KiwiTech Announces Strategic Partnership with Blingby

Strategic partnership formed to revolutionize video content delivery and e-commerce

Washington DC, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — KiwiTech, LLC, a startup accelerator and technology services company, has announced a strategic partnership with Blingby, an innovative digital advertising and marketing platform. Blingby users watch, buy, book or rent the styles and places that inspire them. However, Blingby is not only about fashion, lifestyle, or travel; it is adaptable to many different industries. Third-parties can also license and customize Blingby’s (bbStream) technology for use on their platform, enhancing their value proposition.

A truly groundbreaking innovation is Blingby’s bbstream, which can be integrated natively into content streams by producers CDNs and content distributors into their video content. Why should you care?

Imagine watching a YouTube video and moving your cursor above a person’s jacket. From that simple action, a drop-down appears with information on the jacket, through which a user can click through to purchase. Or what if PM Justin Trudeau is giving a presentation in front of the 4 Seasons in Montreal, move your cursor to the hotel and information on room rentals, etc., drop down from which you can click and execute a transaction.

It’s audience-agnostic, non-intrusive advertising that virtually eliminates the “ready fire aim” approach used by advertisers, replacing it with pinpoint accurate audience segmentation.

Blingby, founded in 2014, is a video content delivery and e-commerce marketing and advertising platform, engaging users in 185 countries. Blingby empowers marketers by providing them with a powerful, engaging and advert-less platform where the video and the proprietary bbStream experience drives user interaction. Blingby technology supports native and live streaming. Blingby is currently available on the web at and on third-party websites, social media and as an Android or iOS mobile app through Google Play and iTunes.

“Blingby is a paradigm shift in marketing and advertising by transforming content into an informative, ’advert-less’ engagement applicable to different industries. We are excited to form this strategic alliance to help further transform Blingby’s unique platform,” said Rakesh Gupta, Founder and CEO, KiwiTech. “We’re committed to bringing the best of KiwiTech to help Blingby meet their business goals.”

“People’s tolerance to pushy and non-relevant and non-engaging marketing is rapidly diminishing. We built Blingby to solve this problem. We deliver a continuously-evolving, fully-immersive visual digital experience with high user engagement and conversion rates,” said Marcia Favale, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Blingby. “KiwiTech, with an extensive experience in the technology space, will augment our technology delivery to continuously reshape user engagement in digital media, helping us further deliver on the Blingby vision.”

KiwiTech brings a deep understanding of developed and emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and visual recognition. “As part of this partnership, KiwiTech will provide exclusive technology capabilities to Blingby,” said Robert Stanicic, COO and Co-Founder of Blingby.

KiwiTech provides end-to-end digital technology solutions across a wide range of industries, including publishing, healthcare, media & entertainment, education, financial services, and government. It has quickly gained recognition as an innovator by investing in numerous early-stage startups and partnering with large enterprises. Leveraging world-class design and technology development capabilities and extensive expertise with content management and creation, KiwiTech enables companies to seamlessly add mobile to their technology stack. KiwiTech is based in Washington DC, with additional offices in New York and New Delhi, India.



PVH Corp. to release its 4Q 2016 earnings results on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) today (Mar. 8, 2017) announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2016 earnings results on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 after the market closes. PVH will sponsor a conference call on Thursday, March 23, 2017 beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time, hosted by Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Shaffer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating & Financial Officer, to discuss the results.

The call will be broadcast live over the Internet. A link will be available on the Company’s website,, under the Investors section. For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on our website for 12 months. In addition, an audio replay can be listened to for 48 hours, commencing approximately two hours after the call. To listen to the call replay, dial 719-457-0820 or 888-203-1112 (domestic toll free) and enter the pass code number 3584365.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW,Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Limited.

The webcast and conference call will consist of copyrighted material and may not be recorded, reproduced, retransmitted, rebroadcast, downloaded or otherwise used without PVH’s express written permission.

The information made available on the webcast and conference call will contain certain forward-looking statements that reflect PVH’s view of future events and financial performance as of March 22, 2017. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings. Therefore, the Company’s future results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations, as more fully discussed in its SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any estimate regarding revenues or earnings.

The information made available also will include certain non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules. A reconciliation of these measures will be included in the Company’s earnings release, which will be posted on the Company’s website,, and included in the Company’s current report on Form 8-K to be furnished to the SEC in advance of the webcast and conference call.

Dana Perlman
Treasurer, Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

Source: PVH Corp.

Calvin Klein, Inc. commits to Women’s Empowerment Principles

Calvin Klein, Inc. commits to Women’s Empowerment Principles


NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today (Mar. 8, 2017) that it signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, comprising a set of seven areas in which businesses can take action to promote gender equality in the workplace, such as establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, respecting and supporting human rights and non-discrimination, and promoting education, training and professional development for women. Businesses are encouraged to use the Principles to empower women in the workplace, the marketplace and the communities in which they live.

“I am honored to make the commitment to the Women’s Empowerment Principles on behalf of Calvin Klein, Inc. on International Women’s Day,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Calvin Klein has long been a champion for gender equality, and our brand has led many cultural conversations surrounding this critical topic. It is important for us as a global leader to continue to fight for gender equality across the world, and lead true social change in everything we do.”

Mr. Shiffman continued, “I am committed to building upon the values that Calvin Klein and our parent company PVH Corp. uphold as cornerstones of our corporate culture. Every Calvin Klein associate has the right to realize their full potential at our company, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or background. As a leading global brand we must use our reach to promote inclusion, diversity and equality as a human standard.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women added, “We are all shaped by culture, and the arts play a crucial role in reflecting and evolving that culture – for better or worse. This week provokes a closer look at the deep gender biases that still exist within the artistic industries, and having seen and recognized them – to change them for good. The men and women who have committed their support to this HeForShe initiative are vocal advocates and changemakers whose backing and influence can radically change the stereotypes and discriminatory norms that are still holding so many back today.”

In March 2016 PVH signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles and The Global Compact of the United Nations, later expanding upon its engagement with the UN in December 2016 through its commitment to the CEO Water Mandate.

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit UN Women, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, New York. Tel: +1 646 781-4400. Fax: +1 646 781-4496.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact ( Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. To date, more than 1,100 business leaders from around the globe have signaled their support for the overall goal of advancing and empowering women and, more specifically, the guidance offered by the seven Principles by signing a CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs.

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of CALVIN KLEIN brand products exceeded $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in over 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. We were acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW,Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.


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brand handle: @calvinklein

Alexandra Wagner
VP, Corporate Communications

Amanda Peña
Director, Corporate Communications

Source: Calvin Klein, Inc.


Best Buy Canada announces the return of Geek Squad Academy to offer free hands-on technology classes to kids

Burnaby, BC, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the return of Geek Squad Academy to Canada for the third year. Geek Squad Academy pairs non-profit organizations and schools with local Geek Squad Agents from Best Buy stores to offer hands-on technology classes, at no charge, to youth aged 10-16 (14-16 in Quebec) around topics including Robotics, 3D Design, Web Programming, Digital Music, and Digital Citizenship.

Applications for the 2017 season are now being accepted online at until Friday March 24, 2017. Schools and non-profit organizations who share Best Buy Canada’s focus of fostering technology-based education for youth are encouraged to apply.

“We’re very excited to visit even more communities across Canada this year, and introduce more kids to the possibilities of technology,” says Jen Knight, Community Relations Specialist, Best Buy Canada. “Seventy percent of Canada’s top jobs require tech-based skills, and Geek Squad Academy is a fun and interactive way to gain exposure to new concepts and learning opportunities. The feedback from our partners, the youth who attended the camps, and our Geek Squad Agents, has been nothing but positive.”

While attending Geek Squad Academy, youth will learn: 

  • the basic foundation for computer programming incorporating robotics;
  • their responsibilities as digital citizens, including understanding the long-term effects of their online interactions;
  • how to use some of the most popular music creation software by working together to create and mix music; and,
  • CAD skills by exploring the tools inside SketchUp to design their own three-dimensional models that can be made with a 3D printer.

Geek Squad Academy is one of several national Best Buy Canada community investment initiatives that provide young Canadians with opportunities to get inspired, motivated and feel empowered about their education through access to technology, with an aim to help reduce the digital and economic divide for youth.

To learn more about Geek Squad Academy and apply, check out the program website.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad ( brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit

Media contact:

Christine Tam
External Communications Manager

Source: Best Buy

Schnucks opens Ferguson location on March 29

Company’s nearby Cool Valley location will close March 28

FERGUSON, Mo., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, Schnucks Ferguson will open its doors to North St. Louis County grocery shoppers and complete the move from its nearby Cool Valley location. A short ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow at 9 a.m. and will feature renowned St. Louis vocalist Charles Glenn singing the National Anthem.

Leading operations at the Ferguson location is Schnucks Store Manager Tom Collora III. “We’re excited about opening Schnucks Ferguson and believe that we will be able to serve more customers at this location,” Collora said. “We thank the city of Cool Valley for our 50+ years of partnership, and we are confident that our customers from that store will follow us just one mile north.” Joining Collora at the Ferguson store will be Co-Manager Lee Parker.

Following opening day, regular store hours at Schnucks Ferguson will be 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. The Cool Valley Schnucks will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 and all pharmacy files from that store will transfer to the new location.

In January, Schnucks announced that it would take over the building at 49 North Florissant Road after it was vacated by Shop ‘n Save. Schnucks Ferguson expects to employ approximately 125 teammates – 25 more than at the Cool Valley location. In total, Schnucks operates eight stores in the North St. Louis County area employing more than 900 teammates.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million dollars annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks currently operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at

Media Contact:

Paul Simon

Source: Schnucks Market

Sainsbury’s kicks off Jersey Royal season with potatoes available earlier than expected

Sainsbury’s kicks off Jersey Royal season with potatoes available earlier than expected


London, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, Sainsbury’s will be the first major retailer to kick off the prestigious and long awaited Jersey Royal season with potatoes available earlier than expected in selected stores from Wednesday 8th March.

Due to a milder winter than 2016, the seasonal favourite will be in stores a week earlier than last spring. Both the Hedge End and Portswood stores will be the first supermarkets across of the south of the country to give a royal welcome to one of the nation’s favourite springtime products which will be priced at £2.50 per kg and sold loose. Availability is set to increase each week dependent on weather conditions, with 500g and 1kg packs due in stores from the beginning of April. Sainsbury’s is expecting to sell in excess of four million kgs of Jersey Royal potatoes this season.

Farmed on the North West of the channel island, farmers Didier and Christine Helio harvest the premium potatoes in a greenhouse. Didier’s family began farming over 65 years ago and have a unique process for producing quality Jersey Royal New Potatoes. Seaweed gathered from local beaches acts as a natural fertiliser through the autumn ahead of the seeds being planted by hand in December and January. The crop was given a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) from the European Union which combined with the unusual growing process, safeguards the product’s optimum taste.

Elaine Serra, Potato buyer at Sainsbury’s says: “It’s great news that we’re able to kick start the Jersey Royal season and due to the warmer weather over the winter it’s a whole week earlier than last year. As with all Sainsbury’s products it’s important that we only sell Jersey Royals when they’re at their best so despite it being earlier in the year we’re sure the potatoes will taste as good as ever!”

Didier Helio, farmer, continues: “We have supplied Jersey Royal New Potatoes to Sainsbury’s since 2008. Our potatoes are packed for Sainsbury’s in a state of the art packing facility, built on the island by Albert Bartlett. This investment has revolutionised the supply of Jersey Royals into the UK mainland; during the main season the potatoes are washed, cooled and packed on the same day as I harvest them, this gives real benefits in freshness and quality for Sainsbury’s customers.”

From Wednesday 8th March, loose Jersey Royal potatoes priced at £2.50 per kg will be available in Hedge End and Portswood stores


020 7695 6000

Source: Sainsbury


Walgreens Boots Alliance to release its fiscal 2017 2Q earnings results on Wednesday, 5 April 2017

DEERFIELD, Ill, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fiscal 2017 second quarter earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, 5 April 2017, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 5 April 2017 through 12 April 2017, by calling +1 855 859 2056 within the USA and Canada, or +1 404 537 3406 internationally, using replay code 83158362.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

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

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

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

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

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The company also ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at

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

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

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


Media Relations:
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

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

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

LVMH hosted the first EllesVMH Award ceremony

LVMH hosted the first EllesVMH Award ceremony


Paris, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with 2017 International Women’s Day, LVMH is organizing the first EllesVMH Award ceremony which recognizes the most innovative initiatives at LVMH Maisons to promote gender equality. An exhibition at LVMH headquarters will also present gender equality initiatives by 24 Group’s companies. Local events are being held around the world as well, all inspired by a powerful shared theme, “Inspire to Action”.

Ten years after the EllesVMH program was launched to promote women’s career at the organization’s highest positions, LVMH is hosting the first EllesVMH Award ceremony at its headquarters on March 8. This award recognizes internal initiatives that have done the most to promote gender equality. Ten LVMH Houses – Benefit Cosmetics, DFS, Guerlain, Hublot, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Make up for Ever, MHCS, Sephora and LVMH Spain – have been selected as finalists from 40 candidate initiatives and will pitch their actions tomorrow to 250 members of LVMH, including members of the Executive Committee, Presidents of Houses, HR teams from the Group and its Houses, as well as participants in the EllesVMH Coaching program. One of the initiatives will be crowned with the 2017 EllesVMH Award, presented by Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies. A public choice Award will be presented by multi Olympic and World Championship fencing medalist Laura Flessel-Colovic.

Centered on the theme “Inspire to Action”, the EllesVMH Award ceremony will also feature talks by women whose achievements are as exceptional as they are inspiring. Sarah Ourahmoune, winner of the Olympic boxing silver medal  in Rio, will join Gimena Diaz, Executive Director for Strategy and Fundraising, UN Women France Committee, and Morin Oluwole, Luxury Vertical Lead at Facebook and Instagram, for a panel discussion moderated by Sian Westerman, Senior Advisor, Rothschild Group.

The atrium in LVMH headquarters will also mark the event with an exhibition by LVMH Maisons presenting concrete daily actions to promote women’s rights. They will have an opportunity to spotlight their initiatives in front of 700 employees registered for the exhibition, which covers a diverse range of subjects such as “Integrating work/life balance”, “Going beyond stereotypes” or “Supporting working mothers”.

In addition to the Paris event, numerous initiatives are being held around the world. Over 1,000 women will take part in events around the “Inspire to Action” theme in Cognac, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Madrid and other cities. These celebrations can be followed on social networks with the hashtag #ellesVMH.


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

Source: LVMH


Lowe’s introduces Holoroom How To, an on-demand virtual reality skills clinic

Lowe’s introduces Holoroom How To, an on-demand virtual reality skills clinic


MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 7, 2017), Lowe’s introduces Holoroom How To, an on-demand virtual reality skills clinic and the latest iteration of Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ Holoroom experience, their immersive design and visualization tool. Debuting at select store locations in Boston and Canada, the simulated experience explores the relationship between virtual reality technology and engagement and retention in learning. Lowe’s is the first retailer to apply AR and VR technology beyond design assistance to address the evolution of home improvement learning and skills.

In 2014, Lowe’s utilized its narrative-driven approach to introduce its first storytelling concept using augmented reality to solve customer challenges faced with design – today, the company is writing the next chapter.

“During the past three years, we have been exploring real-life applications of augmented and virtual reality experiences to directly help our customers solve everyday problems,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the company’s disruptive innovation hub. “Our experience has shown that customers are embracing AR/VR as part of their home improvement journey, and now, we are using immersive VR to help our customers learn the required skills to complete challenging home improvement projects.”

Lowe’s research shows that not all customers have the confidence or skills needed to confidently embark on a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. The Holoroom How To experience provides a more effective training tool so customers can learn DIY on their own terms. When users put on the virtual reality headset and hold the controller in each hand, they will be immersed in a DIY project – such as tiling a shower – and given step-by-step instructions to complete the task. From mixing the mortar to laying the pattern, the simulation walks the user through each step of the process. Haptic feedback, such as feeling the vibration of a drill through the controller, adds to the life-like experience, without the waste or mess of testing a DIY project in the real world. Initial testing of the technology has not only proven an increase in recall, but also that training through VR using Holoroom How To boosts customer confidence and enhances motivation to take on DIY projects.

Over the course of several months, Lowe’s will evaluate customer response to this experience, gauging how this technology impacts customer learning and confidence. From this pilot, Lowe’s will learn how innovations like Holoroom How To will enable instantaneous learning moments and massively scalable training opportunities that empower both customers and employees around the world.

The Holoroom How To proof-of-concept is currently live at Lowe’s in Framingham, Massachusetts, and over the course of the next several weeks, launching in Lowe’s in Burlington, Canada and RONA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lowe’s Big Box, in Beloeil, Québec.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,375 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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H&M commits to improve livelihoods of workers; joins United Nation’s Better Than Cash Alliance

As the first global fashion brand, H&M group has joined the United Nation’s Better Than Cash Alliance to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments in the supply chain.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today(8 MAR, 2017), many factory workers in the textile supply chain are paid entirely in cash. This means unsafe, time consuming and inefficient procedures for both employees and employers. Even though the people working in our supply chain are not our own employees, we take responsibility on how our products are made and this partnership with the United Nations has great potential to improve the livelihoods of the workers.

By joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, the H&M group will encourage its suppliers to pay their workers through digital channels, such as bank accounts, cards or mobile money. Shifting to digital payments at our suppliers’ factories will mean offering a faster, safer and more transparent way to receive their salary. It will also increase financial inclusion and will support women’s economic independence by better control of their own income. From the suppliers’ perspective, it will enhance transparency and provide more accurate data on their wage management systems.“H&M group is taking a bold step in recognizing how cash-heavy supply chains can hinder companies from empowering their workers and increasing transparency. And, it’s inefficient. H&M group’s leadership will help inspire other companies in the industry, and beyond, to make the shift to digital payments and contribute to inclusive growth, as well as to the Sustainable Development Goals, in emerging markets.” Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director of the Better Than Cash Alliance

Along our supply chain 1.6 million people are employed, of which 65% are women and usually with limited access to financial services. Therefore, encouraging suppliers to pay wages through digital channels to their employees could impact positively the lives of millions of people. In addition, expanding digital payments to the world’s cotton supply chain – where H&M is one of the world’s biggest users of organic cotton and Better Cotton – could potentially reach 250 million people.

Information about Better Than Cash Alliance 

The Better Than Cash Alliance is a global partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. The United Nations Capital Development Fund serves as the secretariat. For more info, please visit


Phone: +46 8 796 55 00
Fax: +46 8 20 99 19

Source: H&M

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd to change its name to Sigma Healthcare Ltd

  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd is changing its name to Sigma Healthcare Ltd to better reflect its broader healthcare focus
  • A new logo and ASX code will accompany the change of name
  • Shareholders will vote on the changes at the company’s AGM on 3 May

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sigma Pharmaceuticals today (March 8, 2017) unveiled its proposed name to signify the company’s broader commitment to healthcare solutions for its customers and business partners.  A new logo will also accompany the change.

Mark Hooper, Sigma’s CEO and Managing Director commented, “This is more than a symbolic change.  It is an important and exciting change that better represents Sigma’s evolution and vision to be a more holistic healthcare company.”

“Sigma is in a fantastic position in the healthcare space to connect products, services and data to provide greater benefit for our customers, our partners and ultimately growth for our members and Sigma,’’ said Mr Hooper.

“Along with the name change, we will be going to market with a new logo and tagline that we believe better captures Sigma’s role in the healthcare industry – Connecting Health Solutions.  It defines what we do.’’ he said.

The company also intends to change its ASX code from SIP back to SIG (which was the company’s first ASX code when it listed in 1999).

This proposed change is subject to shareholder approval at Sigma’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 3 May.  Until then, Sigma will continue trading under its existing business name.


Tel: +61 (03) 9215 9215
Fax: +61 (03) 9215 9188

Source: Sigma Pharmaceuticals

NRF: St. Patrick’s Day spending expected to reach an all-time high

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans will spend more than ever as they put on their favorite green outfits to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, the National Retail Federation said today (March 8, 2017). According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 13-year history.

More than 139 million Americans plan to celebrate the Irish holiday, and are expected to spend an average of $37.92 per person, up from last year’s $35.37 and a new record that tops the previous record of $36.52 set in 2015. The $5.3 billion total is up dramatically from last year’s $4.4 billion and tops the previous record of $4.8 billion set in 2014.

“Now that winter is almost behind us and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, we will see more Americans getting together to celebrate with friends and family,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers should expect a nice boost in sales as consumers purchase apparel, decorations, food and beverages to help make their celebrations special.”

According to the survey, 83 percent of celebrants will wear green to show their Irish pride, 31 percent plan to make a special dinner and 27 percent will head to a party at a bar or restaurant. Twenty-three percent will decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme and 15 percent will attend a private party. In addition, 15 percent are planning to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade, especially those living in the Northeast (21 percent).

The survey found that 52 percent of celebrants will purchase food, 41 percent beverages, 28 percent apparel or accessories, 22 percent decorations and 14 percent buy candy. Of those making purchases, 39 percent will go to grocery stores, 29 percent to discount stores, 21 percent to bars/restaurants and 18 percent to department stores.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a time for consumers of all ages to have fun and celebrate all things Irish whether it is attending a parade, cooking an Irish meal, or meeting friends at a bar or restaurant,” Prosper Insights Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “While more Americans are planning to celebrate the shamrock-filled day, expect Millennials to take the lead among the festivities.”

The holiday is most popular among individuals 18-24 years old, with 77 percent celebrating, but those 25-34 will be the biggest spenders at an average $46.55.

The survey, which asked 7,609 consumers about their St. Patrick’s Day plans, was conducted February 1-8 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points. Full data results will not be published on but news media and analysts who require additional information can contact

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues.

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


Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

The National Retail Federation supports legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare

Bills Do Not Include Tax on Employer-Provided Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (March 7, 2017) said it supports legislation unveiled by House Republicans to repeal and replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

“Retailers want reforms that push us toward a more competition-driven private health care market, and the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bills take us in that direction,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said.

“We believe this reform can be achieved without disturbing the tax treatment of employer-provided benefits, which are the foundation of coverage for more than 175 million Americans,” French said. “Employees are highly sensitive to any change in benefits and younger, healthier workers could choose to drop their coverage altogether rather than pay more taxes. We are pleased that House leadership heard our concerns and that their bills do not disturb this structure. We will work with Congress to repeal all threats to employer-based coverage, including the so-called Cadillac tax on health benefits.”

Retailers oppose proposals to cap the current exclusion from taxable income of employer-provided health benefits, and NRF has been working to educate lawmakers on the consequences of taxing health benefits. While House Republican leadership proposed capping the exclusion last June, the provision was not included in the legislation released on Monday. NRF nonetheless remains wary that the concept will emerge in other legislation later this year.

NRF supports efforts to repeal ObamaCare’s employer mandate and to provide the individual and small group markets with interim stability.

“Health benefits are highly sought after, even for small start-up businesses, and greater stability will help create a better functioning market,” French said.

Retailers are also pleased with the reform bills’ focus on market-driven changes to benefit offerings. Greater variation in what is offered and freeing up where it can be purchased would help lower costs through greater competition. Enhancements to health savings accounts, greater state flexibility in rating factors and the availability of catastrophic coverage are all important reforms NRF supports.

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


Robin Roberts
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Macerich announces The Oaks as U.S.’s first BREEAM USA In-Use certified building

  • Macerich And BREEAM USA Announce The Oaks Shopping Center As First U.S. Property To Earn Prestigious Green Building Standard
  • New U.S. Green Building Standard, ‘BREEAM USA In-Use,’ Measures and Monitors Environmental Performance of Existing Buildings

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, and BRE America, the company that administers the BREEAM In-Use green building standard in the United States, today (March 8, 2017 ) announced The Oaks is the country’s first BREEAM USA In-Use certified building.

The new designation for The Oaks, located in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was highlighted at the annual BREEAM Awards ceremony in London yesterday.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating system has a 25-year track record of driving efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings around the world. The BREEAM USA In-Use standard is designed to address the 5.6 million pre-existing non-residential structures in the U.S. that are not currently able to benchmark sustainability efforts using a scientifically-based green building certification.

“Macerich is a proven industry leader in sustainability, not only when it comes to new buildings, but also in terms of how we update, modernize and operate our well-placed established retail properties in top markets,” said Jeff Bedell, Vice President, Sustainability, Macerich. “Measuring existing projects against strong environmental standards, such as BREEAM, confirms our integrated sustainability efforts are delivering results at the highest levels.”

In partnership with Macerich, RealFoundations and building auditor Healthy Buildings implemented the BREEAM In-Use standard at The Oaks. Looking ahead, Macerich plans to work with Healthy Buildings to certify other properties in the portfolio.

Macerich chose to pilot the BREEAM In-Use program at The Oaks, the company’s high-performing, 1.3 million square-foot property anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penney, Muvico Theatres and DICK’s Sporting Goods. The Oaks, originally built in 1978 with renovations in 1993 and 2009, incorporates a wide range of environmental upgrades including:

  • 6,000 solar panels producing 1,652 kW of power
  • LED Lighting with control protocols to minimize energy consumption and lower carbon footprint without any impact on shopping experience
  • Upgraded HVAC system minimizes energy usage
  • More than 500 tons of mixed recycling every year
  • Integrated thermal controls in the common areas and mall offices regulated to save energy while providing a comfortable work environment

“With its clear dedication to sustainability in commercial real estate, it makes perfect sense that Macerich would have the first BREEAM USA In-Use certified building in the United States,” said BRE America CEO Barry Giles. “We look forward to bringing the BREEAM USA In-Use registration and certification to properties across the country, because any building, no matter the size, age or performance level, benefits greatly from measuring and monitoring its environmental performance.”

The BREEAM registration is the latest sustainability achievement for Macerich, which in 2016 was named Retail “Leader in the Light” by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) for an unprecedented third year in a row. Also in 2016, for the second straight year, Macerich earned a place on CDP’s annual Climate A List. This ranking puts the company in the top 4% of 3,800 global companies that participate in CDP. As well, Macerich in 2016 earned the #1 ranking in the North American Retail Sector, based on scores published by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) – the same top rank also earned in 2015.

About BRE America & BREEAM USA

BREEAM USA is a partnership between BRE Group, the world’s leading authority on all aspects of the built environment, and BuildingWise, the award-winning U.S.-based LEED® certification consultancy, established to provide a sustainability certification and improvement solution to the 5.6 million existing buildings in the United States not covered by existing green building programs. For more information, please visit

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website:


Karen Maurer

Barbara Wichmann
ARTÉMIA Communications for BRE America

SOURCE: Macerich

Kimco Realty announces the opening of its Grand Parkway Marketplace in Spring, Texas

Target is first to open at the new ground-up development, with additional tenants soon to follow

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announced the opening of its Grand Parkway Marketplace in Spring, Texas, with Target opening its doors to the public today (3/8/2017). The 126,000-square-foot Target is the first retailer to open in the much-anticipated Grand Parkway Marketplace development, the latest of Kimco’s Signature Series ground-up developments to open for business. The project’s $87-million, 488,000-square-foot phase one is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.

In addition to Target, multiple anchor tenants are scheduled to open at the center in the next few months, including TJ Maxx, Michaels, PetSmart, Burlington, Famous Footwear, DSW, Ulta, Party City, and Five Below, among others.

“After a lot of hard work, Grand Parkway Marketplace is now ready to be one of the most sought-after shopping destinations in the Houston market. Phase one is approximately 80 percent leased and there is strong demand for the remaining space,” said Robert Nadler, President, Central Region at Kimco Realty. “We are thrilled that Target recognizes this development as a phenomenal opportunity to serve this community with their broad assortment.”

Grand Parkway Marketplace is located along the newly opened Grand Parkway, a massive highway project encircling the Greater Houston region. This prime location offers retailers street frontage along Grand Parkway, Spring Stuebner Road and Kuykendahl Road, as well as a direct route to The Woodlands, a highly successful, upscale planned community just a few miles north of the shopping center. Within a five-mile radius there are almost 180,000 people with an average household income exceeding $110,000. Recent additions to the area include new facilities for Noble Energy, Southwestern Energy, CHI St. Luke’s Health, and the ExxonMobil world headquarters, which houses approximately 10,000 employees. Furthermore, HP recently announced plans for a new campus that would bring approximately 2,400 employees to the area. Phase one of Grand Parkway Marketplace will contain national, regional, and local tenants, with eight junior anchors, 11 outparcels, ample parking, a restaurant village with a man-made lake, a series of fountains, and a boardwalk amenity for the restaurants.

Additionally, Grand Parkway Marketplace II is under development. The second phase, located across the street, has three anchor boxes, two of which have been leased by Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports + Outdoors, with the third under lease negotiation. In addition, the planned $52-million phase two development will include a number of multi-tenant retail buildings, and several outparcels for restaurants, banks, or other retail uses. In aggregate, the two phases will encompass over 110 acres, and will create a retail hub of approximately 750,000 square feet.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the company owned interests in 524 U.S. shopping centers comprising 85 million square feet of leasable space across 34 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

SAI Global launches e-commerce platform based on Intershop’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform


  • Digitalization powers easy risk management product search, online purchases, delivery of training and materials
  • Enhances corporate brand presence and customer engagement
  • Facilitates future cross-sell and subscription management services

Jena, Germany, Sydney, Australia, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Risk management company, SAI Global has launched an e-commerce platform to enhance its corporate brand presence, more effectively engage with customers, consolidate and improve its digital capabilities as well as to add further value to its online services. Based on Intershop’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform with managed service support, the new e-commerce capabilities form part of a broader digital commerce strategy that will serve all company portfolios and regions.

SAI Global helps organizations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust. Its solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. The Company employs more than 2,000 people in 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

The digitalization program is designed to enable a future cross-sell and subscription management business model.

The APAC and EMEA (UK, EU) region’s e-commerce platforms are now live at Customers now have the ability to search and locate products via an Ektron web content management system (CMS) that interfaces with the Intershop platform to retrieve product data and complete purchases. Fulfilment of orders such as PDF documents and training was completed via an integration with SAI Global’s existing systems.

“SAI Global has a solid strategy of using digitalization to support the service we provide to our customers and the way we engage with them. Leveraging Intershop’s SaaS platform to fully integrate the customer engagement, sales channel and service delivery components of our business assists us achieve our digital capability goals,” said SAI Global’s Group Marketing Director Hayley Clarke.

Intershop 7 platform, features core rest API capability for search, product/pricing details, checkout and fulfillment related functionalities. An integration with its existing master data and catalog management systems will result in 1.6 million product sets being imported and around 4.5 million variations in the system.

An integration to AWS Elastic search service will deliver advance search related functionalities and fulfillment is powered by a connection to SAI Global’s enterprise systems including Salesforce, watermarking and digital rights management services. Back office employees can view orders, assist customers and process quotes.

Other features of the SAI Global commerce suite include campaigns and promotion modules, complex pricing logic with fall back mechanism as well as SQS/SNS messaging.

About SAI Global

At SAI Global, we make Intelligent Risk possible by helping organisations proactively manage risk to achieve business excellence, growth, sustainability and ultimately, create trust.

Our integrated risk management solutions are a combination of world-class tech platforms, services and advisory capabilities that operate across the entire lifecycle allowing businesses to focus on opportunities presented by uncertainty. Together, these tools and knowledge enable customers to develop a holistic, integrated view of risk. In Australia, we are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information.

SAI Global Limited’s head office is located in Sydney, Australia. We employ more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

About Intershop

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

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


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

Source: Intershop Communications AG

A&H Focal Inc. recalls 29 dietary supplements due to possible presence of PDE-5 Inhibitors

Staten Island, NY, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A&H Focal Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of the following products because many of these products have been historically tested by the FDA and found to contain PDE-5 Inhibitors (i.e. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil, etc.) which is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED) making these tainted dietary supplements unapproved drugs.

These undeclared active ingredients poses a threat to consumers because the PDE-5 Inhibitors may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

  • Black Ant (4600 mg)
  • Indian God Lotion
  • Evil Root (1200 mg)
  • Germany Black Gold (2800 mg)
  • Germany Niubian (3000 mg)
  • Hard Ten Days (4500 mg)
  • Lang Yi Hao (Chaonogsuopian) (500 mg)
  • Gold Vigra
  • Clalis
  • Ye Lang Shen (5000 mg)
  • Zhansheng Weige Chaoyue Xilishi (2000 mg)
  • Zhonghua Niubian (2000 mg)
  • Stree Overlord (3800 mg)
  • Max Man (3000 mg)
  • Hu Hu Sheng Wei
  • Tiger King
  • Viagra 100 (2000 mg)
  • Power V8 Viagra (200 mg)
  • Dadiyongshi Xiangganglongshengwu
  • Lien Chan for Seven Days
  • Maca Gold (6800 mg)

These products were marketed as dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement.  All lots of the listed products sold by A&H Focal Inc. since January 2014 to present are included in this recall.  The products were mainly sold through Asian Markets located in NJ and NY.

Consumers who have any of the above mentioned products should immediately stop use of the product and properly discard.  If you have further distributed this product please notify those individuals of this recall.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Mr. Henry Choo by calling 646-327-8522, Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm, EST.  Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these drug products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall and market action are being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

Henry Choo
(646) 327-8522

Source: FDA

The SoyNut Butter Co. recalls I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola products that may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7

The SoyNut Butter Co. recalls I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and I.M. Healthy Granola products that may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7


Glenview, IL, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL is recalling all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. I.M. Healthy Products were distributed in multiple states and may have been purchased in stores or through mail order. They were also distributed to childcare centers and schools in multiple states.

All Best Buy dates of all varieties are affected. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has been packaged in 15 oz plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb plastic tubs, or 45 lb pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate. The granola has been packaged in individual serving packages, 12 oz bags, 50 oz bags, and 25 lb bulk bag. I.M. Healthy Granola is available in Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry. Best Buy dates can be seen on the labels of the containers stamped in silver or black.

Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney failure and even death.

The recall was initiated after ill people or their family members answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Nine (100%) of the nine people reached for interview reported either eating I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter at home (five people) in the week before they became ill or attending a childcare center that served I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter.

Consumers who have purchased I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products or I.M. Healthy granola products are urged not to consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-288-1012, Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 CST.

Consumers Contact:


Media Contact:

SoyNut Butter Co.

Source: FDA


Vulto Creamery recalls soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Vulto Creamery recalls soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination


Walton, New York, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vulto Creamery, Walton, New York, is recalling all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses  out of an abundance of caution due to testing result from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which found Ouleout lot # 617 positive for Listeria monocytogenes and New York Department of Agriculture and Markets finding the possible contamination of Ouleout lot #623.   Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.

Product photos of all four cheese items being recalled along with a brief description are shown.  If you have any of this soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese, please do not consume it.  The soft raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, California, Chicago, Portland and Washington, DC.

Consumers that have any of these soft raw milk cheeses from Vulto Creamery should return the cheese to the purchase location for a refund.  Food and cheese wholesalers and retailers with any of the Vulto Creamery soft, wash-rind raw milk cheeses on hand should immediately remove these products from common storage coolers and quarantine these cheeses in a secured area of a cooler.  Any wholesaler or distributor that has any of the four cheeses should contact Vulto Creamery to receive instructions on what to do with the cheese.  No recalled cheese should be destroyed until Vulto Creamery has been notified and

The production of  the product has been suspended while FDA and the company  continue to investigate the source of the problem.  If you have any questions or seek additional information, please call 607-222-3995 during our normal hours of operations (Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET) or email us at

Consumers Contact:

Vulto Creamery
(607) 222-3995

Source: FDA


Landies Candies Co. recalls “WEGMANS Milk Chocolate Big Ear Bunny Sucker” that may contain undeclared peanuts

Landies Candies Co. recalls “WEGMANS Milk Chocolate Big Ear Bunny Sucker” that may contain undeclared peanuts


Buffalo, NY, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Landies Candies Co. Inc. of Buffalo, NY is recalling its 3-oz packages of “WEGMANS Milk Chocolate Big Ear Bunny Sucker”, Net Wt 3 oz, Lot # 35016, Best by 9-15-2017 because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled WEGMANS MILK CHOCOLATE (BIG EAR BUNNY) SUCKER” were distributed regionally in all Wegmans retail stores.

The product is shipped within a carton labeled with an orange label as “WEGMANS SWISS RECIPE Milk Chocolate Big Ear Bunny Sucker (3 oz 36 count case). The individual product contains a lavender label and read Wegmans Milk Chocolate Sucker, comes in a 3-oz., clear plastic flow wrap 6” long by 2” wide and is marked with lot # 35016 and with an expiration date of 9-15-2017 stamped on the lower left corner.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the peanut-containing product was distributed with the incorrect label.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Landies Candies Co. Inc. at 716-834-8212, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5 PM EST.

Consumers Contact:

Landies Candies Co. Inc.

Source: FDA


Krispy Kreme Doughnut to open twenty Krispy Kreme® shops in Nigeria over period of five years

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation today (March 8, 2017) announced a development agreement with Quality Foods Africa. The agreement will bring twenty Krispy Kreme® shops to Nigeria over a period of five years.

“We are thrilled to be expanding into Nigeria, and we are fortunate to be working with an exceptional group,” said Michael McGill, Vice President of International at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The joy of a Krispy Kreme doughnut and coffee is beloved all over the world, and we cannot wait to introduce that joy to the people of Nigeria over the next several years.”

Quality Foods Africa (QFA) is an African quick service restaurant business focused on providing a dining experience in accordance with top global standards and service quality to Africa’s rapidly growing consumer markets.

“We are delighted to be able to bring the Krispy Kreme brand to Nigeria,” said Edmond Sassine, CEO of QFA. “Nigeria is a huge market and we are truly excited about bringing the world’s best doughnuts to one of Africa’s biggest economies.”

This development agreement will make Nigeria the 31st nation with a Krispy Kreme presence worldwide. Nigeria is the second African nation to open Krispy Kreme shops. Krispy Kreme made its African debut in South Africa in 2015.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,100 retail shops in 30 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at, or on one of its many social media channels, including, and


Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Sarah Roof
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Whole Foods Market marks Pi Day with $3.14 off on large pies and pizzas on March 14

Whole Foods Market marks Pi Day with $3.14 off on large pies and pizzas on March 14


AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating Pi Day with $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizzas.

This Pi Day deal is only valid on March 14 and available while supplies last. Varieties of pies and pizzas vary from store to store, but may include pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, vegan pizza and more.

All pies and pizzas contain absolutely no hydrogenated fats, no bleached or bromated flours, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Selection varies by store and excludes frozen.


Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

Source: Whole Foods Market


Japan’s component supplier Ibiden commits to 100 percent renewable energy for all of its Apple manufacturing

Japan’s component supplier Ibiden commits to 100 percent renewable energy for all of its Apple manufacturing


Ibiden Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy for Apple Production

Cupertino, California, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Component supplier Ibiden is the first company in Japan to pledge it will power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy — a new milestone for Apple and Japan. The announcement marks a significant step forward in Apple’s efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean power.

To meet their commitment, Ibiden will invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in the country. The state-of-the-art floating system is constructed on a converted lumber yard to maximize land use in Japan.

“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources, and set an example for other companies to follow.”

Ibiden’s products help bring together the integrated circuitry and chip packages in Apple devices. Their renewable energy projects will produce over 12 MW of solar power — more than the energy they need for Apple manufacturing — and support Japan’s nationwide efforts to limit its carbon emissions.

“These innovative new clean energy investments demonstrate our commitment to doing business responsibly and economically,” said Kyoichi Yamanaka, Managing Director of Ibiden’s Environment Group. “Our products help Apple devices run smarter, and now we’re powering our operations with smarter energy too. We’re pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals.”

Apple and its suppliers will be generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy for the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018 — equal to taking over 400,000 cars off the road for a year.

Apple has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in 23 countries, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.

Press Contacts:

Alisha Johnson
(669) 227-3364

Apple Media Helpline:
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc.


BJ’s Wholesale Club donates $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

BJ’s Wholesale Club donates $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla., 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced a $10,000 donation and partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a Feeding America® Member food bank. The donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation will help improve access to healthy meals for thousands of families in Central Florida. The announcement occurred during BJ’s Annual Team Member Conference in Orlando, Florida, where over 400 BJ’s Team Members came together to build 4,500 Healthy Pantry Boxes and repack 40,000 pounds of farm-fresh potatoes into family-sized packs.

“BJ’s is excited to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help families meet essential needs, such as access to fresh food,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president of corporate communications at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Our Team Members are thrilled to be a part of the food bank’s effort to end hunger and its mission to nourish lives.”

With disproportionally high rates of chronic disease in low income communities, combined with increasing healthcare costs, Second Harvest Food Bank plays a central role in the health and wellness of the Central Florida community. Through programs like the Healthy Pantry Boxes and farm-fresh produce distributions, the food bank is focusing on providing healthy, fresh food options and nutrition education to its clients so that they are not only fed, but fed right.

“Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is grateful for BJ’s generous donation, which will help increase access to nutritious meals for our neighbors in need,” said Greg Higgerson, vice president, development, at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “As an organization, SHFBCF is committed to inspiring and engaging our community to end hunger, and our partnership with BJ’s and its Team Members helps bring this vision to life.”

The BJ’s Charitable Foundation is committed to nourishing communities and helping families thrive by meeting essential needs such as wellness, education, and access to food. Over the years, BJ’s has donated more than 50 million pounds of food and helped deliver 13 million meals to help alleviate hunger. Through its partnership with Feeding America®, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has provided grants to help agencies along the east coast distribute fresh, nutritious food.

To learn more about BJ’s Charitable Foundation, visit

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed 52 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 14-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Our community turns to Second Harvest’s partner agencies more than 71,000 times per week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit

For further information:
Jennie Hardin

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club


Sequential Brands Group partners with SPR Sports to bring its active brands to Brazil

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today (March 08, 2017) that it has entered into a long-term license agreement with SPR Indústria de Confecção Ltda. (“SPR Sports”), a leading sports manufacturer and distributor to bring its basketball brand AND1, active lifestyle brand AVIA, and skate brand DVS to Brazil.

Under the new agreement, SPR Sports will manufacture and distribute a collection of active apparel, footwear and accessories for the AND1, AVIA and DVS brands. The new collections will first be introduced in late 2017 through Netshoes, one of the largest e-commerce retailers in Brazil, followed by a rollout to sporting goods stores beginning in early 2018.

“Entering the Brazilian market is another strategic step toward reaching our international expansion goals and driving continued growth for our brands throughout the world,” said Sequential CEO Yehuda Shmidman. “We see great opportunity in working with SPR Sports to bring our active brands to a region where a passion for sports and an active lifestyle is a major part of everyday life.”

AND1 is a premier basketball footwear and apparel brand that has remained synonymous with the game of basketball and its streetball lifestyle for nearly 25 years. AND1’s footwear, apparel and accessories can be found at select retailers around the world.

AVIA came to prominence thanks to its revolutionary cantilever technology, which remains the bedrock on which performance shoes are made. Today, AVIA continues to lead the active lifestyle movement with pioneering technology and stylish design for athletic footwear, activewear, and accessories.

DVS is a global skate brand dedicated to inspiring youth to have fun and always push forward. Known for its 20+ year history in action sports, DVS creates premium footwear, apparel and accessories for all sports including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and motorsport.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion, active categories, which includes the AND1®, AVIA® and DVS® brands. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

About SPR Indústria de Confecção Ltda. (“SPR Sports”)
SPR Indústria de Confecção Ltda., is a multi-faceted Brazilian company focused on the sports market. In addition to working with major brands such as Kappa and the NBA, the company also manages the licensing of apparel products for the largest soccer clubs in Brazil including Sport Club Corinthians, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro, Botafogo, Vitoria, Bahia, Sport Recife, and Atletico Paranaense. SPR Franchises Ltda., a division of the company, is the largest franchisor of soccer team stores, with more than 150 franchised stores. For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Jaime Cassavechia
+1 212-518-4771 x108

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Price Chopper/Market 32 celebrates successful campaign for Wish Teen Kacey and her family’s trip to Hawaii

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a twist on traditional Price Chopper/Market 32 charitable giving, a challenge was issued to Golub Headquarters staff and Price Chopper/Market 32 Distribution staff to participate in a campaign to help fund a local Make-A-Wish wish.

“We’re proud that our stores and main office host campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for various charitable organizations that do tremendous work for individuals and causes across our six-state footprint. The generosity of our customers and teammates in response to neighbors in need never ceases to amaze me,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32 vice president of public relations and consumer services. “This Make A-Wish campaign for Kacey was special because our teammates knew her story, had heard about her struggles and her progress, and wanted to help fulfill her wish to visit Hawaii. Knowing that wish is coming true, gives us all cause to celebrate.”

At a luau-themed reception, Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates met Wish Teen Kacey and her family and celebrated the successful campaign that raised $10,000 toward Kacey and her family’s trip to Hawaii. Kacey was given oversized “boarding passes” to help serve as inspiration in her ongoing battle with leukemia.

“Price Chopper has long been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish mission, but this campaign adds a personal touch,” said Dr. William C. Trigg, III, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. “The staff and employees right here at the Price Chopper headquarters and warehouse should be proud of their efforts in making Kacey’s wish come true. We are deeply grateful for their commitment in helping us to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

About Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York:

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and is marking its 30th year of serving the 15 counties of the 518 area code. The chapter grants about 100 wishes each year, and more than 1,700 since 1987. Visit and share the power of a wish®.

Tim Riley
Make-A-Wish NENY

Penny Vavura
Pierce Communication

Source: Price Chopper/Market 32

Perry Ellis International announces license agreement with Optimo Group Limited for men’s, women’s and children’s watches

MIAMI, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International announced today (March 7, 2017) that it has entered into a license agreement with Optimo Group Limited to design and distribute men’s, women’s and children’s watches under the Perry Ellis® trademark in Greater China, Japan, Korea, India and throughout ASEAN.  The collections will be distributed in department stores, jewelers and watch specialty stores, fashion boutiques and ecommerce sites.

As a designer, Perry Ellis played with fashion convention simply by not taking it so seriously. Following only what felt right. In doing so, he redefined the fashion industry. Today, this philosophy continues to inspire the Perry Ellis brand which offers modern style with versatile trend right looks that reflect the way people want to work, play and live today.

“Our ability to offer a full range of quality fashion items across many product categories and classifications has made Perry Ellis a successful brand and partnering with Optimo is consistent with our initiatives to expand Perry Ellis in international markets,” commented George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

‘We are very excited to start 2017 in partnership with Perry Ellis in Asia. We feel that with the Perry Ellis brand, Optimo has found a natural home. Consumers everywhere can expect a series of timepieces which combine Optimo Group’s watchmaking strengths with Perry Ellis’ fresh sense of style,” remarked Alexander Meerovitch, CEO of Optimo Group Limited.

The Perry Ellis® brand offers a full lifestyle sportswear collection: suit separates, mix and match shirts, trousers, knits, sweaters, outerwear and accessories. For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit

About Perry Ellis International

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

About Optimo Group Limited
Optimo Group Limited is part of an integrated watchmaking and marketing group with many years’ experience bringing well-known US and European watch brands to market. It has access to a creative design team which is fully supported by manufacturing facilities that can operate at any scale. Centered in Hong Kong, the group’s marketing network in Asia is extensive with a solid base of physical distribution channels. It also has worldwide reach via online platforms; leveraging social media and virtual pathways to reach consumers.

Simon Wong

Andrea G. Tanucci

Source:  Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

CBRE Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2017: Investors will remain actively engaged in real estate investment this year

  • Los Angeles Retains Position as Number One Target
  • Industrial is Most Attractive Property Type for Investment
  • More than Half of Institutional Investors Plan to Deploy $1 Billion or More in 2017

Los Angeles, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The prospect of increased U.S. economic growth combined with less regulation, means that investor sentiment for commercial real estate investment is marginally more positive than last year, despite the potential for rising interest rates, according to the CBRE Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2017.

The 2017 survey results reveal that investors will remain actively engaged in real estate investment this year, with the majority (67%) intending to be net buyers (more acquisitions than dispositions). The percentage of net buyers has increased since 2015 (60%) and 2016 (65%). The vast majority of these investors (83%) intend to maintain or increase their purchasing activity in 2017.

Slow global economic growth that could undermine occupier demand (22%) was identified as the greatest risk factor for real estate investors, just ahead of rising interest rates (21%). Concern about property being overpriced and “a bubble waiting to burst” (16%) is a distant third among the list of potential threats. Investors are relatively unconcerned about the potential effects of government policy measures.

“While investors expect to largely maintain last year’s investment activity levels, they also intend to retreat on the risk curve, becoming more conservative in strategy and risk appetite. This is counterbalanced by the search for yield,” said Brian McAuliffe, president, Institutional Properties, Capital Markets, CBRE.

“Echoing concerns that arose at the beginning of 2015, investors perceive the global economy and rising interest rates as the greatest threats to property markets; they also continue to have concerns about asset pricing. If the anticipated level of inflow into commercial real estate materializes, this should to some extent counteract any pricing pressure resulting from a rise in interest rates,” Mr. McAuliffe added.

Investors continue to be strongly interested in U.S. gateway markets. Los Angeles maintained its position as the most preferred metro for investment in 2017, ahead of Dallas/Fort Worth and New York City. Washington, D.C. moved up the ranks from eighth to the fourth most preferred metro for investment in 2017. Atlanta, Seattle and Houston are also viewed as attractive markets for investment. The majority of investors are focused on real estate in the Americas and do not intend to make asset purchases in other regions of the world.

Half of the investors surveyed (51%) are primarily searching for yield, relative to both government bonds (30%) and other asset classes (21%). This trend is even more pronounced among institutional investors, with 53% searching for yield.

Among the five different asset types by strategy—prime or core, good secondary, value-add, opportunistic, and distressed—value-add remains the preferred strategy (39%) and at similar levels to 2016. Investors’ appetite for good secondary (non-core) assets increased significantly in 2017, ranking second. This displaced core, which was ranked second-highest in 2016. The relatively diminished appetite for core product is attributed to a combination of low cap rates (which are not expected to get lower), weakening property fundamentals, and the search for higher yielding assets.

Reversing 2016 trends, the industrial sector (38%) is viewed as the most attractive asset class for investment in 2017, replacing multifamily (28%), with office (18%) in third position. Reflecting the headwinds in the retail sector from e-commerce competition, only 8% of investors cited retail as an attractive option in 2017, significantly lower than the 17% in 2016. Among “alternatives”, retirement housing was the only sector with an increase in interest, albeit small at 2%. Conversely, there were sharp drops in interest in real estate debt product and the leisure/entertainment sector.

“U.S. industrial has emerged as a preferred asset class for institutional investors, both domestic and foreign. Global investors are targeting the sector for acquisitions and development, especially opportunities with scale. Investors realize that the fundamentals are robust with record-setting metrics for net absorption and rental rate growth, while new economic drivers such as e-commerce and the ‘Last Mile’ are creating even more growth in the sector,” said Jack Fraker, vice chairman and managing director, Industrial Properties, Capital Markets, CBRE.

Institutional investors (comprising sovereign wealth funds, insurance and pension funds) intend to be strong net buyers in 2017. More than half (54%) of all institutions plan to deploy more than $1 billion of capital in the Americas this year. Marking a departure from the wider pool of survey respondents, institutions are still primarily focused on core assets, closely followed by value-add. CBRE Research estimates that SWFs in particular are under-allocated to commercial real estate (with top 20 SWF’s allocating an estimated 3% of total assets to real estate), which accounts for expected higher levels of capital deployment.

To download a copy of CBRE’s Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2017 or to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Aaron Richardson (212.984.7126 or or Ayana Miller (212.984.6506 or

Survey methodology and composition of respondents
The 22-question Americas Investor Intentions Survey 2017 was conducted among CBRE clients between January 6 and February 6, 2017. The Americas survey is part of the larger global survey, for which nearly 2,000 responses were received.

Nearly 1,000 survey respondents indicated that the Americas is the global region which they are most responsible for in their current position. This report covers the responses of these investors.

The Americas survey respondents represent a wide cross-section of real estate companies and investor types. The largest category is fund or asset managers at 28%, followed by private property companies at 14% of the total. Private equity firms, developers and REITs were also well-represented by the survey.

The survey respondents invest in a wide variety of investment modes. Most investors use multiple types of investment vehicles (and chose multiple types in the survey).

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

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

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

7‑Eleven launches franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs

Winner’s Franchise-Fee Waiver Worth up to $190,000

IRVING, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than one-third of franchised businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, a statistic 7‑Eleven, Inc. would like to see rise. In an effort to increase its own number of female franchisees, the world’s largest convenience retailer is kicking off a franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs.

7‑Eleven® invites qualified women to enter the contest and consider becoming an independent business owner with the No. 1 franchise business opportunity, as named in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500. One deserving woman will be awarded a 7‑Eleven fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

In addition, 7‑Eleven will make a donation to the winning woman’s charity of choice that aligns with its Project A-Gameâ program. Project A-Game grants help provide youth a foundation for success by funding programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.

The competition is similar to 7‑Eleven’s successful Operation: Take Command® franchise giveaway for U.S. military veterans. Like Operation: Take Command, this multi-phase competition includes meeting company franchising qualifications, preliminary interviews, video contest and a final one-on-one interview with 7‑Eleven senior leadership for the top finalists.

“Some of our most successful franchisees across the country are women,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “7‑Eleven serves a diverse customer base, and the number of women shopping our stores continues to grow. More and more are choosing to become independent business owners, and 7‑Eleven offers a proven system and one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities around.”

After meeting qualifications, submitting an essay and talking to 7‑Eleven franchise sales representatives, the top 25 candidates will be invited to submit a video on why they deserve a 7‑Eleven franchise. Up to seven will be selected from this pool for the semifinal competition. By voting for their favorite videos on the 7‑Eleven Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7‑Eleven’s franchise department management and narrowed to one winner.

The winner can choose any of the company’s 7‑Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination. Interested women can enter online at now through 11:59 p.m. CST on April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced in July 2017.

To qualify, an entrant must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants will go through the same qualification process as all 7‑Eleven franchise applicants including credit evaluation, a leadership test, business plan development, budget, and store location preferences.

This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store. Today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7‑Eleven stores in the U.S. An interactive map at www.franchise.7‑  indicates stores available for franchising.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.      

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Contact: 1-800-255-0711

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Paradies Lagardère introduces new Asian-Inspired dining concept at Washington Dulles International Airport

DULLES, Virginia, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Virginia residents and those traveling through the Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) have a new fresh option for made-to-order Asian fare, as Pei Wei has opened for business today (March 07, 2017). The location will be the tenth airport site for the popular Asian brand, following the successful launches of the previous nine locations throughout U.S. airports.

“We’re proud to bring Pei Wei’s unique, Asian-inspired, fast-casual experience to the Washington Dulles International Airport,” said Steve Winters, Director of Operations for Pei Wei – Global Brand Development. “Whether dining in the airport or taking to go, guests can customize their orders because all dishes are handcrafted fresh and fast,” Winters added.

“Paradies Lagardère tailors brands to entice travelers in a variety of ways, including bringing the familiar quality, taste and atmosphere of a favorite national brand into an airport,” said Bill Casey, Senior Vice President, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “Pei Wei is not only delicious, but the brand’s high-quality food standards mirror our own. We’re excited to introduce another great dining concept to IAD for passengers to enjoy.”

Bold, Fresh and Affordable Menu

Pei Wei provides options for any appetite or occasion, allowing guests to enjoy a wide variety of pairing, sizing and pricing starting at just $2.49. Menu highlights include:

  • Wok-Fresh Entrées: Pei Wei is known for its made-to-order wok dishes, with hand-cut ingredients fired in 700-degree woks to seal in the bold flavors. Popular picks include Honey Seared Chicken, combining sweet honey garlic sauce, chile oil, rice sticks, scallions and red peppers; savory Mongolian Steak with soy sauce, scallions, garlic and white mushrooms; and Kung Pao Chicken with a spicy kick of chile-seared soy sauce, scallions, garlic, snap peas, carrots and peanuts.
  • Perfect Additions: Complete any meal with a number of options including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Spring Rolls or Thai Wonton Soup.
  • Grab & Go: Pei Wei has a selection of grab-and-go dishes, many of which were custom-crafted with airport travelers in mind, including Grilled Chicken Banh Mi, Spicy Mango Wrap, Asian Chopped Salad, and various hand-rolled sushi items.

In all, the menu offers 23 starters, soups, salads, entrées and sides.

Unique to this airport location, Pei Wei will also offer breakfast for morning travelers, featuring a mix of traditional selections and Asian-inspired choices:

  • Bacon & Egg Fried Rice — Wok-tossed chicken apple sausage and bacon in a smoky soy tomato sauce with bean sprouts, egg, Napa cabbage, grape tomatoes, scallions garlic and cilantro.
  • Chicken Sausage Breakfast Wrap — Wok-tossed chicken apple sausage, egg, bean sprouts, scallions and cilantro wrapped in a toasted flour tortilla with chile garlic aioli.
  • Breakfast Croissant — Toasted sesame seed croissant with egg, bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and Sriracha lime aioli.

The new Pei Wei location is conveniently located in Terminal B, across from Gate 71 and will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère