbacher’s and SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • Great Plains Food Bank ($50,000): Supports the food bank’s backpack program for children facing summer food insecurity in Fargo and Grand Forks.
    • Emergency Food Pantry ($15,000): Provides food and grocery products to people in need in Cass and Clay counties.
    • Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry ($15,000): Division of the Great Plains Food Bank of North Dakota, providing food to those in need in the Bismarck area.
  • Pennsylvania: $80,000, representing SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • Grow Pittsburgh ($40,000): Supports the organization’s community gardens that help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to local families.
    • Meals on Wheels Lancaster ($40,000): Provides daily meals to seniors and homebound individuals in the Lancasterarea.
  • Washington, D.C.: $70,000, representing SHOPPERS Food & Pharmacy
    • Food & Friends ($70,000): Delivers free meals to area residents suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
  • Illinois: $55,000, representing SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business and corporate shared services group
    • Illinois Valley Food Pantry ($20,000): Local affiliate of Feeding America food bank.
    • Salt & Light ($20,000): Local Champaign food co-op where people without resources can “earn” food dollars by volunteering on site.
    • Leyden Family Service Food Pantry ($15,000): Provides emergency groceries for families in distress in the Franklin Park area.
  • Colorado: $55,000, representing SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business and national call center
    • Silver Key Meals on Wheels ($20,000): Provides home-delivered meals to seniors in the Colorado Springs area.
    • Project Angel Heart ($20,000): Delivers free meals to Denver area residents suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
    • Denver Rescue Mission ($15,000): Provides meals, shelter and emergency services for Denver’s homeless men, women and children.
  • Wisconsin: $35,000, representing SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • Paul’s Pantry ($20,000): Food bank serving those in need in Green Bay and Brown County.
    • Women & Children’s Horizons ($15,000): Provides meals and emergency shelter and services for abused women and their children in the Kenosha area.
  • Indiana: $20,000, representing SUPERVALU’s wholesale distribution business
    • Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana ($20,000): Local affiliate of Feeding America.
  • Other communities receiving donations representing SUPERVALU’s corporate and wholesale distribution business include:
      • Boise, Idaho: $20,000 to the Idaho Food Bank, the local affiliate of Feeding America.
      • Tacoma, Wash.: $20,000 to Food Lifeline, a food rescue and hunger relief organization for 17 western Washingtoncounties.
      • Billings, Mont.: $15,000 to the Tumbleweed Runaway Program, which provides meals and support services for area youth living on the streets.
      • Anniston, Ala.: $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama, to help fund healthy, after-school snacks at the organization’s drop-in center.
      • Quincy, Fla.: $15,000 to America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, the local Feeding America affiliate.
      • Lithia Springs, Ga.: $15,000 to Lifeline Mission, which addresses hunger issues in the area.
      • Phoenix, Ari.: $15,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a local food bank.
      • Indianola, Miss.: $15,000 to Delta Health Alliance, supporting nutrition initiatives and fresh food access in the area.

    About SUPERVALU INC.
    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.

    Contact:
    Mike Wilken
    952-828-4558
    michael.c.wilken@supervalu.com

    Source: SUPERVALU