7th annual RetailNext Executive Forum, Insight : Ignite, May 31-June 2 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA

7th annual RetailNext Executive Forum, Insight : Ignite, May 31-June 2 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA


Smart Store Retail IoT Market Leader Promotes Catalysts for Retail Industry Thought Leadership and Change

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 30, 2017), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide leader in retail IoT and smart store analytics for optimizing shopper experience, announced its seventh annual RetailNext Executive Forum, Insight : Ignite, May 31 through June 2 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The annual conference features content and programming facilitated by RetailNext clients, acclaimed retail industry experts and a full roster of strategic partners representing a 360-degree view of today’s complex omnichannel retail enterprises.

“RetailNext is excited and proud to again host retail thought leaders across a variety of disciplines at its annual Executive Forum,” said Bridget Johns, head of marketing and customer experience at RetailNext. “Shoppers continue to dictate change to the retail industry, and the Executive Forum allows a dynamic, multi-directional exchange of ideas between RetailNext’s customers, partners and its employees to inspire and empower retailers to deliver the shopping experiences necessary to meet the values and the ever-rising needs of their customers.”

With over 200 retail professionals from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia in attendance, the RetailNext Executive Forum directly addresses the challenging retail environment and focuses on innovations to better understand shopping behaviors, optimize shopping experiences and engage shoppers in more personalized manners. The Executive Forum and its associated events offer rich agendas featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.

In addition to keynote presentations by Leslie Ghize, executive vice president of TOBE and senior vice president of The Doneger Group, and Julie Bernard, chief marketing officer of Verve Mobile, and a distinguished roster of customer guest speakers, key members of the RetailNext Ecosystem Partner Program, including Oak Labs, FoyerLive, WorkForce Software, Shift Messenger, ThinkTime, Inkling and by REVEAL will be attending as part of the Solution Showcase, an interactive environment highlighting the growing ecosystem of partners utilizing RetailNext’ SaaS platform to deliver powerful new solutions for retailers.

“Since its inception in 2007, RetailNext has worked with leading retailers, manufacturers and malls to better understand shoppers and their shopping journeys and behaviors,” added Johns. “At the Executive Forum, stakeholders from all over the world of retail will delve into the industry’s immense challenges and opportunities, and emerge with new ideas and strategies driving success in retail’s most complex and competitive era.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

More than 350 retailers in over 70 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

Follow the #inspiringretail, #smartstore and #RNEF17 conversations on Twitter @RetailNext.

Media Contacts:

Ray Hartjen
RetailNext, Inc.
(925) 895-5441

Source: RetailNext Inc.

The Florida Retail Federation: Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, June 2-4

With hurricane season almost upon us, now is the time for Floridians to stock up on important supplies to help keep them prepared and safe following a natural disaster

TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year of supporting Florida’s retail industry, reminds consumers that this weekend, June 2-4, is the important Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies that can be used to prepare for and recover from natural disasters that hit the Sunshine State.

“Thanks to our legislative leaders and Governor Scott for including the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in the budget, especially with Florida coming off of a year with hurricanes, tornadoes and floods,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “I strongly encourage all residents and visitors to take advantage of these savings by visiting your local retailers to load up on those items that will help keep you and your family safe in the event of a natural disaster.”

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. During the holiday, sales tax will not be collected on the following popular items (for a complete listing of these items and other information, please click here):

  • A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less.
  • A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or Weatherband radio selling for $50 or less.
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less.
  • A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less.
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less.
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less.
  • A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less.
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less.
  • A portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less.
  • Reusable ice selling for $10 or less.

Additional information regarding the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, including a list of qualifying items, promotional materials and FAQs, has been posted to the Department of Revenue’s website.

Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers — the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.


James Miller

Source:  Florida Retail Federation

Ediston Real Estate and Europa Capital announce acquisition of Auldhouse Retail Park, Glasgow from Aviva Investors

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ediston Real Estate and Europa Capital have acquired Auldhouse Retail Park, Glasgow from Aviva Investors. Located close to the city centre, the property provides 116,656 sq. feet of retail warehouse accommodation across seven units. This Open Class 1 retail park is fully let to national retailers, including Homebase, Aldi, Pets at Home and Home Bargains.

Alastair Dickie, of Ediston Real Estate, said “This is a superb off market transaction where we worked with the vendor to secure a successful conclusion for both parties.   This is a really well located retail park with excellent opportunities to improve and enhance through extensive refurbishment, redevelopment and intensive asset management”.

James Fortescue, Partner at Europa Capital commented, “We are delighted to have invested in another income producing retail investment with our local partner. The recent lettings to Aldi and Pets at Home demonstrate the strength of retail occupier demand in this part of the UK. We look forward to further improving the park through active asset management and targeted capital expenditure.”

About Ediston
Ediston Real Estate is a UK property company based in Edinburgh with assets under management in excess of £650 million.

The company focuses on both investment and development, and has a track record of buying sub-standard, well located properties and transforming them into prime institutional quality investments.

Ediston has been actively investing throughout the UK since 2009/2010, through the Ediston Opportunity Fund and with newly raised funds through the Ediston UK Real Estate Trust, launched in 2012.

About Europa Capital
Europa Capital is a real estate fund manager focused on European markets. We add value utilising a variety of strategies implemented through active asset management, change of use or refurbishment and development in all property classes across Europe.

Since 1995, Europa Capital has collectively raised nine real estate funds and committed to over 105 transactions totalling more than €9.5 billion across 19 European countries.

Europa Capital is a member of Rockefeller Group International (RGI), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. RGI is a strategic investor alongside management in Europa Capital’s investment management business.

Further information:
Call: 0131 225 5599

Source: Ediston Real Estate

LCP announces the opening of Galeria Emka shopping centre in Koszalin, Poland

London, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The long awaited opening of Galeria Emka shopping centre in Koszalin, which belongs to London & Cambridge Properties Ltd (LCP) – one of the biggest British companies on the property market in Europe, took place on May 20. The object’s renovation and commercialisation appeared to be a spectacular success of the investor, and as a result the great inauguration attracted almost 30 thousand citizens to the gallery.

An extensive artistic and entertainment programme awaited the clients on the opening day and was prepared in collaboration with local cultural institutions. However, the greatest attraction was Margaret’s concert which ended with fireworks show.

The centre was visited only on 20 May by almost 30 thousand Clients and the tenants achieved record sales. Some stores ranked first in terms of sales in Poland, and a dozen or so are in the very forefront.

Krystian Modrzejewski, Country Manager Poland in LCP, says: „We are very pleased to hear the positive feedback from the tenants after the opening. They are thrilled with great sales results at the opening weekend. We already know that this great turnout and high turnover have also remained during the next days after Emka’s inauguration and we hope that it will remain like this in the future.

The opening of the first floor of Galeria Emka raised a lot of emotions among the Koszalin citizens who came shopping on Saturday, as it was entirely closed for the Clients within last few months. The most popular were new stores of such brands as: Grey Wolf, Giacomo Conti, Carry, Top Secret, Martes Sport, Genetic, CCC and Deichmann, Pepco, also a two-level H&M and entirely renewed RTV Euro AGD. Most of the stores prepared special discounts for the Clients which reached even 70%, so the long queues were not a surprise.

Great amount of people was also interested in the new food court praising the tenants’ broad catering offer – Berlin Döner Kebap, Shanghai Kuchnia Chiska (Chinees cousine) and Bistro Express, and also original space arrangement. The absolute hits of the design appeared to be wicker beach chairs which were placed as normal armchairs, and also a characteristic neon with the slogan of the food court: “Food on the beach”.

Jacek Sikorski, the Director of Galeria Emka, admits that he is pleased with the result of the metamorphosis: “It is clearly visible that the renewed Emka is enjoyed by Koszalin citizens. We have worked very hard for the last 12 months so that the modernised Galeria Emka could meet the expectations of our Clients, but it was worth it. I hope that this would be their favourite place in Koszalin.”

Galeria Emka was opened in 2002 and is the longest operating shopping centre in Koszalin. The owner and manager of the gallery is London and Cambridge Sp. z o.o., which is the Polish branch of London & Cambridge Properties Ltd (LCP). It’s one of the biggest British companies on the property and private investor market in Europe which is specialized in commercial real estate. Currently, there are almost 70 premises within 22 thousand sqm of Galeria Emka’s surface area: 45 stores, 12 service points, restaurant, 4 catering premises, café and ice-cream shop, and also a playroom for children.

Tel: 020 7233 5255

Source: LCP


NCR becomes technology partner for BOKA Restaurant Group

Reliability of NCR’s solutions make them the obvious choice for BOKA Restaurant Group

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — When two restaurant industry connoisseurs came together to open their own restaurant in Chicago, they knew they needed a reliable technology partner to get them off the ground. NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, was the obvious choice to help establish their restaurants with great restaurant technology solutions and excellent service. Since opening their first restaurant in 2003, BOKA Restaurant Group Owners, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz have used the NCR Aloha platform-of-sale (POS) to streamline operations across their growing, top-ranking restaurants and expect to continue their partnership for years to come.

Before coming together to start BOKA, Boehm knew at a young age he was destined to be in the restaurant business. After dropping out of University of Illinois, he saved enough money as a server to open his first restaurant in 1992, while Katz was a finance guru with experience operating multiple bars and nightclubs. When the two decided to open a restaurant together they had the industry experience to know what they needed technologically to make them successful. The obvious choice was NCR’s advanced suite of restaurant technology solutions. BOKA Restaurant Group has been using NCR Aloha since its inception to provide quick service, excellent food and an exceptional dining experience for their customers.

As one of the nation’s top restaurant groups, BOKA places high importance on top-rated chefs and excellent restaurant design. The return on those investments is a massive flow of customer traffic, which is why they need to provide their employees with reliable technology that allows them to be efficient and precise.

“We wouldn’t use any technology other than NCR’s. We rationalize the investment based on the time saved alone. Providing a quick, efficient and customized experience for each of our guests is worth everything in this business,” said BOKA Restaurant Group Co-founder Rob Katz.

“The NCR Aloha software brings everything together so that food just flies out of the kitchen in harmony. Servers can communicate with the kitchen in a way that optimizes the dining experience for our guests, allowing us to provide great food and exceptional service,” said BOKA Restaurant Group Co-founder Kevin Boehm. “NCR is the best at what they do and we wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.”

“BOKA’s award-winning chefs and employees need reliable and efficient technology to effectively meet their needs, and they can count on NCR’s solutions to deliver,” said Don Zimmerman, general manager at NCR Hospitality. “We are proud to have been their partner from the start, providing the technological solutions that have allowed them to reach the level of success that they have today.”

BOKA Group now includes 13 restaurants in the Chicago, Ill. area and was a James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Outstanding Restauranteur in 2016. NCR is their exclusive partner for restaurant solutions.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

Source: NCR Corporation

Eazy Financial Services to introduce Bahrain’s first Biometric Payment Network powered by NCR

Eazy Financial Services to introduce Bahrain’s first Biometric Payment Network powered by NCR


NCR’s Authentic will provide Eazy with a secure, scalable and innovative software platform rich in functionality

MANAMA, Bahrain, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eazy Financial Services B.S.C., a Bahraini financial technology company focusing on providing innovative technology solutions to financial institutions, will introduce the region’s first Biometric Payment Network powered by NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, that will allow consumers to register their fingerprint through their participating bank and then use that at any device (ATM or POS) to initiate a transaction rather than using a card.

In the first phase, NCR will help Eazy to develop the necessary payment infrastructure to serve participating financial institutions in Bahrain and over time expand to target the Middle East region.

Customers will be required to enrol through participating financial institutions by registering their fingerprints, allowing them to make payments literally at the touch of a fingertip. This holistic payment network will allow customers of any bank linked to Eazy’s network to conduct payments through multiple access points at their disposal, not restricting them to specific banks – introducing a new level of accessibility and customer convenience.

Commenting on this partnership, Mr. Khaled Al Ahli, Chief Executive Officer of Eazy Financial Services stated, “The unique biometric payment solution that Eazy envisioned to bring to this region requires a partner that has unrivalled experience in this field. NCR has an established name in the region and brings to the table a wealth of experience in the financial sector. We are looking to NCR to help us build a robust infrastructure through its hardware and software expertise, in order to upgrade ATMs and other access-points to enable them to accept and read fingerprints and process necessary data to perform financial transactions.”

As part of its transformational journey, Eazy will deploy Authentic, an intelligent transaction-processing platform from NCR, that enables faster payments and allows Eazy to have total control of its payments environment. Authentic will enable Eazy to support a full range of payment applications as it can be used as an omni-channel system handling ATM and POS channels as well as branch and digital banking or as a consumer payment service hub integrating gateways to services such as faster payments or other interbank networks. This first-of-its-kind alternative payment solution will use biometric data to enable users to perform everyday transactions through finger-tip recognition, eliminating the hassle of carrying cards, wallets or any other devices.

“New technologies are challenging traditional business models and transforming the way organizations interact with their customers,” said Wael Elaawar, GCC regional managing director, NCR Financial Services. “Authentic will enable Eazy to support a full range of payment applications and can be used as a payment gateway, to power consumer payment service hubs or omni-channel systems to drive all major ATM and POS devices, scaling from support of small gateway systems, to global networks.”

Authentic is designed to easily integrate with any core banking, fraud detection or other internal or external system. Authentic can accept any type of transaction from any device, source or system, authorize and authenticate it, and route it to any destination.

Eazy Financial Services B.S.C., is a Bahraini Fintech company focusing on providing technologies and innovative solutions to the financial sector. Eazy will soon be launching the region’s first biometric payment network, an alternative payment technology featuring an integrated fingerprint solution that will act as alternative to the traditional cash and card methods. This will be a first of its kind financial technology to be launched in the region and will enable users to perform seamless, secure and convenient financial transactions at the touch of a fingertip, through participating financial institutions.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation


Office Depot expands its North American business with senior executive appointments

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (May 30, 2017) announced the appointment of several senior executives to align with the Company’s focus to grow its North American business.

Steve Calkins has been named President, Business Solutions Division, focused on serving Office Depot’s B2B customers. With Office Depot since 2003, Calkins has been the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer since August 2016. Prior to that, he held various executive leadership roles in operations for over five years, including having responsibility for the Company’s contract sales business and Canadian operations. Having already been successful in these roles, he brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships that will support the continued momentum currently underway and drive expansion in adjacencies and services among B2B customers.

Troy Rice has been named President, Retail Division, focusing on our B2C customers. With a background of nearly 30 years in the retail industry, Rice, will maintain responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Company’s retail offerings while transforming the customer experience. In addition, he will oversee the Copy and Print business. Rice was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and has been with Office Depot since April 2014. Prior to joining Office Depot, Rice held various executive leadership roles with Toys “R” Us and The Home Depot.

“With our Company’s revenue evenly split between the retail and delivery businesses, it is imperative that we have strong leadership to meet our customer needs in both of these key business segments,” said Gerry Smith, Chief Executive Officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Both Steve and Troy have significant experience leading these businesses which will allow us to better leverage our integrated multi-channel business model and continue to execute against our strategic initiatives.”

Additionally, Michael Allison, formerly Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, recently has assumed the new role of Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer. With Office Depot since 2006, Allison is utilizing his significant company and industry experience as he continues to oversee Human Resources, Communications, Loss Prevention and Events, and has added responsibilities for IT, Real Estate and Construction.

Kevin Moffitt, currently Senior Vice President, eCommerce, will assume the expanded role of Chief Digital Officer, leading eCommerce and all digital-related activities for the Company. Moffitt, who has been with the company since 2012, will build on his more than 20 years of experience creating integrated, customer-centric digital experiences. Reporting to Steve Calkins, he will be responsible for transforming Office Depot’s digital platforms, driving digital strategy and innovation and accelerating the company’s online and mobile growth.

In addition, John Gannfors has recently joined Office Depot as Executive Vice President, Transformation and Strategic Sourcing. Gannfors is leading the company’s Transformation Office, process improvement and strategic sourcing areas where he will be responsible for procurement, driving business process improvements across the organization and executing on various efficiency and cost savings opportunities. He most recently spent nearly 10 years as Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer, Data Center Group, at Lenovo. Prior to joining Lenovo, he spent approximately 12 years in various leadership roles at Dell.

Rounding out the company’s executive team are Stephen Hare, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Timothy Beauchamp, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain.

“I am confident that with these leaders in place, we have the optimal structure and expertise to support and expand our customer base and focus on growing our North American business to position Office Depot for long-term future success,” added Smith.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

The company had 2016 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.

AnneMarie Mathews
Media Relations

Richard Leland
Investor Relations

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Amazon launches its 4th Annual Literary Award for Spanish-language books

  • The contest will award the best original Spanish-language work written by an independent author and published through Kindle Direct Publishing Select
  • The winning book will have the opportunity to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing and Audible in digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and published globally in all formats by AmazonCrossing
  • Jury members this year include best-selling authors Ismael Cala, Blanca Miosi and Jordi Sierra i Fabra

SEATTLE, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (May 30, 2017) announced the launch of its 4th Annual Literary Award for Spanish-language books. Independent authors can submit their previously unpublished works through Amazon’s self-publishing service, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), making their stories available to millions of readers around the world and qualifying for the opportunity to have their work published in print and audio, translated into English, and distributed worldwide. Amazon invited top author and coach Ismael Cala, ambassador for the contest in the U.S. and Latin America for the past two years, as well as two new ambassadors — Blanca Miosi, best-selling Latin American author, and Jordi Sierra i Fabra, best-selling Spanish author — to join the jury this year.

From July 1 to August 31, authors can upload their work to Amazon’s KDP service (http://kdp.amazon.com) for global distribution in both digital and print formats. Authors are given full control over the publishing process, from designing the cover to setting the list price, allowing them to earn up to 70 percent in royalties while retaining their books’ copyrights.

To qualify, authors need to make their books exclusively available through Amazon in both print and digital formats. For the Kindle Book it is necessary to enroll the title to KDP Select (benefiting from access to promotional tools and participation in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s eBook subscription service). They must also set their book price at a minimum of US$2.99, include PremioLiterario2017 in the keywords metadata field, and make the book available for sale globally only in all Amazon marketplaces during the award period. Submitted works must be original, unpublished works written in Spanish. The complete rules and the terms and conditions for the contest can be found at: www.amazon.com/premioliterario.

Books will be reviewed based on several criteria, such as creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing. Five finalists will be chosen and out of this group, one will be selected as the winner and have the opportunity to be published in print, digital and audio formats by Amazon Publishing and Audible, as well as translated into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for translated world literature.

“By encouraging Spanish-language authors to publish and submit titles to our contest, over the past 3 years we have been able to get more than 2,500 works off of authors’ desks and into the hands of readers,” said Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “We look forward to this award each year, when we spotlight Spanish-language authors from all over the world. We are excited to announce that this year we have added 3 stars to our cast of jury members.”

“Winning the Amazon contest has been like finding the key to a closed door for us,” said Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, authors of Ningún Escocés Verdadero, the winning book of the 2016 edition. “We intuited what was on the other side but now we can see it. And we hope that with the publication of Ningún Escocés Verdadero with Amazon Publishing we can definitely cross the threshold.”

“It is an honor to join the jury of the Amazon’s Independent Authors Literary Award this year. For two consecutive editions, I have been closely associated with the contest as an ambassador for the U.S. and Latin America, and now as a member of the jury,” said Ismael Cala. “The competition is a great opportunity to promote literary talent in Spanish. To participate is to win.”

“The award for the independent Spanish-language author that Amazon organizes is a tremendous contribution to the talent of so many new writers,” said Blanca Miosi. “I am honored to be a jury member and to join in the effort that this great company brings to literature. I hope many writers enter the prize that will give them a great boost to their careers.”

KDP is a free and seamless way for writers and publishers to make their print and digital books available to readers around the world. All the works taking part in the contest will be available in full on paper through Amazon, or as eBook through the Kindle Store and available for free for Kindle Unlimited customers. Customers will be able to purchase the books participating in the contest in print and digital formats. Enjoy the Kindle Books on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets.

About Amazon

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

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S Group and Tesco announce product partnership

S Group and Tesco announce product partnership


Helsinki, Finland, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The focus on food in Finland is currently geared towards local sourcing, vegetables and seasonal products, price-consciousness, and a desire to find enjoyment and luxury in everyday life. The product partnership between S Group and Tesco makes available some 200 products that will add a little extra flavour to Finnish meals.

– As part of our endeavour to match customer expectations, we are now addressing the increasing desire for pampering and luxury in everyday life, says Ilkka Alarotu, SVP, SOK Retail Business, about the cooperation involving Tesco products.

Starting today, Prisma and S-market outlets, and Alepa stores in the Helsinki region, will provide a broad selection of Tesco’s products including Finest and Free From ranges. In total, the selection consists of some 200 products.

– We are delighted to be working with S Group in Finland to provide a range of great quality Tesco products, and we’re looking forward to offering their customers the opportunity to try them for themselves, says Richard Stratton, Head of Wholesale & Export, Tesco PLC.

More “Free From”

Persons following a special diet will find many interesting food choices in Tesco’s Free From range.

– The introduction of Free From expands especially the selection of gluten-free products in S Group’s grocery stores. And best of all: these products are anything but free from flavour, says Katja Tapio, VP at SOK Retail Business.

Finest dining

The new product range is all about taste, in eye-catching and elegant packaging.

– Tesco’s Finest range is a triumph of contemporary design and elegance. The products will make you think of enjoying breakfast or five o’clock tea with the royals, says Katja Tapio.

S Group is a cooperative group of companies composed of 20 regional cooperatives, SOK Corporation and their subsidiaries. The co-op members own the cooperatives, which in turn own SOK Corporation. S Group’s key business areas consist of supermarket trade, department stores and speciality stores, service station store and fuel sales, the travel industry and hospitality business, hardware trade and financial services.  In 2016, S Group’s retail sales amounted to approximately EUR 11 billion and it has a total of more than 37,000 employees.

Tesco is a leading retailer with 460,000 colleagues serving millions of customers every week in stores across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Central Europe and Asia.S Group is Tesco’s latest retail partner, joining other retailers across Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe in offering a range of Tesco products to their customers.

Source: S Group


Graduate Fashion Week partners with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running

Graduate Fashion Week partners with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running


London, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Graduate Fashion Week is proud to announce its partnership with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running. Following the success of last year, the 2017 partnership will see both a womenswear and menswear graduate receive a scholarship within the Tu design team. What’s more, the lucky graduates will embark on a year-long mentorship with acclaimed British designers Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer as they create a Graduate Fashion Week collection for Tu’s SS18 range.

Building on Sainsbury’s commitment to support new emerging talent, the winning graduates will both complete a paid 12 month placement with Tu’s design department, culminating in the launch of their own collection in-store. The winners will be coached by the in-house teams and gain insight into the fashion industry from buying though to design. This follows the success of 2016’s winner, Genevieve Devine, who repurposed her winning final year collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s with mentoring British designer, Holly Fulton.

The winning womenswear and menswear graduates this year will have access to Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer, their renowned personal industry mentors, whose involvement in the programme will include monthly meetings with the graduates and creative sessions to review the winner’s collection for Tu. In addition to this, Holland will also invite the womenswear winner to experience a day in his design studio, as will Spencer with the menswear winner.

“I am delighted to be working with GFW and TU @ Sainsburys. This gives a great opportunity for graduates to get first-hand knowledge of working within the industry, from the factory floor to the shop floor. In an age where sustainability and quality are such a driving force it is important that we show the way for the next generation so they can tread a sustainable pathway within our industry.” Oliver Spencer

“I am thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the Sainsbury’s Graduate Fashion Week mentorship scheme. So much of my learning over the years has been learning from my mistakes so if I can help someone else not follow in my footsteps and guide them through the challenges in any way then I am so happy to be able to do so. I received nothing but help and support from so many people I encountered on my journey and I’m happy to be able to do the same for someone else. I’m excited to get started!” Henry Holland

“2017 is a truly exciting year for Graduate Fashion Week. Based on the triumph of last year’s Scholarship Award winner being mentored by Holly Fulton, Tu have expanded the 2017 Award to two winners working with catwalk designers

Henry Holland and Oliver Spencer, giving more graduates the amazing and unique opportunity to win a paid placement year and their own collection.” Martyn Roberts, Creative& Managing Director of Graduate Fashion Week.

“It’s wonderful to be part of Graduate Fashion Week for another year as we deepen our commitment to supporting new design talent. Good luck to all graduates participating, we look forward to meeting you, viewing your collections and guiding you through your first foray in the fashion industry.” James Brown, Director of Commercial for Sainsbury’s.

As part of the continued partnership, Tu at Sainsbury’s will be present during Graduate Fashion Week hosting a Tu hub within the sponsorship floor. This interactive space will be set-up for graduates to visit with their portfolios to obtain advice and apply for recruitment opportunities directly from the Tu at Sainsbury’s team, as well as exciting masterclasses for all attendees.

Tu at Sainsbury’s will also be hosting engaging talks within the GFW Talk Live! studio with key industry and team members. They include ‘Gok Wan The Inside Story’ and ‘Gok Wan Panel Talk – The Truth on the Fashion Industry’.

GFW is the world’s largest event for BA Fashion talent and will be taking place on the 4th-7th June 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.


020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury


EROSKI lanza una nueva tarjeta de crédito para sus socios cliente sumando más ventajas al programa EROSKI Club

EROSKI lanza una nueva tarjeta de crédito para sus socios cliente sumando más ventajas al programa EROSKI Club


  • Devolvemos el 1% del importe de las compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* en ahorro para futuras compras en EROSKI
  • Permite disponer de efectivo en las cajas de cualquier hipermercado y supermercado EROSKI, sin comisión, hasta 300 euros contra el límite disponible del titular y en su forma de pago habitual
  • Es gratuita, sin cuotas de emisión ni de mantenimiento
  • La cooperativa de consumo innova con servicios cada vez más personalizados para sus Socios Cliente, con nuevas formas de ahorro y ventajas directas para una vida más fácil

ELORRIO,España, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI continúa dando pasos para una mayor vinculación de sus Socios y Socias Cliente con la cooperativa. Tras el rotundo éxito del lanzamiento de EROSKI Club hace casi 3 años y que supera ya los 3,3 millones de afiliados, lanza ahora una nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club en colaboración con Mastercard y Santander Consumer Finance, con el objetivo de ofrecer nuevas posibilidades de ahorro a los consumidores para una vida más fácil.

La nueva tarjeta EROSKI Club – Mastercard convertirá en ahorro para su titular el 1% del importe de las compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* ingresando ese dinero en su tarjeta EROSKI club asociada, como saldo disponible por el Socio Cliente para sus compras en cualquier supermercado, hipermercado, gasolinera, óptica, agencia de viaje o tienda online de la cooperativa.

“Esta iniciativa nace de nuestra voluntad de reinventarnos como cooperativa de consumo, con nuevas soluciones de ahorro y ventajas personalizadas y directas para nuestros Socios y Socias Cliente que le hagan la vida más fácil” ha afirmado la directora de Marketing de EROSKI, Eva Ugarte.

Además, la nueva Tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club – Mastercard permite a su titular disponer de hasta 300 euros en efectivo cada día en cualquier tienda EROSKI sin comisión,  contra el límite disponible del titular y en su forma de pago habitual.. “Una ventaja adicional que ha sido muy bien valorada en las primeras presentaciones a Socios Clientes de la cooperativa, por la facilidad que supone para obtener efectivo en cualquiera de nuestras tiendas” ha revelado Eva Ugarte tras haber presentado esta iniciativa a distintos grupos de consumidores que participan en la definición de directrices para las políticas comerciales impulsadas por la cooperativa.

Atendiendo a la estrategia multicanal de EROSKI, la nueva Tarjeta EROSKI Club – Mastercard ofrece también un servicio gratuito de Compra Segura en internet, además de un seguro gratuito frente a accidentes.

Totalmente gratuita y sin costes de emisión ni mantenimiento, la nueva Tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club – Mastercard es válida en todo el mundo y tampoco tiene comisiones por cambio de moneda. Permite, asimismo, una total flexibilidad en las formas de pago, en las modalidades de pago inmediato o fin de mes sin ningún coste para todas las compras realizadas con la tarjeta, tanto en EROSKI como en cualquier otro establecimiento ajeno. Además, los Socios Cliente, titulares de la nueva Tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club – Mastercard contarán con campañas especiales de financiación para sus compras en EROSKI, una ventaja adicional especialmente relevante en determinadas épocas del año como las vacaciones, la vuelta al cole o la navidad.

“En Mastercard trabajamos para ofrecer a nuestros clientes sistemas de pago a la vanguardia, que hacen que comprar sea más fácil, rápido y seguro. La colaboración con EROSKI y Santander Consumer Finance, para ser la marca de la tarjeta y aceptación, hace que sea una importante alianza con un gran retailer de referencia en nuestro mercado, cuyo compromiso con sus clientes es facilitarles el pago en todo momento”, señala Ovidio Egido, director general de Mastercard España.

La nueva Tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club – Mastercard puede ser solicitada por cualquier consumidor en cualquier tienda EROSKI, supermercado, hipermercado, gasolinera, óptica o agencia de viajes.

EROSKI Club supera los 3,3 Socios Cliente

EROSKI Club, que a la vuelta del verano cumplirá 3 años, supera ya los 3,3 millones de Socios Cliente. Los usuarios de la tarjeta disfrutan de mejores precios en determinados productos, cuentan con ofertas exclusivas y descuentos personalizados que se acumulan como saldo disponible en la propia tarjeta, además de todas las ventajas del programa Travel Club, y tienen acceso a los distintos canales de participación de los Socios-Clientes en la cooperativa.

Durante el último año, EROSKI ha transferido un ahorro total de 260 millones de euros a sus clientes, con ofertas y promociones cada vez más personalizadas en función del perfil de compra y los intereses de los Socios Cliente.

“Hemos avanzado mucho en nuevas formas de generar ahorro para nuestros Socios y Socias Cliente, con promociones exclusivas, y lo hemos logrado manteniendo la calidad de nuestros frescos o el compromiso con los productos locales y mejorando la amplitud de surtido para una mayor libertad de elección” apunta Eva Ugarte, la directora de Marketing de la cooperativa. “EROSKI Club es hoy una pieza fundamental del modelo comercial “contigo” que está suponiendo un gran cambio cultural en nuestra organización y otorga un protagonismo central a los y las Socias Cliente, en coherencia con nuestra identidad como cooperativa de consumo”. En la actualidad, el 80% de las ventas de EROSKI están englobadas bajo su programa de fidelización.

La opinión del Socio-Cliente en la cooperativa

La participación de los Socios-Cliente a través de diferentes canales puestos a su disposición es un elemento fundamental en los procesos de escucha activa al cliente, mejora continua de las tiendas y está directamente relacionado con la autogestión de los propios equipos de cada tienda para adecuar su propuesta comercial a las expectativas de su cliente y al propio entorno competitivo.

Son más de 500.000 Socios Cliente los que se relacionan habitualmente con EROSKI a través del espacio-web diseñado específicamente para ellos (www.eroski.es/club) donde pueden obtener información actualizada sobre el ahorro obtenido, el saldo de la tarjeta, descuentos personalizados y mucho más. Además, a través de esta página web, los Socios-Clientes pueden participar en programas de opinión para valorar los productos de marca propia, así como su experiencia en las nuevas tiendas “contigo”, proponiendo nuevas innovaciones y mejoras.

* Quedan excluidas las compras en Hipermercados y sus gasolineras, Supermercados y sus gasolineras, tiendasde Alimentación, usos relacionados con el juego o apuestas y extracciones y disposiciones de efectivo, al no seroperaciones de compra de bienes o servicios. El importe a devolver se calcula sobre las compras netas (restados abonos y devoluciones) según tipología de actividad comunicada por el establecimiento vendedor. ** Hasta 300 € diarios contra tu límite disponible y en tu forma de pago habitual.


EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España y operador de referencia en las regiones de Galicia, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña y Baleares. Cuenta con una red comercial de más de 1.800 establecimientos, entre supermercados, hipermercados y cash&carry, además de gasolineras, ópticas, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta más de 33.870 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores.

Sobre Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, es una empresa de tecnología en la industria global de medios de pago. Opera la red de procesos de pago más rápida del mundo, conectando a consumidores, instituciones financieras, comerciantes, gobiernos y empresas en más de 210 países y territorios. Los productos y soluciones de MasterCard hacen las actividades comerciales diarias, tales como comprar, viajar, dirigir un negocio y gestionar las finanzas, más fáciles, seguras y eficientes para todo el mundo.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


SONIC® teams up with Paramount Pictures and upcoming film Transformers: The Last Knight for new lineup of icy Slushes

SONIC® teams up with Paramount Pictures and upcoming film Transformers: The Last Knight for new lineup of icy Slushes


Guests to “Transform Your Summer” with refreshing Slush lineup and sweepstakes

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is teaming up with Paramount Pictures and the upcoming June 21 theatrical release of Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by Michael Bay, to deliver a new lineup of icy Slushes and a chance to win thousands of prizes with the SONIC “Transform Your Summer” Sweepstakes.

SONIC’s Transformers: The Last Knight Slushes come in a series of unique flavors representing three of the film’s most popular characters inspired by Hasbro’s iconic toy line: Optimus Prime®, Bumblebee™ and Megatron®. The Optimus Prime® Slush combines cherry Slush topped with a flavorful layer of blue raspberry. Bumblebee™ Slush starts with orange Slush and a layer of grape flavor. Megatron® Slush is a base of sweet, classic clear Slush topped with a layer of icy grape flavor. To activate, fans just stir the concoction to create a refreshingly one-of-a-kind, icy flavor adventure.

“Partnering with Paramount Pictures and the new Transformers: The Last Knight movie provides a vertical integration opportunity with one of the most-loved movie franchises ever and allows us to play off our strength in frozen beverages,” said Lori Abou Habib, vice president of national marketing for SONIC. “The three Slush flavor combinations have refreshing flavor profiles that can’t be replicated anywhere else, something our guests expect from SONIC, are served in a movie-themed clear cup to show off the color-changing process.”

Starting May 29, guests can also participate in the “Transform Your Summer” Sweepstakes by visiting sonicdrivein.com/transformersmovie and entering the unique sticker code delivered with their SONIC order at for a chance to win. Prizes include Chevy Camaros, trips to Los Angeles, movie tickets, My SONIC gift cards and more.

“This national promotion from SONIC with their themed menu items, and great movie related prizes is a perfect kick off to the Summer excitement around the new film,” said LeeAnne Stables, president of worldwide marketing partnerships for Paramount Pictures. “The creative advertising they launched with hilarious custom television, digital and radio spots deliver an impressive, integrated campaign that SONIC and Transformers fans will enjoy.”

SONIC Transformer: The Last Knight Slushes are only available for a limited time, so hurry to the nearest drive-in to “Transform Your Summer.”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Begins 5/29/2017 at 12 noon ET and ends 7/23/2017 at 11:59 PM ET. Open only to eligible legal 50 U.S./D.C. residents. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Subject to Official Rules. For Official Rules, incld. how to enter without a purchase, visit www.sonicdrivein.com/transformersmovie. Sticker codes available only while supplies last. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Sonic Industries Services Inc. Chevy and Camaro are registered trademarks of GM. GM is not a sponsor of or affiliated with this promotion. TM & ©2017 June America’s Drive-In Brand Properties LLC ©2017 Par. Pics. ©2017 Hasbro. TRANSFORMERS, “Transform Your Summer” and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. All rights reserved. Hasbro is not a sponsor of this promotion.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning® campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $7.4 million to public school teachers’ classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com  and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Rebeka Mora
Rebeka Mora@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In


British Land announces winner of its 14th annual Awards for Excellence

British Land announces winner of its 14th annual Awards for Excellence


London, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 British Land Awards for Excellence, recognising individuals and teams in our supply chain who go above and beyond to deliver our sustainability strategy and create Places People Prefer.

We received almost 170 nominations for our 14th annual Awards for Excellence from colleagues, suppliers and occupiers across our portfolio, reflecting how many people in our supply chain go the extra mile to make a positive difference. The 11 awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in London on 27 June 2017.

Lucinda Bell, Chief Financial Officer at British Land: “People are at the heart of our vision to create Places People Prefer – the people who promote wellbeing at our places, who connect with our local communities, design our buildings for a changing world and grow local skills and opportunities. Through our Awards for Excellence, we are delighted to celebrate the placemakers in our supply chain. A big thank you to all our suppliers and especially this year’s award winners.”

Wellbeing in offices

  • Agnieszka Pietal of Principle Cleaning at Paddington Central.
  • Aurore Vandenneste of Ultimate Security Services at 7 Clarges.

Wellbeing in retail

  • Della Penny, Bob Winston, Andy Clark, Paul Dadds and George Scoles of ABM at Drake Circus.
  • Guy Henderson, Centre Manager at SouthGate.
  • Incentive FM landscaping team at St Stephen’s.


  • Dawn Osborne, Operations Manager at Meadowhall.
  • John Donald of Laing O’Rourke at Clarges Mayfair.


  • Augustin Defour of Bouygues at The Hempel Collection.
  • Peter Parkinson, Operations Manager at SouthGate.

Skills and opportunity

  • Sean McCullagh and Peter Tierney of TGM Contractors at Clarges Mayfair.
  • Stuart McCulloch of McLaren and Neil Rigby of Hawkspear at New Mersey and Broughton.

Our annual Awards for Excellence winners were selected from a shortlist of our quarterly award winners by a panel of judges from across the business. Read about this year’s quarterly winners below.

Spring Award Winners Shine
03 May 2017
By James Varley, Retail Asset Manager at British Land

Thanks to the People Who Make our Places
01 Mar 2017
By Victoria Brunt, Property Management Executive at British Land

Sustainable Placemaking Superstars
19 Dec 2016
By Matthew Webster, Head of Wellbeing and Futureproofing at British Land

Thanks to our Local Champions
11 Oct 2016
By Joanne Hammond, Community Investment Executive at British Land

Additional shortlist

Well done to our other quarterly award winners who made the shortlist:

  • Alan Barker, Centre Manager at Broughton.
  • Andrea Cavanagh of The Source Skills Academy.
  • Andrew Stafford, Engineering Manager at 10 Brock Street.
  • Annarose Hearsum, Lisa MacGregor and Nicola Sinden at Whiteley.
  • Chris Skelton and the property services team at Meadowhall.
  • Colin Kemp of Westgrove at Giltbrook.
  • Dulce Franco of Portico at York House.
  • Gail Sutton, Centre Manager at Giltbrook.
  • Hammad Gilani of Mitie Security at Ealing Broadway.
  • Jack Petrie of Sainsbury’s at Eden Walk.
  • James Mead of Alive ITC across our retail portfolio.
  • Jason Cumbicus of Principle Cleaning at Marble Arch House and York House.
  • Joe Merrigan and Ronan Campbell of the security team at Lisnagelvin.
  • Lee Stone and the JP Conry Cleaning Services team at Brock Street.
  • Mark Collins of Broadgate Estates.
  • Martyn Evans of M3 Consulting at 100 Liverpool Street.
  • Melanie de Andrades at Glasgow Fort.
  • Melissa Alexandrou at 2 Kingdom Street.
  • Mick Redmond at 350 Euston Road.
  • Mike Paris and Rob Colman of ABM at Whiteley.
  • Muhammad (Mo) Faheem of Incentive Lynx Security at Ebury Gate.
  • Neil Reid of ABM at Fort Kinnaird.
  • Noemi Szolcsanyi of Portico at Regent’s Place.
  • Olajide (Ade) Adegboyega of Incentive Lynx Security at The Leadenhall Building.
  • Operations team at SouthGate..
  • Peter Skerry of Westgrove at New Mersey.
  • Philip Kanyamahane of Incentive Lynx Security at Paddington Central.
  • Rosie Glenn of Rosie Glenn Fine Art.
  • Ross Tredget, Andy Groarke and Lewis Kinneir of Carmody Groarke at Paddington Central.
  • Steve Goddard, Deputy Centre Manager at Beaumont.

Notes to Editors

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £19.1 billion (British Land share: £13.9 billion) as at 31 March 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being named a European Sector Leader in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the third year running.

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

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

Press Contact:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Source: British Land


Wesfarmers announces three senior executive appointments

Perth, Australia, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wesfarmers today (29 May 2017) announced three senior executive appointments as part of the Group’s leadership transition next financial year.

Wesfarmers Deputy Chief Executive Officer and incoming Managing Director Rob Scott said he was pleased to be able to confirm the important leadership roles in advance of succeeding Richard Goyder as Managing Director in November 2017.At a Group level, Anthony Gianotti will be the next Wesfarmers Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Finance Director Terry Bowen, who will step down later this year after nearly nine years in the role and 12 years on the Wesfarmers leadership team.Mr Gianotti will become the Group’s Deputy CFO, effective 1 July 2017. He is currently Deputy Managing Director and Finance Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division.

Mr Scott said Mr Gianotti had shown himself to be an outstanding executive in key senior roles across the Group, including as Finance Director and Managing Director of the Insurance division before its divestment in 2015. In August 2015, Mr Gianotti was appointed Finance Director of the new Wesfarmers Industrials division, which brought together the Group’s three industrial businesses: Resources; Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers; and Industrial and Safety.

“Anthony will bring extensive experience in senior financial and commercial roles across the Wesfarmers Group, is deeply invested in Wesfarmers’ values and focus on sustainable shareholder returns, and has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership in business improvement,” Mr Scott said.

Mr Goyder and Mr Scott paid tribute to Mr Bowen’s contribution to Wesfarmers over more than 20 years with the Group, including as Finance Director of Landmark, Managing Director of Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety, and Finance Director of Coles in the period immediately after it was acquired by Wesfarmers in 2007.

“Terry has been pivotal to Wesfarmers’ growth and success over the past two decades, and is a trusted and brilliant colleague who is rightly considered to be one of the most outstanding senior executives in this country,” Mr Goyder said.

Mr Bowen said it had been an honour and a privilege to be part of the Wesfarmers Board and executive team and to work closely with so many talented people over the years.

“We’ve nurtured great depth of talent in the Group and our balance sheet is in great shape, which positions the Group well for the future,” Mr Bowen said. “I look forward to working with Anthony on a smooth transition in the coming months before pursuing new opportunities outside Wesfarmers.”


Wesfarmers also announced that David Baxby has been appointed Managing Director of the Industrials division, effective August 2017, succeeding Mr Scott. Mr Baxby is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of international shopping transaction processing business Global Blue and a former Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group Ltd, the holding company of Sir Richard Branson.

Mr Scott said he was delighted to welcome Mr Baxby to the Group Executive Leadership Team and looked forward to working with him to further develop and grow Wesfarmers’ non-retail businesses.

“David brings a wealth of international experience across a range of industry sectors that strengthens our Group leadership team,” Mr Scott said. “His strong commercial expertise and track record in business development will further support the performance and growth of our Industrials portfolio.”


Rounding out the executive changes, Michael Schneider, currently Managing Director Bunnings Australia and New Zealand (BANZ), has been promoted to Managing Director, Bunnings Group, replacing John Gillam who stepped down from the role in December 2016. Mr Schneider will retain responsibility for BANZ.

Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) Managing Director Peter Davis will now report to Mr Schneider, and Mr Scott will chair the BUKI Steering Committee. Mr Gillam continues to support the Bunnings business in an advisory role including as Chairman of the Bunnings Group Council.

Anthony Gianotti

Anthony was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division on 14 February 2017, while continuing as Finance Director of the division, a role he has held since August 2015.

Anthony started with Wesfarmers in January 2004 as a Business Development Manager and in 2005 was appointed Manager, Investor Relations and Corporate Planning. He was appointed General Manager of Strategy and Business Development of Wesfarmers Insurance in December 2006, and became Finance Director of that division and an Executive Director of a number of subsidiary boards in April 2009. Anthony was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Insurance in July 2013.

Before joining Wesfarmers, he held senior corporate finance roles with SG Hambros Bank in Sydney and London after starting his career at Ernst & Young.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2014.

David Baxby

David Baxby has been a Non-executive Director of Virgin Australia since 30 September 2004, is Chairman of Frontier Digital Ventures Limited and a Non-executive Director of Unlockd Limited, WorkPac Limited and Velocity Frequent Flyer and its subsidiaries. David is also a Councillor of Bond University.

Previously, David was the Global Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Blue and the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group Ltd, Sir Richard Branson’s holding company. His past Directorships include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money Australia, Virgin Mobile Australia, Virgin Holidays Ltd, Virgin America Inc and Air Asia X. David was also an investment banker for nine years with Goldman Sachs. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws from Bond University.

Mike Schneider

Mike Schneider was appointed Managing Director Bunnings Australia and New Zealand in January 2016, following the announcement of Bunnings’ acquisition of the Homebase business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Mike has been with Bunnings for more than 10 years in a range of senior operational roles, including as Director of Store Operations. Before joining Bunnings, he worked at senior levels in the retail and financial services sector. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of NSW and has completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, and the Advanced Strategic Management Program at IMD.

For further information:
Media Investors
Cathy Bolt
Media and External Affairs Manager
+61 8 9327 4423 or +61 417 813 804

Aleksandra Spaseska
General Manager
Investor Relations
+61 8 9327 4416 or +61 488 911 678

Source: Wesfarmers Market

Wenn vegetarisches Einkaufen zum Erlebnis wird

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Heute Morgen wurde im Bahnhof von Zug der erste «Karma»-Shop eröffnet, ein völlig neues Ladenkonzept von Coop. «Karma» bietet die grösste Auswahl an ausschliesslich vegetarischen und veganen Produkten in der Schweiz. Nebst Frischeprodukten umfasst das Sortiment Grundnahrungsmittel, vegane oder vegetarische Kosmetik-Produkte sowie eine grosse Auswahl an frisch zubereiteten Getränken. Nüsse und Cerealien zum selbst Abfüllen und eine abwechslungsreiche Palette an Convenience-Produkten zum Mitnehmen runden das Angebot ab. Mit «Karma» trägt Coop der grossen Nachfrage nach vegetarischen und veganen Produkten sowie gesunder Ernährung verstärkt Rechnung und baut ihre Kompetenz bei vegetarischen und veganen Produkten weiter aus.

Alle, die sich gerne vegetarisch oder vegan ernähren, sich als Flexitarier bezeichnen oder sich für Food-Trends und gesunde, nachhaltige Ernährung interessieren, dürfen sich freuen. Heute ging der erste «Karma»-Shop der Schweiz auf. Coop lanciert damit ein Ladenkonzept, das es so in der Schweiz bisher nicht gegeben hat. Denn «Karma» bietet als Vollsortimenter im Lebensmittel-Bereich alles, was Vegetarier und Veganer täglich brauchen und unterscheidet sich deutlich von den bekannten Formaten Coop to go, Zopf&Zöpfli oder Marché Express.

Neues Sortiment
Viele neue Produkte sowie trendige Marken finden sich im Sortiment des «Karma»-Shops. So gibt es eine stark erweiterte Auswahl an hausgemachten Artikeln der beliebten Eigenmarke Karma. Aber auch vegetarische und vegane Lebensmittel von Naturaplan und Délicorn finden sich in den Regalen. Daneben bietet der Shop ein breites Sortiment an Trend-Marken für Vegetarier und Veganer an, wie eine exklusive Auswahl an Produkten der Marke Veganz. Rund ein Drittel der Lebensmittel sind biologisch oder Max-Havelaar-zertifiziert. Kochinspiration liefert Fooby. Jede Woche gibt es ein neues Rezept im Shop zu entdecken – die dazu passenden Produkte finden sich bequem bei den Rezeptkarten. Der Shop bietet aber auch Non-Food- Produkte an, wie Schreibwaren und Karten oder eine Auswahl an veganer Kosmetik.

Mehr als nur ein Laden
Karma ist mehr als nur ein Laden und wird damit den Bedürfnissen junger und moderner Kundinnen und Kunden gerecht. Das neu auf das Ladenkonzept abgestimmte Sortiment wird ergänzt durch eine Kaffee- und Tee-Bar mit Sitzecke sowie rund 40 Lebensmitteln wie etwa Quinoa, Müesli oder Nüsse in Selbstbedienung – jeder kann die für sich passende Menge individuell und selber abfüllen. Jeden Tag bereitet das Karma-Team spannende, abwechslungsreiche Zmorge-Bowls, Sandwiches sowie Smoothies frisch zu. Am Mittag und Abend wird das Angebot durch Salad Bowls und einen veganen Hot Dog ergänzt – alles auch praktisch zum Mitnehmen und draussen Geniessen.

Diese Meldung und Bilder zum Download finden Sie auch unter www.coop.ch/medien


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

Ramón Gander
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: coop.ch

The Co-op sponsors LEAF Open Farm Sunday; increases engagement with teens and young adults with Snapchat geo-filters

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has produced a series of bespoke Snapchat geo-filters as part of its sponsorship of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, in a bid to promote engagement with teens and young adults.

Featuring creative farm-specific overlays the retailer will encourage youngsters who may be visiting a farm with family and friends to share their Open Farm Sunday experience across social media on Sunday 11 June.

The annual event, which has seen 1.8 million people visit a farm since it launched in 2006, encourages local communities to learn more about the countryside and find out how their food is produced.

Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s Head of Agriculture, said: “We’re delighted to be a sponsoring Open Farm Sunday again this year and wanted to increase our engagement with teenagers and the 18-24s. Our colourful and innovative Snapchat filters should help extend awareness of the day across a variety of digital platforms. It’s a great way to encourage a traditionally harder-to-reach demographic to learn more about how British farms are run and why we must protect our countryside.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, commented: “We’re delighted to see the Co-op extend their support of Open Farm Sunday with this bespoke social media activity. It’s great that our teenage visitors will have a really fun and interactive opportunity to engage with us online and we’re looking forward to seeing the many different images on Snapchat on 11 June.”

Earlier this month, the Co-op further demonstrated its commitment to British farmers by becoming the first national retailer to provide only 100% fresh own-brand British bacon and lamb. It already sells British beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, duck and turkey and only uses British meat in all its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585

Source: coop.co.uk


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,093,240 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 22, 2017 up to and including May 26, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.96 per share for a total consideration of €21.8 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 20,693,001 common shares for a total consideration of €410.5 million.

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

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


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Bridge Street Market — the future grocery store at Grand Rapids’ West Side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a nod to its neighborhood location and unique market format, organizers today (May 30, 2017) announced the name of the planned grocery store on Grand Rapids’ West Side as Bridge Street Market. Bridge Street Market is a new neighborhood market located near downtown on the bustling corner of Bridge St. and Seward Ave.

Bridge Street Market is the first-of-its-kind in the region and a unique retail model intended to deliver a convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for those who live, work and play in the area. The store will center on accessible fresh produce and full grocery offerings for the community.

Bridge Street Market will break ground and begin construction on June 26, 2017, and open its doors, windows and produce stalls in the early fall of 2018.

The community grocery store will anchor a development spanning a city block located amidst the city’s current hub of collaboration and mixed-use development, and reside alongside apartments, a parking deck and an office and retail building. The mixed-use project, commenced with the deconstruction of the original buildings in May, clearing the way for future development.

About Bridge Street Market:

Bridge Street Market is a new urban neighborhood grocery store focused on fresh-food service and essential items merchandised in a market-like setting. As the anchor of a unique mixed-use development on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s west side, Bridge Street Market will serve as a model for future neighborhood-friendly development in the area while providing residents and businesses alike access to fresh food and easily accessible convenience items in a one-of-a-kind store.

Amanda Passage

Source: Meijer

BJ’s Wholesale Club appoints Scott Kessler as EVP, Chief Information Officer and Rafeh Masood as SVP Chief Digital Officer

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 30, 2017) announced two new leaders that will drive the company’s technology roadmap and omnichannel transformation.

Scott Kessler has been named executive vice president, Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective immediately. In addition, Rafeh Masood has joined BJ’s as senior vice president, Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

“BJ’s has made rapid progress in our omnichannel initiatives, and I’m pleased to have two new executives of this caliber join our team as we transform our company,” said Christopher J. Baldwin, president and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Both Scott and Rafeh have extensive experience in building teams and delivering the technology and systems that drive growth. They will lead the investment in technology, people and systems as we build the omnichannel and digital platforms that showcase our value and deliver convenience to our members.”

Kessler has extensive experience leading Information Technology at multi-billion dollar retailers and e-commerce companies. He has built systems that support rapid sales growth and delivered improvements in IT service and efficiency.

Most recently, Kessler was executive vice president, CIO, at Belk, a $4 billion department store chain with nearly 300 stores. Prior to that, Kessler was senior vice president, products technology, at GSI Commerce, a global provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services for some of the world’s leading brands. He also held a leadership position at Accenture, working for a variety of global clients.

He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Kessler takes over the position held by Peter Amalfi, who plans to retire later this year. “I want to thank Peter for his countless contributions to BJ’s since joining the company in 2001,” Baldwin said. “Peter played a leading role in building the physical and digital infrastructure that enabled the company to grow into a leading wholesale club. His leadership created the foundation for our transformation and his contributions will be felt for years to come.”

In a newly created role, Masood will drive the strategy and vision for the company’s e-commerce and omnichannel efforts. He will focus on programs and initiatives that drive sales, showcase value and enhance convenience for members.

Masood has broad experience in operations and digital initiatives and a record of building successful e-commerce programs at major retailers. His strong leadership and collaborative style will make him a valuable member of the BJ’s leadership team and a key driver of its transformation.

Masood joins BJ’s from Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he was vice president, customer innovation technology. At Dick’s, Masood was responsible for all digital platforms, enterprise architecture and the use of technology to improve the customer experience.

Masood holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

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

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

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

For further information:
Kirk Saville

Kristy Houston

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

Taubman Centers issues statement regarding its ongoing and intensive engagement with shareholders

Board Remains Committed to Strong Corporate Governance Practices and Alignment with Shareholders

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) (the “Company”) today (05/30/2017) issued a statement regarding its ongoing and intensive engagement with shareholders.

Myron (“Mike”) E. Ullman III, Lead Director of Taubman and Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance committee, said, “Members of the Taubman Board and senior management have recently engaged in in-depth discussions with many of our shareholders in which we solicited their feedback on a wide range of topics, including the Company’s overall performance and business strategy, board structure and director qualifications. We discussed with shareholders Taubman’s outstanding long-term performance and best-in-class assets, strong competitive position to navigate the rapidly evolving retail environment, and continual governance enhancements year after year, including the well-received appointment of Cia Buckley Marakovits as a new independent director, the creation of the lead director role to replace our previous presiding director structure, our independent Board culture and the depth of relevant skills and expertise represented in our boardroom. Our shareholders have made a convincing case to us that the Board can and should move faster in enhancing Taubman’s corporate governance by pursuing accelerated board refreshment and moving forward with transitioning to annual elections for directors. We are committed to taking actions no later than the 2018 annual meeting as we continue to engage with our shareholders on topics of importance to them.”

Mr. Ullman continued, “The Board’s unanimous decision to support these commitments in the context of on-going engagement with our shareholders reflects Taubman’s commitment to listening and responding to investor viewpoints as a vital element in our efforts to deliver superior, long-term shareholder value. We look forward to continued meaningful dialogue with our shareholders and are gratified for their transparency and directness with us.”

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.


This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this document that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related business disruptions; maintaining our status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on our operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

This document may also include disclosures regarding, but not limited to, estimated future earnings assumptions and estimated project costs and stabilized returns for centers under development and redevelopment which are subject to adjustment as a result of certain factors that may not be under the direct control of the company. Refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q for other risk factors.


The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement and associated WHITE proxy card with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Company (the “Annual Meeting”). The Company, its directors, its executive officers and certain other individuals set forth in the definitive proxy statement will be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of the Company’s directors and executive officers and certain other individuals and their respective interests in the Company by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of the Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on February 23, 2017, and has been included in the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 20, 2017. Details containing the nominees of the Company’s Board of Directors for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are included in the definitive proxy statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ACCOMPANYING WHITE PROXY CARD, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Company’s definitive proxy statement and a form of proxy have been mailed to shareholders of the Company. Investors and shareholders can obtain a copy of the documents filed by the Company with the SEC, including the definitive proxy statement, free of charge by visiting the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company’s shareholders can also obtain, without charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other relevant filed documents when available from the Company’s website at www.taubman.com.

Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director

Andrew Siegel / Meaghan Repko / Joseph Sala, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director
Investor Relations

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Perry Ellis International partners with Wolf Company for men’s apparel and accessories under Cubavera® trademark in Mexico

MIAMI, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (May 30, 2017) that it has entered into a license agreement with Wolf Company S.A. de C.V. for men’s apparel and accessories under the Cubavera® trademark in Mexico.  The collection will be available in department and specialty stores, and is planned to launch in Fall 2017.

Cubavera represents the joy, vibrancy, and color of Cuba’s unique flavor of Latin culture that inspires and fascinates.  Its heritage comes from the guayabera, an elegant casual tropical linen shirt. Cubavera transformed this symbol of Cuban ingenuity into a collection of men’s apparel and accessories with authentic Latin roots and broad consumer appeal.

Everything at Cubavera is designed to invite consumers to Live the Good Life ™, the Cubavera way.  The Cubavera “good life” is all about looking great, feeling cool, and putting a little ritmo and tropical sabor into every day. It is a brand for people who like to express themselves: with color, pasión, relaxed and put-together-style, natural charm and confidence.

“We are enthusiastic about working with Wolf Company.  This collaboration is consistent with our initiatives to expand the Cubavera brand and we look forward to marketing the brand to a new and expanded generation of consumers in Mexico,” commented George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

Jose Enrique Aguilar Gonzales, Brand Manager of Wolf Company S.A. de C.V., stated, “We are excited to partner with Cubavera and Perry Ellis International.  We will be offering the Mexican market the heritage and Latin flavor of Cubavera, which we are confident will continue to engage the Mexican consumer. Cubavera perfectly adapts to the great cultural and natural wealth of Mexico, its beaches, resort areas and holiday destinations of great importance in the world.

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

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

About Wolf Company S.A. de C.V.
Wolf Company S.A. is a 100% Mexican company with more than 40 years in the market and presence in the most important boutiques and department stores in Mexico.  Wolf Company S.A. is the pioneer in the manufacturing and development of the authentic Yucatan guayabera.  The company’s collections combine fashion, tradition, elegance and freshness in our product.

Alberto Maduro

Jose Enrique Aguilar Gonzales
011-52-01-999-981-5842 Ext 118

Source: Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Delivery Hero Group to acquire Kuwait-based food delivery platform Carriage

Berlin, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, announced today (29 May 2017 ) it has agreed to acquire Carriage, a young and fast-growing food delivery platform based in Kuwait and operating in the Gulf Council Countries (GCC).

Carriage operates a hybrid business model offering both, delivery marketplaces and own delivery services in the Middle East, allowing it to add restaurants to its marketplaces that either do not offer deliver services themselves or intend to discontinue their own delivery services. This hybrid business model reflects a wider shift across several regions with a growing demand of customers and restaurants for such combined services. The acquisition ensures that Delivery Hero will stay at the forefront of this shift.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said: “Carriage is an innovative player in the Middle Eastern food delivery market with an excellent management team. It will be a perfect addition to our current offering under the Talabat brand and strengthen our foothold in this region, where we see significant growth potential.”

Abdullah Jihad Almutawa, CEO of Carriage: “We are delighted to join forces with the leading global player in our space and are excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead of us. Becoming part of Delivery Hero will strengthen our business and extend our reach considerably.”

Carriage was founded and is managed by CEO Abdullah Jihad Almutawa, CFO Musab Jihad Almutawa, COO Khaled Youssef Alqabandi, and CTO Jonathan Lau. The strong team of founders was key to the acquisition and will remain on board going forward. The company was founded in Kuwait and has extended into several other markets in the region.

The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

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 delivery service primarily in 50+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees.

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications

Source:  Delivery Hero Group

Lowe’s Canada Langford RONA store to undergo renovation and to convert to Lowe’s banner

Langford RONA selected for second Lowe’s conversion slated for Fall 2017

Boucherville, QC, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 29, 2017 ), Lowe’s Canada announced that its Langford RONA Home and Garden store will be the second RONA big box location set to convert to the Lowe’s banner. The Langford store, located at 850 Langford Parkway (in Victoria), will undergo an extensive renovation and re-merchandising of the existing store which is expected to be completed by Fall 2017.

Starting on June 5, 2017, the Langford store will undergo a 16-week physical transformation which involves an extensive process including construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion. As well, Lowe’s is investing in our people with extensive training that is focused on new product knowledge and customer service.

“The store will remain open during the conversion and we are committed to minimizing any impact on customers so that we can continue to offer the best shopping experience possible during the conversion process,” confirmed Jim Caldwell, Executive Vice President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail.

Customers of the Langford store can look forward to an enhanced shopping experience including expanded assortment and access to well-known brands such as Kohler, John Deere and Whirlpool, as well as the introduction of new categories such as appliances. Lowe’s also offers established private label brands such as Kobalt and Allen & Roth, which offer great quality at affordable prices. In addition, Lowe’s has strong seasonal programs for its Patio and Holiday collections, top of the line installation programs across many categories, protection plans for products such as appliances, tools and outdoor power equipment, and a superior online program which includes Click & Collect for in-store pickup and local truck delivery and parcel shipping.

The new Langford Lowe’s will feature 73,349 square feet of retail sales space, an adjacent Garden Centre with 28,315 square feet, as well as an outdoor lumber yard with 24,155 square feet and a covered (drive-thru) lumber yard with 14,217 square feet. The store will account for more than 130 permanent jobs and approximately 30 seasonal positions, and is currently looking to hire an additional 30 permanent and seasonal employees. Interested candidates can visit www.lowes.ca/careers for more information and to apply.

About Lowe’s Canada

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operate or service over 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

Source:Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Topaz rolls out Photo-Me ID compliant photobooths across its network

Topaz rolls out Photo-Me ID compliant photobooths across its network


Topaz and Photo-Me invest €1m in the rollout of ID compliant photobooths across its network

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has partnered with Photo-Me to facilitate the rollout of their ID compliant photobooths in Topaz service stations nationwide. The photobooths will allow applicants capture and transfer their Photo-ID straight to the Irish passport office to accompany their online passport renewal application.

With a combined investment of €1m, installation has already been completed in 15 service stations – with plans to increase this to 50 by the end of 2017. Topaz is the first forecourt retailer to partner with Photo-Me and offer this service to its customers.

Photo-Me Ireland has itself invested over €6m in technology and equipment, to become the first company licenced by the Department of Foreign Affairs to capture and handover digital photos as part of the online passport application.

Photo-Me booths provide an unrivalled service to customers who wish to renew their passports with ease – the process in the photobooth takes only three minutes as the user is guided through the simple step-by-step process. The process is the most secure way to ensure the photo is fully compliant and that the image cannot be tampered with in any way.

Once photos are captured and transferred to the passport office, applicants will receive a print out with four images they can use for future ID requirements. Users will also receive a unique code which will allow them to attach their photo to their online passport renewal application. The full list of locations is available on www.topaz.ie

Niall Anderton, Managing Director, Topaz, said of the partnership: “The introduction of Photo-Me booths in Topaz service stations adds yet another dimension to the many services we offer our customers. Topaz is committed to providing the best customer experience for all of those who choose to visit our service stations, and this is just another exciting development for Topaz nationwide.The services provided by Photo-Me booths greatly simplify the process of applying for passport renewal, and we are delighted to provide this convenience for consumers across Ireland.”

Patrick Brennan, Managing Director Photo-Me, said “Photo-Me Ireland is delighted to have agreed a five year licence with Topaz for the placement of our latest technology photobooths that will enable Topaz customers renew their passports as well as print traditional photo IDs. The Topaz network throughout Ireland will ensure we have a photobooth within 5km of 95% of the population at convenient and easy to access locations. We are delighted to be associated with such a trusted brand for this new service.”

Source: Topaz


The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give adds live music from 3 Doors Down to its robust tournament schedule


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is partnering with General Mills to add live music to its robust tournament schedule. A concert, featuring 3 Doors Down, will be held June 17, following tournament play, during LIVE at the Grand Taste at Blythefield Country Club.

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Known for their mega-hits, ‘Kryptonite,’ ‘Here Without You,’ ‘When I’m Gone,’ and ‘It’s Not My Time,’ the 5-piece rock band has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide.

Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.

“This year’s tournament will, once again, attract top talent on the golf course and now on stage,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We try very hard to make this an event for the entire family. We believe adding this concert into an already fun week of activities will engage even more people in the community – to support feeding the hungry through Simply Give.”

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer or purchase tickets, please visitmeijerLPGAclassic.com.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.


Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer


First Data to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect for $15.00 per share in cash

  • CardConnect’s innovative partner management tools help improve merchant retention
  • Capabilities accelerate First Data’s firm-wide ISV initiative
  • Brings First Data immediate capabilities in ERP-integrated payment solutions
  • All CardConnect tools and capabilities will be made available through First Data’s JVs, acquiring partnerships, and other distribution channels
  • Transaction is modestly accretive to adjusted EPS before expected synergies
  • Modest impact on leverage; medium-term deleveraging objective remains intact

NEW YORK AND KING OF PRUSSIA, PA,, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ —First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, and CardConnect Corp. (NASDAQ: CCN), a technology-oriented commerce solutions provider, announced today (29 May 2017) that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for First Data to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of CardConnect for $15.00 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to First Data’s adjusted EPS in the first full year post-closing, before expected synergies.

CardConnect is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions and is one of First Data’s largest distribution partners. It processes approximately $26 billion of volume annually from about 67,000 merchant customers which are served by CardConnect’s large base of distribution partners.

“This transaction is consistent with our strategy of integrating and scaling innovative technologies across our distribution footprint to better serve our partners and customers,” said First Data Chairman and CEO, Frank Bisignano. “CardConnect is a long-standing First Data distribution partner and we are excited to incorporate their state-of-the-art solutions across some of our most important strategic initiatives such as partner-centric distribution, integrated payments, and enterprise payments solutions.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity for CardConnect to partner with an organization that has the world class capabilities of First Data,” said CardConnect President and CEO, Jeff Shanahan. “This transaction improves our ability to innovate and deliver leading technology-oriented commerce solutions to our combined customer base. In addition, we believe our growth trajectory improves with First Data’s breadth of products and its powerful distribution network.”

Transaction Terms
Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement between the parties, a subsidiary of First Data will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding CardConnect common stock for a purchase price of $15.00 per share in cash, followed by a merger in which each share of CardConnect common stock not tendered will be converted into the right to receive $15.00 per share in cash. The aggregate transaction value is approximately $750 million, including repayment of CardConnect’s outstanding debt and the redemption of CardConnect’s preferred stock. First Data intends to fund the transaction with a combination of cash on hand and funds available under existing credit facilities.

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by CardConnect’s Board of Directors. In addition, CardConnect shareholders holding approximately 40% of CardConnect common stock have entered into tender and support agreements agreeing to tender their shares of common stock into the tender offer and support the transaction. The transaction is subject to the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of CardConnect common stock as well as other customary closing conditions, including expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017.

Allen & Company LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to First Data and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as its legal advisor. Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (collectively, “FT Partners”), served as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to CardConnect, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as CardConnect’s legal advisor.

Conference Call and Webcast
The companies will host a conference call and webcast to review the transaction on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8 a.m. ET. To listen to the call, dial +1 (844) 826-3033 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-5172 (outside the U.S.). The call will also be webcast on the Investor Relations section of the First Data and CardConnect websites at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com, along with a slide presentation to accompany the call.

A replay of the call will be available through July 12, 2017, at +1 (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (outside the U.S.); passcode 10108324, and via webcast at investor.firstdata.com and investors.cardconnect.com.

About First Data
First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.

About CardConnect
CardConnect (NASDAQ: CCN) is an innovative provider of payment processing and technology solutions, helping more than 67,000 organizations – from independent coffee shops to iconic global brands – accept billions of dollars in card transactions each year. Since its inception in 2006, CardConnect has developed advanced payment solutions backed by patented, PCI-certified point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization. The company’s small-to-midsize business offering, CardPointe, is a comprehensive platform that includes a powerful reporting and transaction management portal which extends to a native mobile app. CoPilot is a centralized business management tool to help distribution partners manage their business. For enterprise-level organizations, CardSecure integrates omni-channel payment acceptance into several ERP systems – such as Oracle, SAP, JD Edwards and Infor M3 – in a way that minimizes PCI compliance requirements and lowers transaction costs.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
The tender offer for the outstanding shares of CardConnect (the “Company”) referenced in this communication has not yet commenced. This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of the Company, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that First Data Corporation and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender offer is commenced, First Data and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and the Company will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of the Company are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of the Company securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of the Company at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Additional copies may be obtained for free by contacting First Data, 225 Liberty Street, 29th Floor, New York, New York 10281, Attention: Investor Relations.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, First Data and the Company file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by First Data or the Company at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. First Data’s and the Company’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains forward-looking information relating to First Data and the proposed acquisition of CardConnect by First Data that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These forward-looking statements generally include statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, among other things, statements about the potential benefits of the proposed acquisition; First Data’s and CardConnect’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the financial condition, results of operations and business of First Data and CardConnect; industry, business strategy, goals and expectations concerning First Data’s and CardConnect’s market position, future operations, future performance and profitability; and the anticipated timing of closing of the acquisition. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing of the acquisition (including the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approval) in the anticipated timeframe or at all, including uncertainties as to how many CardConnect stockholders will tender their shares in the tender offer and the possibility that the acquisition does not close; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, including in circumstances which would require First Data or CardConnect to pay a termination fee or other expenses; risks related to the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on First Data’s or CardConnect’s important relationships, including with employees, suppliers and customers; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; negative effects of this announcement or the consummation of the proposed acquisition on the market price of First Data’s or CardConnect’s common stock and on First Data’s or CardConnect’s operating results; significant transaction costs; the risk of litigation and/or regulatory actions related to the proposed acquisition; the possibility that competing offers will be made; and risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including the possibility that the expected benefits from the proposed acquisition will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period. Other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include those that will be set forth in the Schedule TO, Schedule 14D-9 and other tender offer documents filed by First Data, Merger Sub and CardConnect. Many of these factors are beyond First Data’s and CardConnect’s control. A further description of risks and uncertainties relating to First Data and CardConnect can be found in their Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and in their subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, each of First Data and CardConnect disclaims any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this communication as the result of new information or future events or developments.


First Data Contacts
Peter Poillon
Investor Relations
First Data

Liidia Liuksila
Public Relations
First Data

CardConnect Contacts
Joe Hassett
Gregory FCA Communications

Source: First Data Corporation

PHILIPPINES: Felicidad T. Sy Foundation to fund the construction of sports center at Philippine Cultural College’s Quezon City campus

PHILIPPINES: Felicidad T. Sy Foundation to fund the construction of sports center at Philippine Cultural College’s Quezon City campus


Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — In support of education and sports development, The Felicidad T. Sy Foundation (Foundation) of SM matriarch Felicidad T. Sy has signed an agreement with the Philippine Cultural College (PCC) for the construction of a 600-square meter sports center to be located at PCC’s Quezon City campus.

The Foundation has donated PHP50 million to fund the development of the sports center, the construction of which will commence in the next few months this year. To be named “Felicidad Tan Sy Sports Center”, the facility will house state-of-the-art sports equipment to be used solely for educational purposes and is targeted for completion before the year ends.

PCC, formerly Philippine Cultural High School, was established on June 27, 1923 and is the first and oldest Chinese-Filipino secondary school in the country. It offers pre-school, grade school, junior and senior high school programs that emphasize the teaching of English, Filipino, Mandarin, mathematics, science, and information technology. In 2008, it started offering college education, making it a complete educational system.

PCC currently has three campuses located in Manila, Caloocan City, and Quezon City. The Manila campus is a six-story building at 1253 Jose Abad Santos Street in Tondo, Manila. The Caloocan campus is at 175 8th Avenue Extension, Grace Park, Caloocan City. Both campuses offer pre-school, grade school, junior and senior high school programs. The Quezon City campus, constructed through the concerted efforts and generosity of PCC alumni, houses the College Department of the PCC system. The Quezon City campus is located at 46 D. Tuazon corner M. Cuenco Sr. streets, Quezon City.

Existing facilities at these campuses include libraries, instructional media centers, internet and computer laboratories, speech laboratories, science rooms, audio-visual rooms and auditoriums, basketball gymnasiums and other sports facilities, kitchens and hotel rooms, and a student cooperative store.

The Felicidad T. Sy Foundation is focused on spiritual development and promoting Catholic living in the community. Its programs support the restoration and building of Catholic churches, provide SM employees spiritual programs and care for church leaders and ministers through various special projects among others.

Source: SM Investments Corporation


Defense Commissary Agency appoints Michael G. Shaffer as the new deputy director of acquisition management

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michael G. Shaffer is the new deputy director of acquisition management for the Defense Commissary Agency effective April 30.

The announcement came from Larry Hahn, director of acquisition management. Shaffer previously served as enterprise acquisition division chief and will continue to provide oversight to this division until the agency selects his replacement. Shaffer follows Richard Deiter, who left the agency in December 2016 for an assignment at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia. He had served more than two years as deputy director of acquisition management.

“Mike has been a key member of the DeCA acquisition community for many years,” Hahn said. “His long history of dedication to his customers and the commissary patrons has provided him with a broad base of knowledge that will serve him well in leading the acquisition community in his new position.”

In addition to serving as the deputy director of acquisition management, Shaffer has secondary oversight of the resale contracting division and primary oversight of DeCA’s overseas contracting operations and its IT contracting operation.

For the past five years, he was chief of the enterprise acquisition division, where he managed three procurement branches supporting a wide array of requirements for areas such as DeCA’s business transformation, new commissary construction and rehabilitation, architect engineering, logistics, commissary support services, worldwide operational supplies, revenue generating agreements and emergency support.

Shaffer came to DeCA in 2002, serving first as a procurement analyst for three years and later as the chief of the revenue, supplies and headquarters support branch from 2005 to 2012.

Before DeCA, Shaffer served eight years in Washington D.C., with the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) contracting directorate, the first four as a contract specialist and the balance as a procurement analyst.

During his tenure as a contracting specialist with NAVSEA, Shaffer spent one year with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s Research Development and Acquisition office in Arlington, Virginia. There, he reviewed acquisition documents submitted from three Navy system commands prior to service-level approval. Shaffer also served on the Navy inspection team for two of these system commands, assessing contract compliance and performance management for the commands’ procurement offices.

Later, after returning to NAVSEA, Shaffer was promoted to procurement analyst, where he reviewed high-dollar acquisitions for the Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers as well as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding contracting offices. During this assignment he was acknowledged for recommending a cost-saving commercial alternative to a piece of military shipboard equipment later adopted by the Navy.

Shaffer entered federal service in 1994 after graduating from Frostburg State University with a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing.

Before college he served four years in the Navy from 1987 to 1991, his last job as a petty officer third class assigned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia as a lead storekeeper aboard the Resolute AFDM-10, a floating dry dock used for repair and maintenance of submarines. His duties included supervising two storekeepers as well as procuring, receiving, storing and issuing inventories of repair parts and other supplies while maintaining the financial ledger for those inventories and also the equipment rental budget.

His most recent awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), runner-up selection in the DeCA Director’s Innovation Challenge (2011) and various Special Act Awards. He was also selected Navy Petty Officer of the Quarter (1991).

“In my ‘former life’ I’ve worked a number of shelf stocking jobs at a variety of retailers to include Costco, Be-Lo Food Stores, County Market, Wilson’s Grocery, Food Lion and the Walter Reed Commissary (stocking shelves at night for a commercial contractor),” Shaffer said. “This work made me appreciate what I did later and still do today as a part of the acquisition directorate.

“My daily focus has been and will remain to support key DeCA functions like store operations, business transformation and the sales directorate,” he added, “procuring contracts that save the agency millions of dollars, improve our internal business processes and result in a better shopping experience for our patrons.”

About DeCA:

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

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Source:  Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Tesco launches resealable salad bags as part of its ‘No Time For Food Waste’ campaign

Tesco launches resealable salad bags as part of its ‘No Time For Food Waste’ campaign


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers are to be given a helping hand to reduce food waste thanks to Tesco’s new resealable salad bags.

Salads are one of the UK’s most wasted foods by households, and figures* show that Brits throw away around 37,000 tonnes from their homes each year – the equivalent of 178 million bags of salad.

The new bags have a sliding zip lock, similar to the ones used for family-sized cheese portions, to keep the salad from spilling out once it’s been opened.

The packaging is made from a thicker film than usual to help protect the leaves from getting damaged.

Tesco produce buyer manager Adam Hill:

“Over the last two years we’ve been working with our growers to develop new packaging which allows customers to return to their bags of salad over a number of days with very little hassle or fuss.

“We know many shoppers roll up their bagged salads after using them once and stick them at the back of their fridges where they are forgotten for days or even weeks.

“These new bags are made from stronger material to protect the leaves from getting scrunched up – so preventing them from going to waste.”

Tesco’s research found that:

  • Shoppers do not always buy bagged salads with a meal in mind which can lead to them being forgotten purchases
  • Current bags are not strong enough to protect leaves and do not seal so salads tend to spill out in the fridge
  • Shoppers believe that air going into a bag once its opened is “bad air” and want a way to stop this occurring

The move to launch the resealable salad bags has been welcomed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) – a not-for-profit organisation that works with governments, businesses and the public to promote waste reduction.

WRAP’s business programmes director Steve Creed said:

“We commend Tesco for introducing a new resealable packaging format for their pre-prepared salads which will help in the fight to reduce household food waste.

“At present, nearly 40 per cent of lettuce and leafy salads bought by householders end up being thrown away in the home.”

The new Tesco salads in resealable bags are priced as follows Babyleaf spinach (240g) – £1.50; Iceberg lettuce (260g) – £1; Sweet and crunchy (370g) – £1; Babyleaf salad (140g) – £1.50.

The new packaging is part of Tesco’s ‘No Time For Food Waste’ campaign to tackle food waste wherever it occurs – from farm to fork.

Note to editors:

  • Latest data from retail analysts EPOS shows that UK shoppers bought 431 million in the 52 weeks to April 22 2017 – a 2.7 per cent growth on the previous year.
  • In 2012, WRAP published research that provided estimates on the amount and type of food and drink wasted in UK homes. It found that lettuce and leafy salads had among the highest level (nearly 40 per cent) of household food waste in the UK.
  • Tesco believes that no food that could be eaten should be wasted and has made the commitment that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from Tesco UK Retail operations by the end of 2017. For more information go to tescoplc.com/foodwaste

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco


Lulu Express – “Fresh Market” opens in Galleria Mall in Jubail city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Lulu Express – “Fresh Market” opens in Galleria Mall in Jubail city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 2017-May-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jubail: Lulu Group has opened its latest store with the opening of Lulu Express – “Fresh Market” in Galleria Mall Fanateer Dist., near Jubail city in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia. The Lulu Express was officially inaugurated by Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulla Al Msned – General Manager, General Service Sector – Royal Commission in the presence of several high-ranking officials from Royal Commission and Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman and Managing director of LuLu Group Mr. Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Mr. Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, Mr. Althaf, Director and other senior officials of LuLu Group and besides of that several dignitaries from local business communities were also presented in the event including with a large number of residents.

The new Lulu express is spread over an area of about 40,000 Sq. feet and will serve the residents of Fanateer District and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking.

The store offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs like Grocery goods, fresh food, butchery, fish as well as Department store sections such as footwear, Sportswear, Home appliances, IT products and Mobiles.


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

Source: Lulu Group