Hollister Co. and AwesomenessTV launch one-of-a kind series and an integrated campaign aimed at inspiring the Gen Z audience

Hollister Co. and AwesomenessTV launch one-of-a kind series and an integrated campaign aimed at inspiring the Gen Z audience

“This Is Summer” Premieres Saturday, May 20th on AwesomenessTV’s YouTube Channel

New Albany, OH, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hollister Co. (NYSE: ANF), the global retail brand celebrating the spirit of endless summer, announced the launch of their exciting and innovative partnership with AwesomenessTV. Together, the retailer and entertainment company are creating a bold one-of-a kind series and an integrated campaign aimed at inspiring the Gen Z audience.

The original 24-episode docuseries, This Is Summer, premieres Saturday, May 20th on AwesomenessTV’s YouTube channel.  The episodes, 8-10 minutes in length, are shot and optimized for mobile viewing. Filmed in San Francisco, This is Summer follows a group of seven high school juniors and seniors as they navigate some of the most important and adventurous times of their lives. The teenagers spend their summer traveling, playing music, meeting friends, and exploring “what’s next?”.

Hollister and AwesomenessTV will also release songs and music videos inspired by the show featuring original and cover songs from the cast and Awesomeness talent. The soundtrack will be available to stream on Spotify® and will play in Hollister stores later this year. In addition, the cast will be dressed in Hollister, and customers will be able to discover and shop their looks throughout the run of the program from Hollister’s social channels.

Throughout the series, Hollister and AwesomenessTV will engage their fans through unique brand activations and events. At VidCon, the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creatives and industry professionals taking place June 21-24 in Anaheim, California, the brands will co-sponsor a concert series on the Awesomeness Festival stage and offer cast meet & greets, product giveaways, and more.

“At Hollister, we aim to create rich brand experiences for our teen customer. Awesomeness has incredible reach with Gen Z offering Hollister a great opportunity to engage with customers in a new and authentic way,” said Kristin Scott, Brand President of Hollister Co. “This initiative incorporates a variety of ways for fans to connect and engage with Hollister, from product integration, to original music, to unique experiences.  We are confident that our content will resonate with our customers and create additional brand relevancy across the teen market.

“This partnership with Hollister is an exciting step for us as we continue to engage with Gen Z on their favorite platforms with their favorite brands,” said Paul Kelly, Chief Partnerships Officer, Awesomeness. “From the picturesque location and California cast, to the importance of music throughout the series, This Is Summer highlights everything Gen Z loves.”

See the trailer here.

Follow @HollisterCo and @AwesomenessTV for exciting news and updates on the Hollister + Awesomeness partnership.

About Hollister Co.
The quintessential retail brand of the global teen consumer, Hollister Co. celebrates the liberating spirit of the endless summer inside everyone.  Inspired by California’s laidback attitude, Hollister’s clothes are designed to be lived in and made your own, for wherever life takes you. A division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), Hollister provides an engaging, welcoming, and unique shopping experience through its global e-commerce websites and its 546 retail locations.

About Awesomeness
Awesomeness is a leading multi-platform media company defining the future of entertainment. Included under the Awesomeness banner are AwesomenessTV, a leading destination for original programming serving the global Gen Z audience; Awesomeness Films; DreamWorksTV and Awestruck. Investors include Comcast, Verizon and Hearst.

SOURCE: Hollister Co.

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Michael Scheiner
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

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The Levi Strauss Foundation to support organizations that protect the civil liberties of highly vulnerable communities

Foundation’s namesake was an immigrant who created one of America’s most iconic brands

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Levi Strauss Foundation today (May 17, 2017) announced it will give $1 million in grants to support organizations that protect the civil liberties of highly vulnerable communities across the United States and abroad, including immigrants, refugees, the transgender community and religious minorities. In today’s dynamic policy landscape, this move focuses the foundation’s impact on the most marginalized and underserved in communities touched by Levi Strauss & Co.

“Now more than ever, we need the business community to be a positive force for social change in this country and the world,” said Daniel Lee, executive director, Levi Strauss Foundation. “Discrimination and stigma are anathema to our core values. This belief comes from our founder Levi Strauss—who was an immigrant himself—and still rings true today. America is at its best when everyone is given the opportunity to pursue their fullest potential, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or religious preference.”

The Levi Strauss Foundation has been a strong supporter of these organizations for many years and saw a need to redouble its commitment as they are stepping up to lead. The $1 million funding will go towards education, advocacy, legal support and mobilization to protect the rights of the people in the most vulnerable communities.

“We live in a moment that only comes along once every few generations, where we are called to do more for each other and for progress,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations, and one of the foundation’s grantees. “The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grant is an example of the type of act of leadership needed to preserve and protect what we hold dear in our democracy, and engage the millions of people who want to do something positive, toward progress.”

Levi Strauss, the foundation’s namesake and founder of Levi Strauss & Co., was a German immigrant who migrated to the United States in 1853. Established in 1952 as the corporate foundation of Levi Strauss & Co., the Levi Strauss Foundation has a long-standing history of supporting the most pressing issues of the day. From raising standards for those who work in the apparel industry across the globe, to being one of the first corporate supporters of the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the foundation’s mission is to advance the human rights and well-being of underserved people touched by LS&Co.’s business.

Grant recipients are both national and international in scope and include organizations such as Define American, Live Free, the Transgender Law Center, United We Dream and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco. For more information and a full list of grantees, visit the Levi Strauss & Co. Unzipped blog.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

SOURCE: Levi Strauss & Co.


Andrea Hicklin
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777



CULVER CITY, USA, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, Metric USA, a full-service, family-owned and operated company that works around the clock to identify much-needed, innovative everyday products, has proudly unveiled the Original Dual-Sided Dish Drying Mat, their newest product creation. All their products embody functional, simplistic, and effective design, and the Drying Mat is no exception. It’s available now for all to peruse and purchase on Amazon.com.

Passionate about taking everyday household items and adding an element of convenience and ergonomic design to make them even more effective, Metric USA is constantly adding functionality to already essential home items.

“Dish drying mats are absolutely crucial for keeping kitchens clean and organized after meals,” said Rita Haft, Founder and Owner of Metric USA. “We’ve taken this essential product and made it a reversible, dual-sided kitchen staple that is incredibly absorbent and sleekly designed.”

The Metric USA mat comes in a value pack of two, with one brown and one red mat. They are used for drying dishes, cutleries and glasses after hand washing. Different from competitor’s products, the Metric dish drying mats absorb up to 4 times their weight in water, ensuring kitchen countertops and floors are kept permanently dry.

Each dish drying mat is made of an innovative metric 66 material with an embossed honeycomb design that adds elegance to the kitchen counter. This honeycomb design also helps absorb water quickly, drying the kitchenware faster than other types of kitchen mats.

Once the mats have been used multiple times, they can be either machine-washed or hand washed with a mild detergent in water. Each mat comes with straps at the edge so it can be easily hung for drying.

“There isn’t much we didn’t think of when completing this kitchen mat product,” said Rita Haft. “Spread the word on its release, and head on over to Amazon.com today to learn more about its properties.”

For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B071RN2KRX.

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Topaz teams up with Ireland’s top sportspeople Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack to launch Cash for Clubs 2017

Topaz teams up with Ireland’s top sportspeople Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack to launch Cash for Clubs 2017


  • 1st club drawn will win top prize of €10,000
  • 10 clubs thereafter will win €5,000
  • 140 clubs after that will win €1,000

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s leading fuel and convenience retailer, has partnered with two of Ireland’s leading sportspeople, Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack, to officially launch Cash for Clubs 2017 and encourage people across Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.

The programme offers clubs of all types and sizes from across the island of Ireland the chance to win up to €10,000 in funding with a total of €200,000 in cash prizes up for grabs as part of the initiative, which returns for a third year.

Following the huge success of Cash for Clubs over the past two years, Topaz is continuing to recognise the intrinsic role that passionate people play in driving clubs across Ireland and the vital role that these local heroes play in providing members of the public with opportunities to meet new people, be active and learn valuable.

Both Kevin and Bríd are best known for their talents and achievements on the field of play, but they share a common understanding of the importance of cross-code participation at a grassroots level and are known for going the extra mile off the field as well as on it.

With a significant national footprint and extensive customer network located across the country, Topaz understands the difficulties that local clubs can face to raise much needed funds to support the services and facilities they provide.

Speaking at the launch of Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’, Marketing Director of Topaz, Margaret Barron said: “With 430 forecourts located nationwide and a presence in every county on the island of Ireland, Topaz is really at the heart of Irish communities and we understand the important role of local clubs in bringing people together. Following the huge success of ‘Cash for Clubs’ over the past two years, we are thrilled to continue this initiative in 2017 by recognising the hard work of club networks across the country and contributing a further €200,000 to local clubs.

Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ is open to all clubs no matter how big or small, so whether your local club is passionate about sport, dance, food or even language based, we are encouraging people to go that extra mile for their chosen club by collecting ‘Cash for Clubs’ tokens at Topaz service stations. It is also a great opportunity to get your friends, family and neighbours to come together to help to win funds for your local community.”

Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ ambassador Kevin McManamon added: “I’m very happy to be involved in this year’s Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ initiative, which plays a vital role in bringing clubs and communities even further in their efforts to secure much-needed support and funds. I have seen first-hand how challenging it can be for clubs to continually raise funds to keep services and facilities to the standard they need to be.

With Topaz Cash for Clubs, everyone can get behind their local club and help show their support for a cause they feel strongly about – whether it’s a team they play for, a local music group they’re involved with or simply a club they follow.”

How it works:

The programme works directly through the Topaz Play or Park Loyalty platform. Clubs can register at playorpark.ie/cash-for-clubs (ROI) or playorpark.co.uk/cash-for-clubs (NI) and, once registered, members of the club and customers in their community can start collecting tokens using a Play or Park gametag, which are available in-store or through the Topaz Play or Park app. You’ll receive one token once you spend €30/£20 or more on fuel purchases and once you have linked your gametag to your chosen club your tokens will be automatically allocated to your club. Once a club has collected 2,000 tokens, they will be automatically entered into an ‘everyone-wins’ draw.

Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017 Grand Prize Draw:
• 1st Club drawn will win €10,000
• 10 Clubs thereafter will win €5,000 and
• 140 Clubs after this will receive €1,000
‘Cash for Clubs’ launched today, Wednesday 17th May 2017 and will run until Sunday, 13th August, 2017.

For more information on Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017, visit www.topaz.ie or see Topaz Energy on Facebook and @topazenergy on Twitter #Cash4Clubs17

Source: Topaz


Forever 21 to open beauty boutique Riley Rose at 13 GGP regional shopping centers

CHICAGO, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP Inc. and Forever 21 Inc. announced today (May 19, 2017) their partnership to introduce an innovative brick-and-mortar experience. The fast-fashion giant will debut Riley Rose, its highly anticipated beauty boutique at 13 GGP regional shopping centers.

“Forever 21 is always ready to expand into new concepts, and has partnered with GGP to open stores in 13 of their top tier locations,” said Do Won Chang, CEO of Forever 21. “These new, experiential spaces will be focused on accessories, cosmetics and home goods for the millennial consumer. We will open 10 stores in 2017, and follow up with three more in 2018.”

GGP constantly evolves its properties to curate an environment of retailers that have an emotional connection to the customer. Our shopping centers provide product, service and experience. Riley Rose is the example of GGP’s strategy to meet the needs of the consumers.

“Customers have come to expect lifestyle options at their regional shopping centers,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP. “Millennials have embraced the Forever 21 brand, and GGP is thrilled with the introduction of Riley Rose. We know our shoppers will enjoy it.”

GGP currently owns and operates 127 retail properties in 40 states. With a focus on creating an optimal customer experience, GGP curates each of its properties with a fusion of traditional retailers, e-commerce tenants expanding into brick and mortar, dining and entertainment.

About GGP Inc.

GGP Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.


Lindsay Kahn

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Kevin Berry
Senior Vice President of Investor & Public Relations
(312) 960-5529

Source: GGP Inc.

Dynamic Technical Formulations LLC. recalls Tri-Ton that contain unapproved drugs and anabolic steroid-like substances

Roswell, GA, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dynamic Technical Formulations LLC. is voluntarily recalling all lots of Tri-Ton. This product was sold in 90 count bottles as a dietary supplement and includes all lot number and expiration dates of the product. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab analysis of Tri-Ton was found to contain andarine and ostarine which are selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) that are considered unapproved drugs and anabolic steroid-like substances.

Use or consumption of products containing SARMs and anabolic steroid-like substances may cause acute liver injury, which is known to be a possible harmful effect of using steroid containing products. In addition, abuse of anabolic steroids may cause other serious long-term adverse health consequences in men, women, and children. These include shrinkage of the testes and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, short stature in children, a higher predilection to misuse other drugs and alcohol, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

This product was sold in 90 count bottles through retailers nationwide. Shipment of this product was from June 2016 to March 2017. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and throw it away in accordance with your state and local ordinances for disposal of drug products or return the unused portion of product for a refund. Dynamic Technical Formulations has not received any reports of illnesses to date.

Dynamic Technical Formulations, LLC is committed to providing accurate information about its products because of concerns for the health and safety of consumers. Dynamic Technical Formulations is working voluntarily with the FDA in the recall process. It sincerely regrets any inconvenience to customers. The company has discontinued distribution of these affected products.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Dynamic Technical Formulations by emailing customerservice@dtformulations.com or calling 800-331-6723 from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking these products or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

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Artsplash™ named as the first-ever winner of ABC’s “The Toy Box”

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — After eight weeks of viewing over 35 toy inventions the kid judges have spoken, and Artsplash™ (formerly known as Liquid Art) prevailed as the first-ever winner of ABC’s “The Toy Box.”  Artsplash™ is now available for purchase online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available only at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 20.

Artsplash™ is a one-of-a-kind art set unlike anything on the market today. This new toy gives kids tools to create limitless 3D art with water by simply dipping the Aquapen into various colored dyes and then placing the colored water onto any of the six different Artsheets. When kids are finished they just wipe the Artsheet clean and start again.

“Ever since I was young, inventing was my dream, and I created Artsplash™ to give kids a new way to create their own masterpieces, with something other than just a paint brush and paper,” said Ryan Stewart, winner of ABC’s The Toy Box. “To be able see something I created on-shelf at Toys”R”Us is a childhood dream come true.”

“For seven weeks I have seen everything from candy cannons to dolls with wigs!” said Eric Stonestreet, host of ABC’s The Toy Box. “Artsplash™ is something I would have loved to have as a kid. I think parents and kids will enjoy playing and creating with Artsplash™ together.”

ABC, Mattel and Hudsun Media developed “The Toy Box” to give audiences across the country a sneak peek into the world of toy invention.

“The Toy Box has given us a new way to connect with talented inventors and celebrate the creativity and innovation it takes to make a toy.” said Richard Dickson, President and COO, Mattel.

Over the course of the series, inventors presented their toy concepts to a group of mentors that included Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. Once the toy maker made it past the mentors, they moved on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that included Sophia Grace Brownlee (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”), Aalyrah Caldwell (“Uncle Buck”), Toby Grey (“The Unexpected John Cena Prank”) and Noah Ritter (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”) decided which toy would move on to the finals and be crowned the winner. After deliberating over the finalists, the judges selected Liquid Art, now known as Artsplash™, as the grand prize winner.

“When Mattel came to us about ‘The Toy Box,’ we knew it was a winning idea and that Toys“R”Us was the only retailer who could help make Ryan’s dream a reality,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us. “Fans of the show will be excited to find Artsplash™, Ryan’s imaginative, original toy concept, in our Hot and New feature shop – at the front and center of all Toys“R”Us stores – when we open our doors tomorrow morning.”

Artsplash™ is now available at online exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be available for purchase at all Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning tomorrow. For more information on ABC’s “The Toy Box,” and the winning toy visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-toy-box.

About Mattel

Mattel is a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Our mission is to be the recognized leader in play, learning and development worldwide. Mattel’s portfolio of global consumer brands includes American Girl®, Barbie®, Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, Monster High® and Thomas & Friends™, among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. With a global workforce of approximately 32,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Visit us online at www.mattel.com.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 883 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 795 international stores and 254 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 60,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $130 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About Disney-ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.  This includes ABC Studios, a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on-demand platforms; the ABC Owned Television Stations Group; and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S.  It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.


Candice Jacobson
Mattel Global Communications

Nicole Hayes
Toys“R”Us Public Relations

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Whole Foods Market to open new Harlem store on July 21

NEW YORK, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s highly anticipated Harlem store will open on July 21 at 9 a.m. The news was announced today (May 20, 2017)  at the third-annual Harlem EatUp! Festival. The 39,000-square-foot store, located at 100 West 125th Street, will be the 12th Whole Foods Market location serving New York City.

Whole Foods Market has worked closely with Harlem Park to Park, a social enterprise representing more than 100 neighborhood entrepreneurs, to source unique local products that will make the store a one-stop destination for both Harlem-made goods and high quality grocery staples.

In addition, Whole Foods Market has partnered with numerous Harlem community organizations, such as Hot Bread Kitchen, to create approximately 200 new local jobs.

Opening day will commence at 8:45 a.m. with Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread-breaking ceremony for new locations, and doors will open at 9 a.m. Festivities will include giveaways, sales and local Harlem vendor samplings and demonstrations.



Source: Whole Foods Market

Dollar General kicks off summer season With exciting coupon savings and exclusive offers

Dollar General kicks off summer season With exciting coupon savings and exclusive offers


GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The official start to summer may be more than a month away, but Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is starting the season’s celebration early! With exciting coupon savings through Dollar General’s Digital Coupon program and its Fast Way to Save™ exclusive offers, hot products available only at Dollar General and the company’s everyday low prices, Dollar General is a one-stop destination for summer celebrations galore.

“Dollar General remains focused on delivering everyday low prices and value to our customers throughout the upcoming summer months and is thrilled to provide exclusive product offers and considerable savings through our digital coupon program,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Additionally, having some of America’s top brands deliver exclusive and limited-edition products in our stores reflects our strength as the sector leader and vast retail footprint represented by more than 13,600 locations in 44 states.”

Exciting summer offers and products hitting Dollar General store shelves by Monday, May 22 include:

Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupons

With more than $200 in coupon savings, Dollar General’s digital coupon program delivers exceptional savings off Dollar General’s everyday low prices, including its exclusive Fast Way to Save™ offers available now through June 18. Customers can download savings to their Dollar General Digital Coupon account or sign up for an account at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons or through the Dollar General app on smartphones. Savings are available on national brands including Dial®, Bounty®, Crest® and Aquafina® and Dollar General’s 100-percent satisfaction-guaranteed private brands including DG health™, DG body™, Clover Valley® and DG home™. All digital coupons may be redeemed only one time through June 18.

OREO® Mississippi Mud Pie

Dollar General and OREO are bringing the taste of the Magnolia State exclusively to Dollar General customers across the country with its new OREO Mississippi Mud Pie Flavor Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookie. In stores beginning in late May, this limited-edition OREO combines the signature, deep chocolate flavor of Mississippi Mud Pie and America’s favorite cookie (yum!). Customers can also save $1 with the purchase of two products using Dollar General’s Digital Coupons now through May 27.

Coca-Cola® Share A Coke® Military Campaign

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017, Dollar General will serve as the only retailer to offer Coca-Cola’s Share a Coke® patriotic 16-ounce can series aimed at saluting and honoring military service members, veterans, military spouses, military moms and military dads. Sixteen-ounce cans will be available at more than 13,600 stores across the country for $1 each. During the campaign, customers are encouraged to recognize and thank the military community on social media by posting their message and a photo of themselves with one of the military Coca-Cola cans using the #CokeDGSupportMilitary hashtag. Customers are also encouraged to be a force behind the forces by sending a message to service members through the USO at www.destinationcoke.com. In September, Coca-Cola and Dollar General plan to make a $25,000 donation to the USO to further their support for the military community.

Lipton® Meal Maker Program with Sunny Anderson

Lipton® Iced Tea and Dollar General are partnering on a new Simple Summer Meal Solutions program featuring New York Times best-selling author and TV host, Sunny Anderson. With in-store and online activation scheduled to begin on May 22, Sunny’s Summer Meal Solutions Tool is designed to help customers find delicious, easy-to-make and affordable meals. Plus, Sunny personally created five exclusive new summer recipes, which either incorporate the fresh tastes of Lipton® iced teas or pair perfectly with them. Recipes include Sunny’s Mango and Honey Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Sunny’s Easy Peach Tea BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Plus, customers can save more with a Dollar General digital coupon from Lipton® Iced Tea now through August 20!

Regal® Cinemas Popcorn

Movie popcorn fans can now enjoy the tastes of fan-favorite Regal Entertainment Group’s signature popcorn in a microwavable format at Dollar General stores. As the exclusive retailer for the product through August, each box of the new Regal Cinemas Popcorn provides three bags of the delicious fan-favorite popcorn for only $2, making at-home movie nights tastier and more affordable.

Hawaiian Punch Mango Monsoon

Brand new and exclusive to Dollar General, Hawaiian Punch® releases the Mango Monsoon™ flavor. When it comes to fruit juice drinks, Hawaiian Punch is The Big Kahuna. Bursting with bold fruit flavors, Hawaiian Punch Mango Monsoon is a delicious and unique taste that kids and the entire family will enjoy. This family-sized one gallon container is the perfect drink for dinner time or anytime and is available in stores for only $2 each. Treat your family to the delicious taste of Hawaiian Punch Mango Monsoon!

Mott’s 100% Apple Mango Juice

Mott’s® is bringing its new 100 percent Apple Mango juice to Dollar General in an exclusive package with six eight-ounce servings, providing families on the go an easy, eight-ounce juice option. Available for $2.75 each, this exclusive six-pack option provides value and convenience at Dollar General this summer.

Broadway® Cosmetics

The new Broadway® line combines exclusive beauty and affordable prices with the company’s wide selection of cosmetic products. With trend-right products including eye shadows, mascaras, nail polishes, contouring kits, lip glosses, lipsticks and much more, the Broadway line helps give customers current beauty trends like matte finishes and bright colors, all at fashionable value!

*Note:Product images are available by contacting the DGPR team at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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Meijer sponsors new mobile mammography unit to be operated by Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services at Meijer stores

Meijer sponsors new mobile mammography unit to be operated by Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services at Meijer stores


New mobile mammography will offer screenings at Meijer stores, other locations in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is joining forces with Spectrum Health to make getting screened for breast cancer more convenient than ever.

Meijer is sponsoring a new mobile mammography unit that will be operated by Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services. An open house to celebrate the launch of the unit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 20 at the Alpine Meijer, 2425 Alpine Ave NW, in Grand Rapids. Customers can tour the new unit, learn more about Betty Ford Breast Care Services, and schedule a future mammogram.

Following the open house, the mobile mammography unit will visit Meijer stores and locations throughout West Michigan.

“We are very pleased that this new mobile unit, made possible through the generosity of Meijer, will bring mammography into communities where such services are not readily available,” said Judy Smith, MD, chief, Spectrum Health Cancer Center. “We want our patients – women and men – to have convenient access to screenings that could potentially be life-saving.”

Meijer Marketing Team Member Deb Brower credits a Spectrum Health mobile mammography unit that toured the Meijer Corporate campus last year with saving her life.

“The bus saved my life,” Brower said. “It’s a big deal. I was 47 years old. There was absolutely no reason to think cancer would happen to me. But that’s the way it usually happens. We never think it will happen to us.”

Bringing this new mobile unit to a variety of Meijer stores is the latest way both Spectrum Health and the retailer are strengthening their commitment to health and wellness by providing customers with opportunities to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Meijer is committed to expanding convenient access to breast screenings,” Meijer Health and Wellness Director Jacquelyn DeBruler said. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to meet customers where they are.”

The mobile mammography unit will return to the Alpine Meijer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 25 to conduct screenings.

This is Betty Ford Breast Care Services’ second mobile mammography unit. Both units, as well as all of the Betty Ford Breast Care Services locations, offer 3-D mammography in addition to traditional digital screening. The 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, has proven particularly effective in screening patients with dense breasts.

Betty Ford Breast Care Services, which has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, performs more than 95,000 breast imaging studies and diagnostic services annually – more than any other organization in West Michigan. Approximately 3,000 of these screenings are provided through the mobile unit.

Patients are seen on the mobile units (spectrumhealth.org/mobileunit) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with walk-on patients welcome as scheduling allows. While insurance is accepted on mobile units, there are free mammograms provided for uninsured or under insured patients who qualify. For more information about this option, patients can call (616) 486-6022.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Spectrum Health:

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; about 180 ambulatory and service sites; about 3,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, including about 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 795,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 25,400 employees. The organization provided more than $326 million in community benefit during its 2016 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition. spectrumhealth.org


Christina Fecher

Susan Krieger

Source: Meijer


A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards held a successful 12th award presentation ceremony

A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards held a successful 12th award presentation ceremony


Hong Kong, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards (HKSSA), Hong Kong’s only territory-wide school sports awards, held the 12th award presentation ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Stadium today. With the participation of 85% of all primary, secondary and special schools in Hong Kong, HKSSA presented awards to 898 student sports elites this year.Launched in 2005, HKSSA opens to all local schools to commend one sports talent from each school every year, recognising the effort made by student sports elites behind their achievements and injecting positive energy into the youth.

Mr. Li Bing, Director, Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affairs Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, Mrs. Marion Lai Chan Chi-kuen,JP,Permanent Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, Mr. Yeung Tak-keung, Commissioner for Sports, Home Affairs Bureau,were invited to present the awards to the student sports elites.With the theme of “Are You Ready?” to encourage the awardees to get ready for the challenges ahead, as well as to echo with the motto of HKSSA“Yes I can!”, the award aims to inspire the awardees to pursue their dreams and embrace the future.

Ms. Cecilia Yeung Man-wai, the winner of High Jump at Asian Grand Prix Taipei 2017 and Ms. Yvette Kong Man-yi, member of Hong Kong Swimming Team in Rio 2016 were also invited to share their experience in striving for success with the awardees, and encourage them to pursue their dream.

Speaking at the ceremony,Mr. Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group said, “Celebrating the 12th anniversary, together with 898 awardees this year and the participation of 85% of all primary, secondary and special schools in Hong Kong, HKSSA is one of the largest scale student sports elite recognition programmes. It is encouraging to see that the schools support the awardees very much.”

Lai added that, “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, the parent company of A.S. Watson Group, organised different celebration activities to share the joy with the people of Hong Kong. HKSSA is one of the celebration activities, and we wish the awardees could live by the motto of HKSSA‘Yes I Can!’,and strive for a bright future for Hong Kong.”

Mrs. Marion Lai Chan Chi-kuen,JP,Permanent Secretary for Education, Education Bureau said, “I would like to extend special thanks to A.S. Watson Group for its continuous support for student sports activities in Hong Kong, serving as a role model of socially responsible corporate. We look forward to the continuous support from A.S. Watson Group to encourage the youth to take part in sports activities, and bring more opportunities to the student sports elites in Hong Kong. I believe the awardees could adhere to a ‘Can-Do Spirit’, bringing positive energy to the sports ground and academic field to pursue excellence.”

Mr. Yeung Tak-keung, Commissioner for Sports, Home Affairs Bureau, said in the ceremony, “In addition to the award certificate and cash scholarship, HKSSA award winners also have opportunity to participate in an overseas exchange sports tour. Apart from arousing interests of local students towards sports activities and developing talents of sports elites, HKSSA also provides opportunities for young students to broaden their horizons.”

As one of the past HKSSA awardees in secondary school, the winner of High Jump at Asian Grand Prix Taipei 2017Ms. Cecilia Yeung Man-wai shared her story with all the awardees,“We should never give up when there are obstacles and challenges, but to equip ourselves and stay confident to chase our dreams.”

Ms. Yvette Kong Man-yi, member of Hong Kong Swimming Team in Rio 2016, also shared her experience in overcoming challenges with the awardees,“Joining Olympic Games is always my dream. Dream is not impossible to achieve. We can make our dreams come true with our persistence and efforts. All of us should live by the motto of HKSSA, ‘Yes I Can!’ to start a new chapter in life proudly.”

A.S. Watson Group also presented the awardees a tube filled with seeds as a gift to symbolise dream and hope. The Group hopes that the awardees can make good use of the experience gained from HKSSA to pursue their dreams like growing a plant with their belief.

2016 – 2017HKSSA Nomination
The HKSSA has gained overwhelming support from local schools over the past years. This year, total 898 students are awarded.Each participating school is entitled to nominate one sports talent every year. All awardees would receive cash scholarship and would be invited to the award presentation ceremony and leadership workshop. Awardees will also have the opportunity to join a sports exchange tour to Mainland China to broaden their horizons.

The Group hopes that students will continue to pursue their dreams, strive for excellence and promote sporting culture actively and inspire others to embrace the future.

Key Facts about the 898 Winners
There are 507 boys and 391 girls this year with the youngest winner a7-year-old primary two student. Some awardees are elite athletes while some are already representing Hong Kong in international competitions.

Tel: +852 2606 8833
Fax: +852 2690 2836
Email: grouppr@aswatson.com

Source: A.S. Watson Group


Co-op members vote to tackle modern slavery and packaging waste at its Annual General Meeting

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op members voted overwhelmingly to champion a better way of doing business by tackling modern slavery and packaging waste at today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Exchange Hall, Manchester Central.

Members will seek to raise awareness and campaign for greater support for victims of modern slavery in the UK, with the Co-op extending its ‘Bright Future’ partnership with City Hearts to other organisations which support victims.

Members also backed a motion to make 80% of the Co-op’s packaging easy to recycle by 2020 – working towards an ultimate target of 100% easy to recycle packaging.

The Co-op has a proud history of leading the promotion of Fairtrade, and members voted to re-commit to Fairtrade values, suppliers and producers. This vote means it will aim to extend its ingredients policy beyond cocoa, so wherever it uses bananas, tea and coffee in its cakes, desserts and confectionery, it will be sourced on Fairtrade terms – no other retailer does this.

The Co-op also extended its commitment to British produce, announcing that it would source £2.5bn worth of UK farm products over the next three years. It will also become the only retailer to sell 100% British own-brand frozen meat, extending its pledge on fresh meat to freezer food.

In a further commitment, the Co-op will extend its buying season for British fruit and vegetables, add new British flower varieties, and give growers long-term contracts.

Additionally the Co-op revealed that its fundraising to tackle loneliness and isolation in partnership with the Red Cross has topped £6m, significantly ahead of the £3.5m target set just under two years ago. The money raised by the Co-op will help the Red Cross provide vital care and support for thousands of people across the UK.

In further developments, Steve Murrells, Group CEO, was elected as an Executive Director. Allan Leighton and Chris Kelly were re-elected as Independent Non-Executive Directors and Paul Chandler was re-elected as a Member Nominated Director (MND). Gareth Thomas was elected as an MND for the first time.

Ruth Spellman has decided to step down as an MND and the Co-op would like to thank her for her service.

In its Members’ Council elections Nick Crofts, the Council’s President, was re-elected to his seat in the North West constituency and there were 11 new members elected to the 100 strong Council, four of whom are colleagues.

Today’s meeting highlighted the growing engagement of Co-op members with the business, in a year when the Group has seen membership increase by more than 840,000, driven by the launch of the new 5 + 1 membership scheme. The unique scheme offers members 5% back on Co-op branded products and 1% to their local communities. Last month the Co-op made its first payout under the scheme, with over £9m going to over 4,000 good causes.

Allan Leighton, Chair of the Co-op, said: “The commitments we’ve made today to help fight modern slavery, cut packaging waste and back British suppliers are what the Co-op is all about. Working closely with our members, colleagues and communities I am confident that we can continue to champion a better way of doing business.”

The full results of the Co-op AGM voting are as follows:

(1) To receive the Annual Report and Accounts for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2016

For – 98.07%
Against – 1.93%

(2) To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Report for the 52 weeks 31 December 2016

For – 93.3%
Against – 6.7%

(3) To agree changes to the Executive Remuneration Policy

For – 94.11%
Against – 5.89%

(4) To elect Steve Murrells as an Executive Director

For – 96.37%
Against – 3.63%

(5) To re-elect Allan Leighton as an Independent Non-Executive Director

For – 95.52%
Against – 4.48%

(6) To re-elect Chris Kelly as an Independent Non-Executive Director

For – 96.06%
Against – 3.94%

(7) To re-appoint Ernst & Young LLP as the Society’s auditors

For – 95.6%
Against – 4.4%

(8) Joint motion from Board and Council – Political Donations

For – 78.52%
Against – 21.48%

(9) Motion from Members – Pay Gap

For – 97.45%
Against – 2.55%

(10) Motion from Members – Fairtrade

For – 98.24%
Against – 1.76%

(11) Joint motion from Board and Council – Modern Slavery

For – 96.77%
Against – 3.23%

(12) Joint motion from Board and Council – Recycling

For – 99.05%
Against – 0.95%

Results for the election of Member Nominated Directors

Paul Chandler – elected

Gareth Thomas – elected

Pernilla Bonde – Not elected

Notes to Editors:

About the Co-op Group:

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests spanning food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services. It has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 4 million members, the Co-op has 3,800 outlets in communities across the UK. It employs around 69,000 people and has an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

About the Bright Future programme

In March 2017 the Co-op announced a ground breaking new scheme to help integrate victims of the disturbing UK modern slave trade back into communities, working with City Hearts to develop the Bright Future programme.

The initiative will see the group develop new partnerships with charities who are experienced in supporting survivors of modern slavery, and create 30 new work placement opportunities across its businesses.

Newly elected and re-elected directors’ biographies

Executive Directors

Steve Murrells

Steve became Co-op Group CEO in March 2017 having previously led the Co-op’s Food business since 2012. Steve now has overall responsibility for Co-op Food, Co-op Funeralcare, Co-op Insurance and Co-op Legal Services.

As a senior executive at the Co-op Steve has been a key part of the team which has rebuilt the Co-op, relaunched its membership proposition and returned its iconic blue clover-leaf logo to the high street.

As CEO of Co-op Food, Steve was responsible for the Co-op’s £7bn-turnover food retail arm with its 2,800 strong network of stores and logistics operations which span the whole of the UK. He introduced the Co-op’s new retail strategy which focuses on convenience and turned around the business to grow its market share.

Prior to joining the Co-op Steve has held senior leadership roles in European and UK based food retail businesses, including at One Stop, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Steve spent three years as CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip, before joining the Co-op.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Allan Leighton – Chair

Allan has held a series of high profile roles, including Chief Executive of Asda from 1996 to 2000, Non-Executive Chairman of Royal Mail from 2002 to 2009. Allan is currently the Chairman of Matalan Ltd, Entertainment One Ltd, Wagamama and Canal & River Trust and is also Deputy Chairman of Pandora AS.

Chris Kelly

Chris chaired the Group’s independent review which considered the events leading up to the re-capitalisation plan for The Co-operative Bank plc in 2013. He currently chairs the Kings Fund (the health and social care think tank) and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. Previous roles include chairing the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the NSPCC. For many years he was a senior public servant, mostly in HM Treasury but latterly as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.

Member Nominated Directors:

Paul Chandler

Paul was chief executive of Traidcraft from 2001 to 2013, and President of the European Fair Trade Association from 2005 to 2012. Drawing on his fair trade experience and early career in Barclays Bank, he is now focusing on promoting responsible practices in business and financial services, alongside a portfolio of charity and community focused roles. Paul is also Chair of the William Leech Foundation and Durham Cathedral Council, a director of Shared Interest, a Fellow of St Chad’s College in Durham University and a trustee of the County Durham Community Foundation, a Trustee of the Bible Society and a Trustee of Interhealth.

Gareth Thomas

As Retail Director for John Lewis for 10 years, Gareth led the business through huge cultural change. After completing a 30 year career at John Lewis, he worked for no financial reward for several years as a Trustee in the not for profit sector, including as Deputy Chairman of Save the Children. He now serves on a number of boards including as a Trustee at TATE; Chairman of Tate Enterprises Ltd; Trustee of the American Museum in Britain; Chairman of Countrywide Farmers plc; Non Executive Director of Share plc Group, and Independent Director of Shoppers Stop, India.


The Co-operative Group
Jon Church
Tel: 07545 210812
Chris Sonne
Tel: 07770 544 721

Tulchan Communications
Susanna Voyle
Tel: 07980 894557
Jonathan Sibun
Tel: 07779 999683

Source: Co-op uk

PetSmart intends to offer $1,350 million in aggregate principal amount of senior first lien notes due 2025

PHOENIX, AZ,  2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (“PetSmart”) announced today (May 19, 2017) that it intends, subject to market and other customary conditions, to offer $1,350 million in aggregate principal amount of senior first lien notes due 2025 (the “senior first lien notes”) and $650 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2025 (the “senior notes” and, together with the senior first lien notes, the “notes”) in a private offering.

PetSmart intends to use the gross proceeds from the offering, together with proceeds of an approximately $1,000 million equity contribution by PetSmart’s existing investor group and cash on hand, to finance the consummation of the previously announced proposed acquisition of Chewy, Inc. and to pay the related fees and expenses.

The offering of the notes will be made in a private transaction in reliance upon an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), in the United States only to investors who are “qualified institutional buyers,” as that term is defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act, or to non-U.S. persons outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes and the related guarantees have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

This press release does not and will not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor will there be any sale of any of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements included in this press release (including statements related to the proposed offering) may be considered “forward-looking” statements,” which are based on information available to PetSmart on the date of this release. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the following words: “anticipate,” “believe,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “will,” “should” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve various risks and uncertainties. PetSmart cannot assure you that future developments affecting PetSmart will be those that have been anticipated. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global, regional or local economic, business, competitive, market regulatory and other factors, many of which are beyond PetSmart’s control, as well as other risks. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause PetSmart’s actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all of them. PetSmart may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. PetSmart’s forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures, investments or other strategic transactions PetSmart may make (including the proposed acquisition of Chewy, Inc.). PetSmart undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is North America’s leading provider of products, services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as 205 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with nonprofits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*.

*Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

PetSmart Investor Relations
Kim Smith, Tom Melito

PetSmart Media Line:

Source: PetSmart Inc.

APTRA Airports Forum in Singapore attended by 15 commercial and retail executives from 10 airports

Singapore, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The inaugural APTRA Airports Forum on 7th May at Singapore Changi Airport produced fascinating data for delegates and established a benchmark for future meetings.

APTRA board member Andrew Gardiner from Melbourne Airport chaired the meeting, which was attended by 15 commercial and retail executives from 10 airports. He explained that APTRA is investing in a series of initiatives to assist airports, including airport specific research that they will be able to access via the online APTRA Airport Resource Centre.

APTRA’s research partner m1nd-set and its partner IATA presented detailed airport shopper insights, traffic and forecasting reports while Changi Airport lifted the curtain on the new Terminal 4 with a preview of some of the innovative commercial executions.

Gardiner underlined that other airports will be encouraged to share similar data on retail innovation, sales performance and other information at future forums.

The 2017 APTRA KPMG Insights Seminar series kicked off in Singapore on 10th May with a breakfast workshop attended by over 60 delegates.

Clara Perez, Travel Retail Research Director at m1nd-set presented the results of the latest research conducted for APTRA into the consumer behaviour of South East Asia travellers while m1nd-set CEO Peter Mohn switched the focus to Tiers 1, 2 and 3 cities in China.

Anson Bailey, Head of Asia Pacific Consumer Markets at KPMG gave a presentation on the latest trends in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, the so called “internet of things” and other aspects of a world which today revolves around, and is driven by, mobile technology.

Andrew Ford, new President of APTRA, commented: “The APTRA Airports Forum and the Insights Seminar during TFWA Asia Pacific were excellent examples of how APTRA delivers actionable data to its members which will assist them to develop their travel retail business in the Asia Pacific region. We will build on what we have learned during these meetings and continue to expand our service to members.

“May I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Board who will make a major contribution to our work over the coming years and welcome Grant Fleming of Lagardère Travel Retail who has just joined our team.”

The research that forms the core of these meetings is sponsored by Rémy Cointreau GTR and, henceforth, also by Interparfums.

The Insights Seminars are sponsored by Bommidala Group, Brown Forman, Changi Airport Group, DFS, Distell, Eastern Duty Free, The Edrington Group, Jonathan Holland & Associates, Moet Hennessy, Regent Asia Group and Treasury Wine Estates.

For further information about the work of APTRA please consult www.aptra.asia or contact info@aptra.asia


APTRA is the trade association for the duty free and travel retail industry in the Asia Pacific region, serving all members and the industry to help grow the business and protect it when challenges arise.

 Through technology-led initiatives, seminars and conferences, APTRA serves to facilitate contact between members;
 Through bespoke training initiatives, APTRA is building the industry’s brand as a highly professional, caring and responsible retail channel;
 Through intensive consumer and market research, APTRA provides a solid knowledge bank, bringing valuable, actionable data relevant to all sectors;
 Through regular communication, APTRA seeks to spread awareness and knowledge about the industry and the importance of travel retail for governments, airports, airlines and related businesses;
 Through regional monitoring, and in collaboration with member companies and trade associations in other parts of the world, APTRA is constantly on the alert for new challenges where its advocacy on behalf of the industry is needed with national governments and policy-makers in order to safeguard and grow the business of all concerned.

The geographical area covered by APTRA includes countries in Eastern Asia, South Eastern Asia, South Central Asia and Oceania.


For trade information please contact:
Michael Barrett, Executive Officer
Tel: Tel: +855 89 772 600
Email: michael@aptra.asia

For press information please contact::
Appleton Communications
Kate Teagle
Tel: +44 1784 434 666
Email: kate.teagle@btinternet.com

Source: APTRA