Majid Al Futtaim launches its Net Positive strategy

Majid Al Futtaim launches its Net Positive strategy


Dubai, UAE, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has today ( APRIL 18, 2017) launched its Net Positive strategy in the presence of Dr. Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment. The strategy aims to significantly reduce the company’s water consumption and carbon emissions to the extent that it puts more back into the environment than it takes out, resulting in a positive corporate footprint by 2040.

Dr. Thani Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment commented: “Majid Al Futtaim’s Net Positive commitment is a landmark step in helping to create a more sustainable future for our region. The strategy is in line with the UAE Green Agenda and the UAE National Climate Change Plan to address solutions to pressing current and future environmental challenges. Collaboration with the private sector is key to realising our sustainability goals and promoting a shared responsibility for our environment.”

As part of its Net Positive strategy, Majid Al Futtaim will measure current carbon and water impact and implement measures to reduce it through projects focused on decreasing carbon emissions and water consumption at all its assets across the region. These projects will range from small scale energy efficiency measures and on-site renewable energy installations to on-site rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling. In the long term, Majid Al Futtaim will create positive impact by providing more accessible and better quality water to local communities where it has extracted water for business purposes.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding commented: “We see it as not only a moral imperative, but also a core responsibility to our stakeholders to set the standard for sustainable development in the region and to continually strive to become one of the most environmentally considerate companies in the world. We are delighted with the progress we have already made in this space but ultimately know our work will not be complete until we have reached a stage where we are giving more back to the environment than we take. It is for this reason why we have set ourselves the ambitious, while realistic target of becoming Net Positive in our carbon emissions and water consumption in less than 25 years. We are extremely proud to be the first company in the Middle East to commit to such a target and hope our action inspires others in the region follow suit.”

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding said: “Our sustainability journey at Majid Al Futtaim started almost a decade ago and in that time, we have made incredible progress. Becoming Net Positive is the next ambitious goal that we have set and we are fully committed to achieving it by 2040. In doing so, we will help provide a framework to ensure the private sector becomes a force for good, further protecting our shared resources in a region that faces challenges around water scarcity and energy consumption. As always we are grateful for the continued support of the UAE government in helping us achieve our sustainability goals.”

The Net Positive movement was developed through the work of the Net Positive Group, a collaboration formed by Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The group started a movement to encourage businesses to transform their sustainability ambitions from doing less harm to becoming Net Positive, and is led by multi-nationals such as Kingfisher, BT, Coca-Cola and Lego.

Source:  Majid Al Futtaim


Lenta to release its 1Q 2017 consolidated sales and operating results on 20th April 2017

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) (“Lenta”), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce it will release its consolidated sales and operating results for the first quarter of 2017 on 20th April 2017. Lenta will also host an Analyst and Investor Conference Call on the same day to discuss the results.

Conference call details:

Date:  Thursday, 20th April 2017

Time:  17:00 (Moscow time), 15:00 (UK time), 10:00 (EST)

Jan Dunning, Chief Executive Officer
Jago Lemmens, Chief Financial Officer
Albert Avetikov, Director for Investor Relations

To participate in the conference call, please dial:

+7 495 213 1767 (Local access)
8 800 500 9283 (Toll free)

+44 (0)330 336 9105 (Local access)
0800 279 6839 (Toll free)

+1 719-325-4756 (Local access)
1866-564-7439 (Toll free)

Link to the webcast

Conference ID:
4820866 or quote the conference call title: “Lenta Ltd. 1Q 2017 Operational results”

The consolidated sales and operating results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2017 and respective presentation will be published at 10:00am Moscow time (08:00am UK time) and will be available at

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2015 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 54 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,169,459 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 2016.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, all of whom are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’

For further information please visit,


Albert Avetikov
Director for Investor Relations
+7 812 363 28 44

International Media:
David Westover and Marina Zakharova
Тel: +44 207 282 2886

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov and
Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23

Source: Lenta

LCP appointed to manage two parades of retail units in Airdrie, Scotland

London, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP, the leading property investment and management company, has been appointed to manage two parades of retail units in Airdrie, Scotland.

The company has taken on the asset management of 66-90 Graham Street and 4-16 Gartlea Road after property firm Sheet Anchor Investments acquired the 13 units for an undisclosed sum from Graham Street Airdrie Retail Portfolio Limited.

The properties total 41,736 sq.ft and tenants include Home Bargains, EE, Greggs, Card Factory and Pizza Hut.

James Buchanan, LCP investment director, said: “These well-located and popular retail areas are a welcome addition to our portfolio. We are committed to actively managing all our properties to the highest standards, and identifying areas for improvement and reinvestment.”

Reith Lambert acted on behalf of Sheet Anchor Investments, while Cushman & Wakefield acted for the vendor.


Tel: 01384 400123
Fax: 01384 400862

Source: LCP

USDA offers home cooks tips on food safety

WASHINGTON, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With spring renewal upon us, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service invites home cooks to gain kitchen confidence by refreshing their perspectives on food safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year approximately 48 million Americans suffer from foodborne illnesses, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by changing behaviors in the kitchen and gaining a little kitchen confidence.

What is kitchen confidence?

Kitchen confidence is simply the confidence in your ability to safely prepare delicious meals for your loved ones and yourself. Even armed with grandma’s best recipes, the most experienced cooks can unknowingly make food safety mistakes that can make people sick. So this spring, be confident in your food safety skills by accessing the following resources:, the Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888MPHotline and the FoodKeeper app.

Throughout the spring you’ll find blogs, roasting charts, storage guidance, and the latest news on food recalls at You’ll also have access to a wealth of expertise to help tackle any food preparation challenge.

Among the many tools available on is the FoodKeeper. It’s available on the website, and as a mobile app for smartphones and tablets. With more than 100,000 downloads onto Android and iOS devices, the FoodKeeper is quickly establishing itself as the go-to quick reference guide for safe food storage. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, the FoodKeeper helps limit food waste by providing storage information on more than 400 food items, including produce, baby food, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood. The FoodKeeper also offers customizable notifications that sync with smartphone calendars to remind users when it is time to use, freeze or dispose of products.

Protecting families from foodborne illness is one of the Food Safety and Inspection Services’ primary goals. Our food safety specialists on our Meat and Poultry Hotline can personally answer your food safety questions on weekdays year-round. The hotline receives more than 50,000 calls annually. This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling and preparation of meat, poultry and egg products.

This spring, get that kitchen confidence back. Visit

Consumers can learn more about key food safety practices by following FSIS @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter or on Facebook. Consumers with questions about food safety can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist in English or Spanish at, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.


Food Safety Education Staff
Press: (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries: (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

Cabela’s enters into agreements with Synovus Financial Corp and Capital One for the sale of assets and liabilities of World’s Foremost Bank

  • Synovus Bank to Acquire Assets and Deposits of World’s Foremost Bank; Capital One to Acquire Credit Card Assets and Related Liabilities and Become Long-term Cabela’s Credit Card Issuing Partner
  • Cabela’s Shareholders to Receive $61.50 Per Share Under Amended Bass Pro Shops Merger Agreement
  • Transaction Expected to Close in Third Quarter of 2017 Subject to Cabela’s Shareholder Approval, Regulatory Approvals and Customary Closing Conditions

SIDNEY, Neb, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) today (Apr. 17, 2017) announced that it has entered into agreements with subsidiaries of Synovus Financial Corp.(NYSE:SNV) and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) (“Capital One”) (the “Bank Transaction Agreements”) in connection with the sale of the assets and liabilities of Cabela’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, World’s Foremost Bank (the “Bank”).

Under the terms of the Bank Transaction Agreements, Synovus Bank (“Synovus”), a bank subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp., a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $30 billion in assets, will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of the Bank, including deposits totaling approximately $1.2 billion. Following the completion of the sale of the Bank’s assets and liabilities, Synovus will sell the Bank’s credit card assets and related liabilities to Capital One. Synovus will retain the Bank’s deposits.

As originally announced, Capital One will be the exclusive issuing partner of Cabela’s branded CLUB Visa program pursuant to a 10-year program agreement. Capital One intends to continue to operate the Cabela’s CLUB servicing center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Cabela’s also announced that it has amended the terms of the definitive merger agreement signed on October 3, 2016, under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s (the “Amended Merger Agreement”). Under the Amended Merger Agreement, Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $61.50per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.0 billion. Cabela’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, subject to Cabela’s shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Additional detail about the Amended Merger Agreement can be found in the Form 8-K that Cabela’s will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“We’re excited to announce this agreement, which allows us to look ahead with greater certainty toward the completion of our merger with Bass Pro Shops and offers a positive step forward for all parties,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to completing these transactions for the benefit of our shareholders, Outfitters and outdoor enthusiasts.”

Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops said, “We remain excited about the exceptional opportunity we have to continue to serve sportsmen and sportswomen by bringing together Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group. Today’s announcement is an important step forward and we are excited about the opportunity to continue celebrating the great Cabela’s brand with ours as one unified outdoor family for our customers and for conservation.”

The Bass Pro Shops merger remains subject to approval by Cabela’s shareholders, as well as antitrust clearance and other customary closing conditions. The Bank transaction is subject to regulatory approvals by Synovus’s primary bank regulators and other customary closing conditions. The Bank transaction will close immediately prior to the closing of the Bass Pro Shops merger.

Guggenheim Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Cabela’s and Sidley Austin LLP and Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. served as Cabela’s legal counsel with expert advice from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

The Kessler Group and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisers to Capital One and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Chapman and Cutler acted as legal advisers.

About Cabela’s Incorporated

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty omni-channel retailer of hunting, fishing, camping, shooting sports, and related outdoor merchandise. Since the Company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Cabela’s offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program. Cabela’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CAB”.

About Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today more than 100 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $236.8 billion in deposits and $357.0 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

About Synovus

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $30 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 248 branches, and 327 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as one of America’s Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2016 and 2015, and was named “Best Regional Bank, Southeast” by MONEYMagazine for 2016-17. Synovus is on the web at, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn at


This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of Cabela’s Incorporated (the “Company”) or the solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving the Company, Bass Pro Group, LLC (“Bass Pro Group”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bass Pro Group. The proposed merger of the Company will be submitted to the stockholders of the Company for their consideration. In connection therewith, the Company intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a definitive proxy statement regarding the proposed merger. However, such documents are not currently available. The definitive proxy statement regarding the proposed merger will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents containing important information about the Company, once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company will be available free of charge on the Company’s website at under the heading “SEC Filings” in the “Investor Relations” portion of the Company’s website. Stockholders of the Company may also obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement regarding the proposed merger and any filings with the SEC that are incorporated by reference in such definitive proxy statement by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations Department at (308) 255-7428.


The Company and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on November 17, 2016, and in subsequent documents filed with the SEC, each of which can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation of the stockholders of the Company and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the preliminary and definitive proxy statements and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.


This document contains “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. All statements other than statements of current or historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “seek,” “plan,” “confident,” and similar statements are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance, or financial condition the Company expresses or implies in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed merger, including, without limitation, the receipt of stockholder and regulatory approvals; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the proposed merger; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements, including those that may be instituted against the Company, the Company’s board of directors, executive officers and others following the announcement of the proposed merger; disruptions of current plans and operations caused by the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; potential difficulties in employee retention due to the announcement and pendency of the proposed merger; the response of customers, suppliers, business partners and regulators to the announcement of the proposed merger; the state of the economy and the level of discretionary consumer spending, including changes in consumer preferences, demand for firearms and ammunition, and demographic trends; adverse changes in the capital and credit markets or the availability of capital and credit; the Company’s ability to successfully execute the Company’s omni-channel strategy; increasing competition in the outdoor sporting goods industry and for credit card products and reward programs; the cost of the Company’s products, including increases in fuel prices; the availability of the Company’s products due to political or financial instability in countries where the goods the Company sells are manufactured; supply and delivery shortages or interruptions, and other interruptions or disruptions to the Company’s systems, processes, or controls, caused by system changes or other factors; increased or adverse government regulations, including regulations relating to firearms and ammunition; the Company’s ability to protect the Company’s brand, intellectual property, and reputation; the Company’s ability to prevent cybersecurity breaches and mitigate cybersecurity risks; the outcome of litigation, administrative, and/or regulatory matters (including the ongoing audits by tax authorities and compliance examinations by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”)); the Company’s ability to manage credit, liquidity, interest rate, operational, legal, regulatory capital, and compliance risks; the Company’s ability to increase credit card receivables while managing credit quality; the Company’s ability to securitize the Company’s credit card receivables at acceptable rates or access the deposits market at acceptable rates; the impact of legislation, regulation, and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry; and other risks, relevant factors, and uncertainties identified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) (including the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and in subsequent filings), which filings are available at the SEC’s website at Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Other than as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Media Contact:
For Cabela’s
Cabela’s Incorporated
Corporate Communications

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Michael Freitag / Scott Bisang, 212-355-4449
Jed Repko / Joe Millsap, 415-869-3950

For Capital One
Sie Soheili

For Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops Media Center

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Bryan Locke / Debbie Miller / Jacob Crows, 312-895-4700

For Synovus
Lee Underwood

Investors Contact:
Cabela’s Incorporated
Andrew Weingardt

Capital One
Danielle Dietz

Synovus Financial Corp.
Bob May

Source: Cabela’s Incorporated

New initiative expands access to high quality and convenient health care services for Veterans in Phoenix

PHOENIX, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today (April 18, 2017) a new initiative between the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS), TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), that will expand access to high quality and convenient health care services for Veterans in Phoenix and surrounding communities. Through this initiative, Phoenix VA HCS nurses, when clinically appropriate, will now be able to refer Veterans to MinuteClinic through the Veterans Choice Program for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

“Our number one priority is getting Veterans access to care when and where they need it. The launch of this partnership will enable VA to provide more care for Veterans in their neighborhoods,” said Dr. Baligh Yehia, the Deputy Undersecretary for Health for Community Care.

Dr. Yehia is leading the VA in its transformational journey to provide Veterans with easy access to personalized care from a robust network of federal and private providers. “Partnerships between VA and private providers are essential to delivering care in the diverse geographies where Veterans live,” he said.

This sentiment is echoed by TriWest, one of VA’s partners in administering the Veterans Choice Program. President and Chief Executive Officer of TriWest, David J. McIntyre, Jr. states, “TriWest values greatly the partnership with community providers who share our commitment to providing Veterans timely, high quality, and convenient health care.”

“This new public-private collaboration between CVS, TriWest and the VA is an important step forward in enhancing choice and flexibility in Veterans’ health care,” said Senator John McCain. “I’ve long believed that Veterans in need of routine health care services should not have to wait in line for weeks to get an appointment when they can visit community health centers like MinuteClinic to receive timely and convenient care. Thanks to the leadership of CVS Health and the VA, Phoenix’s nearly 120,000 Veterans will now be served at 24 different area MinuteClinic locations for minor health care services.”

This innovative program provides Veterans with more options and access points for receiving care for a wide array of minor illnesses and injuries. “We are thrilled to have this new partnership for Phoenix area Veterans. Increasing access and availability of care is crucial. In sending Veterans out into the community, however, we are always conscious of providing the best care coordination we can. We are working to leverage technology to share important clinical information and ensure care continuity,” said Dr. Maureen McCarthy, PVAHCS Chief of Staff.

To facilitate care coordination, the partnership will share electronic health information in the same manner that proved successful in a similar program launched in 2016 with the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. MinuteClinic visit summaries will be sent to a Veteran’s VA primary care physician. This ensures the VA physician has the clinical information necessary for follow-up services in the VA, if appropriate.

Veterans who call the Phoenix VA Health Care System Help Line at 602-222-6550 or 800-574-7174 (toll free) can be referred to one of the 24 MinuteClinic locations in the Phoenix area for treatment of common acute illnesses.

“We believe in the MinuteClinic model of care and are excited to offer our health care services as one potential solution for the Phoenix VA Health Care System and its patients with minor illnesses and injuries,” said CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer, Tobias Barker, M.D. “We’re looking forward to working with the Phoenix VA Health Care System team to ensure that their patients have additional options for high-quality acute care at times and locations that are convenient for them.”

Media Contact:

Amy Lanctot
CVS Health
(401) 258-9216


SPAR Poland further expands in Krakow with two new store developments

Poland, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Poland continues to grow in Krakow, the most popular tourist location in the country. With the support of SPAR Poland, independent SPAR retailer Slawomir Rupikowski has successfully converted two locations where a very well-known local competitor brand was previously operating.

The SPAR retailer, who joined SPAR Poland in 2015, has enjoyed a steady growth in sales and store numbers with his portfolio now totalling 28 SPAR stores, more than 15 of which are in Krakow. After Slawomir had taken over another chain and converted the stores to SPAR he realised that the high brand awareness which SPAR enjoys particularly among the many tourists to the city had rapidly changed the shopper profile in his stores. The learning from the conversions made in 2015 and 2016 by Slawomir and SPAR Poland have been implemented during the planning of this latest conversion.

With the modern retail stores SPAR Poland develops, both in company-owned stores and in support of independent retailers, the viability of the stores is assured.

Krakow is visited by over 1 million tourists every month and stores in tourist locations are growing their businesses thanks to brand recognition. At one of the new locations, the SPAR logo was placed on the top of the building, creating great brand awareness in a heavily crowded area.  The retailer paid a great deal of attention to meeting the needs of the affluent customers by responding with the right product offer. The great relationship he has built up with local suppliers to offer quality produce across all fresh departments, complemented by the well-known Own Brand ranges available, have already received favourable responses from customers.

The history of SPAR in Poland dates back to 1995 and the expansion and growth of the brand has been strong over the years with there now being more than 200 SPAR stores in operation in the country, serving close to three million customers each month.

In recent years, the Polish retail market has been characterised by a number of takeovers of smaller, regional chains by national and international operators and this is a trend that SPAR has been taping into to successfully as well.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Beyond Meat recalls certain bags of Feisty Crumbles because they may contain undeclared peanuts

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beyond Meat of El Segundo, CA is voluntarily recalling certain bags of Feisty Crumbles from three production lots because they may contain low levels of undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The products and lots in question are:

Product UPC code Lot No. Best by.
Feisty Crumbles (5lb bags) 852629004415 20170202T 2/2/2018
Feisty Crumbles (5lb bags) 852629004415 20170203T 2/3/2018
Feisty Crumbles (11oz bags) 852629004613 20170202T 2/2/2018
Feisty Crumbles (5lb bags) 852629004415 20170209T 2/9/2018

No other Beyond Meat products or lot codes are affected by this recall.

The recalled Feisty Crumbles products were distributed to multiple distributors and stores. All recalled product will be removed from the warehouses and store shelves and destroyed.

This recall was initiated after Beyond Meat received an allergy complaint regarding this product. The company has promptly initiated detailed investigation into all the incoming raw materials to identify the potential source of contamination, and will take all steps necessary to ensure that this was an isolated incident.

Consumers who have purchased the Feisty Crumbles from above lots are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Beyond Meat at, or call at 866 756 4112, Monday – Friday 8 am to 5pm PST


SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Beyond Meat
 (866) 756-4112


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 430,000 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from April 10, 2017 up to and including April 13, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.25 per share for a total consideration of € 8.3 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 15,570,701 common shares for a total consideration of €311.7 million.

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

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

Media Contacts:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Maud van Gaal
Manager External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Co-op provides £9m funding to local charities across the UK

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of cash-strapped grassroots charities across the UK today (18 April) received a multi-million pound funding boost from the Co-op.

As a result of the Co-op’s membership scheme £9m will be shared by some 4,000 good causes. Every time a Co-op member purchases an own brand product and service they receive a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local charities.

All those one per cent rewards, plus the proceeds from the carrier bag charge in England, means the share out totals £9,196,992.62 with the average amount being £2,284.

The Co-op has 4.3 million active members including 750,000 recruited since the new scheme began on 21 September 2016.

While the total has been generated by sales of all Co-op own brand goods, an in-depth analyse of what members have purchased shows that a basket of everyday products alone has helped raise more than £1m.

Some of the most popular own brand goods bought by Co-op members and the amount they have helped raise for community good causes are:

Poduct Amount raised by one per cent reward
Milk £410,000
Chicken £165,000
Sandwiches £120,000
Soft Fruit £112,000
Potatoes £111,000
Grapes £82,000
Bananas £80,000
Apples £63,000
Bread £56,000

Chief Membership Officer Rufus Olins said:

“These Co-op products represent the most valuable shopping basket in the UK. Alone the ten most popular items have helped to raise more than £1m of the total £9m earned for local charities.

“By just buying everyday items our members not only enjoy a 5 per cent reward for themselves but they can make a real difference in their community. We are delighted that 750,000 have joined us since the scheme began because every new member shopping with us helps to boost the money raised for local charities.

“Many of the 4,000 good causes we are supporting operate on a shoestring so the money they will receive from the Co-op in the next few days will be vital.”

“The Co-op has always been community focussed. The original Rochdale Pioneers were motivated by the need to improve the living conditions of those within their local community and they also understood that values were just as important as value.

“By listening to our members we are able to identify what communities care most about and then offer support that really makes a difference and by working with and supporting local good causes great things are happening.”

The charities being supported by the Co-op include those designed to provide a social service such as helping to combat isolation and bereavement or others set up to support people with specific illnesses and conditions.

There are also self-help groups like luncheon clubs; Scout groups; walking clubs and brass bands while others, such as environmental groups, work to improve their local surroundings.

A fifth (22 per cent) of the charities to benefit from the first round of the Co-op’s membership scheme support young people while good causes in the area of social inclusion make up 17per cent and 15 per cent are involved with community development projects.

The 4,000 local charities that are receiving a pay-out and the amounts can be broken down into the following sectors:

Charity type Number of charities Amount raised by one per cent reward
Young People 886 £2,012,065
Social Inclusion 688 £1,643,191
Community Development 593 £1,263,243
Education & Skills 531 £1,079,018
Health 525 £1,266,959
Art & Culture 152 £325,947
Sport 138 £288,345
Environment 117 £245,406
Animal Welfare 102 £237,120
Other 317 £733,357

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Media Contact:

Dave Smith
Corporate PR Manager
0161 692 4285

Signet Jewelers releases its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) (NYSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, today (April 17, 2017) released a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report that benchmarks the Company’s industry-leading responsible sourcing and global CSR initiatives.

The Signet Corporate Social Responsibility Report focuses on Signet’s four key pillars: People, Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Stewardship and Corporate Giving. This is the Company’s first formal CSR Report.

“We are committed to ensuring our jewelry is sourced and made responsibly, we continue our long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, we incorporate environmentally responsible best practices; and we champion our Team Members,” said Mark Light, Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers.

Eugenia Ulasewicz, Signet Board Member and 2017 Incoming Chair of the CSR Board Committee said, “I would like to thank Dale Hilpert for all that he accomplished as Chair of Signet’s CSR Board Committee over the last three years that made this report possible. For Signet, our tradition of corporate social responsibility has always been about doing the right thing for all of our stakeholders. This is a part of our Core Values. We firmly believe that CSR makes our business stronger and more sustainable over the long-term.”

Key highlights from Signet’s CSR Report include:

Responsible Sourcing

  • Signet leads the industry as 1 of 4 US companies to have reported a conflict-free gold supply chain for 3 consecutive years to the SEC, as verified through independent audits.
  • In 2016, the Company launched the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol for Diamonds, requiring suppliers to be in full auditable compliance in 2017. The Protocol is another protection to ensure due diligence on the source of all diamonds delivered to Signet.
  • Signet continues to work with industry, governments, trade associations and NGOs to drive change and ensure supply chain integrity.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Over the past four years, Signet has reduced its energy consumption by 24% in offices and retail space and saved over 2 million gallons of water by implementing efficiency measures.
  • Ongoing initiatives to further reduce its impact include employing best practices to optimize its transportation services and employing green building principles.


  • The Company launched a new “On the Move Challenge” in 2016 to encourage and support employees in their health and wellness. More than 4,200 employees around the globe participated in the program by setting personal goals, tracking their movement and sharing their successes.

Corporate Giving

  • Signet raised $10 million in 2016 alone through Team Member, Guest and Corporate contributions to support national, regional and local charitable organizations around the world.
  • Since 1999, Signet has raised nearly $60 million to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. This year, Signet expanded the number of US stores participating in its successful give-at-the-register program to help reach its goal of $90 million in contributions to St. Jude.

About Signet Jewelers

Signet Jewelers is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda.

Further information on Signet is available at See also,,,,, and

James Grant
VP Investor Relations

Signet Jewelers
+1 (330) 668 5412

David Bouffard
VP Corportate Affairs

Signet Jewelers
+1 (330) 668 5369

Source: Signet Jewelers

CareClinic by Kaiser Permanente at Bartell Drugs opens new location in Washington

High-quality and convenient health care services now available seven days a week at 12 CareClinics across Washington

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CareClinic by Kaiser Permanente at Bartell Drugs opened today (April 17, 2017) at 11020 19th Avenue SE, providing Everett and Snohomish County residents with access to high-quality, convenient health care to get them well and on their way. This new location will provide treatment for minor illness and injuries, as well as preventive services from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

“Patients come to our CareClinics for quality and convenient care,” said Kaiser Permanente clinician Michael Erickson, CareClinic chief. “We’ve proven that CareClinics live up to the promise of quickly diagnosing and treating common ailments. We get you in, taken care of and on your way for an affordable price.”

CareClinics are open to everyone – both Kaiser Permanente members and nonmembers – ages 2 and up. The cost is $75 per visit for those without health coverage. Led by Kaiser Permanente care teams, services include treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, and routine preventive care such as vaccinations.

Kaiser Permanente members who access the CareClinic can feel confident in knowing that their diagnosis and treatment plans are included in their secure electronic health record and shared with their care teams, allowing for a more coordinated care experience.

Kaiser Permanente and Bartell Drugs now operate 12 CareClinic locations and plan to add three more by the end of the year. These clinics help to further Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of the communities it serves.

The four additional CareClinic locations planned for 2017 include:

  • Gig Harbor –  June  2017
  • Snoqualmie – summer 2017
  • Redmond Town Center – summer 2017

“Bartell Drugs guests have told us they want the ability to get care and treatment as well as everyday necessities in one place,” said John Lewis, director of CareClinic Operations for Bartell Drugs. “That’s why we’re so excited to continue our expansion in order to offer our services to more communities around the region.”

For a complete list and more information on all the current CareClinics, visit

About Bartell Drugs

Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:



Source: Bartell Drugs

Walmart opens training academy in Oklahoma — its 100th in the U.S.

Walmart opens training academy in Oklahoma — its 100th in the U.S.


Academies provide better training for associates, create better shopping experience for customers

Edmond, Okla, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart is celebrating the grand opening of its 100th training academy in the U.S. at 1225 West I-35 Frontage, Edmond, Oklahoma, today ( April 17, 2017). Walmart training academies were introduced in 2016 and have expanded to 40 states. A replay of the graduation and grand opening is available on the Walmart Today Facebook page.

“Everything we do begins with our associates,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “That’s why we have invested in training academies for associates to further develop the skills they need to better serve customers and succeed in today’s retail environment. Walmart is a place where anyone can fulfill their potential.”

Walmart training academies are dedicated facilities where associates receive instruction on retail fundamentals and area specific skills. Since the program launched, the curriculum has expanded training to cover more than 65 positions, including customer service manager, online grocery pickup, and assistant store manager. Associates are trained through a combination of classroom and sales floor exercises, utilizing technology including tablet computers and cloud storage for training materials.

“These investments are paying off for our customers through cleaner stores, friendlier service and faster check-out times,” added McMillon.

Associates who go through training academy programs are able to earn while they learn new skills. Through skills training associates gain an increase in confidence and knowledge — which leads to greater job satisfaction, personal and professional growth and stability. Walmart Academies are providing additional marketable skills that help associates with the job they are in and prepare them for the next level job.

“The Walmart Academy has given me the opportunity to help associates build and grow their careers with the company, but also helped me grow as a leader and an individual,” said Alesha Odenbret, Edmond Walmart academy facilitator. “I have had an incredible experience with the company, and I wanted to be able to share that with other associates.”

Walmart plans to have a total of 200 academies opened across all 50 states by the end of summer. Since 2016, more than 52,000 associates have graduated, with more than 225,000 associates on track to complete training in 2017.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign

Through online acts of support, purchase of participating products and donations at the register, the campaign aims to help Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of member food banks

BENTONVILLE, ARK, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 17, 2017), Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that encourages the public to join the fight against hunger. Working with Discover card and five suppliers, which represent some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways to take action against hunger and help a local Feeding America food bank through social, online and in-store participation.

1. Purchase: For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores from April 17 – May 15, 2017, the supplier will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. For every Discover card transaction made at U.S. Walmart stores and during the campaign period, Discover will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) to Feeding America and its network of member food banks, up to $1 million. See for further details.

2. Online Acts of Support: Generate meals for Feeding America food banks by engaging with the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign on social media:

  • Facebook – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or react positively to campaign content; click on Walmart provided campaign content.
  • Instagram – Create or share content using the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; like or share Walmart generated campaign content.
  • Snapchat – Use Walmart provided “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” filters nationwide on Friday, April 21.
  • Twitter – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or make a campaign tweet a favorite; retweet a message featuring the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; click on Walmart-provided campaign content.

For each online act of support, Walmart will donate the equivalent of 10 meals ($0.90) to Feeding America on behalf of member food banks, up to $1.5 million.

3. Donate at the Register: Donate to your local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

The ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign launches at a critical time when the USDA reports one in eight Americans currently struggle with hunger. To raise awareness for the issue of hunger in America and help generate meals for people struggling with hunger, Walmart and its suppliers are encouraging the public to take action online and in-store to support the Feeding America network of food banks and the more than 46 million Americans it serves throughout the country.

“This campaign is an important part of our ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”

Walmart is kicking off the campaign with a $1.5 million donation and aims to donate a total of $3 million to Feeding America based on the public’s online participation in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Combining Walmart’s donation with supplier donations through product purchases and customer donations at the register, the campaign has a goal of helping Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of its member food banks.

“At Feeding America, we see firsthand the impact hunger has on families in communities across the country, and we understand it takes a village to help strengthen our communities and provide meals to people in need,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. “Great partnerships are essential to moving the needle, and we are grateful to Walmart, its dedicated suppliers and Discover for coming together for the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign. Movements like this give each and every one of us an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

With the USDA reporting that 42 million people in America, including more than 13 million children, struggle with hunger, the ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably-grown food.

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to positively impact the issue of hunger in the United States. In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those struggling with hunger in the U.S. by 2020.

To learn more about the campaign, visit

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

H&M group’s sales increased by 7 percent during March 2017 vs. same period last year

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As previously communicated in conjunction with the three-month report 2017, the H&M group’s sales including VAT during 1 March – 28 March 2017 increased by 7 percent in local currencies compared to the same period last year. For the whole month of March, sales increased by 6 percent compared to the same month last year.

Sales in March, April and May should be viewed together, partly because the Easter holiday falls in different months in different years and partly because the weather during this period can vary greatly from year to year.

The total number of stores in the group amounted to 4,426 on 31 March 2017 compared to 3,997 stores on 31 March 2016.

Percentage sales development for the month of April will be published in a press release at 08.00 (CET) on 8 May 2017.


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

Source: H&M

ShopRite highlights their commitment in protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day

ShopRite highlights their commitment in protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day


Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite stores are going beyond the supermarket aisle to highlight their commitment to protecting the planet in celebration of Earth Day, and ShopRite is encouraging consumers to get involved. ShopRite applies sustainable solutions in an effort to shrink its environmental footprint – a pledge to local communities that has spanned four decades – and ShopRite stores today operate more efficiently, donate more fresh food and compost and recycle more than ever.

ShopRite’s Earth Day Challenge
To enourage customers to get involved, ShopRite conducts an “Earth Day Challenge” each April, providing complimentary cleanup kits – including essentials like gloves and garbage bags – to volunteers interested in beautifying their communities. The program makes it easy for participants to clear litter from beaches or spruce up local parks, and helped spark 6,000 volunteers to participate in community clean-ups at 130 locations across five states in 2016. Since the program’s inception, over 40,000 participants have taken part in ShopRite’s “Earth Day Challenge.” Those interested in receiving a kit can call 1-800-ShopRite for more information.

ShopRite’s Sustainability Stats
ShopRite’s environmentally-friendly practices have produced some impressive results:

  • Over the past 40 years, ShopRite stores have recycled two million tons of material
  • In 2016, ShopRite stores recycled 143,965 tons of waxed and corrugated cardboard; 3,883 tons of plastics; 983 tons of newspaper; 281 tons of office paper; and 57 tons of metal
  • ShopRite composted more than 21,000 tons of food waste in 2016

ShopRite’s Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Formula
ShopRite’s passion for the environment begins from the ground up, with stores designed to help reduce energy and water consumption through the use of energy-efficient glass doors on its refrigerated and freezer cases, conservation lighting and low-flow faucets.

ShopRite also works hard to eliminate food waste, and its stores use a variety of approaches to make this a focal point. ShopRite implements composting and donates to local food banks as part of its food recovery efforts – fighting hunger in the communities where our stores operate while reducing environmental impacts.

ShopRite’s recycling programs also help limit the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. ShopRite operates its own recycling center in Elizabeth, NJ, and provides plastic bag recycling bins at the front of each store to encourage customers to return bags used during previous shopping trips. This spring ShopRite stores are also carrying reusable bags with a special Earth Day message.

Over 100 in-store “Green Teams” – groups of associates who voluntarily work together to make ShopRite stores more sustainable – also dedicate time to finding the best ways to conserve the environment and cultivate partnerships with environmental organizations to come together to improve the environment.

ShopRite partners with 25 different environmental organizations, and ShopRite supermarkets have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for their sustainability efforts by receving the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge awards for reducing food waste and increasing fresh food donations. In addition, more and more ShopRite stores are receiving Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program, which increases employee engagement and provides store Green Teams with ideas to become more eco-friendly.

To learn more about ShopRite’s environmental efforts and other ways to help, look for Earth News – the supermarket chain’s annual environmental newspaper – which hits store shelves each April, or visit to check out a new video highlighting ShopRite’s sustainability commitment.

PR Contacts:

Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: ShopRite


BRC-SPRINGBOARD MARCH 2017: Footfall up 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014

London, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Covering the five weeks 26 February – 1 April 2017

  • Footfall in March grew 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014. This is well above the three-month average of -0.2%. Note there is an impact on this number due to a calendar distortion – March 2016 included Easter Sunday, when shops were shut, whereas this year did not, adding one more shopping day, and therefore one more day’s footfall, to the period.
  • There was footfall growth in all three retail destinations in March. High street: 1.7%, Retail Parks: 1.4%, Shopping Centres: 0.2%. This month saw the fastest high street growth since March 2014.
  • 7 out of the 10 nations/regions we report on saw a rise in footfall in March
  • The steepest footfall decline occurred in Northern Ireland, where footfall fell by 3.7%. This was followed by the South West, where footfall fell by 2.3%


“Shopper visits increased to all retail destinations in March, resulting in the fastest annual growth in footfall for three years. This is partly owed to the exclusion of Easter Sunday from the period, which therefore benefits from an additional shopping day. But even looking beyond the distortion, the positive growth across most of the country is a reassuring sign for retailers.

“The high street continues to outperform shopping centres and retail parks, for the second consecutive month. Disappointingly though, this didn’t translate into retail sales, which were down in March on the previous year. Now that the Easter holidays have arrived, the challenge for retailers will be to attract this greater number of high street visitors into their stores.”


“March definitely provided a break in the clouds, with the +1.3% rise in footfall breaking a six-month consecutive decline and the +0.2% increase in footfall in shopping centres being the first since January 2016. Whilst some of the +1.3% may have been a consequence of the loss of a trading day last year due to an early Easter, the impact of this shift should not be overstated as it will have been mitigated by increased trade on the other days over the Easter trading period.

“Indeed, if anything it is more evidence of the continuing structural shift in the use of retail destinations for leisure and hospitality trips. Virtually all of the increase in footfall in March was derived from the post 5pm period while footfall during the trading hours of 9 am to 5 pm dropped –by just -0.5% in high streets, but much more significantly, by -7.1%, in shopping centres. Indeed, the worsening of consumer confidence and inflation from last year is likely to be constraining shoppers’ willingness to spend on retail goods. This all lends further evidence to the fact that retail is no longer the sole driver of footfall, with a strong leisure/hospitality offer being a critical element to secure retail success.”

BRC Press Office
TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
OUT OF HOURS: +44 (0) 7557 747 269

Source:  BRC

CBRE tops IAOP®’s annual assessment of global outsourcing companies

Firm is ranked among the top few outsourcing providers for sixth consecutive year

Los Angeles, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) achieved the highest possible score in IAOP®’s annual assessment of global outsourcing companies. CBRE received five stars again in 2017, and has been named one of the world’s top few outsourcing firms across all industries for the sixth consecutive year.

IAOP further recognized CBRE as a “Super Star” of the Global Outsourcing 100, based on top performance in all five judging categories: size & growth, customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation and corporate social responsibility.

“Every day our professionals work to deliver measurably superior client outcomes, and our continued industry-leading rating from IAOP underscores this commitment,” said Bill Concannon, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE.

CBRE is the real estate industry’s premier provider of corporate and institutional services globally. CBRE offers a comprehensive suite of real estate outsourcing services including advisory and transactions, facilities management, consulting services, and project management.

The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100 and The World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. These lists are based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.

“Buyers understand there are hundreds of qualified service providers and advisors out there, but what they really need to understand now is what makes each one exceptional,” said IAOP CEO, Debi Hamill. “The Global Outsourcing 100 and World’s Best Advisors lists have done just that. We’re proud to recognize CBRE for being among the highest rated companies in size and growth, customer references, programs for innovation, awards and certifications, and programs for corporate social responsibility.”

About IAOP
IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge center, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit

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

Robert McGrath
Senior Director, Global Media Relations
+1 212 9848267

Source:  CBRE Group, Inc.

Perry Ellis International signs distribution agreement for Original Penguin by Munsingwear® men’s apparel in South Africa

MIAMI, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today (April 17, 2017) that it has entered into an agreement with Sector Apparel Group for the distribution of An Original Penguin by Munsingwear® men’s apparel in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.  These iconic products will be available in department stores and independent retailers as well as online and are planned to launch in Spring 2017.

Original Penguin offers a full range of apparel and accessories fit for the modern urbanite. Bringing together classic American sportswear and contemporary fashion with a heritage of craftsmanship.​ Original Penguin pays homage to its iconic brand heritage, having been adored by countless originals for more than 60 years. A strong influence of humor, fun and attention to detail can be seen in each of its products.  Original Penguin has created significant social momentum from its philanthropic social campaigns, music festival sponsorships, and Original Tracks music series as well as being a top pick among celebrities and influencers. Original Penguin ​is​ style over fashion and originality over everything.

“We are delighted to welcome Sector Apparel Group to the Original Penguin family. Working with Sector Apparel Group will not only leverage the equity of this powerful brand but also continue our strategic initiative to expand our global reach,” stated George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

Sean Fenger, Director of Sector Apparel Group said, “Sector Apparel is very excited to begin its association with Original Penguin. It is a great fit with the existing brands within our portfolio. Original Penguin is enjoying excellent growth in many international markets, and we are excited at the opportunity the brand presents in the Southern African market.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®,  Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

About Sector Apparel Group 
Sector Apparel established in 2000 is a leading distributor of Branded Apparel clothing in Southern Africa. Sector currently distributes Lee Jeans, Wrangler, The North Face, Fox Racing, Volcom, and O’Neill in these markets.


Anthony Pessok (EMEA)
00 353 1 405 3840

Sean Fenger
+27 31 3131 400

Source: Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Wegmans stores to host event to feature Food You Feel Good About products on April 22nd, 2017

Wegmans stores to host event to feature Food You Feel Good About products on April 22nd, 2017


ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHAT: At this event our employees will share information about our Food You Feel Good About products, another way we can help our customers lead healthier, better lives through food. Customers will also have the opportunity to learn about sustainability at Wegmans and in celebration of Earth Day, we’ll be hosting our popular plastic bag exchange.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday April 22nd, 2017

WHERE: All Wegmans Food Markets stores

Are you looking for foods with cleaner ingredients? Come to Wegmans on Saturday, April 22nd to learn about our Food You Feel Good About products. The bright yellow Food You Feel Good About banner on our packages is our shortcut to let you know that these products have no artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Visit stations throughout the store to taste some of our favorite Food Your Feel Good About products and learn more about what this banner means. Enter a drawing to win a gift bag with more than $25 worth of Food Your Feel Good About products. As the event is on Earth Day, we will also share information about sustainability at Wegmans, and offer our popular plastic bag exchange where customers can receive a reusable bag in exchange for a collection of plastic bags! Last year we reduced landfill and recycled over 4 million pounds of plastic wrap and bags.

Samples will be offered in a variety of departments, some of the highlights include:

Produce Department: Veggie Spaghetti with Food You Feel Good About Spicy Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauce

Meat Department: Organic Lemon & Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts with Food You Feel Good About BBQ Memphis Sauce

Nature’s Department: Food You Feel Good About Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Wholesum Bars

Market Café: Food You Feel Good About Beef & Bean Chili and Turkey & Bean Chili

Frozen Department: A customer favorite – Food You Feel Good About Potatoes Gratin Mushroom and Cream

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

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Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


Walgreens kicks off six-week charitable campaign benefitting Red Nose Day

Walgreens returns as exclusive U.S. retailer of Red Noses, on sale starting April 17, to help end child poverty — one nose at a time

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Red Noses, the iconic symbol of the Red Nose Day cause to end child poverty, are on sale beginning today (17 April 2017) at all Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide, kicking off the six-week charitable campaign. In its third consecutive year as the exclusive retailer of the campaign’s Red Noses, Walgreens is welcoming back Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with comic cheer and a series of celebrations and fundraising events nationwide in support of Red Nose Day.

From now until June 3, customers can participate and show their support by purchasing a Red Nose for $1, with all profits from all sales benefitting Red Nose Day.*

“Child poverty is a public health crisis that impacts us all, and Walgreens commitment with Red Nose Day is to create urgency and build a movement to help children around the world,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer. “Along with other campaign partners, we’re helping to create a unique and powerful opportunity for people and communities to come together to end child poverty. With more ‘Noses On’ opportunities and activities across the country for Walgreens customers and employees, we’re hoping to put some fun into building on the campaign’s success to hopefully exceed our fundraising goals.”

Ride On For Red Nose Day

For the first time, Walgreens will be hosting Ride On For Red Nose Day, two unique cycling experiences, created in conjunction with PeopleForBikes, to challenge bike riders across the U.S. to pedal for children in need. The cycling fundraising initiative includes two parts:

  • A fully supported, professional-grade road cycling experience with two routes – the first kicks off on the West Coast in Santa Barbara, Calif. on April 30, rolling into Las Vegas on May 3. The East Coast ride travels from Boston on May 21 arriving in New York City on May 24, just in time to celebrate Red Nose Day on May 25
  • A Ride On for Red Nose Day Challenge, in which individuals and groups can commit to riding in their communities to raise funds for Red Nose Day through an online fundraising platform developed for the campaign.

All donations raised during the Ride On activities will benefit the Red Nose Day Fund, and people across the country are encouraged to participate to show their support. To sign up for the challenge and for more information, visit:

“Noses On” Live

To further heighten Red Nose Day awareness, beginning in mid-April, Walgreens employees in select stores across the country will take over Facebook Live with a variety of “Noses On” videos. More than 600 participating employees, also known as “Red Nose Captains,” will complete fun activities on live video, including dancing competitions, singing challenges that Walgreens customers can participate in with employees while wearing their Red Noses, and more. Follow the Walgreens Facebook Page for live updates.

Empowering Through Video

To help launch the initiative, Walgreens, in partnership with VIMBY, a content marketing studio, created a social experiment powered by a series of Red Nose Day videos. The first, “Orange Goes Red,” features a town where the Red Nose spirit is in full force. As newcomers enter the town, they learn how they can make a difference by wearing a Red Nose. The videos also tell various stories about how Red Nose Day benefits its charity partners and enables viewers to track the campaign’s progress.

The Walgreens Impact: Driving Social Responsibility

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion globally since its launch in the UK in 1988. For Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise, Red Nose Day is an anchor for the company’s goal of supporting health and wellbeing. Walgreens, as part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, raised more than $20 million in the U.S. in 2016, supported through sales of Red Noses, providing funds for nutritious meals, essential medicine, clean water and other vital aid and education-based services to children in the U.S. and across the globe.

Beneficiaries of the Red Nose Day Fund include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides safe places for children to learn and play after school; Children’s Health Fund, which brings essential medical services to underserved children; hunger relief organization Feeding America; Save the Children, which provides critical early childhood programs, as well as charity: water; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; and The Global Fund.

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s corporate social responsibility efforts focus on four key areas: community, environment, marketplace and workplace. For additional information on Walgreens Boots Alliance’s corporate social responsibility efforts, please refer to the recently released 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

This year, the Red Nose Day campaign will culminate in a night of special television programming celebrating Red Nose Day on May 25 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day ( is run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (, a registered 501(c)(3) American public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

* Until June 3, 2017, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50 to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that help children living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit No portion of purchase is tax deductible.

Beatrice Jimenez

Calvin Peters

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks commits to providing 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers by 2025

Starbucks commits to providing 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers by 2025


  • The company will leverage its green coffee purchase power to ensure that healthy, rust resistant coffee trees are planted – yearly –  in coffee growing regions most impacted by climate change
  • Initiative builds on the more than 25 million trees already donated to farmers in need as part of its One Tree for Every Bag Commitment
  • Expanded commitment supports The Sustainable Coffee Challenge industry goal of replanting 1 Billion coffee trees   

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that it will make sure 100 million healthy coffee trees get into the hands of coffee farmers that need them by, 2025. This effort is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive support to farmers around the world which includes open-source agronomy research, farmer financing and access to information.

This expanded commitment builds on Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag initiative which launched in September 2015, ensuring that a coffee tree is planted for every bag of coffee purchased in a participating U.S. stores. The seedlings will replace trees that are declining in productivity due to age and disease, such as coffee leaf rust which is perpetuated because of a warmer climate. More than 25 million trees have been donated thus far with the initial distribution of 10 Million having started in the summer of 2016.

“We have heard directly from farmers that healthy trees are what they need now, more than ever, so this long-term approach coupled with the right resources directly correlates to the stability of their family as well as the future of coffee,” said Cliff Burrows, group president, Global Coffee, Starbucks.

Having already built a successful tree distribution network and as one of the largest purchasers of arabica coffee, Starbucks can now integrate the purchase of healthy, rust-resistant coffee trees into its green coffee buying program. By working with long-term suppliers, the company will seamlessly ensure that a total of 10 Million coffee tree seedlings per year are available to farmers in need.

Going forward, the company will continue its relationship with supplier nurseries set up in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador as well as look to develop new supplier nurseries in additional coffee regions that would benefit from re-planting. By integrating this into their purchasing behavior and evolving their current initiative, Starbucks expects at least 100 Million trees to get to farmers by 2025. Not only will this ensure that farmers get trees at a critical time but it will help stabilize the income of thousands of farming families.

This effort will have an amplified effect when added to the work of The Sustainable Coffee Challenge that recently announced an industry wide effort to replant 1 billion coffee trees, to ensure positive outcomes for both productivity and the environment. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is a joint initiative of over 60 partners including corporations, governments, NGOs and research organizations working together to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product.  A key tenet of the Challenge is to encourage partners to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing the coffee sector – both individually and via collective action. This replanting effort will be one of the organizations Collective Action Networks and in addition to Starbucks is supported by non-profits, government agencies and coffee roasters.

“Providing healthy trees to farmers in coffee-growing regions makes existing lands more productive and keeps us from expanding into forests,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International. “We’re proud to stand alongside Starbucks in this long-term endeavor to ensure that both livelihoods and nature around the world are vibrant and healthy.”

To date, Starbucks investments in coffee farming communities include:

Ethical Sourcing Standard: 99% of coffee sourced by Starbucks has been verified as ethically sourced through its C.A.F.E. Practices standards developed with Conservation International more than a decade ago.

Healthy Coffee Trees:  The donation of enough funds to plant 25 million rust-resistant coffee trees with the first phase of distribution including 10 million healthy coffee trees sent to farmers in need across El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.  More than 6,200 farming families received new coffee trees helping to rehabilitate more than 2,500 hectares of farmland and nearly 800 temporary jobs were created to support the initial distribution.

Farmer Financing:  Committing $50M in affordable credit for coffee farmers and cooperatives by 2020 so that farmers can reinvest in their farms

Agronomy Support:  Investing $20 million in open-source agronomy through a network of eight Farmer Support Centers to train 200,000 coffee farmers by 2020, leveraging the research at Hacienda Alsacia, Starbucks global agronomy center in Costa Rica


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SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Tachtigduizend bezoekers tijdens AH Buitendag

Tachtigduizend bezoekers tijdens AH Buitendag


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag was het een drukte van belang bij zo’n 70 boeren, telers en leveranciers van Albert Heijn. Zij gaven nieuwsgierige consumenten een kijkje achter de schermen en vertelden alles over de herkomst van producten die bij Albert Heijn verkrijgbaar zijn. Jong en oud konden zien, proeven en vragen stellen over hoe bijvoorbeeld de boerenkaas van Albert Heijn wordt gemaakt en hoe komkommers worden geteeld. In Brabant en Utrecht fietsten ruim honderd klanten van Albert Heijn met medewerkers van lokale winkels de speciale ‘Toer de Boer’; een fietstocht langs verschillende boeren en telers in de regio.

De AH Buitendag werd vanmorgen feestelijk geopend met een paasontbijt in het tijdelijke boerderijrestaurant in de aardappelschuur van teler Douwe Monsma van Bio Brass in Zeewolde. Een lange tafel, live muziek en allerlei paaslekkernijen waren de hoofd-ingrediënten voor een feestelijke aftrap. Door het hele land waren vanaf 11 uur deelnemende boeren, leveranciers en telers druk in de weer om hun bezoekers te laten zien hoe ze iedere dag hun producten zo lekker en vers mogelijk in de schappen van Albert Heijn krijgen. Ze organiseerden zelf allerlei activiteiten, rondleidingen en proeverijen om bezoekers zo goed mogelijk te laten zien hoe hun producten worden gemaakt.

Kijken, leren én doen!

Deelnemers mochten ook zelf aan de slag met bijvoorbeeld tulpen plukken, een tractorrace of varkentjes aaien. De kinderen werden geschminkt, konden meedoen aan een Paasspeurtocht en hun eigen boerderij-kleurplaat inkleuren.

Vakmanschap en liefde

Albert Heijn wil alleen de allerbeste kwaliteit voor zijn versproducten. Daarom zorgen we ervoor dat we onze boeren, telers en leveranciers persoonlijk kennen. Met hen delen we de liefde en vakmanschap voor onze producten. En zo kunnen we klanten precies vertellen waar onze producten vandaan komen. Onder de bijna 70 telers, boeren en leveranciers die vandaag hun deuren openden, waren aardappelen-, groente-, fruit- en bloementelers, (melk)veehouderijen, kaasboerderijen en een koekjesfabriek.

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Source: Albert Heijn


Office Depot releases its 2017 Diverse Supplier Catalog

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (April 17, 2017) announced the release of the company’s 2017 Diverse Supplier Catalog. The catalog highlights an assortment of more than 2,000 items ranging from paper and toner, to laptop cases, mailing and shipping supplies, office furniture, writing instruments, cleaning and breakroom products, desk accessories, school supplies and electronics, with more than 1,000 products also containing eco-attributes or eco-labels.

Office Depot was the first in the office supplies industry to create such a catalog in 2009. The Diverse Supplier Catalog features Office Depot’s complete assortment of products sold by diverse vendors and is available to the company’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) customers. Office Depot’s diverse suppliers are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, LGBT-, veteran-owned and small businesses.

“Just as environmental sustainability helps protect our planet, supplier diversity helps protect our economy as it plays an essential role in the financial stability of our industry,” said Petter Knutrud, SVP, merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “Office Depot’s 2017 Diverse Supplier Catalog provides opportunities for small and diverse-owned businesses to grow and succeed, and helps our customers in their supplier diversity purchasing initiatives.”

New vendors to the catalog include Omar Medical Supplies, a minority-owned industrial and medical supplier; National Office Works, a woman-owned small business that offers a variety of office supplies; and STOUT by Envision, Inc., which offers industrial and commercial-grade products and whose mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. The catalog also contains small business success stories, a resource guide and icons designed to show a product’s diverse attributes at a quick glance.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

The company had annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Rebecca Rakitin

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

InvenTrust to move its corporate headquarters this summer of 2017

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — InvenTrust Properties Corp. (“InvenTrust”, “IVT” or “the Company”) today announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from 2809 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, IL to Highland Landmark II building located at 3025 Highland Parkway, Downers Grove, IL. IVT will lease 22,000 square feet, down from the almost 50,000 sq. ft. the Company currently leases. InvenTrust is expected to complete the move during the summer of 2017.

“We believe this new location is an excellent fit for InvenTrust, and will enable us to reduce our operating expenses while working out of a more inventive office space,” said Thomas P. McGuinness, President and Chief Executive Officer of InvenTrust. “This smaller headquarters space directly reflects the values underlying our long-term strategy, under which InvenTrust has become a leaner, more disciplined organization focused solely on multi-tenant, open-air retail centers. With an open floor plan, InvenTrust’s employees will benefit from an office environment more conducive to collaboration and communication, better stimulating teamwork and efficiency throughout all levels of the organization.”

About InvenTrust Properties Corp.

InvenTrust Properties Corp. is a premier, multi-tenant retail company that owns, leases, redevelops, acquires and manages open-air centers in key growth markets with favorable demographics. Our disciplined acquisition strategy, along with our innovative and collaborative property management approach, drives the success of both our tenants and business partners and net operating income growth for the Company. InvenTrust became a self-managed REIT in 2014 and as of December 31, 2016, is an owner and manager of 86 multi-tenant retail properties, representing 15.2 million square feet of retail space, and one non-core office property.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, including statements regarding management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, plans or predictions of the future and are typically identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, our ability to manage our expenses and execute on long term strategy. For further discussion of factors that could materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future results and financial condition, see our filings with the securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Risk Factors included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as updated by any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, in each case as filed with the SEC. InvenTrust intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as may be required by applicable law. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Dan Lombardo

Source: InvenTrust Properties Corp.