Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP partner to support growth of SMEs in Pakistan through e-commerce

Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP partner to support growth of SMEs in Pakistan through e-commerce

Hangzhou, China, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA), the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group, and Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President of Global Business of Ant Financial, signed the Memorandum on behalf of Alibaba and Ant Financial, respectively.

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said: “I am honored to have had the opportunity to visit the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Today by entering into this agreement with Alibaba and Ant Financial we further strengthen mutual cooperation and look to bring about a positive change for our small and medium enterprises. With the support of the Alibaba Group and Ant Financial we hope to elevate our local businesses to new heights and bring them into the realm of the e-commerce platform.”

Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma said: “With the globalization of e-commerce, developing countries are well-placed to support the growth of their small and medium enterprises and to seize opportunities which can help bolster their economies. E-commerce has been established for developing countries and for SMEs. Pakistan has seen significant progress in recent years and we look forward to working together with TDAP to further enhance the potential of their SMEs through the signing of this MoU.”

Under the terms of the MoU, Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP agree to foster growth of worldwide exports of products by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan through e-commerce. Online and offline training programs for the SMEs will also be conducted by Alibaba in a bid to assist SMEs with on-boarding on to Alibaba’s platforms and optimizing exports through e-commerce.

TDAP will help identify suitable SMEs to participate in the training programs while Alibaba will be responsible for providing industry analysis to TDAP to assist them in their selection process.

In addition, Alibaba, Ant Financial and TDAP have agreed to promote the growth of financial services in Pakistan in areas such as mobile and online payment services. The parties have also agreed to adopt cloud computing services to support the online and mobile e-commerce businesses of SMEs in Pakistan.

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

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Amazon ranked #2 on LinkedIn U.S. Top Companies list of companies that attract and retain top talent

Annual list recognizes best companies at attracting and retaining top talent

SEATTLE, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — LinkedIn today (May 18, 2017) announced that Amazon ranked #2 on its U.S. Top Companies list, which recognizes companies that attract and retain top talent. LinkedIn’s second annual Top Companies list ranks companies based on data from LinkedIn’s 500+ million members, including current and prospective Amazon employees. See LinkedIn’s full announcement and methodology here.

“I believe the biggest reason that the best talent in the world wants to work and stay at Amazon is our unique culture of innovation and customer obsession,” said Beth Galetti, SVP of Human Resources at Amazon. “Thank you to our hundreds of thousands of employees who bring this culture to life and make sure every day at Amazon is Day 1.”

In the past year alone, Amazon has committed to creating more than 100,000 new, full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S., hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses, and training 10,000 active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses in cloud computing. Meet a few of the hundreds of thousands of employees who spend their days figuring out ways to make Amazon customers’ lives easier.

Amazon provides employees with highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Leave Share lets employees share their Amazon paid leave with their spouse or domestic partner if their spouse’s employer doesn’t offer paid leave. Ramp Back gives new moms additional control over the pace at which they return to work. Just as with Amazon’s health care plan, these benefits are egalitarian – they’re the same for fulfillment center and customer service employees as they are for Amazon’s most senior executives.

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 and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon shares which books are being read and sold the most through its newly launched Amazon Charts

Amazon shares which books are being read and sold the most through its newly launched Amazon Charts


A reimagined bestseller list that shares how we read today

SEATTLE, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (May 18, 2017) launched Amazon Charts, a reimagined weekly bestseller list that shares which books are being read the most and which books have sold the most across all formats each week. The Top 20 Most Read is the first ever bestseller list to measure the books millions of customers are really reading and listening to by looking at the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners. The Top 20 Most Sold list ranks the most books sold, pre-ordered or borrowed each week from, and Amazon Books. Amazon Charts include data across all reading formats – whether books are bought or borrowed, listened to or read – to accurately reflect how readers are really reading and buying books today. To see which books made the inaugural Top 20 Most Read and Top 20 Most Sold fiction and nonfiction Amazon Charts, visit:

“When friends make a book recommendation, they recommend books they are really reading and loving,” said David Naggar, vice president, Amazon. “Many well-known bestseller lists today add, remove, or re-rank books based on editorial considerations and customers have asked for a bestseller list that is based on reading engagement and sales data, rather than an opinion-based list of what books they should be paying attention to. We’re excited to give book lovers Amazon Charts to help them discover their next great read.”

Key Amazon Charts features include:

  • What’s really being read: Amazon Charts Top 20 Most Read is the first list to rank books by the average number of daily Kindle readers and daily Audible listeners each week – giving customers the opportunity to see what’s actively being read or listened to every week.
  • What’s really being bought or borrowed: Amazon Charts Top 20 Most Sold ranks books according to the number of copies sold and pre-ordered through, and Amazon Books stores and books borrowed from Amazon’s subscription programs such as Kindle Unlimited,, and Prime Reading.
  • The stories behind the books: When exploring Amazon Charts, readers can browse fun insights into how other readers are reacting to each book. From which books were Most Anticipated according to the rate of customer pre-orders, to which Kindle books were simply Unputdownable, according to how quickly customers read a book from cover to cover.

“Amazon Charts is exactly what we need,” said Patricia Cornwell. “Exciting and forward thinking, it will accurately represent what people are reading and investing their time into.”

Customers can now also stay up to date on what the latest trending books are with Amazon Charts on Alexa. Whether you are heading out the door to start your commute or have your hands full while packing for an upcoming flight, Alexa makes it easy to stay informed and find your next book. Just say, “Alexa, what are the most popular books this week?” to learn about books on this week’s Amazon Charts.

To learn more and see which books made the inaugural Top 20 Most Read and Top 20 Most Sold fiction and nonfiction Amazon Charts visit:

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 and follow @AmazonNews.

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Loewe presents Spring/Summer 2017 capsule collection with Paula’s Ibiza

Loewe presents Spring/Summer 2017 capsule collection with Paula’s Ibiza

Paris, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the summer season Loewe presents a special collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza. Revisiting iconic designs and prints, the collection celebrates the artistry of the founders and a cultural phenomenon whose indelible legacy marked a generation with pieces that express the fun, art and glamour of the Ibizan way of life.

The new collection sprang from memories of childhood trips by Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson to the Balearic island. The Spring/Summer 2017 capsule collection was conceived with Armin Heinemann, co-founder of the Spanish brand, who provided Loewe with original prints from the archive.

Paula’s Ibiza best-sellers have been updated in a capsule collection that combines the essential qualities behind Paula’s – harmony, exuberance and freedom – with Loewe’s core values of  functionality, modernity and superior craftsmanship. The collection consists of crêpe tops, skirts and dresses in hues ranging from saffron to vivid turquoise. Accessories include versions of Loewe’s popular Puzzle bag and T Pouch featuring a colorful parrot motif. Fitting for life on an island, there are also towels and espadrilles.

To celebrate the collaboration, Loewe and M/M (Paris) are producing a limited-edition publication including an exclusive essay about Paula’s and featuring images shot by Jamie Hawkesworth, available online from iTunes.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23
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NCR to showcase its latest restaurant technology innovation at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago

Global technology company to demonstrate solutions that help restaurants transform their operations and build connected experiences

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) will focus on ‘the connected experience’, for restaurants of all types and sizes at the upcoming National Restaurant Association (NRA) show in Chicago where the company will showcase the latest in restaurant technology innovation. Show attendees can experience NCR’s exhibition of software, hardware and solutions at Booth #6229 at the tradeshow, which is being held in Chicago at McCormick Place on May 20-23, 2017.

“We run the everyday transactions that make your life easier – whether you are a chef, manager, owner, server, cashier or consumer. At our core, we help restaurants embrace mobile and cloud capabilities, transform their operations and deliver an amazing guest experience,” said Don Zimmerman, general manager, NCR Hospitality. “This year at the National Restaurant Association’s show we’ll be exhibiting technology and solutions that illustrate the connected experience we deliver to restaurant operators, and how they can better engage with their guests to exceed customer expectations, drive sales and grow customer loyalty.”

Booth technologies and solutions range from quick-service and table service platform-of-sale (POS) systems to the latest digital signage used to engage consumers, and other restaurant technology including consumer self-ordering solutions, back office solutions, and pay-at-the-table solutions.

“We believe that by blending our expertise in restaurant technology with an equal commitment to optimizing efficiencies in all areas of a restaurant, NCR is the only provider capable of bringing an integrated total solution for restaurants,” said Zimmerman. “We invite attendees to see first-hand what our technology can do for their restaurant.”

NCR Technology in use at the Rational USA “Restaurant”
The NCR Aloha Mobile software running on NCR Orderman7 handheld devices will be in use at the Rational USA booth, #3442. Rational USA, a manufacturer of high-end cooking equipment will have a small restaurant in their 50’ x 50’ booth in the South Hall. The restaurant will have a 12 table café, offering a small menu with seating every 30 minutes for the duration of the show. Servers in the restaurant will be using NCR’s mobile POS devices to take orders at the table, routing them directly into the kitchen.

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. 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.

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LVMH ranked number one on LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France

LVMH ranked number one on LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France


Paris, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH is number one on the second annual LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France. This ranking reflects the Group’s dynamic human resources policy.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, has published its list of the 25 Top Companies in France where people most want to work. The unique methodology for the ranking is based exclusively on LinkedIn’s data, taking into account posts, engagement with posts, interest in job applications, and editorial content.

As in 2016, the LVMH Group is ranked No. 1 in this new edition of the LinkedIn Top Companies list for France, confirming its position as the company that best attracts and retains its talents. Credit for this prestigious recognition is shared by all our 134,000 employees – of whom 27,000 work in France – and our 70 Maisons.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


EROSKI presenta su nueva enseña “RAPID” para tiendas de conveniencia

EROSKI presenta su nueva enseña “RAPID” para tiendas de conveniencia


  • EROSKI amplía su abanico de formatos comerciales con nuevas tiendas de conveniencia, que se suman a su red de hipermercados, supermercados y autoservicios
  • Las tiendas de conveniencia RAPID ofrecen el mayor surtido por metro cuadrado para atender hasta 800 necesidades distintas del consumidor con un amplio horario comercial (8 a 23 horas) y durante todos los días de la semana
  • Su oferta incluye alimentos frescos, marcas líderes de fabricantes y la marca propia EROSKI
  • RAPID presenta hoy su primera franquicia en Mallorca, que se suma a las seis ya en funcionamiento en Barcelona, abiertas como tiendas piloto
  • Su plan de expansión con emprendedores locales franquiciados, se concentrará en zonas urbanas y turísticas, principalmente en en Madrid, Andalucía, Baleares, Levante y Barcelona.

ELORRIO,España, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha presentado hoy su nueva enseña RAPID para tiendas de conveniencia, su última innovación en formatos comerciales. Un modelo comercial altamente competitivo, con pequeñas tiendas en torno a los 150m2 en áreas muy urbanas y zonas turísticas con alta densidad de población. Las nuevas tiendas RAPID destacan por ofrecer la mayor oferta comercial por metro cuadrado, dando respuesta a 800 necesidades distintas del consumidor con una gama que alcanza los 3.600 productos con unos precios muy ajustados.

La completa gama de las tiendas RAPID incluye alimentos frescos, frutas y verduras a granel, junto con carne y pescado ya envasado, y cuentan con horno para ofrecer siempre pan recién horneado. Su surtido en alimentación, bebidas, droguería y perfumería se compone con marcas líderes de fabricantes y la marca propia EROSKI.

“Atender nuevas necesidades de consumo en el contexto social y económico actual ha sido el enfoque de partida con el que hemos arrancado este nuevo proyecto. RAPID aspira a convertirse en la pequeña tienda preferida por los consumidores para una compra de alimentación frecuente, para preparar en el día o comer en el momento a precios muy competitivos” ha señalado la directora de formatos tienda de EROSKI, Esther Saez de Vicuña.

El diseño de la tienda destaca por la rapidez con la que permite realizar la compra, normalmente de camino a casa o al trabajo en áreas urbanas, o en cualquier momento del día en las zonas turísticas. Un diseño que responde a la “falta de tiempo” de un público que necesita realizar compras de conveniencia, muchas veces para responder a necesidades no previstas. La tienda incorpora, además, innovaciones tecnológicas para mejorar la eficiencia energética y reducir el impacto medioambiental. Se trata de nuevos sistemas y equipamientos eficientes de frío y climatización.

La ubicación de las nuevas tiendas de conveniencia RAPID será preferentemente en calles con gran tránsito de peatones, en barrios residenciales y zonas urbanas con alta densidad de población, así como en zonas empresariales donde se concentren un gran número de trabajadores.

Adicionalmente, las nuevas tiendas de conveniencia RAPID también se extenderán en zonas de costa con una gran afluencia de turistas. Este es el caso del establecimiento hoy presentado en el número 4 de la calle Playa en la localidad mallorquina de Paguera (Calviá). Es la primera tienda de conveniencia RAPID en Baleares y cuenta con una sala de ventas de 152 m2 cuya puesta en marcha ha contado con una inversión de 100.000 euros y ha generado cuatro puestos de trabajo.

Esta primera tienda en Baleares se suma a las seis ya existentes en Barcelona abiertas durante la fase de diseño y tienda piloto que ha durado en torno a dos años de trabajo.

Nueva franquicia para pequeños empresarios

EROSKI contempla extender su nueva enseña RAPID para tiendas de conveniencia a través de franquicias con pequeños empresarios locales. Su expansión arranca en paralelo en las regiones de Cataluña y Baleares e irá progresivamente avanzando hacia otras áreas metropolitanas y zonas turísticas de costa.

La franquicia RAPID se basa en una relación muy cercana y frecuente con su cliente, en el que el comerciante es gestor directo de su propio negocio con el respaldo de profesionales de EROSKI con una gran experiencia y una marca de confianza.

“Los resultados de las primeras tiendas RAPID han superado las expectativas del plan de viabilidad, tanto para los franquiciados como para nosotros. En EROSKI entendemos la franquicia como un acuerdo a largo plazo con empresarios locales y prestamos un total asesoramiento desde las primeras fases de análisis y plan de viabilidad, hasta el seguimiento de la trayectoria de las tiendas en funcionamiento para apoyar al franquiciado en la gestión de su negocio y la continua adecuación de su oferta a las necesidades de sus clientes”, ha indicado el director de Franquicias de EROSKI, Enrique Martínez, quien concluye “el asesoramiento profesional y la cercanía, junto con la rentabilidad del negocio, son los aspectos más destacados por los primeros franquiciados RAPID”.

EROSKI constituye actualmente la segunda red de supermercados franquiciados de España, con una red en torno a 500 tiendas franquiciadas. Durante los próximos 4 años prevé abrir 60 nuevas tiendas de conveniencia RAPID principalmente en Madrid, Andalucía, Baleares, Levante y Barcelona, que se sumarán al intenso plan de aperturas de supermercados franquiciados que ha acelerado durante los últimos años. EROSKI cuenta, además, con convenios firmados con distintos bancos para apoyar a sus actuales y futuros franquiciados con condiciones ventajosas de financiación para abrir una nueva tienda y responder a las necesidades derivadas de su actividad ordinaria.


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 1.877 establecimientos, entre supermercados hipermercados y cash&carry, además de gasolineras, ópticas, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta más de 7 millones de Socios Clientes y 33.870 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores.

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

Source: Eroski


Lowe’s Companies, Inc. to acquire Maintenance Supply Headquarters for $512 million

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (May 18, 2017) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Maintenance Supply Headquarters, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products to the multifamily housing industry, for a total transaction value of $512 million. Based in Houston, Texas, Maintenance Supply Headquarters operates 13 distribution centers serving customers in 29 geographic areas, primarily in the western, southeastern and south central U.S., with a portfolio of more than 5,300 products and value-added services for maintaining and renovating multifamily properties.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in Lowe’s second fiscal quarter, following the receipt of regulatory approval and satisfactory completion of customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Lowe’s earnings in fiscal 2017.

Purchasing Maintenance Supply Headquarters is an important step in Lowe’s strategy to deepen and broaden its relationship with the Pro customer and better serve their needs. When combined with Lowe’s November 2016 acquisition of Central Wholesalers, a prominent MRO distributor in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, this acquisition will substantially expand Lowe’s ability to serve the multifamily housing industry.

“Lowe’s has long served the multifamily housing industry through our Pro Services business, and we are excited about the potential to further expand our presence in this highly attractive and growing customer segment,” said Richard D. Maltsbarger, Lowe’s chief development officer and president of international. “Together, Maintenance Supply Headquarters and Central Wholesalers will expand our capabilities in serving this key segment while strengthening our platform for future growth with enhanced product and service offerings for MRO customers.”

Upon the close of the Maintenance Supply Headquarters transaction, Lowe’s combined multifamily MRO business will include 16 distribution centers in attractive regions throughout the nation generating more than $400 million in annual sales.

Richard “Rusty” Penick, co-founding partner and CEO of Maintenance Supply Headquarters, added, “We are thrilled to become part of the Lowe’s family and have high regard for the team and the company’s leadership in the home improvement industry. Our partnership with Lowe’s marks an exciting next step in the evolution and growth of Maintenance Supply Headquarters. Like Lowe’s, our team shares a commitment to deliver truly exceptional service for our customers, and over the past 10 years, we have been privileged to serve many of the nation’s top multifamily property management companies and their communities. We look forward to the new opportunities ahead.”

Founded in 2006, Maintenance Supply Headquarters’ broad product offering includes appliance, plumbing, HVAC, lighting, hardware, electrical and other products for maintaining and renovating multifamily properties, as well as services such as renovation project support, custom fabrication and educational classes.

Michael A. (Mike) Tummillo, a 13-year Lowe’s veteran and recently appointed senior vice president of Lowe’s pro sales organization, will oversee Maintenance Supply Headquarters and Central Wholesalers. He will also lead Lowe’s Pro Services business and Alacrity Services, a leading supplier of home restoration and repair services. Tummillo is responsible for deepening and broadening Lowe’s relationship with Pro customers to better serve their needs.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as financial advisor to Lowe’s, while Hunton & Williams LLP is acting as legal advisor. Crutchfield Capital Corporation is acting as financial advisor to Maintenance Supply Headquarters, while Porter Hedges LLP is acting as legal advisor.

About Lowe’s

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. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

Forward Looking Statement

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, business outlook, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those regarding the acquisition by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of  Maintenance Supply Headquarters  and the expected impact of the transaction on Lowe’s strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multifamily housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. With respect to the acquisition discussed herein specifically, potential risks include: the possibility that the acquisition will not close or that the closing may be delayed; the risk that required regulatory approvals are not obtained or that such approvals are delayed or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the effect of the announcement of the acquisition on Lowe’s and  Maintenance Supply Headquarters’ strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; significant transaction costs or unknown liabilities; the failure to successfully integrate personnel and financial, IT and other systems; retaining management and other critical personnel; conditions in the maintenance, repair and operations market; and failure to realize all or some of the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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PRODUCT RECALL: The Osso Good Co. recalls beef and pork bone broth products

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Osso Good Co., a San Rafael, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,210 pounds of beef and pork bone broth products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (May 18, 2917).

The beef bone broth and spicy pork bone broth products were produced and packaged between May 5, 2016 and May 5, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 20-fl. oz. individual plastic pouch containing “THE OSSO GOOD CO, BEEF BONE BROTH, GRASS FED, PASTURE RAISED, NON GMO, HORMONE FREE.”
  • 20-fl. oz. individual plastic pouch containing “THE OSSO GOOD CO, SPICY PORK BONE BROTH Pastured pork bone broth with a touch of heat.”

The products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New York and Washington.

The problem was discovered when an FSIS Office of Investigations, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) officer initiated an inquiry in response to a consumer complaint regarding The Osso Good Co. bone broth products.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Meredith Cochran, CEO, at (415) 988-4808 or by email at

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
(202) 720-9113

British Land supports the London Design Festival as the Headline Partner for the second consecutive year

British Land supports the London Design Festival as the Headline Partner for the second consecutive year


London, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land is supporting the London Design Festival as the Headline Partner for the second consecutive year and has commissioned geometric textile designer Camille Walala, to create a landmark project at Broadgate as part of the 2017 Festival.

Known for her bold use of colour and pattern, Walala will incorporate bold vinyl prints and a soft-textured ‘building-block castle’ to transform Exchange Square at Broadgate into a vibrant and tactile architectural landscape for the duration of the festival. The commission at Broadgate will be one of the major landmark projects for the festival, which is now in its fifteenth year.

Both partnerships demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to the use of design in creating both outstanding buildings and their broader environments.

Head of Operations Joff Sharpe, said: “British Land uses design to enliven both individual buildings and their broader environments to create Places People Prefer. Camille Walala’s landmark project for Broadgate is a fine example of this approach. Our partnership with the London Design Festival celebrates the world’s leading designers and we are delighted to support the festival for a second consecutive year’.

London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans said: “We are delighted that British Land is supporting the Festival as Headline Partner for the second consecutive year. We welcome their continued support and involvement, as champions of innovative design, upholders of sustainable values and as leaders in the wider world of architecture and design.”

British Land will work with the London Design Festival to host the prestigious awards evening, the British Land Celebration of Design, for a third consecutive year. This forms a key part of the Festival, honouring and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design.

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

About the London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is a key constituent of London’s Autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival. Established in 2003 its role is to celebrate and promote London as the world’s design capital and gateway to the international design community and it has now established a reputation as one of the largest and most exciting design events in the world. This year the Festival will run from 16-24 September and over 400 events and installations will be on offer across the capital, from an exciting programme at the V&A to a major installation in Trafalgar Square plus over 300 partners who will participate in the nine day Festival.

Press Contact:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Caroline Sampson
020 7731 1000

Source: British Land


Luxottica Group S.p.A. to start procedure to voluntarily delist its American Depositary Shares from New York Stock Exchange

Milan (Italy), 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX) decided today (May 16, 2017) to start the procedure to voluntarily delist its American Depositary Shares (ADSs), which are evidenced by American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), from the New York Stock Exchange. Luxottica intends to convert its current Level III ADR program into a Level I ADR program, which would give existing ADR holders the option to continue to hold ADRs. Level I ADRs are traded in the U.S. over­ the ­counter market.

In connection with the delisting, Luxottica intends to apply to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the deregistration of its shares registered with the SEC and the termination of all its reporting obligations under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Group’s decision to delist from the NYSE is based on the following factors: (i) the trading of the Group’s shares has shifted significantly to the Italian market. For the twelve months ended May 1, 2017, trading in the United States represented only 3.7% of Luxottica’s worldwide average daily trading volume; (ii) maintaining a listing and registration in the United States entails significant administrative costs; and (iii) the delisting will also be efficient in light of the combination with Essilor.

“Delisting from the NYSE is part of our efforts to simplify the organization in the Group over the past two years, particularly given the comparatively low level of trading activity that has developed in the United States. It will assure savings in costs that will benefit all shareholders and it will also be efficient in light of the combination with Essilor,” commented Leonardo Del Vecchio, Executive Chairman of Luxottica. “Luxottica was the first Italian company to be listed on the NYSE in 1990 before being listed in Italy. We will always be proud of a courageous choice that has brought to our Group great visibility and prestige at an international level.”

“The decision does not affect in any way our strategic vision for the United States, which represents our core market. We also remain fully committed to our U.S. shareholders, as the Company’s ordinary shares will continue to be traded on the Borsa Italiana, providing liquidity for all our investors, without affecting the Group’s access to capital.”

Luxottica reiterates its commitment to maintaining its high standards of corporate governance and transparency with respect to financial reporting, as well as its internal control system. Luxottica will remain subject to the market rules of the Borsa Italiana and all laws and regulations applicable to listed companies in Italy.

Information on the delisting procedure

Luxottica expects to file a Form 25 with the SEC on or about June 6, 2017 to initiate the delisting. The delisting of the ADSs should become effective 10 days after such filing. However, the anticipated effective date of the delisting may be delayed if the SEC postpones the effectiveness of the application to delist or for other reasons.

Following the effectiveness of the delisting from the NYSE, Luxottica intends to file with the SEC a Form 15F to deregister its shares with the SEC and terminate all its reporting obligations under the Exchange Act. Luxottica expects that its obligation to file reports with the SEC will be suspended immediately upon the filing of the Form 15F. Luxottica reserves the right to delay the filing of the Form 25 or Form 15F or withdraw either Form for any reason prior to its effectiveness.

Following the deregistration, Luxottica understands that Essilor does not intend to file a registration statement on Form F-4 with the SEC in connection with the exchange offer that Essilor expects to conduct for Luxottica’s remaining outstanding shares as part of the pending combination. Accordingly, the exchange offer will only be conducted in the United States pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. As part of any “squeeze-out” or “sell-out” which may be conducted by Essilor under Italian law following the exchange offer, it is expected that those U.S. shareholders who were not eligible to participate in the exchange offer under the applicable exemption would be eligible to receive cash in an amount calculated in accordance with Italian law.

In connection with the transition to a Level I ADR program, Luxottica expects to amend the deposit agreement with Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas pursuant to which the ADRs were issued. The amendment is expected to become effective on or about the date on which the Form 15F is filed.

Luxottica has not arranged for the listing or registration of its ADSs or ordinary shares on another U.S. national securities exchange or for the quotation of its ADSs or ordinary shares in a quotation medium in the United States.

In connection with the pending combination with Essilor and as a consequence of the modified substantive and economic framework, the Board of Directors of Luxottica also approved today certain amendments to the Group’s Stock Option Plan and Performance Share Plan. With respect to the Stock Option Plan, the term during which stock options may be exercised has been accelerated taking into account the exchange offer. With respect to the Performance Share Plan, in accordance with the regulations approved by the Group’s shareholders meeting, the amendments include changes to the performance condition and an acceleration in the granting of awards prior to the end of the reference period 2015 – 2017. Certain amendments to the Plans are conditional on the launch by Essilor of the exchange offer.

Luxottica Group S.p.A.

Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Its portfolio includes proprietary brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, as well as licensed brands including Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bulgari, Chanel, Coach, Dolce&Gabbana, Ferrari, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Valentino and Versace. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries and is complemented by an extensive retail network of approximately 8,000 stores, with LensCrafters and Pearle Vision in North America, OPSM and LensCrafters in Asia-Pacific, GMO in Latin America, Salmoiraghi & Viganò in Italy and Sunglass Hut worldwide. In 2016, with more than 80,000 employees, Luxottica posted net sales of over Euro 9 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at

Forward-looking statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed business combination between Essilor and Luxottica (including the benefits, results, effects and timing of a transaction), all statements regarding Luxottica’s (and Essilor’s and Luxottica’s combined) expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, dividends, financing plans, business strategy, budgets, capital expenditures, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management, and statements containing the words such as “anticipate,” “approximate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “will,” “intend,” “may,” “potential,” “upside,” and other similar expressions. Statements in this press release concerning the business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, dividends or other financial items, and product or services line growth of Luxottica (and the combined businesses of Essilor and Luxottica), together with other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that are estimates reflecting the best judgment of Luxottica based upon currently available information.

Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and stockholders and other potential investors must recognize that actual results may differ materially from Luxottica’s expectations as a result of a variety of factors. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to a significant business, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are unknown and many of which Luxottica is unable to predict or control. Such factors may cause Luxottica’s actual results, performance or plans, or results, performance or plans with respect to the combined Essilor and Luxottica group, to differ materially from any future results, performance or plans expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk factors discussed or identified in public filings that have been, or will be, made by Essilor or Luxottica from time to time. Luxottica cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by Luxottica are not guarantees of future performance. Luxottica disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to announce publicly the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

Important information

This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States unless they have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or are exempt from registration. The securities that may be offered in any transaction have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act and it is not intended that any public offering of any such securities will be made in the United States.

This press release is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). The securities which are referred to herein are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such securities will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

+39 02 863 341

Source: Luxottica Group

Asda’s NEW Purple Majesty Chips add that ‘wow’ factor to any table

Asda’s NEW Purple Majesty Chips add that ‘wow’ factor to any table


  • Asda launches NEW Purple Majesty Chips
  • Capitalises on the trend for purple food
  • Packed full of powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin

LEEDS, England, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — From acai bowls to purple sprouting broccoli, the trend for purple food in all shapes and sizes has been sweeping the nation. Celebrate with NEW Purple Majesty Chips from Asda, which are set to reign this spring and add that ‘wow’ factor to any table.

These spectacularly looking chips are made from Purple Majesty potatoes which have 100% naturally occurring purple pigment. The colour survives the cooking process to provide purple chips and taste just as delicious as the more familiar creamy white varieties. They’re lightly battered on the outside, adding a crispy coating to the soft and fluffy interior. Simply pop them in the oven for 20 minutes from frozen and enjoy as a side with any dish or even as the main event.

Cut from Purple Majesty potatoes grown in Norfolk and Lincolnshire, these regal delights not only make a real statement on the dinner table, they also have added health benefits too. Purple Majesty potatoes are packed with the powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin, which gives blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants and aubergines their distinctive colour.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up Asda’s new Purple Majesty Chips and give your family a new twist on an old favourite.

Asda’s NEW Purple Majesty Chips will be available in the frozen aisle in-store and online from 8th May with a RRP of £1 for a handy 500g bag.

Source: Asda


Asda appoints its first ‘Sandwich Architect’ Victoria Watson

Asda appoints its first ‘Sandwich Architect’ Victoria Watson
  • Asda appoint official ‘Sandwich Architect’ to bring an end to soggy sandwich nightmares
  • Brits’ classic sandwich pitfalls include soggy bread, sauce spillages and poor ‘bread to filling’ ratios
  • Bacon, cheese and ham remain Britain’s favourite sandwich fillings, research to mark British Sandwich Week reveals

LEEDS, England, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — On average Brits eat 150 sandwiches each a year but, despite being around for almost 3,000 years, we still haven’t mastered the art of making this perfect lunchtime staple. Pitfalls like soggy bread (48%) poor bread to filling ratio and sauce spillages (32%) top a long list of teeth-grinding sarnie bugbears.

The ultimate sandwich is made on sliced white buttered bread, with a minimum of two fillings – meat and salad proving essential with a dollop of sauce – and cut diagonally into two large triangles. There’s no doubt – the traditional sarnie reigns strong against wraps, baps, flatbreads and rye.

Marking British Sandwich Week, new research from Asda has revealed that when it comes to the humble sarnie, Brits surprisingly lean towards more classic ingredients.

The majority love to keep it simple with traditional combinations like cheese (25%), egg and cress (22%) and prawn mayonnaise (14%), but trendier options also make mouths water, including fish finger (9%), brie & bacon (7%) and pulled pork (5%).

Asda has appointed its first ‘Sandwich Architect’, Victoria Watson, to oversee the precise building and development of all the sandwiches in the supermarket’s new Food to Go range.

With a scrupulous eye, she tests over 1,092 sandwiches every year, travelling the globe to find the next food trends to deliver the next exciting lunch opportunity. She brings a degree in Food Science and Technology into use every day as a product developer, and claims a ploughman’s sandwich as her go-to favourite.

When it comes to sandwiches, she keeps a close eye on bread to filling ratios, making sure fillings are layered to avoid dreaded spillage when biting into a sandwich, and taste-testing products in the range to guarantee flavour combinations are spot on.

Victoria, Sandwich Architect and Product Development Manager at Asda, said: “The formula for the perfect sandwich needs to be carefully considered, balancing freshness, flavour, taste and stability with the utmost precision. It’s a knack, but there’s no reason why sandwich lovers can’t replicate the sandwich architecture that goes into our Food to Go options at home.”

The nation’s top 10 favourite sandwich fillings:

  1. Bacon (26%)
  2. Cheese (25%)
  3. Cheese and Ham (22%)
  4. Egg and Cress (22%)
  5. BLT (21%)
  6. Prawn and Mayonnaise (15%)
  7. Sausage (13%)
  8. Roast Beef and Horseradish (13%)
  9. Chicken Club (10%)
  10. Fish Finger (9%)

Victoria’s Top Tips 5 for constructing the perfect sandwich:
Lay the Foundations – Quality bread is the solid foundation to any delicious sandwich, thick or thin, the texture is a vital support

Damp proofing – Avoid sandwich sogginess by considering the careful positioning of every ingredient… watch out for those tomatoes!

Careful Construction – It’s the sandwich sequence that makes all the difference! Alternate hot and cold fillings, layer ingredients carefully to avoid spillages

Edible Glue – Condiments don’t only add flavour and texture, they are also the secret to cementing all your fillings together. Spread a layer on both pieces of bread, not forgetting a dollop in the middle. Even better mix it in with your ingredients for extra sticking power!

Cut with Care – Cut diagonally into triangles to optimise balance and minimise messy sandwich slides

Asda has 49 sandwiches in its Food to Go range, with the newest additions including the Extra Special Ploughman’s Grab Box (£2.00), Extra Special Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Club (£3.00), Rainbow Chicken Wrap (£3.00) and Gluten Free Chicken Wrap (£2.20). See the full range:

Source: Asda


NRF urges Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system rather than moving toward a consumption tax

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (May 18, 2017) urged Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system through comprehensive reform rather than moving toward a consumption tax. Under either approach, Congress should reject a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax that would drive up prices for consumers and cost the economy jobs, NRF said.

“The most important aspect of any tax reform measure is its impact on the economy, jobs and the consumer,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said, noting that consumer spending represents two-thirds of the economy and that retail supports one out of four U.S. jobs.

“Tax reform that shifts the burden of the corporate tax to the consumer would present an unnecessary risk to our nation’s economy,” French said. “Instead, we support a reform of the current income tax structure by providing a broad base and low rates. We believe that approach rather than a shift toward a consumption tax would bring the greatest economic efficiency and stimulate economic growth without causing the economic dislocations inherent in the transition to a new tax system.”

French’s comments came in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is scheduled to hold a hearing today on “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs.” The hearing is expected to focus on the “Better Way” tax reform proposal sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

The Ryan-Brady plan would transition the United States from its longstanding income tax system toward a consumption tax system. French said studies conducted for NRF show that alone would cause retail spending and employment to decline for an estimated six years. The plan also includes a proposal for a 20 percent border adjustment tax on imports, which French said would cause an even steeper decline in spending. NRF is leading the retail industry’s opposition to the BAT proposal, which is expected to be the subject of an additional hearing next week.

“We believe there are better options for tax reform that would achieve economic growth and not shift the burden to the consumer,” French said. He recommended that lawmakers consider as examples the 1986 Tax Reform Act enacted during the Reagan administration and the Tax Reform Act of 2014, which was proposed by former Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., but never saw passage.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Treacy Reynolds
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

SPAR Norway expands its e-commerce network with the launch of EUROSPAR Hunstad in Bodø online store

SPAR Norway expands its e-commerce network with the launch of EUROSPAR Hunstad in Bodø online store

NORWAY, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since last year, SPAR Norway has been increasing its focus on online retail to alleviate the challenge of large distances between stores and drive business to independent retailers across the country. The SPAR Partner has created a simple and intuitive online system and has invested in the best technologies to allow its network of independent retailers to effectively and efficiently enter the online market.

EUROSPAR Hunstad is the first SPAR store in the north of Norway to launch an online site, providing everyone in Bodø with access to top quality fresh goods online. All products are handpicked instore by a EUROSPAR Hunstad employee, meaning that the same people one meets in the store are the ones picking and handling all the items that are ordered online. In this way, customers can be assured of receiving groceries of the same great quality that they would pick themselves instore.

The prices and offers are the same online as in the store itself and customers have the option to pick the goods up or have them delivered to an address of their choice. Orders made before  10a.m. can be delivered on the same day – a great service for those with a busy schedule.

Making things as simple as possible for customers, the online store remembers one’s shopping history and suggests items for customers as they shop. It also has a handy recipe section and with one click, all items in the list of ingredients can be added to the shopping basket. Furthermore, it’s possible to indicate how many people you are serving and the ingredients are adjusted accordingly.

The online product assortment varies per store. In some cases there are 5,000 products available online and in others more than 9,000. The experience so far has been positive with figures showing that the average basket is five to six times higher online than instore.

Visit EUROSPAR Hunstad’s new online store.

SOURCE: SPAR International


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Price Rite of Erie celebrates its first anniversary with $25 Gift Cards Give Away

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite of Erie to Give Away $25 Gift Cards to the first 200 customers who visit the store on Saturday, May 20

In celebration of its first anniversary, and to thank its loyal customers, Price Rite of Erie will offer the first 200 customers a complimentary $25 Price Rite gift card on Saturday, May 20. While supplies last, shoppers will also be treated to product samples courtesy of Carvel and giveaways throughout the day from vendors including Frito-Lay, Pepsi and Little Debbie, as well as a special visit from CHEETOS’ mascot, Chester the Cheetah.

Store doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Price Rite of Erie, 4500 Buffalo Rd., Erie, PA.

Price Rite’s is an American company whose mission is to provide customers with a clean, fresh and friendly shopping experience while offering the same quality foods as traditional supermarkets at a bargain price, providing customers with the convenience of warehouse club-style shopping without the membership fees or bulk-buying requirements. The supermarket chain takes a variety of different approaches to help keep costs down and pass along those savings to customers, including spending less on advertising and store décor than conventional stores, and encouraging customers to bring their own bags or purchase a reusable bag for 10 cents. By streamlining operating costs, Price Rite can focus on providing great buys in-store. Price Rite regularly features specials and amazing values on food and non-food items alike.

About Price Rite
Price Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 63 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community.  For more information, please visit

Phone: 1-877-352-8850

Source: Price Rite Supermarkets

RILA EVP for Government Affairs Jennifer Safavian comments on retail community’s support for comprehensive tax reform

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jennifer Safavian, RILA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for comprehensive tax reform following today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs.”

“Retailers have a significant impact on the daily lives of all Americans – from their customers to their employees to the communities and families they serve every day. While retailers are responsible for more American jobs than any other industry, we also pay among the highest effective tax rates of all U.S. businesses. Pro-growth tax reform that simplifies and lowers rates, eliminates special preferences and restores America’s global competitiveness is the top priority for retailers—provided it does not saddle American families with a higher tax bill.”

Retail Works for our American Economy

More than 42 million jobs in the U.S. are either a retail job or a job that relies on retail. Jobs in the retail industry span from designers and IT professionals to transportation and logistics service providers to customer service representatives. Outside of brick and mortar stores, millions of jobs in manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, transportation, warehousing, and services industries are supported by retailers. Millions of Americans get their first job in retail, including Members of Congress and their staff.

Retailers offer flexible schedules that enable individuals to spend more time with their families or complete a degree, and provide employees with extensive training at all job levels and skill sets that lay a core foundation for fundamental career development. Millions of high-tech and high-paying jobs are created by retailers as consumer demand and industry innovation continually advance and change.

RILA provided the Committee a statement for the record during today’s hearing. To read the full statement click here.

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


Jason Brewer
Senior Vice President, Communications and State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2044

Source: RILA

RILA welcomes Administration’s notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA

Arlington , VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5/18/2017), RILA Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach, issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA:

“RILA welcomes the Administration’s announcement to open talks with Mexico and Canada — vital trading partners for the retail industry. We believe NAFTA is crucial to America’s vitality and competitive standing in the global market. Through a proactive international trade agenda, retailers are able to provide millions of Americans with the goods they want and need at any time. As NAFTA negotiations commence, we will continue to provide the retail perspective every step of the way to the Administration and Congress as they seek to improve U.S. opportunities for American consumers and businesses.”

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


Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039

Source: RILA

Bunnings UK and Ireland appoints David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase

Bunnings UK and Ireland appoints David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase


Perth, Australia, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bunnings UK and Ireland today (17 May 2017) announced the appointment of David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase.

He will join the business in late June, with responsibility for running the Homebase business. David, whose experience includes senior roles at both B&Q and Wickes will join the Bunnings UK and Ireland leadership team, reporting to Managing Director PJ Davis. He will also sit on the company’s steering committee.

David has over 25 years’ experience working with retailers in the UK and Australia. He joins from Officeworks (part of the Wesfarmers Group) where he has worked for over four years as a member of the leadership team.

Prior to Officeworks, he was Commercial and Marketing Director for Kingfisher Plc’s international businesses, overseeing commercial and marketing strategies for highgrowth markets including China, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.

His experience also includes time at B&Q as both Director of Trading and Director of Commercial Strategy, and in other large retail organisations including Wickes and Superdrug.

David said: “I’m looking forward to joining the team at this exciting time. Working together to create something special in what is the dynamic UK Home Improvement market will be a both a challenge, and a great deal of fun.”

PJ Davis said: “It has been an exciting start to 2017 as we continue to deliver phase one of our strategy.

“We have successfully opened two Bunnings Warehouse pilot stores in St Albans with Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes due to open over the next couple of months, followed by Folkestone in July.

“Feedback from customers and the community has been very positive, and now we are focused on developing the programme, which will see at least 10 stores open by the end of the year.

As the pilot activity accelerates, it is still important that we remain focused on delivering a strong performance across Homebase and I’m delighted David has agreed to take up this important role with the business. He will be a great addition to the team.”

About Bunnings

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. As of 12 December 2016, in Australia and New Zealand, Bunnings operates out of 357 trading locations (of which 248 are warehouse stores), employing over 40,000 team members.

In February 2016 Bunnings acquired Homebase, the second largest home improvement and garden retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland. As of 2 February 2017, in the UK and Ireland, Bunnings Warehouse opened its first store in St. Albans. It also operates as Homebase out of 255 trading locations, employing over 12,000 team members in the UK and Ireland.

Notes to editor
For further information, please contact:
Claire Abercrombie
Bunnings UK & Ireland PR Manager
01908 352460 or 07753 310573

Clinton Manning, Bell Pottinger
0203 772 2560 or 07711 972662

Joanna Davidson, Bell Pottinger
0203 772 2556 or 07920 785 555

Source: Wesfarmers Limited


Bunnings Warehouse opens second store in the UK at St. Albans, Hertfordshire

Bunnings Warehouse opens second store in the UK at St. Albans, Hertfordshire


St. Albans, Hertfordshire, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new Bunnings Warehouse store opened its doors to customers  on Wednesday 12 April  on Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

The second pilot store in the UK and Ireland continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK’s £38 billion-a-year home improvement and garden market.

Over 50 new jobs have been created, in addition to 30 new positions at the first Bunnings Warehouse store in Griffiths Way, which opened in February.

The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500 million rolling out the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland over three to five years.

The Hatfield Road Bunnings Warehouse is 40,000 square feet and stocks more than 24,000 different home improvement and garden products. The store also features timber cutting, a garden centre, a new tool shop offering world leading brands including Ryobi and DeWalt, a ‘colour wall’ with over 3,000 colour tiles – as well as paint mixing from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux offering an unlimited paint colour choice to customers.

England rugby union legend, Kyran Bracken also joined team members to celebrate the opening.

Emma Wimble, Bunnings Warehouse Hatfield Road Complex Manager, said: “Our team members have worked really hard to prepare the store for opening and we are looking forward to helping customers and the community with their home and garden projects.

“We have already helped Sandridge School by tidying up an unused area of land by repainting flower beds and creating vegetable patches so the children can set up a gardening club. And we look forward to doing more with groups in the local area in the future.”

Total size: More than 40,000 square feet (3,700 square metres)
Address: The Courtyard Alban Park, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JJ
Opening hours: 7 am-9 pm (Monday to Friday), 7 am-8 pm (Saturday),         10 am-4 pm (Sunday)
Store features: Indoor children’s playground, café, timber cutting, garden centre, colour wall and engraving and key cutting services
New jobs created: 53 new full and part-time roles created
(taking the total to 71)
Expertise: Over 90 leading brands supported the store team by delivering ‘in the aisle’ interactive product knowledge training
Activity Organiser: Dedicated Team Member responsible for Community Involvement activity and in store workshop programme
Community Involvement: Engaged with three community groups prior to the store opening; Sandridge School, Earthworks and Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club
Range: Over 24,000 lines
Brands: Introduction of leading brands including DeWalt, Ryobi, Irwin Tools and Johnstone’s Trade, as well as Purdy and Harris


T: (61 8) 9327 4211
F: (61 8) 9327 4216

Source: Wesfarmers Limited


Morinda’s new TeMana brand received certification as an “anti-wrinkle” product by Japanese Cosmetic Science Society

Morinda’s new TeMana brand received certification as an “anti-wrinkle” product by Japanese Cosmetic Science Society


AMERICAN FORK, UT, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Noni Brightening Serum, the featured product in Morinda’s new TeMana brand, recently received certification as an “anti-wrinkle” product by an independent research group called the Japanese Cosmetic Science Society (JCSS).

Shon Whitney, Morinda’s vice president of sales and marketing, called the recognition a huge achievement for the TeMana brand.

“We are honored that TeMana Noni Brightening Serum has been recognized by the Japanese Cosmetic Science Society, and certified as anti-wrinkle,” Whitney said. “This is a big deal for our customers and business partners, and such a distinction from a well-respected organization speaks to our talented and dedicated product research and development teams in both Japan and the United States.”

The Japanese Cosmetic Science Society tested the serum over the course of five weeks with a group of 15 women in their 30s, 40s or 50s. The women applied the serum both morning and night every day during the study. Using a grade scale and utilizing a 3D face scanner, the results showed that over half of the women reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over the test period.

Members of the JCSS, which include respected dermatologists, skin care experts and other researchers, collaborate regularly to test the claims of various cosmetic and skincare products. The results of their studies are published quarterly in the Journal of Japanese Cosmetic Science Society.

Noni Brightening Serum, along with the rest of the TeMana Noni Brightening line, launches on May 22. It was briefly available in January, 2017, as part of a limited-time offer. Since that time, Morinda has been overwhelmed with positive reactions and feedback.

“TeMana is a brand that we are extremely proud of,” Whitney said. “We have invested many resources, including time, manpower and money, into the Noni Brightening line, and we are thrilled with the responses we’ve seen so far.”

About Morinda    

Founded in 1996, Morinda is a global, research-driven company with a mission to use the power of nature to help people live healthier, longer lives. Cutting-edge technology and extensive research have allowed Morinda to develop innovative product lines that reflect its passion to help people live younger, longer. Morinda is headquartered in American Fork, Utah, and has a presence in more than 117 countries worldwide. Learn more at


Kayla Fowler
Global Public Relations Manager

Source: Morinda


Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO Jim Loree to present at the 2017 Electrical Products Group Conference

NEW BRITAIN, Conn, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) invites investors and the general public to listen to a webcast of a presentation by Jim Loree, President  and CEO, at the 2017 Electrical Products Group Conference in Longboat Key, FL on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:45 AM EDT. The live webcast will be available in the “Investors” section of the company’s website at A replay of the webcast will be provided on the website and will be available for 90 days.

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at


Greg Waybright
Vice President, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3833

Michelle Hards
Director, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3913

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

Gap Inc. declares second quarter fiscal year 2017 dividend of $0.23 per share

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today (05/18/2017) announced that its board of directors authorized a second quarter fiscal year 2017 dividend of $0.23 per share, payable on or after July 26, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 5, 2017.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit


Source: Gap Inc.

Whole Foods Market to open its new Woodbury store on Wednesday, May 24

New Location Opens May 24 with Exciting New Features and Flavors

Minnesota, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market officially opens its new 45,000 square-foot Woodbury store, located at 305 Radio Dr., Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. The highly anticipated store will be a culinary destination for chefs of all skill levels and a paradise for foodies in the Woodbury community with features such as:

  1. City Place Taproom: A rotating tap of 15 local or hard-to-find beers, including favorites from Surly Brewing Company, will quench shoppers’ thirsts. For good eats, made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available. Bacon breakfast bowl, beet burger, chicken sausage, and brisket poutine are just some of the delicious menu options available.
  2. Cold Brew On Tap: A leader in equitable and direct sourcing, Allegro Coffee Company will have cold brew on tap – just in time for summer. Located at the Coffee Bar inside the City Place Taproom, shoppers will enjoy the very best cold brew as well as light, medium and dark roasted coffees, blended beverages, and handcrafted espresso drinks from a La Marzocco Linea espresso machine.
  3. Mochi Ice Cream Bar: The latest food trend, mochi ice cream is a popular Japanese-American dessert made by covering bite-sized balls of ice cream with sweet Japanese rice dough. Shoppers can pick and choose their own flavor combinations from the self-serve case. Nine flavor options include: strawberry, vanilla bean, matcha green tea, red bean, double chocolate, black sesame, coffee, green tea, and mango.
  4. In-house Ground Sausages: Shoppers’ mouths will water with the in-house ground sausage flavors to spice up at home culinary creations. Spinach and feta, Andouille, chorizo, blueberry maple breakfast, country breakfast, spicy and mild Italian, and bratwurst options kick off opening week.
  5. Neapolitan Style Self-Service Pizza: Busy shoppers can grab a slice of Neapolitan style pizza made with unbleached and unbromated flour and cooked in less than seven minutes.
  6. Sushi: Freshly made sushi offers customers a variety of specialty rolls, including those made with brown or whole grain rice, created in-house by experts.
  7. Custom Salads and Comfort Foods: Freshly prepared salads, build-your-own salad fixings and seasonal hot entrees will add a variety to residents’ breakfast, lunch and dinner choices.
  8. Bulk Department: Novice and experienced chefs will love the dried back-to-basics pantry items. From first time recipes to the not-too-often used ingredient, the bulk department lets shoppers choose the amount they need.
  9. Wine and Cheese: More than 800 wines and over 100 varieties of natural, organic and local cheeses including local favorites from Alemar Cheese ­– wine and cheese night will never be the same.
  10. Al fresco dining: Shoppers can relax and enjoy the weather next to the outdoor fire pit with their favorite foods.

To celebrate opening day, Whole Foods Market will host its version of a ribbon cutting called a “Bread-Breaking Ceremony” with Whole Foods Market Team Members and Woodbury neighbors beginning at 8:45 a.m. Doors open and shopping officially begins at 9 a.m. The first 500 customers through the doors receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a mystery value between $5 and $50; with one lucky customer receiving a $500 gift card.

Whole Foods Market Difference

Whole Foods Market’s unparalleled Quality Standards ensure that the food, supplements, body care and cleaning products sold meet a higher standard — one that bans more than 400 ingredients commonly found in other stores as well as numerous manufacturing, farming, fishing and ranching practices that don’t measure up; Whole Foods Market standards aren’t standard anywhere else.

Organics beyond one aisle. Whole Foods Market does more to promote organic agriculture and products in the U.S. than any other retailer. In fact, Whole Foods Market was the first national certified organic grocer after the National Organic Standards were launched. With this success, organic products are increasing in production and availability to shoppers.

Responsibly Grown farming practices. A rating system from well-regarded scientific input to rate fresh produce and flowers based on farming practices that impact environment and human health, this program bans the use of eight of the most hazardous neurotoxins allowed in U.S. agriculture, rewards growers for sustainable farming practices and helps shoppers make more informed produce and floral choices.

Animal Welfare standards and transparency. From how animals are raised to freshness and flavor, Whole Foods Market works with producers to continually assess and improve standards. Ranches and farms producing meat for Whole Foods Market must meet these rigorous animal welfare standards, and processing facilities must pass annual third-party audits that assess animal welfare and food safety. In addition to species-specific standards, Whole Foods Market has general animal welfare standards that ensure animals have enough space to perform normal behaviors and that prohibit confinement or tethering that prevents freedom of movement.

Wild-caught Seafood, sustainably sourced. Working with scientists, fishermen, government agencies and environmental organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council to gather information about aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries, Whole Foods Market experts ensure customers can make the best environmental choices when purchasing seafood. To promote responsible fishing, the wild-caught seafood is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council or rated either  “Green” or “Yellow” by Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. Whole Foods Market does not sell seafood from red-rated fisheries and prohibits treating seafood with preservatives. It looks fresh, because it is fresh.

Farmed seafood, done right. Recognized by the Responsibly Farmed logo, Whole Foods Market provides a consistent, high quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein, raised by farmers who are leaders in environmentally responsible aquaculture. Created after intensive, multi-year processes that included extensive research on fish and mollusk farming, review of all the best available science, consultation with the top scientists and environmental organizations, and visits to farms worldwide, Whole Foods Market Responsibly Farmed seafood program allows shoppers to make conscious choices when purchasing farmed seafood.

Whole Foods Market has six additional locations in Minnesota including Minnetonka at 1001 Plymouth Rd.; Edina at 7401 France Ave. S.; Maple Grove at 12201 Elm Creek Blvd. N.; St. Paul at 1575 Selby Ave.; and two locations in Minneapolis at 3060 Excelsior Blvd and 222 Hennepin Ave.


Source: Whole Foods Market

BrightFarms recalls packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal pieces

BrightFarms recalls packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal pieces


Alexandria, Virginia, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BrightFarms is initiating a voluntary recall of packaged produce sold in Giant Food stores due to the potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm.

The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at the Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Peapod and Martin’s Food Markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Affected produce may also have been distributed via the Capital Area Food Bank.

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates on the package of: 5/22/17, 5/23/17, 5/24/17, 5/25/17, 5/26/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spinach Blend (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Kale (3 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Arugula (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Mixed Greens (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Romaine (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

The recall also includes the below basil products, packaged in clear plastic clamshells with best by dates: 5/18/17, 5/19/17, 5/20/17, 5/21/17, 5/22/17, 5/23/17. (Best by dates are located on the label of the package.)

  • BrightFarms Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Thai Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Lemon Basil (.75 oz. package)

The recall is limited to products grown at the company’s Elkwood, Virginia farm. BrightFarms products from greenhouses in other regions are not affected.

BrightFarms chose to take this action out of an abundance of caution after discovering that certain produce may have been compromised. Affected retailers have been instructed to remove all affected products from store shelves.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard it or return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are encouraged to call (646) 480-5262 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or email with the subject line: Recall.

The quality and safety of our local produce is BrightFarms’ top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our consumers and retail customers.

Consumers Contact:

(please use subject line: Recall)
(646) 480-5262

Media Contact:

Madeline Caldwell
(443) 862-1429

Source: FDA


Wang Globalnet of Moonachie recalls Fish Cake, Fish Ball and Fish Tofu that may contain undeclared egg and wheat

Moonachie, NJ, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wang Globalnet of Moonachie, NJ is recalling 5 Cases of Fish Cake (Item#:13125), 2 cases of Fish Ball (Item#: 20072), 186 Cases of Fish Cake (Item#: 12842), 4 Cases of Fish Cake (Item#: 15731), and 3 Cases of Fish Tofu (Item#: 17185) because it may contain undeclared egg and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “Fish Cake, Fish Ball, Fish Tofu” were distributed to NY, NJ, PA, MA, ME, VA, MD, DE, CT, RI, and NH retail stores.

The products can be identified as follows,

  1. Fish Cake in Polybag 20/1LB. Brand Name: Wang. Item#: 13125.
    Expiration Date: 03/09/2019. UPC Code#: 087703131256
  2. Fish Ball in Polybag 24/12OZ. Brand Name: Wang. Item#: 20072.
    Expiration Date: 03/15/2019. UPC Code#: 087703200722
  3. Fish Cake in Polybag 10/2.2LBS Brand Name: Wang. Item#: 12842.
    Expiration Date: 03/17/2019 UPC Code#: 087703128422
  4. Fish Cake in Polybag 10/930G. Brand Name: Wang. Item#: 15731
    Expiration Date: 03/06/2019 UPC Code#: 087703157316
  5. Fish Tofu in Polybag  40/240G. Brand Name: Wang. Item#: 17185
    Expiration Date: 06/28/2018 UPC Code#: 087703171855

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered by FDA that eggs and wheat containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs and wheat. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Distribution of the product has been suspended until the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-917-698-2019 (24/7).

Consumers Contact:

Source: FDA

NGA applauds House Ways and Means Committee’s hearing on tax reform

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 18, 2017), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, released the following statement on the House Ways and Means Committee’s hearing on tax reform:

“We applaud the House for taking an important first step towards a once-in-a-generation tax reform that can create a level playing field for American businesses and spur job growth in communities across the country,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “Independent grocers are serious about achieving meaningful tax reform that will significantly lower effective rates for Main Street businesses.”

The independent supermarket industry is prepared to forgo certain tax provisions that have benefited the industry in exchange for a simplified tax code. Independent grocers believe the following principles should guide the House and Senate as they consider tax reform:

  • Lowering the tax rate across the board. Many industries are able to take advantage of narrowly structured deductions and credits to craft an effective tax rate in the single digits. Independent grocers have limited access to many of these deductions and pay at, or near, the top marginal rate.​
  • Maintaining the interest expense deduction. While most independent supermarkets do not generate meaningful amounts of interest income, many carry interest expense on their books. Grocers rely on debt to finance everything from daily operations to large renovations. Altering any piece of the deduction would slow economic growth and could lead to fewer jobs being created.​
  • Creating parity between pass-through entities and C-Corporations. Congress should not dictate decisions about or favor one type of legal entity over another. Tax reform must include both pass-throughs (which represent 95 percent of the business filing in the U.S. in 2012) and C-Corporations, and should create parity between the two structures. Both deserve a lower effective federal tax rate.
  • Rejecting a border adjustment tax (BAT). If a BAT is put in place, American consumers could face higher food prices for goods that in many cases are not produced in the U.S. (e.g., coffee, bananas). If the purpose of a BAT is to help create jobs, as proponents argue, then taxing products that cannot be made on American soil does not make sense.​
  • Preserving the use of last-in, first-out method of accounting (LIFO). The LIFO method of inventory accounting has been allowed since 1939 and is broadly used in the food wholesale and retail industry. LIFO helps protect against inventory price shocks that can result from inflation and is an important tool that aids the industry in long-term planning.​
  • Permanently repealing the estate tax. Well over half of the assets of a typical supermarket—the highest of any other industry sector—are not liquid, so the death of an owner creates a serious obstacle to the continuation of the business. Because the estate tax is assessed on the value of a business at the owner’s death, it often forces families to borrow funds to pay the tax. This tax could destroy family-held business, hurting communities by causing the loss of jobs.


Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

RUSSIA: X5 Retail Group opens new distribution centre in Perm

Perm, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the development of its Urals logistics infrastructure with the opening of a distribution centre (DC) in Perm.

The logistics facility of over 23,500 sq m will supply Pyaterochka stores in the Perm Region (currently more than 280 stores). Featuring five storage zones, each with a specific temperature band, the facility is designed to accommodate all categories of goods. This multi-format distribution centre is a key milestone in developing X5’s logistics infrastructure in the Urals, with the aim of optimising the number of DCs while also ramping up their capacity and capabilities.

The new logistics centre will ensure the freshness and availability of goods as Pyaterochka continues its active expansion, help to cut transportation costs, and unlock new opportunities for local producers. The Perm DC will be a focal point for local producers, enabling them to increase sales and bring their products to other regions. At full capacity, the DC will be able to process and handle products from over 350 local suppliers. The share of local producers in Pyaterochka’s product mix in the Perm Region is 22%, while in some categories (like bread and bakery) it reaches as much as 90%.

The logistics facility has increased the number of jobs provided by the Pyaterochka retail chain in the Perm Region by 230 to exceed 3,900 jobs.

The DC opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade of the Perm Region Alexey Chibisov and Pyaterochka CEO Olga Naumova. X5 Retail Group also invited managers from over 70 suppliers to take part in the ceremony. After the ceremony, the Perm DC hosted the X5 Dialogue Forum, where representatives of X5 Retail Group’s chain stores shared X5’s best practices in partnering with local suppliers and food producers. The local manufacturers received valuable advice on how to build relationships with retail chains, including information on product quality controls and requirements for transportation, storage, sales and disposal of food products set out in the Customs Union’s and X5’s relevant technical regulations.

X5 Retail Group views the development of logistics infrastructure as a strategic priority for the next few years. For the second year running, X5 leads the market by the number of DCs opened during the year. In 2015, X5 opened six new DCs with a total area of 142,000 sq m, while the area of the seven new DCs opened in 2016 totalled 212,000 sq m.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456

Source:: X5 Retail Group

JCPenney launches B2B solutions for operators and facility managers in the hospitality and multi-unit residential industries

Retailer equipped to supply linens, towels, mattresses, window treatments and major appliances to hotels, vacation rentals and multi-unit properties

PLANO, Texas, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —As JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] continues to diversify and explore new business opportunities, the Company is expanding upon its successful home refresh growth initiative by offering business-to-business solutions for operators and facility managers in the hotel and lodging industry, as well as the multi-unit residential industry. The Company has a long history of designing and sourcing high-quality home textiles, and with its recent re-entry into the major appliance market in 2016, JCPenney is poised to affordably accommodate hotels, innkeepers, property management companies and more to fulfill their commercial and bulk purchase needs.

“While we continue to take steps to improve our apparel strategy and assortment, we see our home refresh initiative as a great vehicle for growth and differentiation. The U.S. hospitality industry represents approximately $200 billion* annually and a significant opportunity for JCPenney to gain market share and drive increased revenue per customer with major appliances and a renewed focus on soft home goods,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney. “Our entry into the B2B program reinforces our home refresh initiative, while providing new and innovative ways to achieve sustainable growth and profitability. The idea first stemmed from hotel operators who were already ordering large volume purchases of bedding, bath and window treatments from We are staffing an outside sales force with experience and expertise to engage targeted businesses. Our broad assortment of private brands in soft home give us a unique cost and value advantage in this new and exciting space.”

The JCPenney B2B program utilizes the Company’s nationwide fleet of brick-and-mortar stores and its vast supply chain network to meet the needs of small business owners and connect with local communities. JCPenney offers an important competitive advantage by being one of the most experienced retail sourcing organizations in the industry. By hedging raw materials, working with a strong supplier base in over 30 countries and implementing a rapid production cycle time, JCPenney gives business clients the assurance that they are receiving the best quality products when they need them.

According to a recent survey, there are roughly five million hotel rooms in more than 52,000 properties in the U.S. today.** Hotel rooms have one or two beds requiring multiple sets of sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and window treatments, which could be furnished with luxurious, yet durable linens from JCPenney Home™ or Royal Velvet®. JCPenney also stocks uniforms, scrubs and basic workwear, as well as major appliances, including large capacity washers, dryers, refrigerators and microwaves from leading industry brands. These appliances are used to furnish apartments, condos and townhomes managed by commercial property groups across the country.

Firming up Mattress Sales
The JCPenney B2B solution also provides custom window treatments, furniture and mattresses. Mattress sales have been so successful among traditional shoppers, the Company will be expanding its mattress showrooms to an additional 300 stores by early fall. This expansion will feature the industry’s leading brands such as Serta®, iComfort®, Sealy®, Stearns & Foster®, along with Beautyrest® and Tempur-Pedic® that will be available in over 500 JCPenney mattress showrooms chain wide. From firm to ultra-plush, pillow top to memory foam, JCPenney has reorganized its mattress showrooms to help customers shop by comfort level and response has been overwhelming.

By working with JCPenney B2B solutions, small business owners and non-profit organizations will receive competitive discounts, bulk pricing, commercial credit offers and tax exemptions for eligible businesses. Business clients will also have the ability to customize their order with a dedicated team of B2B consultants specially trained in this area.

Businesses that are interested in learning more about the B2B solutions that JCPenney has to offer can email

This release, along with other Company announcements, photos and videos are available for download at Media and other stakeholders are encouraged to follow the Company’s corporate Twitter handle using @jcpnews.

*STR, Inc. 2017 HOST Almanac
**2015 STR, Inc. census database

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings and cash flows. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Companys control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms including EMV chip technology, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Companys ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

MARTIN’S Food Markets to close its remaining nine stores in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities this summer

Richmond, VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — MARTIN’S Food Markets today (May 18,2017) announced it will close its remaining nine stores in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities this summer.

“Throughout this difficult process, our top concern has been to take care of our associates and treat them fairly and with respect,” said Tom Lenkevich, president, GIANT/MARTIN’S. “We know our associates’ continued dedication to our customers will provide excellent service in the coming weeks. We are also making a best in class commitment to take care of our people with a strong severance package.”

The following stores will close on July 10:

  • 6401 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
  • 5201 Chippenham Crossing Center, Richmond
  • 11361 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond
  • 4660 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg

The following stores will close on August 2:

  • 253 North Washington Highway, Ashland
  • 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester
  • 200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian
  • 7045 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond
  • 5700 Brook Road, Richmond

“We want to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication over the years, and we are grateful for the loyalty of our many customers,” continued Lenkevich.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
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Source: Ahold Delhaize