SPAR Slovenia expands range of organic and vegan products

SPAR Slovenia introduces new vegan product line Nussyy

SLOVENIA, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumers expect to find an increasing range of organic and vegan products on the shelves of their local supermarket instead of having to go to a specialist store. SPAR Slovenia meets this expectation, regularly introducing new products and ranges, with the latest being two new vegan product lines ‘Veganz’ and ‘Nussyy’.

As well as launching these products with a great campaign, they also highlighted their organic food range under the theme ‘IZBERI BIO’. The aim of the campaign was to position SPAR as an organic food and vegan-friendly retailer and showcase vegan products to shoppers who in principle do not avoid animal products, but seek to vary their menu.

The campaign was large in scale with a series of television and online advertisements, outdoor billboards, diverse print ads, online and mobile advertising and social media promotion, all complemented by POS advertising.

The outdoor and TV ads firstly built the brand image, which was then followed by product advertising. The promotion leaflet featured Veganz, Nussyy and BIO products in specific sections. Online advertising included: advertorials; backgrounds takeovers of the most popular internet portals; and banners. A social media and culinary website on which SPAR Slovenia created a vegan section was also featured.

On social media, the visibility of vegan products and the connection with SPAR was increased – using at least one Veganz or Nussyy product in all published recipes during the period of the campaign.

In addition to conventional digital advertising, SPAR Slovenia sought an alternative and effective way to bring Veganz and Nussyy products closer to customers. This was achieved with the help of popular and trusted influencers. This group were also the content creators – providing recipes, tests, videos and photos that were shared on their social media channels and blogs.

Vegans are very active in finding new products and stores where they can buy from. To create awareness among this target audience, SPAR Slovenia partnered with active users in the biggest vegan groups on social media. Social networks were flooded by positive comments and photos of Veganz and Nussyy products.

The campaign was successful in terms of engagement and positioned SPAR as an organic food and vegan-friendly retailer among a wider targeted audience.

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Overstock.com urges Colorado legislators to pass an anti-tattletale tax bill

Company urges legislators to avoid backlash over privacy concerns

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) publicly urged Colorado legislators to pass an anti-tattletale tax bill to avoid a public outcry if online retailers are forced to report Colorado citizens’ private online transactions to the state.

“When Colorado’s legislature passed a law requiring retailers to report to the government all Coloradans’ private online transactions, we never thought we’d be staring down the barrel of imminent compliance,” said Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com’s Chairman of the Board. “After seven years of litigation, that’s exactly where we are today.”

Colorado’s tattletale law, which goes into effect July 1, is one of many state measures designed to force or irritate out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on in-state transactions.  The law states that if a retailer doesn’t collect the tax, then it must report private Coloradan customer transaction data to the state, and also send a report to Colorado customers by first class mail.

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, observed that when Colorado passed its transaction reporting measure, legislators believed that online retailers would surely collect the tax rather than turn over their sensitive customer data to the state.

However, given the high cost and risk of compliance with 12,000 inconsistent tax regulations nationwide, most retailers have no practical choice but to report transaction data as required.  For many years, Overstock has supported several bills now before the U.S. Congress that would allow states to collect sales taxes, but with a view towards easing the compliance burden of these 12,000 state taxing authorities and their varying laws and regulations.

A recent poll on Colorado law demonstrated that 78% of Coloradans believe that the tattletale law is a clear invasion of their privacy.  Few polls reflect such overwhelming opposition, and Overstock expects that unless the data reporting component is repealed, an enormous citizen backlash is imminent.  While critical of the existing law, Overstock applauded those legislators now sponsoring a bill to repeal the reporting portions of the law as well as some other unreasonable components.

“We regard Overstock’s customer transaction data as some of the most sensitive in the world,” said Johnson.  “Thus, we employ costly and highly advanced technical measures to prevent unlawful access.  But when states pass unwise bills, forcing us to turn over the very data we work hard to protect, all that goes out the window and all bets are off.”

“Given the cost constraints under which most state governments operate, we would think that Coloradans would want to question whether their data will now be safe on state servers—whether those state systems will safeguard it equally as well as it is now safeguarded by the privacy and technical standards employed in private sector,” Johnson went on to explain.

Overstock noted that if the partial repeal bill does not pass, the company will let customers know in advance that their sensitive data will be handed over to the state, and will supply legislative contact information to help customers voice their complaints to local Senators and Representatives.

“We sincerely hope that the Colorado legislature will now act in the high interests of all of its citizens and our customers and pass this important repeal measure before the mandated reporting compliance deadline,” concluded Johnson.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has turned millions of houses into dream homes as the premier value destination for home goods including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Overstock.com has been a pioneering force in e-commerce since 1999, providing our customers the assortment and convenience they want for less. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Worldstock.com, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world, and Main Street Revolution, supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in the U.S. by giving them access to our national customer base. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

O, Overstock.com, O.com, O.co, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  O.biz and Space Shift are also trademarks of Overstock.com, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-K for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

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Amazon announces season two of the Emmy-nominated All or Nothing via the Amazon Prime Video

  • Yesterday season one was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary category
  • To relive the drama of season one with the Arizona Cardinals, customers can now watch 28 exclusive behind-the-scenes clips via the X-Ray feature

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has greenlit season two of the Emmy-nominated All or Nothing, an Amazon Original Series produced by NFL Films. This season of All or Nothing will give Amazon Prime members access to an NFL season unlike any that’s been captured on screen. Customers will get to see the Rams’ entire 2016 season, which began with their relocation back to Los Angeles and culminated with the hiring of a new head coach and preparations for the 2017 season.

Prime members will be able to stream All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at amazon.com/allornothing. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams will also be available to Prime members in Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK.

All or Nothing brings Amazon Prime members a deep dive into the lives of professional athletes,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are excited to highlight the LA Rams in season two, a team with a compelling story of relocation, rebuilding and reuniting with the city they once again call home.”

“NFL Films proved again that they’re the best in the business with the groundbreaking new franchise, All or Nothing, whose inaugural season profiling the 2015 Arizona Cardinals was the highest-rated original series ever on Amazon Prime Video,” said Jordan Levin, Chief Content Officer, NFL Media. “Chronicling the return of the Rams to Los Angeles provides an unbelievably unique backdrop to season two and one which provides NFL fans and viewers around the world rare insight into a team overcoming an extraordinary set of circumstances to build their future.”

“Since bringing pro football back to the Los Angeles region last year after a 21-year absence, we have been committed to giving NFL fans an up-close view of our journey,” said Rams EVP of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff. “We are pleased that NFL Filmscaptured this important chapter in the NFL’s history and are looking forward to working with Amazon to bring this behind-the-scenes look at our team to their customers.”

The first season of All or Nothing, which followed the Arizona Cardinals throughout the 2015 season, currently has an average customer rating of 4.8, with 89% 5 star reviews, making it the highest-rated non-kids Amazon Original Series on Prime Video. Customers can now watch 28 exclusive behind-the-scenes clips from season one by accessing the X-Ray feature on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and +3P Android mobile devices.

Produced by NFL Films, All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams is executive produced by Ross Ketover (Hard Knocks, Inside theNFL), and Pat Kelleher (Hard Knocks, 30 for 30 – Four Falls of Buffalo). The showrunner is Keith Cossrow (A Football Life). Directors are Shannon Furman and Pat Harris. Supervising producer is Bennett Viseltear and senior producer is Nick Mascolo.

Below are customer quotes from season one of All or Nothing:

  • “Hands DOWN…The BEST Football documentary I’ve ever seen.”
  • “Must See TV for Football Fans”
  • “AWESOME! Whether you’re a fan of the Cardinals or just the NFL in general, this documentary series is awesome!”

Below are media quotes:

  • “It’s a tour de force of reality television and newly-broached ground.” – CBS Sports, Will Brinson
  • “The football scenes in this series are enthralling.” – The Ringer, Robert Mays
  • “‘All or Nothing’ is a solid reminder of what makes football so great and why this sport is America’s favorite pastime.” – Zap2It.com, Emily Bicks

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, available to Amazon Prime members as add-ons to their membership – to view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

About NFL Films

NFL Films, the most honored filmmaker in sports television history with 123 Sports Emmy Awards – remains a gold standard in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. With more than 100 million feet of film in its library, NFL Films is the historical backbone of NFL Network and a key supplier of the network’s programming, including the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life, offering untold stories into the lives of some of the NFL’s most recognizable icons, and The Timeline, chronicling seminal moments that formed the NFL’s storied past, shape the present and, in some cases, set the stage for the future.

NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

About the Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football Leagueand since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 30 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a professional sports team, the organization is committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. For more information visit www.therams.com and follow the Rams on Facebook and Twitter, @RamsNFL.

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Carrefour Market earns AFNOR Diversity Label for its commitment to diversity and equal opportunities

Carrefour Market earns AFNOR Diversity Label for its commitment to diversity and equal opportunities

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Market has been committed to diversity and equal opportunities for more than 10 years now, and was awarded the AFNOR Diversity Label on 27 March in recognition of its commitments and its concrete initiatives to promote diversity and gender equality and tackle all forms of discrimination.

Diversity and equal opportunities: one of the mainstays of Carrefour’s HR commitment
As the leading private employer in France, Carrefour is keen for its 115,000 employees to reflect the society in which the group operates. This aim is part of the company’s very DNA. Carrefour advocates diversity in all its forms (origin, age, physical appearance, gender, disability, etc.) so that the country’s population is represented in the teams in stores, warehouses and even the head office.

This long-standing commitment resulted in the AFNOR certification in 2014, awarded in recognition of the initiatives implemented by Carrefour Market for its employees. Carrefour has now been awarded the Diversity Label which rewards and encourages diversity among employees in terms of profile, origin and expertise, as well as initiatives designed to promote social mobility.

Concrete initiatives to promote diversity and equal opportunities
Under  the Diversity Charter that Carrefour signed in 2004,  Carrefour Market has been implementing major, innovative initiatives for more than 10 years, all designed to promote diversity and equal opportunities for its 30,000 employees in all its 500 consolidated stores.

Since 2005, an agreement promoting professional equality between men and women has brought the share of women managers up to 34% in 2016 (vs. 22% 10 years ago), and increased the number of women store managers to 131.

As of the end of 2016, 6.71% of Carrefour Market employees have some form of disability. The retailer celebrated the 10th anniversary of the signing of the “Mission Handicap” agreement which is designed to raise employees’ awareness of disabilities and provide disabled employees with support on a day-to-day basis.

Thanks to the action plan for the over-50s that was implemented in 2010 and the first intergenerational agreement entered into in 2014, Carrefour Market employees over the age of 50 accounted for 19% of employees as of the end of 2015 (vs. 17% at the end of 2012).

Helping young people establish a foothold on the job market is also one of the priorities of the retailer’s HR policy. For many years now, it has been creating ties with partners involved in helping young people who have had difficulty finding employment. These include the Restos du Cœur, Permis Sport Emploi, the Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion, l’Ecole de la 2ème Chance (“Second Chance School”), the Fondation des Apprentis d’Auteuil and the Nos Quartiers ont du Talent (“Talent in our Neighbourhood”) association. For example, 14 beneficiaries of the Restos du Cœur interested in working as butchers joined Carrefour Market to train for their Professional Qualification Certificates in butchery.

SOURCE: Carrefour

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Carrefour opened its 27th Easy Carrefour Store in Shanghai, China

CHINA, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — On March 23rd 2017, Carrefour successfully opened its 27th Easy Carrefour Store in Shanghai, China.

Sitting on Long Dong Avenue, the newly-opened Easy store covers an area of approximately 332 square meters with over 4,000 items.
The first convenience store under Easy banner opened its door in 2004, and Carrefour China has now a total of 27 stores in Shanghai.

At Carrefour, we are committed to facilitate our consumers with a more convenient lifestyle to the surrounding consumers by offering an abundance of goods and quality services to meet the daily necessities of community residents.

SOURCE: Carrefour

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English asparagus now on sale at Tesco stores

English asparagus now on sale at Tesco stores

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the UK’s most eagerly-awaited annual vegetables, English asparagus, will go on sale more than three weeks earlier than usual at Tesco stores across the UK today (Thursday March 30).

The high quality Jubilee variety has been exclusively grown for the supermarket in Suffolk.

This early English variety is traditionally available from late April and is often regarded as one of the best in the world because of the UK’s near ideal growing climate – with the right balance between perfect soil, sun and rain.

The recent sunshine has brought the harvest forward this year, meaning that remarkably, customers will be able to enjoy British asparagus in March.

Tesco Produce Buying Manager David Daniels said:

“This is a brilliant opportunity for customers who love English asparagus, to enjoy it unusually early in the year. 

“Thanks to the mild weather of late, our grower in Suffolk has been able to produce enough asparagus to supply stores across the UK, which is really quite a feat.

“The Jubilee asparagus is regarded as one of the best varieties in the world, and with its delicate sweet and nutty taste, it’s perfect for a healthy spring salad.”

Next week Tesco will also be offering customers English carrots for 29p thanks to a seasonal bumper crop which has matured early.

Tesco does not want to see extra produce go to waste so for a week from Wednesday April 5 it will take a further one million carrots from growers.

This means farmers will be supported with their increased yield and customers can benefit from this season’s bumper crop and price drop from 45p for a 1kg bag to only 29p.

David Daniels added:

At Tesco we’re passionate about working in partnership with our suppliers so that no edible food goes to waste.

“We are always looking for ways to work with our farmers and growers to give customers the best quality food at fantastic prices.

“This is the latest bumper crop that we been able to take in recent months which has also included great deals for customers on cauliflowers, strawberries, cherries and lettuces.”

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The Jubilee asparagus variety has been exclusive to Tesco since 2012.
  • Tesco’s Jubilee asparagus will be on sale in 400 stores and will cost £2.50 for a 160g pack.
  • The carrots will be available as part of Tesco’s Redmere Farm range

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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Starbucks brings back Colombia Nariño Supremo coffee for a limited time

Starbucks brings back Colombia Nariño Supremo coffee for a limited time

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — After an 8-year hiatus, Starbucks is once again offering Colombia Nariño Supremo coffee in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, and online for a limited time. This coffee shares a long history with the company: It first debuted in Starbucks® stores as a single-origin coffee in 1990.

“When I started working at Starbucks in 1993, the first coffee I tasted was Colombia Nariño Supremo,” said Andrew Linnemann, Starbucks vice president of Global Coffee and Tea Quality, Roastery Operations. “I can still remember the heady aroma, along with the richness and depth in the cup. I never thought a coffee could be so exotic and memorable.”

Colombia Nariño Supremo is a medium-bodied coffee with herbal and bittersweet chocolate notes and a walnut-like finish, distinctive to Colombia’s Nariño region. The coffee is the second offering in Starbucks new series of single-origin coffees and is 100 percent C.A.F.E. Practices, verified by an independent third-party to help ensure that the coffee is grown according to our economic, social and environmental benchmarks.

“Nariño’s signature flavor is nutty and herbal, but when those tastes are enhanced with a juicy, mouthwatering acidity, it gives what a local exporter describes as a ‘special kick,’” Linnemann said. “We love that kick!”

As its name suggests, Colombia Nariño Supremo comes from the Nariño region in southwest Colombia. Supremo refers to the coffee bean’s superior size that lends itself to a consistent roast and depth of flavor.

Nestled between the Amazon basin and the Andes Mountains, coffee in Nariño grows at elevations around 6,000 feet. The high elevation and tropical climate allow the coffee cherries to develop slowly, creating a complex and refined flavor. Because of its proximity to the coast and active volcanoes, Nariño’s soil has an unusually high percentage of organic material that provides the perfect conditions for coffee trees to flourish.

Over the years, Starbucks has found exceptional coffees from this region and has used Nariño coffee in a variety of ways – from Starbucks® Espresso Roast to single-origin Colombia Nariño and Nariño 70 Cold Brew.

“Seeing this coffee return to our stores is like welcoming home cherished family and friends,” said Linnemann. “You pick up right where you left off, one cup at a time.”

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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IKEA named to People’s first annual “50 Companies That Care” list

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (03/30/2017) IKEA announced it was named to People’s first annual “50 Companies That Care” list, jointly chosen by People and Great Place to Work. The companies were recognized for going above and beyond to create a caring environment for employees, and for supporting them throughout their professional and personal lives.

This list is based on more than 368,000 surveys from individuals employed by U.S. businesses across a range of industries. The 2017 “50 Companies That Care” were also selected based on their benefits and charitable work, as well as personal accounts of the positive impact these organizations have made on the lives of their employees.

IKEA U.S. has recently been recognized among stakeholders, the media and customers for its new parental leave policy. As of January 1, 2017, IKEA has been offering an expanded parental leave benefit for all co-workers who are welcoming a child into their families providing up to 4 months paid time off.* Additionally in January 2015, IKEA implemented a new minimum wage structure based on the local living costs instead of the cost of labor. In January 2016, IKEA raised local minimum wages again. The average minimum hourly wage is $11.87 and all IKEA stores have a minimum wage above $10 per hour. The average hourly pay rate is $15.45/hour.

Over the last year, IKEA U.S. has also been recognized by Fortune (March 2017) for one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work; Glassdoor (October 2016) for Best Companies for Vacation and Paid Time Off; FORTUNE (December 2016) for 50 Best Companies to Work for Diversity and Inclusion; the Human Rights Campaign for 100% index which measures an LGBTQ inclusive workplace, and others.

“What we found so striking about the Companies That Care was just how personal their employees’ stories were. These organizations go out of their way again and again to look after the well-being of their people, both day to day and during personal struggles when they need it the most,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president of Great Place to Work.

The Companies That Care is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and its partner publications based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work–Certified™ organizations. To see the schedule for all Great Place to Work Best Workplace lists and more information on how to apply, visit Great Place to Work’s website.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, Corporate Public Relations Director, 610.834.0180, ext.5852, mona.liss@ikea.com

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Marks & Spencer commissioned the RSPCA to audit every single M&S dairy farm to RSPCA Assured Standards

All 40 farms to be audited

RSPCA standard set to become minimum M&S requirement

LONDON, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer has today announced that it has commissioned the RSPCA to audit every single M&S dairy farm to RSPCA Assured Standards and committed to publishing the results on its website.

In a full announcement made today, Director of Food Andy Adcock confirmed that all 40 UK farms (known as the M&S Milk Pool) will be audited by RSPCA assessors as soon as possible.

The move comes in advance of the retailer adopting RSPCA Assured Standards as its minimum requirement which will see the farms assessed annually.

RSPCA Assured Standards are the highest welfare standards in the industry and cover all aspects of milk production including calf rearing, cow welfare, accommodation, health planning, transport, feed and grazing.

The farms will still be required to be Red Tractor Assured (the current minimum standard) and M&S will continue its own twice yearly Select Farm Assurance audits.

Andy Adcock, M&S Director of Food, said: This is a significant strengthening of our animal welfare standards. We are already recognised by leading animal charities but are always looking to improve and RSPCA Assured is the best in the business. Very few farms operate to that level of animal welfare and adoption of these standards will set M&S dairy farms apart – and thats what our customers want and expect from us.

The M&S Milk Pool was set up in 2000 to give M&S farmers the stability to enable them to invest for the future. At the time, it was an industry first and today has 40 farms spread across the UK delivering regionally sourced fresh milk into M&S stores and cafes.  M&S pays its pool farmers a price above the cost of production and one of the highest prices of any high-street store or supermarket.

Tim Lock, Chairman of the M&S Milk Pool and dairy farmer in West Sussex, said: We are proud of the standards that the M&S Milk Pool has worked to achieve over the past 17 years, but also we recognise that third-party endorsement strengthens our pool and provides a significant point of difference for our farmers. In addition to the pride we have in our standards, we take great pride in our cows who produce the fresh milk that M&S puts in front of its customers each day and we believe it is a great product that is the best in the business.

Ends

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Marks & Spencer press office, 0208 718 1919

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

CarMax opens new stores in Lynnwood and Puyallup in the Puget Sound region

Company contributes $120,000 to benefit area children

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today celebrated the grand opening of the company’s new stores in Lynnwood and Puyallup, as its first locations in the Puget Sound region. These new stores bring more than 200 new jobs to the area, and will provide customers with a selection of between 200 and 400 vehicle options of nearly every make and model at each location.

“For more than 20 years, CarMax has brought integrity to the used car industry by offering no-haggle pricing and a transparent car buying experience that customers want and deserve,” said Bill Nash, president and CEO of CarMax. “Our company is committed to making every step of the car buying process stress-free for our customers, and we look forward to serving the Puget Sound region with the great customer experience CarMax is known for.”

During today’s grand opening celebration, CarMax announced that The CarMax Foundation will invest approximately $95,000 to build a playground in the Puget Sound area. The playground is expected to be built next year through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit ensuring that all kids get the balance of play they need to become healthy and successful adults.

“CarMax associates are passionate about supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Chasidy Murphy, location general manager of the CarMax in Puyallup. “CarMax is committed to making a positive impact on society and we take pride in giving back and volunteering in our local communities.”

CarMax also announced that The CarMax Foundation will be providing $25,000 in grants and donations to local organizations, including Junior Achievement of Washington and Communities in Schools of Puyallup. CarMax associates in Lynnwood and Puyallup nominated these organizations to receive the contributions and have enjoyed participating in volunteer events with both groups. The CarMax Foundation has granted more than $35 million on behalf of associates across the country since 2003.

“We are honored to support these organizations and admire their dedication to serving area youth,” said David Thompson, location general manager of the CarMax in Lynnwood. “The community has been very welcoming of CarMax and we look forward to being a great regional partner, while serving customers for years to come.”

The Puyallup and Lynnwood stores will be located at 202 Valley Avenue NW and 21317 Highway 99, respectively. In addition to the vehicles in stock at each location, customers can request transfers of almost any vehicle from other CarMax locations nationwide. CarMax’s nationwide inventory of nearly 50,000 vehicles can be viewed online at CarMax.com.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 170 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Source: CarMax, Inc.

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Lindsey Duke, CarMax Public Relations, (855) 887-2915
pr@carmax.com • @CarMax • facebook.com/CarMax

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel to play in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

 

Creamer, Pressel partner with Meijer to produce television advertisement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two of the biggest names in ladies golf will return to Grand Rapids in June to compete in the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel – both of whom earned multiple LPGA Tour victories – have announced their commitment to once again play in the tournament held June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club.

“We are thrilled to announce Morgan and Paula’s return to Grand Rapids for the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “These women are very impressive and have been ambassadors of our tournament since day one.”

Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer has a total of 12 career wins, of which 10 were on the LPGA Tour. To begin her career, Paula was the top-ranked amateur in 2003 and 2004 before earning exempt status for the 2005 LPGA Tour season. Paula is a five-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team and was the first LPGA Tour rookie and youngest player to qualify for the Solheim Cup. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/paula-creamer/80130/bio.

Morgan Pressel

Morgan Pressel began playing golf at 8 years old and is the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 12 after turning pro in 2006. Morgan has had two LPGA Tour wins; the first in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the second at the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic. Morgan is also a five-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/morgan-pressel/82827/bio.

The duo teamed up with Meijer last year to produce a television advertisement that promotes the tournament. The advertisement will air again this year as the tournament draws near.

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
616-540-6108
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Albert Heijn rolt scan&go uit naar winkels met zelfscan

Albert Heijn rolt scan&go uit naar winkels met zelfscan

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn gaat scan&go toevoegen aan alle winkels waar klanten nu al met de handscanner of de mobiele telefoon kunnen zelfscannen. De verschillende vormen van zelfscan worden gecombineerd in één betaalpaal waar alle zelfscan-klanten hun boodschappentrip makkelijk kunnen afronden.

In bijna 250 Albert Heijn winkels ervaren klanten het gemak van zelfscan met de handscanner of mobiele telefoon. Met de handscanner en de mobiele telefoon scannen klanten producten direct vanuit het schap en rekenen die vervolgens af bij de betaalpaal aan het eind van de boodschappentrip. Bij scan&go scannen en betalen klanten producten bij de zelfscankassa in de winkel. Deze vorm van zelfscan zie je nu vooral bij de Albert Heijn to go winkels, die helemaal zijn ingericht op de klant die onderweg is en snel iets lekkers wil halen.

mdat elke boodschappentrip anders is en klanten zelfscan op verschillende manieren gebruiken gaat Albert Heijn alle vormen van zelfscan combineren. Klanten kiezen hoe zij het liefst willen zelfscannen: met de handscanner, de telefoon of met scan&go. Het afrekenen van de boodschappen vindt plaats op een centraal punt in de winkels bij een betaalpaal die met de verschillende vormen van zelfscan is uitgerust.

Twee Albert Heijn-winkels in Wageningen en Amersfoort hebben de primeur, daar worden sinds deze week alle vormen van zelfscan gecombineerd bij één betaalpaal. De eerste reacties van klanten zijn positief, 95% van de klanten gaf aan tevreden te zijn met de nieuwe zelfscanmogelijkheden. De komende tijd gaat Albert Heijn bij verbouwingen andere zelfscanwinkels ook voorzien van deze combinatie.

Albert Heijn pionierde al in de jaren ’90 met zelfscannen. Omdat deze manier van boodschappen doen klanten goed bevalt zijn sindsdien verschillende varianten van zelfscannen geïntroduceerd. In 2015 opende een 100% zelfscanwinkel in Amsterdam en in een aantal Albert Heijn to go winkels wordt volledig met scan&go gewerkt.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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EROSKI inaugura un supermercado franquiciado en la localidad riojana de Cervera del Río Alhama

EROSKI inaugura un supermercado franquiciado en la localidad riojana de Cervera del Río Alhama

 

  • El establecimiento responde al modelo comercial “contigo” que EROSKI impulsa en su red de tiendas y cuyas señas de identidad son el protagonismo de los frescos, el trato personalizado, la apuesta por los productos locales y la alimentación saludable
  • Un equipo de 5 personas atiende el supermercado EROSKI/City
  • EROSKI cuenta en La Rioja con más de 68.000 Socios Cliente

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha inaugurado hoy un supermercado franquiciado bajo la enseña EROSKI/City en el polígono Larate de la localidad riojana de Cervera del Río Alhama. El establecimiento, gestionado por un equipo de 5 personas, responde al modelo comercial “contigo” cuyos ejes se centran en un trato más personalizado al cliente, una fuerte apuesta por los productos locales y frescos de temporada, la promoción de la alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria. Se trata de la quinta franquicia de EROSKI en La Rioja y la primera apertura en la comunidad en 2017. Esta nueva tienda se suma a la red de franquicias EROSKI en La Rioja con establecimientos en Baños de Río Tobia, Autol, Rincón del Soto y Ezcaray.

El supermercado dispone de un surtido de 4.500 productos de marcas de fabricantes líderes, marca propia y productos locales, ofreciendo una amplia libertad de elección a los consumidores. Asimismo cuenta con una extensa oferta de alimentos frescos, especialmente frutas y verduras locales de temporada, en una extensión de unos casi 500 metros cuadrados. Además, ofrece servicio de horno de pan y bollería y sección de productos bio-ecológicos.

Las ofertas y promociones se sucederán cada mes para favorecer el ahorro de los consumidores. Una apuesta por el ahorro que tiene su máximo exponente en el programa de fidelización EROSKI Club, el programa de relación de los Socio-Cliente con la marca, que ofrece descuentos de hasta el 15% en más de 2.500 productos, así como promociones y ofertas exclusivas, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club. EROSKI Cuenta en La Rioja con más de 68.000 Socios Cliente.

La política comercial de EROSKI es potenciar al máximo las economías locales para crear riqueza en el entorno contribuyendo al desarrollo agroalimentario y económico-social. Estos productos locales, entre los que se incluye la pera con DO Rincón de Soto, cuentan con un protagonismo preferencial en el modelo de tienda “contigo” que EROSKI está implantando en sus establecimientos.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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PENNY unterstützt Initiative „Plastiktütenfreies Osnabrück“

PENNY unterstützt Initiative „Plastiktütenfreies Osnabrück“

 

Klimabotschafter der Ursulaschule zeichnen Discounter für Verzicht auf Plastiktüten aus

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — PENNY schafft als erster Lebensmittelhändler in Deutschland nicht nur die Plastiktüte ab, sondern geht einen Schritt weiter. Denn der Discounter führt ein Anreizsystem ein, das Kunden belohnt, die die neue  umweltfreundlichere PENNY Permanenttragetasche aus Recyclingmaterial zum Einkauf mitbringen. In Osnabrück führen die beiden PENNY-Märkte (Bremer Straße 47a und Meller Straße 118) ab dem 31. März keine Plastiktüten mehr. Die Klimabotschafter der Ursulaschule zeichnen den Discounter für diesen Schritt mit dem Emblem „Plastiktütenfreies Geschäft“ aus. Mit dem Ende der Plastiktüte können PENNY-Kunden in Osnabrück nun zwischen der PENNY Papiertragetasche (Verkaufspreis: 0,10 €), der PENNY Permanenttragetasche (Verkaufspreis: 0,99 €) und der PENNY Baumwolltragetasche (Verkaufspreis: 1,49 €) wählen. Bisher verkaufte PENNY in ganz Deutschland jährlich 62 Millionen Plastiktüten.

„Ich freue mich über die Auszeichnung. Wir positionieren uns als Discounter in der Nachbarschaft. Und als guter Nachbar setzen wir uns gerne dafür ein, dass Osnabrück hier ein klares Zeichen für Klima- und Umweltschutz setzt. Mit unserem Anreizsystem belohnen wir Kunden, die unsere neue umweltfreundlichere PENNY Permanenttragetasche aus Recyclingmaterial zum Einkauf mitbringen. Zum einen erhalten sie für jedes Mitbringen der Günter Kastenfrosch Sonderedition einen Rabatt von zehn Cent – wobei Tabakwaren, Verlagserzeugnisse sowie Geschenk- und Guthabenkarten ausgenommen sind. Zum anderen spenden wir die gleiche Summe an gemeinnützige Institutionen und Vereine. Zum Beispiel im Rahmen des PENNY Förderkorbs, einem Projekt, das ausgewählte Vereine und Institutionen in der Nachbarschaft der Märkte finanziell unterstützt“, sagt Michael Herz, Leiter der PENNY-Region Lehrte, zu der insgesamt 264 PENNY-Märkte gehören.

„Im Herbst 2014 haben die Klimabotschafter der Ursulaschule Osnabrück das Projekt „Plastiktütenfreies Osnabrück“ ins Leben gerufen. Bis Ende 2017 soll die Friedensstadt plastiktütenfrei werden. Mittlerweile haben wir schon über 70 Unterstützer gefunden. Das ist ein großer Erfolg, dennoch ist unser Ziel immer noch sehr ambitioniert. Umso mehr freue ich mich, dass PENNY der Initiative beigetreten ist“, erklärt Hendrik Wessels, Klimabotschafter der Initiative „Plastiktütenfreies Osnabrück“.

Bereits am 7. Dezember 2016 hatte PENNY bundesweit den Bezug von Plastiktüten gestoppt, damit lediglich die bereits produzierten Plastiktüten noch abverkauft werden. Je nach Lagerbestand des jeweiligen Marktes wird dies in den kommenden Wochen der Fall sein.

Breite Zustimmung der Kunden für das Ende der Plastiktüte

Das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) gibt an, dass jeder Bundesbürger im Jahresdurchschnitt 70 Plastiktüten verbraucht. Zum Vergleich: der EU-Durchschnitt liegt bei 198 Stück. Brüssel regelt, dass diese Anzahl bis Ende 2019 auf maximal 90 und dann bis 2025 auf höchstens 40 Stück pro Kopf sinkt. Ein Schritt in diese Richtung ist die Vereinbarung, die Handelsvertreter sowie das Bundesumweltministerium am 26. April 2016 unterzeichnet haben, nach der Plastiktüten nicht mehr kostenlos abgegeben werden.

PENNY Förderkorb für gemeinnützige Vereine in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit

Das Förderkorb-Projekt rief PENNY 2015 zunächst in Hamburg ins Leben. Mehr als 140.000 Kunden stimmten in der Hansemetropole für ihren jeweiligen Lieblingsverein ab. Bereits im vergangenen Jahr gab es jeweils einen Förderkorb in Köln, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim und München. Hier waren gemeinnützige Vereine, die sich für Kinder und Jugendarbeit engagieren, eingeladen, sich um einen von insgesamt vier Förderpreisen in Gesamthöhe von 12.000 Euro zu bewerben. Aus den Vereinen mit den meisten Stimmen wählte eine mehrköpfige Jury von unabhängigen Fachleuten aus dem Bereich der sozialen Verantwortung drei Gewinner pro Stadt. Zusätzlich belohnte die Jury besonderes Engagement jeweils eines Vereins pro Stadt mit einem Sonderpreis in Höhe von 3.000 Euro. Insgesamt belief sich die Fördersumme auf 84.000 Euro. 2017 wird der Förderkorb auf die Metropolregionen Rhein-Ruhr, Rhein-Main, Rhein-Neckar, Berlin-Brandenburg, Chemnitz-Zwickau, Hamburg-Umland, Hannover/Braunschweig/Göttingen/Wolfsburg und München-Umland ausgeweitet.
www.foerderkorb.penny.de

Über PENNY
PENNY erzielte 2016 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 27.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro.

Für Rückfragen:
PENNY-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

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PHILIPPINES: SM Investments Corporation acquires 34.5% stake in 2Go Group

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) completed the acquisition of a minority stake in 2Go Group via a 34.5% stake in its parent company. 2Go is the country’s largest integrated supply chain operator whose businesses include shipping, freight forwarding, warehousing, and express delivery services.

“We are pleased with this opportunity to invest in a fast growing, dynamic logistics business. It will benefit from, as well as contribute to the country’s economic progress especially as development spreads to the provinces” said Mr. Harley Sy, President of SMIC. Earlier this month when the company released its annual results, Mr. Sy said that the group is optimistic about broader regional growth with the government plans in infrastructure, agriculture and tourism.

About SM Investments Corporation

SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) is one of the leading conglomerates in the Philippines with highly synergistic businesses in retail, banking and property development. SMIC is one of the more responsible companies in the country due to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SMIC’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of THE SM STORE; a strong portfolio of leading specialty retailers including Ace Hardware, SM Appliances, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons and others; and its food retail chains, namely SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore and WalterMart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is one of the largest integrated property developers in the Philippines with interests in mall, residential, commercial and tourism development. SMIC’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s leading bank and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the sixth largest private bank. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,600 branches nationwide.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

Source: SM Investments Corporation

Co-op launches search for the “Small Producer of the Year”

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Small suppliers can “bag” a listing at the Co-op as the search for the “Small Producer of the Year” begins.

The community retailer has teamed-up with the Quality Food Awards to launch the second annual search to showcase the quality and innovation of the nation’s smaller, local producers.

The Co-op will work with finalists to help them to get their product in their local store as part of package of benefits designed to provide a big boost to smaller businesses.

Sue Wade, Co-op’s Category Trading Manager for Local, Regional and Ethnic foods, said:
“We know that food provenance, quality and trust are key for our customers and so we are proud to give local producers pride of place in our stores. It’s exciting to collaborate with smaller producers, it’s their innovation, quality, passion and traditions which ensures that their products are much loved locally.

“Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’.

The Co-op is committed to investing in local economies and providing new opportunities to put smaller producers on a bigger stage. We are thrilled to be working with the Quality Food Awards to unearth the finest small producers that our country has to offer and, to champion, showcase and celebrate great British food and drink – the search is on for the UK’s Small Producer of the Year, 2017.”

Full entry details are available at uk.qualityfoodawards.com

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Mobile: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Big Lots kicks off fundraising campaign to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Retailer Offers Donation Platform in All Stores and Online

Columbus, Ohio, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big Lots (NYSE: BIG), announced today (March 30, 2017)  the relaunch of their national point-of-sale fundraising campaign to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in their efforts to provide care to children in all 50 states and over 50 different countries from around the world. Donations will be accepted March 30th through April 23rd through Big Lots stores and online with 100 percent of all proceeds raised going directly to support the hospital.

Nationwide Children’s is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system, delivering world-class care for more than 1.2 million patient visits each year. The hospital treats children all over the world and from across the nation, providing more than $97 million in charity care and community benefit each year. Doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children’s healthcare and research at Nationwide Children’s.

“Big Lots is enormously proud to continue this mission in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s and our generous customers,” said CEO David Campisi. “Thanks to their kindness and the hard work of our associates, we’re excited to support the lifesaving research and care that Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides. When customers visit our stores, they can pass on the money they save on our great merchandise, by donating as they check out. The Big Lots team is driven by this amazing opportunity to assist an organization that does so much good for so many.”

In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support their ground breaking plans for research, treatment, and care in the underfunded need of behavioral health. Our financial commitment represents the single largest financial gift of its kind to support pediatric behavioral health and with our support, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is slated to open in early 2020. The 250,000-square-foot pavilion on the hospital’s main campus will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children’s research teams, as well as community partner agencies to help care for children and teens with behavioral health challenges and illnesses. To learn more about the Give Big for Kids campaign and make a donation online visit biglots.com/give4kids.

About Big Lots, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,432 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com. To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 1-877-614-1274. To donate please visit biglots.com/give4kids

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

Media Contact:

Colleen Cleary
1-631-921-5320
Colleen.Cleary@havasww.com

Source: Big Lots, Inc.

GameStop partners with Autism Speaks® to raise vital funds for autism research

GameStop and its family of retail brands will once again help raise funds during World Autism Month to support research, family services and advocacy

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop Corp., a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, will once again partner with Autism Speaks®  during April, World Autism Month, to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. The campaign also will raise vital funds for autism research and resources for every stage of life.

The second annual in-store campaign runs from April 1 through April 30, with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks, which is devoted to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. As a thank-you to customers who donate $1 or more at video game stores or online, GameStop is offering triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount. In addition, customers at all Spring Mobile AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Simply Mac, and ThinkGeek retail stores will also be able to donate.

“What started out last year as a simple donation checkout campaign to help families impacted by autism quickly evolved into something even more meaningful than we imagined,” said Matt Hodges, vice president of corporate communications. “Our customers and associates started sharing with us their personal autism stories, and their commitment to support our company and Autism Speaks by raising understanding and acceptance of autism.”

GameStop’s continued partnership with Autism Speaks follows a successful 2016 campaign that raised more than $1.2 million and helped fully fund the organization’s iPad grant program for low-income children and adults with autism, who use the device to assist with communication.

The donations raised during this year’s campaign will help fund Autism Speaks’ specially trained Autism Response Team, which provides information, tools and resources to help people with autism and their families make informed decisions. Funds will also support Autism Speaks’ mission to improve the health and quality of life for all people affected by autism.

“We can’t thank GameStop and its customers enough for their generosity,” said Alyssa Herman, Autism Speaks chief relationship officer. “Each dollar increases our ability to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”

To find your local GameStop, Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T, or ThinkGeek stores, visit www.gamestop.com, www.simplymac.com, www.springmobile.com, or www.thinkgeek.com. To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit: autismspeaks.org.

ABOUT AUTISM
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

ABOUT GAMESTOP CORP.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website.

Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Media Contacts:

Autism Speaks
CJ Volpe (646)
385-8532
CJ.Volpe@autismspeaks.org

GameStop
Martha Sotelo
(817) 424-2099
MarthaSotelo@gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corp./globenewswire

Express launches an exclusive, limited-edition collection designed by Karlie Kloss

Express launches an exclusive, limited-edition collection designed by Karlie Kloss

 

Collection to Debut at Live Fashion Show Featuring Inspiring Individuals in Brand Ambassador’s Hometown of St. Louis, Missouri

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today (March 30, 2017) announced Express’ launch of an exclusive, limited-edition collection designed by Express Brand Ambassador and Creative Consultant Karlie Kloss and the Express design team. Karlie Kloss and Express are set to reveal the collection at a live fashion show featuring innovators, game changers, and go-getters as runway models on March 30, in Karlie Kloss’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The event will also feature live DJ sets by Hannah Bronfman and a special musical performance by Charli XCX.

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection reveals the beauty and versatility of the essentials of a wardrobe. The collection is comprised of 17 styles that create more than 100 looks ranging from Karlie’s iconic tees and blazers, to quintessential maxi dresses and embellished bombers. The looks reflect the vibrant optimism of Karlie and how her collection – as her dress code – showcases the must-have fashion pieces for a busy lifestyle.

Karlie Kloss and Express selected the inspiring individuals who will appear in the runway show via a contest where applicants uploaded videos to Instagram, explaining how they live their best life and empower others to do the same. The collection and runway show tie to the retailers’ ongoing mission to inspire customers to celebrate and express their best life through fashion.

“This collection is made for everyday women—the strong, dynamic, on-the-go achievers among us,” said Karlie Kloss. “It was amazing to have Express so closely aligned in this vision to design a collection that has a fashionable staple for any occasion. I am excited for us to launch with a runway show back in my hometown of St. Louis, featuring women who live their best lives and know going after your dreams is always in style.”

“Karlie Kloss’ style reflects a life lived without limits. As a model, student, entrepreneur and philanthropist, she’s always in demand, has to be ready for anything, and is making a real difference,” said David Kornberg, Express president and CEO. “This exclusive capsule collection, built by Karlie and the Express design team, offers stylish wardrobe essentials every woman needs.”

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection will range from $24.90 – $168.00 and will be available online at express.com the evening of March 30 following the runway show and in-stores on March 31. Customers can tune in to view the live runway show on March 30 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT on Facebook.com/Express and express.com and see additional coverage by following @Express #Karlie4Express on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

About Express, Inc.:
Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30-year-old customer. Express has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The company currently operates more than 650 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise locations in Latin America. Express also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website, www.express.com, as well as on its mobile app.

Media Contact:

Niki Starr
PR Manager
Express
646-502-4812
nstarr@express.com

SOURCE Express, Inc.

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BRP report: Consumers want personalized experience and retailers are focused on improving their personalized services

40% of Retailers Indicate that Personalization is a Top Digitial Priority

Boston, MA, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), personalization has gone well beyond simple marketing to demographic groups, customer segments or even personas. It is more than simply greeting a customer by name when they walk in the store and it goes beyond merely offering product recommendations on your website. Personalization is not just a trend – it is a critical way for retailers to differentiate their brand to compete against companies like Amazon, according to the BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Personalizing the Customer Experience.

“Consumers’ constant ability to shop and easily research products and prices has made it imperative for retailers – especially those with brick and mortar locations – to find creative ways to entice customers into the store,” said Jeff Neville, vice president, BRP. “The best and most powerful way to do this is through personalization.”

Personalization encapsulates all the details that make your customer’s shopping experience unique to her. It involves knowing your customer and understanding her past purchases and current interests, but it also encompasses how the experience itself meets the customer’s needs for a personalized product or service.

Consumers want a personalized experience and retailers are focused on improving their personalized services. While 40% of retailers indicate they are focused on personalization as a top digital priority, many are not currently offering the personalized services consumers expect. The good news is that retailers have big plans to improve these services over the next few years.

This Special Report provides insight into BRP’s 2016 Digital Commerce Survey, highlighting personalization and the potential methods available for today’s retailers to deliver the optimal customer experience. The three major areas of personalization covered in this report include: personalized in-store experience, curated shopping and personalized products.

To download the complete BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Personalizing the Customer Experience, visit: https://bostonretailpartners.com/2017-brp-special-report-personalization

The Special Report sponsors are NetSuite (platinum), EarthLink (gold), Manhattan Associates (gold), Orckestra (gold) Radial (gold) and Salesforce Commerce Cloud (gold).

About BRP

BRP is an innovative and independent retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience & Engagement | Order Management
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Information Technology | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit www.bostonretailpartners.com.

Contact:

David Naumann
916-673-7757

Source: BRP

REI to open new store in Chattanooga, Tennessee

New co-op store at Waterside development to open fall 2018

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ —  In the fall of 2018, outdoor co-op REI will open a new store in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new co-op location will offer a wide assortment of quality gear and local REI experts to help members and customers get outside. With iconic places such as the Chattahoochee National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachians all within approximately 100 miles, REI will partner with local nonprofit, business and community leaders to support the growing outdoor community in and around Chattanooga.

“Chattanooga and the surrounding region is a special place for people who love the outdoors. REI has been in Tennessee for nearly two decades, and during that time our local teams in Brentwood (Nashville) and Knoxville have helped our members get outside and enjoy this amazing state. We’ve watched as Chattanooga has become a hub for outdoor recreation because of its central location to so many trails, parks, forests and waterways. We can’t wait to join the community, hire a team of local outdoor experts and support local nonprofits who create access to and steward the outdoors,” said Gail Kirkland, REI’s retail director for the South district.

REI Chattanooga will be located at the intersection of I-75 and Shallowford Road in the Waterside development. The single-story, 25,000 square foot store will carry the top gear and apparel for the most popular outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, trail running, rock climbing and cycling. REI Chattanooga will be the co-op’s third store in Tennessee, with existing locations in Brentwood and Knoxville.

REI Outdoor School will offer a robust in-store schedule of educational programs about hiking, climbing, biking, backpacking, paddling and more. In addition the store will host presentations by well-known authors and athletes.

REI opened its first Tennessee location in Brentwood in 1999 and has partnered with several local nonprofits over the past two decades. In 2016, REI invested $65,000 in eight local nonprofits, which was part of the co-op’s $9.3 million investment in nonprofits throughout the country. The co-op invested nearly $30,000 in the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to support the Alum Cave Trail and restoration efforts following the wildfires. On National Trails Day in early June, the co-op will partner with Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to repair park areas devastated last year, and REI members and customers will be invited to lend their sweat equity. REI also supported organizations such as the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, Friends of South Cumberland and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. With its new store in Chattanooga, REI will foster new nonprofit partnerships to directly benefit the local outdoor community.

In addition, REI Adventures has guided small group active travel trips in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than five years and today operates four itineraries in the iconic park. The travel leader recently introduced a four-day Great Smoky Mountains Women’s Adventure led by a female guide where women hike the historic Appalachian Trail, raft and zip line.

Join the REI Team
Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com/jobs. The co-op expects to hire 50 employees for the new store who receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts, competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 20 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and   outstanding customer service. REI has 147 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI.com/REI-Garage or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Contact:

REI Public Affairs
(253) 395-5958
prrequests@rei.com

Source: REI

Rakuten subsidiaries Kenko.com, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. to merge

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (March 31, 2017) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries Kenko.com, Inc. and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. will be merged on July 1, 2017. Following this merger, Noriaki Komori will assume on the role of Representative Director & CEO at the new company.

Both companies are e-commerce businesses selling daily necessities, and both have stores on Rakuten’s internet shopping mall, Rakuten Ichiba. The merger will unify the two companies, which have highly similar business structures, to enable more efficient operations and further enhance the Rakuten Ichiba customer experience.

Rakuten Group will continue to streamline management resources and strengthen operation fundamentals in order to provide the best possible service to users.

Summary of merger

(1)   Schedule

Merger resolution at the shareholders’ meeting:  Kenko.com, Inc.: March 31, 2017
Soukai Drug Co., Ltd.: March 27, 2017
Date of merger: July 1, 2017 (scheduled)

(2) Merger method
Kenko.com will be the surviving company under absorption-type merger, and Soukai Drug Co., Ltd. will be absorbed.
Overview of companies in merger

Company name Kenko.com, Inc.
(Company surviving absorption-type merger)
Soukai Drug Co., Ltd.
(Company absorbed in absorption-type merger)
Address 1-15-6 Tenjin

Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi

Fukuoka

Kojimachimitsuba Bldg. 1F

3-5 Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Name, title of representative Shunsuke Yazawa, Representative Director & CEO Noriaki Komori, Representative Director & CEO
Main business E-commerce, handling daily necessities with a focus on health-related products E-commerce, handling a wide range of products with a focus on daily necessities
Date of establishment November 8, 1994 August 11, 2000
Main shareholders Rakuten, Inc. 100% Rakuten, Inc. 100%

Post-merger details (following scheduled date of July 1, 2017)

Company name To be determined
Address To be determined
Name, title of representative Noriaki Komori, Representative Director & CEO
Main business Services relating to the sale of daily necessities through e-commerce

Source: Rakuten Inc.