Walmart asks suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one gigaton

Through release of a sustainability toolkit, Walmart asks suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one gigaton – the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads for an entire year

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 19, 2017), during Walmart’s annual Milestone Summit, the company launched a sustainability platform inviting suppliers to join Walmart in committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains. Dubbed Project Gigaton, this initiative will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030. That’s the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads and highways for a year.

Walmart is the first retailer with a verified science-based target emissions-reduction plan. The company aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The retailer will also work to reduce CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigaton) between 2015 and 2030.

Project Gigaton is part of a series of Walmart sustainability initiatives, focused on addressing social and environmental issues in ways that help communities while also strengthening business. For example, by investing in solar energy, Walmart has helped to support jobs for American solar companies. Walmart is now one of America’s leading commercial solar and on-site renewable energy users and gets about 25 percent of its global energy from renewable sources. To give another example, by doubling the efficiency of our U.S. fleet from 2005 to 2015, Walmart saved nearly $1 billion compared to a 2005 baseline.

“We are proud of the improvements we’ve made in reducing our own emissions, but we aim to do more. That’s why we’re working with our suppliers and others on Project Gigaton,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart.

Walmart has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation, and product use and design as the goal areas in which to focus their Scope 3 climate efforts. Participating suppliers are encouraged to focus their commitment in one or more of these goal areas.

To help suppliers make commitments to emission reduction, or to establish emission reduction projects, Walmart collaborated with NGOs, like World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Defense Fund, and additional like-minded organizations to create an emissions reduction toolkit. In this toolkit, Walmart highlights the business case for why suppliers should consider signing on to Project Gigaton.

“Supply chains are the new frontier of sustainability. The journey products take from source to shelf will collectively shape our planet’s future,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO, World Wildlife Fund. “Project Gigaton is a testament to the transformative impact that leaders of industry can have on our greatest common challenges. As more companies follow in the footsteps of Walmart and their suppliers, we can achieve the critical mass needed to address climate change. Today’s commitment represents an important step toward a safer and more prosperous future.”

“A challenge like Project Gigaton will catalyze leadership and innovative solutions around the globe,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). “Forward-looking companies like Walmart, and the suppliers that will join them, know that our economy and our planet can—and must—thrive together. Consumers deserve both, and these businesses are leading the way. EDF looks forward to helping them along this journey.”

“Through the years, we’ve seen that integrating sustainable practices into our operations improves business performance, spurs technological innovation, inspires brand loyalty, and boosts employee engagement,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president, Sustainability for Walmart. “Our suppliers recognize the opportunity to realize those same benefits in their businesses. By working together on such an ambitious goal, we can accelerate progress within our respective companies and deep in our shared supply chains.”

Walmart is proud that several suppliers have committed to Project Gigaton with new or existing emissions-reduction projects.

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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, nearly 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 http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Walmart’s 10th annual Global Responsibility Report: We believe that the value-maximizing strategy is the one that creates shared value for customers, business and society

2017 report outlines the retailer’s milestones in creating shared value for people, business and society

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity, sustainability and local communities. The report also looks ahead at the retailer’s role in helping rewire whole social and environmental systems as it strives toward a new era of trust and transparency.

The three aspirational goals Walmart set in 2005 remain constant to this day while the company’s approach and vision of global responsibility continue to evolve. This past November, the retailer announced a new approach in advancing the key areas of opportunity, sustainability and community which consists of a 10-year vision to create shared value and underscores the importance of true integration into the company’s core business.

Notable milestones and progress from the 2017 Global Responsibility Report include:

Increasing Economic Opportunity in Retail Supply Chains

Supporting Economic Mobility in Retail for Walmart Associates and Beyond

  • Enhancing associate opportunity: Walmart is addressing barriers that can impede career advancement for associates. In FY2017, Walmart completed a $2.7 billion investment in U.S. associates that included increases in training, education and higher wages.
  • Accelerating frontline retail job mobility beyond Walmart: In addition to investing in its own associates, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation in 2015 launched the Retail Opportunity Initiative, a five-year, $100 million sector-wide effort aimed at strengthening the transferability of skills of the U.S. retail workforce and developing ways to make it easier for front-line workers to advance their careers. Through the end of FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested more than $59 million and collaborated with leading nonprofits, employers, government agencies and educational institutions such as the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, The League of Innovation and the Aspen Institute.

Investing in American Jobs

  • Supporting local, diverse and small businesses: In 2013, Walmart pledged to purchase $250 billion more in products supporting American jobs through 2023. To raise awareness for this initiative, Walmart hosted the U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call for new U.S. made products in June 2016. Entrepreneurs from 40 states participated in 800 meetings at the event.
  • Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors launched a $10 million U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund in 2014. The fund supports innovative research into manufacturing processes. The FY2017 funding cycle marks the completion of the $10 million commitment; however, the projects continue to advance.

Enhancing the Sustainability of Operations and Our Value Chain

Reducing Emissions, Energy Intensity and Waste In Operations

  • Setting emissions reduction goals: Walmart is the first retailer with an approved science-based target emissions-reduction plan. The company aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The retailer will also work with its suppliers to reduce CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigaton) between 2015 and 2030.
  • Continued advancement toward 100 percent renewable energy goal: Walmart aspires to eliminate reliance on fossil fuel-based energy sources by meeting its needs with 100 percent renewable energy. By 2025, Walmart aims to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy. At the end of FY2017, approximately 26 percent of Walmart’s electricity needs globally were supplied by renewable sources, including more than 460 onsite and offsite projects in operation or under development globally.
  • Progress toward zero waste goal: By the end of FY2017, Walmart diverted from landfills 82 percent of materials previously considered waste from Walmart U.S., and 77 percent* from Walmart International. As a large global grocer, Walmart is also committed to reducing food waste within its own operations. Since 2005, Walmart stores, clubs and distribution centers have donated more than 3.3 billion pounds of food to organizations that distribute to those in need in the U.S., including more than 600 million pounds in FY2017.

Improving Sustainability in Global Value Chains

  • Working with our suppliers: Since 2014, suppliers have reported a 96 percent reduction of high priority chemicals by weight in Walmart U.S. stores. In FY2017, Walmart reached a goal set in 2012, of buying 70 percent of the company’s U.S. goods from suppliers that participate in the Sustainability Index, in categories where the Index is available.

Strengthening Local Communities

Relieving Hunger

  • Efforts to donate 4 billion meals: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation surpassed the halfway point in their goal to provide 4 billion meals over five years, by providing support for 2.4 billion meals to date since 2014. In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $50 million toward hunger relief.
  • Strengthening the capacity of hunger relief programs: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping organizations who are on the front lines of charitable food provision to improve their infrastructure, so they can increase access to charitable meals. In the U.S., Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations teamed up with customers and participating suppliers to support Feeding America through the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, raising more than $17 million in funds in FY2017.

Engaging associates to volunteer

  • Walmart associates around the world are dedicated to addressing hunger. In the U.S. alone, Walmart associates donated more than 110,000 hours toward hunger relief in FY2017.
  • In FY2017, 73,000 full-and part-time associates volunteered more than 1.2 million hours generating more than $12 million in Walmart donations.

Strengthening Disaster Response and Community Preparedness

  • Increasing disaster relief and preparedness efforts: In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation supported communities after 30 disasters. A total of $6.8 million in cash donations was given specifically for disaster preparedness and relief.

* Based on review of material handling and waste diversion processes in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Chile, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, U.K., and U.S., as reported by waste vendors, food banks and stores. In cases where real numbers were not available due to industry challenges they have been estimated based on industry acceptable standards.

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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 http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Amazon.com to open three additional fulfillment centers in New Jersey

With new sites in Cranbury Township, Edison and Logan Township, Amazon’s fulfillment footprint in New Jersey grows to 10 facilities

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open three additional fulfillment centers in New Jersey. The new sites in Cranbury Township, Edison and Logan Township will create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in New Jersey in 2012, the company has grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 13,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Avenel, Carteret, Florence, Logan Township and Robbinsville.

“Our ability to expand in New Jersey is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “We are excited to continue growing by creating an additional 2,500 full-time roles at new fulfillment centers across the state.”

Amazon employees at the more than 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Cranbury Township and the 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Logan Township will pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as music equipment, sports gear, and patio furniture. The 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Edison will handle smaller customer items such as books, toys and kitchenware.

“We applaud Amazon for investing in several expansions throughout New Jersey and for creating greater opportunities for our high-quality workforce,” Governor Chris Christie said. “Today’s great news is no accident or coincidence. Over the last seven-plus years, my administration has lowered a variety of taxes, improved New Jersey’s business climate, increased the number of well-paying jobs and grown the overall economy. Amazon’s action should encourage even more employers to benefit from all New Jersey has to offer.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package starting on day one including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

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

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Carrefour and Hello Tomorrow Start-up Challenge in Brazil for first time

Carrefour and Hello Tomorrow Start-up Challenge in Brazil for first time

São Paulo, BRAZIL, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time, Carrefour is bringing to Brazil the Start-up Challenge, a competition which includes the global conference of the French NGO Hello Tomorrow, held annually in Paris. By means of this initiative, the organisation invites start-ups and entrepreneurs to participate in challenges in order to develop new technologies and innovative solutions for the real problems of the planet.

With the support of Carrefour, one of the principal partners of the global event two years ago, this is the first time that the NGO is promoting the Start-up Challenge outside France, with the theme ‘Tomorrow’s food for all’. To participate, interested parties must register their projects by 20 April, when the selection will take place of the six finalists who will compete for the prize during the event to be held in São Paulo (SP) in May.

The theme of the Brazilian competition, proposed by Carrefour, considers major pillars which the company develops and promotes around the world to motivate a healthy, sustainable and waste-free diet. The solutions proposed by the start-ups and business people must follow the three criteria chosen for the challenge: the development of foods that are healthier (production, distribution, handling, storage and nutritional information), more sustainable (development, production, distribution), and with less waste (production, handling, storage, marketing, usage and recycling).

“In light of worldwide population growth and the scarcity of food, Brazil is increasingly positioned as a major player for the future of the world food situation. The answer to sustainable food production may lie in technology, which often arises from simple, creative solutions with a low social and environmental impact. Together with Hello Tomorrow, Carrefour is boosting its constant search for innovation, offering Brazilian start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop projects to solve the impasses in food production”, emphasised Paulo Pianez, Director of Sustainability of Carrefour Brasil.

Start-up Challenge
Registration period: up to 20/04/2017
Disclosure of finalists: 02/05/2017
Prize-giving event: 04/05/2017
About Hello Tomorrow
Hello Tomorrow is a global organisation that comprises a community of thousands of brilliant world talents, who stimulate and influence science and high technology to create a better future. The NGO starts and bolsters collaborations between the world’s most promising projects and leading entrepreneurs, executives and investors, to bring cutting edge technology to the market. The Start-up Challenge and Global Summit, as well as numerous events around the world, have become a unique platform for connecting regional high technology ecosystems with a global innovation network. The global challenge proposed by Hello Tomorrow is the most exclusive high technology competition which each year aims to encourage start-ups to find solutions for the most urgent global problems by means of science and technology. The principal advantage of the initiative is the single network built for start-ups, in addition to the highly curated environment developed with key partners of industry, investors, communications media and entrepreneurs.

About Hello Tomorrow and the Carrefour Group
Since 2015, the Carrefour Group has been the sole partner of the Global Challenge of Hello Tomorrow in the field of Food and Agriculture. Together, they seek out revolutionary new products which can cooperate with the challenges of the food industry, as well as with the growing global pressure to find innovative solutions. In 2017, for the first time, Carrefour is supporting Hello Tomorrow in building up the organisation in Brazil, starting with the first national challenge ‘The Future of Food’.

About the Carrefour Group
Established in Brazil for over 40 years, the Carrefour Group is recognised as a pioneering company in the retail market. The company is present in all the regions of the country and includes the Carrefour Hiper, Carrefour Bairro, Carrefour Express, Carrefour.com, Atacadão and Supeco formats, as well as offering different services for customers’ convenience, such as petrol stations, drugstores and financial services. Every month, around 22 million purchases are recorded at its more than 570 sales outlets. With a turnover of R$49.1 billion in Brazil in 2016 and a team of more than 80,000 employees, the company is the biggest food retailer in the country and the second biggest operation among all the markets in which the Carrefour group operates. Worldwide, the company is present in more than 30 countries, 10 of which with their own operations, and employs around 380,000 people. With some 12,000 stores spread across Europe, Asia and Latin America, the Carrefour Group is present in the lives of 105 million customers. At present, around 13 million purchases are made every day in its different formats throughout the world. In 2016, the company’s volume of business totalled €103.7 billion.

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The new extension to the BAB 2 shopping centre unveiled with architecture featuring Basque colours

The new extension to the BAB 2 shopping centre unveiled with architecture featuring Basque colours

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Teams from Carmila and Carrefour Property have just unveiled the new extension to the BAB 2 shopping centre. With 40 new stores and an extra 10,000 m², the shopping centre’s unusual architecture features typically Basque colours. It has a total complement of 120 stores, restaurants and services for the 6 million people who visit it every year.

A facelift for a shopping centre which supports the urban area’s dynamic growth
First opened in 1982, the BAB 2 shopping centre is located in the very heart of the Basque Country’s urban community, to the west of Bayonne and just north of Anglet. Based in a highly dynamic urban and business area, it plays a key role in the region’s economic development and contributes actively to a number of major urban projects. Thirty-five years after it was first opened, the centre is now seen as the northern Basque country’s established shopping centre.

It was the first shopping centre to lure in flagship retailers – such as Zara –, featuring an exclusive selection of stores the likes of which were not represented anywhere else in the region. Now, the BAB 2 shopping centre is visited by some 6 million people every year and has established itself as the leading shopping centre on the Basque coast.

The result of close collaboration with local elected representatives, the BAB 2 shopping centre was extended in order to cater to the needs of people living throughout the region who needed a richer store selection hosted in a modern environment, while at the same time supporting the region’s development and its dynamic growth. Consequently, the extension has a completely new selection of stores which are very much in line with the shopping centre’s Basque identity.

An exclusive commercial offering
Well-established national retailers, local or regional independent stores and retailers that – until now – have not been represented in the region are among the new stores opening at the BAB 2 shopping centre. With these new retailers – 25 of which have never traded in the region – the centre is shoring up its offering in the clothing, personal accessories, food services and home equipment sectors.

The first part of BAB 2’s extension was delivered back in October 2016, with the opening of “64”, Colombus Café, Crêp’eat, Du Bruit dans la Cuisine, Izac, Les P’tites Bombes, L’occitane, Louis Pion, Oysho and Sergent Major, together with Zara.

And now, another thirty new stores are commencing operation at the centre: Aubade, Bialetti, Bleu Libellule, Cléor, Guess, IKKS, Izac, Jack&Jones, Jules, Kusmi Tea, La Fée maraboutée, La Fusion, Le Temps des cerises, Les P’tites Bombes, Lollipops, Mango, Parfois, PeGast, Pull&Bear, Pylones, Sephora, Steak’n Shake, Stradivarius, The Athlete’s Foot, Ttilka, Undiz, Zara Home.
So the BAB 2 shopping centre now has a complete offering of 120 stores and restaurants – in addition to the largest Carrefour hypermarket in France’s Pyrénées-Atlantiques département.

In addition to providing a new selection of goods and services, the centre is also breaking new ground by featuring numerous connected services designed to make shopping easier for its customers. On the shopping centre’s website and its mobile app, people on the lookout for a bargain will find new special deals, promotional campaigns, loyalty offers or advantages available at stores for people with Carrefour PASS cards. And people who want to prepare their visit ahead of time can check the availability of certain retailers’ products online and then reserve them with just a click of a mouse. Or they can book an appointment with an optician or a bank, or reserve a slot with their beautician’s.
Architecture featuring Basque colours
Proud of its roots and of its Basque identity, the BAB 2 shopping centre integrates harmoniously into the existing centre and is in keeping with Basque architecture.

The main thoroughfare of the existing shopping centre has also been entirely renovated and now features an original decor which alludes to traditional Basque sports – rugby, surfing and pelota.

The shopping centre is committed to the principles of sustainable development and was rated “Very Good” during its design phase in accordance with the BREEAM certification process (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

BAB 2, committed to nurturing the local economy
As well as bringing in new retailers who will contribute to the local urban area’s economic appeal, the renovated centre will also create jobs at local level.

During the works phase, 80% of the contractors used were all local businesses. And around 400 people worked on the project during the two years it took to build it.

The centre is the region’s leading employer – providing jobs for 1300 people – and has created an additional 300 full-time jobs with its extension. All of these jobs were filled following a recruitment campaign conducted alongside the Bayonne Employment centre.

Throughout the year, the BAB 2 shopping centre stages numerous events in partnership with local sports clubs and charities.
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Neue Migros-Restaurant neben der Migros-Filiale in Unterentfelden

Neue Migros-Restaurant neben der Migros-Filiale in Unterentfelden

Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab dem 24. April 2017 gibt’s neben der Migros-Filiale in Unterentfelden neu auch ein Migros-Restaurant. Der Innenraum bietet 170 Sitzplätze, die Terrasse deren 80. Mit dem Migros-Restaurant Unterentfelden wurden zehn neue Arbeitsplätze geschaffen. Geleitet wird es von Carmen Loehle.

Der Innenraum des neuen Migros-Restaurants in Unterentfelden bietet viel Tageslicht und heisst seine Gäste mit freundlichen Farben und Mobiliar aus Echtholz willkommen. Ausserdem ist er mit Stromladestationen für die mobilen Geräte ausgestattet.

Das Migros-Restaurant spricht mit einem ausgiebigen Frühstücksbuffet einerseits alle Morgenmenschen an und für die, die schon länger wach sind, gibt’s frisch vor Ort zubereitete Mittagsmenüs, die auch mitgenommen werden können.

Vom Frühstück bis zum Nachtessen
Am Nachmittag zum Kaffee und Kuchen oder für ein schnelles Abendessen vor dem Einkauf stehen 170 Sitzplätze drinnen und 80 draussen auf der Terrasse zur Verfügung. Damit entsteht ein neuer Treffpunkt sowohl für kalte Winter- als auch sonnige Sommertage. Und für die Kinder wartet draussen ein märchenhaftes Häxehüsi als Spielplatz.

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Patrick Leonard: Green Direct is a way Starbucks can select what type of energy we buy, rather than that being predetermined by the utility

Patrick Leonard: Green Direct is a way Starbucks can select what type of energy we buy, rather than that being predetermined by the utility

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every Friday, members of Starbucks Treasury and Facilities teams set aside time to watch video footage taken by a drone flying over a shimmering 260-acre construction site on what was formerly a degraded landscape in Robeson County, N.C.

Week after week since last fall, they’ve been monitoring the progress of NC-47, a sprawling solar farm Starbucks has invested in as part of a new phase in the company’s commitment to renewable energy.

“When the camera pans out, you get a sense of the scale,” said Patrick Leonard, who sources renewable energy for Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. “It’s a big deal.”

NC-47 will be fully operational by mid-May, its 149,000 solar panels delivering the clean energy equivalent to the electricity powering 600 Starbucks stores in North Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Starbucks has invested in renewable energy since 2005, steadily increasing its investments in Renewable Energy Certificates to achieve a goal of obtaining 100 percent of the electricity powering global company-operated stores from renewable sources. Starbucks hit that target in 2015 and was the number one purchaser of renewable electricity in its sector on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Retail Top 30 in 2016.

The North Carolina facility reflects the company’s move away from energy-offset purchases only, in favor of direct engagement with the energy industry.

“The corporate sector is driving the conversation at the moment, which is a very interesting dynamic,” said Leonard. “We’re happy to partner with utilities to do this but we now also have options to engage with projects directly. For a company like Starbucks and some of the tech companies that use a lot of energy, to be able to source their needs in a positive way is a win-win. It’s also a way we can demonstrate our values.

“The investment in North Carolina has been a pilot for us. We have to test and learn. Then the goal is to take what we’ve learned and do more.”

Sam Kimmins, head of RE100, a global campaign of leading businesses Starbucks joined in 2015, praised the company and others like it for “rewriting the rulebook for energy purchasing.”

“Their dynamic, collaborative and innovative approach is setting an example for businesses and utilities across America while showing millions of customers that Starbucks is serious about slowing climate change,” said Kimmins, who is with The Climate Group, which leads the RE100 in tandem with another environmental nonprofit, CDP.

Wind-powered Starbucks in the Northwest

In Washington state, Starbucks is expanding its renewable efforts with wind power through a long-term contract with the local utility Puget Sound Energy. PSE’s Green Direct effort, an industry-leading renewable energy program for King County’s largest electric customers, will directly provide energy to power 116 Starbucks stores and the company’s roasting facility in Kent, Wash. Recently approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Green Direct will ultimately produce enough energy to power nearly 30,000 homes.

“Green Direct is a way Starbucks can select what type of energy we buy, rather than that being predetermined by the utility, so we can put the money we spend on electricity into renewable energy projects,” said Leonard.

“This is actually pouring clean, green energy into the same grid that these stores are connected to,” said Rebecca Zimmer, global director of environment at Starbucks. “This represents a direct investment that’s locally relevant and provides an innovative energy purchasing model we hope to see in other communities.”

Daniel T. Schwartz, director of the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute, said a commitment to renewable energy by major companies like Starbucks will ultimately impact the cost of clean electricity across the board.

“Everyone responsible for building a clean energy system – from the people that permit the project to the engineers and construction labor that builds it – learn from each project, so the more renewable energy generation facilities that get built in the U.S., the cheaper they get for everyone else to buy and use,” said Schwartz. “Starbucks commitment to being on the cutting edge of clean-energy-direct purchasing is lowering the cost for every subsequent clean-energy project.”


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Exceptional live show in Tokyo for the inauguration of Dior’s new boutique in the Ginza Six shopping center

Exceptional live show in Tokyo for the inauguration of Dior’s new boutique in the Ginza Six shopping center

TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On April 19, the eve of the inauguration of Dior’s new boutique in the Ginza Six shopping center in Tokyo, the Maison held an exceptional live show in the Japanese capital featuring the first haute couture creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri and the Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2017 collection by Kris Van Assche.

In a labyrinth designed like a secret garden, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women’s collections, presented her first haute couture creations for Spring-Summer 2017. Flowers, plants and allegorical images channel the imagination of Christian Dior, evoking the changing seasons and ornamenting evening dresses in a metamorphosis of powdery colors.  A feminine tuxedo is reborn in fresh interpretations and the celebrated Bar jacket is deconstructed and reinvented, even as a cape. Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled entirely new creations, drawing inspiration from Monsieur Dior’s 1953 design of a Japanese garden dress. Fluid dresses hint at the curves beneath, with delicately embroidered flowers and bird motifs on jackets, coats and a hooded cape.

Half an hour after the haute couture show, Dior Homme Creative Director Kris Van Assche unveiled his collection for Fall-Winter 2017. Featuring two silhouettes designed exclusively for the Ginza Six boutique, the collection pairs classic men’s suit elements with sportswear, expressing an elegant rebellion. Touches of electric blue and red meet polka dots on parkas and jackets, joined by narrow tuxedo pants. Graphic elements merge with the classic Dior Homme wardrobe for a hybrid  collection.

Inaugurated on April 20, the new Dior Ginza Six boutique covers five levels with a façade on the famous Chuo Dori shopping street, offering the complete range of Dior creations for women and men.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance’s regular quarterly dividend up by 4.2 percent over the year-ago period

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 37.5 cents per share, an increase of 4.2 percent over the year-ago period. The dividend is payable 12 June 2017 to stockholders of record on 18 May 2017.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., have paid a dividend in 338 straight quarters (more than 84 years) and have raised the dividend for 41 consecutive years.

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About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The company also ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact(s)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Media Relations
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935
International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585
or
Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

SOURCE: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Kesko and Yamaha deal gets approval from The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA)

  • The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved the transaction between Kesko and Yamaha
  • The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has approved the transaction in which Konekesko Ltd, a Kesko Corporation subsidiary, sells its Yamarin boat business to Inhan Tehtaat Oy Ab, a subsidiary owned by Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. At the same time, the transfer of the representation of Yamaha’s recreational machinery in Finland from Konekesko Ltd to Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. has been approved.

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its decision given on 20 April 2017, the FCCA has approved the transaction in which Kesko sells its Yamarin boat business and representation of Yamaha in Finland. There are no conditions imposed on the completion of the transaction in the decision.

On 19 December 2016, Kesko Corporation announced in a stock exchange release that it would sell its Yamarin boat business and Yamaha representation in Finland. The transaction includes Konekesko Ltd’s Yamarin boat business, the import of Yamaha products and the representations of certain other brands.

Kesko’s objective is to have the transaction completed no later than the third quarter.

Further information:
Antti Meriläinen, SVP, Kesko’s agricultural and machinery trade, antti.jo.merilainen@kesko.fi, tel. +358 105 320 492
Riikka Toivonen, Head of Financial Communications, riikka.toivonen@kesko.fi, tel. +358 105 323 495

www.kesko.fi

SOURCE: Kesko Corporation

Marks & Spencer updates on its five-year programme to improve its UK store estate

  • 36 new stores to open in next six months
  • Over 1,400 new jobs created
  • Proposal to close six stores
  • All colleagues in affected stores guaranteed redeployment in near-by stores

LONDON, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) today updates on its five-year programme to improve its UK store estate to better meet the changing needs of customers.

34 new Food stores* and two Clothing, Home and Food stores are planned to open in the next six months. The new stores include new Foodhalls in Bishopsgate (London, near Liverpool Street), Huntingdon, Aylesbury, Spinningfields (central Manchester) and Strood (Kent) and brand new locations for M&S with Clothing, Home and Food stores opening in Bracknell and Rushden in July.

Over 1,400 new customer assistant and management jobs will be created by the new shops.

Two Clothing, Home and Food stores will relocate this Summer in Crewe (from Market Street to the Grand Junction Retail Park) and Greenock (from Oak Mall to the Port Glasgow Retail Park).

M&S is also consulting with colleagues and their representatives over the proposed closure of six stores in Monks Cross (Simply Food store), Portsmouth, Slough, Warrington, Wokingham and Worksop (Simply Food store).

If the proposals go ahead, all 380 colleagues in the affected stores would be guaranteed redeployment at a near-by store.

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer, said: “M&S stores will always be an integral part of our customer offer, working seamlessly alongside our website, M&S.com, to deliver great products and service to our customers. However, our customers’ shopping habits are changing. Picking up food for now or tonight rather than doing one big shop or browsing and shopping online and collecting in store are great examples of this and we are committed to adapting our business so that we stay in tune with our customers.

“This means there will be more M&S colleagues working in an increased number of convenient locations, serving more customers. It also means that we will open new stores, some will reduce in size, some will move, some will close and others will convert to Food-only. Each proposal we make will be very carefully considered with our colleagues and customers firmly front of mind. It is our intention that nobody leaves M&S and we will work as hard as possible to ensure that we can deliver against this promise.”

M&S announced its five-year UK store estate programme in November after a full review of its UK store portfolio. The plans will improve the M&S store estate to better meet customer needs and include opening 200 new Food-only stores and selling Clothing and Home from 60 fewer locations. The result will be more, conveniently located M&S stores but fewer, more inspirational Clothing and Home stores that offer customers better ranging and availability.

M&S currently has 959 UK stores – 304 full line stores, 615 Food-only stores and 40 Outlets.

Ends

Further information and new store images

Marks & Spencer Press Office, 0208 718 1919

corporate.press@marks-and-spencer.com

Notes to editors

* includes owned stores branded ‘M&S Foodhall’ and ‘M&S Simply Food’ and franchise stores branded ‘M&S Simply Food’ and ‘M&S Food To Go’. These stores are part of the previously announced 200 new stores opening by the end of 18/19.

Further detail on proposed closures

Store

Store type and location

Near-by stores

Monks Cross

Simply Food store located on Monks Cross Shopping Park

Clothing, Home and Food store on the Vangarde Retail Park (500 metres away)

Portsmouth

Clothing, Home and Food store located on the High Street

Gunwharf Quays (Outlet store less than a mile away), Havant (Clothing, Home and Food store seven-and-a-half miles away) and new planned Foodhall in Portsmouth’s Ocean Retail Park (two miles away) set to open early next year

Slough

Clothing, Home and Food store on the High Street

Bath Road (Simply Food store two-and-a-half miles away) and Windsor (Clothing, Home and Food store four miles away)

Warrington

Clothing, Home and Food store located in the Golden Square Shopping Centre

Gemini (Clothing, Home and Food store less than four miles away) and Stockton Heath (Foodhall less than two miles away)

Wokingham

Clothing, Home and Food store located on Peach Street

New Clothing, Home and Food store opening in Bracknell in July (four miles away)

Worksop

Simply Food store in The Priory Shopping Centre

New planned Foodhall opening in Retford next year (nine miles away)

SOURCE: Marks and Spencer plc

H&M joins Textile Exchange’s global initiative to develop joint solutions and global standard and certification for responsible leather

All our leather products should be produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, and with consideration to animal welfare.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a recent report, PETA raises important issues about leather. We agree with PETA that there are several challenges within the leather industry, which is why we are engaged in a global initiative run by Textile Exchange to develop joint solutions and a global standard and certification for responsible leather including both animal welfare, social and environmental aspects. As the leather we use originates from the meat industry, collaborations within and across industry boarders, as well as other brands and NGOs, are important.

We are also actively looking for new, innovative non-animal deriving materials that can replace leather, such as bio-based materials. We already use five times as much synthetic leather (PU) as real leather, but we don’t consider PU as a good sustainable long-term solution. Instead we support innovative alternatives such as the mushroom leather or grape leather as well as lab-grown leather. Today, these alternatives are at an early stage of development but our long-term ambition is to replace all leather with non-animal deriving materials. Today, less than 1 percent of our total range is made of leather.

Since 2014, the suppliers we work with don’t source hides from the company mentioned by PETA.

Find more information about the Textile Exchange initiative on responsible leather.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Drive-in restaurants chain Sonic Corp. to pay $0.14 quarterly cash dividend

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock to be paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 10, 2017, with a payment date of May 19, 2017. In addition to the dividend, the company has a share repurchase authorization for up to $173 million of its common stock through August 31, 2017.

Future declaration of quarterly dividends and the establishment of future record and payment dates are subject to the final determination of the company’s Board of Directors.

About Sonic
SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Over 93 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $5.0 million to public school teacher’s classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company’s annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sonic Corp.
Corey Horsch, (405) 225-4800
Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

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IKEA US stores, Goodwill Industries International to host their first national furniture take back activity on Earth Day

IKEA US leads the way in helping customers understand how to live a sustainable life at home

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., as part of the ‘IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way Event’, IKEA US stores* (41 of 43 stores) and Goodwill Industries International will partner together to host their first national furniture take back activity. At this time, customers can come to the IKEA parking lot where a Goodwill® truck will be present to receive their donated used furniture. In exchange, IKEA is giving these customers a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase (valid 4/22-5/21/2017). **

“The Goodwill and IKEA partnership helps fulfill the Goodwill mission of providing an environmentally responsible end-of-life solution for items that are challenging for consumers to donate. Goodwill will sell those items in stores to create job training and placement opportunities for people in local communities throughout the United States,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill is a nonprofit social enterprise and its retail footprint uses material donations to provide employment services so that people can find jobs, earn paychecks, and build their skills and credentials.”

The IKEA US ‘Sustainable Living Your Way’ event on April 22nd will include a full day of in-store activities including IKEA FAMILY giveaways, sweepstakes and great product offerings. There also will be delicious sustainable and nutritionally balanced food offerings at the IKEA restaurant, and the Swedish Food Market will offer $5 off of any $25 in-store purchase. Additionally, IKEA will be conducting games and several workshops for the whole family. Some of the topics will include:
•Benefits of Biking Workshop
•Sustainable Living Challenge (with prizes)
•LED Lightbulb Digital Game (with prizes)
•Småland Video and Coloring Sheets

IKEA Family members will have the ability to win a $100 gift card (4 winners per store), as well as a SLADDA bicycle ($399 value, one winner per store).

IKEA is committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. This sustainability event reflects how IKEA would like to help its customers live a sustainable life everyday. The IKEA Group has committed an allocation of $2.5 billion globally to invest in renewable energy through 2020. IKEA has solar arrays at more than 90% of its US locations, which IKEA owns and operates. IKEA US owns two wind farms with 104 wind turbines in the U.S. in Cameron, TX and Hoopeston, IL.

To find a participating IKEA store near you, visit https://info.ikea-usa.com/Sustainable-Living-Your-Way.

*IKEA furniture take back program will be at all IKEA US stores except Renton, WA and Stoughton, MA. Restaurant and showroom open at 9:30 am local time, remainder of store opens at 10 am, local time.
**IKEA and Goodwill cannot accept donations of mattresses, bedding, children’s furniture, toys or lighting. Furniture does not need to be from IKEA, any furniture brand will be accepted.

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director – Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180/ext. 5852
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director, Public Relations, Goodwill Industries
International, Lauren.Lawson@Goodwill.org ~240.333.5266

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Macerich Company to pay $.71 dividend per share of common stock

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of the Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.71 per share of common stock.  The dividend is payable on June 2, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 5, 2017.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

 

SOURCE Macerich

Thomas O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, (310) 394-6000

NACS Study: Seven in 10 American drivers say that they use the trash can at the fueling island

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re like most Americans, you probably empty the trash in your car every time you fill up your gas tank at your local convenience store.

Seven in 10 American drivers (70%) say that they use the trash can at the fueling island to dispose of their trash from their cars, according to the results of a national consumer study on attitudes related to trash.

And convenience and fueling retailers concur with consumers: 56% say that most trash in their trash cans at the fueling island is not generated from the store.

Both the consumer and retailer surveys were conducted by NACS, the association that represents the $550 billion convenience store industry that is also responsible for 80% of the fuel purchased in the country. NACS conducted both survey to gauge consumer and retailer perceptions about litter, trash and recycling leading up to Earth Day on April 22.

Consumers overwhelmingly say that store appearance is important when considering where to make a purchase: 84% of consumer fueling up say cleanliness of the store is an important factor when considering whether they go inside the store to make a purchase. And more than 9 in 10 (92%) say that the convenience store they visit the most often tends to be clean, compared to the 85% who say that convenience stores in general tend to be clean.

“Keep your store and yard clean of litter. Your customers will respect your cleanliness and your business will grow,” said Jeff Armbruster, with Armbruster Energy Stores (Grafton, OH).

Retailers report they spend more than $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs – or about $1.3 billion industry-wide on an annual basis.

The payoff is worth the expense, as convenience stores continue to grow their foodservice sales that climbed 12.9% to $49 billion in 2016. The convenience store industry is also working with Keep America Beautiful to provide guidance to its members on best practices for recycling and trash management.

“More than 160 million Americans visit convenience stores every day to address their immediate needs, whether to grab a quick snack, meal or drink or to refuel and clean out their cars. Effective trash and recycling programs area a critical part of how retailers serve on-the-go drivers, whether off the highway or in the neighborhood,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

The NACS consumer survey was conducted online by PSB (Penn Schoen Berland); 1,104 U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle such as a car, truck or van at least once per month were surveyed April 4-7, 2017. The NACS retailer survey featured results from 83 retailer companies and was conducted April 10-19, 2017.

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NACS (nacsonline.com) advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily — half of the U.S. population — and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and food service sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

For media interviews/comments contact Jeff Lenard.

Southeastern Grocers launches private label-Fisherman’s Wharf canned albacore tuna to mark its IPNLF membership

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southeastern Grocers LLC, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has become the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to supporting small-scale fisheries that pursue high quality, responsible and ethical tuna caught using one-by-one methods.

To coincide with this announcement, Southeastern Grocers has launched an exclusive private label-Fisherman’s Wharf, pole-and-line, canned albacore tuna product displaying the IPNLF ‘Supporting Member’ logo to demonstrate its commitment to the most environmentally and socially desirable methods. The Fisherman’s Wharf Albacore Tuna is on the shelves of select BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores for $2.49 a can.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “At Southeastern Grocers, we know how important it is to support sustainable fisheries and we are very pleased to be the first North American retail member of the International Pole & Line Foundation.

Southeastern Grocers has become the 42nd Member of IPNLF. The company’s membership is a further step in its on-going support for environmentally and socially responsible tuna fisheries and for improved tuna management worldwide.

In partnership with members, IPNLF provides much-needed support for fishing communities who are heavily reliant upon those fisheries, and works on practical fisheries improvements and stronger management to meet the growing global demand.

Commenting on Southeastern Grocers’ membership, Adam Baske, Director Policy & Outreach at IPNLF, said, “It is fantastic to have our first retail Member in the US market on board with our mission to see coastal tuna fishing communities thrive alongside healthy ocean ecosystems.  We look forward to working with Southeastern Grocers to further demonstrate the value of sourcing from one-by-one tuna fisheries, and encourage other retailers in North America to join this collaborative effort.”

Baske continues, “IPNLF is a hub for proactive companies like Southeastern Grocers who want to reward fishing communities committed to the highest environmental and social standards. The global demand for these products continues to grow as a result of companies using their buying power to create the future they want to see.”

Membership of IPNLF is open to all stakeholders involved in the one-by-one tuna supply chain, from fisheries associations to processors, food service and retailers, and all Members are encouraged to engage in fisheries improvement.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth largest conventional supermarket in the U.S. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

About IPNLF
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line handline and troll tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.  As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees. IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Arica, France, and the United States.

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SOURCE: Southeastern Grocers

MEDIA CONTACT:        Kaley Shaffer

(904) 370-5980

KaleyShaffer@segrocers.com

Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned green ranking in 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide

Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned green ranking in 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide

Retailer recognized for strict purchasing policies, transparency and commitment to one-by-one catch methods

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the 2017 Greenpeace Canned Tuna Shopping Guide, Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® canned tuna earned a green ranking, identified as a best choice for consumers. Whole Foods Market is the only retailer whose private label brand earned a top score, and the company was named as an industry leader for its new storewide canned tuna sourcing policy.

The Greenpeace ranking evaluated the practices of 20 brands, including whether the fishing method used to catch tuna harms other marine life, whether brands avoid shark finning, and whether they can trace their products back to the source. In addition, Greenpeace examined the equitability and social responsibility of tuna brands.

Greenpeace recognized Whole Foods Market as the first and only retailer to require all canned tuna sold in stores to be caught using pole-and-line, troll, or handline catch methods, which catch fish one at a time, limiting catches, preventing bycatch and supporting livelihoods in coastal communities.

“We have created our own standards for canned tuna at Whole Foods Market to address overfishing and bycatch issues that are common in conventional tuna fisheries,” said Carrie Brownstein, Whole Foods Market’s global seafood quality standards coordinator. “Shifting purchases to sustainable options and having strong traceability to verify our sourcing will have a positive impact on our oceans and the fishing communities who depend on these tuna fisheries to support their livelihoods. Earning another top ranking from Greenpeace is an honor and we hope it inspires others in the industry to take further steps towards greater sustainability.”

In addition to the one-by-one catch methods, Whole Foods Market’s new canned tuna sourcing policy ensures fisheries are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council or rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. Every supplier must also use Trace Register, traceability software that tracks each lot of tuna at every point from vessel to can. The traceability data are continuously crosschecked to help verify sourcing and prevent illegally-caught or unauthorized fish from entering the supply chain.

“This commitment from Whole Foods Market sets the bar for other retailers to follow,” said David Pinsky, author of Greenpeace’s canned Tuna Shopping Guide. “Whole Foods Market requires catch methods that benefit small-scale fisheries and significantly reduce the likelihood of human rights violations. It’s great to see this policy extend to the prepared foods department, as well as all the brands on store shelves, driving additional change beyond the company’s private label canned tuna.”

Ranked third overall, 365 Everyday Value® joins the two brands tied for the top ranking – American Tuna and Wild Planet – on Whole Foods Market shelves, contributing to the retailer’s largest selection of sustainable, responsibly-sourced canned tuna. In the 2016 report, Greenpeace identified Whole Foods Market’s selection of canned tuna as the best of any major U.S. retailer.

These continual advancements in policies and sourcing are part of Whole Foods Market’s mission to create a model that moves the seafood industry toward greater sustainability.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

PRESS CONTACT:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

CSP Magazine ranked BJ’s Wholesale Club in the top five leading low-price fuel retailers in the U.S.

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In its nationwide Fuels 50 study, CSP Magazine ranked BJ’s Wholesale Club in the top five retailers on its Top 10 Low-Price Leaders list for the U.S. for 2016

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club continues to be recognized for its low gas prices, with the latest honor from CSP Magazine which ranks the retailer in the top five leading low-price fuel retailers in the U.S.

CSP Magazine partnered with Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) for the magazine’s inaugural Fuels 50 ranking. The ranking analyzed the top 50 fuel brands and ranked the top 10 low-price fuel leaders in the U.S. based on price differential – or how a company’s fuel is priced relative to its competition.  BJ’s Wholesale Club ranked in the top five of nationwide retailers, with an average price differential that was 10.91 cents per gallon lower than its competitors.

“Our members turn to us for quality, low-price items and services, and providing low-cost fuel is another great benefit for our Members,” said Krystyna Kostka, vice president, fuel & automotive operations at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We are continuously looking for ways to help our Members save, and this honor for our low-cost quality fuel highlights one of our commitments to them.”

As an added benefit, My BJ’s Perks™ MasterCard® holders save an additional 10 cents off a gallon at BJ’s Gas® every day.

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

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. 
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 131 BJ’s Gas® locations 15 states.

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

To check out all the MORE BJ’s has to offer, visit www.BJs.com and for exclusive content find us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

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

SOURCE BJ’s Wholesale Club

For further information: Jennie Hardin, BJ’s Wholesale Club, JHardin@BJs.com, 774-512-6978; Kristy Houston, BJ’s Wholesale Club, KHouston@BJs.com, 774-512-5086

Martha Stewart’s Cooking School returns to PBS stations nationwide beginning April 22, 2017

Beginning April 22nd, Martha spotlights Arabian Gulf cuisine and adds her own twist to traditional recipes

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fifth season of Martha Stewart’s two-time James Beard Award winning show Martha Stewart’s Cooking School will return to PBS stations nationwide beginning April 22, 2017 (check local listings). The program will be presented in association with WETA Washington D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital and will also be distributed in the Middle East by MediaGate.

This season, Emmy Award-winning TV host Martha Stewart, takes viewers on an educational tour of Arabian Gulf cuisine. In each 30-minute episode, Martha teaches viewers about the varied regions, and provides step-by-step techniques to make and serve delicious, flavorful Arabian dishes at home. While honoring traditional, multi-generational recipes, Martha adds her own modern twist to the dishes by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables in new and interesting ways.

“I am thrilled to share and teach viewers about Arabian Gulf cuisine on this season of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School,” said Martha Stewart.These recipes are a great way to add different spices, flavors and techniques to your cooking routine. Learning how to serve a unique side dish or impressive main dish is what makes this season so much fun to watch. There are so many wonderful, tasty recipes that families will love.”

Coinciding with the premiere of the new season, Martha’s meal kit service, Martha & Marley Spoon, will offer recipes inspired by dishes featured on the show through the week of May 15, 2017. Viewers can have pre-portioned ingredients delivered directly to their door to prepare meals as seen on the program.

This season of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School follows four successful seasons that averaged more than 1.5 million viewers each week, reaching 97.75% of US households. Al Jazeera English, the multi-award winning news channel that delivers ground-breaking content to over 310 million households across the world, and Qatar Airways, the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar will serve as sponsors for the program.

“For our fifth season of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, our ratings queen Martha is bringing in the heart and soul of Arabian Gulf cuisine, sure to wow viewers all over the world,” said Dalton Delan, Chief Programming Officer, WETA.

Clips of fifth season episodes of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School will also be available for viewing on PBS.org.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 88 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

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

About WETA Washington, D.C.
WETA Washington, D.C., is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, In Performance at the White House and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at weta.org.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV — including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera English (www.aljazeera.com/live) offers international news and current affairs that places people at the heart of the story, rooted in the belief that everyone has a story worth hearing. Through its fearless journalism and award-winning programming, it tells authentic stories about people everywhere, without geographical or cultural prejudice.

Since launching in 2006, Al Jazeera English has garnered international praise for its impartial and fact-based reporting, winning prestigious awards from journalism’s most respected institutions. With headquarters in the Middle East and correspondents in more than 70 bureaus around the world, it offers a fresh perspective on global news. From developed to developing markets, it adds local context through an on-the-ground presence in as many places as possible.

About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of “Going Places Together” providing travelers with more than 150 business and leisure destinations. As the world’s fastest growing airline, Qatar Airways plans to continue on its growth trajectory by adding several destinations to its network in 2017 and 2018. The award winning airline has received prestigious honors such as World’s Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, named the World’s Best Airline Alliance in 2015 by Skytrax for the third year in a row, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures. Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on select Qatar Airways flights can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message — “Going Places Together.”

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub. For further information visit www.qatarairways.com.

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

SOURCE: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./GLOBE NEWSWIRE

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Alexa Stark
212-827-8348, astark@marthastewart.com

Jaime Cassavechia
212-518-4771 x108, jcassavechia@sbg-ny.com

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION partners with Honey Care Africa

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION partners with Honey Care Africa

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — There is money in honey – as well as jobs, nutrition and a better health. BESTSELLER FOUNDATION has partnered with Honey Care Africa who works across East Africa to realise the profits – for bee-keepers as well as consumers.

African honey appeals to markets locally and regionally and can tickle taste buds continents away. But as many producers in East Africa are smallholder bee-keepers with limited market access, middlemen tend to take most of the profit while diluting the quality of the honey. The producers get next to nothing for their product – and consumers who want quality and the good taste of pure honey at an affordable price get substandard products that have been overcooked, diluted and mixed with artificial ingredients.

Enter Honey Care – set up in 2000 as an NGO with the purpose of contributing to economic development for farming families in rural Kenya. Honey Care has helped build a sustainable supply chain through which it buys high quality honey and agricultural outputs at fair market prices from smallholder bee-keepers and farmers. Since the beginning in Kenya, Honey Care has expanded into Tanzania and South Sudan and provides training for farmers, ensures that the beekeeping is done with consideration to the environment and that the product is of the highest possible quality thereby retaining its natural health effects.

The supply chain that Honey Care has built is one of the largest sustainable honey supply chains on the continent, a vertically integrated smallholder supply chain, and Honey Care is now sourcing peanuts, cashew nuts and sesame too. In 2015 Honey Care was sourcing products from 5,600 bee-keepers and farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. It evolved into a for-profit FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) brand in 2013 and expects to reach an operational break even in 2017. Other than honey the main products are honey infused sesame and peanut crackers and nut butters (peanut and cashew).

The benefit for the consumers is that a range of affordable honey products are now available which are based on pure, undiluted honey where the health and nutritious properties are preserved.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s partnership with Honey Care aims at scaling the good results that Honey Care has achieved, and facilitate further regional expansion. It will also enable the introduction of new product lines. In 2017, Honey Care will introduce a super snack range of fortified products that will further increase the health benefits for consumers – to the benefit of the low-income segments of the market in particular.

Honey Care’s products can be seen rubbing shoulders with international brands in supermarkets in the region – and they are also available in small single-serving sachets in low-income areas. In early 2017, Honey Care sold its first batch of South Sudanese honey in Japan.

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION’s director, Kristian Sloth Petersen, says that Honey Care’s evolution into a profit-making business is an impressive feat and that the positive effects for producers as well as consumers is not to be underestimated: “Building such a large sustainable supply chain from the ground up and involving thousands of farmers has taken dedication and a strong sense of purpose by Honey Care. With the latest expansions and the growing diversity in a product portfolio that emphasises on nutritious, healthy and affordable snacks, Honey Care has cemented its position as a conscientious player with a strong focus on social returns. BESTSELLER FOUNDATION is happy to be part of leveraging these impressive results and look forward to seeing Honey Care grow in the region.”

Honey Care Africa’s CEO, Ryan Marincowitz, is delighted to have BESTSELLER FOUNDATION as an investor and says: “The funds invested will help Honey Care Africa expand our supply chain throughout the region and allow us to buy more honey, peanuts and sesame from more areas, as well as allowing us to advance our new product lines which we are very excited about introducing in 2017.”

BESTSELLER FOUNDATION will be joining a handful of likeminded investors including AHL Venture Partners, AlphaMundi Group and Grameen Foundation.

SOURCE: BESTSELLER

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62 / communications@bestseller.com

Top awards for SM Investments Corporation at the 9th Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit & Awards held in Malaysia

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) won two top awards at the 9th Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit & Awards held in Malaysia on March 30 to 31.

SM was the only Philippine company that bagged two platinum awards for the categories Best Corporate Communications & Investor Relations and Best Governed & Most Transparent Company. This marked the second consecutive year that SM was recognized in the said categories.

The Global CSR Awards, organized by The Pinnacle Group International in Singapore, is touted as one of Asia’s most prestigious awards for Corporate Social Responsibility. The awards programme recognizes and honors companies for outstanding, innovative and world-class products, services, projects and programmes implemented in the past or present. These projects should demonstrate the company’s leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating ethical values, compliance with legal requirements, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment in the way they do business.  The Good Governance Awards is a high profile international recognition award event held in conjunction with the Global CSR Summit to recognise companies and public institutions with the highest standards in governance, transparency and performance.

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

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

For more about SM, click here: www.sminvestments.com

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

For further information, please contact:

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

DICK’S Sporting Goods launches its own line of technology-rich compression apparel brand

Building off the success of brands such as CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Field & Steam and Walter Hagen, DICK’S continues to expand its private brand offering

 

PITTSBURGH, PA, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods announced today the launch of Second Skin, a complete line of technology-rich compression apparel developed by DICK’S Sporting Goods for both male and female athletes, available exclusively online at SecondSkin.com and dicks.com.

Second Skin is designed for high-intensity athletes who are constantly striving to meet and surpass individual fitness goals. These athletes are an underserved and growing population, ranging from long distance runners and triathletes, to functional fitness and high intensity interval training enthusiasts, to obstacle course racers and anyone who enjoys intense training or competitions. The new compression line supports athletes throughout their fitness journey – from training, to competition and beyond.

“We saw an opportunity to better serve our customers by designing and building products for a specific type of athlete who participates in sports with unique demands like obstacle course racing and functional fitness and puts incredible pressure on his or her body to perform at its peak,” said Ryan Eckel, Vice President of Brand at DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We created Second Skin to provide these athletes with gear constructed to support them every step of the way.” 

The exclusive private brand follows suit with other DICK’S Sporting Goods brands such as CALIA by Carrie Underwood and Field & Stream, bringing premium high-quality products to consumers at more desirable price points.

Second Skin has enlisted more than 200 athletes who are well respected in their individual fitness communities and include local fitness trainers and mentors, including three elite athletes who compete on a national stage:

Hunter McIntyre – elite Spartan Race athlete, Obstacle Course Racing Champion and Spin instructor

Christmas Abbott – CrossFit Games Athlete and Best-Selling Author

Ryan Hall – Olympic marathon runner and American Record Holder

“More and more high intensity athletes are looking for an athletic brand that truly understands our mentality,” said Second Skin ambassador, Christmas Abbott. “We think, train and perform differently, and want to connect with a brand that values functionality and performance above all, just like we do.”

Throughout the year, Second Skin customers will see social and digital content from these athletes who will illustrate how they rely on Second Skin while training to perform at their best.

Key pieces of the line include a variety of compression tops and bottoms for men and women, ranging in price from $40 to $70. The complete line combines fit, function, sophistication and higher-grade compression technology to support high-intensity training athletes in reaching their next level. Customers will see advanced muscle zoning technology, and the product is designed to move with the body.

Second Skin is available immediately online only at SecondSkin.com and dicks.com with an expanded assortment of products available in-store and online later this year.

For more information, please visit SecondSkin.com. Customers can also follow the latest news from Second Skin by liking the Second Skin Facebook page – Second Skin Gear – or following the Instagram handle – @SecondSkinGear.

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About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

SOURCE: DICK’S Sporting Goods

Contact: press@dcsg.com

Co-op Funeralcare: 42%of UK adults surveyed had no idea what a eulogy is

  • Over two fifths (42%) of people don’t know what a eulogy is
  • Four fifths (81%) of those surveyed have never told a loved one what reading they would like at their funeral

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the nation celebrates the life of Shakespeare on what would have been his 453rd birthday this Sunday, Co-op Funeralcare has revealed that when it comes to saying goodbye to loved ones, we often find ourselves lost for words.

A eulogy refers to a tribute to someone in the form of a speech or a piece of writing, yet almost half (42%) of UK adults surveyed had no idea what a eulogy was. The new findings are based on both consumer research and internal insights from the UK’s leading Funeralcare provider, which undertakes almost 100,000 funerals every year.

With such a lack of awareness, it comes as no surprise that a huge 81% of the nation have never told their loved ones what eulogy they would like at their own funeral and half of us (52%) have never even thought about it.

The Co-op has also uncovered the significance of poetry as part of a eulogy, with over a third (35%) of UK adults claiming they last encountered a poem when saying goodbye to a loved one. Out of the 21% of UK adults who’ve had to deliver a eulogy, almost two thirds (66%) found it particularly hard due to it being such an emotional time or because they couldn’t find the right words, which is perhaps why turning to literature and poetry is such a popular choice.

The Co-op’s internal insights* further confirms this, with three quarters of Funeral Directors agreeing that poems are the most common choice as part of a eulogy. When delving into the UK’s top funeral poetry choices, the Co-op found the 10 most popular are:

  1. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye
  2. The Parting Glass – Irish Traditional
  3. Funeral Blues/Stop All the Clocks – W.H. Auden
  4. Life Goes On – Joyce Grenfell (Also known as ‘If I should go/If I should die’)
  5. To Sleep – John Keats
  6. Song – Christina Rossetti (Also known as ‘When I am dead, my dearest’)
  7. Remember – Christina Rossetti
  8. If I Should Go Tomorrow – Author Unknown
  9. Remember me – David Harkins
  10. Death is Nothing At All – Canon Henry Scott-Holland

As well as the evident popularity of poetry at funerals, almost half (43%) of Co-op’s Funeral Directors have revealed that they’ve seen a rise in people leaving behind personal eulogies, allowing loved ones to deliver pre-written tributes and making it much easier for those bereaved to find the right words.

David Collingwood, Head of Operations for Co-op Funeralcare commented:

Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality and interests of an individual. This is becoming increasingly evident through the growth we’ve seen in people choosing to pre-plan their own ceremonies using a funeral plan.

Eulogies play a huge role in making a ceremony personal, whether it’s a poem, a religious reading or memory of a life well lived.
With over two fifths of people unable to define the term eulogy, it highlights how we struggle to talk about death with our loved ones but doing so makes it much easier for friends and family at what can be an incredibly difficult time.

Debbie McGee, Television Personality, commented:

When you experience the loss of a loved one you realise the true power of words, whether that’s through a eulogy or in the condolences from friends and family.

My own experience over the past year has really brought to light the importance of talking about death and how we shouldn’t see it as such a taboo topic. The Co-op’s study highlights the way loved ones can feel ‘lost for words’ at a time of bereavement and the ways in which discussing our wishes can help to prevent this.

Media Contact

Sarah Pyatt
Press Officer
Email: sarah.pyatt@coop.co.uk
Mobile: 07850 002312
Follow us: @coopukpress

Notes to Editor

  • Research was conducted in April 2017 on behalf of Co-op by Opinion Matters among 2000 UK adults
  • *Internal research based on a poll across 60 of the Co-op’s Funeral Homes

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Special savings at commissaries throughout May for Military Appreciation Month

Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo take center stage for commissary savings in May

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it’s for case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day or more, commissaries will be offering special savings throughout May for Military Appreciation Month.

“We want to thank our military members and their families for their service,” said Tracie Russ, director of sales for the Defense Commissary Agency. “One way for us to do this at your local commissary is to offer the ever-popular Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale – it’s bulk shopping with significant savings.”

The dates and locations for the case lot events are now available online on the Case Lot Sales page. Each stateside store hosts an individual two- or three-day case lot sale. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. Stores in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Case lot sales. Throughout May, DeCA will host its weekend Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale event at all stateside commissaries. Located in the commissary parking lot, patrons will find deep discounts on club packs and cases of their favorite grocery products: bottled water, cereal, canned vegetables, paper products and more.
  • So many tacos, so little time. For Cinco de Mayo, worldwide from April 24 to May 7, Old El Paso will offer savings on items from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas with all the fresh fixings.
  • “A Round of Ap-Paws”free pet food for a year. From May 1 to 31, J.M. Smuckers is offering a worldwide promotion where commissary patrons who buy any two participating pet products with their Commissary Rewards Card will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year supply of pet food and treats – a value of $1,500. Ten runner-up winners will get a three-month supply. Participating brands are Meow Mix, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Nature’s Recipe, Kibble ‘n Bits, Gravy Train and Milo’s Kitchen.
  • Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1 and continuing through June 30, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Coupon Booklet worth over $13. The themed coupon booklet will allow commissary patrons to receive discounts when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef or fresh pork with their weekend holiday essentials. The booklet is hosted by Kraft Heinz, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Kellogg’s, Johnsonville and Bimbo Bakeries. Limited quantities are available.
  • Supporting military families. From May 1 to July 4, Eckrich, sponsor of Operation Homefront, will donate 5 cents for every purchase of specially marked packages of Eckrich Rope Smoked Sausage – up to $500,000 – to help support military families.  Look in commissaries worldwide for military store coupons offering “Buy One, Get One Free.”
  • “Celebrating Our Heroes” sale. From May 8 to June 4, Acosta Military will donate portions of the proceeds from this promotion to support the Fisher House Foundation. In support of this promotion, 300,000 full-color coupon flyers will be distributed in commissaries worldwide. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
  • “Outnumber Hunger” is a worldwide partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 8 to 21, patrons who purchase specially marked General Mills items can support this cause by entering a code listed on the package. Each code allows General Mills to direct five meals to a local food bank.
  • Mother’s Day chocolates. From May 8 to 21, Russell Stover and Whitman’s will offer specially designed chocolate boxes worldwide with “Mom-specific” graphics on them. The Whitman’s 12 oz. sampler will feature nostalgic images to commemorate the brand’s 175th anniversary. Russell Stover is also partnering with the USO by donating $100,000 from this promotion along with  an additional $300,000 in Whitman’s products that will be distributed to military families.
  • National Pet Month! From May 8 to 21, Nestle Purina is promoting a three-fold sales event offering a sweepstakes for a trip for four to the San Diego performance of the “Purina Incredible Dog Show” aboard the USS Midway Museum ship. This is an all-inclusive trip with airline, hotel and tickets to the show; see store displays for details. During the promotion period, patrons will be able to save 25 percent off the purchase of their ProPLAN products. Nestle Purina will also be donating 1 pound of pet food for every bag of ProPLAN sold.
  • Memorial Day Summer Grilling Contest! Kraft Heinz Company is offering patrons a chance to win a $500 commissary gift card – 19 prizes total. This online sweepstakes will run from May 1 to June 4. Look for in-store mass displays for details.

“During May, our patrons will see fantastic mass displays throughout the store as well as ‘end of the aisle’ promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day,” Russ said. “We don’t want them to miss all of these special sales events. They deserve it!”

Patrons can also access the DeCA website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it here, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutritional Guide Program, which covers the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Russian food retailer O’KEY opens new supermarket in Sestroretsk (St Petersburg)

O’KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY), one of the largest food retailers in Russia, announces the opening of a new supermarket in Sestroretsk, the Group’s 110th store and 42nd store in St Petersburg

MOSCOW, Russia, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 1,300 m2 supermarket is located in Kurortny region of St Petersburg (Sestroretsk, Primorskaya road, 268 A). The new supermarket will be the second store in Sestroretsk (first store was opened in 2008 on Volodarskyi str.).

Key emphasize in the new store is made on fresh products, such as vegetables and fruits, meat and poultry, fish, gastronomy and dairy products. The product range of nonfood is represented by essential products, including goods for children and expanded toys section. By summer the surrounding area of the store will be equipped with pavilion offering the variety of items for garden, picnic and leisure time, as well as for summer sports and fishing.

Onsite bakery and cozy café are also among the novelties introduced at the new store. Our clients will be served by 8 checkout counters in order not to create lines even at peak hours.

Mr. Heigo Kera, CEO of Hypermarket and Supermarket segment and Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented:

“We pay a lot of attention to the development of new supermarket format – compact stores, which help us to be closer to the clients. At the new store in Sestroretsk we created understandable space with modern navigation and well thought out assortment, what will help our customers to shop reasonably, conveniently and with maximum economy. I am sure that the new store will become popular among the residents of Kurortny region and St Petersburg.”

COMPANY OVERVIEW

O’KEY is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. Its primary retail format is the modern Western European style hypermarket under the “O’KEY” brand reinforced by O’KEY supermarket. The Group is developing the innovative discounter format under the “DA!” brand. O’KEY is the first among Russian food retailers to launch e-commerce operations in St. Petersburg and Moscow based on hypermarket assortment.

The Group opened its first hypermarket in St. Petersburg in 2002 and has demonstrated continuous growth ever since. As of April 21, 2017, O’KEY operates 165 stores across Russia – 73 hypermarkets, 37 supermarkets and 55 discounters.

SOURCE: O’KEY Group S.A.

For further information please contact:
Veronika Kryachko
Head of Investor Relations
+7 495 663 6677 ext. 404
Veronika.Kryachko@okmarket.ru
www.okeyinvestors.ru

Restaurant Brands International Inc. to release 1Q 2017 financial results on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) will release its first quarter 2017 financial results on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 and will host an investor conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The earnings call will be webcast on the company’s investor relations website http://investor.rbi.com and a replay will be available for 30 days following the release. Investors may also access the conference call via the following dial-in numbers: (877) 317-6711 for U.S. callers, (866) 450-4696 for Canadian callers, and (412) 317-5475 for callers from other countries.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”) is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $27 billion in system-wide sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 40 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at www.rbi.com.

SOURCE: Restaurant Brands International Inc.

MEDIA CONTACT
Media@RBI.com

Russia: Lenta 1Q2017: total sales grew 17.2%

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA / “Lenta” or the “Company”) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the Company’s consolidated sales and operating results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2017.

To download the full press release, please click here

1Q 2017 Operating Highlights:

• Total sales grew 17.2% in 1Q 2017 to Rub 77.9bn (1Q 2016: Rub 66.5bn);
• Like-for-like (“LFL”)1 sales growth of (1.7%) vs. 1Q 2016;
• LFL traffic growth of (2.0%) combined with a 0.3% increase in LFL ticket;
• Four new hypermarkets and four supermarkets opened during the first quarter of 2017 while one supermarket was closed;
• Total store count reached 247 stores as at 31 March 2017, comprising 195 hypermarkets and 52 supermarkets;
• Total selling space increased to 1,167,601 sq.m. as at 31 March 2017 (+30.3% vs. 31 March 2016); and
• Number of active loyalty cardholders2 increased to 11.1m (+25% y-o-y) with approximately 93% of transactions in the first quarter made using the loyalty card.

Material events in 1Q 2017 and after the reported period:
• The Company signed lease contracts with the ADG Group real estate development company to open 36 supermarkets (approx. 47,000 sq.m of total space and 30,300 sq.m of selling space) in Moscow shopping and entertainment centers in 2018-2019; and
• Lenta started expansion of its supermarket format in Novosibirsk with two stores opened in 1Q 2017.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning commented:

“The macro and consumer environment for food retail remained challenging in the first quarter of 2017. While Lenta stores continue to win customers from competitors, sales growth came under pressure due to a combination of falling inflation, changes in customer behaviour, one day less in February and our own rapid expansion which resulted in expected higher cannibalization effects. We hope to see some improvement in the environment later in the year and are putting sales initiatives in place to capitalize on this to deliver a pick-up in sales growth.

Customer numbers are running ahead of sales growth in both new and LFL stores, but as expected, cannibalization effects increased due to our rapid expansion in cities with existing Lenta presence. Consumers continued trading up in our stores for the second consecutive quarter, but this was offset by historically low on-shelf inflation and lower volume as customers reduced their food spending to compensate for pressure on their budgets. We see some stabilization of customer’s promo sensitivity, supported by the attractiveness of Lenta’s offering and low inflation. Visit frequency declined across much of the food retail sector – Lenta traffic improved compared to the previous quarter, but still remained in a negative territory.

We continue rolling-out new supermarkets in Moscow, St.Petersburg and the Central region3 and, as planned, started expanding the format in Siberia with two successful store openings in Novosibirsk. Our store opening guidance for 2017 and our long-term growth targets are unchanged, but we have decided to shift some store openings planned for 2018 into the second half of the same year which in combination with more predictable and efficient construction cycles will enable us to reduce capital expenditure in 2017. This will result in reduced leverage and provide more financial flexibility in case small acquisition opportunities appear in the future.”

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 2016 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 53 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,168,324 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 and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which 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’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit http://www.lentainvestor.com/en/ or contact:

Lenta
Anna Meleshina,
Public Relations & Government Affairs Director
Tel: +7 812 363 28 53
E-mail: anna.meleshina@lenta.com

Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel: +7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

FTI Consulting
Leonid Fink
Tel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com

Jenny Payne
Tel: +44 20 3727 1000
E-mail: Jenny.Payne@fticonsulting.com

Forward looking statements:
 
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.
 
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond Lenta’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.
 
Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Lenta speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, Lenta undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

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1 Lenta’s stores are included in the LFL store base starting 12 months after the end of the month in which they are opened
2 Cardholders who made at least 2 purchases at Lenta during the 12 months to 31 March 2017 are considered active
3 The Company has included three supermarkets located in the Kaluzhskaya oblast in the Central region

SOURCE: Lenta

GameStop: Office Space: Idle Profits mobile game launches free on iOS and Android

GameStop: Office Space: Idle Profits mobile game launches free on iOS and Android

New mobile game now available free on iOS and Android

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — FoxNext Games and Kongregate, a leading publisher of mobile, PC, and web games, today launched Office Space: Idle Profits for free on iOS & Android devices to save you from suffering through another “case of the Mondays.” Ultrabit, a Kongregate subsidiary known for their work on the hit mobile titles Pocket Politics and Raid Brigade, developed the idle mobile game based on the cult film.

Based on Mike Judge’s cult classic about office culture and “sticking it to the man,” Office Space: Idle Profits takes players back to the era of Y2K, cubicles, and TPS reports. It combines the popular characters from the film including Michael Bolton, Lumbergh, and of course Milton and his red swingline stapler with a traditional idle, or clicker, game.

Players will start the game as a lowly Initech corporate drone that’s about to be replaced by a recent college graduate. They’ll team up with fellow disgruntled workers Peter, Samir, & Michael Bolton to install a virus on Initech’s mainframe that siphons undetectable pennies from each department. As players make money they will unlock new departments within Initech and classic characters from the cult film.

“Everyone, at least once, has felt underappreciated at their job,” said Cooper Bachman, General Manager at Ultrabit. “When we started working on Office Space, everyone on the development team knew we were onto something special. Even 18 years later, the film’s themes are still relatable to all ages. And when we paired the film’s story and hilarious cast of characters with idle mechanics, it fit incredibly well.”

Get ready to “Jump to Conclusions” today in Office Space: Idle Profits on iPhone, iPad, & Android. You can get the latest news about the game on the official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Developers interesting in learning more about Kongregate’s mobile game publishing program should contact them at bd@kongregate.com.

Office Space: Idle Profits game assets can be downloaded here: http://kon.gg/2mJYIKk

About FoxNext Games
FoxNext Games, a division of the FoxNext group, produces award-winning games based on Twentieth Century Fox’s globally-recognized film and television properties. FoxNext Games brings triple-A quality and enjoyment to millions of players every day with games including ALIEN™ ISOLATION, ANGRY BIRDS™ RIO, THE SIMPSONS™ TAPPED OUT, FAMILY GUY: THE QUEST FOR STUFF, ANIMATION THROWDOWN: THE QUEST FOR CARDS, SUGAR SMASH: THE BOOK OF LIFE and many more.

About Kongregate
Kongregate is a leading mobile game publisher and web gaming portal. Kongregate’s mobile publishing focuses on free to play mid- and hard-core titles. Working closely with mobile game developers Kongregate provides consulting, analytics, marketing, launch support, and game features such as cross promotion, guilds, and chat. Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded tens of millions of times and have hundreds of millions of gameplays.  Kongregate’s web portal features over 100,000 free games played by tens of millions of gamers per month.  Kongregate is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop Corporation and is based in San Francisco. The company was founded in 2006 by brother-and-sister team Jim and Emily Greer.

Contact:
Michelle Shaw
Kongregate Marketing
press@kongregate.com

sOURCE: GameStop Corp./ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Rakuten launches comprehensive English learning service

Offering foreign language learning software Lingvist and English learning app, Maname to users in Japan

TOKYO, Japan, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. announced the official launch of “Rakuten Super English,” a comprehensive English learning service utilizing technology to provide a practical English learning and a new style of studying. The launch of Rakuten Super English marks Rakuten’s entry into the English education business.

Rakuten Super English will initially offer the language learning software “Lingvist” provided by Lingvist Technologies OÜ, and the English learning app “Maname” provided by Rakuten Group company ReDucate. Both Lingvist and Maname are designed on algorithms based on adaptive learning*1 concepts, enabling users to effectively acquire English vocabulary. Both can be used on computers, smartphones and tablets, and are also available as dedicated apps for iOS and Android devices.

As English is growing in importance as a common language in global society, many educational institutes, companies and organizations in Japan are working to improve their level of practical English. In 2010, Rakuten made English its official corporate language in order to expand its businesses globally, and the average TOEIC(R)*2 school of its employees is now more than 830 points (Rakuten, Inc. only). Using the experience and know-how cultivated through these initiatives, Rakuten will offer English learners tools and services utilizing technology to support them in their studies and provide a new style of studying through Rakuten Super English. Rakuten is also providing consulting on English proficiency and ways to improve English ability to educational institutions, corporations and other organizations.

Lingvist has been available mainly for users outside Japan to learn multiple languages available and has 600,000 registered users worldwide. Through their partnership with Rakuten, they will provide Japanese users with the software to learn English conversational and business vocabulary. Maname is an app which users can learn English vocabulary studied from elementary school to high school*3. It incorporates a variety of questions on English translation, Japanese translation, intonation, and spelling, and is designed to keep learning fun through gamification*4.

To commemorate the launch of Rakuten Super English, Rakuten will hold a campaign in which users who enter the campaign and register as a paid subscriber for one or both of the services will receive 200 Rakuten Super Points.

Rakuten Super English will work to provide new learning content and enhance the functions of its services to make English learning fun and efficient, and will work to support English learners going forward.

*1 Adaptive learning is a method of promote continued learning and improving the efficiency of learning by automatically optimizing content to a level of difficulty where the user does not feel stress based on their level of understanding and proficiency.

*2 Abbreviation of Test of English for International Communication. TOEIC is a global test that evaluates English communication ability. TOEIC is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

*3 Corresponds to the English vocabulary common in all middle school textbooks of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Eiken English Proficiency Test Level 2 to 5.

*4 Gamification is the idea of applying elements of gaming to fields other than games such as social activities and services to promote their use.

Service Outline

Name: Rakuten Super English
Launch date: Friday, April 21, 2017
URL: https://english.rakuten.co.jp/

Campaign Outline

Description: Users who enter the campaign and register as a paid subscriber for one or both of the services will receive 200 Rakuten Super Points
URL: https://english.rakuten.co.jp/campaign/open/
Campaign period: Until May 31, 2017 23:59


About Lingvist

Based in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, Lingvist Technologies OÜ uses technology and computer science to develop products to promote efficient language learning. The company was established with Skype’s co-founder, Jaan Tallinn’s support, after its algorithms attracted attention. Rakuten is an investor in Lingvist, and collaborates with it to develop services for Lingvist in the Japanese market.

About ReDucate
ReDucate, Inc. is a joint venture between Drecom Co., LTD. and Rakuten, Inc. In order to accelerate the growth of the social learning business that Drecom operates, ReDucate collaborates with Rakuten and its ecosystem to provide educational services with high added value. ReDucate aims to realize continuous learning through technology based on the three pillars of gamification, social learning, and adaptive learning and to provide unique learning experiences that books and lectures alone cannot provide.

SOURCE: Rakuten, Inc.