Czech Republic’s Air Bank pilots contactless cash dispenser solution from Diebold Nixdorf

End-to-end offerings deliver advanced functionalities and enhanced consumer experience to Czech Republic

PRAGUE, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Air Bank, an emerging financial institution in the Czech Republic, is partnering with Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), the global leader in driving connected commerce, based on its ability to innovate and deliver enhanced consumer experiences with the CS 2020 cash dispenser, software and services. The cash dispensers feature a range of advanced software-enabled digital functions, including the ability to authenticate and transact without the use of a traditional card reader or PIN pad.

Air Bank is piloting the new contactless machine that enables consumers to withdraw cash without inserting a card into the card reader. Instead, for user authentication, they can tap a near field communication (NFC)-enabled card, a NFC-stick or a NFC-sticker, that can be stuck onto a smartphone, for example, to the reader and enter their PIN on an encrypted touchscreen. The simplification of the user interface enables consumers to benefit from fast, convenient transaction processing which creates a better consumer experience. The addition of a contactless reader and an encrypted touchscreen for PIN entry further enhances the consumer experience by eliminating the risks of card trapping and skimming attacks.

For the first time—and within less than six months of becoming a combined company—Diebold Nixdorf has rapidly configured and deployed a complete end-to-end solution for Czech Republic’s Air Bank with state-of-the-art hardware technology powered by advanced software and supported with world-class services.

As a recipient of the Red Dot Design Award in 2016, the CS 2020 conveys a minimalistic design and innovative consumer experience, in turn supporting Air Bank’s philosophy of easy-to-use services. “Simplicity is one of the key values of our bank,” said Jaromir Vostry, product manager for cards, at Air Bank. “With enhanced functions, the new contactless ATMs enable customers to withdraw cash as easily, comfortably and securely as they are used when making contactless payments in shops and other places.”

“With the CS 2020, we as a technology innovation leader created a system that merges today’s needs with tomorrow’s vision for cash access for all users. And we are offering the familiarity, security, and functionality consumers expect across retail banking omnichannel environments,” said Dr. Ulrich Näher, senior vice president, systems at Diebold Nixdorf. “As an integral technology partner, we look forward to working with Air Bank to support its successful connected commerce offering.”

The CS 2020 can also be configured to authenticate users cardlessly through pre-staging a transaction on the consumer’s smartphone. Once the transaction is staged, the user receives a secure QR code or one time PIN. When the QR code is scanned or the PIN is entered at the ATM, it quickly dispenses the cash.

Air Bank cooperates with Diebold Nixdorf since its founding in 2011. Since then, Air Bank has invested heavily in the expansion of its self-service channel and plans to grow their existing network of 160 terminals with both contactless and traditional card reader technology throughout 2017.

About Air Bank
Air Bank, a member of PPF Group is a modern and innovative 21st century Czech bank offering a new generation of online banking and running its own branch network. It officially started its operations in the Czech Republic in November 2011 with a view to be the first bank that people can like. Air Bank’s key values include simplicity, courage, user-friendly approach and transparency. In November 2016, five years since its start, Air Bank had more than 700 employees, 34 branches in major Czech cities, and more than 500,000 customers, and it managed deposits in excess of CZK 75 billion.

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

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

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Accenture Strategy: Organizations must pay attention to new factors driving customer loyalty in the digital age

Accenture Strategy unveils the new ‘languages of loyalty’ driving customer relationships in the digital age

NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Organizations are wasting billions of dollars each year on customer loyalty programs that don’t work like they used to, according to new research from Accenture Strategy. With millions of loyalty points sitting dormant and the majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) retracting loyalty at profit-crushing rates, organizations must pay attention to the new factors driving customer loyalty in the digital age or risk losing customers for good.

The Accenture Strategy report, ‘Seeing beyond the loyalty illusion: it’s time you invest more wisely’, gauges the experiences and attitudes of 25,426 consumers around the world, including 2,532 U.S. consumers, about their loyalty relationship with brands and organizations today. The report found that 54 percent of U.S. consumers have switched provider in the past year, and almost one fifth (18 percent) confirm their expectations around brand loyalty have completely changed. The report also identified five new factors influencing loyalty today.

Orgs. are wasting billions on customer loyalty programs that don’t work. It’s time to pay attention to the new factors driving loyalty #GCPR

“New ‘languages of loyalty’ have emerged, driven by brands experimenting with creative digital experiences, which have changed the dynamics of customer loyalty today,” said Robert Wollan, senior managing director, global lead of Advanced Customer Strategy at Accenture Strategy. “Every consumer has a natural instinct around what makes them ‘stick’ to a brand. The traditional ‘low price’ and ‘reliable service’ mechanics are no longer as effective at driving loyalty. With 66 percent of U.S. consumers spending more with the brands they love, organizations that stick to traditional approaches and don’t explore the new drivers influencing loyalty risk draining profitability and pushing customers away – even when they have the best intentions or are following their historical playbook. It’s time for organizations to take a fresh look at loyalty.”

The new languages of loyalty
Accenture Strategy has identified five languages of loyalty which are driving customer relationships in the digital age, particularly among U.S. millennials:

  • ‘Tokens of affection’ – Fifty-nine percent of U.S. consumers feel loyal to brands that present them with small tokens of affection, such as personalized discounts, gift cards and special offers to reward their loyalty.
  • ‘Get to know me’ – Forty-one percent of U.S. consumers are loyal to brands that offer them the opportunity to personalize products to create something that is bespoke to them. Fifty-one percent are loyal to brands that interact with them through their preferred channels of communication. Eighty-one percent feel loyal to brands that are there when they need them, but otherwise respect their time and leave them alone. Furthermore, 85 percent are loyal to brands that safeguard and protect the privacy of their personal information.
  • ‘Thrill seeker’ – Forty-four percent of U.S. consumers are loyal to brands that actively engage them to help design or co-create products or services. Forty-one percent are loyal to organizations that present them with new experiences, products or services. Furthermore, 33 percent are loyal to brands that engage them in ‘multi-sensory’ experiences, using new technologies such as virtual reality or augmented reality.
  • ‘If you like it, I like it’ – Twenty-three percent of U.S. consumers are loyal to brands that partner with celebrities, and another 23 percent feel loyal to organizations that partner with social influencers, such as bloggers and vloggers. Forty-two percent are loyal to brands that their family and friends do business with. Furthermore, 37 percent show loyalty to brands that actively support shared causes, such as charities or public campaigns.
  • ‘Hook me up’ – Thirty-nine percent of U.S. consumers feel loyal to brands that connect them with other providers, giving them the ability to exchange loyalty points or rewards. Likewise, 51 percent are loyal to brands that keep them on the cutting edge by consistently offering the latest products and services.

“Organizations need to understand the loyalty languages of their most profitable customers and implement the optimal mix to ensure they’re delivering the experiences that drive advocacy, retention and growth,” said Kevin Quiring, managing director, Advanced Customer Strategy, Accenture Strategy. “An appetite for extra-ordinary, multi-sensory experiences, hyper-personalization and co-creation, are changing consumer dynamics around loyalty and forcing brands and organizations to shift their approaches and programs.”

Additional U.S. consumer findings from the report include:
Fight for loyalty:

  • Sixteen percent of U.S. consumers currently have a negative or non-existent reaction when brands try to earn their loyalty.
  • Over a quarter (26 percent) think brands should do everything possible to earn their loyalty.

How consumers express loyalty:

  • Fifty-five percent of U.S. consumers express loyalty by recommending the brands and companies they love to family and friends.
  • Forty-three percent increase the level of business they do with the brands and companies they love.

For further information on Accenture Strategy’s ‘Seeing beyond the loyalty illusion: it’s time you invest more wisely’ report, please visit: Join the conversation at @AccentureStrat #GCPR #loyalty

About the research
Accenture Strategy’s ‘Seeing beyond the loyalty illusion: it’s time you invest more wisely’ report is based on the findings from its twelfth annual Global Consumer Pulse Research. The report gauges the experiences and attitudes of 25,426 consumers around the world about their loyalty relationship with brands and organizations today. The survey includes online responses from respondents in: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UAE, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Norway, Mexico, Malaysia, Ireland, South Africa, Russia, Argentina, Turkey, Poland, Philippines, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, France, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Australia, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States. The survey was fielded in July and August 2016.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership help drive both efficiencies and growth. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit

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LCP announces the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as new asset manager

LCP announces the appointment of Jonathan Cooper as new asset manager


LONDON, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP is pleased to announce the appointment of a new asset manager as it continues to grow its commercial property portfolio.

Jonathan Cooper joins the Kingswinford office from GVA Birmingham where he was a senior surveyor in the property management consultancy.

At LCP, Jonathan, who is MRICS qualified, will take on the role of lease advisory surveyor and will focus on the burgeoning industrial portfolio, looking at all aspects of strategic property matters, including acquisitions, lease renewals, rent reviews, and re-gearing.

He has 14 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, which also includes three years at national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

“LCP is going through a very exciting period and is demonstrating a very proactive approach towards investment,” said Jonathan. “When the opportunity arose to work for such a major property investor and to be involved in all property matters on the portfolio, I was keen to play a role.”

Andrew Preston, industrial portfolio manager, said: “In the past two years, we have increased our portfolio and are actively looking to acquire new sites over the next 12 months. Recruiting new staff is crucial to achieving that aim and we are pleased to welcome Jonathan to the industrial team.”


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Source: LCP


Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins celebrate 20,000th location globally

Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins celebrate 20,000th location globally


CANTON, Mass, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — This past December marked an exciting milestone in the history Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, having opened its 20,000th location globally. It would have been hard to imagine when the brands were first founded in 1950 and 1945, respectively, the role each would play in the daily lives of so many people around the world.

Today (February 15, 2017), Dunkin’ Donuts gets and keeps people running with its range of coffees, espresso beverages, sandwiches and baked goods in countries including Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Switzerland. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins serves up its iconic “31 flavors,” as well as other treats including ice cream cakes, frozen beverages and ice cream sundaes in countries such as Canada, Ecuador, India, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The 20,000th global location milestone comes at an exciting time when our international licensees have opened restaurants in a number of different countries, including our first Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations in South Africa, our first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Bahrain, as well as exciting new restaurant openings for Dunkin’ Donuts in China and Baskin-Robbins in Thailand. We also opened a number of new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations here in the U.S. Dunkin’ Brands has more than 20,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants in 68 countries worldwide.

We’re proud to serve guests around the world their favorite Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins products, and look forward to serving even more customers around the globe in the year ahead. This includes the upcoming first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Amsterdam, which is scheduled to open on March 23rd!

Do you have a favorite Dunkin’ Donuts or Baskin-Robbins restaurant here in the U.S. or around the world? Let us know on Dunkin’ Donuts’ Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channel, or Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channel.

Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations

Source: Baskin-Robbins


NCR launches new family of ATM solutions — NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series

NCR launches new family of ATM solutions — NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series


Breakthrough ATM solution from NCR helps financial institutions transform retail banking and deliver omni-channel experiences

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today (February 15, 2017) announced the NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series, a new family of ATM solutions that will help financial institutions redefine the banking experience and change the way consumers interact with the ATM forever.

Through a unique combination of innovation across software, hardware, and services, consumers and financial institutions will gain many new benefits from this mobile-ready ATM solution. A large, 19-inch multi-touch display drives tablet-like interactions, where consumers can swipe, pinch and zoom their way quickly through transactions.

Built-in video banking also enables financial institutions to offer high-touch, personalized service, where customers can be helped by a live teller right at the ATM. This means financial institutions can extend their personal service coverage and be available as close or far from home and as early or late as they choose to be. NCR is currently the only company that can offer video banking fully integrated in one ATM platform. This capability streamlines the way branch staff serve customers with auto loans, mortgages, credit cards or deposits across the network. NCR’s research shows that 80 percent of the transactions typically completed inside a physical branch can be completed through a live video teller at an ATM.

“The power of digital banking is that it empowers customers to be self-directed and choose the level of interaction they want. But banking is a relationship business, and bankers want to stand ready to provide one-to-one interactions at moments that are the most relevant, useful, and actionable,” said Mark Schwanhausser, Director Omnichannel Financial Services, Javelin Strategy & Research.  “ATMs with video tellers and enhanced capabilities can play a critical role in digital-first customer service by providing the combination of convenience and immediate assistance. It’s a way to restore a human face to an increasingly digital-banking relationship.”

“Financial institutions need to be ready to offer the experience digital natives demand as they come of age and require more financial services,” said Jose Resendiz, vice president, financial services, at NCR Corporation. “This launch fundamentally transforms the ATM to be perfectly aligned with how consumers want to bank and gives financial institutions a new way to realize omni-channel transformational strategies.”

The SelfServ 80 Series was recognized as an International Design Excellence Awards 2016 finalist. It is rooted in NCR’s 132-year history of understanding consumer behavior, its deep domain experience in retail banking and the strong legacy of its SelfServ brand – the most popular ATM family in the world.

The modern design comes with fully customizable, color-coded media entry and exit indicators. Additionally, a unique 10-cassette cash dispense capability lowers cash replenishment costs. Paired with NCR’s CxBanking software suite, the SelfServ 80 series unlocks amazing customer experiences across physical and digital banking channels.

“The adoption of this new solution is incredibly exciting. Several of the largest banks in the world, along with many community banks, have signed on for initial delivery contracts, with thousands of units installed to date,” added Joao Perez, senior vice president of NCR financial services sales. “Customers appreciate the new platform, which is beautiful on the outside and full of powerful engineering on the inside. Many more continue to sign up as they look to deploy a future-proof solution that is ready to converge the physical and digital channels in a mobile-first world.”

The SelfServ 80 Series is available now in select markets, including the United States and Canada, followed by global availability throughout 2017-2018. Please contact NCR Sales for pricing information and details on local availability.

For additional materials including high-resolution product images, whitepapers, FAQs, please click here. To download the SelfServ 80 Series application on iOS, click here.

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 650 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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Media Contact:
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### and eBay extend relationship to deliver best-in-class shopping, payment and package delivery experience in Latin America and eBay extend relationship to deliver best-in-class shopping, payment and package delivery experience in Latin America


The new offering includes’s all-inclusive price, quality customer service, and speed and reliability from over 30 years of operational experience in more than 40 countries.

San Jose, California, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — An expanded relationship between and eBay provides shoppers in Latin America access to tens of millions of listings by purchasing them on

With over 1 billion listings worldwide, eBay’s vision for commerce is one that is enabled by people, powered by technology, and open to everyone—creating more economic opportunity for all. eBay continues to enhance the shopping experience for its sellers and buyers, including making the platform’s massive selection of inventory more accessible to customers across the globe.

In this newly extended relationship, and eBay are creating a best-in-class shopping, payment and package delivery experience for customers in Latin America and the Caribbean, allowing them to access tens of millions of listings. provides transparent, all-inclusive pricing on tens of millions of products, and can deliver them directly to customers’ doorstep or one of the more than 100 storefront pickup locations across 40 countries.

“We’re thrilled to partner with to bring eBay’s expansive selection of inventory to a broader consumer audience in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Sylvie De Wever, eBay’s General Manager of Latin America. “The relationship allows eBay to leverage’s leadership in cross-border logistics to deliver a seamless shopping experience to a relatively untapped buyer segment.”

Nicolas Maslowski, CRO of, agrees: “We have made our alliance even stronger, giving Latin Americans the opportunity to buy their favorite eBay products from the comfort of their country, with clarity and ease of pricing, using their own local currency, stress-free.”

The initial list of countries to take advantage of the partnership includes the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands (Tortola), Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Jamaica, Panamá, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos – with more countries to be added in the near future.

Enhanced Functionality

With this new relationship, and eBay provide customers in Latin America and the Caribbean a unique cross-border shopping experience by allowing them to purchase eBay products on After finding their perfect item on eBay, customers then copy the eBay URL into, which calculates an all-inclusive price that includes the price of the product, shipping, handling, taxes, and fees all rolled into one. Customers make just a single payment to Depending on the country, offers a variety of financing options using local currency, such as cash, PayPal, zero interest financing in installments and credit card points.

Customers can feel rest assured with’s Warranty and Returns program, which covers most transactions. Additionally, within the customer’s account, customers can track the status of their packages to know when they will arrive at their destination. With more than 10 million packages processed through’s Miami warehouse, approximately half fly out the same day they arrive in Miami.

The integration with represents a broader API initiative that eBay has recently undertaken to make both buying and selling easier than ever. Late last year, eBay revamped its API platform with ten new standards-based APIs, with more to come in 2017

About, founded in 1986 is one of the largest cross-border logistics and e-commerce companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, present in more than 40 countries. manages a warehouse in Miami that is more than 1700 m2. Its strategic location lets it be an ideal route for the quick entrance and exit of products from the U.S. On a daily basis, transports almost $1M in product across the region, no matter the shape, size or form, with a live tracking system and a 100% guarantee and returns policy.


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Source: eBay


RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust announces distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of February 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today (Feb. 15, 2017) announced a distribution of 11.75 cents per unit for the month of February. The distribution will be payable on March 7, 2017 to unitholders of record as at February 28, 2017.

About RioCan

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

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Compliance

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Lindex announces 28% increase in its 2016 full year result vs. the previous year

Sweden, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — When the fashion company, today (February 15, 2017) presents its result for 2016 it shows that Lindex strategic priorities and actions during the year have resulted in a successful development and increased profitability.

Lindex result amounted to 532 MSEK which is an increase of 28 percent compared with the previous year. An increased margin and continued good cost control contributed to the increased profit. Lindex had a very strong sales growth during the first half of 2016 but a tough autumn, with reduced store traffic and historically strong sales figures to live up to, resulted in weaker sales than expected for the last quarter.

Our strong result reflects Lindex growth despite a weaker ending to the year in terms of sales. Our strategic actions together with all employees dedicated efforts have been central to our development, says CEO Ingvar Larsson

Lindex has focused on creating a more flexible organisation and to strengthen its customer meeting, which has resulted in an even higher customer satisfaction. The fashion chain has also focused on increasing the profitability in its markets and reduce the number of unprofitable stores, where the closure of the operations in Russia was one part. To enhance the overall shopping experience Lindex continues to focus on the digital experience, with increased initiatives and investments in this area.

“At Lindex the customer is always in focus and our digital initiatives forward is important to offer our customers an even more inspiring shopping experience. We will also see a continued increased clarity in our fashion concepts, in all of our business areas and we are taking further steps in developing the Lindex brand. Our fantastic progress towards more sustainable fashion also continues to be a key factor forward”, says Ingvar Larsson.

Do you want to know more about Lindex continuing work and all the exciting upcoming initiatives


Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60

Source: Lindex

SPAR Georgia opens new store in Ortachala

Georgia, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —We’re still in single week count of the new year and SPAR Georgia has already opened a new store, this time in a suburb of Tbilisi called Ortachala.

The new SPAR Supermarket is a conversion of an existing store and is 234m2 in size. Its destination departments include a Food-to-Go deli, a Georgian bakery, fresh fruit and veg and a fresh meat section, amongst others.

During the development of the new store, learnings from previous work with SPAR International and SPAR Russia was taken into account, especially with regards to the store layout, department designs, instore communications and the assortment offer. SPAR Georgia has continued to evolve and develop the right solution in each location when opening a new store.

The opening of the store was announced on social media and flyers were distributed to residents in the surrounding area. Text messages and emails were also sent to customers and suppliers.

The local public was delighted with the variety of products on offer in the new SPAR store, especially the fresh assortment and SPAR Own Brand ranges.

In its store development initiatives, SPAR Georgia has focused on offering a broad selection of fresh produce and traditional Georgian baked goods, complemented by a local Food-to-Go offering.

The licence to operate the SPAR Brand was granted by SPAR International in 2014. SPAR Georgia operates both company owned and independent retailer run stores, of which there are now 21.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Ross Stores, Inc. to announce 4Q and fiscal year 2016 earnings results on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dublin, California, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:  ROST) will announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 earnings results on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. A press release will be sent out at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The Company will also provide additional details concerning its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results and business outlook on a conference call to be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Participants may listen to a real-time audio webcast of the conference call by visiting the Investors section of the Company’s website located at

A recorded version of the call will also be available at the website address, as well as via a telephone recording at 404-537-3406, Passcode #55318917, through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on March 7, 2017.

Investor Relations:

Source: Ross Stores, Inc./globenewswire

SPAR opens three new stores in Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Azerbaijan was the second country in the Caucasus to join SPAR, with the first store opening in the capital city, Baku, in December 2015. At the end of 2016, three more SPAR stores were launched in different parts of the capital.

The three new stores are: SPAR Genclik (853m²), SPAR Bakikhanov (1,387m²) and SPAR Akhundov (560m²). On the opening day, each store processed transactions from over 1,500 customers, with an average basket spend of between 6-10 USD. The opening ceremonies of the new stores were attended by SPAR International, representatives from the media and local residents.

In addition to daily grocery ranges, the new SPAR stores in Azerbaijan offer a broad fresh produce range and a large selection of household appliances. In the deli section of each store, customers are treated to an array of dishes from salads, pizzas and doner kebabs to traditional baked breads and freshly made desserts, all produced onsite.

The instore restaurants, a concept which is new to the retail market in Azerbaijan, have attracted many customers. And for the health concious consumer, the SPAR stores offer a good range of nutritious, healthy meals and snacks.

A good range of SPAR Own Brand products, availble in 12 categories and with over 300 SKUs, complement other locally and internationally sourced products.

SPAR Azerbaijan has ambitious plans for growth – food retailing continues to be one of the most dynamic sectors of the local economy. The growing network of SPAR stores in the country bring global best practice to the market, delivering a new offering that is appealing to the local residents.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Ireland announces new €1 million advertising campaign for its healthy eating initiative, SPAR Better Choices

Ireland, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — An investment of more than €1 million has gone into SPAR Ireland’s new advertising campaign to showcase its healthy eating initiative, SPAR Better Choices.

The campaign includes the launch of two adverts, one featuring Republic of Ireland football captain, Seamus Coleman, and the other featuring model and mum-of-two, Claudine Keane.

The core theme of the SPAR Better Choices initiative is about having the power to make the right choices in order to stay healthy. This is depicted in the ads by focusing on the two stars growing up in Ireland and the choices they made in their lives. It is hoped that the ads will inspire people to make positive food choices with the help of the SPAR healthy eating range.

Speaking about the initiative, Willie O’Byrne, Managing Director, BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR Brand in Ireland), commented: “We have invested very heavily in our latest ad campaign in order to demonstrate our focus on the SPAR Better Choices programme. At SPAR we are committed to providing our customers with the best product offerings across our stores. We feel passionate that eating well should be a priority and that with the SPAR Better Choices offering our customers can expect to find the right choice for themselves under the tree at SPAR.’’

The SPAR Better Choices programme sees SPAR redefine its offering to customers, whatever their lifestyle or food preference may be, in response to changes in Irish consumers’ lifestyle choices. The brand has launched SPAR Better Choices to ensure that eating on the go doesn’t mean compromising on health and wellbeing. The initiative also caters for customers with varying nutritional needs with low fat, high protein, and gluten free products on offer.

SPAR has partnered with dietitian Ellen Roche, to research and carefully select which products to include in the range. A member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, Ellen has spent many months working with SPAR on the Better Choices range, which sees all products highlighted in stores with the SPAR Better Choices signage to offer customers guidance on choosing the best foods for their lifestyle while on the move. Snack favourites under SPAR Better Choices include fruit pots, rice cakes and yoghurts.

The SPAR Better Choices ad campaign was rolled out on 1 February. The ads are supported by a strong digital and social media campaign. Watch the video or read more about SPAR Better Choices on the website


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sheetz opens its new store at Harmar Township, PA, in Allegheny County

ALTOONA, Pa, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 60 years, today ( Feb. 14, 2017) announced the upcoming opening of its new store located in Harmar Township, PA, in Allegheny County.  The opening is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, at the store, located at 2871 Freeport Road.  Sheetz currently operates 544 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

All Sheetz locations are open 24/7 and 365 days per year.  The Harmar Township store will offer around 30 full and part-time job opportunities.  This new location will welcome customers by offering free self-serve coffee for a limited time and will continue to offer  Sheetz’s award-winning MTO® menu on their unique touch-screen order terminals where you will be able to order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items, 24/7, 365 days a year.  The grand opening festivities for the store will begin at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony where a member of the Sheetz family will officially unlock the doors and throw away the key.

Sheetz is committed to supporting all the local communities that each store serves.  During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.   As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

About Sheetz, Inc.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates over 540 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

For further information:
Nick Ruffner

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

MANGO Committed a new women’s and men’s collection made up of sustainable materials

All Corporate Social Responsibility actions will be grouped under the Take Action project

Barcelona, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is making a commitment towards sustainability.Last year the firm launched Take Action, a project which includes actions aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability criteria and more environmentally-friendly processes.The firm is currently developing a plan which will include future initiatives in this sphere. One of them is MANGO Committed, a women and men’s collection made up of garments manufactured with sustainable materials, reflecting MANGO’s commitment to continue working in an environmentally-friendly manner and adopting sustainable development criteria.

The MANGO Committed capsule collection will be the star of the March campaign and will be available at and in selected stores worldwide from March.

MANGO Committed comprises 25 women’s garments and 20 men’s garments, with a minimal style, in which innovative forms and volumes predominate.The fabrics used in the collection are environmentally-friendly:organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester and Tencel ®, and are dyed with environmentally-friendly inks in a palette of neutral colours.All garments in the collection have international certificates guaranteeing their sustainable origin and are manufactured in nearby factories in Portugal, Turkey and Morocco.

The campaign, starring the models Raquel Zimmermann and Mathias Lauridsen, was shot by Josh Olins with the collaboration of Aleksandra Woriniecka in the styling.The venue chosen was the iconic Maison Gaudet, a masterpiece of organic architecture by Antti Lovag, located in Tourrettes-sur-Loup.

Take Action project

MANGO is aware of the importance of carrying out its day-to-day activities adopting environmentally-friendly and sustainable development criteria in all areas of its business.This is why, for some years now, it has worked on various initiatives which are now included in the Take Action project. This is why, for some years now, it has worked on various initiatives which are now included in the Take Action project.

All leather and fur garments in the MANGO collection are manufactured respecting animal rights, and exotic, wild or endangered species are never used.Such hides always originate from animals destined for the human food chain. What is more, all MANGO products meet the most-stringent chemical health and safety standards.

MANGO participates in the Greenpeace Detox Project, which analyses the water from wet processes in the supply chain, in order to move towards the elimination of toxic substances.MANGO is also developing an internal tool to calculate the company’s water footprint and identify the processes, garments and installations with the greatest water-saving potential, which will help it reduce its water consumption.

In late 2015, MANGO launched a project to collect used clothing and footwear at selected stores, and one ton of garments have already been collected.This initiative allows 100% recycling of the clothing and footwear collected through the Koopera organisation.

Every year, MANGO neutralises the CO₂ emissions associated with its offices and employee transport through carbon emission offset projects close to its areas of influence.

MANGO’s state-of-the-art logistics centre in Lliçà d’Amunt and its stores developed under the new “The Line” concept launched in 2016 incorporate eco-efficiency criteria to reduce environmental impact and include optimised air conditioning and lighting systems (based on the latest LED technology), among other features.


Tel: +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

hhgregg, Inc. engages Stifel Nicolaus and Miller Buckfire as financial advisor and investment banker

INDIANAPOLIS, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: HGG) (“hhgregg” or the “Company”) today (February 15, 2017) announced that it has engaged Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. and Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC, each subsidiaries of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) to pursue a range of potential strategic and financial transactions that will support the Company’s initiatives to improve liquidity and return to profitability.

“We are committed to improving our results through our business strategy, including investments made to shift our focus to appliances and furniture, and additional expected cost reductions,” said Robert J. Riesbeck, hhgregg’s President and CEO. “We believe it is an appropriate time to explore potential strategic transactions. As the Company undertakes this exploration process, we are focused on the execution of our business strategy and remain fully committed to serving our customers’ needs.”

Stifel Nicolaus and Miller Buckfire have been engaged as hhgregg’s financial advisor and investment banker. The Company, working with its advisers, plans to proceed in a timely and orderly manner, but has not set a definitive timetable for completion of this process. There can be no assurance that this review process will result in a transaction or other strategic alternative of any kind. The Company does not intend to disclose developments or provide updates on the progress or status of this process unless it deems further disclosure is appropriate or required.

About hhgregg

hhgregg is an appliance, electronics and furniture retailer that is committed to providing customers with a truly differentiated purchase experience through superior customer service, knowledgeable sales associates and the highest quality product selections. Founded in 1955, hhgregg is a multi-regional retailer currently with 220 stores in 19 states that also offers market-leading global and local brands at value prices nationwide via

Forward Looking Statements

The following is a Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including with respect to hhgregg’s intentions and plans to explore strategic alternatives. hhgregg has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While hhgregg believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, these forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. These and other important factors may cause hhgregg’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to differ from hhgregg’s expectations are: the ability to successfully execute the Company’s strategies and initiatives, particularly in returning the Company to profitable growth; the Company’s ability to increase customer traffic and conversion; competition in the retail industry; the Company’s ability to maintain a positive brand perception and recognition; the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the Company’s ability to maintain the security of customer, associate and Company information; rules, regulations, contractual obligations, compliance requirements and fees associated with accepting a variety of payment methods; the Company’s ability to effectively achieve cost cutting initiatives; the Company’s ability to generate strong cash flows to support its operating activities; the Company’s relationships and operations of its key suppliers; the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash flows to recover the fair value of long-lived assets; the Company’s ability to maintain and upgrade its information technology systems; the fluctuation of the Company’s comparable store sales; the effect of general and regional economic and employment conditions on the Company’s net sales; the Company’s ability to meet financial performance guidance; disruption in the Company’s supply chain; changes in trade regulation, currency fluctuations and prevailing interest rates; and the potential for litigation.

Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release are more fully described in the “Risk Factors” section in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2016 filed May 19, 2016 and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016 filed on January 26, 2017. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. hhgregg does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any of these statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of these statements to reflect future events or developments.

Lance Peterson
Vice President, Finance and Planning

Source: hhgregg, Inc.

IGA announces reach | influence as IGA 2017 Red Oval Partner of the Year

LAS VEGAS, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — IGA today (Feb. 15, 2017) announced reach | influence was named IGA 2017 Red Oval Partner of the Year at the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the IGA Global Rally, held at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Feb. 10 through 12. Red Oval Partner reach | influence received the award for their outstanding commitment in 2016 to the advancement of the IGA Brand and the independent retailers IGA serves.

Utilizing its extensive experience in the independent channel, reach | influence partnered with IGA in 2013 to achieve a strategic opportunity to leverage the size and scope of IGA for the benefit of IGA independent retailers. IGA Performance Insights, the customized solution created by reach | influence, captures item-level sales data and applies proprietary analytics that enable IGA USA to work with product manufacturing partners to provide incremental, value-added shopper marketing events specifically tailored for IGA retailers. Building on the foundation created by Performance Insights, reach | influence continues to present new opportunities and ideas to improve shopper experience and overall IGA brand value with technology-based promotional concepts. Most recently reach | influence worked with IGA to create and develop IGA Digital Offers, a shopper-centric technology delivering personalized coupons to IGA Licensed Distribution partners and participating IGA stores.

“From the creation of the IGA Performance Insights program to capture item-level sales in 2013, to their current work to establish a shopper-centric solution for delivering personalized coupons online, reach | influence continues to make its mark on the IGA Family,” IGA Chairman Mark Batenic said. “It’s not a stretch to say that reach | influence’s innovative, data-driven approach to technology-based promotional concepts is revolutionizing the way IGA goes to market. But it’s reach | influence’s understanding of the needs and challenges of independent retailers—and the trusting relationships they’ve developed—that make them an invaluable partner to IGA.”

“IGA truly defines family and partnership,” reach | influence CEO Eric Green said. “Being included in the family is a great privilege, being recognized as a partner is an honor, being named Red Oval Partner of the Year, unbelievable.  At reach | influence, we love contributing to the IGA culture of people serving people through the use of data and digital marketing / merchandising solutions.  Thank you to Mark Batenic and all his team for creating such a great organization.”

The Red Oval Family—an alliance of the industry’s premier food manufacturers, service providers and associations—partner with IGA to provide extensive resources that are unavailable to other independents. Throughout the year, Red Oval Partners support IGA retailers and Licensed Distribution Centers in a number of ways, from helping to develop, fund and execute in-store and industry events, to providing insights and services that enable IGA retailers to compete more effectively.

About reach | influence

reach | influence is a retail digital marketing firm focused on powering the shopper experience with the goal of leveraging shopper data to increase sales through a combination of marketing and merchandising programs. reach | influence provides services and insight to independent retailers, wholesalers and CPGs to help them measure marketing efficacy, engage their shoppers and provide a conduit to deliver digital offers. The company’s flagship products, reach | engage and reach | offers, provide shopper facing marketing tools for independent grocery stores in 46 states. For more information about reach | influence, visit:

About IGA

IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $36 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 5,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 29 distribution centers and more than 30 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has stores in 45 of the United States and more than 30 countries, commonwealths and territories. For more information about IGA, visit the IGA consumer website at, or the business site at

Phone: (773) 693-4520
Fax: (773) 693-4533

Source: IGA

Bozzuto’s Inc named IGA 2017 Licensed Distribution Center of the Year

LAS VEGAS, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — IGA today (Feb. 14, 2017) announced Bozzuto’s Inc was named IGA 2017 Licensed Distribution Center of the Year at the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the IGA Global Rally, held at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Feb. 10 through 12. Bozzuto’s Inc. received the award for their true leadership and innovation in the advancement of the IGA brand in the United States.

Bozzuto’s Inc. made a number of significant accomplishments in support of IGA in 2016. The company introduced IGA to a major metro market with the addition of 17 stores in Philadelphia; demonstrated the importance of training as a true market differentiator through support of the IGA Coca-Cola Institute’s new Learning Leader program; participated in every IGA Exclusive Brand program and consistently carried the most IGA Brand SKU’s in the IGA system; encouraged their retailers to invest in technology and marketing programs like the IGA GO online shopping platform and the IGA Performance Insights quarterly shopper events; and made a huge investment in cause marketing through their Hometown Foundation, raising more than $1.5 million for Special Olympics in 2016.

“Bozzuto’s has always had a special relationship with IGA,” IGA Chairman & CEO Mark Batenic said. “In fact, they’ve received this award seven times in the past 20 years. Year after year Bozzuto’s demonstrates its dedication to the IGA brand and the retailers it serves through support of both IGA brand-building programs and innovative programs of their own. And yet, it’s their support of IGA communities and causes—dating all the way back to Bozzuto’s founder Adam Bozzuto—that makes them who they are. Every year since 2001, Bozzuto’s has brought together IGA retailers and communities across the Northeast to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics. In total Bozzuto’s has raised over $6.2 million for the cause, with more than $1.5 million raised in 2016 alone.”

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the President’s cup back to Bozzuto’s,” George Motel, Executive Vice President, Bozzuto’s Inc said. “The honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our associates and customers.  Our commitment to IGA starts at the top of our organization, beginning with our founder Adam Bozzuto, and continues to today with his son Michael Bozzuto, our Chairman and CEO. We are proud and grateful to all of our customers for their loyalty and commitment to the brand.”

About IGA

IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $36 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 5,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 29 distribution centers and more than 30 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has stores in 45 of the United States and more than 30 countries, commonwealths and territories. For more information about IGA, visit the IGA consumer website at, or the business site at

Phone: (773) 693-4520
Fax: (773) 693-4533

Source: IGA

2017 IGA International Retailers of the Year announced

LAS VEGAS, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — IGA today (Feb. 13, 2017) announced four independent retailers from around the globe were named 2017 IGA International Retailers of the Year during the IGA Awards of Excellence Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the IGA Global Rally, held at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Feb. 10 through 12.

The IGA 2017 International Retailer of the Year Awards were bestowed upon the IGA retailers who, based on IGA’s globally applied standards, have achieved exemplary excellence in retailing and advancement of the IGA Brand.

“The commitment these IGA International Retailers of the Year have made to their customers, their community, their associates and the IGA Alliance is an inspiration to us all,” IGA CEO Mark Batenic said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better group of retailers to lead the way in the coming year as IGA works to advance both our shopper experience and our brand as a whole.

The winning retailers are:

Kurt Rodhe
2017 IGA USA International Retailer of the Year
Rodhe’s IGA Marketplace
Millersburg, Ohio
Serviced by: Merchants Distributors, LLC

Kurt Rodhe is a third generation IGA retailer, making Rodhe’s IGA one of the longest standing IGA stores in the world. For the past 83 years the Rodhe family has been redefining the grocery experience in Millersburg, Ohio by anticipating shoppers’ evolving needs and exceeding expectations.  In keeping with their tradition of progressive retailing, Kurt recently placed a focus on health, expanding the store’s wellness product offering and marketing with the help of a full-time certified natural health professional. This successful strategy boosted sales throughout the store, and made Rodhe’s IGA a destination location in northeastern Ohio.

Nick Chapley
2017 IGA Australia International Retailer of the Year
Frewville Foodland IGA
Frewville, South Australia, Australia
Serviced by: Metcash Food & Grocery

Nick Chapley, an IGA member since 1989, is owner of two retail locations. Award-winning Frewville IGA was Australia’s first certified organic supermarket, with one of the largest ranges of fresh produce in the state. The 3,100 square-meter store also includes prepared foods, a meat servery, bakery, cheese bar and readily available fresh seafood, a health-and-wellness section, and Mr. Nick’s Kitchen and Coffee bar.

Weilong Li
2017 IGA China International Retailer of the Year
Xinglong Happy Family Business Group Co., Ltd.
Shen Yang, Liaoning 110180, China

Weilong Li has been in business in China’s northeast region for 24 years, and in that time has grown his operation to include 35 IGA hypermarkets and 50,000 employees. He credits IGA Coca-Cola Institute training with rapidly improving his store’s customer service, and putting him well on his way to his ultimate goal: Becoming China’s Business version of Disney.

James Kelly
2017 IGA Australia International Retailer of the Year
Taylor Rd IGA
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Serviced by: Metcash Food & Grocery

James Kelly’s 15,000 square-foot Talyor Rd IGA is known for innovative offerings and service. From providing freshly prepared specialty sausages, house-made tortillas, and duffins, a donut/muffin hybrid, to delivering ready-to-eat meals created by in-house gourmet chefs, this award-winning retailer lives up to his motto: ‘for the love of food.”

About IGA

IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $36 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 5,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 29 distribution centers and more than 30 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has stores in 45 of the United States and more than 30 countries, commonwealths and territories. For more information about IGA, visit the IGA consumer website at, or the business site at

Phone: (773) 693-4520
Fax: (773) 693-4533

Source: IGA

McDonald’s USA announces limited-edition straw designed by a team of aerospace and robotic engineers for Shamrock Season

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s USA today (Feb 15, 2017) changed the world (of shake-drinking) with a limited-edition straw designed by a team of aerospace and robotic engineers.

The Chocolate Shamrock Shake, one of four new seasonal McCafé beverages, has dual layers of delicious chocolate shake below Shamrock Shake. The new recipe presented McDonald’s a unique challenge to reinvent the shake experience. To deliver the ideal flavor ratio of 50% chocolate and 50% mint in each sip, versus enjoying each flavor separately with a traditional straw, McDonald’s turned to highly-qualified engineering firms. JACE and NK Labs created the probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal (the STRAW). The STRAW’s j-shape provides optimal flavor flow dynamics.

“It was a puzzling assignment but one with an ambitious goal,” said Seth Newburg, principal engineer and managing partner at NK Labs. “From a physics perspective, it’s actually quite difficult to deliver a proportional amount of both chocolate and mint flavors with each sip. But that’s exactly what we did. It’s a marvel of fluid dynamics. Thanks Fibonacci sequence.”

McDonald’s has been raising the bar in a number of ways, from how it operates (now serving All Day Breakfast), what it serves (updated Chicken McNuggets® free of artificial preservatives, flavors and colors) and what it offers (changing the Big Mac by offering new Mac sandwich sizes).The release of the Chocolate Shamrock Shake and the STRAW marks the latest example of how McDonald’s is putting its guests at the center of all that it does.

“We’re always listening to what our customers want and reinventing our menu in response,” said Darci Forrest, senior director of menu innovation at McDonald’s. “And though it might sound silly to some, putting our guests first sometimes means re-thinking even the humble straw. We reached out to some of the brightest engineers in the country and asked for their help to create the ultimate shake-drinking experience.”

Due to the STRAW’s unique design, only 2,000 were produced in time for Shamrock season. The STRAW will be available in select participating restaurants with the purchase of a Chocolate Shamrock Shake. Visit to learn where and when the lucky few will be distributed. And, like the seasonal offering of the McCafé Shamrock Chocolate offerings, the STRAW is also available for a limited time.

The Chocolate Shamrock Shake is one of four new mint and chocolate flavored McCafé beverages now available at McDonald’s locations nationwide for a limited time. Those beverages include:

  • Chocolate Shamrock Shake: Vanilla soft serve and chocolate flavored syrup under the original mint flavored Shamrock Shake. Top it off with green sprinkles, whipped topping, and a cherry and it’s a match made in Shamrock heaven.
  • Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappé: Made with an indulgent blend of chocolate chips and a hint of coffee, topped with green sprinkles, whipped topping, and tantalizing chocolaty drizzle.
  • Shamrock Mocha: Our classic Hot Mocha just got minty. Made with sustainably sourced espresso beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, steamed whole or nonfat milk, mint and mocha flavored syrup, and topped with whipped topping and delicious chocolaty drizzle.
  • Shamrock Hot Chocolate: Our delicious Hot Chocolate now with cool mint flavor. Made with steamed whole or nonfat milk, mint and mocha flavored syrup, and topped with whipped topping and chocolaty drizzle.

As part of Shamrock season, McDonald’s will donate $.25 from each McCafé Shamrock Chocolate beverage purchased to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) during the week of March 11-17.The iconic Shamrock Shake has been a key part of fundraising for RMHC since 1974 when the first Ronald McDonald House was opened.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook

Becca Hary
McDonald’s USA

Samantha Klein

Source: McDonald’s USA

BJ’s Restaurants to deliver a special “thank you” lunch to honor first responders on National Random Acts of Kindness Day

BJ’s team members nationwide are giving back to their communities by delivering meals to 188 local fire and police stations as part of their Buy A Hero A Beer℠ program

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) announced that team members from its 188 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations nationwide will deliver a special “thank you” lunch to first responders on National Random Acts of Kindness Day this Friday.

On Feb. 17, BJ’s team members will deliver menu favorites to nearby police stations, firehouses and emergency dispatch centers. The coordinated nationwide effort represents the company’s ongoing commitment to honor first responders who serve our communities every day.

“This is the least we can do to give back to the men and women who work around the clock to keep us safe,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “Last fall, we made a pledge to recognize the unsung heroes who may not make headlines, but who deserve a ‘thank you’ for serving our communities every day. We created the Buy a Hero a BeerSM program to allow our customers to join us in that mission.”

Friday’s Random Acts of Kindness Day deliveries are an extension of BJ’s Buy a Hero a BeerSM program. For $6, anyone over the age of 21 may contribute a pint of BJ’s craft beer (or BJ’s handcrafted soda), which can then be redeemed by a firefighter, police officer or EMT at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® nationwide. Since the launch of the Buy a Hero a BeerSM program on Nov. 17, more than 11,000 pints have been contributed.

“The generosity from our customers has been astounding,” Trojan added. “They are helping to make sure our heroes are recognized and rewarded, not just on National Random Acts of Kindness Day, but every day.”

Each BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® has identified a local police station, firehouse or dispatch center that will receive a lunch delivery on Friday. For more information about the food drop taking place in your community, please contact Lauren Hendeles at 602-750-5934 or

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 188 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

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

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Noblesville, Indiana

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Feb. 15, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Noblesville, Indiana. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, February 13, 2017, on the southwest corner of Campus Parkway and Cabela Parkway in the new Noblesville retail corridor at 13003 Campus Parkway. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our first restaurant of the year in Noblesville, Indiana,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Noblesville is our 3rd restaurant in the state of Indiana and joins our existing successful restaurants in Avon and Greenwood. In addition to our Noblesville restaurant, we anticipate opening two more restaurants in Indiana later this year in Fort Wayne and Bloomington. Our 2017 new restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape as we currently have five restaurants under construction.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 188 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact:

Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source:  BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Colruyt opens newly renovated store in Mortsel

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 15 February, the renovated Colruyt store in Mortsel will open its doors after a few months of renovation work. The store has been expanded and restyled into a new‑generation Colruyt store. On Wednesday 8 March, the renovated, self-service butcher’s department will also open.

New design

Store manager Brahim Choukri: “Colruyt renovates its stores to make them more efficient and to make it nicer for customers to shop. For instance, near the fresh market we replaced the plastic flaps by an air curtain. When making renovations, we always aim at simplicity and the lowest costs, as our customers expect of us.”

Renovated self-service butcher’s department

At this time, the self-service butcher’s department is being renovated. “This work will go on until Tuesday 7 March”, says head butcher Ludo Depeuter. “Until then, we will provide meat in a refrigerated counter, and cold cuts and salads in the fresh-market.”

As from 8 March, the Colruyt butchers will start cutting and packing fresh meat in the renovated self-service butcher’s department. “Customers can easily talk to them if they have questions or special orders.”

Collect&Go shops for the customer

Colruyt Mortsel still has a Collect&Go pick-up point. Brahim Choukri: “Collect&Go is the handy Colruyt service where we shop for our customers. They send their shopping list to or via the app, and the Collect&Go employees have their products ready at the pick-up point on the day and time of their choice. Handy!”

Open as from 15 February

Store manager Brahim Choukri, head butcher Ludo Depeuter and their 29 employees are on hand to welcome their customers at the revamped Colruyt Mortsel as from Wednesday 15 July.

Practical information:

Colruyt Mortsel
Drabstraat 172
2640 Mortsel

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat: 8.30 – 20.00
Fri: 8.30 – 21.00

Eric Geysen (regional manager)
02 345 2345 40

Silja Decock (press officer Colruyt Group)
0473 92 45 10

Source: Colruyt Group

Coop-Gruppe steigert Umsatz und Gewinn

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Gesamtumsatz der Coop-Gruppe betrug 2016 CHF 28,3 Milliarden, dies entspricht einem Umsatzwachstum von 5,2 %. Der Jahresgewinn der Coop-Gruppe betrug CHF 475 Millionen. Positiv auf das Ergebnis wirkte sich die gute Ertragslage im Bereich Grosshandel / Produktion aus. Weiter hervorzuheben sind das starke Wachstum im Bereich Online-Shops von 14,6 % auf CHF 1,4 Milliarden sowie der Kundenzuwachs von 2,6 % im Supermarktgeschäft.


Die Coop-Gruppe erwirtschaftete einen Gesamtumsatz von CHF 28,3 Milliarden. Der EBIT betrug CHF 763 Millionen, dies sind 6,6 % mehr als im Vorjahr. Zum Ergebniszuwachs trug insbesondere der Geschäftsbereich Grosshandel / Produktion bei. Der Jahresgewinn belief sich auf CHF 475 Millionen, dies sind CHF 59 Millionen mehr als im Vorjahr.

Die Coop-Gruppe investierte im vergangenen Jahr CHF 1,5 Milliarden in Sachanlagen, davon fast CHF 1 Milliarde in der Schweiz. Das Eigenkapital inklusive Minderheiten erreichte 47,8 % der Bilanzsumme. Der Anteil stieg somit um gute 0,2 Prozentpunkte. Die Coop-Gruppe steht damit weiterhin auf einem sehr soliden finanziellen Fundament mit starkem Geldfluss sowie gesunder Bilanz und hat damit beste Voraussetzungen für die weitere Entwicklung.

Per Ende 2016 beschäftigte die Coop-Gruppe 85 001 Mitarbeitende (+5 047), darunter 3 505 Lernende (+95). Damit hat die Coop-Gruppe gegenüber dem Vorjahr 6,3 % mehr Personen beschäftigt. In der Schweiz arbeiteten Ende 2016 insgesamt 55 077 Personen (+986) für die Coop-Gruppe.

Insgesamt betrieb die Coop-Gruppe 2 476 Verkaufsstellen. Das sind 64 Verkaufsstellen mehr als im Vorjahr.

Weiterhin auf Wachstumskurs ist der Online-Handel der Coop-Gruppe. Der Nettoerlös betrug CHF 1,4 Milliarden, was einem Wachstum von 14,6 % entspricht. Im Detailhandel stieg der Nettoerlös im Online-Geschäft um 10,9 % auf CHF 565 Millionen an. Der Online-Supermarkt Coop@home gewinnt weiter Marktanteile und verzeichnete ein sehr gutes Wachstum von 7,2 %; der Nettoerlös 2016 betrug CHF 129 Millionen. Im Bereich Grosshandel / Produktion wuchs der Nettoerlös im Online-Geschäft um 17,2 % auf CHF 824 Millionen.

Auch 2016 konnte Coop in allen nachhaltigen Sortimenten auf hohem Niveau zulegen. Der Nachhaltigkeitsumsatz betrug erfreuliche CHF 3,9 Milliarden (+8,8 %). Mit Bio-Produkten erzielte Coop CHF 1,3 Milliarden (+6,8 %) und bleibt damit unbestrittener Leader in diesem Markt.

Im Detailhandel erzielte Coop 2016 einen Nettoerlös von CHF 17,2 Milliarden. Ohne Treib- und Brennstoffe konnte der Detailhandel trotz zahlreicher Preisabschläge das Vorjahresniveau erreichen.

Die Coop-Supermärkte erzielten einen Nettoerlös von CHF 10,3 Milliarden. Ohne die Preisreduktionen lag der reale Nettoerlös der Supermärkte leicht über Vorjahr, nominal ging er um 0,2 % zurück. Coop hat 2016 erneut zusätzliche Kundinnen und Kunden gewonnen: In den Supermärkten hat die Kundenfrequenz um 2,6 % zugenommen. Erfreulicherweise konnten die Coop-Supermärkte Marktanteile gewinnen, insbesondere im Bereich der Frische.

Die Fachformate erreichten einen Nettoerlös von CHF 6,9 Milliarden. Bereinigt um Treib- und Brennstoffe resultierte gegenüber Vorjahr ein Zuwachs von 0,4 %.

Im stark rückläufigen Heimelektronikmarkt konnten Interdiscount,, Dipl. Ing. Fust und mit rund CHF 2 Milliarden Umsatz um CHF 11 Millionen zulegen und Marktanteile gewinnen. Damit konnten sie ihre Leader-Position im Heimelektronikmarkt festigen.

Coop Bau+Hobby hat sich 2016 gut behauptet, hat Marktanteile gewonnen und seine Führungsposition im rückläufigen Markt damit weiter ausgebaut. Coop Bau+Hobby erzielte einen Nettoerlös von CHF 622 Millionen, was einem Rückgang von 1,8 % entspricht.

Die Coop-City-Warenhäuser gingen im Nettoerlös um 3,5 % zurück und erreichten CHF 778 Millionen. Die Marktanteile konnten auf Vorjahresniveau gehalten werden.

Die Coop Mineraloel AG bleibt Marktleaderin, konnte weiter Marktanteile ausbauen und erzielte einen Nettoerlös von insgesamt CHF 2,2 Milliarden. Der Rückgang von CHF 87 Millionen ist vollumfänglich auf den Preisrückgang bei Treib- und Brennstoffen zurückzuführen. Der Shop-Umsatz der Franchiser belief sich auf CHF 1,1 Milliarden.

Die Coop Vitality AG entwickelte sich erneut sehr erfreulich und konnte sowohl beim Nettoerlös als auch bei den Marktanteilen zulegen. Der Nettoerlös stieg um 7,3 % auf CHF 179 Millionen.

Grosshandel / Produktion
Im Bereich Grosshandel / Produktion erzielte Coop 2016 einen Nettoerlös von CHF 12,2 Milliarden, was einem Plus von 15,4 % entspricht. Akquisitionsbereinigt wuchs der Bereich Grosshandel / Produktion um 2,4 %.

Die Transgourmet-Gruppe erzielte im Grosshandel einen Nettoerlös von CHF 8,6 Milliarden. Dies entspricht einem Zuwachs von 14,5 %. Akquisitionsbereinigt wuchs die Transgourmet-Gruppe um 2,9 %. Damit konnte die Position als zweitgrösstes Unternehmen im europäischen Belieferungs- und Abholgrosshandel weiter ausgebaut werden. Mit der Übernahme von Transgourmet Österreich (vormals c+c Pfeiffer) ist Transgourmet die europäische Nummer 1 in der Gastrobelieferung geworden.

Der Nettoerlös der Produktionsbetriebe der Coop-Gruppe wuchs um CHF 563 Millionen. Akquisitionsbereinigt entspricht dies einem Wachstum von 1,0 %.

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Mall Owners Look for Sales Data Capture at POS to Bridge Rental Loss

Chennai, India, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  As commercial real estate growth remains sober in cities across India leading to high vacancy levels in Malls, space owners these days adopt new strategy to bring tenants to cover rental revenue loss.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of

As per the new trend, retailers agree to pay less monthly rental but part a percentage of their monthly sales revenue to shop owners. However, in the absence of a reliable real time sales data capture system, retailers show tweaked sales data to pay low rent to owners causing huge loss to the later.

But with the availability of new POS software to capture real time sales data from shops, mall owners sitting at remote place can relax. Not only this! They can use these data to find seasonal footfalls, popular stores, popular merchandise,  peak time sales, customers’ shopping pattern and behaviour, and host of other vital business information.

As the concept is new and picking up in India, several POS software vendors offer reliable, transparent and sustainable Concessionaire Sales Data Capture solution to Indian retail sector. POS vendors also offer such services in international and domestic airports and shopping centres across India which can give real time sales to owners and cut revenue loss due to suppression of real sales data.

Airports and shopping malls require innovative technology to track sales from commercial tenants in real time and POS software such as Pathfinder’s POS PATROL offers exactly the same with additional benefits to both retailers and space owners in terms providing visibility of real time retail operations, customers’ preferences and analytical data on various parameters which can be used to improve sales.

The commercial structures are empowered to automate data capture processes through consistent and dependable system and the requisite data can be accessed online and interpreted for future usages. Sales Data Capture solution has revolutionized airports and shopping centres by offering Retail Intelligence services which has helped brands and space owners alike to improve operational efficiency, reduce cycle time, fast realization of revenue, high cash flow and improved non-aviation revenues.

POS Patrol, for example, has so far wired over 9500 retail outlets spread across 60 shopping centres and four international airports where every sale is accounted for consistent data flow and auditing.

Commenting on the trend, Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and CEO of, a leading e-commerce portal dealing with Point of Sale technology products and solution in India, said: “Capturing real time sales data at Point Of Sales (POS) counters is the best possible way to track sales and avoid tenant-owner conflicts over rental issue. The sales data capture offers Retail Intelligence Services which is beneficial for both retailers and space owners.”

Benefits for retailers

Sales data captured can help airports and shopping malls to develop a good tenant mix, which brings more footfalls and revenue.

The sales and other information can be used to understand the Retail Dynamics of array of stores spread across vast area in just one stroke, which otherwise will be time consuming, difficult to manage, involves huge man power, and also error-prone in collecting sales data.

The data on retail operations can be utilized by stores to improve insights on sales revenues and performance.

How it works

Take for example a shopping mall having more than 100 retail outlets. All these shops are provided with POS solution for billing, staff and inventory management tool. At the same time, a software tool is embedded with each POS system which sends every sales detail to the server of the mall owners. As these days, rents are paid on the basis of revenues generated per month, sales data capture software restrains retailers from concealing the actual sales figures to pay low rent to shop owners.

The same system also works for airports where Concessionaire Sales Data Capture system is used to wire all the retailers inside the airport premises to capture real-time sales data.


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SSP Group opens new Hausmann’s restaurant at Dusseldorf airport

SSP Group opens new Hausmann’s restaurant at Dusseldorf airport


LONDON, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new Hausmann’s restaurant at Dusseldorf airport. The restaurant, situated at Gate A, has been created by Patrick Rüther and star chef Tim Mälzer, who travelled to Dusseldorf to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening.

As the German word Hausmann’s (which means ‘plain fare’) implies, travellers can expect home-style German cuisine that is honest and authentic, but with a contemporary twist.

SSP has signed a lease for seven years with Dusseldorf Airport and is set to open six more food and beverage units in 2017 with a further unit to follow in 2019. The company expects a total annual turnover of 112 million euros over the contractual period, and will employ 174 people.

With Hausmann’s, Rüther and Mälzer wanted to bring a ‘cosy, homespun vibe’ to Duesseldorf airport, which is encapsulated by the traditional home cooked German fare through to the oak-wood and vintage interior. Hausman’s motto, is to serve the best German cuisine at any time of day, from breakfast of fruits, sandwiches, and smoothies as well as savoury lunchtime classics such as roasted chicken or knuckle of veal, and an after work craft beer. Regional and sustainably produced ingredients are used across the menu.

Thomas Schnalke, chairman of the management board Dusseldorf Airport, said: “We are very happy that Patrick Rüther and Tim Mälzer chose our airport in which to open their second restaurant in Dusseldorf.  Hausmann’s provides our passengers with another fantastic gastronomy option. Our passengers should always feel comfortable here, that is why we work continuously with strong partners like SSP to offer an individual, modern and wide range of services that respond to the demands of our rapidly changing airline world. Hausmann’s is a very good example of how airport restaurants of the future will look like.“

”Together with Patrick Rüther and Tim Mälzer, we have perfectly integrated the Hausmann’s concept, not only with the experience at the Dusseldorf  airport, but also with the travellers’ demands. Guests from all over the world can experience a first-class, regional and creative culinary service, no matter how much time they have, whether that’s five or fifty minutes,“ said Cornelius Everke, CEO SSP DACH & FRABEL.

The new airport restaurant, measuring approximately 400 square metres, is very similar to its namesakes in the old town of Dusseldorf. A combination of vintage and modern elements, oak-wood and steel, artwork and industrial lighting above the tables creates an informal and urban atmosphere.

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Gossau, Switzerland 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz plant, im Frühling 2018 im Herblingertal einen OBI Heimwerkermarkt mit Gartencenter zu eröffnen. Bei der Stadt Schaffhausen hat sie ein entsprechendes Baugesuch eingereicht.

Im Frühling 2018 möchte die Migros Ostschweiz in Herblingen einen neuen OBI eröffnen. Gut 700 Meter vom Herblinger Markt entfernt, im Majorenacker, soll der Heimwerkermarkt entstehen. Auf einer Verkaufsfläche von über 3‘000m2 sowie einem rund 2‘500m2 grossen Gartencenter sollen Kundinnen und Kunden ab Frühling 2018 ein breites Angebot an Artikeln fürs Bauen, Wohnen und für den Garten vorfinden. Das Sortiment wird sich sowohl an erfahrene Heimwerker, wie auch an Hobbygärtner richten. Kompetent beraten wird die Kundschaft von rund 45 Mitarbeitenden. 90 ebenerdige Kundenparkplätze direkt vor dem Eingang sorgen zudem dafür, dass der OBI Schaffhausen bequem erreichbar sein wird. Für grosse Besorgungen werden zusätzliche Pick-Up-Parkplätze vorhanden sein. Das Investitionsvolumen inklusive Landkauf beträgt rund 22 Millionen Franken.

Der OBI wird den bestehenden Do it + Garden Migros Fachmarkt im Herblinger Markt ersetzen. Die dadurch frei werdende Fläche wird im Rahmen der Modernisierung des Herblinger Markts neu genutzt. Die Mitarbeitenden des Do it + Garden Migros werden im neuen OBI oder anderen Do-it-Fachmärkten weiterbeschäftigt. Detaillierte Informationen dazu gibt die Migros Ostschweiz nach Abschluss der Projektentwicklung bekannt.

Erhoffter Baustart im Sommer 2017

Auf dem Dach der neuen OBI Heimwerkermarkts plant die Migros Ostschweiz eine Photovoltaikanlage zu installieren, mit welcher der Strombedarf der Filiale gedeckt wird. „Bei planmässigem Verlauf des Bewilligungsverfahrens wollen wir mit den Bauarbeiten im Sommer starten“, erklärt Thomas Brülisauer, verantwortlicher Projektleiter Baumanagement bei der Migros Ostschweiz.

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Migros Genossenschaft Ostschweiz, Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 54
FAX: 071 493 27 89

Source: Migros


Taco Bell adds Wedding Package to the menu at its Cantina Flagship in Las Vegas

Adds Wedding Ceremonies to the Menu and Hosts Contest for First Wedding at Taco Bell Cantina Flagship in Las Vegas

Irvine, Calif., 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wedding bells are ringing Taco Bell-style today, as the company announced it is celebrating love by giving fans the opportunity to get married at its Las Vegas Cantina flagship restaurant. Cookie-cutter weddings are a thing of the past for millennials, who are putting new, personal spins on old traditions. For couples who love Taco Bell, and each other, tieing the knot at Taco Bell is a unique way to spend their big day.

“I love that we are taking Taco Bell all the way to wedding bells,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “From sauce packet proposals to couples catering their wedding parties and afterparties with Taco Bell, we have known for years that some of our most creative fans have been incorporating Taco Bell into this momentous occasion. Now, through our new flagship restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, couples can come right in and order a wedding off of our menu. In a town known for pulling out all of the stops, we think this will be the most craveable matrimonial experience to ever hit Vegas.”

Beginning in summer 2017, visitors to Taco Bell’s Las Vegas Cantina flagship can tie the knot Taco Bell-style with a ceremony in the restaurant’s wedding chapel. While Taco Bell has always been a place for couples to share great memories, now they will create the best memory of all as they cement their relationship, and their love for Taco Bell. For now and forever.

Couples will be able to order the Wedding Package off the menu, which includes a Taco Bell garter, bow tie, Sauce Packet wedding bouquet, “Just Married” t-shirts, Taco Bell champagne flutes and a Cinnabon Delights Wedding Cake. And because it’s a Taco Bell Wedding, couples will get to enjoy a Taco 12 Pack for their first meal as newlyweds. The package will ring in at $600 and will include a full ceremony and officiant. Wedding coordination and officiant services are planned to be provided through a partnership between Taco Bell and Flora Pop, which specializes in unique pop-up weddings and elopements.

Before weddings open to the public in summer 2017, Taco Bell is inviting couples nationwide to enter Taco Bell’s Love and Tacos Contest and Happily Ever Crashers Sweepstakes to win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to be the first couple to get married at the Las Vegas Cantina flagship restaurant. The lucky winning couple will receive travel and accommodations at Planet Hollywood, courtesy of Caesar’s, and the wedding of their dreams at Taco Bell’s flagship in the wedding capital of the world.

Taco Bell’s Love and Tacos Contest and Happily Ever Crashers Sweepstakes opens on February 14 and closes on February 26. Couples can enter to win by sharing a photo or 30-second video of themselves and sharing their Taco Bell love story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LoveAndTacosContest. Once the contest is closed to entries, voting will begin for America’s favorite couple, and the lucky winners will be announced on March 16. In a uniquely-Taco Bell twist, fans that vote for their favorite couple will be entered to win the chance to be a guest at the winning couple’s wedding. Flights and spending money will be provided for the winner and a plus one.

For details on how to enter Taco Bell’s wedding contest visit, and for more information on how to get married at Taco Bell visit

As the saying goes, “first comes love, then comes marriage.” Whether your first love was a Cheesy Gordita Crunch or your life partner, for fans who want to take their relationship to the next level a Taco Bell wedding in Las Vegas is now a legitimate option to “taco ‘bout.”




The Taco Bell® Love and Tacos Contest and Happily Ever Crashers Sweepstakes (“Promotion”) is sponsored by Taco Bell Corp., 1 Glen Bell Way, Irvine, CA 92618 (“Sponsor”) and is administered by Prize Logic, LLC, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 405, Southfield, MI 48033(“Administrator”).

1. PROMOTION PERIOD: The Promotion consists of a contest (“Contest’) and a sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes’). The Promotion consists of three (3) phases as set forth in the chart below (“Promotion Phase”), which may/may not apply to the Contest/Sweepstakes as indicated:

Promotion Phase: Contest Submission Phase
Start Date and Time: February 14, 2017 at 12:00:00 a.m. ET
Contest Judging Phase: February 26, 2017
Promotion Phase: Sweepstakes Period/Contest Voting Phase
Start Date and Time: March 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 a.m. ET
Contest Judging Phase: March 5, 2017
Promotion Phase: Contest Judging Phase
Start Date and Time: March 6, 2017 at 12:00:00 p.m. ET
Contest Judging Phase: March 7, 2017


The Administrator’s computer is the official clock of the Promotion. Entrants may only receive entry into the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period and can only enter the Contest during the Contest Submission Phase.

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is offered only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of entry.

Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, Deutsch LA, Inc., Sponsor’s promotional partners, and any of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliate companies, franchisees, and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible for Contest or Sweepstakes. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

3. HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: During the Submission Phase, there are two (2) ways to enter the Contest.

A. Twitter: An entrant may log in to his/her Twitter account, follow @tacobell (if he/she does not already), and post a Tweet that includes a photo or :30 second video showing what is Taco Bell’s role in his./her love story. The Tweet must include either (i) both the hashtags “#loveandtacos” and “#Contest” or (ii) the hashtag “#loveandtacoscontest.” Following a valid Tweet that complies with all of these Official Rules, an entrant will receive one (1) entry into the Contest. NOTE: An entrant must follow @tacobell and have a non-private Twitter account to enter the Contest via Twitter and maintain such non-private account for at least thirty (30) days after the Promotion Period ends to be eligible to win/claim a prize for notification purposes. Due to the way Twitter operates its service, Sponsor may not receive twitter entries from Twitter users with “protected” Tweets (i.e., a entrant has set his/her account so that only people the entrant has approved can view his/her updates). An entrant may create a Twitter account at no cost at Creation of Twitter account requires entrant to agree to Twitter’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, available at and, respectively. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter.

B. Instagram: An entrant may log in to his/her Instagram account, follow @tacobell (if he/she does not already), and post a photo or video showing what is Taco Bell’s role in his./her love story. The post must include either (i) both the hashtags “#loveandtacos and “#Contest” or (ii) the hashtag “#loveandtacoscontest.” Following a valid Instagram post that complies with all of these Official Rules, an entrant will receive one (1) entry into the Contest. An entrant must follow @tacobell and have a non-private Instagram account to enter the Contest via Instagram and maintain such non-private account for at least thirty (30) days after the Contest Period ends to be eligible to win/claim a prize for notification purposes. An entrant may create an Instagram account at no cost at Creation of an Instagram account requires entrant to agree to Instagram’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, available at and, respectively. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

If an entrant enters from his/her wireless phone, the entrant’s wireless service provider may charge the entrant. Entrants should consult their wireless-service providers regarding their pricing plans. Message and data rates may apply.

Contest Entry Limit: There is a limit of one entry/entry method /person/calendar day during the Contest Period. Each entry must be unique. If more than one (1) entry per entry method is received from the same person during the same calendar day, only the first entry received may be considered valid and all other entries shall be void. Any entry submitted by entrant must be substantially different than any other submitted by that same entrant, as sole determined by Sponsor.

Entry Requirements: All entries must comply with the following restrictions:
• Must be in English, except for commonly understood foreign words;
• Must comply with any terms of service and privacy policy set forth by the social media platform used to submit the entry;
• Videos must not be longer than :30 seconds;
• Must not include any identifiable person(s) other than the entrant and significant other;
• Must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including, but not limited to, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights or that constitutes copyright infringement;
• Must be the original work of entrant;
• Must not disparage Sponsor or its products or services, Administrator, or any other person or party;
• Must not feature trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by any third party or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind other than Sponsor’s brand;
• Must not promote any cause other than the Contest theme;
• Must not include personally identifiable information (such as the entrant’s address, license plate number or credit card);
• Must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, lewd, pornographic, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous (as determined by Sponsor, at Sponsor’s sole discretion);
• Must not contain, facilitate, reference or use material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, political orientation, citizenship, ancestry, marital status or age (as determined by Sponsor at Sponsor’s sole discretion);
• Must not contain any viruses, spyware, malware or other malicious components that are designed to harm the functionality of a computer in any way; and
• Must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where entry is created.

NOTE: If any entry fails to comply with any of these Entry Requirements or any other provisions of these Official Rules, Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to disqualify the entrant and void all associated entries.

By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees that his/her entry is gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place Sponsor under any obligation and that Sponsor is free to disclose or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas (including without limitation, to create, distribute, sell or otherwise use costumes that are similar or identical to the costume ideas contained in the entry) without any compensation whatsoever to the entrant. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of his/her entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas whether or not such idea was previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than the entrant. Entrant further agrees that Sponsor shall not have any liability to entrant for any direct, indirect, contributory, vicarious, secondary or other infringement or protection of any copyright in or to the entry. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized use of entry by third parties. Entrant agrees that Sponsor may post the entry on any websites associated with the Contest, including Sponsor’s social media channels.

Grant of Rights: Submitting an entry constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor and its designees, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Licensed Parties”) a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish or create derivative works from and display the entry in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes, and that Sponsor may use entrant’s name, user name(s), biographical information, and/or likenesses (including, without limitation, profile photo(s)) in connection with the uses described herein. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation that may be required for Licensed Parties to make use of the nonexclusive rights entrant is granting to use the entry. This license expressly includes a right (but not the obligation) for Sponsor to modify entries to remove any third party intellectual property or to remove entries in their entirety.

4. HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES (AND CONTEST VOTING PHASE/FINALIST DETAILS): During the Sweepstakes Period, a person who satisfies the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 2 may vote for his/her favorite entry to receive (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. The voter must visit the (“Website”) and follow the onscreen instructions to register for the Promotion and vote. Eligible voters who want to enter the Sweepstakes must also check the box indicating they want to enter the Sweepstakes.

Each entry will appear on the website during the Contest Voting Phase. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Contest Voting Phase shall be subject to modification by Sponsor as Sponsor may reasonably require. In the event of modification, Sponsor shall post notice of the modified Contest Voting Phase on the website. All eligible Contest entries will be randomly displayed and rotated in a gallery on the Website. Each voter may vote one (1) time per day during the Contest Voting Phase/Sweepstakes Period and those eligible will receive (1) Sweepstakes entry for each valid vote submitted.

The ten (10) entries that received the most valid votes during the Contest Voting Phase will be deemed finalists (each a “Finalist”) and those entries will move into the Judging Phase. Finalists are subject to verification. In the event of a tie the entry that received the most votes first, will be deemed a Finalist. Votes received from any person or e-mail address in excess of this limitation will be void. Votes generated by script, BOT, macro or other automated means are void and may result in disqualification of the entrants for whom the improper votes were received. Voting must be completed by the actual person casting the vote. A person may not vote on behalf of another person. Subsequent votes during one calendar day by a single voter or e-mail address will be disqualified. Votes intended to impact the integrity of the voting process as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion are void. Payment or other consideration in exchange for votes is prohibited and all such votes will void and associated entrants, voters and/or Finalists may be disqualified. Vote counts are not official until verified by the Sponsor, in its reasonable discretion. Any attempt by the entrant and/or its respective family/friends to vote more than the number of times authorized herein, using multiple names and/or email addresses and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, shall give the Sponsor the right to disqualify the entrant in Sponsor’s reasonable discretion. If the Sponsor determines that that an entrant was involved in any way in the perpetration of any fraud, Sponsor may disqualify the entrants for whom the fraudulent votes were received.

5. CONTEST WINNER SELECTION: During the Contest Judging Phase, ten (10) Finalists entries will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by the Sponsor (“Judges”). The Judges will score the entries according to the following weighted criteria: (i) Creativity and Charisma: 40%; (ii) Love of the Brand: 30%; and (iii) Public Appeal: 30% (“Judging Criteria”). The Finalist who submits the one (1) entry that receives the highest score will be declared the potential Contest winner. The Contest winner is a potential winner pending verification of eligibility and compliance with the Official Rules. In the event of any ties, the entry with the highest score in criterion (i) Creativity and Charisma will prevail. In the event there are still any ties, the tied entries will be judged again and the entry with the highest overall score will prevail. If a potential winner is found to be ineligible or does not comply with these Official Rules, or otherwise does not accept his/her prize as awarded, he/she will be disqualified and the entry with the next highest judges score will be named a potential winner. Administrator’s, Judges’, and Sponsor’s decisions shall be final and binding in all matters pertaining to the judging and selection of the winners. Judging scores will not be revealed. Sponsor reserves the right to not award the Contest prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of qualified and eligible entries. The Contest winner will be announced on or around March 16, 2017. For winner notification and verification details, see Section 8.

6. SWEEPSTAKES RANDOM DRAWING: On or about March 7, 2017, the Administrator will select one (1) potential Sweepstakes prize winner (“Sweepstakes Prize Winner”) in a random drawing from all eligible Sweepstakes entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. The Sweepstakes Prize Winner is deemed to be a potential Sweepstakes Prize Winner pending verification of his/her eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules as determined by Sponsor, at Sponsor’s sole discretion.


A. Contest Prize (1): The Contest prize is a trip for winner, his/her fiancé, and four (4) other adult guests to the Taco Bell Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada for winner and his/her fiancé to get married (“Contest Prize”). Contest Prize includes round-trip coach class air transportation for five (5) guests from a major commercial airport near winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Las Vegas, NV, three (3) nights’ hotel standard accommodations at Planet Hollywood (single room/double occupancy) for winner and his/her fiancé, three (3) nights’ hotel standard accommodations for winner’s other four (4) guests (hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (two rooms, double occupancy each) dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris for winner and his/her fiancé (awarded as a credit to the restaurant), two (2) tickets to the Highroller at the LINQ, $100 in spa credits to Qua Bath & Spa for winner and his/her fiancé, a pool cabana at Planet Hollywood (food and beverage, tax and gratuity not included) for winner and his/her fiancé, a VIP table at Drai’s Night Club for six (6) people (does not include tax, service charge or gratuity) a wedding at the Taco Bell chapel inside the Taco Bell Las Vegas Cantina restaurant which will include an officiant, wedding décor, a wedding cake, a reception for winner, fiancé and guests with a catered dinner, and transportation to and from the hotel and chapel., a video/photographer package for wedding photos and wedding video, t-shirts (size determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion), champagne flutes, a garter, and a bow tie for winner and his/her fiancé, a check for $500 for spending money for winner, a check for $1,200 for the Contest winner to go toward taxes. The Contest winner’s guests must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older. If the winner elects to travel or partake in the Grand Prize without all five (5) guests, no compensation or substitution will be provided for the difference in prize value. Trip must be taken between April 2017 and June 2017 or Contest Prize will be forfeited. The ARV of the Contest Prize is $43,100.

B. Sweepstakes Prize (1) and Odds: The Sweepstakes prize is a trip for winner and one (1) adult guest to Las Vegas, Nevada (“Sweepstakes Prize”). Sweepstakes Prize includes round-trip coach class air transportation from a major commercial airport near winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Las Vegas, NV for winner and one (1) guest, two (2) nights’ hotel standard accommodations (single room/double occupancy) (hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion), attendance at the Contest winner’s wedding reception at the chapel inside the Taco Bell Las Vegas Cantina restaurant (date and time determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion; Sweepstakes winner will be contacted with details) a check for $500 for spending money for winner, a check for $1,200 for the Sweepstakes winner to go toward taxes. The Sweepstakes winner and guest must travel on the same dates as the Contest winner or the Sweepstakes Prize will be forfeited. Dates of travel will be determined by Sponsor and will be between April 2017 and June 2017 or Sweepstakes Prize will be forfeited. The ARV of the Sweepstakes Prize is $4,400. The odds of winning the Sweepstakes Prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

C. For All Prizes: Winners and guests must travel together on the same itinerary. The actual value of the trip may vary depending on point of departure and fluctuations in the cost of air transportation. Any difference between the estimated ARV and the actual value of the prize will not be awarded. If winner resides within a 100-mile radius of destination, ground transportation may be provided in lieu of air transportation, and no compensation will be provided for any difference in prize value. Travel dates are subject to availability; blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Winners may be responsible for all additional taxes, fees and service charges. Reservations will be required for many of the experiences and will be booked based on availability. Winners and guests are responsible for having valid travel documents including government identification and/or passports. Winners are responsible for all travel costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not included herein as being provided, including ground transportation, airline baggage fees, gratuities, meals, and any other incidental costs or expenses related to participation in this prize. Travel must be booked at least seven (7) days in advance. Guests of winners must sign and return a travel liability/publicity release before travel will be booked. Winners and his/her guests hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance for any part of the trip. Winners will be required to provide a major credit card upon hotel check-in, and all in-room charges will be charged to the credit card. Any damage to the room will be the responsibility of the winners. Only one (1) Contest Prize and one (1) Sweepstakes Prize will be available in the Promotion.

D. General: Limit one (1) Prize per person. Non-cash portion of prizes cannot be redeemed for cash. No Prize substitution or exchange will be allowed, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes associated with acceptance and use of the prize. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

8. WINNER VERIFICATION: Potential winners are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor or Administrator will notify the potential Contest winner by sending him/her a message on Instagram or Twitter with instructions on how to redeem the Contest Prize. Sponsor or Administrator will notify the potential Sweepstakes winner via email with instructions on how to redeem the Sweepstakes Prize. Each potential winner must respond to the initial winner notification within forty-eight (48) hours or he/she may be disqualified, at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Each potential winner will be required to sign and execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”) within five (5) days of prize notification. If a potential winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of prize notification, the potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Potential Contest Prize winner, Contest Prize winner’s fiancé, and Sweepstakes Prize winner may be subject to a background check before a prize is awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the potential Contest Prize winner based on the results of such background check if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that awarding the Prize to any such individual might reflect negatively on the Sponsor. Upon verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the winners will be contacted by Sponsor or Administrator to arrange travel and fulfillment. If a potential winner is disqualified, found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, the respective prize may be forfeited, and in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, the forfeited prize may be awarded to an alternate winner, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Administrator will attempt to notify each potential winner as set forth above, but Released Parties are not responsible for any undelivered Instagram, Twitter, e-mail, or other messages that are not received because of a winner’s privacy or spam filter settings which may divert any Promotion e-mail, including any winner notification e-mail, to a spam or junk folder.


9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree (and agree to confirm in writing) that Sponsor, Administrator, Deutsch LA, Inc., Instagram, LLC, Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, website providers and each their respective officers, directors, stockholders, employees, representatives, designees and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, delayed, garbled, postage due or undeliverable tweets posts, messages, e-mails or postal mail; (ii) any computer, telephone, satellite, cable, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, or availability; (iii) garbled, corrupt or jumbled transmissions, service provider/network accessibility, availability or traffic congestion; (iv) any technical, mechanical, printing or typographical or other error; (v) the incorrect or inaccurate capture of registration information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information; (vi) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, technical error, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Promotion; (vii) any injury or damage, whether personal or property, to entrants or to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion and/or accepting a Prize including any item redeemed therewith and/or any travel related thereto; and (viii) entries that are late, forged, lost, misplaced, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules. Further, the Released Parties are not responsible for any unanswered or undeliverable winner notifications.

By entering the Promotion, each entrant agrees: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including entry requirements; (ii) to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with respect to these Official Rules; (iii) to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against any of the Released Parties in connection with the Promotion, including without limitation, in connection with any costume created, sold, distributed or otherwise used by the Released Parties regardless of whether such costumes is similar or identical to the costume contained in entrant’s entry; and (iii) to forever and irrevocably agree to release and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any and all claims, lawsuits, judgments, causes of action, proceedings, demands, fines, penalties, liability, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) that may arise in connection with: (a) the Promotion, including, but not limited to, any Promotion -related activity or element thereof, and the entrant’s entries, participation or inability to participate in the Promotion; (b) the violation of any third-party privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights; (c) acceptance, attendance at, receipt, travel related to, participation in, delivery of, possession, defects in, use, non-use, misuse, inability to use, loss, damage, destruction, negligence or willful misconduct in connection with the use of a Prize (or any component thereof (including any travel or activity related thereto)); (d) any change in the prizing (or any components thereof); (e) human error; (f) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of the Released Parties; (g) lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged or destroyed prizing (or any element thereof); or (h) the negligence or willful misconduct by entrant.

If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of running as planned, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion and/or proceed with the Promotion, including the selection of the winner(s) for the Contest and/or Sweepstakes in a manner it deems fair and reasonable, including the selection of applicable winner from among eligible entries received for the Contest and/or Sweepstakes prior to such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension using the applicable winner selection procedure described above or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than are stated in these Official Rules. If for any reason, including but not limited to an administrative, printing, production, computer or other error or due to technical difficulties or incorrect announcements of any kind, more winning messages are distributed, or more Prizes are claimed than are intended to be awarded according to these Official Rules, the intended Prize will be awarded according to Sections 4, 5 and 6 above.



11. PRIVACY POLICY: Any personally identifiable information collected during an entrant’s participation in this Promotion will be collected by Sponsor or its agent and used by Sponsor, its affiliates, agents, and marketers in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy as stated at

12. PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By participating in the Promotion and/or accepting a Prize, each entrant agrees (and agrees to confirm in writing, if requested) to allow the Sponsor and/or the Sponsor’s designee the perpetual right to use his/her name, user name(s), address (city and state), biographical information, photos (including, without limitation, profile photo(s)), picture, portrait, likeness, voice, and/or statements regarding the Promotion and/or Sponsor for promotion, trade, commercial, advertising and publicity purposes, at any time or times, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, including, but not limited to, live television, worldwide, on the World Wide Web and Internet, without notice, review or approval and without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

13. GENERAL: Any attempted form of participation in this Promotion other than as described herein is void. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to disqualify any entrant found or suspected, in their sole and absolute discretion, to be tampering with the operation of the Promotion; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner or with the intent to disrupt the normal operation of this Promotion and void all associated entries. Any attempted form of participation in this Promotion other than as in these Official Rules is void. If it is discovered that a person has registered or attempted to register more than once using multiple Instagram or Twitter accounts, multiple identities, IP addresses, use of proxy servers, or like methods, all of that person’s entries will be declared null and void and that person will not be awarded any prize that he/she might have been entitled to receive. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third party or like methods to participate in the Promotion will void any attempted participation effected by such methods and the disqualification of the individual utilizing the same. Entrants and/or the potential winners may be required to provide proof of identification and eligibility as required by Sponsor or Administrator. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner in the Sweepstakes, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the social media account used to enter and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. If any provision of these Official Rules or any word, phrase, clause, sentence, or other portion thereof should be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, then that provision or portion thereof shall be modified or deleted in such manner as to render the remaining provisions of these Official Rules valid and enforceable. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or the Prize documents will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. No entrant shall have the right to modify or amend these Official Rules. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision and such provision shall remain in full force and effect. All entries and/or materials submitted become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. In the event of any conflict with any Promotion details contained in these Official Rules and Promotion details contained in any promotional materials (including but not limited to point of sale, television and print advertising, promotional packaging and other promotional media), the details of the Promotion as set forth in these Official Rules shall prevail.

14. WINNERS LIST: To obtain a list of the names of the winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped business-sized envelope to: The Taco Bell® Love and Tacos Contest and Happily Ever Crashers Sweepstakes – Winners List Request, PO Box 251328 West Bloomfield, MI 48325. Winners List requests must be received by May 16, 2017.


Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)


Tel: 949-863-3915

Source:Taco Bell Corp.

Walgreens and PeopleForBikes launch unique road cycling journeys in support of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day Campaign

Road Cycling Experience to Benefit Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day Campaign to End Child Poverty

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and PeopleForBikes have joined together to introduce “Ride On for Red Nose Day,” two four-day professional-grade road cycling experiences that will begin April 30 to help support Red Nose Day’s mission to end child poverty.

The unique cycling journeys will give participants the opportunity to experience first-class rides through some of the most spectacular scenery the U.S. has to offer, all while enjoying the camaraderie—and fun—that only comes from pedaling hundreds of miles, side-by-side, in support of a worthy cause.

“Participating in the Ride On for Red Nose Day cycling experience is another way we’re fulfilling our purpose at Walgreens to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “We’re proud to join together with PeopleForBikes to put on these great riding expeditions and encourage our entire Walgreens family – our customers, employees, and vendor partners – to join in raising funds to help end child poverty.”

Two Epic Routes
Riders can choose from two epic routes—one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast.

From April 30 until May 3, West Coast riders will start in the seaside city of Santa Barbara, Calif. and continue through the hills surrounding Ojai, Santa Clarita’s avocado groves, and around the rim of the Mojave Desert, before a final approach into Las Vegas through the spectacular Red Rock Canyon.

From May 21 until May 24, East Coast riders will depart from historic Boston then head west through Massachusetts’s “Happy Valley” toward Saratoga Springs, NY, on some of the Northeast’s most classic roads, before heading south along the Hudson River Valley to New York City.

Find out more by visiting or by emailing

PeopleForBikes, the nation’s leading bike advocacy organization, will manage all aspects of the ride experience, including professional sag support to handle all mechanical needs, soigneurs to provide massage and bodywork, five-star meals and refreshments, comfortable lodging, luggage transport and much more.

“Having produced our Ride On series for several years now, we’re excited to bring the format to an important cause like Red Nose Day,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes. “These rides will deliver great experiences plus the satisfaction of uniting to help kids.”

Funds raised support programs dedicated to keeping children and young people living in poverty safe, healthy and educated — both in America and around the world. Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day ( is run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (, a registered 501(c)(3) American public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes and Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About PeopleForBikes
PeopleForBikes is uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make better bike riding for everyone. When people ride bikes, great things happen. Join us at


call: 847-315-2921

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks® launches Blonde® Espresso Roast in Canada

Starbucks® launches Blonde® Espresso Roast in Canada


Seattle, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since 1975, the signature Starbucks® Espresso Roast has been at the heart of Starbucks® handcrafted espresso beverages, known for its intense, caramelly flavor.

Starting today (February 15) customers in Canada can experience a new twist on classic beverages with Starbucks® Blonde® Espresso Roast as a second core espresso option. The new espresso offers beverages a lighter roast that provides a balanced and sweet flavor with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Starbucks Coffee specialist Anthony Carroll was part of the team that created the new espresso, a unique blend of Latin American and African coffee beans roasted to bring out the lighter side of espresso. Blonde Espresso is also a delicious option for iced espresso beverages, creating smooth, balanced drinks.

“With our signature Starbucks Espresso, the caramelly roast comes through in the beverage while Blonde Espresso is a sweeter, gentler flavor,” Carroll said. “It’s a great way to invite new espresso drinkers to try our beverages, while also offering our seasoned coffee drinkers a way to experience our beverages in a new way.”

Customers in participating stores in Canada can request Blonde Espresso with any handcrafted espresso beverage, including:

Starbucks® Blonde® Vanilla Latte

Starbucks® Blonde® Vanilla Latte is a smooth and creamy beverage with subtle sweetness.

Starbucks® Blonde® Latte Macchiato

Free-poured steamed milk marked with slowly poured Starbucks® Blonde espresso shots, adding one extra shot to each size, for full espresso flavor.

Iced Starbucks® Blonde® Almondmilk Vanilla Latte

Starbucks® Blonde Espresso Roast, cold Almondmilk and Vanilla syrup, served over ice.

Customers in Canada have embraced Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee since it first launched in 2010, including Starbucks® Willow Blend® and Starbucks True North Blend® (known as Starbucks® Veranda Blend® outside Canada). It is available as whole-bean packaged coffee, K-Cup® Pods, Verismo® Pods and VIA Instant®.

Media Contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100

Source: Starbucks


Carrefour Foundation teams up with Ticket the Change for the fourth edition of its “Entrepreneur Programme”

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Having turned food into a means of tackling exclusion, the Carrefour Foundation is joining forces with Ticket the Change for the fourth edition of its “Entrepreneur Programme”. The aim is to find 50 budding entrepreneurs and leaders of projects that make a positive impact. Of the ten challenges facing society that the organisation seeks to address, the Carrefour Foundation will focus on identifying innovative entrepreneurs working in “Agriculture and Food”.

Candidates have up until 2 April to get involved!

The Ticket for Change organisation works on getting companies, associations and social entrepreneurs to work closely together on finding sustainable solutions to the problems facing society. More specifically, the Carrefour Foundation supports entrepreneurial endeavours focused on food aid. Those whose projects are selected will receive support in a number of different areas so they can successfully deliver their social initiatives:
‒    6 months of personalised, daily support
‒    the Ticket for Change Tour for 10 days so they can meet the country’s most inspirational social innovation pioneers and experts
‒    Distance & on-site training programmes (18 days)
‒    Immersive experiences out in the field

This partnership between the Carrefour Foundation and Ticket for Change is part of an initiative to extend the ongoing sponsorship arrangements in place with several social entrepreneurship support structures (100 Jours pour Entreprendre, ADIE, France Active etc.)

The “Entrepreneur Programme” in a few words
When entrepreneurs and major companies work together, new ways of working together emerge… each party’s contributions result in a social innovation laboratory taking shape. The scheme is aiming to showcase ten of the challenges being taken up by social enterprises between now and 2020 Agriculture and Food, Environment, Work and Employment, Education, Inclusion and Social Connections, Civic Engagement, Health, Habitat, Energy and Mobility.

Information and application details:

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