Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ in Relaxed Straight fit and Regular fit now available in all Giant Tiger stores

OTTAWA, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Giant Tiger Stores Limited is excited to announce that Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ in Relaxed Straight fit and Regular fit are now available in all Giant Tiger stores.

“The introduction of the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ program to our over 225 stores is the next step in our retail fashion evolution,” explains Brian Hession, Vice President Softgoods & Footwear Buying, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “We recognize that our customer is time-starved, so it’s important we present the right mix of house brands and trusted national brands.  By offering two of the most popular fits of Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ jeans, Giant Tiger stores are ensuring a convenient shopping experience.”

The Regular fit jeans feature a classic fit through the seat and thigh with a straight leg, while the Relaxed Straight denim offers a more generous casual fit through the seat and thigh. Both styles are made with Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™  premium denim that flexes as you move, providing all day comfort and durability. The Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ jeans are available at the everyday low price of $29.94, an exceptional value for a pair of branded quality jeans.

“We are thrilled to launch the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co™ brand at Giant Tiger,” said Jenifer DeSofi, VP Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Brand. “Our brand skillfully balances performance innovation in flex denim with authentic premium quality to offer consumers a high value product at an incredible price.”

As part of its commitment to growth, Giant Tiger Stores Limited relaunched its women’s wear in early 2016 and subsequently its children’s clothing lines in the fall of 2016. Next up in the fashion evolution is the relaunching of men’s wear. The strategic partnership with Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ is the first phase of this relaunch to be completed in early fall of 2017.

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best kept secret the privately held company has over 225 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. Annually Giant Tiger Stores Limited donates 2 million dollars to charities and agencies directly in our communities. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless

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SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation launch new garden program to provide fresh produce for communities

Six Gardens Across Northern California and Nevada to Provide Fresh Produce for Communities

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s and the Sacramento Kings Foundation announced a new partnership creating a new garden program that will serve communities stretching from the Central Valley to Northern Nevada. Through the ROOT community gardens, the Kings and Raley’s will connect young adults, families, and non-profits that assist thousands with fresh, locally sourced produce while also growing the next generation of healthy eaters. The series of six “ROOT” community gardens at locations with diverse backgrounds are designed to educate new groups about the benefits of eating healthy.

With the help of the Reno Bighorns, the first garden will break ground in Reno, Nevada. Northern California Construction Training is providing garden boxes, planter beds and more will be installed at each site. The new gardeners will serve young adults at the BT Collins Detention Facility, elementary students in Chico, Ukiah’s Community Center and Food Bank Clients, and more – will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable living and food literacy.

“Raley’s is proud to be partnering with the Kings Foundation in this effort to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to our community,” said Becca Whitman, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “A garden provides health in diverse ways by offering nutrition, access, and camaraderie in one setting.  It’s all about growing healthy communities together and the amplifying effect when partnering with the Kings Foundation.”

“These gardens will inspire young people, families, and community members for years to come,” said Sacramento Kings Foundation Executive Director Scott Moak. “With Raley’s by our side, we’ll create a great place for communities to learn about nutrition and sustainability.”

Garden Locations include:
•         Reno Location – Rita Cannan Elementary School, 2450 Cannan St, Reno, NV
•         BT Collins Youth Detention Facility, 8300 Santa Cruz Street, Sacramento
•         The Salvation Army, 893 Lander Avenue, Turlock
•         Chapman Elementary School, 1071 16th Street, Chico
•         Ukiah Community Center & Food Bank,  888 N. State Street, Ukiah
•         Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to investing its time, resources, talent and passion working year-round to support the Sacramento region by serving as a positive agent of change. As part of ongoing efforts in doing so, the Kings have recently launched initiatives around sustainability, health, and education to better serve the community while making new and impactful relationships. For more information, visit Kings.com.

Source: Raley’s

The TJX Companies, Inc. declares regular quarterly dividend of $.3125 per share

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX), the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, today (Apr. 4, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors has raised the amount of its quarterly dividend by 20% from the last dividend paid. The Board declared a regular quarterly dividend in the amount of $.3125 per share, payable June 1, 2017, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2017.

Ernie Herrman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “I am pleased to report that our Board of Directors has approved a 20% increase in our quarterly dividend. This marks our 21st consecutive year of dividend increases. Over this period, the Company’s dividend has grown at a compound annual rate of 23%. In addition, we plan to continue our significant share buyback program, with approximately $1.3 to $1.8 billion of repurchases planned for Fiscal 2018. With our tremendous cash flow and financial strength, we remain committed to returning cash to shareholders while simultaneously reinvesting in the business to support our growth goals. These actions underscore our confidence in our ability to continue to deliver strong, profitable sales and cash flow, and generate superior financial returns.”

About The TJX Companies, Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide. As of January 28, 2017, the end of the Company’s fiscal year, the Company operated a total of 3,812 stores in nine countries, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Australia, and three e-commerce sites. These include 1,186 T.J. Maxx, 1,035 Marshalls, 579 HomeGoods and 12 Sierra Trading Post stores, as well as tjmaxx.com and sierratradingpost.com in the United States; 255 Winners, 106 HomeSense, and 57 Marshalls stores in Canada; 503 T.K. Maxx and 44 HomeSense stores, as well as tkmaxx.com, in Europe; and 35 Trade Secret stores in Australia. TJX’s press releases and financial information are also available at tjx.com.

Important Information at Website

The Company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the Investor Information section at tjx.com. The Company encourages investors to consult that section of its website regularly.

Forward-looking Statement

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Various statements made in this release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect or believe may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: execution of buying strategy and inventory management; operational and business expansion and management of large size and scale; consumer trends and preferences; various marketing efforts; competition; quality and availability of personnel; labor costs and workforce challenges; data security; information systems and new technology; economic conditions and consumer spending; adverse or unseasonable weather; disruptions in the second half of the fiscal year; serious disruptions or catastrophic events; corporate and retail banner reputation; quality, safety and other issues with merchandise; compliance with laws, regulations and orders and changes in laws, regulations and applicable accounting principles and interpretations; expanding international operations; sourcing and moving merchandise internationally; commodity availability and pricing or increases in utility, transportation or logistics costs; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; fluctuations in quarterly operating results and market expectations; mergers, acquisitions, or business investments and divestitures, closings or business consolidations; outcomes of litigation, legal proceedings and other legal or regulatory matters; tax matters; real estate activities; cash flow and other factors that may be described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not undertake to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

Contact:
Media:
Doreen Thompson
(508) 390-2323

Investors:
Jeff Botte
(508) 390-2323

Source: The TJX Companies, Inc.

CVS Health recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for reaching its goal of spending over $1 billion with diverse suppliers

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (April 5, 2017) was recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence, for reaching its goal of spending over $1 billion with diverse suppliers.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for our commitment to using diverse suppliers throughout our business,” said Eva Boratto, Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Health. “By tapping into this expanding supplier pool, we are able to build supply chain excellence, add distinctive goods and services to our business offerings and enhance our brand among customers.”

CVS Health joins the ranks as one of 26 major U.S.-based corporations that provide thought leadership and solutions-driven exploration of key issues in supplier diversity. Billion Dollar Roundtable member companies each spend $1 billion or more annually for a broad range of goods and services with certified diverse companies whose majority owners primarily are minorities and women.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments, including CVS Health being ranked #45 on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in 2017, #3 on Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2016 and among the World’s Most Valuable Brands by Forbes . The company also received awards recognizing its innovation, leadership, and workplace practices by CIO (100 Best Companies for IT Innovation), Corporate Responsibility Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens), Human Rights Campaign (Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality) and Disability Equality Index (Best Places to Work).

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Joe Goode
401-770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Mobile, Alabama

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (April 04, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Mobile, Alabama. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 3748 Airport Boulevard. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our second restaurant in the state of Alabama, building upon the success of our Huntsville restaurant opened in 2015,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “We remain on target to open our fourth 2017 restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana later this month.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Mobile community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening.  As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (“CFF”), a very important charity to BJ’s.  Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to BJ’s Restaurants Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports charities that are important to our team members around the country.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 190 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

Contact:

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

JCIR
(212) 835-8500
bjri@jcir.com.

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

Coop schickt SBB-Lok auf eine einjährige Reise durch die Schweiz

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pro Montagna steht seit zehn Jahren für authentische Produkte aus den Schweizer Bergen und gehört zu den beliebtesten Coop-Eigenmarken. Und Pro Montagna ist einzigartig: Dank des Verkaufs der Produkte hilft Coop mit, bestehende Arbeitsplätze in den Bergen zu erhalten und neue zu schaffen. Von anfänglich rund 50 Produkten wurde das Sortiment laufend ausgebaut und umfasst heute 240 Spezialitäten, bei denen nicht nur die Rohstoffe aus den Schweizer Bergen stammen, sondern auch die Verarbeitung dort stattfindet. Anlässlich des Jubiläums dieser erfolgreichen und beliebten Eigenmarke schickt Coop ab heute eine SBB-Lokomotive im Pro-Montagna-Look auf eine 365-tägige Tour durch die ganze Schweiz.

Durch den Verkauf der Pro-Montagna-Produkte aus den Schweizer Bergen sorgt Coop für den Erhalt und den Aufbau von Arbeitsplätzen. Exemplarisch lässt sich das etwa an der Bio-Bergkäserei Goms zeigen. Der Bergkäse gehört zu den ersten Produkten, die unter Pro Montagna in den Coop-Supermärkten verkauft wurden. Seit der Lancierung hat Coop über 600 Tonnen des beliebten Bergkäses verkauft. Damit hat Coop nicht nur zum Erhalt der Stellen in der Käserei, sondern auch in den elf beteiligten landwirtschaftlichen Betrieben beigetragen.

Unterstützung durch Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete
Einzigartig bei Pro Montagna ist die Verknüpfung mit der selbständigen Non-Profit-Organisation Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete, die bereits ihr 75-jähriges Bestehen feiert: Mit dem Verkauf von jedem Pro-Montagna-Produkt fliesst ein Betrag an die Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete, welche sich für bessere Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen der Schweizer Bergbevölkerung einsetzt. Seit 2006 sind damit über 8,3 Millionen Franken zusammengekommen, mit welchen diverse Projekte unterstützt werden konnten, unter anderem auch der Umbau der Käserei in Gluringen. Mehr Informationen unter: www.coop.ch/patenschaft.

Pro-Montagna-Lokomotive: Reise durch die ganze Schweiz
Heute wurde zusammen mit Andreas Meyer, CEO der SBB, Irene Kaufmann, Verwaltungsratspräsidentin der Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete und Joos Sutter, dem Vorsitzenden der Geschäftsleitung von Coop, im Bahnhof Basel SBB eine Pro-Montagna-Lokomotive in feierlichem Rahmen eingeweiht und auf eine einjährige Reise durch die ganze Schweiz geschickt. Ein Video des Umbrandings kann unter folgendem Link heruntergeladen werden: Medienkonferenzen.

Kontakt:
Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: coop.ch

BAUSTART FÜR MIGROS ELGG

BAUSTART FÜR MIGROS ELGG

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Ostschweiz hat mit den Ausbauarbeiten für den neuen Migros Supermarkt an der St. Gallerstrasse 16 in Elgg begonnen. Die Eröffnung ist für den 22. Juni 2017 vorgesehen.

Das Ziel, der Bevölkerung in Elgg und Umgebung bald einen attraktiven Supermarkt mit einem vielfältigen Sortiment für den Tages- und Wocheneinkauf zu bieten, rückt in greifbare Nähe. Nach Abschluss der planerischen Vorarbeiten fiel gestern Montag der Startschuss für den Innenausbau der Migros Elgg, deren Eröffnung für den 22. Juni 2017 vorgesehen ist. „Dank der termingerechten Übergabe durch die Eigentümerin konnten wir wie geplant mit dem Mieterausbau starten“, sagt Roger Wohlgenannt, Gesamtprojektleiter Bau bei der Migros Ostschweiz. Die Zusammenarbeit mit der Firma Landolt + Co AG funktioniere sehr gut.

Die 500 Quadratmeter grosse Verkaufsfläche wird von einer einladenden Frischeabteilung geprägt sein, die dank des breiten Angebots an Früchten und Gemüse Marktplatzstimmung aufkommen lässt. Dank der Aufbackstation vor Ort kommen die Kundinnen und Kunden bis Ladenschluss in den Genuss von ofenfrischem Brot. Die 26 Parkplätze vor Ort sowie die Lage direkt beim Bahnhof stellen einen zeitgemässen Einkaufskomfort sicher. Insgesamt investiert die Migros Ostschweiz gut 2,1 Millionen Franken in den Standort.

Nachhaltigkeit im Fokus

Wie bei all ihren Bauprojekten achtet die Migros Ostschweiz auch beim Neubau in Elgg auf eine möglichst nachhaltige Bauweise. So wird die Beleuchtung im Supermarkt mit LED-Leuchten realisiert. Diese haben eine höhere Lebensdauer, benötigen weniger Energie und geben auch weniger Wärme ab als andere Beleuchtungsmittel. Kühlmöbel der neusten Generation sorgen für eine weitere Energieeinsparung. Die Abwärme der gewerblichen Kälte wird für den Heiz- und Warmwasserkreislauf im Supermarkt genutzt.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Natalie Brägger
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 46
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: natalie.braegger@gmos.ch

Source: Miigros

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DIE MIGROS VERKAUFT IHREN ANTEIL AN PROBIKESHOP AN DIE INTERNETSTORES HOLDING GMBH

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Online-Bike-Handel in Europa ist einem raschen Wandel unterworfen. Vor diesem Hintergrund hat sich die Migros entschieden, ihren Mehrheitsanteil an Probikeshop an die Internetstores Holding GmbH mit Sitz in Esslingen bei Stuttgart zu verkaufen. Der Eigentümerwechsel gibt Probikeshop die Möglichkeit, in Europa weiter zu wachsen. Für das Departement Handel des Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes bedeutet der Verkauf eine Fokussierung auf seine strategischen Wachstumsfelder.

Im Jahr 2011 hat die Migros 51 Prozent der Aktien des französischen Online-Bike-Händlers Probikeshop übernommen. 49 Prozent verblieben beim Gründer und CEO Olivier Rochon. Seit der Übernahme konnte Probikeshop seinen Umsatz von EUR 10 Mio (2011) auf beinahe EUR 70 Millionen (2016) vervielfachen. Dieses Wachstum erfolgte primär im Heimmarkt Frankreich sowie in Spanien und Italien.

Im Zuge einer sorgfältigen Überprüfung des gesamten Portfolios an Handelsunternehmen ist die Migros nun zum Schluss gekommen, dass Internetstores, der führende Online-Bike-Händler Europas, Probikeshop optimale Bedingungen für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung bietet. Der Verkauf des Mehrheitsanteils der Migros erfolgt unter dem Vorbehalt der Freigabe durch die Kartellbehörden. Über den Kaufpreis wurde Stillschweigen vereinbart.

Der europäische Bike-Handel befindet sich in einer Phase der Konsolidierung und Internetstores verfügt über das nötige Know-how, um die Erfolgsgeschichte von Probikeshop weiterzuführen. Die 170 Mitarbeitenden, inklusive des Gründers und CEOs, werden sich auch im neuen Umfeld mit ganzem Engagement für Probikeshop einsetzen.

Für die Migros bedeutet dieser Schritt eine Fokussierung auf den Heimmarkt. Im Velo-Bereich hat sie mit Bike World unlängst ein neues Fachhandels-Format lanciert. Voraussichtlich ab Herbst können Kunden bei Bike World auch online bestellen.

Beat Zahnd, Leiter des Departementes Handel MGB: „Wir freuen uns, dass wir ein erwachsen gewordenes Start-up samt top qualifiziertem Management und Mitarbeitenden übergeben können. Mit dem Verkauf unserer Anteile an Internetstores erhält Probikeshop die beste Ausgangslage, um in Europa weiter nachhaltig wachsen zu können.“

Contact:
Luzi Weber
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 21 / Mobile 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL: luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

Universum survey ranks LVMH most desirable employer among business and management students for 12th consecutive year

Universum survey ranks LVMH most desirable employer among business and management students for 12th consecutive year

 

Paris, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Each year, Universum surveys students to find out which potential employers they consider most attractive. For the 12th year in a row LVMH figures first among French students at business and management schools.  This ranking is the result of a dynamic and innovative human resources policy that actively engages with young talents.

Universum has announced the results of its annual ranking of French companies considered the most desirable employers by students at business and engineering schools. More than 40,000 students completed a questionnaire covering their profile, experience, career objectives and lifestyle aspirations, and chose the employer they believe is the best match.  LVMH was voted most attractive employer against these different criteria for the 12th consecutive year by students at French business and management schools, increasing its lead over the next companies in the ranking with 22.40% of the votes by future managers vs. 21.69% in 2016. LVMH also moved up one spot in the ranking by engineering school students.

These results confirm the attractiveness of the LVMH Group and its Maisons, recognizing the effectiveness of our recruitment and talent development policy. Over 200 events were held in 2016 to engage with students.

“We are both delighted and proud to once again receive this mark of confidence from students. This recognition will continue to motivate us, as always, to strive for excellence and remain faithful to our promise of a stimulating work environment with international perspectives, anchored in the compelling values of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Our ecosystem of 70 Maisons offers unique career opportunities,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies.

This latest distinction recognizes the proactive initiatives to attract talented students, supported by the constant engagement of the 134,000 employees of the LVMH Group who enthusiastically share their passion for their métiers.

LVMH and its Maisons reach out to students throughout the year at campus events during the LVMH Days, hosted by partner schools, including ESSEC, HEC, IFM, Polytechnique in France and Bocconi in Italy. Students are able to meet and speak with both HR managers and operational staff from Group brands to learn more about career opportunities within our unique ecosystem of 70 Houses.

Best of #INSIDELVMH

Among these many initiatives, the Inside LVMH event gave 220 students from French and European schools an opportunity to discover 16 LVMH Maisons. Thanks to the creative format of the event students were able to see firsthand the importance of innovation during tours of LVMH Houses and meetings with managers and staff. They also had a chance to speak with LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault, who gave a memorable master class at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Young talents are also invited to high-profile events organized by LVMH such as Les Journées Particulières or Viva Technology, the next edition of which is set for June 15-17, 2017 in Paris.

Students are invited to gain firsthand experience in the luxury sector as well during internships or apprenticeships. 50% of young graduates already have a professional experience before being recruited.

Contact:

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

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The H&M group outlines new goals and commitments in its Sustainability Report 2016

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group Sustainability Report 2016 is published today (4 APR, 2017), outlining several new goals including a commitment to use 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and to become climate positive throughout its entire value chain by 2040.

Another key highlight is the commitment to switch to 100% renewable electricity. In 2016, 96% of the company’s global electricity in its own operations  came from renewable sources.  The report also mentions that H&M in 2016 was named the biggest global user of cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative. When it comes to recycling and reuse, the H&M group is continuing to drive an ambitious development plan. Since the start of the global Garment Collecting initiative in 2013, the H&M group has collected 39,000 tonnes of unwanted textiles. By 2020 the company aims to collect at least 25,000 tonnes of textiles every year. The report also shows that the work to scale-up the H&M group’s industrial relations and fair living wage programs continues with good progress.

“We want to use our size and scale to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while making our company even more fair and equal. This is why we have developed a new strategy aiming to take our sustainability work to the next level, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at the H&M group. “We want to lead by example, pave the way and try new things – both when it comes to the environmental and social side – to ultimately make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. Our climate positive strategy is one way of doing this”, she adds.

Read further details and highlights from the report below. The entire report and a summary of its highlights are also available to read and download.

THE H&M GROUP TO BECOME CLIMATE POSITIVE BY 2040

The H&M group’s goal is to become climate positive throughout its entire value chain by 2040 at the latest. The company will work to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits. To become climate positive, the H&M group focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and to address unavoidable emissions through activities strengthening the planets ability to recover and resist climate change, as well as supporting technological innovations making it possible to absorb greenhouse gases.

  • Climate positive by 2040 throughout the H&M group’s entire value chain.
  • The H&M group commits to a climate neutral supply chain for tier 1–2 by 2030.
  • The H&M group has a commitment to use 100% renewable energy in its own operations; the share increased to 96% in 2016 from 78% in 2015.
  • In 2016, the H&M group reduced its CO2 emissions by 47% compared to 2015.
  • The H&M group is a proud member of the WWF Climate Savers program.

100% RECYCLED AND OTHER SUSTAINABLY SOURCED MATERIALS BY 2030

H&M releases a new goal to use only recycled or other sustainably sourced materials in all its products by 2030.  H&M gradually takes steps towards this goal and its vision to become fully circular. H&M is globally the biggest user of cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative and responsible sourced down. It is also one of the biggest users of organic cotton, recycled polyester and Tencel®Lyocell. To push the development forward, collaborations based on science is important. H&M has therefore initiated a research project with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University to find out how a circular system for producing and using textiles, which is less dependent on scarce natural resources, would look like.

  • By 2030, H&M aims to use only recycled or other sustainably sourced materials in its products. In 2016, this share was 26%.
  • In 2016, 43% of H&M’s total cotton use came from sustainable sources. The goal is to use only such cotton by 2020.
  • H&M used recycled polyester equivalent of more than 180 million PET bottles in 2016.
  • 100% of H&M’s sourced down has a Responsible Down Standard certification.
  • H&M is the biggest user globally of Better Cotton and responsibly sourced down.

16,000 TONNES OF TEXTILES COLLECTED IN STORES DURING 2016

The H&M group is stepping up its ambitions when it comes to recycling and reuse, and announces a new goal closely connected to its circular approach; to annually collect at least 25,000 tonnes of textiles in its stores by 2020. In total, 39,000 tonnes of textiles was collected since the start of the Garment Collecting initiative in 2013.

  • During 2016, 16,000 tonnes of textiles were collected.
  • Since 2013, 39,000 tonnes of textiles has been collected in stores.
  • By 2020, the goal is to annually collect 25,000 tonnes.

SCALE UP OF FAIR LIVING WAGE AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PROGRAMS

Improved working conditions in the textile industry are dependent on a well-functioning dialogue in the labour market as well as at the factories. The H&M group is therefore continuing to scale-up its industrial relations and fair living wage programs. As part of this, the H&M group’s work to implement improved wage management systems at supplier factories continues with good progress, as well as the trainings on workplace dialogue for workers and management. Collaborations continue to be important, including for example those with IndustriALL and the Swedish trade union IF Metall within the Global Framework Agreement, which after several positive results was converted into a permanent agreement in 2016.

  • 140 supplier factories are implementing improved wage management systems covering around 250,000 workers.
  • In total 290 supplier factories are part of the workplace dialogue programs covering around 370,000 workers.
  • These programs are being implemented in 8 production countries.

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

Source: H&M

Pergola to create a new al fresco dining experience at Paddington Central

Pergola to create a new al fresco dining experience at Paddington Central

 

London, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces today (04 APR 2017) that Pergola, the company behind Pergola on the Roof at White City, is to create a new al fresco dining experience at Paddington Central, the mixed-use campus adjacent to Paddington station.

Pergola has signed a two year lease for a new 850-capacity venue, set over two floors on the site of 5 Kingdom Street. It will host four residencies, the first of which will launch in May and play host to five of London’s popular restaurants and bars, including Mamalan, DF/Mexico, Decatur, Patty & Bun and Raw Press. Each operator will offer a bespoke menu.

The venue will have a unique, contemporary design and will be weather-proofed for all conditions. Paddington’s industrial heritage will be reflected in the design of the space, with planting and hanging foliage introduced throughout to create an ‘urban paradise’ in the centre of London.

Tim Haddon, Asset Manager at British Land said: “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to enliven our spaces and introduce forward thinking and unique occupiers. Pergola will attract thousands of new visitors to Paddington Central, adding to the vibrancy of the campus.”

Alice Keown, F&B Asset Manager at British Land said: “We are excited to welcome Pergola, one of London’s most exciting food and beverage concepts, to Paddington Central, which will offer the perfect setting for those looking to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors in a unique location.”

Pergola on the Roof launched in May 2016 at the former BBC Television Centre in White City. The experience proved popular with Londoners, attracting 130,000 visitors during its initial three month opening.

Paddington Central is fully-let and home to leading international businesses including Microsoft, Vodafone, Shire, VISA and Prudential. Currently 8,000 people work and live at the campus.

British Land acquired part of the Paddington Central office campus for £470 million in 2013, and completed the purchase of One Sheldon Square for £210 million in 2015. Since then, the company has invested an additional £100 million to begin the transformation of the public realm and begin the construction of 4 Kingdom Street.

Notes to Editors

About British Land

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality UK commercial property, focused on Retail and London Offices and Residential. We own or manage total assets of £19.0 billion (British Land share is £13.9 billion) as valued at 30 September 2016. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start-ups.

Our strategy is to create Places People Prefer. It is based on long term trends and creates a portfolio suited to current and future needs which are aligned to modern lifestyles. We employ our placemaking skills, and increasingly our mixed-use expertise to expand the appeal to a broader range of occupiers and drive long term performance.

Retail accounts for 49% of our portfolio. We create outstanding places for modern consumer lifestyles, places to shop, eat and be entertained. Comprising over 20 million sq ft of Retail and Leisure space across regional and local multi-let destinations, superstores, department stores and leisure assets, the Retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Office and Residential accounts for 49% of our portfolio. It comprises 7.6 million sq ft of well-connected office-led campuses and ‘campus-lite’ clusters of high quality buildings. Office campuses include Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate (50% share) in the City. Other assets include York House, 10 Portman Square and Marble Arch House and our residential assets are at Clarges Mayfair, The Hempel Collection and Aldgate Place.

Two per cent of our portfolio is at Canada Water – a 46 acre redevelopment opportunity in our medium term pipeline to create a new mixed-use urban centre for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places become part of their local communities and promote health, improve productivity and increase enjoyment. We protect asset value through energy generation and efficiency, materials innovation and flood risk reduction and we develop skills and opportunities to help local people and businesses grow.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over the last five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Enquiries:
Giles Barrie/Andrew Scorgie
FTI Consulting
0203 727 1000

Source: British Land

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The Retail Litigation Center announces the filing of its 100th brief

Milestone Marks Importance Of Retail’s Voice In The Judicial Branch

Arlington , VA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) announced the filing of its 100th brief.  The RLC was founded in 2010 to serve as the voice of the retail industry in the judicial branch with the mission of representing retail before all three branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial.

Directed by the general counsel of the country’s leading retailers, the RLC helps courts understand the retail community and the issues of greatest importance to it. RLC briefs have been filed in federal and state appellate courts and cover a broad range of issues, including labor and employment, tax, intellectual property, data security, payment systems and more.

“We are very pleased to reach the milestone of filing 100 briefs over the last seven years.  Helping courts understand the retail community is beneficial regardless of the outcome but we have been pleased to see express recognition of our contribution in multiple cases,” said Deborah White, president of the RLC. “It’s important that the retail industry have a voice in significant judicial proceedings and we look forward to continuing to serve as that voice in the years to come.”

The RLC has filed briefs in its name alone, led retail and business coalition briefs, and lent the retail industry’s voice to the amicus briefs of other significant organizations. Collectively, these efforts now total 100 briefs filed.

In its 100th brief, the RLC supported Macy’s petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in Macy’s v. NLRB. At issue is whether the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) properly certified a unit of cosmetics employees in a single store as an appropriate bargaining unit after a majority of the same store’s employees voted against the union’s bid to organize the whole store. The RLC’s brief explains the importance of the longstanding presumption that the “whole store” is the appropriate bargaining unit in the retail context, as well as the harm that will be caused to retail employees, customers and retail companies if the NLRB’s ruling is allowed to stand.

This brief is just one of the 100 examples of how the RLC informs courts about the retail industry’s perspective on significant legal issues and highlights the potential industry-wide impact of pending cases. A fact sheet highlighting key cases and outcomes from these 100 briefs can be found here.

The RLC is made up of legal executives from many of the country’s largest and most innovative retail companies and is governed by its own board of directors. To learn more about the RLC, visit here, and to read a letter from RLC President Deborah White, visit here.

The Retail Litigation Center is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings that affect the retail industry.  The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.

Contact:

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

Source: RILA

DDR streamlines its organizational structure

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) today (April 3, 2017) announced the streamlining of its organizational structure in an effort to gain efficiencies, provide appropriate staffing for the Company’s current and future operations, facilitate decision-making and lower operating costs. The changes are aimed at further centralizing key operational decision-making and will result in the elimination of 65 existing positions including nine officer level roles. The changes are expected to generate a stabilized annual reduction to recurring General and Administrative expenses of approximately $6 million, excluding a one-time charge to earnings of approximately $7.2 million associated with the transition, of which approximately $2 million will be recognized in the first quarter of 2017 and the balance in the second quarter of 2017.  The Company expects that the vast majority of its employees will remain based in the Beachwood, Ohio headquarters location.

In connection with the announced reorganization, DDR also has appointed Conor Fennerty to the role of Senior Vice President, Capital Markets reporting to Matthew Ostrower, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fennerty will have responsibility for capital raising activities and management of the Company’s planning and analysis functions.  Mr. Fennerty most recently served as Vice President, Senior Analyst at BlackRock, Inc., a $5.1 trillion global funds manager.

“The organizational changes we announced today reflect our commitment to optimizing our operating structure based on the Company’s current and future portfolio needs and improving our leverage profile.  We are grateful for the leadership and execution provided by all our current and former employees during the past several years and believe our streamlined organization and structure will facilitate a more agile and efficient operating platform for the future,” said David Lukes, CEO.

About DDR Corp.

DDR is an owner and manager of 319 value-oriented shopping centers representing 106 million square feet in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The Company owns a high-quality portfolio of open-air shopping centers in major metropolitan areas that provide a highly compelling shopping experience and merchandise mix for retail partners and consumers. The Company actively manages its assets with a focus on creating long-term shareholder value.  DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR. Additional information about the Company is available at www.ddr.com.

Safe Harbor

DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be 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, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.  There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; redevelopment and construction activities may not achieve a desired return on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our deleveraging strategy and any impact or results from the Company’s portfolio transition or any change in strategy. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

Contact:

Phone: 216-755-5500
Fax: 216-755-1500

SOURCE: DDR Corp.

The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2017 report ranks Intershop in its top three B2C vendors

  • Top three vendor in current offering
  • Among highest score In B2C solution architecture category
  • Profile highlights: “core commerce capabilities… remain strong”, “strong technical road map”, “deep ecosystem of partners”

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop, the largest independent technology vendor for omni-channel commerce solutions, has been cited as a Strong Performer in B2C commerce suites in a report published by renowned industry analyst firm Forrester Research, Inc. The report, “The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2017” ranks Intershop in its top three B2C vendors based on its current offering score, and is ranked among the top in the B2C solution architecture category.

The report explains that “On top of solid and well-built commerce features, Intershop demonstrates a strong technical road map and a selectively deep ecosystem of partners and developers…”

The report cites that “Intershop is a best fit for brand manufacturers that have complex channel support requirements, need especially well-developed commerce feature functionality, and are looking for flexibility on global pricing and licensing.”

Jochen Wiechen, CEO at Intershop commented: “B2C businesses are at the forefront when it comes to customer expectations and we continue to bring the most ambitious players online in order to help them serve and impress their customers. Intershop technology has been receiving top scores for its commerce offering and architecture from renowned industry analysts all because of our customers’ success with our solution.”

The Forrester research report can be downloaded here: http://www.intershop.com/forrester-wave-b2c-commerce-suites-2017.

About Intershop

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

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

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
mailto: pr@intershop.de

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Independent grocers and state trade association call on lawmakers to defend transparency and competition in the debit marketplace

Arlington, VA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Apr 4, 2017), more than 300 independent supermarket companies and state trade associations sent a letter urging Members of Congress to preserve the debit reforms, also known as the Durbin Amendment, passed as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In the letter, independent grocers and state trade associations voiced concern over the negative impact that a repeal of the Durbin Amendment would have on their day-to-day operations and their company’s bottom line.

The letter was sent in anticipation of U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) reintroducing the Financial CHOICE Act, which would undo the Durbin Amendment. The provision successfully reformed anti-competitive price fixing in the debit marketplace by requiring that at least two unaffiliated debit routing networks be available for all purchase made using debit cards. The provision also limited debit interchange fees to 21 cents per transaction, as well as a 0.5 percent fee on all transactions to cover fraud losses and a one cent fraud prevention fee. Consequently, today’s average debit swipe fee of 24 cents provides businesses relief from the world’s highest debit fees.

“Prior to the implementation of debit reforms, Visa and MasterCard were able to sign exclusivity agreements with banks, effectively eliminating dozens of regional debit routing networks and rapidly moving the debit routing market towards a duopoly,” the letter states. “The routing provision of the debit reforms passed in 2010 have spurred networks to compete with one another, prompting networks to innovate. Because of these reforms, debit networks have competed extensively to better secure their payments, providing significant benefits throughout the payments chain.”

In a recent study among independent supermarkets, debit cards represented the most frequently used payment method in 2015 and accounted for nearly double the number of transactions since 2000. The results also reflected that the fees placed on supermarkets were the fastest growing cost for most companies and the only expense retailers were unable to control.

“While banks and financial institutions enjoy a hefty 25 percent profit margin and earn nearly $79 billion each year in swipe fees, independent supermarkets operate on the one to two percent profit margin annually while continuing to offer the lowest possible prices in a highly competitive market,” said Greg Ferrara, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs, National Grocers Association. “Congress should be protecting Main Street grocers from the price-gouging that’s historically taken place, not enshrining it into the law.”

Retailers have saved billions since the passage of the Durbin Amendment and allowed supermarkets to maintain level prices on the goods they sell, according to economist Robert Shapiro. In fact, the Durbin Amendment has supported over 37,000 jobs over the past five years and saved consumers nearly $6 billion after the first year since implementation due to products being offered at lower prices as a result of lowered interchange fees.

The independent supermarket channel is accountable for close to 1 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating nearly $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes.

Contact:

Tel : (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Olde York recalls certain Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 x 1 oz that may contain undeclared milk

Olde York recalls certain Clancy’s Snack Combo 20 x 1 oz that may contain undeclared milk

 

Wayne, IN, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Olde York of Fort Wayne, IN is recalling the specific lot code SELL BY JUN 07 2017 2D9 for Clancy’s Snack Combo  20 x 1 oz (UPC 0 41498  12999  6) because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No other lot codes and no other products are involved in this action.

The recalled Clancy’s Snack Combo  20 x 1 oz SELL BY JUN 07 2017 2D9 is a variety pack of 1 oz bags of snacks including potato chips, tortilla chips and cheese curls. The recalled product was distributed to Aldi stores in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The product comes in a 20 oz plastic package stickered with a sell by date  of ‘SELL BY JUN 07 2017  2D9’.

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

The recall was initiated after one consumer reported finding the Nacho Tortilla Chips in two of the Barbecue Potato Chips 1 oz bags. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an isolated breakdown in the company’s cleaning process.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Clancy’s Snack Combo  20 x 1 oz SELL BY JUN 07 2017 2D9 are urged to discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (416) 627-7212.

Consumers Contact:

Olde York
(416) 627-7212

Source: FDA

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Wegmans Food Markets recalls Wegmans Original Killer Brownies with Pecans that may contain undeclared peanuts

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Wegmans Original Killer Brownies with Pecans, because the product may contain peanuts, not declared on the label.    People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Wegmans Original Killer Brownies with Pecans (best-by dates 03/21/17 through 4/5/17 only) with UPC number 20818400000 were sold between 3/16 and 4/1/17.  The product is sold pre-packaged by the pound in a plastic clamshell, or individually on the self-serve cookie bar, in the Bakery Department in only 15 Wegmans stores (listed below) in these areas of New York State:

Rochester
Eastway
Holt Rd.
Latta Rd.
Lyell Ave.
Marketplace
Mt. Read
Perinton
Pittsford

Buffalo
Sheridan
McKinley

Syracuse
Onondaga

Finger Lakes/S. Tier
Newark
Ithaca
Hornell
Johnson City

This product is produced by Killer Brownie Distributing, Ltd. in Dayton, Ohio.  The recall was initiated when a Wegmans employee reported that some cases received from the manufacturer were labelled incorrectly:  the cases were labeled ‘Original Brownies with Pecans,’ but actually contained ‘Peanut Butter Brownies.’

Approximately 612 lbs. of the product were received from the manufacturer incorrectly labeled.    Wegmans recovered approximately 365 lbs. either removed from sale or still in inventory; the remainder was sold to customers.  Wegmans placed automated phone calls to customers, who purchased the packaged product using their Shoppers Club card, to alert them to the recall.

There have been no reported injuries or illnesses associated with this recall.

Concerned customers should return the product to Wegmans for a full refund.  Customers who have consumed the product and feel they are experiencing symptoms should contact their physician.

Wegmans’ customers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the consumer affairs department Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. (EST) toll free at 1-855-934-3663.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for twenty consecutive years. In 2017, Wegmans ranked #2 on the list.

Press Contact:

Jo Natale
Director of Media Relations
585-429-3627

Source:  Wegmans Food Markets, Inc

Whole Foods Market expands grocery delivery service to include Wilmington, North Carolina

Customers can order through Shipt

WILMINGTON, N.C., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s partnership with grocery delivery service Shipt now includes Wilmington, North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to offer our customers the convenient option of having Whole Foods Market’s highest quality products delivered right to their doorstep,” said Josh Miller, the Wilmington store’s team leader. “Through this partnership with Shipt, we are able to provide busy Wilmington families an easy way to get Whole Foods Market groceries – all of which are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats – on their table.”

To celebrate the launch of Shipt in Wilmington, customers who purchase an annual Shipt membership for $99 will receive $25 off their first grocery order. To sign up for Shipt, and to learn more about the service and availability, visit Shipt.com/Wilmington. See Shipt’s announcement here.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

X5 expands Perekrestok online service to Moscow’s south-west neighborhoods

Moscow, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer, is expanding the pilot scheme of its Perekrestok online service​, with delivery available to around a million households in south-west Moscow and some neighbouring towns in the Moscow Region from April 4. Other districts of Moscow and towns near Moscow will be able to use the service by the end of 2017.

During the five weeks before the project’s launch in Moscow, around 2,000 employees of X5’s head office placed online orders to test the service. The successful test period allowed options and services available to customers to be tweaked, and errors eliminated.

X5’s online supermarket offers the same prices and product mix as retail stores, including over 13,000 PLUs (other than ready-made foods with very short sell-by dates, spirits and tobacco products). The minimum order for delivery is RUB 2,000. During the pilot stage, all Perekrestok stores in south-west Moscow will offer RUB 300 discount coupons for online orders.

Residents of Moscow’s south-west neighborhoods will be able to get their goods delivered at a convenient time on the next day after ordering. Delivery fees depend on delivery distance and time and the volume of the order, with free delivery for orders over RUB 7,000 or if no preferred delivery time is specified. In future, customers will also be able to collect their orders from the nearest supermarket. Pilot testing of the click-and-collect service is scheduled for Q2 2017.

The order picking and delivery service leverages a specially built hybrid store that combines features of a regular supermarket and a “dark store”. Most popular goods will be supplied from the dark store, which gets direct deliveries from the Company’s distribution centres. More unusual products (such as caviar) will be added from the supermarket’s assortment, so that the delivery warehouse does not have to store Perekrestok’s entire product range.

This arrangement makes Perekrestok’s entire product range available to consumers, and makes for highly efficient and high-quality order completion. Completed orders are packed into specialised transportation containers, with compatible products stored alongside each other.

Orders are delivered by Perekrestok’s special courier service using insulated vans with climate control to ensure Fresh and Ultra Fresh products reach customers safely. The vans are driven by operators with training in goods storage and transportation and excellent customer communication skills. Once the order is delivered, customers will be able to update it, if needed, and pay in cash or by bank card.​​

Contact:

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

Source: X5 retail group

Rite Aid’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest winners announced

Rhode Island Pharmacy Technician and Virginia Customer Each Win $2,500 Rite Aid Gift Card in Customer Service Sweeps

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is proud to announce the two winners of this year’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Amanda Bourque, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Coventry, Rhode Island and JoAnn Lankford, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Providence Forge, Virginia were selected at random from more than 13,000 unique entries. Established in 2003, the contest was designed to honor Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their commitment to providing outstanding customer care and service.

During American Pharmacist Month in October, Rite Aid customers had the opportunity to submit mail-in and online ballots nominating their favorite pharmacy team member. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Every nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team member was acknowledged with an official pin and a letter of commendation from CEO of Rite Aid Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

“As one of the most highly valued and trusted professionals in the industry, I am proud of the year-round commitment and effort our entire pharmacy teams display in order to help our customers lead healthier lives,” said Konrad. “I’d like to congratulate our two winners and each nominated pharmacy team member for continuing to deliver excellent customer care and service to those in the communities we serve.”

Amanda Bourque, Rite Aid’s winning Pharmacy Team Member, has been a pharmacy technician for more than five years at the store in Coventry, Rhode Island. Bourque is known for her friendliness and eagerness to consistently help customers while making them feel welcome.

“Starting her career with Rite Aid as a cashier, Amanda has continued to grow as an associate and pharmacy professional,” said Diane Kuriscak, Rite Aid pharmacy district manager. “Amanda is a valuable member of our pharmacy team, who is dedicated to providing caring moments of service to our customers and I’m so happy her hard work and strong work ethic has not gone unrecognized.”

Rite Aid’s winning customer is JoAnn Lankford of Providence Forge, Virginia. She participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store.

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 www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: AHOLD DELHAIZE REPURCHASED 993,950 OF AHOLD DELHAIZE COMMON SHARES FROM MARCH 27, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING MARCH 31, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 993,950 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from March 27, 2017 up to and including March 31, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.82 per share for a total consideration of € 19.7 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 14,272,176 common shares for a total consideration of €286.4 million.

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

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

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Meijer fleet driver Paul Strodtbeck recognized as one of the top 12 drivers by the Michigan Trucking Association

Meijer fleet driver Paul Strodtbeck recognized as one of the top 12 drivers by the Michigan Trucking Association

 

Paul Strodtbeck named among the top drivers by the Michigan Trucking Association

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Paul Strodtbeck became a Meijer fleet driver in 1972, he joined a team of 34 drivers who made daily deliveries to the retailer’s 24 stores in Michigan.

Gas cost 36 cents per gallon, and Strodtbeck drank “two gallons too much of coffee” while listening to “twangy” country music. Much has changed in the past 45 years, but one thing has remained constant: The Walker resident never imagined he’d drive more than 5 million miles, primarily hauling meat and produce daily from Grand Rapids to Lansing to Petoskey and back.

“He leads by always putting the customer first and making safety his top priority,” said Tom McCall, Meijer Logistics Vice President. “We couldn’t ask for more from a team member over the years than what Paul has done for all of us.”

The driving milestone – combined with his exemplary safety record, work ethic and friendly demeanor with customers and other team members – earned Strodtbeck recognition as one of the top 12 drivers by the Michigan Trucking Association. The statewide trade organization recognizes one driver a month each year.

“I certainly didn’t go into driving with anything like that in mind,” he said. “I appreciate the recognition but it’s my job. I enjoy driving. I grew up knowing that anything is possible and if you try hard enough, you can do anything.”

Strodtbeck grew up on a farm, driving tractors and working hard around the clock. He joined Meijer at age 18 in the meat cutting apprenticeship program at the Standale store. While he enjoyed the role, Strodtbeck said he was ready for change after 10 years. That’s when he went to truck driving school and joined the Meijer fleet. His CB radio call sign is Cutter.

Strodtbeck said he’s seen a lot on the road these past 45 years, and has stopped to help out other drivers at numerous car accidents along his route. Based on his experience, he’s considered a mentor among the retailer’s team of 350 drivers, and regularly tests and shares his perspective on prototype trucks.

“It’s an honor and inspiring for our organization to have someone like Paul,” said David Hoover, Director of Outbound Logistics for Meijer. “His dedication, expertise and service, not to mention the equivalent of safely driving to the moon and back 10 times, is a great accomplishment and puts him in an elite group of professionals.”

Strodtbeck said he has a lot to be thankful for: He loves driving, appreciates his dispatch team that helps him along his route, and working for a company that cares about community. And when he’s not driving a truck for Meijer, he’s snowmobile riding and enjoying the outdoors with family, and operating his snowmobile repair shop.

“I have six kids and I tell them all the time, ‘you only have one life,’” Strodtbeck said. “‘You’re here for a reason and you should probably have fun doing it while you’re here.’”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-735-7968
christina.fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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BJ’s Wholesale Club ranked number one for overall customer experience in retail according to the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club earned the number one spot for overall customer experience in retail according to the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings.

BJ’s score of 81 percent puts them at the top of the retail industry, tying with Ace Hardware and QVC. Overall, BJ’s placed eighth out of 331 companies across twenty different industries, including airlines, banks, grocery, hotel & rooms, streaming media and wireless.

The Temkin Group’s annual experience ratings survey 10,000 consumers in the United States on their recent interactions with companies and asks them to evaluate brands on three key categories: success, effort, and emotion. Any score of 80% or above is considered excellent.

“At BJ’s, we strive to deliver unbeatable value and an exceptional shopping experience for our Members, both in-Club and online, each and every day,” said Brian Poulliot, executive vice president and chief membership officer. “We’re thrilled that BJ’s is being recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience, and we’ll continue to deliver an unsurpassed level of service and value to our Members.”

Competing against other popular retailers, BJ’s top ranking exemplifies its deep commitment to its Members. BJ’s Members enjoy exclusive perks such as convenient shopping options like Pick Up & Pay® and the most payment options of any major wholesale club. Plus, with the latest expansion of its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, BJ’s continues to sharpen its assortment and offer products to give smart saving families everything they need to stock up and live generously.

Additional benefits of a BJ’s membership include:

  • Members save up to 25 percent off grocery store prices every day.
  • BJ’s only major wholesale club that accepts manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save.
  • BJ’s consistently ranks as having the best gas prices.
  • Members buy 65 percent more fresh food from BJ’s than from other clubs.
  • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses.
  • BJ’s offers 7,000 items compared to an average of 4,000 at other clubs, and pack sizes tend to be smaller and more convenient.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

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

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

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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

Media Contacts:
Jennie Hardin
BJ’s Wholesale Club
JHardin@BJs.com
774-512-6978

Kristy Houston
BJ’s Wholesale Club
KHouston@BJs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.

Carvel® joins forces with Lotus Biscoff® to debut Carvel’s Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream

Carvel® joins forces with Lotus Biscoff® to debut Carvel’s Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream

Carvel® Cookie Butter sweeps the nation with its newest flavor in soft ice cream

ATLANTA, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carvel®…America’s Freshest Ice Cream® joins forces with Lotus Biscoff®, Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee, to debut a new flavor innovation inspired by Cookie Butter – one of the latest food trends delighting dessert lovers across the country. Carvel’s Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream made with Lotus Biscoff is now available for a limited time through May 28.

Cookie Butter is the irresistibly creamy, spreadable treat made from crushed Lotus Biscoff (speculoos) cookies. Carvel is kicking off ‘Ice Cream Season 2017’ by bringing this unique flavor profile to life in delicious new ways with an exciting array of frozen offerings, including:

·        Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream – premium soft ice cream blended with Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter

·        Cookie Butter Scooped Ice Cream – hand-scooped Cookie Butter ice cream mixed with caramel and Lotus Biscoff cookie crumbles

·        Cookie Butter Sundae Dasher® – layers of Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream, caramel and Lotus Biscoff cookie crumbles, topped with whipped cream, drizzled with caramel and dusted with more cookie crumbles

·        Cookie Butter Shake – Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream blended with Lotus Biscoff cookie crumbles into a thick shake

·        Cookie Butter Flying Saucer® – Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream sandwiched between two chocolate crackers

Guests will have the opportunity to try the tasty new flavor for FREE on Carvel’s annual Free Cone Day, which will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 3-8 p.m. ET at participating shoppes nationwide.

“Our new Cookie Butter Soft Ice Cream is the perfect marriage of two universally loved treats,” said Scott Colwell, President of Carvel. “Carvel is always on the look-out for noteworthy food trends to translate into ice cream flavors. When cookie butter started to take off in the U.S., we knew it was something special. Now, we’re thrilled to be the first to offer this delectable flavor in scooped and premium soft ice cream.”

Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter is the irresistible, spreadable version of Lotus Biscoff cookies, a Belgian specialty. Delectably crunchy, with a caramelized flavor, Lotus Biscoff cookies feature a unique palate of sweet and spice. For more background on Lotus Biscoff Cookies and Cookie Butter, visit Biscoff.com.

For more details on Carvel Cookie Butter and to stay connected to all things Carvel, follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram at @CarvelIceCream, like it on Facebook at www. facebook.com/CarvelIceCream, follow on Snapchat at @CarvelSnaps, or visit Carvel.com.

Prices vary by franchise. If local pricing information is needed for a story or article, please reach out to Carvel@finnpartners.com.

About Carvel® Ice Cream

The United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft ice cream and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes.  Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 400 franchised and food service locations. Visit www.carvel.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream or become a fan at http://facebook.com/CarvelIceCream

About Lotus Biscoff®

Lotus Bakeries is active worldwide in the indulgent and healthy snacking segment with the Lotus, Lotus Biscoff, Lotus Dinosaurus, Lotus Suzy, Peijnenburg, Snelle Jelle, Annas, Nākd, Trek, BEAR and Urban Fruit brands. Lotus Bakeries, with headquarters in Belgium, is a dynamic, internationally oriented company with production facilities in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Sweden, and 17 company owned sales organizations in Europe, America and Asia. Lotus Bakeries also works with commercial partners in forty countries worldwide. Lotus Bakeries has approximately 1,450 employees. By maintaining a healthy balance between tradition and innovation, the Lotus brand indulges consumers with a unique range of high-quality, tasty products. With Peijnenburg and Snelle Jelle, the company is a market leader in gingerbread in the Netherlands. Under the Nākd, Trek, BEAR and Urban Fruit brands, Lotus Bakeries offers tasty snacks, manufactured from all-natural, unprocessed ingredients, with no added sugar. In 2016, the Group achieved sales of EUR 507.2 million. The shares of Lotus Bakeries are listed on Euronext Brussels.

Contact:
Loryn Franco
Email: lfranco@focusbrands.com
Phone: 404-257-7004

Source: Carvel Ice Cream

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Delivery Hero GmbH enters regional partnership with AmRest Holding SE

Berlin, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero GmbH (“Delivery Hero”), a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, announced today (1 April 2017) that it has entered a regional partnership with AmRest Holding SE (“AmRest”), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe. The partnership considerably strengthens Delivery Hero’s position in the region and the company’s global leadership position in online food ordering and delivery.

Under the agreement, AmRest acquires a 51% stake in Delivery Hero Poland (Restaurant Partner Polska Sp. z o.o., which operates the platform PizzaPortal.pl in Poland) through an investment in newly issued shares, while Delivery Hero’s stake will decrease to 49%. With this partnership, Delivery Hero will get an exclusive opportunity to add a wide variety of AmRest’s popular restaurants and brands across Poland to its food delivery platform. Furthermore, as part of the terms of the partnership, AmRest will bring its brands onto the Delivery Hero platforms DameJidlo.cz and NetPincér.hu in the Czech Republic and Hungary, respectively. The companies also agreed to explore opportunities for further cooperation in other Central and Eastern European countries.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said: “With AmRest we gain a strong and well-established partner to drive forward our business in Poland and across Central and Eastern Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for us to gain an even stronger foothold in this key region as we continue to execute our strategy of achieving market leadership in the markets we operate in. The partnership combines AmRest’s operational excellence, unique brand portfolio and deep knowledge of the markets it operates in with our technology and our expertise to build an amazing online takeaway experience.”

Drew O’Malley, Chief Digital and Operations Officer at AmRest, added: “This exciting partnership is a key component of our AmRest Digital Strategy. Effectively, we are combining AmRest’s restaurant operational muscle and powerhouse brands like KFC and Pizza Hut with the technical know-how and digital operational capability of Delivery Hero’s PizzaPortal.pl with the ultimate goal of becoming the leader in the restaurant home delivery segment in Poland.”

AmRest is the largest independent chain-store/restaurant operator in Central and Eastern Europe with a growing international presence. AmRest holds the franchise rights to the KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Starbucks brands in Poland and operates more than 1,100 restaurants in 13 countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, France, Germany, China).

The transaction is expected to be closed within the next few weeks. The companies have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace serving approximately 17 million active users through its online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also offers premium food ordering and delivery in 51 cities across 10 countries. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 5,000 employees.

Disclaimer

This press release may contain forward looking statements, estimates, opinions and projections with respect to anticipated future performance of the Company (“forward-looking statements”). These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are based on the current views, expectations and assumptions of the management of Delivery Hero and involve significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements only speak as at the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation, and do not expect to publicly update, or publicly revise, any of the information, forward-looking statements or the conclusions contained herein or to reflect new events or circumstances or to correct any inaccuracies which may become apparent subsequent to the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. We accept no liability whatsoever in respect of the achievement of such forward-looking statements and assumptions.

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications, Delivery Hero
+49 (30) 544 45 9090

Source: Delivery Hero

Kum & Go to support Habitat’s Home is the Key national campaign

Kum & Go to support Habitat’s Home is the Key national campaign

 

Kum & Go district raising the most donations will build a home in their community

Des Moines, Iowa, and Atlanta, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Kum & Go convenience stores and Habitat for Humanity are partnering to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  Throughout April, Kum & Go has pledged its support of Habitat’s Home is the Key (#HomeIsTheKey) national campaign with a corporate donation and in-store fundraising.  Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help select a community in which Kum & Go will sponsor the construction of a new Habitat home.

In addition, Kum & Go will distribute several grants to local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Grants will be based on which Kum & Go service areas raise the most money through customer traffic.

Between April 1 and 30, customers can join the effort in a few ways:

  • Adding a $1 or more Habitat donation to in-store purchases.
  • Donating spare change to countertop donation box “houses”
  • Purchasing Kum & Go water, where 10 cents per bottle will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Since 2014, Kum & Go along with their customers, have donated more than $1.5 million to support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. More than 200 Kum & Go associates have volunteered to build alongside future homeowners in locations where Kum & Go operates. Three Kum & Go-sponsored Habitat homes have been built in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Minot, North Dakota; and Story City, Iowa, as a result of the donations.

“Kum & Go and Habitat both share a commitment to building great communities,” says Kyle J. Krause, president & CEO of Kum & Go. “Along with the generous contributions of our loyal customers and through the support of our store associates, Kum & Go is proud to once again support Habitat and the need for affordable housing.”

“We are so pleased to partner with Kum & Go and their customers again in 2017,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president, Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “This partnership has grown and expanded every year, reaching more families who are working to build a better life for themselves and their families. We are very grateful for Kum & Go’s support.”

The Kum & Go support for Habitat’s Home is the Key initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and customer fundraising component is currently Habitat’s only partnership with a convenience retailer.  Habitat for Humanity works in nearly 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries, where future homeowners help build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Customers can donate in-stores throughout the month of April. To donate to Habitat online, visit habitat.org. To find the nearest Kum & Go location, visit www.kumandgo.com/find-a-store.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
kristie.bell@kumandgo.com
515-457-6266 (office)

Source: Kum & Go

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CommerceHub announces the appointment of Gary Nafus as Chief Revenue Officer

ALBANY, NY, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub (NASDAQ: CHUBA) (NASDAQ: CHUBK), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (04/04/17 ) announced the appointment of Gary Nafus as Chief Revenue Officer. As CRO, Nafus will work alongside Founder and CEO Frank Poore to maximize revenue, leading the company’s efforts to identify and execute on opportunities for growth with new and existing customers. In this role, Nafus will oversee CommerceHub’s Sales and Client Service functions and will focus the company’s investments on maximizing value for customers.

“We are committed to partnering with our customers to help them grow and succeed in the rapidly evolving e-commerce industry,” said Poore. “I look forward to working with Gary to drive further growth for our current customers while bringing our expansive network and strategic solutions to new markets.”

Nafus is an enterprise-class software sales executive with nearly 20 years’ experience leading sales for some of the world’s top software companies, including 10 years at Oracle, where he was Vice President of Sales for several verticals including Oracle Retail North America. Most recently, he joins CommerceHub from Marchex where, as CRO, he oversaw the mobile advertising analytics platform’s Sales, Client Services and Marketing departments. Previously, Nafus was Managing Director of Americas for Kenshoo, a global leader in agile marketing.

“I’m excited to join CommerceHub during a time when the company is working strategically with both retailers and brands to meet the increasing demands of consumers to find and buy anything at anytime from anywhere,” Nafus said.

In February, CommerceHub announced 2016 revenue of $100.6 million, a 15% year-over-year increase from 2015. Revenue for the core drop-ship business grew 18%.

About CommerceHub:
CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped nearly 10,000 retailers, brands, and distributors achieve an estimated $13+ billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2016.

Media Contact: 

Mara Dworkin
Mara.Dworkin@DiGennaro-USA.Com

Source: CommerceHub

APRANGA to hold annual general meeting on 27th April 2017

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — By the initiative and the decision of the Board of APB “APRANGA” the annual general meeting (hereinafter referred to as the Meeting) of APB “APRANGA” (legal entity code 121933274, registered at Kirtimu str. 51, Vilnius, hereinafter – the Company) shareholders will be held on 27th April 2017 at 10:00 am. Registration starts at 9:00 am. on 27th April 2017.

Meeting place is the Company’s headquarters at Kirtimu str. 51, Vilnius.

The accounting date for the shareholders is 20th April 2017.

The rights accounting day is 12th May 2017. Property rights shall be held by the persons who will be shareholders at the close of the tenth working day after the general shareholders’ meeting having adopted the respective decision.

Meeting agenda:

  1. Consolidated annual report on the activities of the Company in 2016.
  2. Auditor’s report on the Company’s financial statements and annual report.
  3. Approval of the consolidated and Company’s financial statements for the year 2016.
  4. Company’s profit (loss) allocation for the year 2016.
  5. Election of firm of auditors and establishment of the terms of remuneration for audit services.
  6. Approval of Charter of the Audit Committee and approval of composition of the Audit Committee, withdrawal and election of members of the Audit committee, approval of remuneration of the members of the Audit committee.

The Company is not providing the possibility to attend and vote at the Meeting through electronic means of communication.

Draft decisions on each Meeting agenda item, the documents to be submitted to the Meeting and information, which is related to the implementation of the shareholder rights, not later than 21 days prior to the Meeting will be available at the Company’s website http://www.apranga.lt under “Investors”. This information also will be available for the shareholders at the Company’s headquarter at Kirtimu str. 51, Vilnius on working days from 9:00 am. to 16:00 pm. Information shall be provided by telephone: +370 5 2390 843.

Shareholders holding shares that grant at least 1/20 of all votes shall have the right of proposing to supplement the agenda of the Meeting. Draft decisions on the proposed issues shall be submitted together with the proposal or, if the decisions are not needed to be approved, explanations on each proposed issue of the Meeting shall be presented. Proposal to supplement the agenda must be presented in writing sending it by a registered mail to the Company, address: Kirtimu str. 51, LT-02244 Vilnius. The agenda shall be supplemented if the proposal will be received not later than 14 days before the Meeting.

Shareholders holding shares that grant at least 1/20 of all votes shall have the right of proposing draft resolutions on the issues already included or to be included in the agenda of the Meeting, additional candidates to members of the Company board, the audit company. The proposed draft decisions must be presented in writing sending them by a registered mail to the Company, address: Kirtimu str. 51, LT-02244 Vilnius. The shareholders shall also be entitled to propose draft resolutions on the Meeting agenda issues, additional candidates to members of the Company board, the audit company in writing at any time prior to the Meeting or during the Meeting.

Shareholders have a right to submit in advance in written by registered mail to Company questions related with Meeting agenda by indicating shareholder‘s personal identification code and consent to process personal data – personal identification code. The Company must respond if the questions will be received not later than 3 working days before the Meeting. The Company shall not respond personally to shareholder‘s questions if respective information is provided in Company‘s website http://www.apranga.lt.

The persons who are shareholders of the Company at the close of the accounting day of the Meeting (20th April 2017) shall have the right to attend and vote at the Meeting in person or their authorized persons or persons with whom an agreement on the disposal of the voting right in concluded.

The person attending the Meeting and having the right to vote must submit the document confirming person’s identity. The person who is not a shareholder besides this document must submit document confirming the right to vote in the Meeting.

Each shareholder has a right pursuant to the procedure established by laws to authorize other person to attend and vote on his/her behalf at the Meeting. Authorized person must present a proxy issued pursuant to the procedure established by laws. The proxy issued by private person must be notarized. The proxy issued abroad must be translated to Lithuanian and legalized pursuant to the procedure established by laws. The Company does not establish special form of proxy.

The shareholder or its authorized person has a right to vote in advance in written by filling general ballot paper. Upon the shareholder‘s written request the Company at least 10 days before the Meeting shall free of charge send the general ballot paper by registered mail or deliver it personally against acknowledgement of receipt. The filled-in general ballot paper and the document confirming the right to vote must be submitted to Company by sending it by registered mail to the address Kirtimų g. 51, LT-02244 Vilnius or by delivering it to the Company personally not later than on last working day before Meeting.

The total number of the Company’s shares and the number of shares granting voting rights during the Meeting is the same and amounts to 55 291 960.

Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
+370 5 2390801

CONTACT FOR INVESTORS:
Saulius Bačauskas
APB Apranga Finance and Economics Director
Tel. +370 5 2390 808, +370 5 2390 843
Fax. +370 5 2390 800
E-mail: s.bacauskas@apranga.lt

Source: Apranga/globenewswire

Apranga Group announces 11.5% increase in March 2017 Retail turnover vs. same month last year

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group amounted to EUR 16.1 million in March 2017, and has increased by 11.5% comparing to March 2016.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group reached EUR 47.8 million in January through March 2017 or by 8.4% more than in 2016.

In January-March 2017, the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Lithuania increased by 6.5% year-to-year, in Latvia increased by 4.6% and in Estonia by 21.8%.

During 1st quarter 2017, Apranga Group extended and renovated 2 stores: Bershka store in Kaunas Akropolis shopping center and City store in Riga Spice shopping center.

Currently Apranga Group operates the chain of 183 stores (107 in Lithuania, 47 in Latvia and 29 in Estonia) covering the gross area of 83.9 thousand sq. m., or by 6.3% more than at the end of 1st quarter 2016.

Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
+370 5 239

CONTACT FOR INVESTORS:
Saulius Bačauskas
APB Apranga Finance and Economics Director
Tel. +370 5 2390 808, +370 5 2390 843
Fax. +370 5 2390 800
E-mail: s.bacauskas@apranga.lt

Source: Apranga/globenewswire

Kering announced as the first founding anchor partner of the ‘Plug and Play – Fashion for Good’ accelerator

London, 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kering and Plug and Play announced today that Kering is the first founding anchor partner of the ‘Plug and Play – Fashion for Good’ accelerator, a collaboration with Fashion for Good and the C&A Foundation to fast-track sustainable innovation within the luxury and apparel industries. Via the accelerator, the partners will identify innovative start-ups and support them in scaling-up their technologies, methodologies and business models. As such, Kering and the partners aim to stimulate disruptive innovation, transform conventional processes in luxury, and enable the widespread adoption of sustainable practices.

As a first step, a short list of early-stage innovators has been invited to pitch their technologies and projects to the partners, during the launch of the Fashion for Good centre today in Amsterdam. A final selection of ten start-ups, announced in early April, will then be accepted into the accelerator and partake in a unique three-month mentoring programme. Kering and Plug and Play will work with the selected start-ups to accelerate their innovations by providing training, mentorship, networking opportunities, and other valuable resources. The accelerator will take a 360° approach to supply chain innovation, by concentrating on three priority areas: raw material sourcing; fabric and garment production (dyeing, finishing, sewing); and end of use (recycling, circular economies). A particular focus will be placed on innovations that can improve the textile industry’s approach to water use, energy use, waste, chemical use, and labour practices.

“The accelerator’s launch follows our recent announcement of a three-pillar sustainability strategy, including a focus on innovation via the ‘Create’ pillar,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and head of international institutional affairs of Kering. “The future of luxury is dependent on innovation to help weave sustainability into every niche of our industry, from raw material sourcing and manufacturing processes to end of use. Collaborations like the Plug and Play – Fashion for Good accelerator will allow the textile industry to move more rapidly toward finding essential solutions to the challenges we all face.”

“In Plug and Play’s ten years of investing in start-ups, we have helped more than 7,000 innovators build their dreams. Now, we want to build our dream: a world of innovators committed to improving our global community and environment. It will be an honor and a pleasure to work with major luxury groups like Kering to help build and grow that vision.” said Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug and Play.

“Fashion for Good inspires the daring invention and widespread adoption of good fashion practice.  Key to its success will be its open, inclusive approach and its enabling role to allow innovation to scale. As such, we are thrilled to welcome Kering as the first anchor partner in the ‘Plug and Play – Fashion for Good’ accelerator. Through collaboration with Kering, and other partners, we are working to give promising start-up innovators the funding and expertise they need to grow so we can shift fashion from being less bad to more good”, said Leslie Johnston, Executive Director of C&A Foundation (founder of Fashion for Good).

About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.
The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. We connect startups to corporations and invest in over 150 companies every year. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in 22 locations globally giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 6,000 startups and 180 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries. We provide active investments with 200 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and host more than 365 networking events per year. Companies in our community have raised over $5 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound, and Zoosk.

About Plug and Play – Fashion for Good accelerator
As a joint venture between the world’s largest accelerator Plug and Play and the joint-industry initiative Fashion for Good, the Plug and Play – Fashion for Good accelerator is a global partnership that unites stakeholders from across the textile industry including the C&A Foundation, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Kering. Based in Amsterdam, the startup accelerator’s core objective is to find, invest in, and accelerate startups that fast-track the transition to a sustainable apparel industry.

Press contacts:
Kering
Emmanuelle Picard-Deyme
+33(0)1 45 64 61 87
emmanuelle.picard-deyme@kering.com

Emer Hallahan
+33(0)1 45 64 63 07
emer.hallahan@kering.com

Plug & Play
Allison Romero
+1 (408) 524 14 57
allison@plugandplaytechcenter.com

Source: Kering