Foodstuffs North Island sells its Silverstream site to Farrah’s

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has sold its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream for an undisclosed sum. The supermarket company put the site on the market in March and tenders closed on April 12.

“Foodstuffs has been on this site since 1981, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex. We’re pleased that it will continue to be used for food purposes as it has been purchased by Upper Hutt company Farrah’s. The family behind Farrah’s have been making tortillas and wraps in the Wellington region since 1999,” Foodstuffs North Island General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

Farrah’s is a successful business with humble beginnings. Owners Farrah and Jovan Čanak started out by stretching and cooking each wrap by hand.

“In 1999, a friend who owned a local kebab shop commented that he couldn’t find a tortilla wrap that wouldn’t crack or split when rolled. That’s what sparked our business idea. An old fish ‘n chip shop became our first bakery, and we cooked each wrap on a hot plate over an open flame. We even went to Mexico and the USA to refine our craft,” Jovan Čanak says.

The company intends to start construction at Kiln Street in November, and will turn the site into a world-class export facility, meaning it will continue to grow as valuable employer to the region.

“Foodstuffs is now seeking office space in the Hutt Valley for the 100 or so staff we have in Wellington,” Rowles says. “This is a chance for us to significantly upgrade our office premises for our Wellington staff and provide them with a more modern working environment,” Rowles says.

The sale means Foodstuffs will close its bottling plant at Silverstream in mid-August.

“We went to market with the idea of leasing back part of the site in order to retain the bottling plant, but in the end, the offer for the entire site made the best economic sense for our business. We have elected to outsource our bottling services to an external supplier,” Rowles says.

“There are six bottling plant roles affected by this decision and we’re looking for ways we can redeploy the affected staff within Foodstuffs,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It was marketed for sale by Bayleys Real Estate.

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

Contact

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

SM Investments Corporation again a recipient of The Global Chinese Business 1000 Awards by Yazhou Zhoukan

SM Investments Corporation again a recipient of The Global Chinese Business 1000 Awards by Yazhou Zhoukan

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Yazhou Zhoukan (YZZ), a leading Chinese business magazine awarded SM Investments Corporation (SM) for The Global Chinese Business 1000 Awards—Outstanding Performance. This marks the fifth year SM has received the award from YZZ.

“We are truly honored and grateful to be recognized once again as a recipient of The Global Chinese Business 1000 Awards by Yazhou Zhoukan.  Apart from the Philippines, China has become an important market for SM.  As such, our company will continue to deliver long-term sustained growth and further expand our footprint through world-class businesses that deliver optimal returns for our investors and make a difference in the lives of millions,” Ms. Dionisio said in her remarks during the awarding ceremony held in Hong Kong.

The Global Chinese Business 1000 Awards assesses all listed Chinese corporations around the globe based on their market value as of end-August 2016 and awards pioneers with outstanding business operations.

SM, through its property arm SM Prime, continues to expand in China as the country’s consumer spending growth remains strong. SM Prime operates seven malls in China, particularly in the second-tier cities such as Xiamen, Jinjiang, Chengdu, Suzhou, Chongqing, Zibo and Tianjin.

SM City Tianjin is the newest landmark within the Tianjin Airport Economic Area at the emerging Binhai New Area, the largest free trade zone in Northern China and a thriving central business district where international corporations in logistics and financial services are setting up offices.

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

For further information, please contact

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

Commissaries to bring savings and exciting events this June

FORT LEE, Va. , 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — June will bring more than hot temperatures for commissary patrons looking for plenty of promotional savings and exciting events, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Our customers will be treated to fun, spectacular events with super summer savings in the mix,” said Tracie Russ. “We’re kicking off June with our annual Healthy Lifestyle Festivals worldwide and other events highlighting our ongoing 150th commissary anniversary celebration.

“Your commissary has something for everyone,” she added. “Be it savings on the ingredients for that special Father’s Day menu or the quick meals, beverages and snacks for the family vacation road trip.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in June to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Always check what’s on the “end of the aisle” for themed items with extra low pricing. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers should check with their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following sales events:

  • Win summer trips. Commissary patrons can go to the DeCA website and enter to win trips throughout the summer. Go to the site’s Sales & Events page and Exclusive Savings page to find them.
  • “Live Healthy and Save Big!” Military resale organizations are partnering for Healthy Lifestyle Festivals, May 26 – June 25, at installations worldwide. Some locations have fests scheduled the first weekend of July. This annual event features discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment and apparel at exchanges, health screenings at local clinics, and fitness events hosted by the installation morale, welfare and recreation activities office. At many locations, veterinarians will also offer food safety tips and health information for family pets. Check for local times and dates on the Healthy Lifestyle Festival page.
  • “Patriot Perks Program” returns for its fifth year. From June 19 to July 16, in recognition of the commissaries’ 150th anniversary, patrons worldwide can enter to win commissary shopping sprees with the grand prize being a year of free groceries. Look for product displays with Patriot Perks signage or visit the Patriot Perks site.
  • Kellogg’s “Despicable Me 3” movie launch promotion! To celebrate the commissaries’ 150th anniversary and the “Despicable Me 3” movie, patrons have an opportunity worldwide from June 19 to July 16 to win a $150 commissary gift card. Look for demos, high-value coupons and sale signage from the following participating name brands: Cheez-It Crackers, Club Crackers, Keebler Chips, Deluxe Cookies, Pringles, and Eggo Waffles.
  • Golden Seal Sweepstakes! Halo Top Creamery celebrates its fifth anniversary by offering five four-day vacations for two to Maui; a $5,000 gift card and a chance to make a dream come true at their local Make-A-Wish® Foundation chapter. Look for unique Golden Seals under lids of Halo Top products throughout June to win.
  • Unilever is sponsoring the 8th annual “Red White & Blue Reunion” contest stateside, June 1 – July 15. Commissary patrons can enter to win a family vacation to one of America’s national parks by submitting a short essay on “Why My Family Should Win a Trip to a National Park.” There will be five grand prize trips: an all-inclusive family vacation to one of America’s national parks valued at up to $10,000 each. Additionally, 10 winners will be awarded commissary gift cards. Sweepstakes information tear pads will be in local commissaries throughout the promotion. Winners will be announced on Unilever’s Operation In-Touch military website. Unilever will also distribute over 125,000 in-store (over $6 savings) coupon booklets featuring savings on many of its top brands.
  • General Mills is offering its annual “Sandsational Savings” program. This worldwide program from June 5 to July 2 will offer recipe ideas, high-value in-store coupons and giveaways.
  • Smucker’s announces its 9th annual Mission Breakfast Event. From June 5-18, patrons will see mass displays and savings on the following name brands: Smucker’s, Martha White, Crisco, Folgers, Hungry Jack, Dunkin Donuts, Millstone and more. The stateside commissary that creates the most creative product display based on these products and increases its sales during the listed time frame will win the grand prize of a free breakfast event for all of the military personnel on the installation. The four-page insert with coupons on featured Smucker’s products will be highlighted on the MyMilitarySavings site.
  • National Hawaiian Foods Week, the second week in June officially recognizes the culinary heritage of Hawaii. King’s Hawaiian Breads and Del Monte have joined forces worldwide for this weeklong celebration offering $4 off when you purchase any three participating brands’ products during a single shopping trip. From June 5-18, this promotion is offered via the Ibotta mobile coupon app. Go to the Ibotta sitehttps://ibotta.com/rebates.
  • Throughout June Commissary Rewards Card holders can download a coupon worth $9.99 off their P&G purchase of $30 or more on P&G baby or health and beauty care items.
  • Del Monte recognizes the commissary anniversary. From June 16 to July 15, Del Monte is celebrating the commissary’s 150th anniversary by offering pallet sales worldwide at heavily reduced prices. A donation from product sales of up to $50,000 will be made to the Folds of Honor Foundation which supports families of American service members killed in the line of duty.
  • Your Commissary is Celebrating 150 Years! On July 1, commissaries worldwide will celebrate the 150th anniversary with cake and balloons. Door prizes will be given out with prizes from commissary gift cards to t-shirts, hats, goody bags and high-value coupons. Patrons will claim their prize instantly at a designated display area. There will also be (in most stores) demonstrations and samplings of top brand products. Look for the gold décor and the details of this special event.

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

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

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact

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

Commissary to debut own store brands

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a matter of weeks, commissary brands will debut on store shelves, ushering the Defense Commissary Agency into a new era of patron savings, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.

“We are excited to finally begin offering commissary brands,” Jeu said. “An overwhelming number of our patrons said they would purchase store brands if we had them. Well that time is almost here.”

Commissaries in the United States will see an initial roll out of commissary brand products starting at the end of May with bottled water and later in June with plastic bags and paper products. Stores in overseas areas are expected to see commissary brand items in the September timeframe.

Commissary brand products will be equal or lower in price to commercial grocery store brands. This means they will also definitely cost less than regular national brands, Jeu said. “These products will give our patrons the quality they expect and the savings they deserve.”

DeCA’s commissary brand will be sold under two names: Freedom’s Choice for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items.

Store brand products, also known as private label, are offered by retailers under their own, in-house brand or under a brand developed by their suppliers. Retailers are able to do this by working directly with suppliers.

DeCA is partnering with SpartanNash to develop the agency’s commissary brands. SpartanNash, through its military division MDV, is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.

Over the next three to four years patrons will see the gradual rollout of Freedom’s Choice and HomeBase products in their commissaries as DeCA plans to increase the commissary brand inventory to about 4,000 items.

The inclusion of commissary brands will not affect the availability of the name brands patrons have always shopped, Jeu said. DeCA will continue to optimize its product assortment to ensure patrons have a wide range of choices, between commissary and national brands, at competitive prices.

“Our commissary brand products will have the same quality and frequently will be produced on the same manufacturing lines as national brands, meeting the same high quality standards,” Jeu said. “These are products that have been manufactured specifically for our patrons.

“Bottom line: Freedom’s Choice and HomeBase will give our patrons another chance to save money, without sacrificing quality, on brands priced significantly lower than national brands,” he added.

For more information on DeCA’s commissary brand program, visit our FAQ page.

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

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact

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

Nordstrom appoints Stacy Brown-Philpot as new director and reelects eleven existing members of the Board

SEATTLE, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc., announced on May 16, 2017 the reelection of eleven existing members of the Board of Directors, and the appointment of Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit, as a new director.

Former board director, Enrique ‘Rick’ Hernandez, Jr., announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.

With the addition of Mrs. Brown-Philpot, the Nordstrom Board will consist of 12 directors. Nordstrom directors serve one-year terms and the company requires annual elections of all board members.

Mrs. Brown-Philpot has served as Chief Executive Officer of TaskRabbit, an on demand home services platform, since April 2016. Prior to that, she was the company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2013 – 2016. From May 2012 – December 2012, Mrs. Brown-Philpot was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GV, the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet, Inc. Before that, she spent nearly a decade at Google in various roles including Senior Director of Global Consumer Operations. Mrs. Brown-Philpot has also served as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs and senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been on the Board of Directors of HP Inc. since 2015. Mrs. Brown-Philpot will serve as a member of the Finance Committee and Technology Committee on the Nordstrom Board.

“Stacy brings a breadth of unique innovation, operational, and entrepreneurial experience to our Board,” said Phil Satre, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Nordstrom. “We’re thrilled to have her join us and look forward to adding her e-commerce expertise as we work to improve the omnichannel shopping experience for our customers.”

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Trina Schurman
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-6503
Trina.Schurman@nordstrom.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Gigi Ganatra Duff
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3030
Gigi.Ganatra@nordstrom.com

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Carrefour now offers Apple Pay payment system in Italy

Carrefour now offers Apple Pay payment system in Italy

 

ITALY, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is now offering its customers IN ITALY the new easy, secure and personalised Apple Pay payment system which is transforming the mobile payments system thanks to its speed and convenience.

Apple Pay functions on POS devices featuring the Contactless logo which can be found in all Carrefour sales outlets and most retailers.

To be able to use Apple Pay in Italy, it is not necessary to open a new bank account; you can simply request the PASS Card at Carrefour Banca counters or on the www.carrefourbanca.it site which works with all Mastercard circuit terminals in the world. PASS Card is the answer to the need for an easy and fast payment method expressed by our customers. Apple Pay not only enables customers to complete payments faster and more efficiently, but also helps to consolidate Carrefour’s position as a cutting-edge player capable of understanding market requirements and the innovations that will transform it.

Security and privacy are a priority for Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card through Apple Pay, the card number is not recorded either on the device or the Apple server. Instead, a unique encrypted code, called Device Account Number, is assigned and securely saved in the Secure Element of the actual device. Each transaction is authorised by a unique dynamic security code.

Thanks to the PASS Card, Carrefour meets two goals: to be a precursor in the mobile payments sector and to complement the extensive portfolio of advantages offered to the customers, including PASS Day (10% discount one day a week in member hypermarkets and supermarkets), the collection of extra PAYBACK points and the possibility of paying all the purchases made in Carrefour in 3 installments with zero interest.

Apple Pay is easy to activate and users will continue to receive all the advantages and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. Apple Pay functions in sales outlets through iPhone SE, iPhone 6 devices and subsequent versions and Apple Watch.

Online app purchases and online purchases on Internet sites which accept Apple Pay are as simple as touching the Touch ID sensor with one finger: there is no need to complete long payment forms manually or to click repeatedly on the delivery and billing information. When you make payments on the move for goods or services in the app or on the Safari browser, you can use Apple Pay on devices like iPhone 6 or subsequent versions, Apple Watch or on the new MacBook Pro by means of the Touch ID sensor.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

 . By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Taco Bell teams up with NBA for the “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion

IRVINE, Calif., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — No matter which team you’re rooting for in this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, everyone can agree, team Taco Bell is a team every fan can support. For the second consecutive year, Taco Bell is teaming up with the NBA for the “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion. That means the first team to steal a win on the road during the 2017 NBA Finals also wins a free Doritos® Locos Taco for everyone in America. Whether you have a stake in the game, your team didn’t make it to the Finals or you don’t even typically watch basketball, everyone can cheer for free tacos and team Taco Bell.

The 2017 NBA Finals begin Thursday, June 1 on ABC. If the road team wins Game 1, Game 2 or Game 3, America will get a free Doritos® Locos Taco on Wednesday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (local time) at all participating U.S. Taco Bell locations. If the road team wins Game 4, Game 5, Game 6 or Game 7, America will score a free Doritos® Locos Taco on Tuesday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) at all participating U.S. Taco Bell locations. Check out www.TacoBell.com/StealATaco for more information on how to receive a free Doritos® Locos Taco.

“Crunch time during the NBA Finals has a whole new meaning when a stolen win on the road means everyone in America can again win a free Doritos® Locos Taco from Taco Bell,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer, Taco Bell Corp. “Regardless of which team ultimately wins the championship, we love that the real winners will be taco fans everywhere.”

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Taco Bell during this year’s NBA Finals,” said Kerry Tatlock, Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, NBA. “The Finals are an exhilarating experience. Having fans root for the competing teams as well as for a chance to win a free taco brings even more excitement.”

The 2017 “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” campaign follows the brand’s highly successful NBA partnership for the 2016 Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors won Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers while on the road in Cleveland, winning free tacos for America. Taco Bell has historically also partnered with Major League Baseball (MLB) for the brand’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaigns in the 2007, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2016 World Series.

Program Rules
Program rules can be found at www.TacoBell.com/StealATaco

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.Like:

Facebook.com/tacobell
Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)
Subscribe: YouTube.com/tacobell

MEDIA RELATIONS:
Public relations
949-863-3915
e-mail at media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell Corp.

Tops Friendly Markets announces the 2017 Produce Managers of the Year

Williamsville, N.Y., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is pleased to announce the 2017 Produce Managers of the Year. Nominees from each district were evaluated on several criteria including sales growth, overall department conditions, and development of associates, customer interaction, merchandising, shrink and profitability. Each region was asked to submit candidates for consideration before being reviewed by Tops Friendly Markets regional vice presidents John McCaffrey and Mike Patti along with Jeff Cady, Director of Produce/Floral for Tops Friendly Markets.

“The ability to creatively merchandise the product, interact with the customers, and oversee the growth of not only the product, but the people within the department is paramount,” said Jeff Cady, Director of Produce/Floral for Tops. “Produce is a vital part of our day to day business and being able to undertake this and manage it successfully is something we truly appreciate and want to recognize in these individuals.”

This year’s award recipients are: Buffalo South Produce Manager of the Year from Derby, NY Store #268, Eddie Mercado (from Lakeview, NY) Buffalo North Produce Manager of the Year from Medina, NY Store #248, Terry Bensley (from Medina, NY) Midstate Produce Manager of the Year from Corning, NY Store #540, Chris Buchholtz (from Horseheads, NY) Buffalo Central Produce Manager of the year from Seneca Mall, Store #49, Scott Grange (from Lackawanna, NY) Buffalo East & West Region Produce Manager of the Year from North French, Store #227, Rob Czaja (from Tonawanda, NY) Rochester & East Region Produce Manager of the Year from New Henrietta Store #416, John Dedie (from Rochester, NY) Syracuse South Produce Manger of the Year from Northside Store #373, Bill Steinbrecher (from Syracuse, NY) Syracuse North Produce Manager of the Year from Camden, NY Store #586, Dean Maracchion (from Blossvale, NY) North Country Produce Manager of the Year from Elizabeth Town, NY Store #710, Amanda Hapeman (from Peru, NY) Fingerlakes Produce Manager of the Year from Farmington, NY Store #435, Anthony Costigan (from Farmington, NY) Western PA Produce Manager of the Year from Warren, PA Store #603, Mike Atkins (from Warren, PA)

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT: 

Kathy Romanowski
716-635-5577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Survey: Nearly 70% of Educators Indicated a Central Purchasing Hub Would Save Time and Money When buying classroom supplies

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today announced the results of an educator productivity survey whose findings uncovered the minimum cost of U.S. teacher time spent researching and buying supplies for their classrooms is more than half a billion dollars.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to LearningTM initiative recently surveyed more than 2,800 educators regarding purchasing and researching needed supplies for use in the classroom. An average teacher’s salary is more than $55,000 per year (roughly $26 per hour) and there are more than 3.5 million full- time teachers in the U.S.1, therefore based upon the results of the survey, the costs of researching and purchasing classroom supplies could reach over $500 million.

A few key findings from the survey:

  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents indicated that a central purchasing hub would save time and money when buying classroom supplies;
  • 42 percent of the educators surveyed reported purchasing classroom supplies every month;
  • More than 30 percent indicated they spend more than 10 hours every year researching and buying supplies for the classroom;
  • 50 percent of the educators surveyed preferred to purchase classroom supplies online.

Office Depot, Inc. partners with school districts from Connecticut to California to bring strategic planning expertise and a team of education experts to help plan, produce and deliver classroom materials, allowing educators to save time in the classroom. Through officedepot.com, educators have access to an easy-to-use central purchasing hub that helps with streamlining buying decisions.

“These survey findings show the increased demand for educator support when it comes to researching and purchasing classroom supplies,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of growth strategies for Office Depot, Inc. “We are proud to partner with public and private schools around the country to reduce educators’ out-of-pocket expenses and time spent sourcing classroom supplies through our classroom enablement programs and print services instructional materials solutions.”

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

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

1 National Center for Education Statistics

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications

In February 2017, the Center for College & Career Readiness conducted a survey of educators on behalf of Office Depot’s Committed to LearningTM initiative. A total of 2,819 educators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, Teachers and more) participated in the survey.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

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

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

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

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

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Carphone Warehouse study: The average Brit stick with their mobile network longer than they do their partner

  • Brits stick with their mobile network longer than they do their partner
  • The average Brit is likely to stay with their network for over 4 years before choosing a new one
  • Brits more likely to consider cheating in a relationship than dabble with changing networks

London, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Young people in Britain are more loyal to their mobile phone network than their partners, a study by Carphone Warehouse has found.

The study by the UK’s biggest independent mobile retailer discovered that 18-30 year olds spend an average of four years and two months with their network, compared to just three years and nine months in romantic relationships.

And despite a long list of gripes with both the mobile networks and their partners, young Brits are more likely to have considered cheating on their partner (15 percent) than considered switching network (12 percent).

The main reasons Brits switch networks are to save money (73 percent), have more flexibility (29 percent) or don’t want to be tied to a contract (18 percent). On the other hand, only 29 percent of young Brits have actually made the switch, despite being able to save an average of £152 with Carphone Warehouse.

The most common complaints about romantic partners were not listening, chewing loudly, snoring, breaking wind and picking their nose. Whereas for networks, the most common complaints were poor coverage, connectivity, additional charges and price increases.

However, even this isn’t enough for many to move on from their network, and the most common reason for sticking is believing that the process of switching is too complicated (25 percent).  Other reasons include; thinking that the process will take too long (15 percent), not knowing who to ask for advice (10 percent) or believing that changing networks will cost them more money (10 percent).

When asked what respondents would do with a potential saving from switching networks, most would save the money for a rainy day (26 percent) or put it towards taking a holiday (19 percent).

Dean Kramer, Marketing Director at Carphone Warehouse, says: “Even though eyes might start to wander when they’ve been with a partner a while, it seems young Brits are far more likely to tolerate debauched behaviour when it comes to the networks.

“Our advice is to see what else is out there when it comes to your relationship with a network. Don’t sell yourself short because you believe it’s too difficult or time consuming to do better. We have the perfect network match making tool, Pin Point, that takes the stress out of finding your ideal partner by exploring thousands of deals. We save our customers £152 on average when it comes to switching, so we’re challenging the nation to get a better deal.”

TOP 5 THINGS BRITS WOULD DO WITH THEIR MONEY, IF THEY SAVED £152 SWITCHING MOBILE PROVIDER (as selected by 18 to 30-year-olds)

  1. Save it for a rainy day (26%)
  2. Take a holiday (19%)
  3. Buy new clothes (9%)
  4. Treat someone else (6%)
  5. Spend it on their home (5%)

TOP 5 FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE BRITS’ CHOICE OF NETWORK (as selected by 18 to 30-year-olds)

  1. Price (76%)
  2. Data allowance (53%)
  3. Network coverage (40%)
  4. Text allowance (30%)
  5. Minutes allowance (28%)

Notes to Editor
One Poll conducted the research of 2,000 18-30-year-olds between the 30th March-6th April and 8th-16th May 2017.

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, CurrysPCWorld and Simplifydigital in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services (including honeyBee software products), PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

Please contact Carphone Warehouse Press Office at M&C Saatchi PR for further information: Press Office carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com

Source: Dixons Carphone

GLIDE to host the 18th Annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, June 4-9

GLIDE to host the 18th Annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, June 4-9

 

The auction supports GLIDE’s mission to provide San Francisco’s underserved residents with support and love.

San Jose, California, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — GLIDE is pleased to announce the 18th Annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett. Offered through eBay for Charity, bidding for this year’s auction runs Sunday, June 4 at 7:30pm PDT to Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm PDT. The annual Power Lunch with Buffett has supported GLIDE in its mission to provide San Francisco’s homeless, poor and most vulnerable residents with unconditional support and love. The winning bidder will have the opportunity to dine with Buffett and seven friends at Smith & Wollensky in New York City. The bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify prior to bidding at eBay.com/GLIDE. To date, with the help of eBay for Charity, over $23 million has been raised for GLIDE.

“Mr. Buffett is a steadfast believer in the power of inclusion and opportunity, and that’s what we provide to San Francisco’s most marginalized residents. Through our programs, we are a beacon of hope and a sanctuary of unconditional love for all,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams.

“Everyone that has experienced GLIDE comes away a believer,” said Buffett. “They have to see it to believe it, but when they see it, they do believe it.”

“We believe in building bridges, not walls,” said GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani. “Warren Buffett and the generous bidders enable us to provide a holistic array of high-quality services that meet critical needs, improve lives and elevate the human spirit.”

“With eBay for Charity, we make it easy for every transaction to have a meaningful impact for thousands of charities,” said eBay’s President and CEO Devin Wenig. “To date, our platform has helped raise over $725 million dollars. We continue to be huge supporters of GLIDE and hope this auction will help further its mission of promoting equality and inclusiveness for all.”

The winning bids have ranged from $25,000 (prior to eBay’s involvement) to $3,456,789. Funds raised go directly to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty and homelessness.

For more information about the Auction, please contact 415.674.6060, Buffett@GLIDE.org or visit eBay.com/GLIDE. For more information about GLIDE, please visit GLIDE.org.

CONTACT:

Denise Lamott
415.381.8793
Denise@DeniseLamottPR.com

Kari Ramirez
408.219.5120
karamirez@ebay.com

Source: eBay

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eBay welcomes Cathy Foster as Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy

eBay welcomes Cathy Foster as Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy

 

She brings with her more than 20 years of public policy, regulatory and communications experience.

San Jose, California, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cathy Foster, a seasoned government affairs and public policy leader, will join eBay as Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy. In this role she will lead the Global Government Relations function and lead eBay’s legislative, policy, antitrust and government affairs work. She will also be responsible for maintaining important relationships with government officials and other stakeholders around the world. She will report to Marie Oh Huber, SVP Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary at eBay.

Cathy has more than 20 years of public policy, regulatory and communications experience. She joins eBay from Apple Inc., where most recently she was the head of Corporate Government Affairs.  During her long tenure at Apple, she was responsible for building the Global Government Affairs function under founder Steve Jobs. During her career, Cathy served as an Associate Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House and worked on George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign.

“We are pleased to welcome Cathy to eBay,” said Ms. Huber. “Cathy brings extensive global government affairs experience and will be a strong leader for eBay as we continue to advocate for our customers and our global business.”

Cathy will begin at eBay in mid-June, 2017 and will be based at eBay’s headquarters in San Jose, California.

Contact:

408) 376-7400

Source: eBay

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Euro Automatic Cash upgrades its ATM network with state-of-the-art ATMs from NCR Corporation

Euro Automatic Cash upgrades its ATM network with more than 1,300 NCR ATMs

Madrid, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Euro Automatic Cash, a joint venture in which Banco Popular Español has a 50 percent share, is transforming its ATM network to reflect its new corporate branding and image with state-of-the-art ATMs from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions and market leader in Spain according to Retail Banking Research.

In 2014, Euro Automatic Cash was established to act as provider of ATM services for Banco Popular and other banks in Spain, and currently maintains a network of approximately 2,000 ATMs across the country. Today, about 65 percent of its installed base has been modernized with new, state-of-the-art NCR systems that feature latest Windows 7 operating system and contactless functionality. This improves security as it dramatically reduces the risks of stolen card data through skimming, while at the same time making transactions faster and more convenient for consumers who can use their contactless cards and mobile phones for ATM transactions.

“Euro Automatic Cash aims to provide a highly available service to direct clients, as well as customers of other financial institutions, offering them modern ATMs that deliver a compelling user experience,” said José Rincón, Managing Director of Euro Automatic Cash. “We want our commitment to customer service to be reflected in the touchpoints that are the interface between our company and our customers.”

With the new ATM systems, Euro Automatic Cash will be able offer new features and services to its financial institution customers in the future, such as cash recycling, targeted advertising and personalized services through its self-service terminals.

Carlos García Reig, General Director of Financial Services at NCR Spain added, “Euro Automatic Cash is a remarkable example of the value that deploying our SelfServ ATMs and security software bring in operational efficiencies, great consumer experiences and exceptional service delivery. This enables financial institutions to reflect their brand and support their brand promises.”

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.
NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Italian restaurant Spoleto implements mobile ordering solution from NCR

Proven NCR cloud-based restaurant technology solutions enable Spoleto to drive consumer convenience, loyalty and efficiency

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NCR: NYSE), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (May 22, 2017) announced that Spoleto USA, a fast-casual Italian restaurant that combines the speed of quick service with the sophistication of gourmet-quality food, has turned to NCR for its cloud solution that allows customers to place mobile orders, pay directly from their smartphone and jump the queue in store all from a mobile app. Designed to create a simple ordering and rewards experience, the app’s features include a mobile ordering system, mobile pay, and a digital loyalty card to keep track of rewards.

Since implementing the mobile ordering solution, the order-to-service cycle runs more quickly, enabling Spoleto to serve guests faster and shorten restaurant wait times leading to improved guest experience and service. With locations on and near college campuses in Florida and California, Spoleto needed a unique way for students and young professionals to easily interact with their brand using a digital platform.

“The partnership with NCR continues to drive the digital platforms of our brand.  They are finding innovative and integrated solutions that will allow us to scale nationwide with the most advanced digital strategies, including our new Spoleto app,” said John Velasquez President & CEO of Spoleto USA.

Spoleto was already using NCR Aloha platform-of-sale software and chose to extend its omni-channel consumer engagement capabilities using the NCR Engage Mobile platform, easily adding the ability for Spoleto customers to order their favorite dishes ahead of time, bypass the long lunch lines and earn great rewards while they do it. Spoleto chose this option because it delivered one complete solution that captures and manages transactional data, order information and loyalty rewards across both physical and digital channels.

In a matter of weeks leveraging NCR’s reliable cloud-based infrastructure, Spoleto was up and running with a fully-branded, mobile app experience that includes order ahead, loyalty, stored value capabilities. Marking the occasion with a launch party in Orlando, they quickly rolled the app out to all locations.

“We are excited by the possibilities we now have to significantly shorten lines at our restaurants, give our guests convenience and drive additional revenue for our brand” said Luis Pestonit, IT manager for Spoleto.

“Giving your customers a way to engage with you through digital platforms, especially on mobile devices, is no longer an option for restaurants – it’s now table stakes,” adds Don Zimmerman, general manager at NCR Hospitality. “That means restaurants need to be fast to market with a seamless brand experience giving their customers a path to order, pay, earn and redeem rewards and give their feedback effortlessly. We have the capability to help our customers quickly enable this type of experience with minimum development time and I.T. resource allocation, giving restaurants of all sizes the capability to remain competitive and relevant and extend their brand presence outside the four walls of their restaurant.”

Spoleto combines the speed of fresh-casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant and gourmet-quality food. It is currently in the process of positioning the brand for franchising and anticipates granting franchise territories later in 2017.

About Spoleto
Spoleto combines the speed of fresh-casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant and gourmet-quality food. Spoleto offers a seasonal menu based on the availability of fresh local products and an endless number of guest-selected food combinations. A choice of 30 authentic Italian-inspired toppings gives everyone a chance to create meals that inspire their palate. Guests can craft a pasta dish, flatbread or salad and interact with our chefs to experiment with a variety of fresh ingredients in Spoleto’s open 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 more than 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

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

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

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

Contact:
Tim Henschel
770-299-5100
tim.henschel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

NCR launches new version of its proven specialty retail management software, NCR Counterpoint

Omni-channel solution leader launches new version of its proven, all-in-one retail software

Duluth, Ga., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (May 22, 2017) announced a new version of its proven Counterpoint specialty retail management software. NCR Counterpoint is specifically targeted for mid-sized specialty retailers in North America and offers an updated user interface that adds usability improvements along with a modern look and feel, creating a whole new experience that enables businesses to perform.

NCR Counterpoint includes robust point-of sale (POS), inventory management software, built-in customer loyalty, automated purchasing and configurable reporting capabilities. It is built with the specialty retailer in mind, with an open architecture that allows for customizations, mobile and marketing solutions, and real time data at their fingertips. The new user interface adds additional flexibility for the business owner as its easy navigation and customization capabilities help make business operations more efficient.

“NCR Counterpoint has deep roots in specialty retail and is built for the industry,” said Ron Allnock, channel global sales leader for NCR Retail Solutions. “With our open architecture and innovative partner channel, NCR Counterpoint helps drive efficiency for many operational aspects of running a business so retailers can focus on what really matters: providing memorable and enjoyable experiences for shoppers.”

While retailers focus on providing the best service to their customers, NCR Counterpoint works behind the scenes to help create a smooth experience from inventory management to front-of-house. This technology is a trusted investment backed by a dedicated business partner channel in North America.

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

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

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

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Vitacost.com wins two top awards in the 2017 ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users

Vitacost.com named #1 Rated On-Line Supplement Merchant and #1 Rated Internet/Catalog Brand Based on Customer Satisfaction

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vitacost.com, Inc., a leading online retailer of health and wellness products and wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), announced it has received two top awards in the 2017 ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users.  Based on the responses of nearly 10,000 ConsumerLab.com eNewsletter subscribers, Vitacost.com was named the #1 Online Supplement Merchant.  This marks the third time Vitacost.com has achieved this award.  In addition, the Company’s exclusive Vitacost brand topped the list of all vitamin and supplement brands in the internet/catalog division.

“We are very proud of both our online shopping experience and our Vitacost brand, as our high-quality supplements offer customers cutting-edge formulations at an exceptional value,” stated Brian Helman, President of Vitacost.com.  “We are committed to providing the highest quality health and wellness products to our customers and are pleased to be recognized for our efforts.”

The #1 rated line of Vitacost vitamins and supplements offers more than 1,000 products ranging from vitamin D and fish oil to probiotics and herbal formulas. All Vitacost brand supplements adhere to the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), ensuring high standards of potency, purity, efficacy and safety.

“We congratulate Vitacost on earning the top spot in the online supplement merchant category for the third time and for being recognized as the top catalog/internet supplement brand in our survey,” stated Dr. Tod Cooperman, President of ConsumerLab.com.  “Companies recognized in our survey place a high value on customer satisfaction and this is evident in the results.”

“Kroger is focused on improving and expanding our digital offerings every day so customers can engage and shop with us for anything, anytime, anywhere – while enjoying unparalleled product quality and experience across the board,” stated Yael Cosset, Kroger’s group vice president and chief digital officer. “These awards are a testament to the excellent service customers receive from our store associates that carries over seamlessly to our digital platforms like Vitacost.com.”

To learn more about Vitacost.com and shop for the Vitacost brand of vitamins and supplements, please visit www.vitacost.com.

About Kroger

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

About Vitacost.com

Vitacost.com, Inc. is an online retailer of health and wellness products, providing an award-winning experience to customers through its website, www.vitacost.com.  Vitacost.com features affordable pricing up to 50% off retail and speedy delivery on nearly 40,000 items, including dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs), hard-to-find specialty foods, organic body and personal care products, pet essentials and sports nutrition products. In addition, Vitacost.com strives to motivate, educate and inspire healthier living for customers by creating and curating thousands of helpful tips, expert articles and recipes woven throughout the shopping experience.  Vitacost.com is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.

About ConsumerLab

ConsumerLab.com is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. Their annual survey is distributed to vitamin and supplement users and covers topics ranging from product selection, prices and shipping speed of merchants to quality, value and customer service associated with particular supplement brands.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Diebold Nixdorf and Kony partner to offer white label mobile application solutions for financial institutions and retailers

Company also acquires minority equity stake in Kony, joining forces with leading mobile applications provider to drive innovative, consumer-centric experiences

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), the global leader in connected commerce, today (May 22, 2017) announced a strategic partnership with Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and application company, to offer white label mobile application solutions for financial institutions and retailers. The next generation mobile application suite—DN Mobile—will enable a unified and highly personalized experience by leveraging cross-platform data and integrating multiple channels to drive connected commerce.

Digital trends are impacting every touchpoint and this partnership aims to help banks and retailers on their digital transformation journey by putting the consumer at the center of the experience. To address key mobility trends around consumer loyalty and differentiated digital experiences, this partnership will focus on the following core areas:

  • Move to the next generation of mobile applications: DN Mobile will have a pre-packaged option, as well as a build-your-own toolkit to empower financial institutions and retailers to innovate quickly and better engage with their customers.
  • Engage the API economy: An open services-oriented application platform will facilitate new types of collaborations with payment providers, merchants and FinTechs.
  • Transcend legacy channel silos: Integrated software product lines will enable connected commerce across self-service, POS, branch and digital channels.

“This partnership marks a transformative moment for the industries we serve.  We are extending our leadership in systems of engagement all the way from the branch and store through to cloud connected mobile applications for the consumer,” said Alan Kerr, senior vice president, software, Diebold Nixdorf. “This extended reach into mobile applications will blend channels together in innovative new ways and propel our vision of connected commerce into the marketplace. We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with Kony, the market leader, on this exciting journey.”

Kony is recognized as a top leader by Gartner and Forrester, and is the largest mobility provider focused purely on cross-platform, cloud-based enterprise solutions. Kony serves more than 250 million mobile app users worldwide every day and manages more than 3.4 billion user sessions annually.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Diebold Nixdorf,” said Thomas E. Hogan, chairman and chief executive officer, Kony, Inc. “Diebold Nixdorf’s vision and commitment to connected commerce, combined with their domain expertise in banking and retail, make them the perfect partner for Kony. Our joint vision is clear: to deliver the industry’s most innovative digital solutions. Together, we will disrupt and lead the market. ”

In conjunction with the partnership, Diebold Nixdorf is investing in a minority equity stake in Kony and will have a seat on its board of directors. Financial terms of the investment are not being disclosed.

About Kony, Inc.

Kony is the fastest growing, cloud-based enterprise application and mobility solutions company, and a recognized industry leader among mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony helps organizations of all sizes drive business ingenuity by rapidly transforming ideas into innovative and secure omni-channel applications. Built on the industry’s leading digital platform, Kony provides the most innovative and secure omni-channel applications, with exceptional user experience and app design. Kony’s cross-platform, low-code solution also empowers organizations to develop and manage their own apps to better engage with their customers, partners and employees. By seamlessly leveraging and connecting apps to all types of data sources and information, Kony also enables organizations to transform their business processes and gain valuable insight.  Kony was named the first place winner in CTIA’s MobITs Awards in the Mobile Applications, Development & Platforms category and included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

About Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relations:
Mike Jacobsen
APR
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

GameStop offers top trade-in dollars for pre-owned consumer electronics or video game hardware

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — What do the iPhone 7, GameStop and Costa Rica have in common? If you trade-in an iPhone 7 today, GameStop will give you up to $355 – enough to help purchase a round-trip flight for one to Costa Rica.*

GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, knows that the summer vacation season is just around the corner and families may be looking for ways to earn some extra money to help fund their summer vacation fun. To help with this effort, GameStop is inviting families to trade-in their used or unused, new or pre-owned, and working or non-working consumer electronics or video game hardware to receive top dollars for their items.

“Summer is a great time to make a profit off all your electronics and gaming hardware clutter so you can earn quick cash to spend toward summertime fun,” said John Tovar, vice president of Pre-Owned Merchandising for GameStop. “Trading in electronics like iPhones and iPads, as well as gaming hardware can add up to Costa Rican or Vegas vacations, concert or amusement park tickets and even gas to go on a summer road trip. Whatever your vacation plans are, GameStop can help you fund your summertime fun.”

GameStop’s trade-in program accepts thousands of items, including a wide range of video games and systems, mobile phones, tablets and electronics accessories. GameStop also accepts damaged or broken items, even if they don’t work anymore.

Top Phone and Electronics Up-To-Trade Values Include:

  • iPhone 7 = $355 to spend toward a round trip flight for one to Costa Rica*
  • iPhone 6s = $245 to spend on a round trip flight for one to Las Vegas*
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 = $120 to purchase two or more services at a spa
  • iPad Mini = $165 to rent a bouncy house for a child’s birthday party
  • iPad Touch = $70 to spend towards a summer concert ticket

Top Console Up-To-Trade Values Include:

  • PlayStation 4 = $200 to spend towards two admission tickets, parking and lunch at an amusement park
  • Xbox One = $175 for 10 hours of babysitting, including the tip, for a night of fun away from the kids
  • Nintendo Wii U = $100 for 43 gallons of gas for 32 days (based on national average) to take a road trip cross country
  • Nintendo 3DS = $100 for one season of little league baseball, including a uniform
  • PlayStation Vita = $60 for vacation souvenirs

“We’re not just talking pocket change,” Tovar continued. “GameStop’s trade-in program pays top dollar for many items. For example, our average trade value across all iPhone versions is $126 and goes all the way up to nearly $400 for newer models.”

If customers don’t have a specific goal in mind on their trade dollars – like a vacation – they can always use their funds to get the newest game console like the Nintendo Switch that can be used to play games both at home during a “stay-cation” or on the go. Also, now through May 28th, GameStop is offering customers an extra 50% bonus in either cash or in-store credit for any pre-owned consumer electronic item they trade in.

For a complete list of trade-in values for any and all consumer electronics, video game hardware and software, consumers may download GameStop’s mobile app on iOS and Android devices or visit www.gamestop.com/trade.

About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S. General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp. on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

*The estimated flight prices were available on Expedia.com within the past seven days. Prices quoted are per person, round trip, for a specified period. Price and availability are subject to change, and additional terms may apply.

Contact:

Joey Mooring
(817) 722-7450
joeymooring@gamestop.com

Source: GameStop Corp./globenewswire

Lenta announces the opening of its new supermarket in Moscow

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its 38th supermarket in Moscow.

The new store is a Lenta large format supermarket located in City shopping center at 19, bld. 3 Pionerskaya str., Korolev city, Moscow region. The store has a total area of 1,447 sq.m with 924 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 6,900 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Moscow and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 8 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Moscow is Lenta’s seventh supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 55 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fourth largest retail chain (in terms of sales as of Q1 2017). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 55 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,169,908 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 20161.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

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

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com, or contact:

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

FTI Consulting
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
Jenny.Payne@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Delivery Hero reports strong revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017

Berlin, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, today reported strong revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017. Revenues nearly doubled to EUR 121 million (Q1 2016: EUR 63 million), corresponding to a growth rate of 93% or 68% on a like for like basis, while order numbers grew by 62% or 46% on a like for like basis.1, 2

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said:

“We continued on our growth path at the start of the year while also getting closer to profitability. We have continued to focus on creating an amazing takeaway experience and entered into new partnerships to expand our reach. This puts us in a strong position to maintain growth momentum throughout the year and in the medium term, while continuing to improve our profitability as we reach further scale.”

Group financial developments1:

  • Strong increase in first quarter (Q1) 2017 revenues by 93% to EUR 121 million (Q1 2016: EUR 63 million).
  • Growth across all regions with revenues in Europe growing by 44% (38% like for like2), Middle East & North Africa by 92% (87% like for like2), Asia by 222% (99% like for like2) and Americas by 131% (131% like for like2).

Key developments1:

  • Order numbers grew by 62% to 63 million in Q1 2017 (Q1 2016: 39 million), up 46% on a like for like basis2.
  • GMV8 up by 62% as Delivery Hero processed orders with a total merchandise value of EUR 846 million (Q1 2016: EUR 521 million), up by 49% on a like for like basis2.
  • On 1 April 2017, Delivery Hero announced a strategic partnership with AmRest, the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe.
  • On 9 May 2017, Delivery Hero together with Starship Technologies launched robot food delivery in Europe.
  • On 10 May 2017, Lieferheld.de announced its partnership with McDonald’s.
  • Furthermore, in April 2017 Eric Lange, former VP Customer Experience at Indian e-Commerce marketplace Flipkart, became new Chief Product Officer.
  • On 12 May 2017, it was announced that Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the world’s largest technology investors, is investing EUR 387 million into newly issued and existing Delivery Hero shares and will also be represented with one member on Delivery Hero’s Supervisory Board.

 

Delivery Hero Group – financial results1

Q1 2017 Q1 2016 FY 2016
Group revenues (EUR in million) 121 63 2973
Total segment revenues (EUR in million) 118 62 290
Europe 47 33 141
MENA4 30 15 76
Asia5 32 10 49
Americas6 10 4 25
Total segment order numbers7  (in million) 63 39 171
Europe 17 13 52
MENA4 26 15 70
Asia5 14 7 30
Americas6 6 4 20
Total segment GMV8 (EUR in million) 846 521 2,324
Europe 273 209 851
MENA4 289 171 784
Asia5 205 100 457
Americas6 79 42 232

1 All numbers excluding UK operations (discontinued operations).

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

3 Group Revenues include total segment revenues and other reconciling items. foodpanda was only acquired on 31 December 2016, accordingly, no revenue contributions from foodpanda are included.

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

5 Asia: incl. Australia

6 Americas: incl. Canada

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

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

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with more number one market positions, a larger addressable market and a higher number of orders than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 50+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 5,000 employees.

Media Enquiries:

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

Source: Delivery Hero

Florida Retail Federation: Floridians will spend more than ever on graduation gifts this year

Record amount expected to be spent on gift cards, greeting cards, apparel and electronics for Sunshine State graduates

TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year in supporting Florida’s retail industry, says Floridians will spend more than ever on graduation gifts this year. With more consumers buying for graduates this year – 36 percent compared with 34 percent in 2016 – total spending nationally is expected to reach $5.6 billion, topping last year’s record of $5.4 billion.

“Graduation is a significant achievement in someone’s life as they end one chapter and begin a new one, and recognizing this is important for a graduate’s family and friends,” said R. Scott Shalley, FRF President & CEO. “With loved ones eager to celebrate this important milestone, we expect the gifts to Sunshine State graduates to reach record numbers this year, which is great news for Florida retailers.”

According FRF’s national partners at the National Retail Federation’s annual survey by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the $5.6 billion total is the highest in the survey’s 11-year history. Cash will once again be the most popular gift, given by 53 percent of those surveyed as they seek to help students with the costly transition from high school to college or college to the “real world.” However, cash gifting is at a survey low in 2017, dropping about 10 percent from highs recorded in 2007 and 2009. Greeting cards follow at 41 percent, gift cards at 33 percent, apparel at 16 percent and electronics at 11 percent.

While ages 18-24 are the most likely to give a gift to graduates (at 48 percent), they maintain the smallest budgets at $78.42. The biggest spending is likely to come among parent-age 45-54-year-olds at $119.84 as well as those in the grandparent bracket of 65+, who plan to spend an average $112.34.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year as the statewide trade association representing retailers — the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.

CONTACT:

James Miller
james@frf.org
(850)701-3015

Source: Florida Retail Federation

UK: New B&M store opens in Welshpool, Wales

Hartlepool, United Kingdom, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Locals in Welshpool were celebrating on Saturday as the ribbon was cut on the town’s long awaited B&M store.

Based on Mill Lane Retail Park, the Bargains Store has created 40 new jobs for local people, which comes as a welcome boost to the local economy.

Visitors to the store will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label products, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet products.

Store colleagues nominated a local charity, the Heulwen Trust, to receive some VIP treatment and help open the store.

The Trust aim to bring enjoyment and pleasure to disabled children and adults, with the motto of “bringing sunshine to people’s lives”.

They offer exciting scenic canal boat trips through some of the most beautiful Welsh countryside, with over 69,000 people with disabilities having enjoyed free daily trips.

In addition to cutting the ribbon, the trust also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part and all their hard work in the community.

Also appearing on opening day was the Deputy Mayor of Welshpool, Councillor Hazel Evans, who gratefully accepted an invitation to attend.

Darren Fountain, B&M Darren Fountain, store manager, said: “The team from Heulwen Trust really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for the community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we couldn’t wait to get the doors open and show customers their new B&M Welshpool.”

The fun didn’t stop once the ribbon was cut, with a face painter on hand to transform customers into their favourite super heroes, animals or characters.

Contact:

email: press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

The Specialty Food Association and Food Marketing Institute launch strategic partnership

 

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have announced the launch of a strategic partnership focused on the $127 billion specialty food category.

This relationship will bring together SFA and FMI members to strengthen business development, engage in food safety training, and increase understanding of the growing specialty food industry. The segment offers high-quality, unique products that cater to an increasingly adventurous shopper.

“Specialty foods outpace their non-specialty counterparts in nearly every category, presenting a unique opportunity for a wide variety of retailers and foodservice operators to increase sales,” SFA President Phil Kafarakis said. “SFA looks forward to partnering with FMI in business-building programs with our respective members. We believe this strategic partnership will have a positive impact throughout the industry.”

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin commented on the partnership saying, “Consumer trends point to continued specialty and organic growth, so it’s imperative that the food retail industry meet this consumer need, while making the necessary investment to secure the food supply by building trusting relationships with specialty product trading partners.”

The SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show will serve as the stage for the launch of this SFA-FMI relationship. FMI members are invited to attend the new SFA LevelUP attraction at the Show and participate in a customized buyers program with SFA manufacturers – Biz Builders 1:1. The program brings pre-matched buyers and sellers together for one-on-one meetings just prior to the Fancy Food Show, creating sales opportunities that are tailored to each.

Another critical tier for this relationship is awareness building for FMI’s Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Institute Certification programs for manufacturers and the FMI SafeMark™ for retailers. Sarasin noted, “Food retailers are well positioned within their customers’ circle of trust when it comes to food safety and supporting shoppers’ health and wellness goals, so our partnership with SFA is supported by a responsible commitment to evolve and explore new territory that keeps the shopper’s confidence top of mind.”

Food safety experts from FMI will lead educational opportunities at the SFA’s Summer Fancy Food Show, sharing trends in food safety and outlining how new technology affects food safety, brand protection, and consumer confidence.

Kafarakis said, “Engaging FMI members directly in LevelUP and Biz Builders 1:1, and SFA members with core food safety principles will immediately elevate the level of authority at the Summer Show and be a great kick off for the partnership.”

More information on the SFA Fancy Food Show, including details on the LevelUP attraction, are at fancyfoodshows.com. The show is a trade-only event. Journalists who cover the specialty food industry may apply for press credentials. Click here to apply.

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they sell. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,600+ members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.) owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. www.specialtyfood.com

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Tel: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

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BRP report: Retailers plan to use Innovative Technologies to Improve Customer Service

BRP report: Retailers plan to use Innovative Technologies to Improve Customer Service

 

According to the 2017 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Survey, Savvy Retailers are Planning to use Innovative Technologies to Improve Customer Service

Boston, MA, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a new report from BRP, 55% of retailers are focused on optimizing the customer experience to increase customer loyalty by improving the mobile shopping experience and creating a unified experience across all channels.

“The customer experience in a unified commerce world is much more complex than it is in a pure play e-commerce or brick-and-mortar retail environment and we are seeing retailers map out the entire customer journey to design the optimal customer experience,” said Perry Kramer, vice president and practice lead at BRP. “This complexity expands exponentially as the proliferation of social media, the Internet of Things, (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning influence the retail world and more specifically, the customer journey.”

Stores must now encompass both worlds – the sensory experience generally available in the physical world, such as touching and feeling merchandise and personally interacting with a knowledgeable associate – whether simply human or a combination of AI and human characteristics – married with the unique and personalized shopping experience common in the digital world. The physical and digital worlds are forever intertwined as we look to the future.

BRP conducted the 2017 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey to understand retailers’ customer experience priorities today and for the future, and how the evolution of unified commerce helps provide retailers with the right people, processes and technology to enable retailers to enhance the customer experience.

The key customer experience capabilities are:

Educate – One of the areas of greatest improvement is the offering of social media as a research option for customers to learn more about the brand and products. Overall utilization is up from 73% of retailers utilizing it last year to 92% this year, however, many retailers indicate that their current social media offerings need improvement.

Engage – Most retailers have plans to implement new technologies to identify customers via their smartphones, mobile applications and other emerging technologies. Within three years, 59% of retailers plan to use Wi-Fi and 63% plan to use mobile apps to identify customers in their stores.

Execute – 67% of retailers are offering a consistent product assortment across channels; however, many retailers are still struggling with manual processes as 43% indicate the processes need improvement.

Enhance – Retailers realize the importance of utilizing customer insights gathered from social media as 89% of retailers are now using social media comments as a critical customer satisfaction measurement, up from 59% last year.

Enablers – Enhanced networks are a critical requirement for a unified commerce environment and 76% of retailers plan to enhance or replace their network within the next three years.

To download the complete 2017 Customer Experience/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey, visit: https://brpconsulting.com/2017-unified-commerce-survey/.

The 2017 Customer Experience/ Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey platinum sponsor is Aptos and the gold sponsors are Cayan, ECRS, Experian Data Quality, Fujitsu, Manhattan Associates, Mi9 Retail, NCR, Netsuite, PCMS, Radial, Tyco Retail Solutions.

About BRP

BRP is an innovative retail management consulting firm dedicated to providing superior service and enduring value to our clients. BRP combines its consultants’ deep retail business knowledge and cross-functional capabilities to deliver superior design and implementation of strategy, technology, and process solutions. The firm’s unique combination of industry focus, knowledge-based approach, and rapid, end-to-end solution deployment helps clients to achieve their business potential. BRP’s consulting services include:

Strategy | Business Intelligence | Business Process Optimization | Point of Sale (POS)
Mobile POS | Payment Security | E-Commerce | Store Systems and Operations | CRM
Unified Commerce | Customer Experience | Order Management | Networks
Merchandise Management | Supply Chain | Private Equity

For more information on BRP, visit http://www.brpconsulting.com.

Contact:

David Naumann
916-673-7757
mailto: dnaumann@brpconsulting.com

Source: BRP

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Costa launches exciting new summer drinks range

London, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the warmer weather inches closer, Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, unveils its exciting new summer drinks range, landing in stores nationwide today. The offering is Costa’s biggest and boldest summer selection yet. With the return of cool favourites as well as fresh new additions, there will be something on offer for everyone throughout the predictably unpredictable Great British summer weather.

Customers can choose from iced coffees; creamy ‘Frostinos’; iced teas; and fruity smoothies or stick to their favourite hot coffee. There’s a drink for every occasion, come rain or shine.

For fruit fans looking for a fresh twist on a standard smoothie, the summer menu includes three brand new Superday Smoothies, packed with real fruit. The scrumptious Strawberry & Banana, Passionfruit, Mango & Peach and Banana, Spinach, Pineapple & Mango Smoothies are delicious and healthy drinks that each contain one of your five a day.

Brits can also choose to quench their thirst on a summer scorcher with refreshing options including a tangy Raspberry Lemonade. Perfect for calorie conscious customers, the Peach Iced Tea is a light, fruity tea, served over ice with a sweet, peach-flavoured sauce.

For those looking for something creamy, Costa’s incredible Frostinos are a delicious treat to satisfy a sweet tooth. Chocoholics will not be disappointed with the scrumptious all new Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha Frostino. The delectable Coffee Banoffee Frostino blends banana with espresso, milk and ice, before being topped off with a caramel sauce drizzle, cream and caramel fudge pieces. For those looking for a boost, the Coffee Frostino and Caramel Latte Frostino are a mouth-watering alternative.

Bold Brits who prefer their coffee fix without the heat, can choose from a new range of Costa Iced Coffees. Coffee lovers can try iced versions of every classic, including the bold Latte Over Ice or super cool Iced Cortado.

Kirstey Elston, Head of Marketing at Costa said: “We’re excited to bring our customers our biggest and best summer range yet. We’re celebrating the fabulously fluctuating and oh-so-British summer with a range to suit every occasion this season. We know that some customers look for something fruity and refreshing, others love our rich and creamy Frostinos and some want to stick with their favourite hot coffee. Whatever the British summer has in store for our customers, we’ll have a drink that’s bursting with flavour and sure to hit the spot.”

As well as the new drinks range, the refreshed menu includes Costa’s a new variety of breakfast options including , the new and improved Bacon Roll, delicious toast selection including fancy fruit toast and multiseed toast and tasty Toasted Fruit Cake so customers can start the day right.

The Costa summer and breakfast menus arrive in stores throughout the UK from 4 May 2017 and can be viewed via www.costa.co.uk.

Iced Coffees

  • Iced Cortado – £2.25
  • Iced Caramel Cortado – £2.35
  • Iced Mocha Cortado – £2.35
  • Iced Espresso – £1.70
  • Iced Americano – £2.00
  • Iced Latte – £2.35
  • Iced Cappuccino – £2.35
  • Iced Specialty Latte – £2.80
  • Iced Mocha Latte – £2.80
  • Iced Mocha – £2.70
  • Iced Chai Latte – £2.90
  • Iced Chocolate – £2.60

Poured Over Ice

  • Peach Iced Tea – £2.60
  • Raspberry Lemonade – £2.60
  • Fresh Lemonade – £2.60

Fruit Coolers

  • Cherry & Orange – £2.95
  • Mango & Passionfruit – £2.95
  • Tropical Fruit – £2.95
  • Blackberry & Raspberry – £2.95

Creamy Frostinos

  • Strawberries & Cream – £3.50
  • Belgian Chocolate – £3.50
  • Mint Choc Chip – £3.50
  • Coffee Banoffee – £3.50
  • Double Chocolate Cookie Mocha – £3.50
  • Caramel Fudge – £3.50

Coffee Frostinos

  • Caramel Latte – £3.25
  • Coffee – £3.05

Superday Smoothies

  • Passionfruit, Mango & Peach – £3.50
  • Spinach, Pineapple, Mango & Banana – £3.50
  • Strawberry & Banana – £3.50
  • Coffee, Oats & Banana – £3.50

About Costa

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

www.costa.co.uk

Source: Costa

Yum! Brands elects Christopher M. Connor to its Board of Directors

Louisville, KY, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) announced that Christopher M. Connor was elected to its Board of Directors at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders today (May 19, 2017).

“Chris’ executive leadership and global retail experience make him a strong addition to the Yum! Brands Board,” said Robert Walter, Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands. “We are thrilled to have Chris join us during this exciting time for Yum! Brands, as we continue to evolve as the restaurant industry’s leading global franchisor.”Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands said, “Chris is a talented and seasoned retail veteran who led Sherwin-Williams for many years. We look forward to the experience and insights he will bring as we execute our multi-year strategy to become a more focused, more franchised and more efficient company with a uniquely powerful and predictable free cash flow growth profile.”

Mr. Connor, 61, served as Executive Chairman of The Sherwin-Williams Company, a global manufacturer of paint, architectural coatings, industrial finishes and associated supplies, until 2016. Mr. Connor held a number of executive positions at Sherwin-Williams beginning in 1983. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2015, Chairman from 2000 to 2015, and served as Executive Chairman during 2016. Mr. Connor is Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and serves on the board of Eaton Corporation plc.

2016 was a landmark year for Yum! Brands as it successfully completed the separation of Yum China as an independent and powerful growth company. In addition, Yum! Brands launched a new multi-year strategic transformation plan to become a more focused, more franchised and more efficient company in order to strengthen and grow its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands around the world.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.

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Contact:

Keith Siegner
Vice President
Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy
(888) 298-6986

Elizabeth Grenfell
Director
Investor Relations
(888) 298-6986

Source: Yum! Brands, Inc.

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Al Meera’s Supply Chain Department earns ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Bureau Veritas

Al Meera’s Supply Chain Department earns ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Bureau Veritas

 

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a testament to the Company’s unwavering commitment to quality, best practices and high standards across its various operations, the Supply Chain Department of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) has recently been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certificate by Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS – UK.

Such a feat comes in recognition of the Company’s quality management and risk analysis for the activities of its Supply Chain department and Warehouse management – in compliance with the international standards under Mr. Hanif Parker, Al Meera’s management representative. The remarkable achievement marks the first time in Qatar that a Company in the retail sector claims this sought-after certification..

The award comes in line with Al Meera’s dedication to delivering quality that delights its customers, increases shareholder value, and reflects the craftsmanship of its employees in faithfully implementing the Company’s Quality Management System.

On his part, Mr. Cobus Lombard, Al Meera’s Acting CEO, Sales and Operations Director added:

“This victory reflects our Supply Chain department’s commitment to Al Meera’s mission of continuously improving its quality management system, as well as attentively working on updating the Department’s internal procedures in order to be fully-compliant with Qatar’s laws, standards and best practices, with the ultimate aim of exceeding consumers’ expectations, while meeting the ambitions of our partners and shareholders.

Achieving such a vision of becoming everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer” entails having a Supply Chain Department par excellence. The ISO 9001:2015 certification awarded to our Supply Chain Department comes to highlight Al Meera’s diligent execution of the department’s functions, and is a token of reassurance to our customers and partners that we strive for quality and high standards in all aspects of our operations.”

To implement a Quality Management System that achieves Al Meera’s vision and objectives, the Company maintains high production standards to guarantee product quality, optimizes storage facility to decrease costs and drive profits, continuously trains employees to boost their performance and sense of responsibility, and provides accurate data to mitigate risk and increase potential business opportunities.

Al Meera’s Quality Management System also includes implementing an efficient stock replenishment plan that meets customers’ needs, purposeful forecasting and planning for timely purchasing and production, all while continually improving the system based on the use of efficient business processes and customer surveys.

Other ISO-Certified Al Meera departments include the Company’s Commercial Department, which is ISO 9001:2008 certified by Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS in the UK. The certificate verifies Al Meera’s adherence to international standards in contract management, category review, and selection re-evaluation of Al Meera suppliers.

Al Meera’s commitment to top-quality standards and best practices across its operations complement the retail chain’s world-class shopping experience that it delivers to consumers in Qatar’s myriad neighbourhoods, which is further augmented by its shopping centers’ trademark modern interior designs and shelving installations, as well as state-of-the-art technologies and facilities that have become synonymous with Al Meera brand around the country. Most of Al Meera’s newly opened and renovated stores also feature a selection of complementary shops, a restaurant area and small food court, as well as a dedicated parking space and other facilities that make for a truly memorable experience for shoppers.

During the ceremony, Bureau Veritas Country Chief Executive Mr. Salim Kseib, presented the award to Al Meera Acting CEO Mr. Cobus Lombard, Commercial and Acting Supply Chain Director Mr. Karim Noui, and other senior officials at Al Meera

Contact:

Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

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MANGO launches new collection for Ramadan in the Middle East

The brand launches a new collection for Ramadan and extends the adaptation of its website to Bahrain, the Lebanon and Oman

Barcelona, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Middle East remains a strategic market for MANGO.It is for this reason that, since its arrival 1996, the brand has continued to expand in the region, and now has more than 250 stores.

The secret to MANGO’s success in the Middle East is based on responding to the needs of the market.With a design department exclusively dedicated to adapting the firm’s collections to the customs and tastes of specific countries, MANGO has managed to become a leading brand for its customers, offering them fashionable garments adapted to the traditions of the country.

Proof of this willingness to adapt is the new collection for the Ramadan period.Paying special attention to the colour palette, accessories and silhouettes combine with finishes and materials in an original offering for festive occasions.Full of prints, especially floral ones, and with a great variety of fabrics, including jacquard, poplin, satin and metallic finishes, the collection adapts to the style of customers.

What is more, MANGO has just extended the adaptation to Arabic of its e-commerce to Bahrain, the Lebanon and Oman, following its successful launch in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Kuwait in January.This project consists not only of its translation it into the local language, but also the introduction of unique features taking into account the shopping habits of customers.An example of this is Store credit, a new payment method which simplifies the returns procedures for customers who opt for the payment on delivery method, thus avoiding bank transfer procedures.It has also introduced improvements to the mobile App, resulting in over 70% of users in these countries benefiting from the improved performance they offer.

Contact:

T: +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

Transgourmet erwirbt Mehrheit an der deutschen Handelsplattform Team Beverage AG

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Transgourmet Central & Eastern Europe übernimmt 70 % der Anteile der Team Beverage AG mit Hauptsitz in Wildeshausen und steigt damit in den deutschen Getränkemarkt ein. Mit ihrem Netzwerk von 36’000 Distributionspunkten und einem mandatierten Systemumsatz von mehr als 1,3 Mrd. Euro ist die Team Beverage AG eine der führenden Distributions-, Einkaufs-, Vermarktungs- und Dienstleistungsplattformen der Getränkebranche in Deutschland und bildet die ideale Ergänzung des bisherigen Angebots der Transgourmet in Deutschland.

Als unabhängige Handelszentrale bündelt die Team Beverage AG die Beschaffungsvolumen von mittelständischen Getränkefachgrosshändlern und führt die entsprechenden Preisverhandlungen mit der Industrie. Darüber erbringt sie eine Vielzahl von Dienstleistungen in den Bereichen Datenmanagement, Category Management und Vermarktung, Marketing und E-Commerce, Supply Chain Management und Logistik, Finanzservices sowie Eigen- und Exklusivmarken.

Die Team Beverage AG bietet damit Getränkefachgrosshändlern und ihren Kunden aus den Bereichen Gastronomie, Getränke-Einzelhandel, Tankstellen und Kioske mit über 36’000 Distributionspunkten umfassende und bedarfsgerechte branchenspezifische Konzepte und Services.

Der Einstieg von Transgourmet in den deutschen Getränkemarkt erfüllt die steigenden Bedürfnisse und Anforderungen ihrer Kunden nach mehr Leistung und weniger Ansprechpartnern. Die Team Beverage AG ergänzt das bisherige Angebot der Transgourmet damit auf ideale Weise. Mit dem Erwerb stärkt Transgourmet weiter ihre Position und Kompetenz im Fachgrosshandel.

Transgourmet Central & Eastern Europe gehört zur Transgourmet-Gruppe und ist als führender Multi-Channel-Anbieter Liefer- und Abholspezialist für gastronomische Profiküchen. Die Transgourmet-Gruppe ist das zweitgrösste Unternehmen im Abhol- und Belieferungsgrosshandel in Europa. Sie ist in vier Ländergesellschaften organisiert. Die Transgourmet hat ihren Hauptsitz in Basel und gehört zur Coop-Gruppe.

Die Übernahme der Aktien erfolgt rückwirkend zum 01.01.2017 und steht unter dem Vorbehalt der Zustimmung der zuständigen Kartellbehörden. Transgourmet hält nach Erwerb 70 %, die Nordmann Unternehmensgruppe 20 % und die Süddeutsche Getränkedistribution GmbH (Brau Holding International) 10 % Prozent der Anteile.

Kontakt:

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

Source: coop.ch