LS Retail’s retail and hospitality expo kicks off on 26th April 2017 in Madrid, Spain

LS Retail’s retail and hospitality expo kicks off on 26th April 2017 in Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain,, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — conneXion is LS Retail’s key event of the year, and features a conference and an Expo dedicated to retail and hospitality businesses as well as to LS Retail partners from all over the world.

conneXion Madrid will focus on how to create unforgettable customer experiences in a changing business world. The conference program includes an Expo showcasing innovative technology, and over forty informative and inspirational sessions.

“One of the most anticipated moments for our partner and customers is the joint keynote from Microsoft and LS Retail on Microsoft Dynamics 365,” says Eloise Freygang, Chief Marketing Officer at LS Retail. “Last year, the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 shook the world of retail and of IT. We have received so many enquiries about what our role will be in it: today our partners and customers can discover our plans for the road ahead,” concludes Eloise. The LS Retail, Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 keynote will take place on Wednesday, April 26, and will be delivered by Marko Perisic, General Manager for Microsoft Dynamics SMB and Dynamics 365, and Dadi Karason, CTO at LS Retail.

The conference features more sessions discussing major current trends, issues and innovation in the retail and hospitality industry. Luis Cabrera, Senior Program manager in the Azure machine Learning Team at Microsoft, returns to conneXion to discuss how AI and machine learning are revolutionizing retail. Doug Stephens, the Retail Prophet, will inspire attendees with a glimpse at the future of retail. On Thursday, April 27, Dominik Meier, Senior Software Engineer at adidas, will join Petur Thor Sigurdsson, Product Director for omni-channel solutions at LS Retail, on the conneXion main stage. Together, they will share how LS Retail and adidas are uniting to create technology that enhances the shopping experience in-store.

At the conference Expo attendees can get acquainted with the latest software solutions from some of the best-known names in the field of retail and hospitality technology. Sponsors and exhibitors include innovative brands such as AGR Dynamics, ClickLearn, HP and Microsoft. At the Expo, guests can also receive technical support and product demos from LS Retail experts.

On April 26, LS Retail will award top-performing business partners during an awards ceremony at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The conference will close on April 27 with a celebration party at Quinta de Jarama.

Source: LS Retail

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BIXOLON unveils its next generation 4-inch mobile printer

BIXOLON unveils its next generation 4-inch mobile printer

 

Seongnam-si, Korea, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 24, 2017) BIXOLON Co., Ltd., a leading global mobile, label and POS printer manufacturer, unveiled its SPP-R410 – the next generation 4-inch mobile printer, a move that strengthens the company’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile printers. The SPP-R410 fits the bill for wireless printing, making it the go-to workhorse wherever 4-inch receipts and labels are mission-critical—from retail and food service receipts to shelf and shipping labels, field service/direct store delivery invoicing, event ticketing and more.

“In addition to mobile receipt and invoice printing, the SPP-R410 supports linerless label printing with a gap sensor that ensures accurate alignment of label media,” said John Kim, Bixolon director of marketing. “Because it prints receipts, invoices and a range of label types, it’s a great fit for a wide variety of customers — retailers and restaurants, entertainment venues, field service, transportation, warehousing, logistics and municipal government departments that serve the public.”

Features & Functionality

  • Easy, Seamless Connectivity: The SPP-410 supports dual-mode Bluetooth V4.1 Classic & LE, dual-band WLAN (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) as an option, easy Bluetooth pairing via NFC, and smart Wi-Fi setting to connect a router via mobile devices. The new Wi-Fi SoftAP mode enables the printer to function as an access point, supporting a simpler direct connection to mobile devices.
  • Compact & Rugged: With a design that’s 22% smaller and 25% lighter than its predecessor, the SPP-R410 is one of the smallest and lightest 4-inch mobile printers on the market. Its ruggedized design boasts 90 mm/sec printing speed, a 6-foot drop rate, and an IP54 rating ensures dust and water resistance for ultimate durability.
  • Multi-Purpose Design: The SPP-R410 is multifunctional, allowing users to alternate from printing receipts to standard or liner-less labels. For standard label printing, BIXOLON has expanded its already extensive media compatibility by adding a transmissive gap sensor, telling the printer when to begin printing new labels according to gaps in the roll.
  • Universal Compatibility: The SPP-R410 is platform-agnostic, allowing users to protect legacy POS investments and transition to mobile printing, without regard to their current operating system. Its smart-phone compatible, supporting iPhone/iPad/iOS (MFi), Android, Windows, and Linux devices.

BIXOLON’s SPP-R410 will be available May 2017 via the company’s reseller and distribution partner channels.

About BIXOLON
BIXOLON is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, advanced printing technologies including point-of-sale receipt, label, Auto ID and mobile printers for a wide range of environments. Millions of BIXOLON printers are used today in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking, ticketing, post/parcel, warehousing and other transaction-intensive industries. In 2016, for the third year in a row, BIXOLON was named global mobile receipt printer market leader by Japanese research company Chunichisha, securing a 31.9% market share. Continuing its history of innovation, the company offers the smallest and lightest mobile printer available today, the SPP-R210, as well as the SRP-F310II, the only waterproof POS receipt printer with an unlimited 4 year warranty. For more information, contact us at http://bixolonusa.com/, or follow us on these social channels: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Contact:

Tel +1 858 764 4580

Source: BIXOLON

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Delivery Hero Group grew revenues in 2016

Berlin, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, further strengthened its leading market position in 2016 as full-year revenues grew by 79%1, and by 71% on a like for like basis1 2, compared to 2015 driven by organic and external growth.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said:

“We had a fantastic year 2016 and we expect to continue on our strong growth trajectory in 2017 and in the medium term. To maintain this momentum, we will continue to invest into expanding our leadership in the online food ordering and delivery market. We are evaluating a variety of financing options at our disposal, including a potential IPO.”

Group financial developments1:

  • Substantial increase in full-year (FY) 2016 revenues by 79% to EUR 297 million (FY 2015: EUR 166 million), driven by organic and external growth.
  • Strong growth across all regions with revenues in Europe growing by 53% (52% like for like2), Middle East & North Africa (MENA) by 148% (82% like for like2), Asia by 54% (77% like for like2) and Americas by 117% (117% like for like2).
  • Significant improvement in results despite continued strong investment in further growth.

Key developments1:

  • Order numbers grew by 65% to 171 million in 2016 (FY 2015: 103 million), up 52% on a like for like basis2, making Delivery Hero the number one online food and delivery marketplace in the majority of the more than 40 countries in which it operates.
  • GMV up by 62% as Delivery Hero processed orders with a total merchandise value of EUR 2,324 million (FY 2015: EUR 1,430 million), up by 51% on a like for like basis2.
  • On December 31, 2016, Delivery Hero significantly expanded its geographic footprint through the acquisition and successful integration of the foodpanda Group (“foodpanda”), which added 20 countries to Delivery Hero’s portfolio, giving it access to markets where Delivery Hero sees particularly strong growth prospects, especially in the Middle East and South East Asia. On a pro forma basis, i.e., adding revenue of foodpanda to revenue of Delivery Hero as if foodpanda had been acquired as of January 1, 2016, Delivery Hero’s revenue would have been EUR 347 million in 2016.
  • The sale of hungryhouse Group in the UK for over £200 million in December 2016, which is subject to certain regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the course of 2017, rationalizes Delivery Hero’s global footprint, and underlines its strategy to remain focused on operating market leading brands globally.

Delivery Hero Group – full-year results 20161

FY 2016 FY 2015
Group revenues (EUR in million) 2973 166
Revenues per segment (EUR in million) 290 166
Europe 141 92
MENA4 76 30
Asia5 49 32
Americas6 25 11
Order numbers7 per segment (in million) 171 103
Europe 52 39
MENA4 70 32
Asia5 30 23
Americas6 20 10
GMV8 per segment (EUR in million) 2,324 1,430
Europe 851 663
MENA4 784 334
Asia5 457 309
Americas6 232 124

1 All numbers excluding UK operations (discontinued operations).

2 “Like for like” presents Delivery Hero’s results for 2015 and 2016 as if the acquisitions of foodpanda, Yemek Sepeti, Talabat and E-food had occurred on January 1, 2015 and excludes contributions from operations reported in discontinued operations as well as orders and GMV from Delivery Hero’s Chinese operations which were sold in the first half of 2016. No adjustments have been made for foodora (included from October 2015) and Hungerstation (included from July 2016).

3 Group Revenues include total revenues per segment and other reconciling items. Yemek Sepeti, Talabat and e-Food are only included from the time of their respective acquisition in 2015. foodpanda was only acquired on December 31, 2016, accordingly, no revenue contributions from foodpanda are included.

4 MENA: Middle East & North Africa, incl. Turkey

5 Asia: incl. Australia

6 Americas: incl. Canada

7 Order numbers capture the orders made by the end consumers in the presented period

8 GMV represents the value of goods including value added tax transmitted to restaurants, which is used as basis to assess the commissions.

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users, gross merchandise value or website traffic, in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own last-mile food delivery primarily in 50+ high-density urban areas around the world.  The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 5,000 employees.

Disclaimer

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

Media Enquiries:

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

Source: Delivery Hero Group

Wendy’s introduces new Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Salad and Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s introduces new Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Salad and Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

 

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wendy’s® believes fresh is something you can taste, and we believe fresh tastes better. Wendy’s new Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Salad and Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich, is a duo built with simple, yet deliciously different ingredients.

“When we say fresh at Wendy’s, we mean it. While others cut corners, we deliver on our promise of freshness every day, thanks to our unique supply chain developed to provide beef, produce, and other items to our restaurants two to three times a week,” said Kurt Kane, Chief Concept and Marketing Officer. “And now we are using our unique supply chain to deliver fresh mozzarella for a deliciously different new chicken sandwich and salad. This is something the other guys just don’t do.”

Wendy’s is proud to be the first national fast food restaurant to offer fresh mozzarella on its menu. The new product duo expands Wendy’s flavor profile by mixing the delicious flavor of BelGioioso® fresh mozzarella cheese with bold tastes of balsamic vinegar and creamy basil pesto sauce. Whole and natural ingredients like juicy tomatoes and crisp greens are prepared in restaurant and complete the fresh, deliciously different experience.

To see just how Wendy’s gets fresh mozzarella cheese from farm to restaurants, check out this post on The Square Deal™ blog.

Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Salad
Like all of Wendy’s salads, the Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Salad begins with a signature blend of spring mix and full heads of iceberg and romaine lettuce that are hand chopped daily in restaurant. The salad is topped with warm, freshly-grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese, juicy grape tomatoes and crunchy French bread croutons. It is then drizzled with a creamy basil pesto sauce and finished with Marzetti®Simply Dressed® Light Balsamic Vinaigrette. Offering a full days’ worth of veggies, everyone can indulge in this bold, yet simple salad, taking in 510 calories for the fully-dressed and full-sized entrée salad.

Consumers can find this new salad for a limited time priced at $6.49* for a full-size entrée and $4.49* for the half-size entrée.

Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
Starting with Wendy’s premium all-white meat grilled chicken breast, the Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich layers flavors of fresh mozzarella cheese, house-made balsamic diced tomatoes and a drizzle of creamy basil pesto, topped with spring mix on a garlic brioche bun. Wendy’s Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich serves up 41 grams of protein with only 420 calories and will be available for a limited time and priced at $5.29*.

*Pricing will vary. Available at participating locations for a limited time.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

CONTACTS:
Bry Roth
614-764-3138
Bry.Roth@wendys.com

Steven Coulombe
404-879-9292
steven.coulombe@ketchum.com

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

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California Grocers Association honors California State Senators with “Legislator of the Year” award

California Grocers Association honors California State Senators with “Legislator of the Year” award

 

SACRAMENTO, CA, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — California State Senators Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) and Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) were the inaugural recipients of the California Grocers Association “Legislator of the Year” award.

The lawmakers received the prestigious award at CGA’s 2017 Grocers Day at the Capitol on April 18, 2017, in Sacramento. The senators were recognized for their ongoing efforts in trying to help repair the state’s troubled Beverage Container Recycling Program.

Both senators are co-authors of legislation (SB 60) that would suspend penalties for store operators that are unserved by a parking lot recycling center due to a closure that occurred between January and March of 2016, or a government action.

State law, AB 2020, requires grocers to redeem beverage containers if there is not a recycling center in their convenience zone. More than 200 recycling centers have closed in the past two years due to a variety of reasons including the bottom dropping out of the plastics market due to lower petroleum prices worldwide.

“Our members are extremely appreciative of the efforts both these senators have made in helping us seek resolution to this important industry issue,” said CGA President Ron Fong. “Both Senators Glazer and McQuire are worthy recipients of this brand new award.”

Contact:

DAVE HEYLEN
Vice President, Communications
Editor
Media Relations

BILL KAPRELIAN
Associate Editor
Advertising Sales Manager
Tel: (559) 284-9440

Source: CGA

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Avon SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS lotions — your protection against mosquito-borne illness

New York, NY, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — With warm weather fast approaching, the prime season for mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus is back. This spring, proper protection is even more important as the threat of mosquito-borne illness continues to be on the rise.

Public health officials worry that the number of Zika infections will continue to climb in 2017 – a concern supported by a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vital Signs report highlighting the need for ongoing vigilance and sustained measures to prevent and manage cases of Zika. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites with a regimen that includes using an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect product tested for repellency against mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, like Avon SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS lotions.

Avon’s two dual action SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS lotions not only repel and protect against mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, but they also provide vital SPF 30 sun protection – something that’s already a year-round must. Getting into the habit of regularly protecting yourself and your family from exposure to bugs and bites is one of the best things you can do to stay safe.

“Mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus are always a cause for serious concern for consumers, especially with the change of seasons or visiting warmer climates – like those in the southernmost regions of the United States,” said Helene Rutledge, Chief Innovation Officer for New Avon LLC. “It’s important to focus on preventative care against bugs and bites, and Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus lotions feature maximum insect repellency and sun protection through formulas that are safe for the whole family.”

Avon’s lotion formulas that repel and protect against mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, and other insects, include:

  • SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion: Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, this lotion is lightly scented with a cool, springtime fragrance.
  • SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® SPF 30 Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion: The pediatrician-tested, hypoallergenic, kid-friendly formula goes on blue so you can see exactly where it’s being applied, then dries and disappears into the skin.

Enriched with skin-soothing vitamin E and aloe, both products repel virus-carrying mosquitoes, and other insects such as deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, black flies, sand flies, and biting midges. Avon’s SPF 30 formulas are also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, as well as non-greasy, DEET-free and PABA-free.

Read and follow label directions and precautions. Ask a doctor before using on children under 6 months of age.

Where to buy: Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

About New Avon LLC

New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEWAvon Colormark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

Contact:

Liz Micci
Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Source: AVON

Kering achieved record performance in 1Q 2017

London, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ —  “Kering achieved a record performance in the first three months of the year, posting a sharp acceleration in sales growth.  Benefitting from somewhat more favorable market conditions, our strong delivery primarily stems from meticulous execution of our strategy and the creative audacity of our Houses. In a climate of persistent geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainties, our first quarter puts us in a particularly good position for the balance of the year.  The Group will continue to focus on organic growth and market share gains, on value creation and ongoing operational and financial discipline.” François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sharp acceleration in growth across the Group
• First-quarter 2017 revenue totalling €3,573.5 million
• Major sequential increase driven by double-digit growth across all activities and all geographic regions excluding Japan

Luxury activities: all Houses delivering remarkable performances
• Record growth at Gucci, whose creative universe is drawing ever increasing enthusiasm
• Sustained growth trajectory for Yves Saint Laurent
• Positive trends at Bottega Veneta and in the Other Luxury brands; marked sales acceleration at Balenciaga

Sport & Lifestyle activities: excellent start to the year
• Puma revenue up 17.9% year on year as reported and 15.3% on a comparable basis; all product categories contributing to the brand’s ongoing growth momentum

LUXURY ACTIVITIES: EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES
Revenue generated by Luxury activities totalled €2,417.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, up by a sharp 34.0% as reported and 31.6% on a comparable basis, against a favourable base of comparison.

Sales growth in the Group’s directly operated store network was particularly high, at 36.6% on a comparable basis, driven by remarkable performances in Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region, which reported retail sales increases on a comparable basis of 49.9% and 46.7%, respectively.  Growth in retail sales was also significant in North America and the Rest of the world, up 29.7% and 28.1%, respectively, on a comparable basis. Online sales leapt 60.1% on a comparable basis, underscoring the success of the digital strategies implemented by Kering’s Luxury Houses.

Wholesale revenue climbed 20.2% on a comparable basis.

Gucci – Outstanding growth performance

The particularly remarkable growth reported by Gucci in the first quarter of 2017 demonstrates the resounding success of the brand’s creative reinvention and the exceptional skill with which its strategy has been implemented. Revenue shot up by 51.4% as reported and 48.3% on a comparable basis, with all regions and product categories contributing to the overall rise.

Sales in directly operated stores were up 51.4% on a comparable basis, with especially sharp increases in Western Europe (up 66.4% on a comparable basis) and the Asia Pacific region (up 63.1% on a comparable basis).

Gucci’s collections once again proved extremely popular during the period, with double-digit growth for all product categories and ever-increasing demand for Ready-to-Wear and Shoes. Leather Goods also experienced excellent momentum, reflecting Gucci’s talent in creating iconic models and successfully renewing them season after season.

Bottega Veneta – Improving trends

Bottega Veneta’s revenue was up 4.7% as reported and 2.3% on a comparable basis, marking an upturn for the brand against a backdrop of more favourable market conditions.

Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World experienced positive momentum, fuelled by sales to both returning and new customers. Overall, sales in directly operated stores climbed 3.6% year on year on a comparable basis.

Shoes, especially Women’s models, remained in high demand.

Yves Saint Laurent – Sustained robust growth

Yves Saint Laurent delivered another excellent performance in the first quarter, with revenue up 35.4% as reported and 33.4% on a comparable basis. Directly operated stores saw further double-digit sales growth in all geographic regions except Japan, with particularly sharp increases in Western Europe (up 46.0% on a comparable basis) and Asia Pacific (up 48.1% on a comparable basis). Online sales also posted further growth, driven by Western Europe and North America.

The Summer collection – fully designed by Anthony Vaccarello and available in stores since January 2017 – has been extremely well received. A number of products rapidly rose to best-seller status, notably in Women’s Shoes and Ready-to-Wear.

Other Luxury brands – Double-digit growth for both Couture & Leather Goods and Watches & Jewellery 

Revenue from the Group’s Other Luxury brands was up 12.3% as reported and 11.1% on a comparable basis, with all distribution channels contributing to the overall growth.

Couture & Leather Goods Maisons posted an aggregate revenue rise of 11.1% on a comparable basis, powered by an excellent showing from Balenciaga’s directly operated store network across all geographic regions and all product categories, confirming the success of Demna Gvasalia’s collections. Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen achieved further growth in the period, while Brioni’s sales in directly operated stores trended upwards again.

Revenue from Watches & Jewellery Houses climbed 13.1% on a comparable basis, with good performances at Boucheron and Pomellato, demonstrating their innovative flair through new collections, reworked iconic lines and 360-degree marketing campaigns. The Group’s watch manufacturers also fared well in the first quarter. Girard-Perregaux and Ulysse Nardin joined the exhibitors at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in January 2017, where they successfully unveiled several new models.

SPORT & LIFESTYLE ACTIVITIES: VERY GOOD PERFORMANCES FROM PUMA

Revenue generated by Sport & Lifestyle activities advanced 16.5% year on year as reported and 14.0% on a comparable basis, fuelled by an excellent performance from Puma, which reported record quarterly revenue of €1,008.9 million. All geographic regions except Japan registered double-digit sales growth and Footwear was the leading product category, with sales up by a significant 24.8% on a comparable basis.

Conversely, Volcom’s sales continued to be weighed down by the difficulties experienced by specialist distributors in the US, despite a solid showing from the directly operated store network.

“Corporate and other”: consolidation of Kering Eyewear sales

For the first time, Kering Eyewear – whose operation of the Gucci license for sunglasses and frames has been effective since January 2017 – is accounted for under “Corporate and other”. Kering Eyewear’s total sales, before elimination of intra-group sales and royalties received by the brands, amounted to €112.9 million in the first quarter. Net revenue for the period totalled €85.5 million.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017 

Brioni: Appointment of Fabrizio Malverdi

On March 17, 2017, Kering announced the appointment of Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO of Brioni. Reporting to Jean François Palus, Kering’s Group managing director, his mission is to accelerate the international expansion of one of the most prestigious houses in the high-end menswear market, which follows in the long tradition of Italian tailors.

Kering Eyewear

On March 21, 2017, Kering announced that its subsidiary, Kering Eyewear, and Cartier, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, had signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at combining their operations in order to create a powerful platform for the development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of the Cartier eyewear collection. This project is subject to clearance by the relevant competition authorities.

Bond issue 

On March 28, 2017, Kering carried out a €300 million issue of ten-year bonds with a fixed-rate coupon of 1.50%.

Renovation of Boucheron’s flagship store on Place Vendôme 

On March 30, 2017, Kering announced that renovation will begin at Boucheron’s iconic flagship store at 26, Place Vendôme in Paris. The project aims to showcase the architecture and original volumes of the building, as Boucheron’s 160th anniversary draws near.

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Launch of the 2025 sustainability strategy

On January 25, 2017, Kering launched its new sustainability strategy for 2025. Its targets are divided into three themes

– Environment: CARE for the planet, which includes initiatives by which Kering aims to reduce its Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account by at least 40%, and carbon emissions from its activities by 50%, among others.

– Social welfare: COLLABORATE with people, which comprises the Group’s social ambitions.

– Innovation: CREATE new business models, which primarily involves investing in disruptive innovations that can transform conventional processes in luxury, and influence the industry.

 About Kering

A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Press Conntact:
Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20
emilie.gargatte@kering.com

Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57
astrid.wernert@kering.com

Analysts/investors
Claire Roblet
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 49
claire.roblet@kering.com

Andrea Beneventi
+33 (0)1 45 64 63 28
andrea.beneventi@kering.com

www.kering.com
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official 
YouTube: KeringGroup

Source: Keing Group

CommerceHub to issue 1Q 2017 financial results on Monday, May 8, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y., 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK) (“CommerceHub” or the “Company”), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today ( April 24, 2017) announced that it will issue its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 after the market close on Monday, May 8, 2017. On the same day, CommerceHub will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, during which its management team will discuss the Company’s financial performance and strategy, and may discuss future opportunities. After the conference call is completed, a recorded version of the call will be available at http://ir.commercehub.jcom.

What: CommerceHub First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

When: Monday, May 8, 2017

Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Live Call: U.S./Canada Toll-Free Participants Dial-in Number: (800) 219-6912 International Toll Participants Dial-in Number: (574) 990-1026 Conference ID/Passcode: 11695529

Webcast (live and replay): http://ir.commercehub.com

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

Investor Relations Contact:
Erik Morton
1-206-971-7712
investor@commercehub.com

Media Contact:
Sara Ajemian
DiGennaro Communications
1-917-499-6592
sara.ajemian@digennaro-usa.com

Source: CommerceHub/globenewswire

Coach, Inc. to hold 3Q results conference call on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. (ET), Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388) will hold a conference call to discuss the company’s third quarter results and strategic initiatives, which will be reported via press release earlier that morning.

To listen to the Coach earnings call led by Andrea Shaw Resnick, please dial: 1-877-510-8087 or 1-862-298-9015 and provide the Conference ID 44859438. To listen to the audio webcast, go to www.coach.com/investors on the Internet. A telephone replay will be available for five business days beginning at 12:00 noon (ET) on May 2nd. To access the replay, please call 1-800-585-8367 or 1-404-537-3406 and enter the Conference ID above.

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com. Coach, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

Analysts/Media Contact:
Coach, Inc.
Andrea Shaw Resnick
212-629-2618
Global Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
212-946-7252
Senior Director, Investor Relations

Source: Coach, Inc.

Rakuten becomes the Official EC Platform Partner for the Japan Professional Football League

Rakuten to redesign J.League Online Store and provide support for EC site operations

Tokyo, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) today (April 24, 2017) announced it has reached an agreement with the Japan Professional Football League (J.League) to be the Official EC Platform Partner for the J.League.

Based on the agreement, Rakuten will collaborate with the J.League on redesigning the “J.League Online Store,” an EC site selling merchandise of the clubs in the J1, J2, and J3 football leagues, and support its subsequent operation. Utilizing its knowledge and expertise cultivated through the operation of its various e-commerce services, including the internet shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba, Rakuten will provide full operational support for the site, including the creation of product pages, the shipment of products, and customer support. The redesigning of the site is expected to be completed by mid-July.In addition, Rakuten will carry out various initiatives to enhance the convenience of the store, including directing customers to the site from Rakuten Group services, and will provide a shopping platform where both fans and supporters can easily purchase J.League and club merchandise, while reducing the burden on each club of managing an EC site.

Rakuten Group has managed the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles professional baseball team since 2004, and the J.League football club Vissel Kobe from 2015, and actively promotes regional revitalization and the development of sports and culture through its sports businesses.

Through this partnership with the J.League, Rakuten aims to further vitalize the J.League and football in Japan and contribute to the development of sports and culture.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

J.Crew Group, Inc. announces strategic reorganization

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — J.Crew Group, Inc. (the “Company”) today (April 25, 2017) announced several strategic changes across its organization to better position the Company for sustainable and profitable growth.

“Today’s retail environment is changing more rapidly than ever before. Customers demand greater speed to market, convenience and personalized shopping experiences” said J.Crew Chairman and CEO Millard Drexler.  “At J.Crew, we are embracing this change and making necessary adjustments to our business and teams to move us forward in a more efficient and dynamic way.”

As a part of the strategic reorganization:

  • Michael J. Nicholson, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of J.Crew Group, Inc. will additionally assume responsibility for the J.Crew Brand which includes the planning and allocation, merchandising, marketing and design functions.  Mr. Nicholson joined J.Crew in 2016 and has been instrumental in directing and driving J.Crew’s strategic evolution.  Mr. Nicholson has extensive experience across all aspects of retail and will continue to optimize operational excellence while leveraging the power of the iconic J.Crew brand.  He will continue to report to Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO.
  • Lisa Greenwald has been named Chief Merchandising Officer of the J.Crew Brand.  In her new role, Ms. Greenwald will oversee merchandising across J.Crew women’s, men’s, and crewcuts.  Ms. Greenwald joined J.Crew in 2004 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility in both the J.Crew and Madewell merchandising organizations.  Most recently, Ms. Greenwald served as  Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Madewell where she leveraged her proven merchandising skills to build and grow the business.  Ms. Greenwald will now report to Mr. Nicholson.
  • J.Crew also recently announced that Somsack Sikhounmuong was named Chief Design Officer, effective April 5, 2017.  In this role, he oversees the women’s, men’s and crewcuts’ design teams. Mr. Sikhounmuong has been with J.Crew since 2001, serving in various senior design roles, and from 2013-2015 he was Head of Design for Madewell where he was a key contributor to the brand’s success.  Mr. Sikhounmuong will now report to Mr. Nicholson.
  • Libby Wadle has been named President of the Madewell Brand.  Most recently, Ms. Wadle served as President of the J.Crew Brand and joined the Company in 2004. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Wadle has held senior management roles across multiple functions of the business, including J.Crew Factory and Madewell. Ms. Wadle will continue to report to Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO and is well positioned to lead the Madewell team into its next phase of growth.

“We have an incredibly talented team of passionate leaders and will further leverage their strengths and talents as we continue to focus on making critical improvements in our business,” said Drexler.

Additional organizational changes are also being made across the Company reflecting J.Crew’s commitment to long-term profitable growth while, at the same time, creating a more efficient, nimble and streamlined team structure. As part of the reorganization, J.Crew announced today that the Company will initiate a headcount reduction comprised of approximately 150 full-time and 100 open positions, primarily from its corporate headquarters. The Company expects to realize approximately $30 million of annualized pre-tax savings in connection with this reduction in force and will record a charge of approximately $10 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 for severance payments and other termination costs.

Drexler concluded, “We take these difficult decisions very seriously, but believe they are absolutely necessary.  We are streamlining our teams  as we evolve our business and processes to cater to the new demands of the retail industry.  While challenging, we know what needs to be done and this is a critical step to position J.Crew for the future.  We are committed to treating impacted associates with respect and support through this period of change.”

About J.Crew Group, Inc.
J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. As of April 25, 2017 the Company operates 278 J.Crew retail stores, 115 Madewell stores, jcrew.com, jcrewfactory.com, the J.Crew catalog, madewell.com, the Madewell catalog, and 179 factory stores (including 39 J.Crew Mercantile stores). Certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company’s website www.jcrew.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain statements herein, including the expected benefits from organizational changes and the reduction in force, are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s substantial indebtedness and the indebtedness of its indirect parent, the retirement, repurchase or exchange of its indebtedness or the indebtedness of its indirect parent, its substantial lease obligations, its ability to anticipate and timely respond to changes in trends and consumer preferences, the strength of the global economy, declines in consumer spending or changes in seasonal consumer spending patterns, competitive market conditions, its ability to attract and retain key personnel,  its ability to successfully develop, launch and grow its newer concepts and execute on strategic initiatives, product offerings, sales channels and businesses, its ability to implement its growth strategy, material disruption to its information systems, its ability to implement its real estate strategy, adverse or unseasonable weather, interruptions in its foreign sourcing operations, and other factors which are set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. Because of the factors described above and the inherent uncertainty of predicting future events, the Company cautions you against relying on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Allison Malkin
Integrated Corporate Relations
Email: 
Phone: 203.682.8200

SOURCE: J. Crew Group, Inc.

LCP to open new office in Glasgow; its first office in Scotland

London, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commercial property investment company LCP is to open its first office in Scotland after expanding its portfolio north of the border, it has announced.

The company, which is one of the UK’s largest private owners of retail, industrial and office property, is setting up a new office at 6 Harmony Row, Glasgow, from where it will manage its Scottish retail and industrial estates.

Julian Diamond, LCP asset manager, said it was a natural step to open an office in Scotland as the company had significantly increased its presence there over the past two years.

Prior to this, LCP’s London team had managed its Scottish portfolio.

“This is an exciting venture for LCP,” he said. “As our Scottish portfolio has increased significantly over the past few years to 25 holdings, with a further four investments currently under offer, we’ve decided to grow our team and it makes perfect sense to open an office from where we can continue our hands-on approach and pro-actively manage the portfolio.

“Our teams across the UK are actively looking for new sites where we can add value with excellent potential to improve yields, enabling us to achieve our investment goals. We continue to seek further commercial property investment opportunities across Scotland and look forward to growing the team accordingly.”

LCP group committed £98 million to investing in its commercial property portfolio 2016 and is aiming to invest a further £200 million this year in both retail and industrial properties.

Last year, the company invested in 41 sites across the UK, totalling 875,000 sq ft, the largest of which was the £23.34 million Blossom portfolio, comprising 216,000 sq ft spread across 14 sites.

Sites within the Scottish portfolio include Knightwood and Govan Cross Shopping Centres in Glasgow, Airdrie Retail Park in Airdie, and Forbes Court on the Middlefield Industrial Estate in Falkirk.

Contact:

Tel: 01384 400123
Fax: 01384 400862

Source: LCP

Joint venture to develop residential community at Gloucester City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO and HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) and Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (“Killam”) (TSX:KMP.UN) are pleased to announce the formation of a joint venture to develop a rental residential community at Gloucester City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

On April 21, 2017, Killam acquired a 50% interest in a discrete 7.1 acre development site located adjacent to RioCan’s Gloucester Silver City Shopping Centre, in the east end of Ottawa. The purchase price for Killam’s 50% interest is $8 million ($16 million at 100%). RioCan and Killam each own a 50% interest in the land and will participate on the same basis in the costs to develop the project. RioCan will act as the development manager, and upon completion, Killam will act as the residential property manager.

The site has zoning approval for a total of four residential towers containing up to an aggregate of 840 units. The first phase of the development will include a 217,000 square foot, 23-storey tower containing approximately 222 units. This leading edge development will maximize efficiency with the incorporation of a geothermal energy system for the building’s heating and cooling. Site work has commenced and occupancy is anticipated in mid-2019. Located adjacent to RioCan’s Silver City Gloucester retail centre and Ottawa’sLight Rail Transit (LRT) Blair Station on the Confederation Line East, the development is easily accessible to many retail, entertainment and transit options.

“We are very pleased to partner with Killam on our first rental residential development in Ottawa. Killam’s experience and management expertise in the rental residential segment will ensure the success of this development project,” said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “This rental residential development along the expanding Confederation LRT line is a prime example of the opportunities that RioCan has to extract additional value and cultivate new sources of cash flow from our portfolio of transit oriented urban locations.”

“This joint venture is an exciting opportunity for Killam,” noted Philip Fraser, Killam’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It aligns with Killam’s growth strategy of developing high-quality properties and diversifying geographically, with an emphasis on next generation operating systems and building features. Partnering with RioCan provides Killam the opportunity to participate in a four-phase apartment complex located next to both modern transit and amenities, and to grow our Ontario portfolio.”

“Despite recently announced expanded rent control guidelines in Ontario to include apartments built after 1991, new apartment development continues to be a sound strategy,” continued Mr. Fraser. “The all-cash yield on this project is expected to be well above the return achievable in today’s acquisition market. This is expected to translate into net asset value creation for Killam’s unitholders upon completion of the project. In addition, with an expected net operating margin of approximately 70%, compared to 55% to 60% for many older assets, the property’s exposure to increased operating costs is limited, and its long-term net operating income growth potential is enhanced. Finally, with no deferred capital, the net cash flow from the project is expected to be stable and predictable.”

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at December 31, 2016. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 47 million square feet. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

About Killam Apartment REIT

Killam Apartment REIT, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is one of Canada’s largest residential landlords, owning, operating and developing multi-family apartments and manufactured home communities. Killam’s current portfolio includes $2.0 billion in real estate assets. Killam’s strategy to maximize its value and long-term profitability includes concentrating on three key areas of growth: 1) increasing the earnings from its existing portfolio, 2) expanding its portfolio and diversifying geographically through accretive acquisitions, with an emphasis on newer properties, and 3) developing high-quality properties in its core markets.

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made with respect to RioCan’s and Killam’s development program, their joint venture, the ability of the joint venture to complete the development project, and other statements concerning RioCan’s and Killam’s objectives, their strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to their respective management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking information in this News Release is qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s or Killam’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in both RioCan’s and Killam’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2016, and their most recent Annual Information Forms, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to: liquidity in the global marketplace associated with current economic conditions; tenant concentrations and related risk of bankruptcy or restructuring (and the terms of any bankruptcy or restructuring proceeding), defaults, including the failure to fulfill contractual obligations by the tenant or a related party thereof; retailer competition; access to debt and equity capital; interest rates and financing risk; joint ventures and partnerships; the relative illiquidity of real property; development risk associated with construction commitments, project costs and related approvals; environmental matters; occupancy levels; unexpected costs or liabilities related to acquisitions or dispositions; legal matters; reliance on key personnel; income taxes; the conditions to the transactions not being satisfied resulting in the failure to complete some or all of the proposed transactions described herein; lack of availability of acquisition or disposition opportunities for the Trust and exposure to economic, real estate and capital market conditions in North America. Although the forward looking information contained in this News Release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Certain statements included in this News Release may be considered “financial outlook” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this News Release.

The Income Tax Act (Canada) contains provisions which potentially impose tax on publicly traded trusts (the SIFT Provisions). However, the SIFT Provisions do not impose tax on a publicly traded trust which qualifies as a REIT. RioCan and Killam both currently qualify as real estate investment trusts for Canadian tax purposes and intends to qualify for future years. Should this not occur, certain statements contained in this News Release may need to be modified.

Except as required by applicable law, neither RioCan nor Killam undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information:
RioCan REIT
Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 866-3018

Killam Apartment REIT
Philip Fraser
President & CEO
(902) 453-4536
pfraser@killamreit.com

Source: RioCan

Office Depot to help Washington Elementary School reopen with new design and furniture

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (April 24, 2017) announced a partnership with Washington Elementary School in Sacramento, CA, to help the school reopen, reimagining the school’s design after two years of sitting dormant due to a declined intercity enrollment and budget cuts. In less than four months, Office Depot, Inc., in partnership with HMC Architects, completed furniture specifications, product samples, design renderings and installed furniture in the new classrooms, cafeteria, media commons and administrative areas.

Providing solutions to different types and sizes of schools is central to Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to Learning™. Washington Elementary School, the winner of California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing’s Design Honor Awards for Modernization and Transformation, proved to be a unique opportunity since the school reopened with a focus on STEAM classrooms (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). Office Depot, Inc., combined its deep expertise in design and furniture implementation with its contact furniture dealership, Workspace Interiors by Office Depot, to develop learning environments that reinforce the project-based nature of the curriculum.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the changing needs of students today. For Washington Elementary School, the company provided flexible furnishings to allow students and teachers the ability to tailor their learning experience while integrating technology and incorporating one-on-one learning.

“Our goal was to reimagine an innovative way to approach learning and teaching at Washington Elementary School rather than replicate the previously closed version,” said Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez, principal at Washington Elementary. “Through Office Depot’s partnership, we were able to not only offer students and staff a new place to learn, but hope and excitement for families in the community.”

Combining decades of classroom design and furniture experience with expert consultants from across the education sector, Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to Learning™ brand offers schools new choices in classroom innovation, and offers communities new ways to revitalize their local school facilities. Since Washington Elementary School reopened, forward thinking educators have been drawn to the school’s innovative feel and design, allowing families and students to be welcomed back to their neighborhood school.

“With Washington Elementary, we provided help with the design and furniture, but became a partner for something much larger,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director for K-12 education at Office Depot, Inc. “Not only did we create safe and comfortable spaces for students to allow for more innovative and forward thinking, but assisted in reopening a school that is critical to many families and students. Assisting local neighborhood schools is a crucial component of the company’s overall commitment to learning.”

Office Depot’s passion for helping local neighborhood schools through our Workspace Interiors division was matched by the lead architectural firm on the project, HMC Architects. The Workspace Interiors team worked closely with HMC Architects throughout the project to ensure the forward thinking designed environments supported Washington Elementary’s STEAM learning goals.

“Our mission at HMC Architects is to partner with communities to serve the greater good,” said Aaron Buehring, senior project designer at HMC Architects. “Through partnering with Workspace Interiors by Office Depot, we were able to work together to design and build a school that the students and administrative staff can be proud of.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to experts that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or email us directly at committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

About Washington Elementary

Washington Elementary, located in midtown Sacramento, reopened on September 1, 2016 as a STEAM school utilizing Project Based Learning (PBL) as the main teaching method. In partnership with community members and businesses, our staff have identified real world and authentic problems aligned with common core standards creating the opportunity for our students to develop the skills and attributes to lead successful lives.

Washington Elementary provides an engaging and collaborative community where all learners thrive. We are a STEAM-focused school with a sustainable model for innovation that supports learners in solving authentic problems through inquiry.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Amanda Olson
512-634-3661
amanda.olson1@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

HUNGARY: INTERSPAR store in Zalaegerszeg reopened after extensive renovations

Modernised fruit and vegetable department in INTERSPAR Zalaegerszeg

 

Hungary, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The INTERSPAR store in Zalaegerszeg was recently reopened after extensive renovations including a spacious new layout, the addition of a SPAR-to-Go restaurant and the implementation of energy-efficient lighting and equipment. SPAR Hungary invested nearly €3.4 million in the store renovation project.

“As the standard of living in Hungary increases, a new type of retail market has emerged. On-going store expansions and renovations will determine who will succeed in the Hungarian retail industry over the next 10 years. Customer demands have pushed SPAR to pursue a strategy of modernising its older stores, using cutting-edge designs and technologies,” explained Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary.

The region of Western Hungary, including Zalaegerszeg and its surrounds have significant purchasing power and the INTERSPAR Hypermarket has served customers for 17 years. The construction work began in November 2016 with unchanged business hours. It was closed from January to April for the final overhaul, before reopening on 6 April. The extensive project focused on introducing a SPAR-to-Go restaurant to the INTERSPAR, offering freshly prepared warm meals, such as pizza, grilled dishes, fried dishes, sandwiches, salads, soft drinks and coffee.

The 4,230m² retail selling area was not enlarged but its appearance and layout were significantly changed. The separate glass return point was disassembled, the warehouse re-painted and tiles replaced. New refrigerator chambers were also installed in the back of the store. Furthermore, the shelves and counters were transformed in line with a Scandinavian interior design concept, creating an innovative environment, complying with modern customer demands.

This year, SPAR Hungary will spend more than €741 million on the continuous expansion of its retail network with the renovation of 24 stores and the opening of five new ones.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

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MANGO sponsors one of the leading international music festivals

The brand is strengthening its ties with music in one of the most international music festivals

Barcelona, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is sponsoring Primavera Sound 2017, one of the leading international music festivals.

Previous collaborations with artists such as Jamie Hince (The Kills), Staz and Misha Lindes (The Paranoyds), Alma Jodorowsky (Burning Peacocks), Sophie Auster, Joséphine de La Baume and Leigh Lezark are proof of the brand’s ties with the music world.

During the festival (the main dates are from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 June), one of the main stages will bear the MANGO name.In addition, the brand will have an area of 150 m2 dedicated to offering experiences related to entertainment, music, fashion and innovation.

Over the next few days, MANGO will reveal via its different communication channels more details about this new collaboration, which for the brand is “excellent news given the importance of music for MANGO and the recognition involved in being part of one of the world’s best music festivals” according to its Communication Director, Guillermo Corominas. On behalf of the festival, Alfonso Lanza, the co-director of Primavera Sound, highlights “the importance of counting on the support of a brand with the prestige of MANGO, with its Catalan origin and international vocation, in order to continue to develop our cultural project and increase its impact on new audiences”.

Contact:

Tel: +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

Giant Tiger Stores Limited honoured with Advanced RTU Campaign Award

Giant Tiger Stores Limited honoured with Advanced RTU Campaign Award

 

OTTAWA, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores Limited was recognized for their management and excellence in commercial building rooftop unit efficiency at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) National Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Giant Tiger’s Mark Pasini, Senior Manager, Energy and Facilities was on hand to accept the honour as part of the Advanced RTU Campaign Awards ceremony. “At Giant Tiger we recognize that being a responsible business is good for business,” Mark says. “As caring members of the community, we are continually working to reduce waste, reduce energy consumption, and implement efficiencies.”

The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and operators to replace their old RTUs with more efficient units or to retrofit their RTUs with advanced controls in order to take advantage of these benefits. By replacing or retrofitting these units, organizations can save money, improve their energy efficiency, make the building more comfortable, and help the environment.

This year, the campaign recognized 8 organizations. Giant Tiger had the largest efficiency gain for a single building RTU replacement project. They reaped a 64% installed efficiency gain with 40% capacity reduction, saving approximately 30,800 kWh annually. Combined, all the organizations awarded saved an estimated total of 600 BTUs and over $5.6 million in a single year on utility costs with efficient rooftop unit replacements, retrofits, and quality management and operations.

About the Advanced RTU Campaign:

The Advanced RTU Campaign is a market transformation initiative that encourages commercial building owners and operators to improve the efficiency of roof top units across the country. By replacing old RTUs with more efficient units, and retrofitting existing RTUs with advanced controls, you can save money, improve your energy efficiency, make your building more comfortable, and help the environment. Reducing a building’s cooling and ventilating energy consumption by 20–50% can save as much as $3,700 per RTU—equivalent to $6.7 billion and 670 trillion Btu annually. Learn more and join the Campaign here http://www.advancedrtu.org/join.html

About Giant Tiger:

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

Join the conversation and keep up to date on all Giant Tiger news:
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Media Inquiries:
Alison Scarlett
Manager
Brand Communications
ascarlett@gianttiger.com

SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

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Panera Bread to add 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs by end of 2017

Panera Delivery Expanding Ways for People to Eat the Way they Want

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) expects to add more than 10,000 new in-cafe and delivery driver jobs system-wide by the end of 2017 as it expands delivery service to 35-40 percent of its cafes by year end. Panera Delivery is the latest way Panera is meeting consumer demand for high quality food people can trust. Panera Delivery even further enhances the guest experience through industry-leading technology and Panera’s new delivery driver team.

“Panera is doing for delivery what we did for quick service – creating an elevated guest experience endto-end,” Ron Shaich, Panera founder, Chairman and CEO said. “In many places across the country, all that’s available for delivery is pizza or Chinese food. We’re closing the gap in delivery alternatives and creating a way for people to have more options for real food delivered to their homes and workplaces.”

Since its introduction in early 2015, Panera Delivery has won over new and longtime customers who love the seamless integration with Panera’s easy to use digital and mobile payment platforms, as well as with the Company’s loyalty program – MyPanera®. By linking delivery orders with MyPanera, the restaurant industry’s largest program with more than 25 million members, guests are able to save their favorites, earn and track rewards, and receive one-of-a-kind special offers.

The new digital and mobile ordering-based service, Panera Delivery, will provide lunch and dinner to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes, typically within an eight-minute drive of a Panera bakery-cafe. Cafes will generally deliver between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, for as little as a $5 menu purchase plus a $3 delivery fee in most locations.

In addition, Panera is currently rolling out a new order tracking system, powered by Bringg technology, which lets the guest track their delivery order all the way to their home or office. The guest can see expected arrival time, follow the delivery’s progress on a map, see a picture of and be introduced to their driver, and receive a notification when their driver is arriving.

To bring the delivery experience to life, Panera is hiring its own drivers in company-owned and franchised markets across the country. These in-house drivers, with daytime hours and competitive wages, are bringing a new level of enthusiasm and delight to customers accustomed to a more traditional delivery experience.

“For the first time, Panera Delivery is making it possible for us to hand deliver our great food directly to people where they work and live,” said Blaine Hurst, president, Panera Bread. “For us, hiring our own drivers was the only way we could ensure that our delivery guests get the same high quality experience they have come to expect from our bakery cafes.”

To find out if Panera delivers in your area, visit delivery.panerabread.com.

About Panera Bread

30 years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from artificial sources) from the food in our bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of December 27, 2016, there are 2,036 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

Matters discussed in this news release and in our public disclosures, whether written or oral, relating to future events, including any discussion, express or implied, regarding our delivery plans and hiring by us and our franchisees and statements made therein, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27Aof the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are often identified by the words “believe,” “positioned,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “goal,” “assumption,” “continue,” “intend,” “expect,” “future,” “anticipate,” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or the affirmative, that are not statements of historical fact. These forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10- K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2016 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release are made only as of the date of this release and may change. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Media Contact:

Jonathan Yohannan
jonathan.yohannan@panerabread.com

Source: Panera Bread

Kristal Howard appointed Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at Kroger

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (April 24, 2017) Kristal Howard has been named Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations.

Ms. Howard will be responsible for national media and corporate communications and will serve as the company’s spokesperson.

“Kristal is a consummate PR pro who understands the intersection of food, media, our customers and other stakeholders,” said Keith Dailey, Kroger’s senior director of external affairs. “We are excited she has accepted this new role to help elevate Kroger’s unique story.”

Ms. Howard has been serving as public relations manager for Kroger’s Dallas and Houston divisions since 2010. She has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 30 under 30” PR professionals by PR News in 2013, included in Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery, and was recently named one of 10 “Black Women to Know in PR, Tech & Digital Media” in Ebony magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Colleen Lindholz to lead Kroger Pharmacy as Kroger’s President of Pharmacy and The Little Clinic

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (April 24, 2017) announced Colleen Lindholz, currently president of The Little Clinic, is expanding her role to also lead Kroger Pharmacy as Kroger’s President of Pharmacy and The Little Clinic.

Ms. Lindholz has been serving as president of The Little Clinic since 2015. She assumes pharmacy responsibilities from Philecia Avery, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other interests.

“Colleen is passionate about helping people live healthier lives,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Colleen’s leadership will help bring our pharmacy and The Little Clinic teams together to advance our mission to simplify healthcare and create solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition for our customers.”

Ms. Lindholz joined Kroger in 1995 as a pharmacy intern in the Cincinnati/Dayton Division. She held several leadership roles in pharmacy and human resources before being promoted to director of pharmacy sales & marketing at Kroger’s general office in 2013. She was named to her current role in 2015.

“By bringing together these two closely-related teams, pharmacy and The Little Clinic will share common areas of expertise, support and learn from each other, and develop centers of excellence in our health and wellness organization. This will allow for greater collaboration and give us the flexibility to meet the needs of our customers and associates today and in the future,” said Mr. Clark.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

NEU MIGROS-LEBENSMITTEL ERÖFFNET AN DER VIKTORIASTRASSE IN BERN

Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Im Spitalacker-Quartier in Bern werden ab Donnerstag, 27. April 2017, neu Migros-Lebensmittel zu kaufen sein. Mit dem Voi-Konzept bekennt sich die Migros Aare zu ihrem Auftrag als Nahversorgerin. Geschäfts-leiter ist Mario Lino Murgia, dem fünf Mitarbeitende zur Seite stehen.

Voi Migros Partner ist das Kleinladenkonzept der Migros Aare: Voi – «voi» italienisch für «Sie» – werden von selbständigen Detaillisten geführt. An der Viktoriastrasse ist das Mario Lino Murgia, der auf eine langjährige Karriere im Detailhandel zurückblicken kann: „Mein Ziel ist es, dass die Qualität in allen Belangen auf hohem Niveau sein wird. Die Freundlichkeit des Personals ist dabei selbstverständlich. Wir haben fünf Mitarbeitende verpflichten können, die sehr motiviert sind. Die Präsentation des Ladens mit Frischprodukten von bester Qualität ist ein weiterer wichtiger Punkt, um die Kompetenz des Ladens hervor­zu­heben“, so Murgia. Bei Voi sind sowohl die bekannten Migros-Eigenmarken als auch zahlreiche Markenartikel und lokale Produkte erhältlich.

Frisches Brot bis Ladenschluss
Der moderne Laden befindet sich an der Viktoriastrasse 49 in Bern. Auffallend im Voi Viktoriastrasse: Die Frische ist nicht bloss sichtbar, sie ist dank einer Frisch­back­station, die frisches Brot bis Ladenschluss garantiert, auch zu riechen. Inbegriffen bei Voi ist auch ein kleines feines Wein- und Biersortiment. Insge­samt findet die Kundschaft auf einer Verkaufsfläche von 345 Quadratmetern gegen 5’000 Artikel, was dem vier- bis fünffachen eines Discounters entspricht.

Hintergrund-Informationen

Der Geschäftsleiter
Der Voi Viktoriastrasse wird von Mario Lino Murgia geführt. Er blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Detailhandelskarriere zurück und führt seit letztem Jahr erfolgreich auch den Voi im Berner Schosshalden-Quartier.

Öffnungszeiten
Montag bis Freitag          07.30 bis 20.00 Uhr
Samstag                          07.30 bis 17.00 Uhr

Attraktive Eröffnungstage
Von Donnerstag bis Samstag sind spezielle Attraktionen und Aktivitäten im Voi Viktoria­strasse geplant: 10% Rabatt auf das ganze Migros-Sortiment und – als «Hammer»-Angebot – den 500-Gramm-Butterzopf für Fr. 2.30 (statt Fr. 3.40). Auch einen feinen Wein gibts als Eröffnungsaktion zu Fr. 5.50 pro Flasche.

Medienkontakt:

Andrea Bauer
Mediensprecherin
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08
E-MAIL: andrea.bauer@migrosaare.ch

Source: Migros

The foundation stone for Silicon Mall by the LuLu Group laid at Dubai Silicon Oasis

The foundation stone for Silicon Mall by the LuLu Group laid at Dubai Silicon Oasis

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman, Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines & Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, today (19 APR 2017) unveiled the commemorative plaque and laid the foundation stone for Silicon Mall, the new 2.3 million square feet shopping mall by the LuLu Group International LuLu Group, one of the top retailers in the Middle East, at the hi-tech park. The total investment on this new project is expected to be around Dhs. 1 billion.

The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DSOA, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International as well as senior management from DSOA, and the Lulu Group.

Speaking at the event, Dr Mohammed Alzarooni said: “We have tremendous respect for companies, small and large, that have been instrumental in fostering the momentous growth of Dubai and the UAE. Dubai Silicon Oasis is one such entity that has not only created an enabling business environment for corporations, but has also encouraged partnerships with like-minded entities that share its vision and proactively contribute to the local economy.

He added: “We are proud to announce that LuLu Group has chosen to locate its upcoming mega mall within the premises of this hi-tech park. Construction of the mall – which is currently underway – will be completed by 2020, an important year when the nation expects to welcome approximately 25 million visitors hoping to enjoy the Dubai Expo 2020 and other unique national experiences and sights.”

Dr Alzarooni concluded: “We are keen on providing the utmost support, which position DSOA as an integrated community for its visitors, employees, and residents. We are pleased today to lay the foundation stone of Silicon Mall, which is on track with consumers’ preferences of retail environments and the latest in sustainable infrastructure. We are pleased to host Silicon Mall, the LuLu Group’s newest shopping mall project. We believe it will provide residents and tourists of all ages with a unique shopping and entertainment experience. The new architectural project fits seamlessly with Dubai Silicon Oasis’s objective of driving constant innovation and creativity.”

Speaking to media at the ceremony, Yusuffali MA, said: “Silicon Mall is our most ambitious project in the UAE to date, and we intend to make it the most interesting and exciting mall in Dubai. Work on the project will be completed in a period of 30 months, just in time for the launch of Dubai EXPO 2020.”

He added: “The UAE is poised for strong economic growth and I am very optimistic about the future, especially for the retail industry. The far-sighted and visionary leadership of this great country has planned many game-changing and innovative initiatives and we are delighted to be a part of this incredible success story.”

Leveraging best-in-class international standards and green building concepts, the Silicon Mall at Dubai Silicon Oasis will feature a futuristic façade that is set to serve as its unique value proposition. It will comprise sky-lit corridors for natural light harvesting on all floors. The mall will offer covered parking for up to 3,000 cars across two levels.

With easy and convenient access to the Dubai Expo site and the new Al Maktoum International Airport, the new shopping mall is poised to become a popular destination for both residents and tourists in Dubai’s vibrant retail landscape.

In addition to more than 300 international and local branded stores, and 12 anchor stores, the new shopping mall will also house the ever-popular LuLu Hypermarket and Department Store on two levels. Other key attractions include the biggest Family Entertainment Center spread across 70,000 sq. ft. and more than 50 F&B outlets and diverse entertainment and leisure offerings.

Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO is a technology park and provides an integrated living and working community. DSO’s urban master-planned community spans 7.2 million square meters and has been carefully divided into five main pillars – industrial, commercial, education, living and residences, and public facilities. The technology park enjoys state-of-the-art utility infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks. It is home to residential and commercial facilities – schools, nurseries, community shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, healthcare, and wellness among others. DSOA recently announced the Silicon Park, a landmark development spanning 150,000 square meters – the first integrated smart city project taking shape at the hi-tech park.

Contact:

Tel: +971 2 4182000
Fax: +971 2 6421716
headoffice@ae.lulumea.com marketing@ae.lulumea.com

Source: Lulu Group

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Walgreens, American Society of Transplantation (AST) to work over improving medication adherence for organ transplant recipients

DEERFIELD, Ill. and MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens and the American Society of Transplantation (AST) today (April 24, 2017 ) announced a collaboration focused on establishing future initiatives to help improve medication adherence for organ transplant recipients. The topic of adherence and taking medications as prescribed is especially critical in transplantation, as recipients must take lifelong immunosuppressive medications to prevent possible organ rejection.

The collaboration will officially kickoff later this week with the “Tackling Medication Non-Adherence in Organ Transplantation” symposium hosted by AST and sponsored by Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.  The meeting will take place over the two-day period (April 28 and 29) prior to the start of the American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Chicago, the premier meeting for transplant professionals which begins on April 29 in the evening.

“The symposium will bring together renowned experts from the transplant pharmacy community to identify ongoing barriers to medication adherence in organ transplantation, and to discuss how we can collectively develop and design innovative, targeted interventions to help improve adherence among transplant patients,” said Angela Maldonado, incoming Chair of the AST Transplant Pharmacy Community of Practice (COP).

At the conclusion of the symposium, as AST and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy focus on the next steps of the collaboration, participants will become part of a new “Adherence Working Group” of the Transplant Pharmacy COP and will seek opportunities to execute these interventions.

For AST, the collaboration with Walgreens is aligned with Power2Save (www.power2save.org), AST’s public-facing initiative that takes a multi-dimensional approach to making the gift of life last a lifetime. Non-adherence is a threat to optimal outcomes after transplantation, significantly increasing the risk of organ rejection and contrary to the goal of “one transplant for life.”

“In solid organ transplantation, adherence with immunosuppressive medications is a critical issue,” said AST President Anil Chandraker, M.D. “The outcomes of non-adherence can be quite devastating, many times resulting in rejection, graft loss and even mortality. By working with Walgreens, we have the potential to effectively address this issue, with the potential for long-term collaboration on targeted interventions.”

Meen Kang, Walgreens senior director of transplant product management, said, “We look forward to working closely with AST, as our organizations share a commitment to helping transplant patients get back on the road to recovery. Our local Walgreens specialty pharmacy locations across the country work with providers and their patients during and after transplant, providing services designed to make it easy for patients to follow their transplant treatment, with a team dedicated to their individual care.”
At the symposium as well as at ATC, Walgreens will be presenting its recent study on medication adherence for transplant recipients whose immunosuppressives were covered by Medicare Part B over a one year period versus those whose coverage changed during that same period.

About AST
Founded in 1982, the American Society of Transplantation (www.myAST.org) is an organization of more than 3,500 professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation. The society is the largest organization of transplant professionals in North America and is recognized as the premier society for transplantation. AST members are sought out as transplant experts and advocates. Other transplant organizations, policy makers, regulatory agencies, payors, academic institutions, and the general public look to the AST for guidance, research, and resources related to transplantation.

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

Contacts:

Walgreens
Scott Goldberg
847-315-7649
scott.goldberg@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

American Society of Transplantation (AST)
Shauna O’Brien
609-226-3924
sobrien@myast.org

Source: Walgreens

Digital subscription providers can now reach millions of Amazon customers with Subscribe with Amazon

Subscribe with Amazon makes it easy for subscription businesses to integrate and sell on Amazon

SEATTLE, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Apr. 24, 2017) announced a self-service subscriptions marketplace that allows digital subscription providers to reach millions of Amazon customers. Subscribe with Amazon is a new way for subscription businesses to sell on Amazon, offering them targeted customer exposure through popular discovery features such as search and recommendations while also providing customers with a simple way to purchase and manage their subscriptions. Selling on Subscribe with Amazon is easy with self-service enrollment. The program allows subscription providers the ability to offer customers flexible pricing including introductory, monthly, and annual pricing options, as well as the opportunity to explore offering Prime exclusive deals. Digital subscriptions currently available span a variety of areas including streaming content, news/magazines, learning, and lifestyle. To learn more about how to become a subscription provider on Subscribe with Amazon, visit: www.subscribewithamazon.com.

“Over the years, Amazon has gained extensive experience in the memberships and subscriptions space, innovating across programs like Prime and Kindle Unlimited,” said Lovina McMurchy, general manager of Subscribe with Amazon. “Today, we’re excited to extend our selection by offering subscription businesses a self-service way to make their subscriptions available to millions of Amazon customers.”

Through its self-service tools, each subscription will have its own detail page, and providers can easily manage pricing and take advantage of easy-to-use APIs to receive orders and updates from Amazon. Subscribe with Amazon also offers the ability to propose Prime member exclusive discounts. For example, Prime members can get a 50% discount on the first six months of a subscription to Texture, a digital service that gives customers access to some of the world’s best magazines. Additionally, when customers purchase their subscription on Amazon.com, they can access it on any iOS, Android or Amazon Fire device supported by the subscription provider.

“Selling on Subscribe with Amazon gave us a whole new channel to reach new customers,” said Julie Roehm, Creativebug Co-Founder. “The integration process for joining the marketplace was easy. The step-by-step integration guide gave us a checklist of everything we needed to do, and the sample seller account let us see what to expect before we even started.”

Subscription providers of all sizes are selling on the marketplace, including SlingTV, Disney Story Central, Dropbox, Texture, eMeals, Fitstar by Fitbit, Creativebug, Headspace, LegalZoom, MileIQ, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, Consumer Reports and Tawkify, to name a few. To explore the Amazon subscriptions storefront, please visit amazon.com/subscribe.

About Amazon.com

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.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

EROSKI ha incrementado en más de un 235% sus compras de queso de pastor D.O. Idiazabal

EROSKI ha incrementado en más de un 235% sus compras de queso de pastor D.O. Idiazabal

 

  • La cooperativa ha presentado la apertura de la nueva campaña de queso D.O. Idiazabal en su red comercial de País Vasco y Navarra con el tradicional corte del queso a cargo de la exdeportista Maider Unda
  • Las compras de queso de pastor D.O. Idiazabal superaron los 46.000 kilos en 2016
  • La evolución positiva obedece, en mayor parte, al acuerdo alcanzado en 2014 entre EROSKI, el Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Idiazabal y Artzai Gazta para el lanzamiento del queso artesano D.O. Idiazabal comercializado con la marca propia gourmet EROSKI SeleQtia

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — En su apuesta por los productos locales EROSKI ha incrementado en más de un 235% sus compras de queso de pastor D.O. Idiazabal en los últimos tres años. Las compras de queso con D.O. Idiazabal han superado los 136.000 kilos en 2016, de ellos 46.300 kilos son queso de pastor, frente a los 13.809 de 2013. La cooperativa sigue avanzando en su apuesta por los alimentos locales más autóctonos para el desarrollo del sector primario y su contribución a la economía, cultura y desarrollo rural. El protagonismo renovado de los alimentos locales es uno de los pilares del modelo comercial “contigo” implantado en sus establecimientos.

“Esta evolución positiva está principalmente impulsada por el acuerdo que hace casi tres años alcanzamos el Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Idiazabal y Artzai-Gazta, Asociación de Pastores Elaboradores de Queso Idiazabal, para lanzar el queso D.O. Idiazabal producido por Artzai-Gazta y que comercializamos con nuestra marca propia gourmet EROSKI SeleQtia. Un queso de elaboración artesana, a partir de la leche de rebaños de ovejas latxas o carranzanas de pastores vascos y navarros, y este aspecto, su elaboración artesanal, es diferencial. Se trata, por tanto, de un producto de primer nivel y de calidad garantizada que los consumidores aprecian, tal y como muestran las cifras”, ha señalado la directora Comercial para Productos Locales de EROSKI, Asun Bastida.

EROSKI presenta la nueva temporada de queso D.O. Idiazabal

La cooperativa ha dado a conocer estos datos en la presentación, en el hipermercado EROSKI Garbera (Donostia-San Sebastián), de la nueva temporada de queso D.O. Idiazabal en su red comercial en el País Vasco y Navarra con el tradicional corte del queso a cargo de la exdeportitsta y productora de queso D.O. Idiazabal, Maider Unda. El evento ha contado también con la participación del presidente del Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Idiazabal, Jose María Ustarroz, representantes de EROSKI y Socios Cliente de la cooperativa

Convenio de colaboración

La D.O. Idiazabal y EROSKI firmaron en 2014 un convenio de colaboración con el objetivo de trabajar conjuntamente en la promoción y desarrollo de los quesos elaborados a partir de la leche de ovejas latxas y carranzanas con certificado de calidad garantizada. La cooperativa se convirtió así en el primer grupo distribuidor que rubricaba un acuerdo de este tipo para ayudar al desarrollo y sostenibilidad del sector a través de nuevas formas de comercialización y promoción de quesos certificados.

Este acuerdo con la D.O. Idiazabal se enmarca en el contexto de los convenios firmados por EROSKI con el Gobierno Vasco e INTIA-Reyno Gourmet, organismo público del Gobierno de Navarra, para impulsar el desarrollo del sector agroalimentario local y la diversidad de su tejido productivo.

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

Source: Eroski

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British fashion online retailer Boden will open womenswear concessions in John Lewis department stores

London, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced today (24 April 2017) that the British fashion online retailer Boden will open womenswear concessions in its department stores, bringing Boden’s stylish clothing to the UK high street for the first time.

The first five concessions will open this autumn with more planned to open in 2018. The range available in John Lewis stores will also be sold on johnlewis.com.

In launching their high street presence in John Lewis shops, Boden join other online fashion brands including Hush and Finery. Last year John Lewis opened five concessions with Hush and six concessions with Finery and has since added a further 12 concessions with these brands.

‘We are really excited to be going into John Lewis. It marks the coming together of two great British brands’ says Jill Easterbrook, Boden CEO. ‘I can’t wait for more people to discover Boden, and for our loyal customers to experience the brand in a whole new way’.

Christine Kasoulis, John Lewis buying director fashion adds: ‘The introduction of Boden builds on our continued strategy to provide our customers with an inspiring selection of unique brands that they cannot find anywhere else on the highstreet. We are thrilled to be exclusively launching Boden in our shops.’

The first five concessions will be in the following John Lewis shops – Oxford Street, Cambridge, Reading, Southampton and Oxford later in October.

Last financial year sales of womenswear at John Lewis grew by 6.8%.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Boden – The British online retailer was launched in 1991 by Founder and Creative Director Johnnie Boden, with just eight menswear products. The brand quickly expanded into womenswear and childrenswear and currently has over 1.5 million customers worldwide.

Boden’s stylish range of clothing and accessories are available to buy via catalogue in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Australia and Austria, and online – trading in over 60 countries with more than 1000 employees across all markets.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

John Lewis
Mandy Pursey
Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 77983896

Boden
Fiona Collins
Email: fionacollins@fionacollinspr.co.uk
Telephone: 07890 325816

Source: John Lewis