H-E-B Announces Growth of Its Partner Population Across Texas and Mexico

SAN ANTONIO, TX, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 12, 2017), H‑E‑B announced the growth of its Partner (employee) population across Texas and Mexico totaling over 100,000, confirming its position as the largest privately held employer in the state of Texas and one of the largest privately held retailers in the nation. H‑E‑B employs more than 90,000 Partners in 332 Texas stores and more than 10,000 Partners in 56 stores throughout Mexico.

“This milestone represents our deep commitment to improving the lives of Texans and their families, and creating a work environment that brings the spirit of community to life every day while encouraging innovation, engagement and success,” said Craig Boyan, President and COO. “It takes great people to build a great company, and we look forward to providing even more Texans with meaningful career opportunities that bring new experiences, growth and lifelong connections at H‑E‑B.”

H‑E‑B is also celebrating the anniversary of the Partner Stock Plan, an employee ownership plan that rewards the hard work, dedication and loyalty of H‑E‑B Partners. To be eligible, a Partner must be at least 21 years old, have completed at least one year of service and worked at least 1,000 hours in a calendar year. In the first year, Plan participants received an allocation equal to three percent of the participant’s eligible pay and $100 for each year of service. To celebrate the anniversary, Plan participants once again received an additional allocation equal to three percent of the participant’s eligible pay.

“In business and in life, people matter most,” said Tina James, Senior Vice President for Human Resources for H‑E‑B. “Though simple, this philosophy has shaped H‑E‑B for 112 years. It’s why we call our employees Partners – because we work together to achieve success and create a strong sense of pride within our stores and throughout the more than 300 communities we serve.”

Since the economic slowdown in 2008, H‑E‑B has invested in Texas and created more than 24,000 jobs, highlighting our commitment to the markets we serve and providing career opportunities for thousands. A strong workforce keeps stores running efficiently allowing H‑E‑B to offer customers friendly service, quality products and low prices every time they shop.

Countless H‑E‑B Partners join the company as hourly employees and work up to salaried manager positions in just a few years’ time, while many turn to H‑E‑B as a first job or a flexible option to work while pursuing higher education.

With current operations totaling 388 stores companywide, H‑E‑B continues to grow and serve more communities throughout Texas and Mexico. In 2017, the company plans to add nine new stores in Texas and six new stores in Mexico contributing hundreds of jobs to the local economies.

H‑E‑B’s continued commitment to its Partners and customers once again earned the company a spot on the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings and on this year’s list of Glassdoor’s best places to work in the nation.


Truth Initiative® and CVS Health Foundation to advocate for 100% tobacco-free at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and community colleges

Effort aims to help communities profiled by the tobacco industry

Washington, D.C., 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation are joining together to work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.

Where you live, who you love, your race, your mental health and financial status play an important role in how hard tobacco companies come after you. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionally targeted with advertising and promotional efforts. The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative follows the launch of the latest campaign by truth®, #STOPPROFILING, that underscores the fact that tobacco use is more than a public health issue, it’s a social justice issue.

Despite lower youth and young adult smoking rates overall, smoking on college campuses remains a problem in the U.S. Of the 102 federally recognized HBCUs in the country, less than half have smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies. Of the 1,108 community colleges in the U.S., only 360 have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place1.

“With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college campuses are critical to preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization that directs and funds the truth campaign. “Our partnership aims to counteract the decades of profiling of African Americans and low income communities by Big Tobacco. We are thrilled to be working with the CVS Health Foundation to make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past on HBCU and community college campuses.”

Since the launch of their tobacco-free college program in 2015, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 135 colleges. To date, 50 colleges have gone smoke- or tobacco-free (40 community colleges and 10 HBCU’s).

The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative is part of CVS Health’s Be The First campaign, the company’s five year, $50 million commitment to helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free educational institutions in the United States.

In addition to supporting Truth Initiative to expand technical assistance to support 42 HBCUs and 64 community colleges advance their campus policy effort, the CVS Health Foundation is also working with the American Cancer Society to help 125 colleges advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Students, faculty and staff at the schools are charged with developing a campus task force, assessing tobacco use on their campus and developing public-education campaigns to support comprehensive tobacco- and smoke-free polices on the campus.

“Today’s young people are a generation with an unyielding commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equality, and that includes making sure health benefits are equally distributed across ethnic and socioeconomic classes,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health. “We’re proud that the CVS Health Foundation is working with Truth Initiative to help HBCUs and community colleges adopt tobacco-free campus policies. Helping more colleges and universities go tobacco-free is an important step in achieving our shared goal of helping to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.”

The tobacco industry has long profiled minority communities, particularly African Americans, with intense advertising and promotional efforts. For example, in major cities like Washington D.C., there are up to ten times more tobacco advertisements in African American neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods. There is a disproportionate health burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among African Americans. Each year, approximately 47,000 African Americans die from smoking-related disease. Research has also shown a clear pattern of targeted marketing in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at or above the poverty level.

Additional stats on smoking

  • Teen smoking of traditional cigarettes in the U.S. reached a historic low of six percent in 2016, but tobacco still remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Cigarettes cause over 480,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • LGBTQ young adults, ages 18-24, are nearly twice as likely to smoke as their straight peers.
  • Individuals with mental illness account for up to 46 percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S.
  • People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at, or above, the poverty level.

About Truth Initiative

Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives and building a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth® public education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. The Washington D.C.-based organization, formerly known as Legacy, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about our work speaking, seeking and spreading the truth about tobacco, visit truthinitiative.org.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

1 This is based on the Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities list the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation published on April 3, 2017.

Media Contacts:

Nicole Dueffert (Truth Initiative)

Joe Goode (CVS Health)

Source: CVS Health

Starbucks® Waikiki store the first in Hawaii to feature a Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar

Starbucks® Waikiki store the first in Hawaii to feature a Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar


Seattle, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is one of the world’s most famous beaches, known for its golden sand and stunning sunsets. Just a few blocks from the beach is an immersive coffee experience inside the Starbucks® store at the Waikiki Trade Center, in the heart of Waikiki’s shopping and entertainment district. The café is the first in Hawaii to feature a Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar, highlighting the company’s rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees.

The theater of coffee is on display from the store’s front windows, drawing customers in from the promenade with a long, low bar and a variety of eye-catching brewing methods, including manual Black Eagle espresso, pour-over, Clover® brewing system, Siphon, Chemex and Nitro Cold Brew taps. Senior designer Agnes Mandeville and design director Jon Alpert took inspiration for the design from the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery.

“When you enter the space, the first thing you see is the Reserve coffee bar. It’s a stage for the barista just like at the Roastery in Seattle,” Mandeville said.

Behind the bar is a backdrop inspired by Hawaiian flora and geography. The piece features a hand-painted flower that is a composite of a blossoming coffee plant and Hawaiian plumeria; it appears and disappears as customers move through the space. Wooden slats made from a golden ash wood, similar to those at the Roastery’s Experience Bar, are layered over the design to reveal a cutout of the eight islands of Hawaii.

The team kept the design airy and light with finishes and materials drawing from Asian and Western Pacific influences. A custom graphic mural by Hawaiian illustrator and artist Kris Goto adds energy and movement, with rolling ocean waves and landscapes, painted freehand with pen and just a little paint.

The team also found creative ways to bring Hawaii’s lush vegetation indoors. They worked with a landscape architect to incorporate air plants as living components of the design.

“Our customers here are in a different mode here than if they are in New York or Los Angeles,” Mandeville said. “We wanted to keep the design casual and relaxed to reflect Hawaii.”

The Waikiki store is one of more than 20 Starbucks stores with Reserve coffee bars, including locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Starbucks plans to have 20 percent of its global stores include Reserve coffee bars by 2021.


Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Amazon helps developers build and launch far-field voice-initiated products with availability of Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit

New reference design offers far-field speech processing to hardware manufacturers, making it simple, fast, and cost-effective to create new devices with Amazon Alexa

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Apr. 13, 2017) announced that for the first time it is making the high-performance far-field microphone array and voice processing technology found in Amazon Echo available to hardware makers who want to build the Alexa experience into their products. With the Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit, Amazon is making it easier for commercial developers to build and launch far-field voice-initiated products with Alexa by reducing development time and cost.

“Since the introduction of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, device makers have been asking us to provide the technology and tools to enable a far-field Alexa experience for their products,” said Priya Abani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “With this new reference solution, developers can design products with the same unique 7-mic circular array, beamforming technology, and voice processing software that have made Amazon Echo so popular with customers. It’s never been easier for device makers to integrate Alexa and offer their customers world-class voice experiences.”

The hardware-based reference solution will be supported by leading chipset providers. The solution includes:

  • The same 7-microphone array found in Amazon Echo
  • Amazon’s proprietary software for wake word recognition, beamforming, noise reduction, and echo cancellation
  • Reference client software for local device control and communication with the Alexa Voice Service

The Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit will be available to commercial device manufacturers through an exclusive, invite-only program. OEMs can visit developer.amazon.com/alexa-voice-service/dev-kits/amazon-7-mic to request an invite and learn more about the reference solutions currently available for hardware makers wanting to integrate Alexa.

About Amazon

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

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Sainsbury’s announces expansion plans for Argos and Habitat

Sainsbury’s announces expansion plans for Argos and Habitat


London, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (13 April 2017), Sainsbury’s opens its 50th Argos Digital store in a Sainsbury’s supermarket. The opening marks an important milestone in the retailer’s strategy to be a multi-product, multi-channel retailer, serving customers quickly and conveniently whenever and wherever they want to shop.

  • Plan to transform 60 existing Argos stores to new digital format
  • Sainsbury’s to open 10 further Mini Habitat stores in its supermarkets
  • As 50th Argos Digital store opens in Kiln Lane, Epsom, Surrey

Sainsbury’s has moved rapidly to open 50 Argos Digital stores since the acquisition of Argos and Habitat seven months ago and has committed to opening 250 over three years. Argos also announced today that it plans to transform 60 stand-alone stores to the digital format. This will mean that over a third of the Argos store estate is digital in a year’s time, helping customers benefit from a fast and convenient store experience. Argos digital collection points are also available to customers in 90 Sainsbury’s stores for customers to Click & Collect Argos parcels.

Following the launch of the first Mini Habitat concession in in Nine Elms, London, in October 2016, the seventh Mini Habitat opened today alongside the 50th Argos Digital store at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane in Epsom, Surrey, giving customers the opportunity to buy Habitat products both in-store and via in-store iPads.  Sainsbury’s also announced it plans to open another 10 Mini Habitats during this financial year, which will help the company to assess the full potential of the Mini Habitat format in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos Chief Executive Officer, John Rogers, said: “The opening of our 50th Argos Digital store just seven months after we acquired the company shows we are moving ahead at pace with our strategy.  Our cutting-edge digital capability is a core strength of our business and our decision to transform 60 Argos stores by March next year moves our strategy on further. Over a third of the store estate will now benefit from cutting-edge digital technology that will improve the customer experience, making shopping faster and more convenient.”

Customers increasingly appreciate the benefits of shopping at both Sainsbury’s and Argos under one roof and there is a clear uplift of one to two per cent on sales from Argos customers shopping for Sainsbury’s food, general merchandise and clothing products. Argos Digital stores located in Sainsbury’s supermarkets that have been open for more than a year are delivering 20 to 30 per cent like-for-like sales growth.

Over half of all Argos sales originate online.  Its leading digital capability is an important differentiator and is key to its future strategy

At over 76,000 sq ft, the flagship store at Kiln Lane is one of the largest in the retailer’s estate and demonstrates how Sainsbury’s is using its space to offer customers choice and convenience, with over 90,000 products and a range of popular services under one roof.  In addition to the new 2,100 sq ft Argos Digital store and the 1,790 sq ft Mini Habitat, the store also boasts the latest Sainsbury’s Food Hall format and the full range of general merchandise and Tu clothing. Carefully chosen concession partners include Timpsons and Sushi Daily.


020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s


CarMax promotes Diane Long Cafritz to chief human resources officer and SVP

CarMax promotes Diane Long Cafritz to chief human resources officer and SVP


RICHMOND, Va, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, today (Apr. 11, 2017) announced the promotion of Diane Long Cafritz to the newly created position of chief human resources officer and senior vice president.

Cafritz, 46, will lead all human resources and loss prevention areas with the primary responsibility of leading CarMax’s strategy to attract, develop and retain talent to support the company’s business and its future growth.

“Our associates are our most important asset and strongest differentiator,” said Bill Nash, CarMax president and chief executive officer. “Diane’s extensive leadership experience will be a tremendous asset in ensuring we continue to elevate our exceptional culture and move our people forward.”

Cafritz joined CarMax in 2003 as assistant general counsel, managing commercial and consumer litigation and has provided significant leadership within the company’s field operational leadership team. She was promoted to vice president in 2014. Prior to joining CarMax, she was employed by McDermott, Will & Emery in Washington, D.C. in the litigation department.

She earned her B.A. in Economics and International Relations at Tufts University, and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 170 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contacts:
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Investor Contacts
Katharine Kenny
Vice President
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4591

Celeste Gunter
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4597

Source: CarMax, Inc.

Toys“R”Us unifies its Japan, Greater China and Southeast Asia businesses

WAYNE, NJ and TOYKO, JAPAN, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. today (April 11, 2017) announced that it has entered into an agreement to unify its Toys“R”Us, Japan business with its Toys“R”Us business in Greater China and Southeast Asia, a joint venture between Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Fung Retailing Limited. Under this agreement, Toys“R”Us, Japan, which operates 160 stores in the country, will become part of Toys“R”Us, Asia Ltd. The combined business will now be approximately 85 percent owned by Toys“R”Us, Inc. and approximately 15 percent owned by Fung Retailing.

Toys“R”Us Asia Ltd and its subsidiaries operate 223 stores in Greater China and in the Southeast Asia markets, which includes Toys“R”Us stores in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, and licenses an additional 34 stores in the Philippines and Macau. Andre Javes, President, Toys“R”Us, Asia Pacific, will continue to oversee all operations of the combined businesses, as well as Toys“R”Us, Australia.

“This expansion marks another milestone for Toys“R”Us as a global company,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The businesses are highly complementary with regards to markets, products and technology, and we believe that the strategic decision to consolidate them will allow us to streamline operations and accelerate innovation to continue to deliver a world-class experience for our customers in Asia. We look forward to working more closely with Fung Retailing, our trusted and valued business partner, as we further our mission to be the best toy and baby products retail company for the world.”

The Chairman of the Fung Group, Dr. Victor K. Fung said, “We have been involved with Toys“R”Us in Asia since 1985 and are pleased to expand our partnership to include Japan. Toys“R”Us is one of the most recognized brands in the world, and our goals for the combined business are to leverage the synergies between the businesses and delight a new generation of consumers with significant purchasing power across the region.”

The combined company will be headquartered in Hong Kong, while a regional office will continue to operate in Kawasaki, Japan, where Toys“R”Us, Japan is based.

About Toys“R”Us, Japan
Toys“R”Us, Japan, a subsidiary of Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 6,600 associates in Japan. The company currently operates 160 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores nationwide (as of April, 2017), as well as the Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Online Store (www.toysrus.co.jp), carrying quality products from trusted domestic and international manufacturers.
Toys“R”Us-Japan, Ltd. www.toysrus.co.jp/corporate/CSfCompany.jsp#
Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Store Locations www2.toysrus.co.jp/store
Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Official Facebook facebook.com/toysrusjp/facebook.com/babiesrusjp
Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Official Twitter twitter.com/toysrus_jp / twitter.com/babiesrus_jp
Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Official Instagram www.instagram.com/toysrus_jp/
Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Official LINE line.me/ti/p/@toysrus_jp

About Fung Retailing Limited
The retailing businesses of privately-held Fung Retailing Limited extend from Greater China to Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines through a combined network of over 2,700 stores. They include stores operated separately and independently by publicly-listed Convenience Retail Asia Limited (SEHK:00831) and Trinity Limited (SEHK:00891), as well as the privately-held Branded lifestyle Holding Limited, Fung Kids (Holdings) Limited, Toys“R”Us (Asia) Limited and Suhyang Networks Company Limited. Fung Retailing employs over 16,000 staff, and its turnover exceeded US$1.85 billion in 2015.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 883 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 795 international stores and 254 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 60,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $130 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.


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Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Lakeside Foods, Inc. recalls Season’s Choice Brand Frozen Peas due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

Lakeside Foods, Inc. recalls Season’s Choice Brand Frozen Peas due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes


Manitowoc, WI, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lakeside Foods, Inc. of Manitowoc, WI is voluntarily recalling 1,568 packages of 16 ounce Season’s Choice Brand Frozen Peas packed for Aldi, Inc. distributed in 7 states because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed to only Aldi Stores in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin and is sold at retail stores in these states. The affected product was distributed in poly bags under the following label codes:

Season’s Choice Sweet Peas, Net Weight 16 oz (1 LB) 454 g UPC code 041498164294
Code: DC27063 PLAA6206 BEST BY 09 2018
DC27063 BNAD7266 BEST BY 09 2018
DC37063 BNAD7266 BEST BY 09 2018
DC47063 BNAD7266 BEST BY 09 2018
DC57063 BNAD7266 BEST BY 09 2018
DC57063 BNAF6236 BEST BY 09 2018
DC57063 BNAF6236 BEST BY 09 2018

No other Lakeside Foods or Aldi products are affected by this voluntary recall.

All of the suspected packages have been removed from store shelves. The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product.

The recall was a result of product being tested at retail by the State of Florida which had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased distribution of the product.

Consumers who have purchased this specific lot code should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund.

Consumer with questions may contact the company at 1-800-466-3834, Monday-Friday 8 AM – 3 PM.

Consumers Contact:

Lakeside Foods, Inc.

Source: FDA


Nassau Candy Distributors recalls H.E.B brand Pomegranate Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate due to undeclared Almonds

Nassau Candy Distributors recalls H.E.B brand Pomegranate Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate due to undeclared Almonds


Hicksville, NY, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nassau Candy Distributors of Hicksville, NY, is voluntarily recalling 8 oz. bags of H.E.B brand Pomegranate Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate because they may contain undeclared Almonds. People who have allergies to Almonds run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product is packaged in 8 oz. zipper bags with UPC CODE 041220985883 and has a Best By Date of 02/27/18 on the lower right back panel of the packaging. No other product or Best By Dates are affected by this recall.

The recalled Pomegranate Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate was distributed to H.E.B in San Antonio, Texas. All product with the Best By Date of 02/27/18 has been removed from the store shelves and destroyed.

The company has received one allergy complaint to date.

This recall was initiated after it was reported via a social media complaint that a bag contained almonds but were not listed on the packaging. The company continues its investigation into the matter and has temporarily suspended production of this item.

Consumers who have purchased the 8 oz. bags of H.E.B brand Pomegranate Infused Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nassau Candy Distributors at 516-433-7100 ext. 7297, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm EST.

Consumers Contact:

Nassau Candy Distributors
516-433-7100 ext. 7297

Source: FDA


Orthodox Baking Co. recalls Oberlander Gluten Free Brand “Chocolate Kokosh Cake” due to undeclared almond paste

Belleville, N.J., 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Orthodox Baking Co. in Belleville, N.J. 07109, today (April 10, 2017) announced a voluntary recall of its 16 ounce packages of Oberlander Gluten Free Brand “Chocolate Kokosh Cake” chocolate filled cake because they contain undeclared almond paste. People who have allergies to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled “Chocolate Kokosh Cake” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and supermarkets. No other products are impacted.

The product comes in a 16 ounce, clear plastic package with a wraparound label. It is marked with a “last date sale” of April 30 printed on the back of the label and further identified with UPC #43711 18093 7.

This voluntary recall was initiated on April 5, 2017, after an unconfirmed report of an allergic reaction was investigated by Orthodox Baking Co. and it revealed that the almond paste-containing cake was distributed in packaging that identified in the ingredient declaration the presence of “kernel paste” instead of “almond paste”. The problem was caused by a labeling error limited to this item.

Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Orthodox Baking has informed the FDA of our actions.

Consumers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of “Chocolate Kokosh Cake” chocolate filled cake are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Due to Passover Holiday consumers with questions may contact the company only during these specific dates and times: Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 1PM to 3PM EDST at the following number 1- 347-450-7077

Consumers Contact:


Media Contact:

J. Oberlander

Source: FDA

The Smokehouse of NY recalls Smoked fish products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The Smokehouse of NY recalls Smoked fish products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes


Mamaroneck, NY, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Smokehouse of NY, Mamaroneck, NY 10543 is recalling all of the Smoked fish listed below, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weaken immune systems. Although Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

Norwegian 4oz & 8oz and whole sides Irish 4oz & 8oz Scottish 4oz & 8oz
Pastrami 4oz & 8oz Gravlax 4oz & 8oz Trimmings 8oz
Sturgeon 4oz Kippered Salmon 8oz Sable 8oz
Whitefish Salad Trout Fillet 8oz

These products were distributed through New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Minnesota, and Montana. Product was distributed to markets, restaurants, and hotels. To identify our products there is our logo on every package with our name The Smokehouse of NY in black cryovaced bags. The expiration dates will be from April 5th to April 19th.

No illnesses have been confirmed to date whatsoever.

The recall was a result of a routine inspection sampling program by the company which revealed there was listeria present in our warehouse. This recall is a voluntary action taken by my company to ensure that our product is pulled from the market until we rectify this situation. Our company had ceased all production, manufacturing and distributing, until our company meets all guidelines implemented by FDA before resuming production and rectifying all issues.

For any information or questions please contact us immediately. We can be reached directly for any information at 914-630-4788. We can be reached Monday-Friday 7am-3pm. Any and all returns will be credited in full.

Consumers Contact:

Smokehouse of NY

Source: FDA


Restaurantactie Albert Heijn en IENS van start

Restaurantactie Albert Heijn en IENS van start


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Aanstaande dinsdag gaat de derde editie van de restaurantactie van Albert Heijn en IENS van start. De komende vier weken kunnen klanten van Albert Heijn sparen voor een gratis 2e driegangenmenu bij meer dan 1.000 restaurants in Nederland. Bij iedere €10,- aan boodschappen ontvangen klanten van Albert Heijn een AH Restaurantzegel en bij 10 zegels is de spaarkaart vol. Met een volle spaarkaart kunnen klanten vervolgens online reserveren op ahrestaurantactie.nl voor een gratis 2edriegangenmenu of een 2e lunch. De spaaractie duurt 4 weken, van 18 april tot en met 14 mei. Volle spaarkaarten kunnen worden verzilverd tot en met 29 oktober 2017.

Na het succes van de afgelopen jaren, met vorig jaar ruim 1 miljoen reserveringen, werkt Albert Heijn ook dit jaar met IENS en meer dan 1.000 restaurateurs samen, om haar klanten te laten profiteren van de grootste restaurantactie van Nederland.

Er is dit jaar gekozen voor een nieuwe ‘look & feel’. Zo zijn er 12 verschillende ‘provincie’ spaarkaarten. Op iedere spaarkaart staat een selectie van 12 deelnemende restaurateurs uit de betreffende provincie. Ook is er een online spaarkaart die door klanten kan worden geprint.

“De AH Restaurantactie nodigt mensen uit om op laagdrempelige wijze kennis te maken met de vele geweldige restaurants die ons land rijk is. Voor restaurateurs is het daarnaast een uitgelezen kans om hun restaurant te presenteren aan nieuwe gasten, wij zijn dankbaar dat ook dit jaar weer zoveel restaurants een gratis 2e driegangenmenu aanbieden. We verwachten dan ook dat heel veel gasten dit jaar weer door de AH Restaurantactie gaan genieten van een culinair avondje uit.”; Aldus Niels Keizer, algemeen directeur IENS.

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Source: Albert Heijn


Albert Heijn test slimme koelkastmagneet

Albert Heijn test slimme koelkastmagneet


Eerste proef met Hiku in Nederland van start

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn gaat als eerste in Nederland een test doen met Hiku.

  • Hiku is een slimme koelkastmagneet die iedereen in het gezin kan gebruiken om producten op het boodschappenlijstje te zetten.
  • Door boodschappen in te spreken of producten te scannen met Hiku worden ze toegevoegd aan het boodschappenlijstje in de Appie app en op ah.nl.
  • Klanten kunnen vervolgens met dit lijstje naar de winkel of de producten in één klik toevoegen aan hun bestelling.

Uit een rondvraag onder klanten blijkt dat ruim 70% gebruik maakt van een boodschappenlijstje bij het boodschappen doen. Veel klanten vergeten daarbij wel eens iets op het lijstje te zetten of zij vergeten het boodschappenlijstje mee te nemen naar de winkel. Het maken van een compleet boodschappenlijstje wordt een stuk makkelijker en leuker met Hiku: een klein apparaatje, met een microfoon en een barcodescanner, dat verbonden is met het WiFi thuisnetwerk. Spreek de boodschappen in of scan ze met de Hiku en ze worden automatisch toegevoegd aan je lijstje in de Appie app en op ah.nl. Vervolgens kunnen klanten boodschappen doen zoals zij dat het liefst willen: in de winkel kopen, thuis laten bezorgen of ophalen bij een Pick Up Point. In onder andere Amerika en Frankrijk wordt de Hiku al door supermarkten aangeboden, het is voor het eerst dat deze gadget in Nederland wordt getest.

Om te kijken of klanten de Hiku een handig hulpmiddel vinden bij het maken van een boodschappenlijstje, heeft Albert Heijn tweehonderd klanten – zowel klanten die hun boodschappen in de winkel doen als klanten die de boodschappen online bestellen – uitgenodigd mee te doen aan een test. Zij ontvangen kosteloos een Hiku om die gedurende twee maanden te testen.

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Whole Foods Market stores to host one-day sale on organic produce On Earth Day, April 22

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Earth Day, April 22, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on organic produce. Customers will receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of organic produce.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Day with organic produce for its many environmental benefits. Organic farming does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater; and this growing method replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways.

Other organic standards include no toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides, no sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones and no irradiation.


mail to: SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Book release: The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity

CEO John Mackey co-authors book about health, wellness and benefits of unprocessed, plant-based eating; donates royalties from book sales to company’s nonprofit foundations

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is proud to announce the release of co-founder and CEO John Mackey’s newest book, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity(Grand Central Life & Style, April 11, 2017).

“In the world of popularized diets, we can sometimes miss the broad agreements by focusing too much on the minor differences,” Mackey said. “When it comes to our health, it’s the overall dietary pattern that makes all the difference. By highlighting different proponents of whole foods, plant-based eating in this book, I hope to shed light on the broad consensus that exists among them, empower readers to make more informed food choices that promote health and vitality, and promote unity among the various health diet ‘tribes.’”

Mackey and co-authors Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman, of the popular documentary, Forks Over Knives, dispel nutritional myths and simplify a huge body of medical science, health research, and nutritional advice to help readers make more informed food choices and discover how The Whole Foods Diet, can help promote health and longevity.

Offering both a persuasive science-based analysis of the benefits of a primarily plant-based diet rich in unprocessed foods along with practical tools for navigating food choices and making dietary and lifestyle changes, The Whole Foods Diet is broken down into three parts:

PART 1: Discusses the science behind the diet, including the commonalities and differences that co-exist across the ever-changing landscape of popular diets and dietary choices and how health outcomes have evolved across cultures over time. Through science and research, readers can make more informed choices about what’s on their plates.

PART 2: Guidance on how to navigate everyday food choices and how to customize the Whole Foods Diet for particular preferences and needs. Also addresses food politics, health, and the ethical and environmental impact of dietary choices.

PART 3: Invites readers to take the 28-Day Eat Real Food® Plan by providing four full weeks of delicious, nutritious recipes along with shopping lists, culinary tips and other practical tools to support healthy eating at home or when traveling.

The Whole Foods Diet features inspirational success stories and advice from leading voices in the plant-based-diets movement. The book is a life-affirming invitation to become Whole Foodies, who love to eat, love to live, and love to nourish themselves and their families with the rich array of nature’s bounty. The book highlights “Whole Foodie Heroes,” experts who have contributed research and have advocated for a plant-based lifestyle including experts like Drs. Joel Fuhrman, Michael Greger, David Katz, John McDougall and Scott Stoll as well as Whole Foods Market team members, who share inspirational firsthand accounts of their personal journeys into a Whole Foodie lifestyle.

Through scientific research and personal experience, the co-authors show how a predominantly plant-based diet can add longevity and improve quality of life. The authors also provide practical guidance for readers beginning the diet and life transition, from planning, to shopping, to preparing meals.

“Our shared passion is to help people heal and thrive with nutritious, whole, unprocessed food,” said Dr. Alona Pulde. “Sharing some of the journeys we’ve seen firsthand provides tangible and inspirational accounts of how conscious food choices can have a profound impact on health and longevity.”

The book has a suggested retail price of $28, and it is available via booksellers across the country, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and iBooks.

Mackey will donate his royalties from book sales to Whole Foods Market’s three nonprofit foundations: Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation.  For more information, please visit wholefoodsdiet.com.


John Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. He has devoted his life to selling natural foods and to building a better business model. Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, are both physicians who specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They were also featured in the film Forks Over Knives and co‐authored the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives Plan, Forks Over Knives Family, and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: http://bit.ly/WFDTour

April 12: New York (Bryant Park)

April 18: Philadelphia (Center City)

April 26: Austin (365 Cedar Park)

May 2: San Francisco (Potrero Hill)

May 3: San Diego (Del Mar)

May 4: Los Angeles (DTLA)

May 16: Washington DC (H Street)

May 31: Detroit

June 1 or 2: Chicago

For media interviews, contact Robin.Kelly@wholefoods.com (617) 401-4145 and Emily.Wright@wholefoods.com (512) 542-3725. For additional materials, visit media.wfm.com/press/the-whole-foods-diet.


mail to: SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

New partnership could lead to COOP-Pyaterochka stores opening at Centrosouyz’s existing consumer cooperatives

Moscow, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation (Centrosoyuz). This partnership will encourage the development of retail trade in Russia’s regions, supporting both X5’s social mission of cooperation with the consumer and the Centrosoyuz mission to secure the supply of affordably priced staples and other high-quality products to remote rural areas. This five-year agreement has the potential to lead to the opening of up to 1,000 new stores under the joint brand of COOP-Pyaterochka during the first three years of the project.

COOP-Pyaterochka stores would be opened at Centrosouyz’s existing consumer cooperatives, and would improve the food supply infrastructure thanks to renovations and upgrades to Centrosoyuz stores, introduction of advanced retail standards, and use of Pyaterochka’s logistics solutions.

The project will be implemented mostly through franchising. With access to X5’s extensive supplier base and logistics capabilities, Centrosoyuz will benefit from reliable supplies of a wide assortment of goods and improved affordability. The consumer cooperative will coordinate local with consumer societies and Pyaterochka to select retail facilities, optimise document management, and organise repairs and upgrades in order to develop modern retail formats.

Centrosoyuz’s educational infrastructure will be made available for personnel trainings for joint stores and for Pyaterochka’s own operations, while students of the Russian University of Cooperatives will be offered internships at Pyaterochka stores.

The parties have also agreed to open up to 5,000 Pyaterocka-based shop-in-shops by 2021 that will sell goods from local farmers and consumer cooperatives. The primary focus of this subleasing partnership is to create a comprehensive product and service offering tailored to the needs of the local customer.

The agreement also enables Pyaterochka to supply products from its own assortment to consumer cooperatives that are not part of the project, thereby improving the availability of food and non-food products to rural residents. With the goal of optimising logistics costs and reducing shrinkage, deliveries may take place directly to the stores or to the partners’ distribution centres in the regions where Pyaterochka operates. ​


Oleg Poletaev
head of PR
T​: +7 (495) 662-88-88, ext. 22-209

Source: X5 Retail Group

Xcel Brands signs exclusive license agreement with Pranda North America, Inc. for Judith Ripka LTD. fine jewelry product lines

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) has executed an exclusive license agreement with Pranda North America, Inc. to manufacture its Judith Ripka LTD. fine jewelry product lines. For the last 18 years, Pranda has been a trusted manufacturer of the Judith Ripka branded product lines.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brand’s Inc. remarked, “This collaboration marks a new chapter and an exciting future for our fine jewelry businesses and we are pleased to expand our partnership with Pranda.”

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

JUDITH RIPKA LTD. (www.judithripka.com)
Judith Ripka Ltd. is an American luxury jewelry brand that appeals to women of impeccable taste worldwide. Over the brand’s 40-year history, it has become known for an immediately identifiable design DNA rooted in a timelessness and tradition which will appear forever modern. Available in the fine department and specialty jewelry stores around the world, Judith Ripka Ltd. 18k Gold and Sterling Silver designs have been worn by notable celebrates such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Hudson and Rose Byrne.  A favorite among fashion trend setters, celebrities and style conscious women everywhere, Judith Ripka Ltd. was ranked as one of the top five fine jewelry brands in the US by Women’s Wear Daily in 2013. www.judithripka.com

Media Contact:

Stephanie Taylor
Xcel Brands Inc.

Source: Xcel Brands Inc./globenewswire

New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman unveiled as Global Brand Ambassador for Joe’s on its latest campaign

LOS ANGELES, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Joe’s unveiled its latest campaign today (Apr 11, 2017), starring New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. The campaign marks the launch of Edelman’s newest role as Global Brand Ambassador for Joe’s, a position he will hold through 2018.

“I am excited to be partnering with an incredible denim brand like Joe’s as the clothes are very much in line with what I like — refined, with great design,” said Edelman. “The Joe’s men’s collection has everyday pieces from jeans to jackets that I can dress up or down, but the brand’s innovative use of fabric is really what sets it apart. Working with Joe’s has been a fantastic experience and I’m looking forward to representing the brand as Global Ambassador over the next year.”

For Joe’s 2017 seasonal offerings, Founder and Creative Director Joe Dahan set out to create a fresh and authentically masculine collection, focusing on the label’s newest denim silhouettes, knits, and outerwear offerings for men. Shot by photographer Naj Jami and styled by Zoe Costello, Edelman wears Joe’s The Söder Slim cropped trouser in Tan with a New School cutoff in Grey.

Selecting Edelman for the role of Global Brand Ambassador was an easy choice explained Dahan, “I met Julian and immediately knew he would be the ideal fit for our newest Joe’s campaign. A native Californian, Julian’s look is laid back; that being said, he doesn’t shy away from edginess – a slimmer denim, a leather jacket… Beyond the fact that our aesthetic aligned, working with an athlete, especially one of Julian’s caliber, has given us a platform to show the full range of our new Kinetic collection. Kinetic is Joe’s take on stretch denim, an ideal style for men, like Julian, who want a performance stretch jean that still has a rigid appearance.”

Joe’s campaign featuring Edelman, showcases the all-star athlete in the newest denim fits and washes from the label for the upcoming ’17 season. Among the styles Edelman is photographed wearing throughout the campaign include the Kinetic Jeans in Griffith, Nuhollis and Lawler, The Hopkins trouser jean, the Wintz henley and the Moto Suede Jacket in Navy.

“We are thrilled that Julian has joined Joe’s roster of campaign stars alongside Taylor Hill, the new face of our women’s collection,” said Jameel Spencer, Fashion Division President at Sequential Brands Group, owner of the Joe’s brand. “Julian embodies the Joe’s brand spirit and adds his confidence and style on and off the field to our men’s collection.”

The campaign will launch May 2017 across multiple print and digital platforms and outdoor advertising will run in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. In tandem with Julian’s ambassadorship, Joe’s has partnered with model Taylor Hill as the face of Joe’s women’s and as a collaborator on a series of capsule collections.

Founded in 2001 by Creative Director Joe Dahan, Joe’s redefines everyday style with its inherently LA sensibility and distinctive rock + roll point-of-view. With an emphasis on offering the perfect fit for everybody, the brand takes a revolutionary approach to denim and sophisticated classics, incorporating the very latest in technology to offer product that is beautiful, innovative and fits flawlessly.

A global brand, Joe’s is available coast to coast at fine department stores and specialty boutiques in the USA and internationally. In addition, Joe’s has 18 boutiques located in top domestic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

Website: joesjeans.com // Instagram: @joesjeans

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

The photo is also available at Newscom, www.newscom.com, and via AP PhotoExpress.

Media Contacts:

For Sequential Brands Group
Jaime Cassavechia
(212) 518-4771 x108

For Joe’s
Wetherly Group
(212) 966-6467

Source: SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC./globenewswire

Meijer expands home delivery throughout Ohio with Shipt

Meijer expands home delivery throughout Ohio with Shipt


Groceries and Goods Delivered to Your Doorstep in an Hour – Day or Night, New partnership from Meijer and Shipt transforms grocery shopping in the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today (April 12, 2017) it will expand home delivery throughout Ohio with Shipt, the fastest growing online grocery marketplace. The service launches in Cincinnati and Dayton on April 27; Columbus on May 4; and Toledo later this summer. To celebrate the launch of Meijer home delivery in Ohio, Shipt is offering $25 off the first order to annual members who sign up prior to launch.

Using the Shipt app or website, members will be able to access more than 55,000 items available at Meijer stores, note any preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order. Fresh produce, meat, dairy, health and beauty products can all be delivered to your door when it is convenient for you – as soon as one hour after the order is placed, or up to 24 hours in advance. Because most Meijer stores are open 24 hours, Shipt deliveries from those stores will be available around the clock, seven days a week, with the exception of certain holidays.

“Providing people with the option to shop online for thousands of grocery products and have them delivered to their door when it’s most convenient for them is another Meijer innovation that helps our customers save time,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “The personalized service that Shipt offers, coupled with the quality and value our customers love about Meijer, creates a new type of shopping experience in Ohio.”

Meijer piloted the program in Detroit, then expanded the service to Grand Rapids, and will launch in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne this week. Since the launch in southeast Michigan last fall, the program has made nearly 90,000 deliveries in Michigan. Meijer plans to make home delivery available to as many customers as possible across its six-state footprint which includes Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

“Meijer is a mainstay in Midwest retail and our growing partnership speaks to their commitment to continuously find new and innovative ways to delight their customers,” said Shipt founder and CEO Bill Smith. “With these new expansions, Shipt will now be able to offer the convenience of home delivery from Meijer stores to over 20 million households, creating a simpler, more enjoyable grocery shopping experience across the Midwest.”

Leading up to the launch, Shipt plans to grow their network of Shoppers, who are responsible for ensuring complete, accurate fulfillments of each order. To apply to be a Shipt Shopper, visit Shipt.com and click “Get Paid to Shop.” Shipt plans to hire 10,000 people across the six-state expansion with Meijer. The company plans to hire approximately 1,000 shoppers in Ohio. Shipt displays a commitment to each of the communities it serves and plans to identify opportunities to help eliminate hunger and food insecurity in these communities.

Shipt memberships are available for an annual fee of $99 and members have access to free delivery on all orders over $35. For orders under $35, there is a $7 delivery fee. To sign up for Shipt and learn more about the service and availability, visit Shipt.com/Meijer. Ohio customers can sign up for Shipt now so they’ll be ready to order items for home delivery the moment the service becomes available.

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 and 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. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Shipt:

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, works with leading retailers and local stores to deliver groceries via a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Since its founding in 2014, Shipt has been rapidly expanding and now offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to over 20 million households in 38 markets across the country. Shipt offers unlimited grocery deliveries to members for $99 per year. The company currently has offices in Birmingham, AL, and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit Shipt.com.

Joe Hirschmugl

Source: Meijer


Skinner’s brewery and Wooden Hand brewery in Truro win contract with the Co-op

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two Truro breweries are toasting a contract win with the Co-op.

Skinner’s brewery has started its 20th anniversary year in style by securing a contract win with the Co-op. The award winning Truro-based brewery will now supply 40 Co-op food stores across Cornwall and could sell up to 30,000 pints in a year.

The brewery will supply four of its ales: Betty Stogs – which CAMRA named Britain’s best bitter; Hops N Honey; Cornish Knocker and, new addition Lushingtons Sunshine Pale Ale – which is made with Cornish malted barley and wheat.

While the Wooden Hand brewery will also supply four of its ales: Golden Touch; Red Handed; Dab Hand and, Hands Down to 40 of the community retailer’s stores, and could supply an estimated 40,000 pints in a year.

In September (2016), Skinner’s installed a new state-of-the-art bottling facility to double its bottled ales output, a major investment enabling it to deliver increased quality and volume across its core bottle range.

Stuart Hughes, Sales Manager at Skinner’s Brewery, said:

“We are delighted, the Co-op’s values and ethos are a great fit with our brand – we love to team up with organisations who, like us, seek to deliver great products and make a difference in our communities. To have our beers available in so many communities is a great opportunity, introducing more people to our ales and opening up new markets.”

The contract win also coincides with Wooden Hand developing a new range of labels designed to represent its crafted and handmade approach to brewing.

Andy Walton, Sales and Operational Director of the Wooden Hand Brewery, said:

“This is very exciting news, we are very proud. We are regularly asked where our beers can be purchased and so to reach so many more local communities is a great opportunity to build awareness of our brand and open up new markets for our business.

“In addition, the timing of the contract as we launch our new look – which is designed to represent our distinctive and unique identity and reflect the crafted, handmade, small local brewery that we are – couldn’t be better.”

Judy Naylor, Ranging Manager for the Co-op, said:

“It’s exciting to collaborate with breweries such as Wooden Hand and Skinner’s – the innovation, quality, passion, tradition and community focus make them prized local products and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers – quality and trust is an important cue for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – Cornwall is synonymous with quality food and drink and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities and providing new opportunities to showcase and celebrate great local food and drink.”

Media Contact:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Mobile: 07702505551
Email: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

PetSmart opened 30 stores across the U.S. and Canada in Q4 2016

Phoenix, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today (April 12, 2017) announced it has opened 30 stores across the U.S. and Canada for the quarter ending January 29, 2017. This adds to the 43 new stores opened in the first three quarters, bringing the total number for fiscal year 2016 to 73 new stores.

New stores were opened in the fourth quarter in the following locations:

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Aspen, Colo.*
  • Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Ill.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Brunswick, Maine
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Cedar Hill, Texas
  • Kamloops, B.C.
  • Chula Vista, Calif.**
  • Lexington, N.C.
  • Dawsonville, Ga.
  • New Braunfels, Texas
  • Denham Springs, La.
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Dunkirk, N.Y.
  • Roanoke, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Saint John, N.B.
  • Encino, Calif.
  • Sheridan, Colo.
  • Fairfield, Calif.
  • Springfield, Mo.
  • Franklin, N.J.
  • Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Greenfield, Ind.
  • Washington, Mo.
  • Hendersonville, N.C.
  • West Long Beach, N.J.**

“PetSmart has undergone significant store growth in the last year,” said Brian Amkraut, executive vice president of real estate, strategy, store operations and services for PetSmart. “We continue to execute on our real estate strategy, which focuses on continuing the expansion in current growth markets and establishing stores in new markets with the goal of providing increased convenience for our pet parents.”

In addition to expanding its brick and mortar locations, PetSmart also recently launched the new PetSmart.com, which now includes a responsive design optimized for mobile devices and new tailored home delivery options, among a range of additional features. The new delivery options include subscription-based shipping, as well as same-day and scheduled delivery in 17 U.S. markets – all aimed at letting pet parents shop how, when and where they wish.

*Only Natural Pet second flagship store. The Only Natural Pet lifestyle brand is owned by PetSmart, which is also the national exclusive retailer of the brand.
**Relocated store.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart®  PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption.  PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home.  Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com,  AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S.  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017.  For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017***.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

***Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal.

Erin Gray

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Tractor Supply announces 6.6% net sales increase to $1.56 billion in 1Q 2017 vs. same period in 2016

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today ( 4/11/2017) provided a business update for the first quarter ended April 1, 2017.

Net sales for the first quarter 2017 increased 6.6% to $1.56 billion from $1.47 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Comparable store sales decreased 2.2% versus an increase of 4.9% (2.6% adjusted for week shift) in the prior year’s first quarter. Each quarter of fiscal 2017 starts one week later than the same quarter of fiscal 2016 due to the Company’s 2016 fiscal year having 53 weeks versus the normal 52 weeks. The comparable store sales results included decreases in comparable transaction count and average ticket of 1.4% and 0.9%, respectively. The decrease in comparable store sales was primarily driven by lower sales of seasonal merchandise and the impact of deflation. On a regional basis, sales were most challenged in the Northern regions, where weather had a more pronounced impact on sales for the quarter. The weakness in seasonal categories was partially offset by a positive comparable store sales increase in the Livestock and Pet category.

As a result of the above factors, the Company expects net income per diluted share for the first quarter to range from $0.45 to $0.46.

Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Weather can influence the demand for certain products, and while we had a challenging quarter with respect to sales and margin, our business is more accurately assessed by the halves, not the quarters. We believe seasonal merchandise sales will improve as we move further into the spring selling season.”

Mr. Sandfort continued, “We have a solid core business that is focused on a dedicated lifestyle customer who depends upon us for the products they need. Despite the challenging start to the fiscal year, we believe there is significant business ahead of us. We are excited about our upcoming merchandise initiatives and the continued execution of our cross-channel, customer centric growth strategy, which includes the recent expansion of Neighbor’s Club and Buy Online Pick Up In Store.”

Release and Webcast of Full First Quarter 2017 Results

The Company intends to release its full first quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. In conjunction with the release of results, the management of Tractor Supply Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, which will be simultaneously webcast live over the Internet at IR.TractorSupply.com.

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

A replay of the webcast will be available at IR.TractorSupply.com shortly after the conference call concludes.

About Tractor Supply Company

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,617 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 152 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Forward Looking Statements

As with any business, all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to influences outside its control. This information contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales, margins and earnings, estimated results of operations, and marketing, merchandising and strategic initiatives. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to the finalization of the Company’s quarterly financial and accounting procedures, and may be affected by certain risks and uncertainties, any one, or a combination, of which could materially affect the results of the Company’s operations. These factors include, without limitation, national, regional and local economic conditions affecting consumer spending, the timing and acceptance of new products in the stores, the timing and mix of goods sold, purchase price volatility (including inflationary and deflationary pressures), the ability to increase sales at existing stores, the ability to manage growth and identify suitable locations, weather conditions, failure of an acquisition to produce anticipated results, the ability to successfully manage expenses and execute key gross margin enhancing initiatives, the availability of favorable credit sources, capital market conditions in general, the ability to open new stores in the manner and number currently contemplated, the impact of new stores on the business, competition, the seasonal nature of the business, effective merchandising initiatives and marketing emphasis, the ability to retain vendors, reliance on foreign suppliers, the ability to attract, train and retain qualified employees, product liability and other claims, changes in federal, state or local regulations, potential judgments, fines, legal fees and other costs, breach of information systems or theft of employee or customer data, ongoing and potential future legal or regulatory proceedings, management of the Company’s information systems, failure to develop and implement new technologies, the failure of customer-facing technology systems, business disruption including from the implementation of supply chain technologies, effective tax rate changes and results of examination by taxing authorities, the ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, and changes in accounting standards, assumptions and estimates. Forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company are based on knowledge of its business and the environment in which it operates, but because of the factors listed above, actual results could differ materially from those reflected by any forward-looking statements. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and those contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on the Company or its business and operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Kurt D. Barton
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations
(615) 440-4000

John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply rolls out its Neighbor’s Club loyalty program nationwide

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (04/11/17) announced the completion of its national rollout of the Company’s Neighbor’s Club loyalty program, expanding to the entire chain of 1,600 plus stores.

Tractor Supply began its Neighbor’s Club pilot program in October of 2015 to show appreciation to our loyal customers and to accumulate actionable customer data that would result in more relevant and personalized communications with customers. Through the loyalty program, Tractor Supply is able to thank participating members for their business, provide members with rewards and special offers they value, learn more about their purchasing trends and interests, and ultimately increase customer loyalty to Tractor Supply’s stores.

“We’ve seen tremendous results since our initial pilot launch of Neighbor’s Club,” said Steve Barbarick, President and Chief Merchandising Officer. “The adoption rate from our customers continues to exceed our expectations, and we are proud to now have over 1 million members in the program, a first milestone en route to what we believe will be many million members to follow.”

Last year, Tractor Supply brought the Company’s customer database in-house, giving it the tools to better analyze and segment customer information that is being collecting from Neighbor’s Club members. To date, approximately 50 percent of Tractor Supply’s Neighbor’s Club members and over 80 percent of the email addresses collected are new to the Company’s database.

Tractor Supply Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Sandfort stated, “We know that many of our customers want to interact with Tractor Supply on a more personalized level and the data that we’ve collected through Neighbor’s Club has allowed us to begin the process of personalizing relevant information to our customers in a powerful way. So whether you own a chicken, horse or a dog, you will receive information relevant to you.”

Sandfort continued, “Neighbor’s Club has proven to be an effective platform in which we can provide know-how exclusively for life Out Here, while getting to know our own neighbors’ needs and preferences. As more customers sign on to the program, we have seen an increase in our attribution, click-through and redemption rates and we are excited to now have Neighbor’s Club available in all Tractor Supply stores.”

Tractor Supply customers can sign up for Neighbor’s Club either in-store or online at neighborsclub.com. In addition to being eligible to earn seasonal rewards, Neighbor’s Club members will receive member-only offers, birthday offers, personal purchase summaries and receipt-free returns to make shopping with Tractor Supply even easier. For additional information on the Neighbor’s Club program, please visit neighborsclub.com.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,595 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 143 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.us.


Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations
(615) 440-4000

John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company

2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Award winners announced

Emerging Technologies Honored At Retail Asset Protection Conference

Arlington , VA, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a ceremony at the Retail Asset Protection Conference in New Orleans yesterday( 4/12/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) honored Digital Safety USA as first place winner of the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards. The Awards showcase emerging, game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail loss, as defined in a groundbreaking research report published by RILA last year.

Digital Safety offers Point-of-Sale Activation (PoSA) technology for “intelligent” products and single-scan UPC serialization for both “intelligent” and “non-intelligent” products. PoSA benefits include, but are not limited to, open sell of product which promotes increased sales, reduced shrink, elimination/reduction in cost from current theft deterrent solutions, reduction in returns fraud, promotes PI accuracy, and allows for true, non-assisted self-checkout options for the customer.

Second and third place winners were Profitect and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., respectively.Retailers’ Choice Award, which was voted on by conference attendees throughout the week, was awarded to Profitect, for the second consecutive year. The first, second, and third place winners were selected by a panel of top executives from a group eight finalists.

“Each year, we ask companies to bring us their game-changing technologies and each year, they deliver and exceed expectations. This year in New Orleans was no different,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations.“Recognizing innovations across the industry and learning more about how we can implement them to improve the field of asset protection are what the Awards are all about. Thank you to all of the participants and judges, and we look forward to seeing more cutting-edge technology in the future.”

Winners of the 2017 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards are:

  • Digital Safety USA (First place)
  • Profitect (Second place)
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Third place)
  • Profitect (Retailers Choice)

The Awards come on the heels of RILA’s public announcement of the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. (R)Tech is a new term coined by RILA to describe the confluence of retail and technology. An (R)Tech company embodies the core values of both those industries – global and local, nimble, and entrepreneurial – to win the loyalty of today’s empowered consumers. The Center’s mission is to is to help retailers navigate the industry transformation, and to spur the adoption of the “(R)Tech” term within the retail innovation ecosystem. To learn more visit www.rtech.org.

For more information, visit the awards homepage.

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


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

Source: RILA

IKEA to open its Columbus store on June 7, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (04/12/2017) announced that its future Columbus store will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, expanding the IKEA presence in the Midwestern United States. Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, June 5, 2017 – 48 hours in advance of the doors’ opening on June 7 – and soon can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Columbus. It will be the Swedish company’s second store in Ohio, and 44th in the U.S., with the closest IKEA stores in: West Chester, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Canton, MI; or online at IKEA-USA.com.

“We are thrilled by the excellent construction progress made to date, and believe we can complete the remaining milestones and interior build-up by early-June. Besides furnishing our store, we also are focused on continuing recruitment and training of all the coworkers joining the IKEA family,” noted David Garcia, store manager of the future IKEA Columbus. “We look forward to introducing Central Ohio customers to a whole new way of shopping for the home.”

The 354,000-square-foot future IKEA Columbus and its 1,200 parking spaces is being built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. The store will reflect the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and includes one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays, consistent with the solar presence at 90% of IKEA U.S. locations.

IKEA Columbus will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes and more sustainable options. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store and preferred parking.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs created from construction, approximately 300 coworkers will have joined the IKEA family when the new store opens. Diverse positions at this employer of choice are still available in: sales, customer service, cashiers, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Also, among its total coworkers, IKEA Columbus offers more than 60 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria. Interested candidates should visit IKEA-USA.com to apply.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at affordable prices. IKEA incorporates responsible social practices and sustainability into its business model, and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Joseph Roth
Property Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, ext. 6500

Source: IKEA

Fendi inaugurates its first flagship store in Milan

Fendi inaugurates its first flagship store in Milan


Paris, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the recent Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, Fendi inaugurated its first flagship store dedicated to the Maison’s distinctive universe of home furnishings and design. With an exceptional location on via Montenapoleone in the heart of Milan’s famous “Quadrilatero della moda” and just a few steps from the Fendi boutique, the new store features Fendi’s vast savoir-faire, applied to an exceptional lifestyle collection.

An intimate atmosphere reigns in the Palazzo Carcassola Grandi in Milan, where Fendi Casa recently opened its first flagship. This 16th century palace with interiors decorated with frescos and inlaid wooden ceilings welcomes the Fendi universe for the home, a distinctive combination of expert craftsmanship and elegance.

Materials including leather, bronze and marble create an interplay between design accessories and spaces that showcase the items in the Fendi Casa Contemporary collection. The color palette is defined by elegant contrasts with a continuous balance between light and dark tones.

With its minimalist aesthetic, the 400-square-meter space welcomes the contemporary mood of the Conrad armchair and the  Ford table. New pieces designed by Toan Nguyen and presented at the Milan Furniture Fair – including the Soho Lite sofa and the Blixen armchair – are joined by lamps designed by Italian architect Marco Costanzi.

This new store and its collection bridging fashion and design perfectly resonates with the codes of the Maison, says Pietro Beccari, President and CEO of Fendi: “The opening of the first Fendi Casa store on Via Montenapoleone marks a major step for Fendi in the world of design. This space is a tribute to our DNA, expressed in the close proximity to the Fendi boutique – both physical and in terms of values.”


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


S Group’s retail sales increased by 2.2% in January–March 2017

S Group’s retail sales increased by 2.2% in January–March 2017


Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — S Group’s retail sales excluding taxes increased by 2.2% in January–March and stood at EUR 2,567 million. Customer numbers and sales continued to increase for Sokos and Emotion, which was particularly delightful.

“I am very pleased with our performance in the first quarter. Department stores have attracted a large number of new customers, and supermarket sales continue to be at a good level,” says Taavi Heikkilä, CEO of SOK.

The growth of S Group’s grocery sales outpaced the market in Finland. S Group’s grocery sales amounted to EUR 1,582 in the first quarter. The Group continued to reduce prices, which increased the sales of Finnish vegetables in particular.

The ABC chain has recovered from the decline caused by the deregulation of opening hours, and its sales resumed growth in the first quarter.

The comparable sales of the Prisma stores in St Petersburg assumed a growth trend in 2016 and continued to grow in 2017. A good rate of growth was also recorded for S Group’s hotels in the St Petersburg region.
S Group’s retail sales excluding taxes, Jan–Mar 2017

Business area Sales (EUR million, entire S Group) Change in comparison to Jan–Mar 2016 (%)
Supermarket trade* 1795.2 0.2
Service station store and fuel sales 372.4 10.7
Travel industry and hospitality business* 182.3 1.6
Department store and speciality store trade 70.9 11.0
Hardware trade 29.6 -5.0
Other 116.2 6.4
S-Group total 2566.6 2.2

* The figure includes sales in the Baltic countries and Russia.

More information:
Taavi Heikkilä
tel. +358 10 76 80200

Jari Annala
Senior Vice President
tel.: +358 10 76 82040

Jorma Vehviläinen
Executive Vice President
tel. +358 10 76 80608 (Baltic countries and Russia)

Source: S-Group


UK’s first harvest of British radishes hits Sainsbury’s stores

UK’s first harvest of British radishes hits Sainsbury’s stores


London, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is adding an early crunch to spring salads this week with the UK’s first harvest of British radishes hitting stores today, 10 days ahead of schedule.

  • Sainsbury’s is the first supermarket to stock British radishes this spring, 10 days earlier compared to last year
  • The supermarket sells 1,000 tonnes of British radishes during the season
  • Sales of the British salad crop are up 22% YoY at the supermarket

The recent warm weather and relatively mild winter is credited with bringing about the early crop, which is typically the first British salad ingredient of the season. The British radish season runs April to October, with the traditional red globe-shaped Celesta variety the first to be ready for harvest.

Sainsbury’s has worked with Norfolk-based radish suppliers, G’s, since the 1980’s. Supplying the supermarket with over 1,000 tonnes of the colourful crop each year, grower Scott Watson manages one of the biggest areas in the country dedicated to growing radishes.

Later in April will see the launch of bunched radishes in Sainsbury’s. Not only do the bulbs add colour and crunch to a salad, the leaves can also be used as a tasty alternative to traditional lettuce or rocket. The retailer is also planning to expand the range with a trial of different coloured radish varieties this summer.

Lily Peck, Produce Product Technologist for Sainsbury’s, says: “We’ve seen demand for radishes increase by 22% in the past year as customers realise how versatile they are. A few fresh radishes make a delicious crunchy snack or crudité, and their distinctive pinky-red hue adds an Instagram-worthy pop of colour to summer salads. As the weather gets warmer they actually get hotter in flavour so if you prefer a milder radish, these early varieties are the perfect choice.”

Scott Watson, grower, says: “Here in the Norfolk Fens, as one of the driest counties in the UK, we’re perfectly placed to grow top quality radishes with great flavour and a juicy crunch. The mild winter has meant that the radish have grown much faster than usual. It’s a real bonus for us to be able to increase the length of the British radish season and get them to Sainsbury’s customers earlier than ever before.”

Radish facts:

  • Fast growing crop: Radishes are a fast growing crop and grow from seed in just 25 days
  • Healthy snack: One radish = one calorie. Low in cholesterol and a natural source of fibre and vitamin C, 8-10 radishes counts as one of your five (or ten) a day
  • Hot weather, hot radishes: Long, hot summers lead to hotter radishes and when it’s milder, you get cooler tasting radishes4


020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s


Shopify to announce 1Q 2017 financial results on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ottawa, Canada, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based commerce platform, plans to announce financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017 before markets open on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Shopify’s management team will host a conference call to discuss first-quarter results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  The conference call is available via webcast on the investor relations section of Shopify’s website at https://investors.shopify.com/events/Events-Presentations/default.aspx.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

Source: Shopify

Starbucks expands its mocktail offering with two new Cold Brew flavor innovations

Starbucks expands its mocktail offering with two new Cold Brew flavor innovations


Seattle, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the Seattle Roastery first opened nearly two and a half years ago, baristas have enchanted visitors with their craftsmanship, roasting and brewing some of the rarest coffees in the world. The menu has served as a pipeline of innovation for the company with beverages such as Cascara Latte and Affogato making their way into select Starbucks® stores across the U.S.

Recently, the company introduced the Melrose to Roastery customers – a version of the Manhattan with a Cold Brew base, bitters and finished with a maraschino cherry – which quickly gained a loyal following. In months, it was included in Starbucks® stores across the U.S. with a Starbucks Reserve® Experience Bar.

Now, Starbucks has expanded its mocktail platform by introducing two new Cold Brew flavor innovations – Emerald City Mule and Cascara Lemon Sour.

Emerald City Mule

Starbucks Reserve® Cold Brew and ginger beer are infused with burnt cinnamon syrup and fresh lemon, and finished with an apple slice.

Cascara Lemon Sour

Starbucks Reserve® Cold Brew is shaken with Woodinville Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup and fresh lemon, and garnished with a luxardo cherry and Cascara sugar.

Inspired by the craft of making cocktails, these mocktails feature Starbucks Reserve® distinctively smooth Cold Brew as a base, with flavor infusions highlighting the coffee’s brightness and complexity. Customers will be immersed in a sensorial experience as baristas build the beverages using new bar tools, fresh-squeezed juice and garnishes.

“Handcrafting beverages is storytelling,” said Lincoln Bechard, a five-year partner (employee) at the Roastery. “We engage in a conversation with the customer about the beverage’s ingredients and its build as we’re making it, which develops into a community experience as other baristas and customers join the conversation.”

These beverages will be handcrafted at the Coffee Experience Bar on the lower level of the Seattle Roastery.


Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation