DICK’S Sporting Goods to open five new stores in IA, NY and GA during the second week of March

The retailer will celebrate the opening of three DICK’S Sporting Goods, one Field & Stream and one Golf Galaxy during events that will run March 10 through March 12

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening five new stores during the second week in March, totaling approximately 180,000 square feet of retail. Grand Opening celebrations for new stores in Davenport, IA, Queens, NY and Hinesville, GA will occur March 10 through March 12.

“We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of five new stores in three different states,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Having a presence in these cities will allow us to better-serve the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts who live there. These will be our first stores in Davenport and Queens, so we hope the community joins us for the celebrations that we have planned.”

In the Glendale area of Queens, DICK’S will celebrate the grand opening of one of the former Sports Authority locations that the Company took over late last year. This will be the 678th DICK’S in the country and 41st in the state of New York. It will also be the retailer’s second location in New York City, the first of which opened on Staten Island in 2011.

A new DICK’S Sporting Goods will also open in Hinesville, GA which will be the 679th DICK’S store in the country and 20th in Georgia.

The Company will open a DICK’S Sporting Goods, Field & Stream and Golf Galaxy all under one roof in Davenport – the third store of its kind in the country. This will be the 680th DICK’S store in the country and eighth in Iowa, 29th Field & Stream in the country and first in Iowa and the 92nd store in the country that Golf Galaxy is operating and second in Iowa.

DICK’S has brought more than 370 total jobs to these three communities through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for these five stores.

The stores will host their grand opening celebrations from Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. Throughout the weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet several special guests such as Blair Wiggins* in Hinesville, Darryl Strawberry** in Queens and Zach Miller**, Bobby Labonte** and Jeremy Roenick** in Davenport.

Visit dicks.com/Glendale, dicks.com/Hinesville or dicks.com/Davenport for full details on the Grand Opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

*Limit one autograph per person.  Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**WRISTBAND REQUIRED!  Wristbands are distributed on a first-come, first served basis beginning at store open on the day of event only. Limited Quantity. Limit one wristband per person.  Must be present to receive wristband.  Must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line prior to the start of the appearance to receive an autograph.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores and DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About Field & Stream Specialty Store

Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 25 Field & Stream stores offering top of the line in-store services along with a wide variety of top national brands including Remington, Huk, Carhartt, Shimano and Yeti, in addition to its exclusive offering of Field & Stream products. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing LLC., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine. For more information, visit FieldandStreamShop.com.

About Golf Galaxy

Golf Galaxy, LLC is a specialty golf retailer offering a broad assortment of golf equipment, apparel and footwear from leading brands like Callaway, Taylormade, Titleist, Ping, Nike, Under Armour and more, and a complete range of golf services from PGA and LPGA professionals, certified fitting experts and club technicians. As of January 28, 2017, Golf Galaxy operated more than 90 stores. For more information, visit GolfGalaxy.com.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Field & Stream and Golf Galaxy
Email: press@dcsg.com
Tel: 724-273-5552

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

The California Grocers Association supports Assembly Bill 1326 that will provide grocers and retailers with relief from theft

Sacramento, CA, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The California Grocers Association announced their co-sponsorship and full-fledged support for Assembly Bill 1326, by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). The measure, co-authored by Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), will aggregate the dollar value of certain property crimes, such as shoplifting and check fraud, with a felony being charged if a suspect’s total dollar value from such crimes surpasses $950 in a 12-month period.

This much-needed legislation will provide grocers and other retailers with relief from alarming increases in theft since 2014 when changes in state law more than doubled the felony threshold for many property crimes from $450 to $950.“California’s grocers have seen a steady increase of criminals shoplifting higher amounts of goods at higher rates,” said Ron Fong, President and CEO of the California Grocers Association, adding that shoplifters and organized crime rings now commit multiple thefts, day-after-day, but below the $950 felony threshold.“This is bad for grocers who suffer high losses, bad for employees who are put in harm’s way due to the increased aggressive nature of these thefts, and bad for shoppers who ultimately pay the consequences at the register,” he said.

Many CGA retail members have seen double-digit, and in some cases triple-digit percentage increases in losses from shoplifting and organized retail crime rings over the past five years, with a notable spike beginning after 2014.

“We look forward to collaborating with Assemblymember Cooper to pass this sensible piece of legislation,” Fong said. “We urge the California Legislature to help grocers, their employees, and consumers turn back this alarming crime growth by passing AB 1326.”

If AB 1326 is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, it then must be approved by voters at the next general election before its provisions can go into effect.

Additional co-sponsors of AB 1326 include the California Police Chiefs Association, and Crime Victims United California.


Tel: (916) 448-3545
Fax: (916) 448-2793

Source: CGA

GameStop announces limited supply of Nintendo Switch systems available for walk-in customers on March 3

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — This just in: GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced stores will have a limited supply of Nintendo Switch systems available for walk-in customers on the March 3 launch day. Customers who were not able to pre-order the system are encouraged to attend GameStop’s midnight launch events held at stores across the nation for an opportunity to purchase Nintendo’s revolutionary new home gaming system.

“We will have a limited supply of the Nintendo Switch systems on launch day for walk-in customers,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. “Our teams made this happen. I would strongly suggest customers plan on attending one of our midnight launch events for a shot at securing one of these extra units. They will go fast!”

GameStop will also offer online a very limited supply of two different Nintendo Switch bundles. Bundle 1 will include the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for $429.99. Bundle 2 includes all the previously mentioned items, plus The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild official strategy guide for $454.99. Customers should visit www.gamestop.com/switch for more information.

Customers can trade games, consoles, accessories, and electronics towards the purchase of the Nintendo Switch system ($299.99), or either of the previously listed bundles.

About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,600 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.comwww.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 70 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,436 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 68 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Joey Mooring

Source: GameStop Corp./globenewswire

eBay and Snupps partner to let Snupps users sell their belongings to eBay’s global community

eBay and Snupps partner to let Snupps users sell their belongings to eBay’s global community


New feature announced just in time for Spring Cleaning, allowing engaged Snupps enthusiasts to list their stuff for sale on eBay.

San Jose, California, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a recent survey from eBay, three in five Americans said their New Year’s resolution was to organize or refresh their living space in 2017.1 Today, just in time for Spring Cleaning, eBay has announced a partnership with Snupps, an easy-to-use free app that’s “all about organizing your stuff.”

Snupps helps consumers organize, share and connect with others around the things they own, love and value – whether it’s a sneaker collection, unique collectibles, or personal inventory. Thanks to a new seamless integration with eBay’s APIs, Snupps users now have the ability to seamlessly buy and sell on eBay within the Snupps app.

eBay’s APIs allowed Snupps to build tightly-integrated ‘list to eBay’ and ‘buy from eBay’ features into the Snupps app. The eBay and Snupps partnership gives Snupps users who want to sell their belongings easy access to eBay’s global community of 167 million active buyers.

It only takes a few simple steps to sell through Snupps and reach a massive global audience.

“As a marketplace and technology leader, eBay continues to innovate and re-invent the online selling experience,” said Nicole Lyon, Head of Consumer Selling Experience at eBay. “The partnership with Snupps allows enthusiasts to combine their passions with the ability to earn money on eBay, all in one place.”

eBay is committed to providing sellers with new, simple and more engaging ways to sell on the marketplace. The eBay-Snupps partnership is another example of these efforts, following programs like eBay ValetQuick Sale and an integration with Shyp to simplify the shipping experience on eBay.

As the Spring Cleaning season approaches, there are many benefits to using the new ‘list on eBay’ feature within the Snupps app:

  • Make some extra spending money to fund new spring and summer purchases
  • Free up space in your closet
  • Buy and sell directly from community members on Snupps who share your tastes
  • Reach eBay’s global audience of 167 million buyers

“We’re excited to partner with eBay and give our users a new way to profit from their collections,” said Sari Anabtawi, co-founder of Snupps. “Since our beta launch, we’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the new features. We have made it easy for our community to see what others are selling, discover new items for sale, and tap into eBay’s large online shopping audience to get the most value for their items.”

Whether selling sneakers, clothes, accessories, video games, collectibles or more, there’s usually an eBay buyer in search of what you no longer need. In fact, data shows that a watch is purchased every four seconds, a pair of women’s shoes is purchased every 8 seconds, a video game is purchased every 11 seconds and a women’s handbag is purchased every 13 seconds on eBay mobile.

For additional selling information, visit the Seller Center or check out these product selling guides. To get started using the Snupps app and its new ‘list to eBay’ feature, visit www.snupps.com, or download the app for free from the Apple App Store® or Google Play™ store.

About Snupps
Snupps helps people organize and connect around the stuff they own and love. Snupps taps into the emotional connection people have with the things in their lives, and provides a social platform where they can share, discover and transact. Simply take a photo, add details, and curate items on virtual shelves that can be kept private or shared with others. Snupps is a U.S. company, headquartered in London. The free app is available on iOS, Android, and Web.

1 The eBay Survey was conducted by Survey Monkey among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18-55, between January 5 and January 9, 2017.


Tel: (408) 376-7400
United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

Source: eBay


FMI and NAMI release their annual consumer trends analysis of the food retail meat department

FMI and NAMI release their annual consumer trends analysis of the food retail meat department


DALLAS, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — After years of increasing prices in a volume-challenged marketplace, deflation is profoundly changing the meat purchase yet again. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today (February 21, 2017) released their annual consumer trends analysis of the food retail meat department, finding that price relief is driving a greater willingness for experimentation and premium product purchases among consumers.

In its 12th year, the study, made possible by Sealed Air’s Food Care Division, demonstrates how thoughtful curation of the meat case tailored to shopper needs, trends and innovation can influence incremental sales and provide the industry with opportunities to foster high levels of satisfaction and drive spending and loyalty. The study, for instance, found that selling meat as part of a total meal solution in ready-to-prepare meal kits drew consumer interest and has the potential to yield increased sales.

FMI Vice President of Fresh Foods Rick Stein emphasized, “It is important for food retailers to help their customers shop smarter, and no department is better positioned to do this in 2017 than the meat department.”

Stein continued, “The research shows how consumers clearly understand the nutritional and flavor benefits of protein and are eating more proteins in various forms – with overall volume up.”

The study emphasizes how food retailers and suppliers should continue to help tell a story about the meat purchase, paying particular attention to the product’s attributes, such as ingredient and production practices. These stories also translate to in-store execution of promotions and through digital, mobile and social media promotions.

“It is clear that consumers are seeking more information and transparency about their meat and poultry products and the industry is hearing that message,” said North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “From our Glass Walls videos showing how animals are handled in our plants to the new MyMeatUp app, which includes a full guide to beef, pork, lamb and veal cuts available at retail, consumers have more resources at their fingertips to help them purchase the meat and poultry products they seek.”

In addition, value-added meat and poultry saw robust volume increases.  Better communication by retailers about the grade, handling practices, prices and convenience of these products may help accelerate further growth, according to the study.

While 62 percent of consumers still choose the supermarket to make a meat and poultry purchase, alternative channels are garnering momentum. In particular, among the 24 percent of shoppers who switch from traditional channels, consumers increasingly choose butcher stores (77%); farmer’s markets (7%); and specialty/organic (8%). Notably, for the first time in 12 years, shoppers who have bought natural/organic (48%) exceeded those who have not (41 %) – just a decade ago, that gap was 50 percentage points.

For Media:

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.


phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: FMI


ascena retail group, inc. to release its Fiscal 2017 2Q financial results on Monday, March 6, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ – ASNA) today (Feb. 21, 2017) announces the release of its Fiscal 2017 second quarter financial results will take place on Monday, March 6, 2017. Results will be released over Business Wire at approximately 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The company will also host a conference call at 4:30 PM Eastern Time to review its results, which will include comments by David Jaffe, President & CEO, and Robb Giammatteo, Executive Vice President & CFO, followed by a question and answer session.

Parties interested in participating in this call should dial in at (877) 930-8316 for domestic calls or (253) 336-8869 for international calls prior to the start time. The conference ID is 70074738. The call will also be simultaneously broadcast at www.ascenaretail.com. A recording of the call will be available shortly after its conclusion and until March 13, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic calls or (404) 537-3406 for international calls. The replay ID is 70074738.

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant and Catherines), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,900 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, Catherines.com, and shopjustice.com.

Sue Ross
Executive Vice President, ascena Corporate Affairs

ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

Alibaba Group and Bailian Group announce partnership to explore retail opportunities across each other’s ecosystems

Jointly explore development opportunities across each other’s ecosystem

Shanghai, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) and China’s leading retailer Bailian Group announced today (February 20, 2017) the formation of a strategic partnership to explore new forms of retail opportunities across each other’s ecosystems. The companies will leverage the power of big data to achieve integration between offline stores, merchandise, logistics and payment tools with the ultimate aim of elevating efficiency and overall consumer experience.

The signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between Alibaba Group CEO Daniel Zhang and Bailian Chairman & President Ye Yongming took place in Shanghai. Zhou Bo, Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government and Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma witnessed the signing.

Headquartered in Shanghai, Bailian is one of China’s largest and most established retail conglomerates with more than 4,700 outlets across 25 provinces, 200 cities and autonomous regions in China.

Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group said, “New retail reimagines the relationship between consumers, merchandise and retail space by leveraging mobile Internet and big data. It will upend the traditional manufacturing and supply chain, the connection between merchant and consumer, as well as the overall consumer experience. Businesses will increasingly embrace big data and new innovations to better identify, reach, analyze and serve their customers, and their digital transformation will be empowered by Alibaba’s ecosystem. Our partnership with Bailian is an important milestone in the evolution of Chinese retail, where the distinction between physical and virtual commerce is becoming obsolete.”

Ye Yongming, Chairman of Bailian Group said, “A new consumer era calls for a new retail approach. Traditional commerce needs to embrace innovation and change to thrive if they are to ride atop this new consumption trend. New retail is not just the convergence of online and offline worlds. It also means we need to be able to leverage technologies such as the Internet of Things, AI and big data to provide consumers with new and immersive shopping experiences across channels and product categories anytime and anywhere. It is with this shared vision that our companies have joined forces in this strategic partnership to redefine commerce and reshape the retail industry.”

Under the agreement, the cooperation will include:

  • New retail outlet design: jointly design cross channel store operation and ordering systems to enable real time service solutions for customers at physical stores;
  • New retail technology R&D: joint R&D in new retail technology in areas such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and big data;
  • Customer Relationship Management: integrate both companies’ membership base to enhance customer service capability through technologies such as geolocation, facial recognition and big-data driven sales and customer management systems;
  • Supply chain management: the companies will combine resources in customer insight and supplier channels to help improve merchandise selection and reduce cost;
  • Payment: Alipay will be made available at all Bailian stores, while Bailian’s payment tools Safepass and Bailian OK Card will be integrated with Alipay to provide a unified third-party payment solution for consumers;
  • Logistics: Bailian Logistics to work with Alibaba on Cainiao’s logistics platform and co-develop logistics rules to enhance services for both consumers and merchants

The partnership with Bailian is the latest milestone in the development of new retail. Alibaba has coined the term “New Retail” to describe a world where the distinction between online and offline commerce becomes obsolete, as Internet users continue to migrate to mobile devices from desktop computers. Under the new retail model, traditional brick and mortar retailers will be offered the tools to transform their way of connecting with consumers, and improve efficiencies in their inventory and distribution network, as well as payment and logistics systems to provide seamless consumer experience both online and offline consumers.

Consumers in China engage in commerce activities from anywhere at any time with the help of mobile phones. With its big data capability and a mobile monthly active user base of close to 500 million, Alibaba is well placed to enable traditional retailers to upgrade to the new retail model.

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

About Bailian Group

Bailian Group is a leading state-owned enterprise in Shanghai, and one of China’s largest retail conglomerates. It has operations in more than 200 Chinese cities with 4,700 outlets and 68,000 employees. Launched in 2016, Bailian’s Omni-Channel Platform “bl.com” & “iBailian App” has grown quickly leveraging Bailian’s membership base of 21 million to provide seamless and round-the-clock service to consumers online and offline.

Media Contacts:
Eric Zhao
Board Secretary
Bailian Group

Cecilia Kwok
Alibaba Group
+852 9132 7709

Source: Alibaba Group

Diebold Nixdorf to hold its Investor Day meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in New York

Company executives to discuss strategy, multi-year business integration roadmap, and financial targets

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) will hold its Investor Day meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in New York with a live audio webcast available at http://investors.dieboldnixdorf.com/ beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.  Members of the executive leadership team will present the company’s “Connected Commerce” strategy, its multi-year business integration roadmap, and corresponding financial targets.

Speakers will include Andy Mattes, chief executive officer; Juergen Wunram, senior vice president, chief operating officer; Chris Chapman, senior vice president, chief financial officer; Olaf Heyden, senior vice president, services; Alan Kerr, senior vice president, software; Ulrich Naeher, senior vice president, systems; and Thomas Fell, senior vice president, retail.

A replay of the webcast will be available on Diebold Nixdorf’s website following the meeting.

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

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

Media Relations:

Mike Jacobsen

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf announces the appointment of Murat Ekinci as CIO

NORTH CANTON, Ohio and PADERBORN, Germany, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) today (Feb. 21, 2017) announced that Murat Ekinci has been named chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Ekinci will be responsible for leading and overseeing Diebold Nixdorf’s corporate information technology (IT) organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT sector, Ekinci most recently served as executive vice president for managed services at Freudenberg IT, a global provider of managed IT services, where he was responsible for the organization’s managed services business in Europe. Ekinci also held various management positions with T-Systems, a German global IT services and consulting company. He will be based in Paderborn, Germany and report to Dr. Juergen Wunram, chief operating officer. Ekinci holds a degree in telecommunications engineering.

“We are pleased to welcome Murat into our newly combined company,” Wunram said. “His experience and successful track record as an IT leader will be valuable to our organization as we further our leadership role in connected commerce for the financial and retail industries.”

About Diebold Nixdorf

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

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

Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek

Germany Media Relations:
Andreas Bruck
+49 151 1512 3018

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

London & Cambridge Properties announces 90 minutes free parking for shoppers at Scott Arms parade at Birmingham Road

Londony, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers at a popular precinct in Birmingham will be able to enjoy up to 90 minutes of free parking from immediate effect, London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) has announced.

LCP, which in 2016 took over the management of the Scott Arms parade at Birmingham Road, Great Barr, has unveiled the offer, which forms part of its longer-term plans to help boost footfall for local retailers.

The 30,336 sq ft parade has 16 shops, including Greggs, Iceland and Well Pharmacy, has 68 car park spaces, including three disabled bays, all of which will now offer the limited free parking.

The good news comes as LCP reveals it is also set to welcome to Scott Arms two new nationally known retailers early this year, after it has completed work to reconfigure two vacant units.

Jo Salmon, retail portfolio manager at LCP, said: “Scott Arms is a busy and popular parade, both with local shoppers and those passing through. Since we began managing it, we’ve been looking at ways we can encourage more people to use these great facilities and believe that offering free parking for 90 minutes is an excellent starting point.

“We’re also undertaking work on two units that are earmarked for new tenants, which means that there will be only one vacant retail unit on the parade.”


Tel: 020 7233 5255
Fax: 020 7233 5266

Source: LCP

NCR’s SelfServ™ 90 and FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout solutions recognized at the iF DESIGN AWARDS 2017

Duluth, Ga, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (February 21, 2017) announced that it has won two awards at the iF DESIGN AWARDS 2017.

Both the NCR SelfServ™ 90 card-only checkout and the FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout were recognised for their excellent design in the Product category. The awards highlight how NCR’s retail offerings provide consumers with convenient checkout options that help retailers transform their stores into the central hub of the shopping experience, providing a seamless, connected and convenient customer journey.

“NCR has a long heritage of transforming industries with technologies that are built around the consumer,” said Bob Ciminera, NCR’s executive vice president, Hardware Product Operations. “We are proud that our expertise in creating innovative and industry-leading products for the retail sector has been recognized by the iF Design Awards, and look forward to continuing to develop products and solutions that set the standard in connected retail technology.”

The iF DESIGN AWARDS are a world-renowned design competition, organized by Germany’s oldest independent design organisation – the iF International Forum Design GmbH. Winning products like the NCR SelfServ 90 and FastLane SelfServ Checkout are selected by a 58-member jury of independent experts from around the world. The competition received over 5,500 entries from 59 countries this year, and acts as the seal of quality for products, projects and concepts that represent the best of design.

The NCR FastLane SelfServ Checkout Release 6 and the NCR SelfServ 90 are the newest members of NCR’s self-checkout product family. They feature sleek zero-bezel displays and a responsive touchscreen which supports multi-touch, making them familiar and easy for consumers to use. Their small footprints give retailers increased flexibility in their store’s front-end, and the modern design complements virtually any retail environment. More information on NCR’s SelfServ 90 Kiosk can be found here, and on the FastLane SelfServ Checkout here.

For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concepts. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.

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

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

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

News Media Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191

Source: NCR Corporation

Swimsuits For All adds new styles and extends size range to cater women of all shapes, ages and sizes

Swimsuits For All adds new styles and extends size range to cater women of all shapes, ages and sizes


NEW YORK, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Swimsuits For All, a leading online retailer of women’s swimwear, has expanded their inventory, extending their size range and adding new styles to now include a broader size range of 4-34, catering to women of all shapes, ages and sizes.

Since the launch of their online store in 2005, Swimsuits For All has been guided by a simple philosophy. The company believes strongly that all women’s bodies are beautiful, and strives to help every customer learn to fully embrace their figure just the way it is.

In the past, that has meant focusing exclusively on the sale of fashion-forward, flattering plus size swimwear. Now, the selection of designer swimwear styles at Swimsuits For All also includes sizes 4 and 6, making the online store one that appeals and caters to all women, no matter their size.

The timing of the size expansion couldn’t be better, as many women are now shopping for swimsuits to wear while on winter vacation to the beach or cruises to tropical islands. For the 2017 cruise season, Swimsuits For All has added hundreds of new swimsuits in sizes 4 to 34 in every style — sporty, chic, sexy and many more.

Among the new arrivals are high waist bikinis from the store’s popular GabiFresh collection. GabiFresh swimwear is available in sizes 12-24 with an expanded range of cup sizes up to G/H. The styles were designed in collaboration with plus size fashion blogger GabiFresh, who is dedicated to helping women of all sizes put together ensembles that make them feel confident and beautiful. Her style sensibilities are reflected in the new bikinis in details like alluring plunge necklines and playful keyhole cutouts.

Women will also find a wide range of tankini tops and tankini sets in the new arrivals category at Swimsuits For All. The assortment of two-piece designs includes fresh new patterns with feminine florals, modern abstracts and classic stripes and dots. With form-fitting ruched halters, flowy flyaways, flared tops and relaxed blousons, it’s simple to find a fit for every figure. Most tankini sets have separate sizing for the tops and bottoms, ensuring an optimal fit.

For ladies who prefer traditional one piece swimsuits, Swimsuits For All has many new styles to offer. Designs show off some of the latest trends in swimwear, including bohemian chic crochet detailing, sporty zipper fronts, flirty ruffle trims and revealing keyhole cutouts. New styles from the Longitude line, a brand exclusively for women with long torsos, are also available in stunning new prints.

To see all of the new arrivals and shop by size, color or style, please visit: http://www.swimsuitsforall.com/New-Arrivals-Swimwear-Collections-L.

Sandra Weyant
Copywriter Swimsuits For All
2 Industrial Drive, Unit B
, Keyport, NJ 07735
Tel: 732.645.9956

Source: Swimsuits For All/globenewswire


Stein Mart to open five new stores this spring

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT) (the “Company”) today ( Feb. 16, 2017) announced the  locations of its five new stores opening this spring – the first phase of its 2017 store plan to open a total of 11 new stores.

“These new stores fall within our real estate strategy to grow sales by filling existing markets where we are doing well,” said Hunt Hawkins, CEO of Stein Mart. “We look forward to introducing our customers to these new locations where they will always find great values on the best designer and name brand merchandise, in an attractive, easy-to-shop setting.”

The locations and currently scheduled opening dates for Stein Mart’s spring new store group are:

  • Auburn, AL:  Auburn Mall – March 23
  • Bainbridge Township, OH:  Marketplace at Four Corners – March 16
  • Brentwood, TN:  Brentwood Place – March 16
  • Cincinnati, OH:  32 East – March 30
  • Marietta, GA:  Parkside at Cobb West – March 9

In addition, the Company is relocating one store from Morrisville, NC to a new location at Parkside Town Commons in Cary on March 30 and is planning to close five under-performing stores during 2017. The locations of the six new fall stores, which are scheduled to open in September and October, will be announced this summer.

About Stein Mart
Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMRT) is a national retailer offering designer and name-brand fashion, accessories and home decor at everyday discount prices. Stein Mart provides real value that customers will love every day both in stores and online. The Company currently operates 290 stores across 31 states. Stein Mart is adding new modern brands to its stores to offer discriminating shoppers even more of the fashion and savings they want. For more information, please visit www.steinmart.com.

For more information:

Linda L. Tasseff
Investor Relations
(904) 858-2639

Source: Stein Mart, Inc./globenewswire

New EUROSPAR store opens in Trani, southern Italy

Italy, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new EUROSPAR store has opened in Trani, a city in the Apulia region of southern Italy. Situated next to an old olive oil mill, the new modern supermarket is one of the initiatives to rejuvenate the local. The Cathedral of St. Nicholas has Unesco monument status and attracts many visitors to the area.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the EUROSPAR Supermarket was a great celebration with many visitors present to witness local SPAR Partner, Maiora’s latest success story.

Large assortment

With a sales surface of approximately 1,000m2, the new EUROSPAR in Trani offers a large assortment of around 4,500 food and non-food items, with a strong focus on fresh. It includes a deli, butchery, bakery, and a state-of-the-art fruit and vegetable department with refrigerated wall cabinets.

Local produce from the region is featured prominently, along with health and wellness products, including the free-from range for consumers with food allergies. A selection of prestigious wines from local wineries completes the offer.

Located in the very centre of Trani, the store’s large parking lot can accommodate 80 cars. The old industrial area, which has monument status and forms part of the Italian cultural heritage, used to be neglected. Its re-development has been a complex, but brilliant operation performed by DeSPAR in cooperation with the site owners.

Environmental sustainability

The development process was performed with respect for the environment, an essential part of how DeSPAR supports the communities in which it operates.

The store is equipped with energy-saving cooling and refrigeration systems (all of which have doors that allow for 45% lower energy consumption). The LED lighting system uses 50% less energy than traditional lighting.

Human resources

Maiora has invested strongly in human resources, both in terms of new hires and staff training. The newly opened store has created 35 new jobs and the majority of employees are local Trani residents, showing Maiora’s commitment towards supporting local communities.

Long opening hours

Open seven days a week, the store offers long trading hours: Monday – Saturday (8:00-21:00) and Sunday (9:00-13:30 & 17:00-21:00). There are five checkouts, including an ‘express’ checkout for speedy purchases.

Proud and pleased

“Innovation and service are the key concepts that guide the DeSPAR way of working,” said Pippo Cannillo, President and General Manager of Maiora. “We aim to provide quality, freshness and value, and thanks to our business strategies, we are able to offer low prices every day. We are proud to have opened in the city of Trani, an area of historical value. It has been a stimulating challenge for the whole team and I wish all involved much success and a warm welcome to the SPAR family,” he concluded.


SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

METRO announces new initiatives Responsible Procurement Framework and Supplier Code of Conduct

Montréal, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, METRO announced the adoption of its Responsible Procurement Framework and Supplier Code of Conduct for responsible procurement. These new initiatives will enable METRO to provide its customers with the responsible products they are looking for and to communicate its expectations and requirements to their suppliers to better meet the challenges in its supply chain. These documents bring structure to policies that have already been implemented in this area, such as our sustainable fisheries and local purchasing policies.

The Responsible Procurement Framework will first apply to METRO’s food-related activities and will be extended to other sectors in coming years. The Supplier Code of Conduct applies to all of METRO’s goods and services providers, as well as their suppliers, across the supply chain. The Framework and the Code take effect immediately.

“The adoption of a rigorous approach to structure our practices is supplemental to the responsible procurement initiatives we have already implemented. Furthermore, our customers are requesting it. According to a consumer survey we conducted in 2016, 85% of respondents consider it important for a food retailer to make responsible purchases,” stated METRO Senior Vice President, National Procurement and Corporate Brands, Serge Boulanger. “This approach is in line with our vision to become the food retailer that provides the experience that is most adapted to consumer needs.”

The Responsible Procurement Framework and Supplier Code of Conduct were developed according to best practices and recognized standards. They are based on four key principles that build on METRO’s product and service selection criteria, such as price, quality and availability:

–  business ethics
–  respect for workers and contribution to socioeconomic development
–  protection of the environment
​-  respect for animal health and welfare

Continuous improvement approach
The new Code of Conduct is meant to guide the behaviours that METRO expects from its suppliers and the Responsible Procurement Framework aims to structure purchasing and optimize the implementation of responsible practices. The two initiatives are complementary and constitute the foundation of the company’s responsible procurement approach.

“We are investing considerable effort to ensure the effective implementation of these initiatives, with a view to continuous improvement. In addition to spearheading a major training program for our teams and developing tools to operationalize our directives and principles, we will work in close collaboration with our suppliers, both large and small explained Marie-Claude Bacon, senior director, Corporate Affairs. “METRO is actively seeking to do business with suppliers that share the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility and we are pleased to note that many of our suppliers have already undertaken their own initiatives and several are already leaders in the field.”

With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Québec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

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Geneviève Grégoire
(514) 643-1000, ext. 2055

Source: METRO Group

Smart & Final ranked #5 in Food & Drug Stores category at FORTUNE’s 2017 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies”

COMMERCE, Calif., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), the value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer, was named to FORTUNE’s 2017 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” Fortune’s annual list includes the world’s most respected and reputable companies across 51 industries, as ranked by executives, directors and analysts in those respective industries. Smart & Final ranked #5 in the industry category of Food & Drug Stores.

“We are grateful to receive this recognition as it reflects the passion and commitment of our people and our strong company culture,” said Dave Hirz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smart & Final. “This honor is particularly rewarding because it is determined based on input from well-respected leaders within our industry.”

Fortune partners with global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group on its annual survey of corporate reputations. To determine the best-regarded companies in 51 industries, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

About Smart & Final

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

Media Contact:

Source: Smart & Final Stores, Inc.

Carrefour Spain rolls out compressed natural gas trucks in its fleet

Carrefour Spain rolls out compressed natural gas trucks in its fleet


Spain, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Spain, is incorporating compressed natural gas trucks in its fleet to carry out deliveries of e-commerce orders together with home delivery vans with the same characteristics.

These vehicles reduce nitrogen oxide (Nox) emissions by up to 99% and the level of particles emitted by 95% more than other diesel engines and also reduce acoustic pollution.

Inside the trucks Carrefour Spain has installed a system of tri-temperature crates with three independent chambers (frozen, refrigerated and dry), each one adapted to an adequate temperature. That way, each product travels in its respective environment, reaching the delivery point in perfect condition. Carrefour will gradually increase the number of these tri-temperature natural gas vehicles throughout the national territory.

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


BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its new restaurant in Columbia, Maryland

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (Feb. 21, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Columbia, Maryland. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, February 20, 2017, in the Columbia Crossing shopping center at 6181 Columbia Crossing Circle. 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 fourth restaurant in the state of Maryland in Columbia, a suburb southwest of Baltimore,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Columbia joins our other three successful Maryland restaurants located at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, the Town Center Mall in Laurel and Town Center Regional Mall in Towson. Columbia is our second restaurant opening this year.  Our 2017 real estate pipeline is in excellent shape and we expect to open our next two restaurants in early April in Mobile, Alabama and Fort Wayne, Indiana.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 189 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 http://www.bjsrestaurants.com 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
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

SPACE at Nordstrom to introduce an incubator project to showcase and support new designers

SPACE at Nordstrom to introduce an incubator project to showcase and support new designers

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — On February 21, SPACE at Nordstrom will introduce ‘The Lab,’ an incubator project to showcase and support new designers in select stores and online.

Conceived and curated by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, ‘The Lab’ will present five designers selected for the inaugural season: Eckhaus Latta, Vejas, Eric Schlösberg, A.W.A.K.E. and Dilara Findikoglu.

Kim and her buying team selected a handful of looks from the five designers, including exclusive and custom-made items signature to each’s aesthetic.

SPACE, which Kim launched in Fall 2015, is an in-store designer boutique featuring cross-category collections of apparel, accessories, home goods and fragrance from emerging and advanced designers such as Simone Rocha, Koché, Ellery, Colovos, Molly Goddard, and more.

A long-time champion of emerging designers in the fashion industry, Kim saw a subset of truly new brands just starting their collections and wanted to develop a place dedicated to recognizing fledgling talent.

“A brand has to be relatively established in order to support a substantial wholesale business,” Kim said. “We wanted to find a way to show the truly new brands just starting out, and to recognize the great, raw talent out there. To say we see you, and we want to support you.

“There are incredible demands on a young designer trying to grow their business, and we wanted to say ‘you may not be able to produce enough of a collection for eight stores right now and that’s okay.’ The Lab is for the designers who have just launched their collections, did their first show, maybe used their friends as models and showed in a basketball court in the Lower East Side. It’s true, authentic and they’re creating beautiful collections that we want to share with our customers.”

The Lab will be an ongoing program in SPACE at Nordstrom, refreshed with new brands each season in order to give each designer a spotlight to help grow their businesses.

‘The Lab’ will be in the following SPACE locations:

  • Nordstrom Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Nordstrom The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • Nordstrom CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Nordstrom CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont.
  • Nordstrom.com/SPACELab

Dilara Findikoglu

Dilara Findikoglu is a London based designer of Turkish origin. The Central St. Martins graduate’s rebellious nature first came to light when in lieu of the press show, she held her own guerilla catwalk to much admiration from the International fashion press. Since then her name has quickly become synonymous with empowered tailoring fused with historical references and social commentary – Dilara plays with the roles and perceptions of the norm and distorts and twists them for our pleasure. Stocked worldwide in the finest boutiques and concept stores, her rise has been nothing short of meteoric.

Eric Schlosberg

Heavily influenced by fantasy and storytelling, Eric Schlosberg’s eponymous label opens up the door to a sexy alternate universe that’s ever so slightly off kilter and twisted. The Parsons graduate envelops his audience with glamour and decadence all while keeping true to his punk sensibilities.

Eckhaus Latta

ECKHAUS LATTA is a New York based fashion label designed and executed by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta. The two met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating (BFA 2010), they designed and worked with many labels, artists and institutions including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Matthew Barney, Opening Ceremony, The Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and threeASFOUR. Together in 2011, Mike and Zoe founded ECKHAUS LATTA.


A.W.A.K.E. was founded in 2012 by Natalia Alaverdian. Natalia’s unique eye for fashion has developed through a multi-disciplinary career encompassing styling, art direction and photography. Natalia’s goal with A.W.A.K.E., an acronym for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm, is to propose a personal and distinct voice through clothing that balance conceptual, storytelling aspirations with commercial viability. Keynote designs are Natalia’s take on classic shirting, tailored coats, and dresses, each with an idiosyncratic quality underlined by a succession of very specific inspirational references of animals and characters from history, art and film. The major reference point and inspiration for all of the collections so far have been deviated from the Japanese art and culture.


Vejas manifested out of aggregate desires to actualize a reality, and the will of that longing culminated into a uniquely staged presentation for Autumn / Winter 2015. The show embraced the contradictions of strength and vulnerability, freedom and control, and explored the ideals of self-actualization that allowed it to enter into the real. The clothing contorts the familiar into unnatural forms: the soft mechanized and the hard cut into submission, composing a wardrobe that allows an emotive form of dressing. In 2016, Vejas was awarded the LVMH Special Jury Prize.


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

Brie Cross
Nordstrom, Inc.

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.


Carrefour announces four new food quality initiatives

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour has been a pioneer in food quality for 25 years and is continuing its work with four new initiatives.

A programme to accelerate the adoption of organic farming practices, working alongside producers: as the leading general distributor of organic products in France, Carrefour is introducing a programme that will involve contractually setting volumes and prices for periods of 3 to 5 years. This programme will be applied to 300 farms by 2020.

An agro-ecology support plan, with the deployment of new lines of products made from animals reared without antibiotics and from plants grown without pesticides: following on from its “antibiotic-free” chicken launched in 2013, Carrefour is now extending this initiative to new veal and rabbit farms in 2017. At the same time, Carrefour is experimenting with doing away with all chemical pesticides on new fruit and vegetable lines, such as apples, peaches and nectarines and potatoes, continuing with the work it has been doing since 2015 on tomatoes, kiwifruit, broccoli and strawberries.

The introduction in 2017 of the first certification process for animal well-being in France, working in partnership with an independent organisation, farmers and NGO Welfarm.

The introduction – for the first time in retail – of blockchain technology, used to enable traceability of its animal product lines, guaranteeing consumers as much transparency as possible.

25 years, fighting for food quality
Because Carrefour has firmly believed in the importance of food quality since 1992, it works every day alongside producers and farmers who are determined to raise the standard for its customers:

1992: Carrefour Quality Lines are launched with the first Normandy cattle line
1992: The Boule Bio loaf is launched – Carrefour’s first organic product
1996: Chemical treatments after harvesting are prohibited on Carrefour’s Fruit and Vegetable product lines
1999: GMOs are prohibited in all Carrefour products
2005: 58 questionable additives are removed from Carrefour products
2005: Carrefour’s MSC-certified range of responsible fishing products is launched
2010: Bisphenol A is removed from all children’s products
2013: France’s first line of “antibiotic-free” chicken is launched
2013: Palm oil is replaced by alternatives in Carrefour products
2015: Our Carrefour Veggie range of vegetarian products is launched
2016: Carrefour launches a new line of strawberries grown without synthetic pesticides

An initiative spearheaded by a # Bettereveryday advertising campaign
Launched on Sunday 19 February, this campaign will run from 20 to 25 February in France’s biggest selling national daily newspapers, as well as its regional press publications.

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

Amazon Restaurants debuts in Las Vegas

Prime members in Las Vegas can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, Red Robin, Buca di Beppo, Brio Tuscan Grille, Island Sushi & Grill, Grinders Pizza Lounge, Jessie Rae’s BBQ, and many more

SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Feb. 21, 2017) announced that Prime members in Las Vegas can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, including Red Robin, Buca di Beppo, Brio Tuscan Grille, Island Sushi & Grill, Grinders Pizza Lounge, Jessie Rae’s BBQ, and many more. Customers can now order super-fast delivery from more than 100 restaurants and have it delivered to neighborhoods including the Las Vegas Strip, the Arts District, Winchester, Spring Valley, Paradise, and Summerlin, just to name a few.

“Las Vegas is a mecca for great entertainment and great food,” said Gus Lopez, general manager of Amazon Restaurants. “Whether you want delicious dishes after a night of gambling and dancing or an easy dinner option for a low-key evening in, Amazon Restaurants is the solution for a convenient and super-fast meal delivered in an hour or less.”

Using the Amazon or Prime Now mobile apps or by visiting www.amazon.com/restaurants, Prime members in Las Vegas can order from participating restaurants, browse menus, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their delivery driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time. For Prime members placing orders for delivery to the Las Vegas Strip, Amazon Restaurants offers curb-side pick-up for fast service.

Once an order is placed, the food will be delivered in one hour or less. Amazon Restaurants offers customers transparent pricing—there are no menu markups. If a customer finds a restaurant item on Amazon Restaurants that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant’s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund that customer the price of the item.

“We are very excited to join the Amazon Restaurants family because the company has proven time and time again that they are the cream of the crop when it comes to online shopping and speedy delivery,” said Daniel Fong, Sales and Marketing Manager of Island Sushi & Grill. “The amazing user experience on Amazon platforms is the best and we want to associate ourselves with the best in the industry.”

Participating Restaurants in Las Vegas include:

  • 5 Dollar Cafe
  • 7 Mares Mexican Restaurant
  • Aces & Ales
  • Angara India Spice Grill
  • Anthony’s New York Pizza & Deli
  • Avanti Pizza
  • Beach Cafe
  • Biaggio’s Pizzeria
  • Big Ern’s BBQ
  • Blue Fin Sushi
  • Boba Hut
  • BRAVO Cucina Italiana
  • Breakfast & Grill Cafe
  • Brio Tuscan Grille
  • Bronze Cafe at The Market
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Café Berlin
  • Cafe Verdi
  • Casa Don Juan
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger
  • Crab Corner
  • Daddy’s Delights
  • Delhi Indian Cuisine
  • Desi Burrito
  • East Side Pizza
  • Fiddlestix
  • Flock & Fowl
  • Frankie’s Pizza
  • Fresh Kabob
  • Galanga Thai Eatery
  • Gambler’s Cafe
  • Geisha Steakhouse
  • Globe Cafe
  • Gorilla Sushi
  • Grand Sign Kitchen
  • Grinders Pizza Lounge
  • Havana Grill
  • Henry’s American Grill
  • High Roller Pizza
  • India Palace
  • Island Sushi & Grill
  • Jaburritos
  • Jalisco Cantina
  • Jessie Rae’s BBQ
  • Joe Philly’s Pizza
  • Kabob Express
  • Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant
  • King & I
  • Kona Grill
  • La Maison de Maggie
  • Lazeez
  • Lilly’s Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant
  • Los Huicholes
  • Mama DePalmas Pizza & Bistro
  • Max’s Restaurant
  • Miko’s Izakaya
  • Mimosas Gourmet
  • Mr. Poke
  • Mr. Sandwich
  • New American Sandwich Co
  • Ninja Teriyaki – Sushi 2 Go
  • Off the Hook
  • Origin India Restaurant & Bar
  • Palermo’s Pizza
  • Papa Pinny’s Pizzeria
  • Parsley Modern Mediterranean
  • Pearl Wok to Go
  • Pho Vegas
  • Ping Pong Thai Restaurant
  • Pizza Company
  • Pizza Lotto Slices and Slots
  • Plumeria Thai Cafe
  • Pure Indian Cuisine
  • Red Rice
  • Red Robin
  • Rivas Mexican Grill
  • Salsa Loca
  • Sammy’s L.A. Pastrami & Burgers
  • Siamese Bistro
  • Sicilian Ristorante
  • Soho Japanese Restaurant
  • Soho Sushi Bowlrrito
  • Soho Sushi Burrito
  • Soul Food Cafe
  • Soulfish Poké
  • Table Thai Bar & Bistro
  • Taj Palace
  • Ted’s Sushi Burrito
  • Thai Chili
  • Thai D To Go
  • Thai Food to Go
  • Thai Pan Cuisine
  • The Bagel Cafe
  • The Hummus Factory
  • The Martini
  • The Perch
  • The Steamie Weenie
  • Tina’s Filipino Cuisine
  • Truffles N Bacon Cafe
  • Urban Turban
  • Vegas Best Pizza
  • Verona Pizza
  • ZiKiZ

Prime members can download the Amazon or Prime Now apps or visit the Prime Now website to enter their ZIP code and see if the service is available in their area. In ZIP codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

To learn more about Amazon Restaurants or to download the Amazon and Prime Now mobile apps, visit amazon.com/restaurants. For restaurants interested in working with Amazon Restaurants, please visit amazon.com/restaurants-merchants.

About Amazon

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

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GUREAK y EROSKI abren su tercer supermercado gestionado íntegramente por personas con discapacidad

GUREAK y EROSKI abren su tercer supermercado gestionado íntegramente por personas con discapacidad


  • El nuevo supermercado en la capital alavesa emplea a 11 personas y abrirá sus puertas al público mañana miércoles
  • GUREAK y EROSKI continúan extendiendo el modelo de empleabilidad para personas con discapacidad, tras un balance positivo de sus dos primeras experiencias
  • Esta iniciativa de “innovación social” consolida una nueva vía para generar empleo que ofrezca nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo personal y profesional, a la vez que ayuda a visibilizar en la sociedad la diversidad de capacidades

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — GUREAK y EROSKI dan una nuevo paso en su apuesta por extender el modelo de empleabilidad para personas con discapacidad, que han desarrollado conjuntamente, con la inauguración esta tarde en Vitoria-Gasteiz del tercer supermercado gestionado íntegramente por personas con discapacidad.

“Hace año y medio arrancamos una iniciativa pionera de innovación social con la ilusión de poder hacerla extensiva. El balance positivo de las dos experiencias anteriores ha impulsado este tercer proyecto y confirma la competitividad de nuestro modelo de tienda franquiciada, abierta a ser compartida con emprendedores, cooperativas y empresas de la economía social con el objetivo de crear empleo y riqueza en nuestro entorno y de avanzar en la diversificación del empleo social”, ha destacado el director de Franquicias de EROSKI, Enrique Martínez.

Por su parte el director general de GUREAK, Iñigo Oyarzabal, ha afirmado que “contamos con un modelo consolidado de empleabilidad para personas con discapacidad que genera nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo personal y profesional para quienes tienen más necesidades de apoyo. El modelo de franquicias de EROSKI se adapta perfectamente a nuestras necesidades y nos permite trabajar en contacto con el público, visibilizando así las capacidades que tenemos todas las personas”.

Segundo supermercado de estas características en la capital alavesa

GUREAK y EROSKI, dos empresas pertenecientes a la “economía social”, inaugurarán esta tarde en la calle Manuel Iradier, 78 de la capital alavesa el nuevo establecimiento. El supermercado franquiciado EROSKI/city emplea a once personas y cuenta con una sala de ventas de 450 m2 en los que se ofrece un surtido de 3.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marcas propias y de productores locales, junto a una amplia oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada. La tienda dispone además de horno propio para garantizar la frescura de la panadería de elaboración diaria.

Con esta inauguración, Vitoria-Gasteiz suma el segundo supermercado de estas características ya que el pasado septiembre fue inaugurado otro en la calle Libertad que emplea a catorce personas.

“El balance de las experiencias en Azpeitia y Vitoria-Gasteiz es muy positivo, los clientes valoran especialmente la amabilidad y atención por parte del personal. La práctica en estos establecimientos nos ha permitido depurar la adaptación de todos los puestos de trabajo a distintas capacidades. Las personas que trabajarán a partir de mañana en este nuevo supermercado se han formado durante varios meses a través de fórmulas innovadoras tanto en las instalaciones de GUREAK como en otras tiendas de EROSKI y están preparadas para ofrecer una atención personalizada al cliente, todo el equipo está volcado”, ha detallado Oyarzabal.

Acto oficial de inauguración esta tarde

Trabajadores, familiares y Socios Cliente de EROSKI inaugurarán el nuevo supermercado en la capital alavesa esta tarde a las 19:00 horas. Estarán acompañados por el Diputado General de Álava, Ramiro González, la consejera de Empleo y Políticas Sociales del Gobierno Vasco, Beatriz Artolazabal, la diputada foral de Servicios Sociales, Marian Olabarrieta y el Alcalde de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran; así como por representantes de GUREAK y EROSKI.

El supermercado abrirá sus puertas al público mañana miércoles 22 de febrero en horario de 9:00 a 21:00 horas.

Nueva vía para generar empleo

Dentro del plan de expansión, EROSKI cuenta también con otros proyectos en cartera en colaboración con otras organizaciones de la economía social y distintas organizaciones con fines sociales para extender a otras regiones la creación de empleo para personas con discapacidad a través de supermercados franquiciados.


EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España. Cuenta con una red comercial de 1.286 supermercados EROSKI/city, EROSKI/center, FAMILIA y CAPRABO, 54 hipermercados y 19 cash&carry, además de tiendas online, gasolineras, oficinas de viajes, ópticas, tiendas de deporte y perfumerías.

Cuenta con más de 7 millones de Socios Cliente, titulares de las tarjetas EROSKI, CAPRABO, IF y FORUM SPORT; y 33.509 trabajadores, de los cuales casi 12.000 son socios cooperativistas.

Sobre Grupo GUREAK

GUREAK es un grupo empresarial cuyo objeto es generar y gestionar oportunidades laborales para personas con discapacidad, preferentemente para aquellas con discapacidad intelectual. Actualmente cuenta con más de 5.000 personas, de las que un 83% tienen algún tipo de discapacidad.

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

Source: Eroski


The Michaels Companies, Inc. to host 4Q and full year results conference call on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIK) today (2017-02-20) announced that the Company plans to report fourth quarter and full year results on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, before the opening of financial markets. In connection with the announcement, the Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. CT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to discuss its financial and operational results.

Investors who would like to join the conference call are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the following link: http://dpregister.com/10100489. Callers who pre-register will be given a phone number and a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

Investors without internet access or who are unable to pre-register can join the call by dialing (866) 777-2509 or (412)-317-5413.

The conference call will also be webcast at http://investors.michaels.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available untilMarch 23, 2017, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, access code 10100489.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. As of October 29, 2016, the Company owned and operated 1,368 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi

Financial Media:
ICR, Inc.
Jessica Liddell / Julia Young

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

Price Rite Supermarkets to hire nearly 100 employees for its 64th store located at South Ave., Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, NY, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Supermarkets today (Feb. 21, 2017) announced that it is accepting job applications for its 64th store, the 35,000-square-foot Price Rite of South Ave., located at 611 South Ave. in Syracuse, scheduled to open in April 2017.  The supermarket chain, known for its everyday low prices, is looking to hire nearly 100 employees for positions including cashiers, stocking clerks, produce, deli and meat department team members and supervisory roles.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com/Join-Our-Team, clicking “apply today” and selecting Syracuse, NY from the dropdown menu, then Price Rite of South Ave., to view and fill out an online employment application. Price Rite is seeking applicants with the personality to provide customers with friendly, efficient service, and previous supermarket or other retail experience is preferred, but not required. A great place to shop and work, Price Rite offers its employees flexible scheduling, competitive pay rates, holiday, sick and vacation pay and over 30 career opportunities.

“Price Rite greatly values its associates, as it takes a team effort to deliver a great shopping experience for our customers,” said Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite Supermarkets. “We look forward to welcoming new team members to our South Avenue store in Syracuse and making them a part of our tight-knit Price Rite family,”

Price Rite has been working closely with Jubilee Homes of Syracuse Inc., a local nonprofit, and city, county and state officials to bring the new store to an area designated as a food desert, providing a service oriented supermarket featuring a wide selection of fresh groceries and perishable products to an area with limited access to fresh food. The store will also serve as a retail anchor tenant along the South Avenue corridor.

The new Price Rite of South Ave. will employ the supermarket chain’s simple, convenient format, including fresh produce delivered daily; packaged meats; baked goods; a variety of private label and national grocery brands; and dairy and frozen food, along with organic, natural and gluten-free products. Price Rite of South Ave. will also feature some of the industry’s leading “green technologies,” including glass doors on dairy cases and energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration throughout the entire store.

For more information, please visit www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com.

About Price Rite
Price Rite operates 63 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Price Rite stores offer customers an expanded produce department and quality food products at savings up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. The typical Price Rite store is about 35,000 to 40,000 square feet in size and employs anywhere from 75 to 150 associates. The first Price Rite opened in West Springfield, MA in 1995. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. Mission Statement
Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. is a not for profit organization that has been a catalyst for revitalizing the Southwest side of Syracuse since 1987 by 1. providing home ownership and/or rental opportunities for low and moderate income people through the construction and/or rehabilitation of permanently affordable owner-occupied homes and rental units in the neighborhood; 2. building shared values and a sense of community in the neighborhood by empowering neighborhood residents to develop, engage in and/or promote neighborhood building activities and events, in order to continue to build neighborhood cohesiveness; 3. supporting and/or increasing small business and commercial development on the Southwest-side through economic development initiatives; as well working to address poverty through workforce and economic development initiatives; and 4. preparing our area youth for future leadership, employment and entrepreneurship through innovative youth development programs.


Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialis

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

Source: Price Rite


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,605,096 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from February 13, 2017 up to and including February 17, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €20.37 per share for a total consideration of € 32.7 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 7,551,603 common shares for a total consideration of €150.7 million.

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

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


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize


X5 Retail Group to expand the geographic reach of its ‘Basket of Kindness’ programme to provide food aid to people in need

Moscow, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces that in 2016, around 20,000 of its customers donated more than 27.5 tons of food to people in need as part of the ‘Basket of Kindness’ programme, which is organised jointly by X5, Mars and the “Rus” Food Foundation (a member of the Global Foodbanking Network). In 2016, the Basket of Kindness programme was rolled in 200 Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores in 18 cities across Russia.  In 2017, the organisers of the project plan to expand the geographic reach of the project by two times and to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers.

Stephan Ducharme, Member of the “Rus” Food Foundation Board of Trustees and X5’s Chairman of Supervisory Board said:

“We have successfully created the necessary infrastructure, together with our consumers and partners, to provide food aid to people in need. Thanks to these efforts, about 3,000 people who were in critical need were able to receive food aid via the Basket of Kindness programme. Considering the efficiency with which we can provide targeted support to people in need, and the active involvement of our customers, we intend to develop further our food bank projects as we view this as a key part of our corporate social responsibility efforts.”

Moscow led the way with about 8.5 tons of food collected, including cereals, cooking oil, canned food, pasta, tea and other essential products. Other significant contributions came from Lipetsk (3.7 tons), Kazan (2.7 tons) and Yekaterinburg (2 tons), while St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Tambov collected 1.5 tons each. The “Rus” Food Foundation received over 30 tons of food during the year, and X5 did its part by topping up food donations collected by volunteers.

Project volunteers include X5 and Mars employees, as well as “Rus” Food Foundation representatives and recipients of food aid. The initiative attracted more than 500 volunteers, making it possible to run the scheme in 200 stores.

X5 pioneered food aid in Russia with the launch in 2015 of Basket of Kindness, which created and continues to develop local food aid infrastructure. This programme allows customers to buy and donate food in-store to help people who are in critical need of support.​


Oleg Poletaev
head of PR

T​: +7 (495) 662-88-88, ext. 22-209

Source: X5 Retail Group

CBRE named to The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 by IAOP® for the eleventh consecutive year

Los Angeles, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (February 21, 2017) announced that the company has been named to The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 by IAOP®. This achievement marks the eleventh consecutive year that CBRE has been named among the world’s elite outsourcing firms across all industries.

The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. These lists are based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

CBRE offers an integrated suite of outsourcing services for occupiers, including advisory and transaction services, enterprise facilities management, project management, consulting and other services.

“IAOP’s continued recognition of CBRE as a premier global outsourcing company is a testament to our professionals and the exceptional outcomes they produce for our clients,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE.

“Choosing the right partners is more important than ever. Companies that outsource, not only in the traditional sense but also through the wide array of the ever-changing collaborative business models, are scrutinizing their providers very closely,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The GO100 is the definitive guide to help companies research and compare service providers with whom they are considering relationships.”

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About IAOP
IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

PHILIPPINES: SM Prime announces a recurring net income growth of 14% in 2016 vs. previous year

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ leading integrated property company, registered a recurring net income growth of 14% in 2016 to PHP 23.8 billion from PHP 20.9 billion last year. Consolidated revenues grew 12% to PHP 79.8 billion in 2016 from PHP 71.5 billion in 2015. Overall operating income improved by 12% to PHP 35.3 billion in 2016 from PHP 31.4 billion the prior year. Growth was mostly driven by the continued expansion of its malls as well as the strong sales take-up of housing units.

“SM Prime sustained its overall performance in 2016 on the account of focusing more on recurring income stream complemented by the solid performance of the housing group. SM Prime is well-positioned to capture the positive impact of the higher infrastructure spending intended by the government that will also spur overall economic growth of the country,” SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim said.

SM Prime’s mall revenues grew by 9% to PHP 48.6 billion from the previous year’s PHP 44.5 billion. Rentals improved by 10% to PHP 41.0 billion from PHP 37.2 billion in the same period under review. The revenue growth was driven by additional retail spaces of 1.5 million square meters (sqm) of gross floor area (GFA) added in the past two years. Meanwhile, same-mall sales growth was consistent at 7%. Cinema and event ticket sales was slightly down by 3% to PHP 4.7 billion in 2016 from PHP 4.8 billion in the same period. The decline was due to fewer local blockbuster movies shown in 2016 compared with 2015. Revenues from amusement and merchandise sales rose by 16% to PHP 3.0 billion from PHP 2.6 billion. The revenue growth mostly came from higher merchandise sales and new amusement centers in the company’s newer malls. Mall operating income likewise improved by 9% to PHP 25.8 billion in 2016 from PHP 23.7 billion in 2015, while operating margins stood at 53%.

To date, SM Prime has 60 shopping malls in the Philippines (7.7 million sqm GFA) and seven in China (1.3 million sqm GFA). For 2017, SM Prime will open at least four new malls in the Philippines with an estimated combined 300,000 sqm of additional shopping space.

SM Prime’s residential group, led by SM Development Corporation (SMDC), contributed 32% to consolidated revenues and grew by 13% to PHP 25.4 billion from PHP 22.5 billion in the same period under review. Operating income, also improved by 17% to PHP 7.1 billion from PHP 6.1 billion. The growth was largely due to higher sales take-up on ready for occupancy (RFO) units from projects such as Princeton, M Place, Mezza II and Jazz Residences in Quezon City and Makati. RFO inventory went down by 34% to 2,374 units in 2016 from 3,617 units in 2015.

Consolidated costs of real estate increased by 9% to PHP 13.1 billion from PHP 12.0 billion of last year. This led to improved gross profit margin of 48% from 46% for the residential group; while the net income margin improved to 23% from 22%.

SMDC’s reservation sales grew by 18% in terms of sales value to PHP 46.7 billion in 2016 from PHP 39.4 billion last year. This translates to a 15% improvement on unit sales to 16,320 units from 14,227 units. The strong sales take-up was generated from projects that are within and near the Mall of Asia Complex in Pas City, namely S Residences, Shore 2 Residences and Coast Residences. For 2017, SM Prime is scheduled to launch 15,000 to 18,000 residential units that includes high rise, mid-rise and horizontal house and lot developments.

SM Prime’s Commercial Properties Group, contributed 3% to consolidated revenues, recorded a 32% increase to PHP 2.7 billion from PHP 2.1 billion year-on-year. This brought operating income growth to 57% to PHP 2.1 billion from PHP 1.3 billion the previous year, which in turn enhanced the operating income margin to 77% from 65%. The growth came from the new rental revenues from FiveE-comCenter, which is almost 100% occupied. The Commercial Properties Group has six office buildings, mostly in the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City, with an estimated GFA of 371,000 sqm. The ThreeE-ComCenter and FourE-ComCenter are currently under construction and are scheduled for completion in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

SM Prime’s Hotels and Convention Centers revenues posted a 32% growth to PHP 3.2 billion from PHP 2.4 billion in 2016. Operating income expanded 8% to PHP 549.5 million from PHP 507.7 million. Overall revenue growth is attributed to improvement in occupancy rates and the opening of Park Inn Clark in December 2015 and Conrad Manila in June 2016.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

For further information, please contact:
Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

Source: SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

CommerceHub CFO Mark Greenquist to present at the Pacific Crest Emerging Technology Summit

ALBANY, N.Y., 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK) (“CommerceHub” or the “Company”), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (Feb. 20, 2017 ) announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Mark Greenquist, will participate in a fireside chat presentation at the Pacific Crest Emerging Technology Summit being held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. P.S.T. in San Francisco, CA, during which Mr. Greenquist will discuss the Company’s financial and operating performance and strategy, among other topics, which may include future opportunities.

The presentation will be webcast live and available on the “Events and Presentations” page of the Company’s investor relations site at http://ir.commercehub.com/events.cfm. An archive of the webcast will also be available for 90 days after the conclusion of the event.

About CommerceHub:
CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped over 10,000 customers achieve an estimated $13.4 billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2016. To learn more, visit www.commercehub.com.

CommerceHub Investor Relations Contact:

Erik Morton

Source: CommerceHub/globenewswire

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its first supermarket in Novosibirsk

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its first supermarket in Novosibirsk.

The new store is a Lenta large format supermarket located in Amsterdam shopping centre at 4/1 Geodezicheskaya str., Novosibirsk. The store has a total area of 1,577 sq.m with 959 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 6,900 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Novosibirsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 8 cash registers. The property is owned by Lenta.

This opening in Novosibirsk is Lenta’s first supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 193 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 50 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning said:
“Our choice of Novosibirsk to launch our first supermarket outside Moscow and St. Petersburg was well justified. Novosibirsk is where Lenta opened its first hypermarket outside St Petersburg back in 2006. Today we successfully operate seven Lenta hypermarkets in Novosibirsk, enjoying high brand recognition and loyalty among city residents. We see significant growth potential in the Novosibirsk market and plan to open several more supermarkets in the city before the end of the year. These new supermarket launches will further strengthen our position in the region and set the stage for our rapid expansion of this format into other cities across Russia’.”

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 193 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 50 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,156,885 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,800 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com


Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

Source: Lenta