Netatmo Security cameras, the smartest way to protect the house, roll out across the US in 800 Home Depot Stores

FRANCE, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netatmo Security cameras, the smartest way to protect the house, roll out across the US in 800 Home Depot Stores.

As more than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States, Americans are increasingly concerned about the security of their home. Thanks to their Artificial Intelligence algorithms, Netatmo indoor and outdoor security cameras Welcome and Presence, understand what’s happening in and around the home and alert the user in case of intrusion.

Netatmo, a revolutionary smart home company developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics, expands the distribution of Welcome and Presence, their indoor and outdoor security cameras, on

More than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States ending with over $5,000 in stolen property. 85% of police officials believe that home monitoring systems help deter burglary attempts. In this context, 93% of Americans think that having a home security system is necessary. They want solutions for monitoring and protecting their homes.

Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, connected home security devices make precise assessments of suspicious situations, such as detecting a break-in or the outbreak of fire. Unlike conventional security systems, which require human analysis, these Artificial Intelligence algorithms understand what is going on in the home and alert the user in real time, who can then alarm the authorities.

With its Security range, Netatmo offers a comprehensive system for home security.


Homes without security or alarm systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into. Welcome, the indoor security camera with face recognition, is a game changer in the industry. Instead of the usual motion alerts which require to waste time watching footage, Welcome sends a notification saying that an intruder has been detected in the home, complete with a picture of their face and a video footage. The camera notifies the user exactly who is at home, on their smartphone: the neighbor coming to water the plants while the family is away or a burglar.

MSRP: $199


With its breakthrough deep learning algorithm, Presence, the outdoor security camera, detects and reports on people, cars and animals. Placed outside the house, the camera analyses in real-time if someone loiters around the home, a car enters the driveway or a pet is in the yard. Presence understands what it sees and notifies the user with smart notifications if something is detected in the monitored area: “Person seen,” “Car seen” or “Animal seen.”

Presence features an integrated smart floodlight that can detect and scare off any unwanted visitors or light the way when it’s dark. In addition, the spotlight can be manually switched on with the App.

MSRP: $299

About Netatmo

Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Truly smart, Netatmo’s innovative products provide a seamless experience that helps users create a safer, healthier and more comfortable home.

Netatmo carefully designs the mechanics, electronics and embedded software of all its products to the highest standards. Netatmo also creates the mobile and web applications that fully realise their potential.

Since 2012 Netatmo has released thirteen devices and accessories, divided into four categories:

  • Weather – The Personal Weather Station and its accessories, the Additional Module, the Rain Gauge and the Wind Gauge.
  • Energy – The Smart Thermostat and the Smart Radiator Valves, both designed by Philippe Starck.
  • Security – The security cameras Welcome, for indoor, and Presence, for outdoor, and their accessories, the Tags and the Indoor Security Siren, and the Smart Smoke Alarm
  • Air care – Healthy Home Coach, the smart indoor climate monitor

Netatmo is a leading innovator in the smart home industry with products available through a growing network of distributors worldwide, selling to consumers through major retail and B2B channels.

Through its program “with Netatmo”, Netatmo develops connected solutions with leading brands in the building industry to be integrated into residential home infrastructure, whether new-build or renovation.

In November 2015 Netatmo completed a series B funding round of $31 million. The company previously raised $4.7 million in 2013.

Cashless Drive will Push India’s Retail Sector to New High

Chennai, India, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  The Government’s ambition to make India a cashless economy was further vindicated by its recent Budget proposals for 2017-18 which have series of measures aiming at pushing cashless transactions even by small retailers across India.

The government has made its intention clear when it first introduced Aadhaar (smart) ID cards as mandatory document to open bank accounts, and later linked all existing account holders and LPG subsidy beneficiaries to prevent malpractices.

But there was still a lot of (unaccounted) cash on circulation and more than 90 per cent of transactions were happening through cash in India with corruption reining high at all levels. The demonetization of higher order currencies announced last November was the last nail in the coffin to rid wide-spread corruption, black money and fake currencies, the three major elements which were weakening the very basic pillars of our economy.

The demonetization has indeed created acute cash crunch forcing people to use plastic money and digital transactions. It was definitely a calculative move by the government to make cash scarce and restricting daily withdrawal limits in banks, so that it can effectively push cashless dealings by individuals and traders.

However, it is grossly inadequate to cater over one billion populace with a meager 1.5 million card swiping POS machines presently offered by banks to retailers.

The retail sector, which is experiencing fast-track growth offering over 10 per cent share to the country’s GDP, presently needs at least five million POS machines to meet the existing demand from retail traders. Looking at the future demand for such devices, we need to scale up this figure to 10 million by 2020.

Though banks were instructed to provide three million POS machines by March 2017, the difficulty to procure make-in-India Mobile POS machines has forced many to look for such devices from countries like China, Taiwan, Japan and European nations. Sensing the delay in getting machines in time, the government has recently relaxed the rules for BIS certification for imported POS machines, which will further reduce the cost and speed up the process of equipping traders with mobile POS devices to do cashless transactions.

The unprecedented demand for mobile POS machines in India has made several local businesses vying to consolidate their position by introducing alternate payment solutions such as mobile wallet or digital wallet using smart phones to Indian retailers. The demand for POS machines has also opened a plethora of opportunities for growth for companies manufacturing and marketing POS machines such as magnetic card readers, POS terminals to do retail billing and other allied devices such as receipt printers, barcode scanners, barcode printers, cash registers, etc.

As Point of Sale remains the lifeline for Indian retail sector, the large scale    usage of POS technology which involves software-driven POS system to carry out host of business operations including desktop billing, mobile billing, cashless transaction using credit or debit cards, inventory management, staff management, customer relation management, multi-store sales tracking, and hosts of other back-end operations crucial for business growth.

Today we have a number of grocery retail stores coming up across the country which offer customers a unique shopping experience with modern POS machines and latest mobile technology, which also help automate their business for better performance and growth. POS has changed the way people shop for their daily needs compared to few years ago.

Retail businesses using mobile card payment option has indeed helped many augment their business. With government announcing a lot of sops for POS sector in its Budget for 2017-18 fiscal, the intention is clear to make the country a cashless economy treading through ‘Point of Sale’. The move will further trigger the already fast-paced retail sector to worth a whopping USD one trillion by 2020 from the present 600 million.

As majority of POS payment devices need to be imported (to meet the target of three million POS machines by March 2017), the government has eased the import norms to make it available freely in the Indian market. The Union budget has proposed tax exemptions in basic customs duty, special additional duty and excise duty for manufacturers of PoS card readers, fingerprint readers, mobile PoS (mPoS) and iris scanners.

The tax exemptions will encourage domestic manufacturers to produce card swipe machines and biometric devices in reduced cost which will strengthen better penetration for digital and Aadhaar-enabled payment systems.

Bhaskar Venkatraman speaks on Union Budget for 2017-18 and its impact on Indian retail sector and POS technology products.

Millennium India is looking at it as a great opportunity to reach out to millions of retailers with latest POS technology products which include mobile card swipe machines, mPOS devices, POS terminals and other allied devices which will help strengthen digital payment environment in the country. As demand is going to be unprecedented in the coming years, apart from managing through offline marketing, we are also pushing POS devices through our e-commerce arm, an exclusive online marketplace for POS technology products,” says Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd and

The budgetary proposal to impose banking cash transaction tax on withdrawals above Rs 50,000 will further push customers towards digital transactions. This, along with abolishing of merchant discount rates charges on usage of credit/debit card and giving 50 per cent subsidy on biometric devices will bring more small traders towards cashless transaction. This will also encourage them to use POS machines as they no longer lose revenue in each card transaction.

So, there will be huge demand for POS products in India in the coming years from retailers and POS sector is gearing up to meet the demand and become major stake holder for retail sector’s growth metrics.

After ‘digital India’ initiative, the government’s latest push to make the country a cashless economy  through demonetization and digital payments will create windfall for POS manufacturers and dealers in India as the demand for such devices are going to witness astronomical rise in the coming months.


For Media Contact: 

K Ramanathan,

Millennium Retech Ventures India Pvt Ltd,

G-19,2nd  Floor,Block-16, 2nd Main Road,
Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai-600 058.

91+ 9384612789

The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director

The House of Givenchy announces the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director


Paris, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Waight Keller as Artistic Director, effective May 2nd 2017.

Clare Waight Keller will take on all creative responsibilities, including Women’s and Men’s Ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as Haute Couture.

Philippe Fortunato, Chief Executive Officer of Givenchy, states: “The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family. I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our Maison’s 65 year heritage and the outstanding Savoir-Faire of its Ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

Bernard Arnault , chairman and CEO of LVMH, declares: “I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH Group. I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path. I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the Maison’s continued success.”

Clare Waight Keller states: “Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary House’s history. I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Clare Waight Keller will present her first collection for the House of GIVENCHY in October in Paris, for Spring/Summer 2018.


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


H&M opens its first store in Kazakhstan

H&M opens its first store in Kazakhstan


Grand opening of the first H&M store in Kazakhstan was held at MEGA Alma-Ata on 18 March, 2017 and gathered more than 1,000 customers lined up since the night before.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A long queue lined up night before the shopping center doors were open, expecting their first shopping in a large and bright H&M store. The earliest H&M customers were welcomed with coffee, snacks and gifts, whilst tracks were playing by the popular DJ’s of the city. The H&M team performed a lively dance in honor of the opening of the first store in the new market.

“We are very happy to see so many H&M admirers in Kazakhstan. We are sure that we will meet all expectations, providing Almaty residents with opportunity to always be stylish and follow the world fashion trends. Welcome to H&M!” says Saed El-Achkar, Country Manager H&M Russia and Kazakhstan.

The H&M 2-floor store in size of more than 3,000 sqm at MEGA Alma-Ata is carry the full assortment of H&M including ladies, men’s, kids, accessories, lingerie and shoes. H&M offers a variety of the latest, affordable fashion trends as well as timeless basics at the best price.


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

Source: H&M


Asda removes its Slimzone range of healthy, frozen ready meals from its shelves

LEEDS, England, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 19, 2017), Asda will remove its Slimzone range of healthy, frozen ready meals from its shelves.

Since its launch in January, Slimzone has proven to be extremely popular with Asda’s customers and, as one of the best value healthy ready meals of its kind on the market, many were keen to include it in their diet.

A spokesperson for Asda said: “We take great pride in the integrity of the claims we make about our products. Recent information has come to light indicating that the method used by Slimming World to assess whether a ready-meal is free or not, surprisingly, is partly subjective and involves more than simply making food with free ingredients.

“Slimzone was always intended to bring more choice and lower prices to customers shopping for healthy frozen ready meals but because of this new information, we have chosen to remove the range while we consider the best option for our customers.”

Source: ASDA

Dollar General Corporation announces the retirement of its EVP and CMO James “Jim” W. Thorpe

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today ( March 16, 2017) announced James “Jim” W. Thorpe , executive vice president and chief merchandising officer (CMO), will retire from Dollar General effective April 15, 2017.

“Jim’s strong understanding of our core customer and passion for our business have been instrumental in driving innovation in our merchandising initiatives,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “When Jim rejoined the company in 2015, we agreed upon a clear set of objectives for his tenure as CMO. As I knew he would, Jim has delivered on the merchandising strategies we identified as our highest priorities. I’m grateful for his contributions and wish Jim and his family the best in the future.”

“Being at Dollar General has been the highlight of my career. I have been very fortunate to work with talented executives and an exceptional merchandising group. While I’m excited for the next chapter, I will miss being part of such a great team and I have no doubt Dollar General will continue to grow and lead the way in the small-box discount retail business,” said Thorpe.

Thorpe joined Dollar General in 2006 and served as its Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager until July 2012. He returned to Dollar General as Executive Vice President and CMO in August 2015. Prior to Dollar General, Thorpe served in merchandising leadership positions with Sears Holdings Corporation and in marketing roles with Zenith Data Systems and MAXIMA Corporation.

Dollar General has started a search for a successor and will consider both internal and external candidates for the job.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,320 stores in 43 states as of February 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at

Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington

Matt Hancock

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald

Crystal Ghassemi

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Rite Aid starts its annual fundraising campaign to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

  • Now Through May 6, Customers Can Purchase $1 Paper Miracle Balloons to Support Their Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
  • Rite Aid Raised $6 Million in 2016, Bringing Grand Fundraising Total Since 1994 to Nearly $81 Million

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — From now through May 6, Rite Aid associates chainwide will be raising money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital during the Company’s annual Miracle Balloon campaign. Rite Aid customers will be encouraged to support their local children’s hospital by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloon and in return, customers will receive $7 in coupon offers for select products sold at Rite Aid.

“For nearly 25 years, Rite Aid has been a proud sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our associates to raise funds during the campaign and the generosity of our customers and supplier partners, we’re able to bring our core value of being a caring neighbor to life, helping to make miracles happen for children being treated at the 95 hospitals we support across the country.”

The 2017 campaign marks Rite Aid’s 23rd year of fundraising for the organization, which helps provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting sick and injured kids. Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid has raised nearly $81 million, including $6 million in 2016, for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making Rite Aid the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner. In addition to selling Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates host a variety of special fundraisers such as motorcycle rides, golf and fishing tournaments, plant and flower sales and car washes.

“We’re thrilled our long-time partner, Rite Aid, is kicking off their annual fundraising campaign during Children’s Hospitals Week, a new initiative dedicated to shining a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We are so grateful for Rite Aid’s continued support and applaud their unwavering commitment to improve the lives of the sick and injured children.”

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at and

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum

Source:  Rite Aid Corporation

Whole Foods Market announces special discounts on facial care and cosmetics during Beauty Week 2017, March 22 to 28

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Beauty Week 2017, Whole Foods Market is offering special discounts on its wide selection of facial care and cosmetics. From March 22 to 28, all facial care and cosmetics will be 25 percent off. In addition, on Friday, March 24, stores will offer limited edition beauty bags for $18 apiece, while supplies last.

The beauty bag is made from organic cotton and is handcrafted by talented artisans in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving and hand-tasseling. Valued at $90, the custom bag contains Whole Foods Market’s beauty favorites, including Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Juice Beauty, Trilogy and more. Beginning March 22, shoppers can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win their own limited edition beauty bag through posting on Instagram or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves.

“We’re thrilled to host our third annual Beauty Week and to offer great deals on our selection of beauty products,” said Maren Giuliano, global Whole Body executive coordinator at Whole Foods Market. “The quality standards for our beauty department are unparalleled, and we hope shoppers will find their new favorite beauty product in our department during Beauty Week.”

Whole Foods Market’s beauty department has been lauded for years. In 2012, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics named the company “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety; in 2014, the grocer was named runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards’ “Sustainable Leadership” category; and in 2015, Giuliano was recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty.”

There are more than 75 ingredients common in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products Whole Foods Market sells, including phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA and aluminum chlorohydrate. Whole Foods Market also created its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for “organic” claims in the body care industry.

Press Contacts:

Darrah Gist

Lauren Bernath

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market


Xcel Brands, Inc. to work with Ariel Foxman to develop digital and media strategies and drive its data analytics effort

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB)  announces Ariel Foxman will be working with their executive team as a consultant who brings more than two decades of leadership, brand building, content creation, e-Commerce execution and digital analytics experience. He will work with Xcel to fully develop digital and media strategy and drive their data analytics effort.

Prior to Xcel, Ariel was the Editorial Director for InStyle Magazine, and People StyleWatch, where he oversaw all content creation, media strategy, publishing and business development, as well as being accountable for all core magazines and digital platforms. His awards include earning the Fashion Media Brand of the year in 2015 from Daily Front Row as well as receiving Advertising Age’s Top Five Magazines of the Year two years in a row (2012-2013).

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design.

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Taylor
PR Associate
Xcel Brands, Inc.

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Price Chopper Supermarkets to host Kosher Open House just in time for Passover

Colonie, NY, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for Passover, Price Chopper Supermarkets will be hosting a Kosher Open House to highlight the breadth of its everyday kosher offer as well as the more than 1,000 Kosher-for-Passover products available for the pending holiday. Kosher store teammates and kosher trade partners will provide samples of everyday kosher and Kosher-for-Passover products, local kosher catering experts will offer cooking tips, and the Vaad Hakashruth will field questions about kosher dietary laws. Passover begins the evening of Monday, April 10 this year.

The open house will be held on Sunday, March 26 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Price Chopper’s Kosher Store in Colonie (1892 Central Avenue), the region’s premier kosher market.

This year’s Kosher-for-Passover display includes the largest ever variety gluten free items.

Representatives from Kosher food purveyors such as Dr. Brown’s, Empire Kosher, 47th Street Pizza, Joyva, Kayco, Kedem Food, Lieber’s, Manischewitz, Meal Mart, Montreal Kosher, Osem, Paskesz, Streit’s, and Tabatchnick will be in attendance to speak with customers.

Year-round, the Kosher Store in the Colonie Price Chopper, under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hakashrut of the Capital District, includes a larger Kosher meat and deli department as well as the area’s only full service Kosher bakery. The expanded department is the largest Kosher section in Northeast New York (between Monsey and Montreal). In addition, the Kosher meat shop, deli and seafood departments will be kashered or prepared for Passover (under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District) in order to provide customers with the most popular fresh cuts of meat – brisket, Top of the Rib, French Roast, Veal Roast and Turkeys. Kosher for Passover deli salads, meat provisions and cuts of salmon will also be available.

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


Mona Golub
Price Chopper

Jonathan Pierce
APR Pierce Communications

Source: Price Chopper

CBRE achieves number one global position for commercial real estate investment sales according to Real Capital Analytics

Los Angeles, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) was the top-ranked firm for commercial real estate investment sales globally during 2016, according to Real Capital Analytics (RCA). CBRE has achieved the number one global position in each of the six years that RCA has published global rankings, which are based on seller representation activity.

RCA credited CBRE with 22.2% of market share* across all property types in 2016 on a global basis—an 800 bps (basis points) lead over the nearest competitor. CBRE held the top spot in RCA’s global rankings for office, retail, industrial, apartment and development sites.

RCA—which tracks global commercial real estate sales of $10 million and greater—estimates that approximately $1.28 trillion of commercial real estate was sold throughout the world in 2016. CBRE’s global investment sales volume reached $129.0 billion—an increase in volume of 2.6% year-over-year, according to RCA.

CBRE was also the number one firm for commercial real estate investment sales in the Americas in 2016. RCA estimates that approximately $411.5 billion of commercial real estate was sold in the Americas during last year. CBRE’s investment sales volume in the Americas reached $76.2 billion across all property types for a market share* of 23.7%.

“A wave of global capital continues to have increased attraction to the real estate sector and this will drive transactions in the months ahead. The world’s leading Sovereign Wealth Funds control close to US$7 trillion in assets and currently allocate just three percent to commercial real estate. While some of these funds are already investing in global markets, others from countries such as Japan, are only just getting started,” said Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital Markets, CBRE.

“The Chinese have become a force in global real estate as they seek to diversify and enhance returns, but government controls are slowing capital migration. That said, over a trillion Chinese-sourced dollars are already at work around the world and this can be recycled to a large extent. On the whole, Asian growth will continue in 2017, with more demand from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea. The big Asia story for 2017, however, is likely to be Japan,” added Mr. Ludeman.

Highlights from RCA’s 2016 global rankings include:

  • CBRE executed $51.7 billion in global office sales as seller representative, for an industry-leading market share of 21.7% in 2016.
  • CBRE also claimed the top global position in retail sales as seller representative, with $18.0 billion in transactions—an increase in volume of 9.3% year-over-year. CBRE increased its global retail sales market share by 110 bps to 18.5% in 2016.
  • CBRE was again the top global firm in logistics and industrial sales as seller representative, with $19.0 billion in transactions—an increase in volume of 3.4% year-over-year—for a market share of 32.3%.
  • CBRE apartment sales totaled $31.1 billion as seller representative—an increase in volume of 16.7% year-over-year. CBRE increased its apartment sales market share to 23.7% in 2016.
  • CBRE was again the top firm in development site sales as seller representative in 2016, with $5.2 billion in transactions and a market leading share of 24.1%.
  • CBRE was also the leading buy-side broker globally.

* Market share has been calculated based on the dollar volume of transactions where CBRE represented the seller, divided by the total volume of seller-brokered transactions.

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.

CBRE’s new Global Prime Office Rents survey: Hong Kong is the world’s highest-priced office market

Los Angeles, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hong Kong is the world’s highest-priced office market, according to CBRE Group, Inc.’s new Global Prime Office Rents survey. European markets showed the most consistent growth in prime office rent, mostly due to a lack of supply. Belfast (up 25 percent year-over-year) led the way among the 121 cities surveyed.

Hong Kong had two of the top three most expensive office markets. Hong Kong’s (Central) held the top spot with prime office rent of US$264 per sq. ft. per year and Hong Kong (West Kowloon) (US$163 per sq. ft.) was third.  Rounding out the top five were two Chinese markets — Beijing (Finance Street) (US$179 per sq. ft.) at #2 and Beijing (Central Business District (CBD)) (US$156 per sq. ft.) at #4 — and London’s West End (US$146 per sq. ft.).  The most expensive market in North America was New York (Midtown Manhattan), number six on the global list, with a prime office rent of US$144 per sq. ft.

Global prime office rents—which reflect rent, excluding local taxes and service charges for the highest-quality, “prime” office properties—rose 2.3 percent compared with a year-earlier for the 12 months ended [December 31, 2016], with EMEA up 3.7 percent and Asia Pacific and the Americas each up 1.8 percent.

Four of the top five fastest-growing (prime office rents) markets were in Europe, with Stockholm, Berlin and Dublin joining Belfast on the list. Chicago (Downtown), with rent growth of 19.9 percent was the top market in the Americas and was number two on the global list.  Hong Kong (West Kowloon) with a rent rise of 9.3 percent was the top growth market in Asia.

“We expect the global economy to pick up momentum with growth boosted by fiscal expansion in the U.S.,” said Richard Barkham, global chief economist, CBRE. “Growth was underpinned by positive monetary conditions in Europe and increased government spending in China, both of which are expected to continue.”

CBRE tracks office rents for prime office space in 121 markets around the globe. Of the top 50 “most expensive” markets, 20 were in Asia Pacific, 19 were in EMEA and 11 were in the Americas.

Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Europe has seen the strongest rent increase due to low supply and high demand. Stockholm, Berlin and Dublin had significant rent growth. However, rents in London’s West End fell by 6.3 percent as activity waned in the wake of the Brexit referendum. In Istanbul, rents fell by 11.1 percent, largely due to political instability in the area.

30 of the 56 EMEA markets recorded a year-over-year increases in prime office rents.

Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific led the list of most expensive prime office rents with seven of the top 10 most expensive markets—Hong Kong (Central), Beijing (Finance Street), Hong Kong (West Kowloon), Beijing (CBD), Tokyo (Marunouchi/Otemachi), Shanghai (Pudong) and New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD).

Prime rent growth in Asia Pacific averaged 1.8 percent and was strongest in gateway cities. Hong Kong (West Kowloon) led the way at 9.3 percent due to strong demand from Chinese companies for premium locations and very tight supply conditions. Technology start-ups have played a key role in the fastest-growing markets in Asia Pacific, such as Bangalore, Sydney, Bangkok and Auckland.

The most expensive market in the global ranking from the Pacific Region was Sydney (US$78 per sq. ft.), in 20th place.

In the Americas, three markets—Chicago (Downtown), Seattle (Suburban) and Seattle (Downtown) showed double-digit growth in prime office rents year-over-year, due to a lack of new construction in Chicago and technology growth in Seattle.

Several markets dependent on the oil and gas industry experienced lowered prime office rents, including Calgary (Downtown and Suburban), Houston (Downtown) and Denver (Downtown).

Overall, office rents increased in 19 out of 34 U.S. markets covered in this survey.

Mexico City was the most expensive market in Latin America, with prime office rent of US$50 per sq. ft. and ranking as the 40th most expensive market globally. Prime office rents in São Paulo declined but Buenos Aires saw a modest increase.

Note: The full Top 50 Most Expensive Markets chart is located at the end of this press release.

1.    The Global Prime Office Rents report is a survey of office rents for prime office space in 121 cities worldwide.
2.    The survey provides data on office rents as of December 31, 2016.
3.    The Largest Annual Changes rankings are based upon occupancy costs in local currency and measure. The Most Expensive ranking is based upon occupancy costs in US$ per sq. ft. per annum.
4.    The figures given in this release refer to office rents. This represents rent on a net-basis (exclusive of service charges and taxes). The office rent figures have also been adjusted to reflect different measurement practices from market to market.
5.    Due to methodology changes, comparisons with figures in previously released reports are not valid.
6.    To obtain a full copy of the report or to arrange to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (

global prime office rents

CBRE’s Global Prime Office Rents survey is performed semi-annually.

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.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION partners with Samasource Kenya to connect people to digital work opportunities

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION partners with Samasource Kenya to connect people to digital work opportunities


BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER FOUNDATION has partnered with Samasource Kenya to lift more people out of poverty by connecting them to digital work opportunities – and giving them a chance to create a better future for themselves.

Samasource Kenya is BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s latest partner in the pursuit of making a better world through business.

Giving talent from poor areas in countries in the developing world an opportunity is core to Samasource’s strategy for mapping a pathway out of poverty. And the pathway is digital.

Through the partnership with BESTSELLER FOUNDATION, the Samasource Kenya delivery centre in Nairobi will get an additional 80 workstations – and bring the total number of workstations from 210 to 290. With 2.4 shifts per day it means that almost 200 additional young talents can be taken in and offered a job and a living wage.

The work at the Samasource delivery centre consists of data processing projects such as image optimization and classification, enhancing data and turning content into data. Examples of clients are companies such as eBay, Google, TripAdvisor, Marriot, Walmart, Yahoo and many more. According to Samasource, the investment by BESTSELLER FOUNDATION will enable Samasource to meet some of the demand, but further expansions are already in the pipeline – the market for this type of work is far from saturated.

Samasource was founded in 2008 as a social enterprise with the aim of connecting people at the bottom of the pyramid to dignified digital work. Samasource US is based in San Francisco and has been instrumental in creating awareness about Samasource’s model and thereby securing a steady flow of data projects for the delivery centres. Samasource agents in Nairobi, Kenyas capital, are trained through the Samasource Digital Basics Training program. Samasource broke even in 2016 and is now able to invest revenue into programmes for its agents.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s director, Kristian Sloth Petersen, says that Samasource’s success of making a social enterprise financially sustainable while growing the social impact is a perfect scenario for an investment: “It is great to meet a company that in so many ways matches BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s philosophy of creating positive social change and development that is sustained by a profitable business model. We hope to build a strong relationship with Samasource and play a role in deepening and expanding the impact it makes around the world.”

Samasource’s CFO, Tony MacDonald, says that adding a partner that is mission aligned and visionary will help support Samasource’s expansion plans and adds: “The team is very excited to work with BESTSELLER FOUNDATION as a global thought partner and we look forward to jointly expanding our impact across the world.”

Helen Wairimu is 22 years old and has been with Samasource Kenya for one year. After completing the Samasource Digital Basics Training program, she started working at the Samasource delivery centre in Nairobi. For several months, she has been the top performer at the delivery centre where she still works – and her earnings have made her the financial rock in her family. She has been supporting her parents and she also pays school fees for a cousin.

She’s inspired by the relatively flat structure and the mutual respect among colleagues and superiors and says that it’s a dignified job. She’s particularly intrigued by the management style at the Samasource delivery centre and hopes to rise to the position of team leader. Building on the skills and experience, she has gained with Samasource she plans to start school in the evenings and eventually get a higher diploma in animation.

About Samasource

Since it was founded in 2008, Samasource has employed over 8,000 young men and women from low-income areas in Haiti, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and India. Prior to employment, they are trained through the Samasource Digital Basics Training programme.

At the trainings, participants are taught basic computer skills and financial literacy and they receive career guidance and are offered insights into entrepreneurship.

After completing the training successfully, trainees can be linked to a Samasource delivery center where they are offered a job and a salary.

The average young person who joins the Samasource Digital Basics Training program is 25 years old and only 1 in 10 comes from formal employment.

Before coming to the programme, they survive on $2.20 per day on average.

Three years after joining Samasource, the daily average income has just about quadrupled to $8.15 for the 85% who remain in formal employment or are furthering their education (or a combination).


Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00



7‑Eleven introduces the first ever Trolli-branded Slurpee flavor – Pineapple Lime

7‑Eleven introduces the first ever Trolli-branded Slurpee flavor – Pineapple Lime


7‑Eleven, Inc. and Ferrara Candy Company’s Trolli brand are at it again with another Weirdly Awesome collaboration – this time featuring (slow clap) sloths, an exclusive Slurpee® flavor, Weirdly Awesome straws and a FREE offer.

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. and Ferrara Candy Company’s Trolli brand are at it again with another Weirdly Awesome collaboration – this time featuring (slow clap) sloths, an exclusive Slurpee® flavor, Weirdly Awesome straws and a FREE offer.

The world’s largest convenience retailer is introducing the first ever Trolli-branded Slurpee flavor – Pineapple Lime – and exclusive to 7‑Eleven, Trolli Sour Brite Sloths gummy candy. Why? Because customers love to mix their favorite fruity candy with their favorite Slurpee drinks! The Trolli-branded Slurpee in Pineapple Lime takes that experience to the next level. In a nod to Trolli’s popular Sour Brite Crawlers, four Weirdly Awesome Slurpee straws will also be available for purchase in select stores.

Use the Weirdly Awesome Slurpee straws to create a crawlers mustache and goatee or perform magic with the help of a few crawlers, all while sipping on the new Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Slurpee- and candy-lovers who purchase a straw for $1.99 will receive a FREE package of Trolli 2-ounce candy. Suggested retail price for a standard package of candy is $1.39.

“Trolli is thrilled to be collaborating with 7‑Eleven to combine the most Weirdly Awesome animal in the world with Trolli’s perfect combination of sweet and sour candy, delivering a one-of-a-kind Slurpee experience,” said Jill Manchester, senior vice president of Marketing and Brand Innovation, Ferrara Candy Company. “In our Weirdly Slothsome world, Sour Brite Sloths love Slurpee drinks, especially our new lip-smacking Pineapple Lime flavor. Throughout March and April, keep an eye out for slow-crawling social content, sweet product giveaways and mega-chill spring break activities.”

Trolli Sour Brite Sloths candy, Pineapple Lime Slurpee drinks and Weirdly Awesome straws are available exclusively at participating 7‑Eleven® stores for a limited time or while supplies last.

“People can’t get enough of this slow little guy,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of Marketing and Brand Innovation. “Slurpee season is the time of year when people love to chill out with their favorite Slurpee drink and hang with friends. There’s no animal more chill, or who knows more about hanging out, than a sloth. The Trolli Slurpee collaboration is a great way to say goodbye to winter and kick off BevFest™, a celebration of 7‑Eleven and all its beverages.”

With spring break around the corner, the Trolli Slurpee truck will be popping up in popular beach destinations including Panama City, Daytona Beach and South Padre Island, handing out free Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee drinks and swag. Spring-breakers can check out 7‑Eleven, Slurpee and Trolli social channels for additional dates, places and more.

BevFest is billed as “The Ultimate Festival for the Thirsty” celebrating the exclusive flavors and beverage varieties that can only be found at 7‑Eleven. Customers have unlimited beverage possibilities, including a cup of hot, fresh-brewed coffee, Big Gulp® drinks, unique 7-Select™ teas, juices and iced cappuccino flavors and more!

Visit Trolli at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@Trolli_USA). For more information on 7‑Eleven, visit www.7‑ and on FacebookTwitterSnapchat, and Instagram (@7eleven). You can also find Slurpee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Slurpee).

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.

About Ferrara Candy Company, Inc.

Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Ferrara Candy Company is a leading general line candy manufacturer, created by the merger of Ferrara Pan Candy Company, Inc. and Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. in 2012. The Company manufactures a robust portfolio of branded and private label confections that consumers love. For more information, please visit the company’s website,

Contact: 1-800-255-0711

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.


PetSmart Charities expands its grant categories to provide more ways for nonprofits to benefit from funding support

Six New Grant Categories; Now 10 Total, Offer Eligible Nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada More Chances than Ever Before to Apply for Funding for Initiatives Aligned with PetSmart Charities’ New Mission

PHOENIX, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, today ( March 21, 2017) unveiled a new grant application timeline that will provide year-round funding opportunities for animal welfare organizations, as well as newly eligible nonprofits dedicated to bringing people and pets together. Under its new mission, PetSmart Charities, along with its Canadian counterpart, PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, has expanded its grant categories from four to 10, providing more ways than ever before for nonprofits to apply for and benefit from grants and funding support.

“We remain steadfastly committed to helping pets in need and finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, which donated more than $37 million to directly help pets in the U.S. and Canada in 2016. “Under a newly refined mission, in addition to supporting the quality care of pets in need, we also hope to better leverage the power of pets and bring more people and pets together – enhancing the quality of life for both. We’re excited to expand our funding support to help even more pets and people with new grant opportunities like those that keep pets and their families together during difficult times and support animal-assisted therapy programs — just to name a few.”

Haworth noted that the new grant areas are in addition to the core funding PetSmart Charities has long-provided for spay/neuter procedures, emergency relief, conferences and training and adoption efforts. “We look forward to continuing to support more than 3,000 animal welfare partners across the U.S. and Canada, and joining forces with new nonprofits that share our new mission.”

Animal welfare and nonprofit organizations in need of grant support can refer to the new grant application timeline outlined below and available on

Year-Round Grant Categories:  
PetSmart Charities will accept grant applications and provide funding year-round for four grant categories that are essential to facilitating lifesaving care and adoptions for local pets in need, as well as training efforts for current and aspiring animal welfare professionals. These grant opportunities are open now through Jan. 31, 2018:

  • Adoptions: These grant opportunities help current and potential PetSmart and PetSmart Charities adoption partners connect people with adoptable pets every day at PetSmart stores and at signature events, including National Adoption Weekends which are held four times a year.
  • Conferences and Training*: These funding opportunities are aimed at supporting multi-organizational, professional-level learning opportunities that have a national or state/provincial focus for employees and volunteers working within the animal welfare industry.
  • Emergency Relief: These grants are dedicated to providing support to organizations that offer assistance for pets and pet parents in the event of a natural or man-made disaster during the rescue, relief and/or recovery stages.
  • NEW Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets*: This new grant category is focused on supporting programs that champion the power of pets such as specialized training for service animals supporting military veterans and people with disabilities, as well as pet therapy programs implemented in facilities such as hospitals, schools and senior homes. This grant category will open on Apr. 1, 2017.

NEW: Helping Shelter Pets Thrive, Apply Apr. 1 – 30:
This new area of focus supports organizations that build capacity and additional resources to care for homeless pets with a focus on adoption. Through this new focus, PetSmart Charities hopes to enhance pets’ lives while they are in shelters and increase their chances of finding a forever home. Grant categories include:

  • NEW Shelter Operations (formerly introduced as Shelter Management): These grants support shelter-based programs that improve adoptions, reduce pet length of stay, and strengthen shelter infrastructure. Applicants must have a brick-and-mortar shelter.
  • NEW Transport: The grant area supports organizations that relocate adoptable pets to areas where the demand for pet adoption is high so they will have the best chance at finding their forever family.

NEW PROCESS: Capital Grants, Apply through a Letter of Intent due May 1, 2017**
Creating and maintaining quality facilities that accommodate local pets in need is essential to increasing their chances of finding a forever home. For animal welfare organizations that have requests for more than $50,000 in capital funding assistance, PetSmart Charities requests that a Letter of Intent be submitted for consideration by May 1, 2017. If approved, the applicant will receive an invitation to apply for funding.

  • Capital: Assisting with the construction, rebuilding or remodeling of animal welfare organization facilities or the purchase of equipment that fulfills the needs of companion animals.

NEW: Keeping Pets Out of Shelters, Apply May 1 – Jun. 30:
This new grant area is dedicated to keeping pets and their pet parents together wherever possible. With a focus on decreasing the number of pets entering shelters, PetSmart Charities will now offer grant opportunities to support programs and initiatives that proactively prevent pet homelessness and mitigate families surrendering pets during challenging transitions. Grant categories for consideration include:

  • NEW Keeping Pets and Families Together: This funding area is focused on creating resources for families that are or may experience domestic violence, homelessness and/or military leave that would enable them to keep their pet.
  • NEW Intake Diversion: Pets are surrendered for a range of reasons and keeping pets from entering shelters by making wellness clinic services, as well as behavioral training and education more accessible, is key to this new category focus.

Spay/Neuter, Apply Aug. 1 – 31
Spaying and neutering pets is a proactive approach to help reduce the overpopulation of pets in local communities. Through these efforts, animal welfare and nonprofit organizations can decrease the number of unplanned litters and the number of pets entering shelters.

  • Spay/Neuter: This grant area supports the prevention of unplanned litters through targeted spay/neuter programs and clinic development, as well as free or low-cost spay/neuter procedures, trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts and veterinary school initiatives.

PetSmart Charities has donated more than $310 million to help pets in need across North America since 1994, more than any other animal welfare funder. In the U.S., PetSmart Charities recently received its 14th straight 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits. This ranking places PetSmart Charities among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

For more information on how to apply for a grant on behalf of a deserving animal welfare organization***, please visit or

*Grant category is open for applications until the stated deadline or until all designated funds are allocated.
**Animal welfare and nonprofit organizations with capital requests for over $50,000 in funding should submit a Letter of Intent by April 30, 2017, to be considered.
***All applicants for grant support must provide documentation verifying status as a 501(c)(3) organization for the U.S. or as a registered charity in Canada.

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

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
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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

Lauren Sawyer

PetSmart Media Line:

Source:  PetSmart Inc.

Tops Friendly Markets announces cooking classes at its Tops Cooking School

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of cooking classes at its Tops Cooking School to appeal to the chef in all of us. From heart healthy classes to baking up sweet treats, Tops Cooking School has hands on classes for everyone!

“The Tops Cooking School provides a great learning environment where everyone can come together and learn great recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great too,” said Grace Hanusin, regional cooking school manager. “What’s more is that the ingredients used in these recipes are readily available for purchase in most Tops Markets so participants can easily make these recipes at home.”

During the month of March Tops Cooking School is offering the following classes as part of their Eat to Your Heart’s Content Series

Beans for a Better Heart Taught by Registered Dietitians, these nutrition experts will lead participants through an evening of information and sampling of delicious recipes. Thursday, March 23, 6:00-8:30 pm (355 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca) Tuesday, March 28, 6:00-8:30 pm (3980 Maple Rd./N. Bailey, Amherst)

Garbanzo, kidney, black, pinto, mung…the variety of beans is endless, and they’ll all a heart healthy nutrition too! Join us during this culinary and nutrition class where you will be taught why and how beans can help your heart and also how to incorporate them into every meal throughout the day, even during breakfast! Black Bean Salsa with Pita Chips*, Breaded Garlic Cannellinis*, Garbanzo Bean Cakes with Avocado Dressing*, Black Bean Chocolate Brownies*

*Denotes vegetarian friendly recipes

All classes are subject to run based on enrollment.

As part of the Hands on Adult Classes Tops is pleased to offer:

Springtime Baking Friday, March 24, 6:00-8:30 pm (355 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca) Thursday, March 30, 6:00-8:30 pm (3980 Maple Rd./N. Bailey, Amherst)

There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh made baked goods throughout the house. Here are some of my mom’s specialties that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! Hot Cross Buns, Cinnamon Star Bread, Old Fashion Two-Tone Cheesecake.

All classes are subject to run based on enrollment. Classes are designed for adults aged 18 years old and up. Any children ages 16-17 years old may come accompanied by an adult.

For more information about Tops Cooking School and other upcoming classes visit

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at


Kathy Romanowski

Source: Tops Markets

Lowe’s Canada sponsors Tagliani Autosport’s #18 racecar for the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series (NPS) season

Lowe’s Canada sponsors Tagliani Autosport’s #18 racecar for the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series (NPS) season


Boucherville (Québec), 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada is proud to announce its sponsorship of Tagliani Autosport’s #18 racecar for the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series (NPS) season. In 2016, Alex Tagliani enjoyed his best season ever in the NASCAR Canada division and Lowe’s Canada looks forward to a very exhilarating new season ahead.

“We are very excited to support Alex Tagliani, a driver who holds an exceptional track record in the racing world and who shares the same values as Lowe’s Canada in terms of excellence and integrity,” commented Mr. Sylvain Prud’homme, President and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. “We look forward to a very exciting NASCAR Pinty’s Series season with Alex and his entire team.”

“I am very excited about our newest sponsor, Lowe’s Canada,” mentioned Alex Tagliani. “As someone who really enjoys home renovation and construction, carrying the Lowe’s logo is a huge honour for me. It’s no secret that I spend as much time as I can in Lowe’s various banners and can often be found there while my wife is running some other errands! It’s not every day that you can find such a personal connection with the brands you represent. I can’t wait to start interacting with our new fans, customers and Lowe’s employees across Canada.”

Between May and September, Alex Tagliani and his #18 racecar will visit stores across Lowe’s Canada banners, including Lowe’s, RONA and Réno-Dépôt, where he will meet fans and sign autographs. Lowe’s Canada will also work closely with EpiPen — another one of Alex Tagliani’s sponsors — in variety of promotional events to further promote a safe environment and raise awareness not only for racers who suffer from food allergies, such as Alex Tagliani, but all those who live with that reality.

About Lowe’s Canada

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 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA, inc., operates over 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 24,000 employees, as well as more than 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


Lowe’s Canada to support the entire independent retailer network and to further leverage the Ace dealer support program

  • Investing resources to support and grow the Canadian home improvement network and further leverage the Ace brand
  • Ace dealers poised to receive more attractive product pricing, marketing support, a dedicated website with a platform for online sales and broader offering

Boucherville, QC , 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada today (February 16, 2017) announced that it is investing resources to support and grow the entire independent retailer network and to further leverage the Ace dealer support program. The company plans on enhancing dealer growth by fostering marketing support, growing the Ace product offering, and providing even more attractive product pricing.

“Our goal is to support Ace dealer sales growth and profitability by establishing a dynamic dealer support program that offers our dealers a better share in their markets,” said Alain Brisebois, Executive Vice President of Affiliated Dealers. “We strongly believe in independent retailers, a key vector for our growth. Within this context, investing in Ace programs will ensure a successful longer term outcome.”

After a detailed and complete business review that included customers, products, programs and facilities, a decision has been reached to integrate the Ace Canada distribution and business centres into existing Lowe’s Canada facilities. This decision will allow Ace dealers to benefit from lower cost of goods and to connect to Lowe’s Canada retail intelligence.

“The Ace brand has a strong reputation for quality products and services. The purpose of this transition is to drive growth throughout the Ace Canada dealer network,” said Brisebois. “Integrating these operations in the Lowe’s Canada facilities and systems is a pre-requisite to offering dealers a dedicated website with a platform for online sales and allowing them to take advantage of an omni-channel strategy.”

The integration of operations will result in the closing of the Winnipeg, Manitoba distribution centre and head office and the Kitchener, Ontario distribution centre, which will be completed in the company’s fourth quarter this year. Moving forward, Ace head office functions in Winnipeg will relocate to the Lowe’s Canada regional office in Mississauga, Ontario. The existing distribution network in Calgary, Alberta and in Boucherville, Quebec, as well as the Lowe’s Canada head office in Boucherville, will be leveraged to continue serving Ace dealers previously served in Winnipeg and Kitchener.

Lowe’s Canada will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition with resources that actively support employees, dealers, vendors and customers. The company will ensure all dealers continue to be served throughout the transition from the Winnipeg distribution centre until the end of August and the Kitchener distribution centre until late fall. Lowe’s Canada will also continue to recruit and grow the Ace dealer network across the country.

About Lowe’s Canada

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 2015 sales of $59.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA, inc., operates over 535 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 24,000 employees, as well as more than 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

PVH further participates in the fast growing online channel with the acquisition of direct-to-consumer e-commerce retailer True&Co.

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] announced today (Mar. 16, 2017) that it has entered into an agreement to acquire True&Co., a direct-to-consumer intimate apparel e-commerce retailer. True&Co. is changing the way women shop online by redesigning the art of bra shopping. It uses a proprietary fit quiz to recommend bras and other intimates that will best fit the responding consumer. Leveraging its consumer-centric data for the over five million women who have taken its quiz, True&Co. enables women to embrace an entirely different and personalized lingerie shop that offers a fun, fashionable and truly intimate experience. This acquisition will enable PVH to further participate in the fast growing online channel and provides a platform to increase innovation, data driven-decisions and speed in the way it serves its consumers across its channels. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PVH Corp., commented: “Today’s announcement illustrates our commitment to driving innovation across our business and demonstrates our commitment to making strategic investments in our digital platforms to support our long-term growth initiatives. We believe that we can leverage the analytics tools of this data-driven company, while leveraging PVH’s intimates category expertise, including global brand management, product know-how and supply chain.”

“Five years ago, I founded True&Co. to change the way women shop for intimate apparel. In PVH, we have a strategic partner who can help us bring this change to as many customers as possible. We look forward to joining PVH’s portfolio of brands and to help drive growth initiatives for PVH’s other brands,” said Michelle Lam, Co-founder of True&Co.

About PVH Corp.

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.

About True&Co.

True&Co. provides a unique lingerie e-commerce experience. Founded in 2012 by Michelle Lam, based in San Francisco and designed in New York City, True&Co. originated the online Fit Quiz that transformed the way women shop online by matching recommendations far beyond typical measurements. Leveraging more than 130 million data points for over five million women to date, the company provides a uniquely personalized customer experience with great product.

PVH CORP. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements made in this press release, including, without limitation, statements relating to PVH Corp’s (the “Company”) future plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation, (i) the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the Company may be considered to be highly leveraged, and uses a significant portion of its cash flows to service its indebtedness, as a result of which the Company might not have sufficient funds to operate its businesses in the manner it intends or has operated in the past; (iii) the levels of sales of the Company’s apparel, footwear and related products, both to its wholesale customers and in its retail stores, the levels of sales of the Company’s licensees at wholesale and retail, and the extent of discounts and promotional pricing in which the Company and its licensees and other business partners are required to engage, all of which can be affected by weather conditions, changes in the economy, fuel prices, reductions in travel, fashion trends, consolidations, repositionings and bankruptcies in the retail industries, repositionings of brands by the Company’s licensors and other factors; (iv) the Company’s plans and results of operations will be affected by the Company’s ability to manage its growth and inventory; (v) the Company’s operations and results could be affected by quota restrictions and the imposition of safeguard controls (which, among other things, could limit the Company’s ability to produce products in cost-effective countries that have the labor and technical expertise needed), the availability and cost of raw materials, the Company’s ability to adjust timely to changes in trade regulations and the migration and development of manufacturers (which can affect where the Company’s products can best be produced), changes in available factory and shipping capacity, wage and shipping cost escalation, and civil conflict, war or terrorist acts, the threat of any of the foregoing, or political and labor instability in any of the countries where the Company’s or its licensees’ or other business partners’ products are sold, produced or are planned to be sold or produced; (vi) disease epidemics and health related concerns, which could result in closed factories, reduced workforces, scarcity of raw materials and scrutiny or embargoing of goods produced in infected areas, as well as reduced consumer traffic and purchasing, as consumers become ill or limit or cease shopping in order to avoid exposure; (vii) the failure of the Company’s licensees to market successfully licensed products or to preserve the value of the Company’s brands, or their misuse of the Company’s brands and (viii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Risks and uncertainties related to the acquisition include, among others: the risk that the conditions to the closing are not satisfied and the transaction is not completed; uncertainties as to the timing of the acquisition; competitive responses to the acquisition; the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, synergies from the acquisition; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the acquisition; litigation relating to the acquisition; the inability to recognize the expected benefits of the acquisition; the inability to integrate the acquired business without disruption to the acquired business or existing operations; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

Source: PVH Corp.

H & B Packing Co., Inc. recalls boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103

WASHINGTON, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — H & B Packing Co., Inc., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 79,461 pounds of boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Mar 19, 2017).

The boneless beef items were produced on March 6, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 60-lb. box containing boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17.
  • Multiple combo bins containing 73,682-lbs of boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17.
  • Two combo bins containing 4,095-lb of “Beef Chuck” with case code 73033 and production date 03/06/17.
  • Combo bin containing 1,624-lb of “Beef 94S Combos” with case code 118078 and production date 3/06/17.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M13054” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food manufacturers within the state of Texas.

The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified by the State of Texas’ Meat Safety Assurance Unit about a positive non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli sample.

There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O103 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with STEC O103 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in customers’ freezers.

Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to use them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground meat that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground meat is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature,

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Kris Shirey, H&B Packing Co., Inc., Q.A. supervisor, at (254) 752-2506.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.govWash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Fish: 145°F
  • Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Poultry: 165°F
  • Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113


H & B Packing Co., Inc. recalls boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103


Source: USDA

NCR continues to empower financial institutions in India with 200,000 ATMs produced in its manufacturing facility in Chennai

NCR continues to lead the financial services industry in India with innovative technologies that provide exceptional customer experiences

CHENNAI, India, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (March 15, 2017) announced that its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Mahindra World City, in Chengalpet, Chennai has achieved the unique distinction of having produced 200,000 ATMs since the facility’s inception in 2002. This manufacturing facility not only meets India’s domestic market requirements, but significantly contributes to exports.

According to RBR Research’s ‘Global ATM Market and Forecasts 2017’ report, NCR continues to lead the ATM market with over 45 percent share. India currently has a little over 225,000 ATMs and of these, more than 50 percent i.e. about 122,000 ATMs are NCR ATMs. NCR’s omni-channel solutions continue to empower financial institutions (FIs) in India to unlock amazing experiences and grow efficiently.

“This accomplishment reflects the committed efforts of our team at NCR, the support we receive from FIs in India and the government’s vision of promoting domestic manufacturing initiatives,” said Navroze Dastur, managing director, NCR India and South Asia. ”The ATM suite we offer is not limited to cash withdrawal and deposits but also includes ATMs that act as 24×7 available mini bank branches. Our ATM portfolio caters to  tech-savvy urban customers and extends to reach villages across rural India to enable financial inclusion”.

India is a growing economy with over 65 percent of the population under the age of 35. The country’s young workforce is well travelled, qualified; with high disposable income and has a voracious appetite for technology. This is driving India to become the world’s fifth largest consumer market by 2025.1

“We are immensely proud to have attained the unique distinction of having manufactured 200,000 world-class ATMs at our India manufacturing facility which is indeed an unparalleled accomplishment,” said C Santhakumar, senior operations director, Manufacturing and Quality for NCR India. “Thanks to the enormous talent pool in India, its strategic location and the additional capacity of our state-of-the-art facility, NCR is in a great position to introduce innovative omni-channel technologies to give today’s time-compressed consumers the freedom to determine not just what services they wish to consume, but exactly how they wish to consume them.”

NCR continues to stay committed to India with service and support centres in over 260 locations, covering about 4,500 contact points in India alone. With its team of over 3,500 professionals, NCR continues to transform into a “hardware-enabled, software-driven” business. The team at NCR’s Hyderabad R&D facility strives to ensure that innovation remains a continuous and unabated process.

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

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

Web sites:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation