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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

About RetailNext

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

Source: RetailNext Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


James Miller

Source:  Florida Retail Federation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information:
Call: 0131 225 5599

Source: Ediston Real Estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel: 020 7233 5255

Source: LCP


NCR becomes technology partner for BOKA Restaurant Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NCR Corporation

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Media Contact:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation


Office Depot expands its North American business with senior executive appointments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

AnneMarie Mathews
Media Relations

Richard Leland
Investor Relations

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Amazon

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

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S Group and Tesco announce product partnership

S Group and Tesco announce product partnership


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

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

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

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

More “Free From”

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

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

Finest dining

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

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

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

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

Source: S Group


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EROSKI Club supera los 3,3 Socios Cliente

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

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

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

La opinión del Socio-Cliente en la cooperativa

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

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

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


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

Sobre Mastercard

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

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

Source: Eroski


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

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

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

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

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Source: SONIC Drive-In


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

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


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

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

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

Wellbeing in offices

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

Wellbeing in retail

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


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


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

Skills and opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional shortlist

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

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

Notes to Editors

About British Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Contact:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Source: British Land


Wesfarmers announces three senior executive appointments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Anthony Gianotti

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

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

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

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

David Baxby

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

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

Mike Schneider

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

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

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

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

Source: Wesfarmers Market