United Kingdom: Asda drops price of fuel by up to 2ppl at all its filling stations

Asda drops price of fuel by up to 2ppl at all its filling stations

LEEDS, UK, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Drivers will only pay 114.7 ppl on unleaded and 116.7 ppl on diesel at any of the 301 Asda Fuel Stations

  • Asda cuts up to 2ppl off fuel at its 301 filling stations across the country, meaning you will only pay 114.7ppl on unleaded and 116.7ppl on diesel
  • Prices are effective from Tuesday 14th March
  • Asda’s latest income tracker shows that year on year, vehicle fuel has increased by 16.8%, with prices peaking to their highest levels since Dec 2014.

Asda today (Monday 13th March) announced that it will be dropping the price of fuel by up to 2ppl, bringing prices down to a new national price cap of 114.7ppl on unleaded and 116.7ppl on diesel at all 301 filling stations.

Effective from tomorrow (Tuesday 14th March), motorists will benefit from cheaper fuel prices following wholesale prices falling over the last week. The fuel cut will be welcomed by the millions of drivers who have seen fuel prices rise since Brexit due to the sharp fall in the pound.

In Asda’s latest Income Tracker Report (http://bit.ly/2nldIOZ ) vehicle fuel, one of the key essential items for consumers, increased by 16.8% year on year, caused by a combination of currency movement and an increase in worldwide oil prices, along with the continuous rise in inflation to 1.8%. Petrol prices had the largest impact on the rise of the cost of living for families.

This week, Asda are set to drive down prices in the Capital as it opens a petrol station at the Asda store on Old Kent Road, with prices up to 5ppl cheaper than its closest rival.

Asda’s Head of Petrol Trading Dave Tyrer said:
“Today’s latest move shows that Asda is once again leading the way in reducing the price at the pumps to help the millions of motorists across the UK. Our new national price cap of 114.7ppl on unleaded and 116.7ppl on diesel will be welcomed by the millions of drivers who have seen fuel prices climb over the last 12 months”.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “This is the perfect spring gift for motorists to go with longer days and warmer weather. No doubt other retailers will follow suit and we will see prices on every forecourt come down.

“While this cut may come as a surprise to drivers as prices at the pump have been going the wrong way for months, it is has been on the cards for a couple of weeks – we’re very relieved retailers have acted without any need for outside encouragement.

“This price cut was made possible by the fact the oil price has dipped in the last two days of trading, reaching its lowest in nearly four months on news that the US has record crude supplies. Before that the OPEC oil producing countries cuts had been sending fuel prices up.

“This should now help to bring prices down on every forecourt from the 120p average for unleaded and 122p for diesel.”

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “A fall in the oil price from above $55 a barrel to below $52 is now working its way through to the pump.

“However, with the pound’s exchange rate with the dollar remaining volatile, where pump prices eventually end up remains uncertain.
“All the same, falling wholesale prices should shake up petrol pump prices and, initially, competitive non-supermarket forecourts will be the place to look for as much as a £1 off a tank of fuel.

“Asda will knock tuppence off pump prices on Tuesday, reflecting their usual competitiveness, but that can’t be taken for granted with the other supermarkets.”


Asda announces hourly pay increase as part of new contract offer to store colleagues in Great Britain

Asda announces hourly pay increase as part of new contract offer to store colleagues in Great Britain

  • Asda to offer its colleagues a base rate of £8.50 p/h – £1p/h over the Government’s incoming National Living Wage.
  • New contract offer benefits customers by including greater levels of flexibility to put the right colleagues in the right place at the right time.
  • 95% of Asda colleagues estimated to be better off under the new terms – but moving to the new contract is voluntary.

LEEDS, UK, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda has today announced that it has offered all of its 135,000 store colleagues in Great Britain a pay increase to £8.50 per hour from October 2017 as part of a new contract.*

The new contract offer, which Asda colleagues can choose whether they want to accept or not, offers one of the highest rates of hourly pay within the supermarket sector. It is also £1 per hour higher than the Government’s National Living Wage increase due in April 2017.

As well as benefitting its colleagues, Asda’s customers will also benefit from the new contract offer. Colleagues who choose to move to the new contract will also have greater levels of flexibility in their work patterns to make sure more colleagues are in the right place, at the right times of day to meet their customers’ needs.

This means that colleagues could be asked to work in different parts of their store, or work different days or hours depending on when customers shop in their store most.

As well as an increased rate of pay and agreement to flexible working, other changes within the new “Your Choice” contract offer are:

  • Agreement to work Bank Holidays if required by their store (or take as annual leave)
  • 28 days annual leave, including Bank Holidays
  • Change in the ‘night shift window’ and increase to night shift ‘premium’
  • A move to all breaks being unpaid

All of Asda’s other non-pay benefits including; colleague discount, pension, sharesave and bonus remain unchanged in the new contract offer. Other geographic and role premiums will remain.

Asda is also maintaining its commitment not to use zero hours contracts and colleagues will retain guaranteed minimum hours. Whilst the new contract will require colleagues to be flexible, fair and reasonable notice will be given for any changes to rotas, and consideration will be given to those with care requirements outside of work.

Asda has calculated that 95% of current colleagues will be better off if they choose to move to the new contract type – some by over £1000 a year. All new colleagues joining Asda from today will automatically be offered the new contract type, with an increased rate of pay coming in to play on 8th October. Those colleagues who do not wish to move to the new contract are able to remain on their current terms and conditions and all Asda colleagues will move to the increased National Living Wage on 1st April 2017 regardless of their decision around the Your Choice contract.

Asda’s Senior Vice-President of People, Hayley Tatum explains; “Our colleagues have always made Asda special. We want to be the best we can for our customers, which means not only investing in our products and prices but critically, we also need to invest in our people.

“Our colleagues help our customers every day and we want to offer them a rate of pay that recognises the amazing job they do.

“Our current employment contracts have evolved over decades. They mean we have different colleagues on different terms and they don’t give our colleagues the level of flexibility our customers need to meet their changing needs. Our customers shop in different ways at different times and they expect us to deliver them the same great level of service whenever they visit us.

“This new contract will also mean that colleagues can gain a broader level of experience across their store, which will in turn give them better opportunities to progress and develop their career in retail.

“This new contract offer is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our colleagues and we hope that as many colleagues as possible choose to accept it.”
Asda has a partnership relationship with the GMB, including GMB representatives within its stores.

The GMB’s General Secretary Tim Roache commented; “These new flexible contracts will help to ensure job security, ensure those accepting them are on the same terms and – best of all – ensure that people will earn more money as a result. The new contract offer involves quite a few changes, but as it’s voluntary, this allows colleagues to choose whatever suits their circumstances best.”

To read a blog post from Hayley Tatum about Asda’s decision to offer a new contract to its colleagues, click here: http://your.asda.com/news-and-blogs/we-re-investing-in-our-colleagues-who-serve-our-customers-every-day


*Asda’s colleagues in Northern Ireland (except Belfast Asda Living) are subject to a collective bargaining agreement on pay and terms through USDAW. The current agreement is due for annual review in October 2017.


National Retail Federation and Object Management Group announces new partnership

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation and international technology standards consortium Object Management Group today announced that they have formed a new partnership to manage a portion of the functions previously performed by NRF’s Association for Retail Technology Standards division.

“This arrangement will allow NRF to focus on ARTS’ core mission of collaboration, education and research while ensuring that standards developed over the past two decades are maintained and continue to evolve along with the retail industry,” NRF Vice President for Retail Technology Tom Litchford said. “Retail is a highly innovative industry that uses the latest technology to continually serve its customers, and NRF remains committed to keeping merchants on the cutting edge.”

“NRF and OMG share a passion for delivering real value to our communities, and look forward to a continued partnership to guarantee portability and interoperability in the retail space,” OMG Chairman and CEO Richard Soley said. “The ARTS standards are and will continue to be the key to increasing quality, decreasing cost and increasing choice in retail systems as they continue under the auspices of OMG.”

Under the partnership, OMG will assume responsibility for the following standards:

  • Retail Data Model including an operational data model and a data warehouse model. ARTS’ operational data model offers a transaction-oriented view of retail enterprise data supporting the day-to-day management of a retail enterprise while the data warehouse model supports business reporting and analysis.
  • Unified POS standards for communication between retail point-of-sale equipment such as cash registers, card readers, barcode scanners and receipt printers whether physically attached or web-based.
  • A2A Messaging – Application-to-application messaging “schemas” that allow software applications to communicate and share data.
  • BPM – Retail business process models that map how retailers manage their business.

NRF will continue to handle standard request-for-proposal templates that help retailers research and evaluate technology and software they seek to purchase, and publication of white papers on technology issues ranging from cloud computing to cybersecurity. Members of various ARTS committees will be invited to participate in comparable leadership positions at OMG. The community will continue to meet, network and exchange best practices as part of NRF’s technology leadership councils.

ARTS was founded more than 20 years ago and is best known for making technology less expensive for retailers. Its standards offer reference designs to help retailers build or acquire integrated business applications, help developers and analysts understand basic retail business principles, and offer a suite of data management tools to allow different data formats to communicate.

About OMG
The Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium with representation from government, industry and academia. OMG task forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. Visit www.omg.org for more information. #OMGTech

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. NRF.com

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Press

RILA launches Tech Center for Innovation with Accenture

Arlington , VA, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Accenture (ACN: NYSE), today announced the launch of RILA’s (R)Tech Center for Innovation. The new initiative will explore the impact that technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality will have on the retail industry and help retailers create innovative ways of doing business.

RILA collaborated with Accenture to create the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. Accenture will actively work with RILA to shape the overall program, conduct joint research, and bring together retailers and technology start-ups to explore the industry transformation that is being driven by digital technologies.

(R)Tech is a new term coined by RILA to describe the confluence of retail and technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the core values of both those industries – global and local, nimble, and entrepreneurial – to win the loyalty of today’s empowered consumers.

The (R)Tech Center will address five key industry needs by:

  1. Providing Authoritative Research: This will include retail innovation benchmarking, trends, and analysis.
  2. Connecting to Innovation: The center will be used to connect retailers to innovative technologies, companies and ventures, from around the world.
  3. Fostering Innovation: Assist the industry in creating cultures where innovation, creativity and change can flourish.
  4. Activating Innovation: Assist retailers in implementing change management, putting new insights into action and integrating emerging technologies and new innovations across the company.
  5. Burnishing Reputation: Build reputation for retail in innovation hubs and with policymakers and retail talent.

To coincide with the launch, the two organizations have also released an inaugural blueprint: “The Emergence of (R)Tech: A Blueprint for the Confluence of Retail and Technology,” to highlight how technology is disrupting the retail industry, the associated challenges and opportunities, including details of the steps needed for retailers to succeed by taking advantage of the technological disruption.

“We are excited to collaborate with Accenture as we launch our (R)Tech Center for Innovation,” said Sandy Kennedy, President of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Today’s most recognized retailers are entering a new age and it all starts with (R)Tech– where retail meets technology. The Center will bring together some of today’s most beloved retail brands with tech’s brightest stars. Through research and relationships, we hope to further retail’s commitment to fostering cultures of innovation that benefit industry and our customers.”

RILA has formed the (R)Tech Advisory Council which represent some of today’s most established US retail brands. Members include: AutoZone, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Energizer, Foot Locker, GameStop, Kroger, Lowe’s, QVC, Target, Unilever, VF Corporation, Walgreens, and Westfield.

As part of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation launch, RILA has established a new (R)Tech Innovation Network which will connect recognized tech innovators and Venture Capital firms with retail brands. Network members include: Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Facebook, Greylock Partners, Google, GSVlabs, Shoptalk, Techstars, and XRC Labs.

“Today, U.S. and global consumers are driving change in retail at an unprecedented rate. Changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles, have led to disruption in virtually every industry; retail perhaps more than any other,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director of Retail at Accenture. “Through (R)Tech we believe Accenture and RILA can foster innovative business practices that will help shepherd retail into the future.”

To learn more about the Center and its future activities, visit www.rtech.org.

About RILA
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

NACS: Consumer optimism is at an all-time high Despite rising gasoline prices

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite rising gasoline prices, three in five (61%) gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the state of the economy, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Consumer Fuels survey. Consumer optimism is at an all-time high across the four-plus years the national survey has been conducted, surpassing the 58% economic optimism recorded in December 2016 following the presidential election.

A majority of Americans are optimistic across all demographics examined. Older Americans age 50 and older are the most optimistic age group (65% optimistic), compared to 55% of those ages 18-34 who are optimistic. There also are regional differences, with Southerners reporting the highest levels of economic optimism (64%) and Midwesterners reporting the lowest (56%).

Americans also report a 4-cent rise in gas prices in their area. The reported median gas price of $2.29 brings gas prices back up to where they were at the beginning of the year, when gasoline consumers reported a median price of $2.30 (January 2017). Price increases are being felt the most strongly in the West, where a majority (52%) report seeing gas prices higher than they were last month. By comparison, just 41% of gas consumers in the Northeast and the South report seeing higher gas prices this month.

A majority of gasoline consumers expect prices to continue increasing in the next month, a time when gas prices generally face upward pressure as the fuels industry undergoes the annual transition to producing summer-blend fuel. Half (51%) of all Americans say that they expect prices in 30 days to be “much higher” or “somewhat higher” than they are today. Just one in ten (9%) expect prices to drop in the coming month.

Traditionally, rising prices have an inverse effect on consumer optimism. In March 2013, when 85% of Americans said that gas prices had increased, optimism stood at only 41%. However, gas prices also were much higher in March 2013 ($3.58).

The strong optimism may also translate into increased sales for convenience retailers: One in five consumers (22%) say they will drive more this coming month and 19% say they will shop more. More than three in four consumers (76%) say that gas prices have an impact on their optimism.

“The strong consumer optimism is also great news for convenience store retailers, who generally see sales grow when consumers are feel good about the economy, gas prices are low and the weather is nice. It appears that consumers are ready to unleash that optimism with more spending,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

And there is one more factor that can help grow sales for convenience stores: This past weekend’s change to Daylight Saving Time, which adds an extra hour of daylight to evening hours.

“With the extra hour people stay out later, and outdoor activities pick up — as do our sales. The time change equates to an immediate 10% lift in sales,” said E-Z Mart Stores CEO Sonja Hubbard (Texarkana, TX).

The survey was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland; 1,102 U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle such as a car, truck or van at least once per month were surveyed March 7-9, 2017. Summary results are available at nacsonline.com/fuelssurvey.


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnut on Friday, March 17

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will change the name of its iconic Original Glazed doughnut on Friday, March 17. The green O’riginal Glazed doughnut is available at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada. (Photo: Business Wire)

Name change is first in brand’s history; green doughnut will be available March 17
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — An apostrophe has never been so fun. And a doughnut has never been so green.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in unprecedented fashion by changing the name of its most iconic doughnut to O’riginal Glazed while bringing back its specially formulated green dough. Krispy Kreme’s Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnut will be available for one day only Friday, March 17, at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada.

“St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to change the color of the Original Glazed®, and our customers love sharing them with family and friends,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “What’s even rarer – like finding a four-leaf clover – is altering the name of such an iconic product. We’ve never done it. But in this instance, it’s fun and joyful, just like the holiday.”

Show your friends how you’re going green with Krispy Kreme’s O’riginal Glazed this St. Patrick’s Day using #GreenDoughnuts.

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 1,200 retail shops in 30 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

SOURCE: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation


Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Sarah Roof, 336-726-8878
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts launches first-ever digital shop and real-life Power Rangers doughnuts to promote Saban’s Power Rangers movie

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Lionsgate have teamed up to promote the release of Saban’s Power Rangers with the launch of Krispy Kreme’s first-ever digital shop and real-life Power Rangers doughnuts. Saban’s Power Rangers hits theaters nationwide on March 24. (Photo: Business Wire)

Digital shop experience in City of Angel Grove gives consumers first taste of movie

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced today that it has teamed up with Lionsgate to promote the release of Saban’s Power Rangers movie starring Elizabeth Banks as arch-villain Rita Repulsa, along with new Power Rangers played by Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and Ludi Lin. Lionsgate will release Saban’s Power Rangers in theaters nationwide on March 24.

The promotional partnership includes the launch of Krispy Kreme’s first-ever digital shop and real-life Power Rangers doughnuts available now through April 2 at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada.

Available online at www.krispykreme.com/angelgrove, Krispy Kreme’s Angel Grove shop is a digital representation of the Krispy Kreme shop featured in the Power Rangers movie. Filmed using Matterport technologies, the shop allows fans worldwide to virtually experience the shop, filled with sneak peeks at scenes from the movie not yet seen.

“We have teamed up with Lionsgate to promote the Power Rangers film in a way that allows fans to experience Krispy Kreme in a totally new, unexpected way,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The virtual opening of Krispy Kreme Angel Grove comes with the same passion and excitement experienced with a traditional Krispy Kreme shop grand opening.”

In addition to the virtual reality experience, fans can be part of the “Go Go” Grand Opening by:

  • Using the hashtag #KrispyKremeAngelGrove for the chance to receive surprises from Krispy Kreme
  • Interacting with a custom Power Rangers Snapchat geofilter, launching in the next few weeks
  • Entering a sweepstakes to win a trip to San Francisco (www.krispykreme.com/powerrangerssweepstakes).

Through April 2, participating Krispy Kreme locations throughout the United States and Canada are offering limited-time only Power Rangers doughnuts – a Kreme™-filled shell dipped in chocolate icing, sprinkled with edible silver glitter and decorated with lightning bolt candy pieces in blue, black, yellow, red and pink to match the colors of the Power Rangers’ suits. For more information, visit http://krispykreme.com/menu/Doughnuts/Power-Rangers-Doughnuts.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, the film’s heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. To do so, they have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers. For more information, visit http://www.powerrangers.movie.

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 1,200 retail shops in 30 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.3 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me series, the box office blockbuster La La Land, which won six Academy Awards®, the hit franchise sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, double Oscar winner Hacksaw RidgeTyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, The Shack, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions’ critically-acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit STARZ series including OutlanderBlack SailsSurvivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) acquires and develops a world-class portfolio of properties in the entertainment and lifestyle sectors. SB applies a global 360-degree management approach to growing and monetizing its brands through content, media, marketing, distribution, licensing and retail to markets worldwide and consumers of all ages. Saban Brands Entertainment Group (SBEG) develops innovative branded content that resonates with consumers across all media platforms. SBEG’s growing entertainment portfolio of brands includes Power Rangers, Popples, Glitter Force, Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia, La Banda and others in development. Saban Brands Lifestyle Group (SBLG) drives major expansion within the company’s diverse portfolio of fashion and lifestyle properties. SBLG’s portfolio currently includes Paul Frank, Macbeth, Mambo and Piping Hot. SB operates a global network of offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Sydney. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.


SOURCE: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation


Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Sarah Roof, 336-726-8878
Corporate Communications C


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,112,266 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from March 6, 2017 up to and including March 10, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €20.35 per share for a total consideration of € 22.6 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 11,093,542 common shares for a total consideration of €222.6 million.

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

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

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Ahold Delhaize subsidiaries reach agreements to divest five stores and one project in Belgium

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize today announced its Belgian subsidiaries have reached agreements to divest five stores and one project in Belgium. The divestments are made to comply with the conditions the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) attached to its approval of the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group in 2016.

Lidl Belgium has agreed to buy three Albert Heijn stores and one project. Tanger has agreed to buy one Albert Heijn store and one Proxy Delhaize store.

The agreements are subject to customary closing conditions. Upon fulfillment of these conditions, the stores are expected to be transferred within the next three months. The current labor and working conditions of the associates will be respected in accordance with Belgian labor laws and regulations.

The BCA approved the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group on March 15, 2016, conditional upon the divestment of eight Albert Heijn stores, five Delhaize affiliated stores and a limited number of projects in Belgium to address competition concerns raised by the regulator.

A full list of the store locations referred to can be found in this press release.

Ahold Delhaize continues to work to complete the divestment process for the other stores that need to be divested in close cooperation with the BCA and potential buyers. Until all divestment requirements are met, Albert Heijn and Delhaize stores in Belgium will continue to operate under mandatory separation.

Cautionary notice
This communication includes forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as to divest, subject to, upon fulfillment, expected to be, will be, conditional upon, continues to, until or other similar words or expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that may cause actual results of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (the “Company”) to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk factors set forth in the Company’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other disclosures. Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company’s management and assumptions based on information currently available to the Company’s management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not assume any obligation to update such statements, except as required by law.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

JCPenney partners with leading manufacturers and service providers to help customers with their home improvement plans

JCPenney Home Services

Test stores feature service displays for HVAC, bathroom remodeling, home water solutions and more

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — As homeowners continue to invest a larger percentage of their disposable income on home upgrades, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is capitalizing on the strong housing market by launching JCPenney Home Services this month. By partnering with the industry’s leading manufacturers and service providers, such as Samsung and Trane®, JCPenney Home Services is planning to test six programs in select markets to establish its relevance and appeal among shoppers. These programs will provide turn-key services for heating and cooling systems, bathroom remodeling, quick ship and installed blinds, whole home water solutions and awnings, as well as easy-to-install smart home devices.

“With the resurgence of the housing market, consumers are spending more than $300 billion annually to upgrade their homes since nearly two-thirds of the nation’s homes are over 30 years old.* There is a tremendous opportunity to capture additional revenue and minimize our dependence on apparel by catering our services to female homeowners who represent over 70 percent of our loyal customer base, and make the primary decisions regarding any home renovations,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney. “These are categories that JCPenney offered in its assortment many years ago, and we believe the timing is right to re-enter home services in order to acquire available market share and differentiate our business from our traditional competitors and pure e-commerce retailers.”

Each program will be presented as an informative, compact display located within the home department in approximately 100 stores this spring, with services and marketing varying by location. The Company has also launched a digital storefront at jcpenneyhomeservices.com, where users can shop the range of professional services offered and schedule an in-home consultation. An authorized contractor will then determine the scope of the job and provide an estimate for the total cost. JCPenney will introduce a JCPenney Home Services credit card this summer, enabling customers to take advantage of attractive promotional financing offers.

Established homeowners investing in older homes look to nationally recognized, trusted brands to help with their home improvement plans, which is why JCPenney has chosen to partner with some of the leading providers in each industry for installation and service. Customers will have the peace of mind that their project is completed to their total satisfaction, as these brands employ authorized installers who are experienced, licensed and insured. The Company is leveraging her confidence in JCPenney to deliver fast and efficient improvements from a retail brand she has long trusted to furnish her family’s home.

“JCPenney has the unique competitive advantage of a strong female customer base who has a vision for the home upgrade she wants, and will research various options and companies that offer a high level of quality and service. Much like our successful return to major appliances, we will pursue these new home services initiatives using the same multimarket test-and-learn approach,” Ellison added. “Home services presents a low-risk opportunity to drive sales with minimal investment in inventory and capital resources since we are partnering with the industry’s leading providers for service and installation.”

Living Smarter at Home
Smart home technology is surging in popularity as consumers are finding more convenience, safety and security in connected devices, as well as discovering energy savings with automation. One-third of U.S. homes have at least one connected device today and within four years, household penetration is expected to increase up to 60 percent.**

JCPenney has chosen to pilot a compelling selection of smart home technology in select stores this spring. A unique category addition to the home department, JCPenney has partnered with the industry’s leading brands like Samsung to provide simple smart home automation. With Samsung SmartThings, consumers can control and automate lighting, cameras, thermostats, door locks and more, from the iOS or Android SmartThings app or supported voice assistants. By offering shoppers the most intelligent technology available, JCPenney is helping to make customers’ homes smarter, safer and more comfortable.

JCPenney Home Services complements the soft and hard home furnishings available at JCPenney, including major appliances, furniture and flooring. A popular destination for ready-made curtains, blinds, shades and decorative hardware, JCPenney has also offered custom design and installation of in-home window treatments for nearly 60 years. This service is available today in more than 350 locations.

For historical images of home services at JCPenney, please contact DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University at degolyer@smu.edu.

For current store images of the home department, please visit:

* John Burns Real Estate Consulting and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
** Statista, market research firm

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements, images, and Company information.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

SOURCE: J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.

Whole Foods Market opens new store located at H Street NE, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 15

The first store in Northeast D.C. features local brands, in-store pub and Chef Erik Bruner-Yang

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its sixth location in the District of Columbia – and first store in Northeast – at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15. The community is invited to join store team members and company leaders at 8:45 a.m. for Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony.  Opening day shoppers will be greeted with door-buster deals and an array of in-store product demonstrations and samples.

“I’m excited to introduce the Whole Foods Market difference to our neighbors who live east of the Capitol,” said store team leader Donovan Morris, referring to the quality standards which are applied to every product sold or prepared by Whole Foods Market.  “When people understand that every single item on our shelves and sold in our restaurants is free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, colors and hydrogenated fats, they can trust that every product is made with only the best ingredients.”

The H Street location will offer:

  • Exclusive items such as sauces and spice blends from Maketto, Cava’s in-restaurant sauces bottled to take home, DC-based Snacklins’ vegan “pork rinds” and an exclusive collaboration beer from Atlas Brew Works.
  • Dozens of local favorites throughout the store including Brainfood Homegrown popcorn, Dolcezza and Milk Cult ice-creams, cold brew from Confluence Coffee Co. and Junius Cold Brew, RunningByrd Teas, Capital Kombucha and Oh-Mazing Granola, just to name a few.
  • The first expansion of Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Paper Horse concept, launched last year at Whole Foods Market’s Foggy Bottom store, featuring expanded Chinese diner-style style mains and sides, in addition to his famous noodles.

The in-store mezzanine pub has 16 beers on tap and wine by the glass, along with an eclectic menu featuring gourmet hot dogs, Raclette and charcuterie trays.

Shoppers can enjoy gourmet coffees and freshly made juices in the store’s café seating area or on the outside patio. Made-in-house prepared foods options include self-serve wood-fired pizza, sushi and an extensive salad bar.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to local communities, the H Street store opening will support three organizations:

  • Atlas Performing Arts Center, a community-centered venue for theater, music and dance located just down the street from the store will receive a check on opening day representing donations from the community who came out for preview tours Sunday and a matching gift fromWhole Foods Market.
  • Words Beats and Life, which advocates for the transformative power of hip-hop culture in all its artistic forms, will be the beneficiary of 5 percent of sales from all DC stores on March 22nd.
  • City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties, an organization that rescues adoptable cats and dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, will be the store’s first “Nickels for Nonprofits” recipient. Whole Foods Market will donate a nickel each time a customer uses a reusable bag (instead of paper) to shop.

The store will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 600 H Street NE, in Washington, D.C.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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KappAhl announces reorganization; merges Marketing and Retail functions

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — KappAhl carries out a reorganization that involves the merging of the functions Marketing and Retail.

As a result of this a new role, Vice President Customer Experience, will be recruited. The new position will be held by President and CEO, Danny Feltmann, during the introduction of the new organization.

The current Vice President Marketing, Joakim Holmstrand, will leave the company in August 2017.

For further information, please contact

Charlotte Högberg, Head Corporate Communications, tel 46 (0)70 471 56 31, email charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

KappAhl, founded in 1953 in Gothenburg, is one of the leading Nordic fashion chains with nearly 380 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our mission is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design with wide appeal. About 38 per cent of the range has sustainable fashion labelling. In 2015/2016 sales were SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees was about 4,000 in nine countries. KappAhl has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2006. More information is available at www.kappahl.com


Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Fourth-year event looking for volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With back-to-back top honors from the LPGA under its belt, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give remains one of the premier events on the tour. Tournament organizations say that success wouldn’t be possible without the help of its committed volunteers.

Registration is now open to welcome volunteers for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club.

“The support the community has shown this event the last three years is incredible,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “An event of this caliber requires an incredible commitment from our volunteers and staff, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic will need more than 700 volunteers. Responsibilities range from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting the media. During registration, volunteers can indicate their top three committee choices, and will be assigned based on preferences and availability.

“You don’t need to be an expert in golf to volunteer – anyone can help out,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “The Meijer LPGA Classic offers something for everyone as an attendee, but also for volunteers.”

The volunteer fee is $55, and includes two official tournament golf shirts, one official tournament hat, four weekly grounds passes for friends or family, one ticket to the volunteer appreciation party, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. The volunteer badge is valid as a grounds pass, as well as provides access to the Grand Taste and parking for tournament week.

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:
Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact: Christina Fecher, christina.fecher@meijer.com, 616-540-6108

CBRE Group recognized as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) has been recognized as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the fourth year in a row CBRE has achieved this recognition.

“CBRE’s values and culture are key pillars of our strategy.  We pride ourselves on being trusted advisors to our clients and our people are deeply committed to acting with integrity and excellence as they deliver strong outcomes for our clients,” said Bob Sulentic, president and chief executive officer of CBRE.

Ethisphere honors companies that influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture to underpin the decisions they make every day. Companies are evaluated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, innovation and reputation.

“Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at CBRE for being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company.”

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://ethisphere.com.

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


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CBRE Group highlights its smart building solutions with the opening of its Smart Building Client Experience Center

CBRE Group opens its Smart Building Client Experience Center

Milwaukee, WI, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced the opening of a Smart Building Client Experience Center (CEC) to spotlight leading building technology solutions. Located outside Milwaukee in the Gateway West Commerce Center, CBRE’s Smart Building Client Experience Center is a 34,000-square-foot, Class-A office building that has been designed, built, and managed as a showcase headquarters of CBRE|ESI, the company’s smart building solutions business.

CBRE’s CEC is one of just six buildings in the world that have earned a Triple LEED Platinum rating. It has also achieved an Energy Star rating of 99, an impressive achievement for this facility type and location. The center evaluates new technologies on behalf of corporate clients, equipment, and technology partners around the globe.

Capabilities include the ability to track an occupant from arrival on site to departure, with real-time capability to adjust air quality, temperature, light, audio, and visual capabilities based on movement throughout the environment. CBRE|ESI uses an advanced integration and analytics platform to securely gather and analyze data from sensors, various building systems, meters, and other devices. Best practices for network security and internet-of-things (IoT) design are showcased throughout the facility.

CBRE|ESI’s CEC also demonstrates the tangible results of cost reduction and environmental stewardship clients can achieve. The center itself performed 41% more efficiently than design models had projected.  It also eliminated 223 tons of CO2 (equivalent of consuming 25,000 gallons of gasoline) in the building’s first year of occupancy.

“The smart building process, expertise, and technology within CBRE|ESI create tremendous value for both individual facilities and global portfolios,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions. “We provide transparent assurance to our clients that their facilities are operating efficiently and optimally through the right combination of people, process and technology, while simultaneously enhancing the workplace experience for their clients and occupants.”

By opening the CBRE|ESI headquarters space to clients as an experience center, CBRE seeks to show building owners and occupiers how the blend of intelligent design, advanced technology, proactive operations planning, and strategic maintenance protocols can be applied to achieve optimal facilities performance.

CBRE|ESI, whose mission is “smarter buildings, smarter workplaces,” was founded in 1986 and was acquired by CBRE in 2015. It employs 70 engineers, designers, developers, and data scientists who provide solutions for building automation, systems integration, security, life safety, energy services, and building operations. Originally operated as a stand-alone service line within CBRE, the market demand and client interest of Smart Buildings has prompted the company to integrate CBRE|ESI services into the firm’s Global Workplace Solutions enterprise facilities management offering.

To learn more about CBRE|ESI’s CEC or to schedule a visit, contact Joe Feuling at 262-832-1317 or joseph.feuling@cbre.com.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

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


Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Fisch düngt Pflanze: REWE geht neue Wege mit Produkten aus Aquaponik

Fisch düngt Pflanze: REWE geht neue Wege mit Produkten aus Aquaponik

Nachhaltiges Verfahren schont Ressourcen und setzt auf Lokalität

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gemeinsam mit dem Berliner Start-up ECF Farmsystems engagiert sich REWE für ein ganzheitliches und umweltfreundliches Verfahren bei der Produktion von Barsch und Basilikum: Aquaponik. Die Aufzucht von Buntbarschen mitten in Berlin wird kombiniert mit dem Anbau von Kräutern – denn diese werden durch das nährstoffreiche Wasser aus der Fischzucht optimal gedüngt. Gleichzeitig verkürzt der lokale Anbau Transportwege und Kühlketten für mehr Nachhaltigkeit und Frische.

Kunden können das nachhaltige Engagement ab sofort aktiv unterstützen. Sowohl der Hauptstadtbarsch als auch der Hauptstadtbasilikum sind in ausgewählten REWE-Märkten in Berlin, Brandenburg und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern erhältlich.

Aquaponischer Anbau spart Wasser und CO2

In der modernsten Aquaponik-Farm Europas in Berlin-Schöneberg unterstützen sich Fisch und Pflanze. Der Hauptstadtbarsch wird in einer Aquakultur mit Bio-Futter und ohne Antibiotika aufgezogen sowie ständig kontrolliert. Durch die Ausscheidungen der Fische reichert sich das Wasser mit vielen guten Nährstoffen an – und wird deshalb einfach weiterverwendet. Zum Beispiel für den Hauptstadtbasilikum. Die in Hydroponik gezüchteten Pflanzen erhalten das Wasser als natürlichen Dünger. Verzichtet wird so auch auf Pestizide und Gentechnik.

Das innovative Verfahren spart nicht nur Wasser, sondern nutzt auch das darin gelöste CO2. Im ECF Aquaponik-Kreislauf wird es für die Pflanzen als zusätzlicher Dünger verwendet und schließlich wieder in Sauerstoff umgewandelt. Das Ergebnis: eine bessere CO2-Bilanz. Urban Farming – also die Aufzucht und der Anbau mitten in der Stadt – garantiert gleichzeitig kurze Transportwege und Kühlketten für frischere und nachhaltigere Produkte in den Märkten.

Weniger Plastik für mehr Nachhaltigkeit

REWE und ECF Farmsystems testen außerdem neue Wege in der Transportverpackung. Durch die kurzen Transportwege kann auf die Plastik-Bewässerungsschalen beim Basilikum verzichtet werden. So können jährlich sechs Tonnen Plastikmüll eingespart werden. Den Hauptstadtbarsch gibt es als Frischfisch ab dem 16. März in rund 140 ausgewählten REWE-Märkten. Das Hauptstadtbasilikum ist schon ab dem 8. März erhältlich.

Über REWE:

Mit einem Umsatz von 17,7 Mrd. Euro (2015), rund 119.000 Mitarbeitern und weit über 3.000 REWE Märkten gehört die REWE Markt GmbH zu den führenden Unternehmen im deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel. Die REWE Märkte werden als Filialen oder durch selbstständige REWE-Kaufleute betrieben.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2015 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 52,4 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 20 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2015 rund 232.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 38,2 Milliarden Euro.

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Unternehmenskommunikation
Mail: presse@rewe.de

Paradies Lagardère brings new retail offerings at the Louisville International Airport

Paradies Lagardère brings new retail offerings at the Louisville International Airport

Iconic news leader and signature local concepts provide busy passengers with more choices

ATLANTA, GA, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, and the Louisville International Airport (SDF), today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce several new retail offerings in the airport’s Upper Level Pre-security area, including the first ever TODAY airport retail store, as well as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Brooks Brothers stores. These new locations are designed to complement existing retail, and meet the diverse needs of SDF’s travelers.

With more than 60 years as a leading morning news broadcast providing the latest in domestic and international news, weather, entertainment and sports, TODAY has partnered exclusively with Paradies Lagardère to operate its airport retail brand. This themed travel essential store, designed to offer today’s busy and discerning travelers the next generation in travel essential concepts, showcases a thorough selection of newspapers, magazines, beverages, electronic accessories, gourmet snacks, HBA items and branded merchandise. The Today Show informs and entertains millions each day, and this store will also bring a smile to passengers at SDF.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail concept, based on the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour available to visitors, offers apparel, souvenirs, drinkware, and gifts. And as the exclusive airport operator, Paradies Lagardère is proud to offer travelers quality dress shirts, suits, ties, dresses, and fashion accessories through Brooks Brothers, an institution that has shaped American style for decades.


“We’re thrilled and appreciative to grow our long-standing partnership with the Louisville International Airport, and unveil the first ever TODAY airport retail store,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Along with new locations Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Brooks Brothers, and our other great retail brand partners, Paradies Lagardère is happy to give travelers at the airport not only well-known international brands, but the ability to shop local as well.”

 Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Travel Essentials, Specialty Retail and Food and Beverage. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

SOURCE: Paradies Lagardère


Nicole V. Linton

Marketing Communications Manager

P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
Email Nicole

2849 Paces Ferry Road
Overlook 1 – 4th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30339

Weingarten Realty Investors announces management promotions

HOUSTON, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) announced today the promotions of Richard H. Carson to Senior Vice President / Development and Acquisitions, Timothy M. Frakes to Senior Vice President / Development and Acquisitions, Chad Ellis to Divisional Vice President / Finance, Kent Maxey to Regional Vice President / Property Management, Blane O’Banion to Area Vice President / Leasing and Ken Wygle to Area Vice President / Leasing.

Richard H. Carson, Senior Vice President / Development and Acquisitions

Rick joined Weingarten in 2008 as Vice President / Senior Regional Director of New Development based out of Atlanta. Rick graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing. He is also a Georgia licensed Real Estate Broker. During 2016, Rick was successful in negotiating and acquiring The Palms at Town & Country Lifestyle Center (the Company’s largest asset) and Deerfield Mall located in Florida.

Timothy M. Frakes, Senior Vice President / Development and Acquisitions

Tim joined Weingarten in 1994 as a Regional Leasing Executive based in the Phoenix office. Tim was the Regional Development Director in 2000, and in 2003, Tim was promoted to Vice President / Senior Regional Director of New Development. In his role, Tim has developed and/or acquired approximately 36 shopping centers in 5 states. Tim graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Administration with a major in Finance. Tim was successful in negotiating and acquiring Scottsdale Waterfront, The Summit at Scottsdale, and the Westside Center during 2015-2016.

Chad Ellis, Divisional Vice President / Finance

Chad joined Weingarten in 2009 as Manager of Treasury Operations, and since 2010, has held the position of Director, Treasury Services. Prior to joining Weingarten, Chad earned his Treasury experience at major oil companies in Houston. Chad graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a major in Finance.

Kent Maxey, Regional Vice President / Property Management

Kent joined Weingarten in 2012 and is currently Regional Vice President of Property Management. In his role, Kent oversees all Property Management responsibilities within the Central Region. Kent earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and has earned his Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) designation. He is also a member of the International Council Shopping Centers and The Institute of Real Estate Management. Prior to joining Weingarten, Kent spent more than 12 years in property management with General Growth, AMReit and Read King.

Blane O’Banion, Area Vice President / Leasing

Blane joined Weingarten in 1999 as a Leasing Executive in our Dallas office. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science. Blane has volunteered extensively with ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) over the past 10 years and currently serves as the State Operations Co-Chair of Texas.

Ken Wygle, Area Vice President / Leasing

Ken joined Weingarten in 2005 as a Leasing Executive and was promoted to a Regional Leasing Director in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2013 overseeing a portfolio consisting of Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Ken graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in Economics.

“These Associates are an integral part of the Company’s overall success; their promotions reflect our acknowledgment in their ability and the contributions they make to Weingarten,” stated Drew Alexander, President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At December 31, 2016, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 220 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.7 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.5 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein that state the Company’s or Management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which by their nature, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Reference is made to the Company’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information or factors that may impact the Company’s performance.

Weingarten Realty Investors
Michelle Wiggs, (713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island announceS divestment plan for its Kiln Street site

Foodstuffs North Island has announced that it is marketing for sale its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream in Upper Hutt.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Foodstuffs is committed to maintaining its Wellington operations, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex and is assessing options to either sell the site and take a leaseback over a portion of space or to move its office staff to an alternative location within the Hutt Valley,” Foodstuffs North Island’s General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

“We have more space than we need at Kiln Street so it makes good business sense for us to look at alternatives.

“Our intention is to work with prospective purchasers to lease back part of the Kiln Street site in the short to medium term,” Rowles says. “Our bottling plant may remain in a portion of the warehouse at Kiln Street on a leaseback arrangement. We will also lease back space in the short to medium term for our support centre staff, depending upon availability of suitable alternative premises in the Hutt Valley and feedback from prospective purchasers.

“Given the strength of the current property market, it’s a good time for us to sell our Kiln Street property and reinvest the funds in our store network,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It is being marketed for sale by Bayleys. Tenders are open from March 10 until April 12.


Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

PetSmart launches its biggest philanthropic campaign in its 30-year history

For Every Bag of Dog or Cat Food Purchased, PetSmart Will Donate a Meal to Pets in Need*

PHOENIX, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart announced today the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks. PetSmart said it expects to contribute more than 60 million meals** under this philanthropic program – its biggest philanthropic campaign in its 30-year history. The program will run March 1 – December 31, 2017.

PetSmart carries a wide range of dog and cat food brands and its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program includes all brands and sizes of dog and cat food bags purchased at the 1,500-plus PetSmart stores, as well as online at PetSmart.com and PetSmart.ca. Nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities® plans to collaborate with national nonprofits to help effectively distribute the pet food directly to pets in need.

“At PetSmart we love pets and we believe they make us better people. To celebrate our 30 years of continued commitment to helping pets in need every day and as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere, we want to celebrate by giving back even more,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Throughout 2017, every time pet parents purchase any bag of dog or cat food in our stores or online, they can rest assured they are also helping feed pets in need. When their pets eat, pets in need eat, too. It’s that simple.”

According to David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, up to 7 million pets enter shelters every year across North America. While these pets await adoption and their forever homes, they need access to pet food, making pet food a significant operating expense for animal welfare organizations. According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey involving nearly 1,800 of its animal welfare partners across North America, only 20 percent of these organizations receive pet food donations and about 8 percent are on contract with pet food brands to receive subsidized pet food.

As well, Haworth noted not all pets in need live at shelters and many are with their families, who are served by food banks and pantries. According to some national food banks, it is estimated that one in seven Americans rely on these facilities. Pet food is a rare offering in human food bank programs and is not an eligible item for purchase through most food assistance programs. As a result some families in need often sacrifice their own food, feeding their beloved pets human food to ensure they have something to eat.

“We are proud to team up with PetSmart on this important philanthropic initiative in celebration of its 30 years in business,” said Haworth. “These food donations are key to helping animal welfare organizations free up precious resources so they can continue their life-saving work, as well as deliver pet food as an option at food banks and pantries. We look forward to seeing the impact this significant pet food donation will make to close the gap on this critical and essential need in animal welfare.”

For 30 years, PetSmart, with its non-profit partner, PetSmart Charities, has been a leader in adoption, saving more than 7.3 million pets’ lives — more adoptions than any other brick-and-mortar organization.  PetSmart Charities is the leading funder of animal welfare across North America, donating more funding support — about $300 million to date — to help pets in need.

Visit PetSmart.com or PetSmart.ca to find the store nearest you or to shop online. For more information on PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, see PetSmart.com/giveameal and PetSmart.ca/giveameal.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as 204 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption.  PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home.  Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com,  AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S.  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017.  For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017.

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About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

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About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca

* For every bag of dog or cat dry food purchased at a PetSmart store, PetSmart.com or PetSmart.ca between 3/1/17 – 12/31/17, PetSmart will donate a meal (5 oz dog food; 1.5 oz cat food) to PetSmart Charities to help feed a pet in need. Visit www.PetSmart.com/giveameal for more information.** Actual donation based on dog and cat food bag sales.  Meal donation goal based on historic sales for similar time period. No guaranteed amount.

SOURCE: PetSmart


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