DICK’S Sporting Goods announces multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced today (June 1, 2017) a multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, and its DICK’S Team Sports HQ youth sports platform.

As the Official Sporting Goods Retailer and Soccer Management Technology Partner, DICK’S and DICK’S Team Sports HQ will provide next generation technology to US Youth Soccer and its members in streamlining, operating and increasing participation.  In addition, DICK’S will support the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series as its presenting sponsor through onsite activations to increase participant engagement.  The partnership also includes the creation of the first-annual US Youth Soccer State Association Leadership Summit, which will be held in San Diego in September.

“We’re excited to welcome US Youth Soccer to the rapidly-growing DICK’S Team Sports HQ family of youth sports governing body partners,” said Ed Plummer, SVP, DICK’S Team Sports HQ. “At DICK’S, we believe that sports matter and our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities allowing coaches to focus on developing young athletes and not worrying as much about the logistics and administration.”

The partnership with US Youth Soccer expands DICK’S Team Sports HQ’s community and technology support of youth soccer nationwide to nearly four million players, volunteers, coaches and their families.  The DICK’S Team Sports HQ platform will manage most of US Youth Soccer’s operations, communications and relationships with its affiliate State Associations.  In addition, DICK’S Team Sports HQ provides club affiliates with online registration, web sites, mobile apps for scheduling and communications as well as Fan Wear shops and access to donations and sponsorships.

“With all the entertainment options available to young people such as video games, TV and social media, organized sports are challenged to provide a better experience to grow the game,” said US Youth Soccer CEO Chris Moore. “Therefore, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to partner with DICK’S, whose strong brand will not only help elevate and enhance the player experience at our ‘crown jewel’, the National Championship Series, but will enable our members to better administer the sport through the DICK’S Teams Sports HQ platform.”

DICK’S Team Sports HQ currently serves youth sports governing bodies representing over nine million young athletes including US Youth Soccer, PONY Baseball and Softball, and National Police Athletic League, among others.  More information on DICK’S Teams Sports HQ can be found by visiting dicks.com/TSHQ.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

About US Youth Soccer

US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

Contacts:
DICK’S Sporting Goods
press@dcsg.com
724-273-5552

US Youth Soccer:
communications@usyouthsoccer.org

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods Inc.

DICK’S Sporting Goods announces the opening five new stores in California and Florida

The retailer will celebrate with five grand opening celebrations this month

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, has announced the opening five new stores. Grand opening events will be held for stores in the following cities:

Torrance, CA – June 2-4:

Del Amo Fashion Center, 21800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503

Miami, FL – June 16-18:

Dadeland Station, 8364 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143

The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Aventura, FL – June 16-18:

18499 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33160

Sunrise, FL – June 16-18

Sawgrass Mills Mall, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33323

“At DICK’S, we believe that sports make people better,” said Lauren Hobart, President, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Opening new stores in these communities allow us to better-serve our customers with a wide range of top-of-the-line products and services, as well as provide superior customer service from associates who are passionate about sports and the outdoors. We’re excited to become an important part of these communities.”

With the grand opening of these new stores, DICK’S will have 702 DICK’S locations in the country.

DICK’S will bring approximately 350 total jobs to these communities through the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for these five stores.

For each grand opening weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and meet several special guests such as Los Angeles running back Melvin Gordon** and former Los Angeles shortstop Bill Russell** in Torrance, CA, Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill** and former Miami running back Frank Gore** in Miami, FL, former Miami defensive end Jason Taylor** in Aventura, FL and Miami running back Jay Ajayi** and professional weightlifter Mattie Rogers* in Sunrise, FL.

Visit dicks.com/Torrance and dicks.com/SouthFlorida for full details on the Grand Opening celebrations, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.

*Limit one autograph per person.  Autographs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only.  Limited Quantity.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

**WRISTBAND REQUIRED!  Wristbands are distributed on a first-come, first served basis beginning at store open on the day of event only. Limited Quantity. Limit one wristband per person.  Must be present to receive wristband.  Must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line prior to the start of the appearance to receive an autograph.  Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

CONTACT:     
DICK’S Sporting Goods
724-273-5552
press@dcsg.com

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

PetSmart to release its 1Q FY 2017 results on Monday, June 12, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (the “Company”) plans to make its first quarter fiscal 2017 results available on the Company’s secure website on Monday, June 12, 2017. The Company will also hold an investor conference call to review its results for the first quarter fiscal 2017 on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The results and call will be made available to lenders under the credit facilities, holders of the Company’s 7.125% Senior Notes due 2023, the 5.875% Senior First Lien Notes due 2025, the 8.875% Senior Notes due 2025 (collectively the “notes”), bona fide prospective investors of the notes, bona fide securities analysts and bona fide market makers.

The lenders under the credit facilities will receive details on how to access the call from the administrative agents for the respective credit facilities.

Holders of the notes, prospective investors, securities analysts and market makers that have not previously registered with the Company, must contact the Company to pre-register and certify eligibility in order to access the financial results and dial-in information for the conference call. To receive information on how to pre‐register and certify eligibility, parties should send an email to investorrelations@petsmart.com. Requests for pre-registration must be received by Friday, June 9, 2017.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and over 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.3 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, petMD.com, PawCulture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals. On May 31, 2017, PetSmart, Inc. completed the acquisition of Chewy, Inc., the nation’s leading online retailer for pet products. Performance of Chewy is not included in first quarter fiscal 2017 Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Contact:

PetSmart Investor Relations
Kim Smith
Tom Melito
investorrelations@petsmart.com
623-587-2025

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Brixmor Property Group priced an offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.650% Senior Notes due 2024

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) announced today (May 31, 2017 ) that its operating partnership, Brixmor Operating Partnership LP (the “Operating Partnership”), priced an offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 3.650% Senior Notes due 2024 (the “Notes”). The Notes will be issued at 99.576% of par value with a coupon of 3.650%. Interest on the Notes is payable semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 of each year, commencing December 15, 2017.  The Notes will mature on June 15, 2024.  The offering is expected to close on June 5, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Operating Partnership expects to use all or a portion of the net proceeds from this offering to repay outstanding indebtedness under its $1.25 billion unsecured revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.

The Operating Partnership has filed an effective registration statement (including a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) relating to the offering to which this communication relates. Before making an investment in the Notes, potential investors should read the prospectus supplement, the accompanying prospectus and the other documents that we and the Operating Partnership have filed with the SEC for more complete information about us and the offering. Potential investors may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies may be obtained from: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, by mail at Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, by calling (800) 294-1322 or by emailing dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attention: WFS Customer Service, by telephone at 1-800-645-3751 or by email at wfscustomerservice@wellsfargo.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these Notes in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.  Any offer or sale of the Notes will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement relating to the offering of the Notes and the accompanying prospectus.

ABOUT BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP

Brixmor Property Group, a real estate investment trust (REIT), is a leading owner and operator of high-quality, open-air shopping centers. The Company’s more than 500 retail centers comprise 86 million square feet in established trade areas across the nation and are supported by a diverse mix of highly productive non-discretionary and value-oriented retailers, as well as consumer-oriented service providers. Brixmor is committed to maximizing the value of its portfolio by prioritizing investments, cultivating relationships and capitalizing on embedded growth opportunities through driving rents, increasing occupancy and pursuing value-enhancing reinvestment opportunities. Headquartered in New York City, Brixmor is a partner to more than 5,500 best-in-class national, regional and local tenants and is the largest landlord to The TJX Companies and The Kroger Company.

Safe Harbor Language

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the Company’s expectations regarding the performance of its business, its financial results, its liquidity and capital resources and other non-historical statements.  You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “projects,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in the Company’s filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE: Brixmor Property Group Inc.

COACH, INC. to present at Baird’s Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference on June 7, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) (SEHK:6388), a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, today (May 31, 2017) announced that Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer, and Kevin Wills, Chief Financial Officer, will present at Baird’s Global Consumer, Technology & Services Conference in New York City on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:35 a.m. EDT.

The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live and archived for a period of five business days and is available to the general public. To access the audio portion of the presentation, log onto: www.coach.com/investors or onto http://wsw.com/webcast/baird48/coh.

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com. Coach, Inc.’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol COH and Coach’s Hong Kong Depositary Receipts are traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the symbol 6388.

Neither the Hong Kong Depositary Receipts nor the Hong Kong Depositary Shares evidenced thereby have been or will be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account of, a U.S. Person (within the meaning of Regulation S under the Securities Act), absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. Hedging transactions involving these securities may not be conducted unless in compliance with the Securities Act.

The information to be made available in this presentation may contain forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “can,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue,” “project,” “guidance,” “forecast,” “anticipated,” “moving,” “leveraging,” “targeting,” “on track to return,” “to achieve” or comparable terms. Future results may differ materially from management’s current expectations, based upon a number of important factors, including risks and uncertainties such as expected economic trends, the ability to anticipate consumer preferences, the ability to control costs and successfully execute our transformation and operational efficiency initiatives and growth strategies and our ability to achieve intended benefits, cost savings and synergies from acquisitions, etc. Please refer to Coach Inc.’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risks and important factors.

Analysts & Media:
Andrea Shaw Resnick
212-629-2618
Global Head Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Christina Colone
212-946-7252
Senior Director, Investor Relations

Source: Coach, Inc.

Alibaba Group to host Investor Day on June 8-9, 2017

Hangzhou, China, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today (May 31, 2017) announced that it will host an Investor Day on June 8-9, 2017 China Time at Alibaba Xixi Headquarters, Hangzhou, China. Speakers will include Jack Ma (Executive Chairman), Joe Tsai (Executive Vice Chairman), Daniel Zhang (CEO), Maggie Wu (CFO) and other members of our senior management team.

Alibaba will provide a live webcast of key executive sessions at or around the following times:

  • Thursday, June 8: 2:15 PM China Time (2:15 AM U.S. Eastern Time)
    Presenters: Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer; Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer
  • Friday, June 9: 3:45 PM China Time (3:45 AM U.S. Eastern Time)
    Presenters: Jack Ma, Executive Chairman; Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman

The webcast will be available at http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/ir/home. A replay of the webcast and a summary of the day’s presentations will be available through the same links following the event, as well as at http://www.alizila.com.

About Alibaba Group

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

Investor Relations Contact:
Rob Lin
investor@alibabagroup.com

Media Contact:
Brion Tingler
brion.tingler@alibaba-inc.com

Source:  Alibaba Group

Accenture opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan

Accenture opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan

 

Company’s largest innovation hub for retail, fashion and consumer goods industries

MILAN, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today (May 31, 2017) opened its largest innovation hub for the retail, fashion and consumer goods industries in Milan.

Located in the heart of Porta Nuova, the city’s up-and-coming innovation district, the new Accenture Customer Innovation Network (ACIN) is part of Accenture’s global network including facilities in Bangalore, Chicago, Manila and Singapore.

The Milan ACIN provides clients with an environment where they can imagine, explore, discover and develop ground-breaking digital customer interactions and tackle the big challenges facing consumer companies today — from harnessing social media to applying the next wave of artificial intelligence.

Driving innovation is the guiding philosophy of the ACIN, which draws on Accenture’s deep industry experience in fashion, retail and consumer goods industries and provides clients with access to an innovation ecosystem that includes start-ups, industry experts, universities and technology partners.

At the ACIN, clients are taken on an innovation journey and challenged to rethink existing business models and the customer experience. By showing them the art of the possible and developing a concrete roadmap, the ACIN can help organizations launch disruptive products and services and get them to market quicker.

Angelo D’Imporzano, senior managing director of Consumer Goods and Services for Europe, Africa and Latin America at Accenture said, “The Milan ACIN can support organizations as they seek to be more competitive, connect them with the wider ecosystem, and create new business opportunities at a time when innovation has never been more critical to Italy’s growth. The country’s heritage in fashion and food makes Milan the perfect location for helping our clients better understand emerging trends and consumer segments and for ensuring that disruptive ideas are turned into innovative solutions to drive business performance.”

“Digital technologies are converging, consumer expectations are rising and business operations are under constant pressures to stay ahead of their peers,” said Sander van ’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Products operating group. “Consumer-facing companies need to constantly innovate to ensure flexibility and agility across every business function. Our new innovation network in Milan is an integral part of the Accenture Innovation Architecture, which brings together capabilities from across the company – from research, ventures and labs, studios, innovation centers and delivery centers to help clients develop, scale and deliver disruptive innovation.”

Accenture employs 12,000 professionals in Italy, which — in addition to being home to the ACIN — is a base for other Accenture innovation and delivery centers, including the Liquid studio in Milan, the Digital Acceleration Center and Life Sciences Center of Excellence in Rome, the Industry Solution Center for Automotive in Turin, and Technology Delivery Centers in Naples and Cagliari. Accenture opened its first innovation center in Italy in 2006, dedicated to the fashion and luxury sectors, and has continued to invest in new capabilities, assets and human resources.

“Accenture’s continued investment in Italy shows our commitment to the country’s innovation economy,” said Fabio Benasso, Accenture’s country managing director for Italy. “We have established a series of hubs here that support clients across all industries as they accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Our new Milan ACIN represents a global go-to hub for companies striving to be at the forefront of innovation and provides our teams with an environment to help clients reimagine new business models and explore future customer experiences.”

The opening ceremony for the ACIN, which is located at Piazza Gae Aulenti 8, was attended by Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Armando Barone
Accenture
+ 39 3485608969
armando.barone@accenture.com

Source: Accenture

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The Australian Retailers Association: April’s modest growth brings some relief for food retailers whilst other parts of the sector continue to struggle

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said April’s modest retail trade growth of 3.08% year-on-year released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) brings some relief for food retailers whilst other parts of the sector continue to struggle.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said although April’s growth figure is quite modest, the past few months have been difficult for the industry as they continue to face a challenging operating environment.

The industry continues to demonstrate real weakness in discretionary spend categories with Household Goods (0.67%), Hardware & Building (-0.95%) and Electrical Good Retailing (-0.33%) showing signs for concern.

“As the retail sector is experiencing economic transformation, we continue to see some parts of the industry struggling.” Mr Zimmerman said.

Despite this broader industry decline, the ARA have seen strong signs of growth for categories including Food retailing (4.29%), Liquor (7.31%) and Takeaway Food Services (6.16%). Cafés and Restaurants have also picked up since March, showing a 4.19% growth year-on-year due to family-based festivities over the Easter long weekend.

“With a number of public holidays in April, consumers enjoyed their time out at cafés and bars with friends and family, especially over the Easter period,” Mr Zimmerman said.

In regards to state categories, Victoria (4.19%), Queensland (4.05%) and South Australia (4.00%) take the lead with solid year-on-year growth figures. Australian Capital Territory (3.73%), Tasmania (2.76%) and New South Wales (2.60%) also showed moderate to good increases for the period. While Western Australia (-0.05%) and Northern Territory (0.61%) illustrate a less positive growth trend.

“There has been a significant change in consumer spending habits as the Government’s tax increases after the Budget have proved counterproductive to retail growth and consumers are holding onto their pockets tightly,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“It is clear the Australian retail industry is going through a structural change, and it will only become stronger once growth returns to the sector,”

“We’re hoping to see a spike in discretionary spend when mid-year sales hit in June, and look forward to seeing the whole industry receive a strong trade in May.”

MONTHLY RETAIL GROWTH (March 2017– April 2017 seasonally adjusted)
Household goods retailing (0.35%), Other retailing (0.56%), Food retailing (1.19%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.27%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1.12%) and Department stores (2.47%).

Northern Territory (1.79%), South Australia (1.11%), Australian Capital Territory (0.91%), Victoria (1.02%), Tasmania (1.18%), Western Australia (0.43%), New South Wales (0.12%) and Queensland (2.41%).

Total sales (0.95%).

YEAR-ON-YEAR RETAIL GROWTH (April 2016 – April 2017 seasonally adjusted)

Household goods retailing (0.67%), Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (5.01%), Food retailing (4.29%), Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (0.27%), Other retailing (3.67%) and Department stores (0.13%).

New South Wales (2.60%), South Australia (4.00%), Tasmania (2.76%), Victoria (4.19%), Australian Capital Territory (3.73%), Western Australia (-0.05%), Queensland (4.05%) and Northern Territory (0.61%).

Total sales (3.08%).

For interview opportunities with ARA Spokesperson call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

The Children’s Place welcomes John J. Sullivan as its Chief Transformation Officer

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (May 30, 2017) announced the appointment of John J. Sullivan to the newly created position of Chief Transformation Officer, effective June 12, 2017.  Mr. Sullivan will report to Michael Scarpa, Chief Operating Officer, and will assume responsibility for Information Technology, Business Process, and Global Logistics and Distribution.

Jane Elfers, President and CEO said, “We continue to make significant progress on our key strategic growth initiatives – superior product, business transformation through technology, alternate channels of distribution and fleet optimization – and each one of these initiatives still has significant upside. As we look to the future, developing and implementing a best in class Personalized Customer Contact Strategy is our single biggest opportunity, and we announced on our May 18th earnings call that we have made the decision to significantly accelerate the development and implementation of this initiative. John’s extensive track record of delivering successful transformations through OmniChannel systems implementations, technology solutions, and business process re-engineering, coupled with his deep expertise in sourcing and global logistics and distribution, makes him ideally suited to lead the next key phase of our transformation efforts.”

Michael Scarpa, Chief Operating Officer added, “I worked closely with John at Liz Claiborne and his exceptional leadership qualities and deep experience in transformation, technology and systems will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Mr. Sullivan said, “I am very excited to join the best-in-class management team at The Children’s Place to help realize the financial benefits associated with the significant opportunities across the organization.”

Over the course of his career, Mr. Sullivan has held several senior level positions at major retailers. In his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer and President of Shared Services at Ascena Retail Group, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for establishing OmniChannel capabilities across the enterprise, distribution and fulfillment services, sourcing, IT, and project management. At QVC, Mr. Sullivan held the title of EVP and CIO and was responsible for the company’s global information systems and corporate project management office. And at Liz Claiborne, Mr. Sullivan was Chief Information Officer and SVP with responsibility for sourcing, systems and customer service. Mr. Sullivan received his BS in Management Information Systems and his MBA from Northeastern University.

About The Children’s Place, Inc.

The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America.  The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names.  As of April 29, 2017, the Company operated 1,033 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 156 international points of distribution open and operated by its 6 franchise partners in 18 countries.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements relating to the Company’s positioning, and forecasts regarding store openings and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations.  Forward-looking statements typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.  These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially. Some of these risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” section of its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017. Included among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and performance to differ materially are the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in gauging fashion trends and changing consumer preferences, the risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of the Company’s business and its dependence on consumer spending patterns, which may be affected by the weakness in the economy which continue to affect the Company’s target customer, the risk that the Company’s strategic initiatives to increase sales and margin are delayed or do not result in anticipated improvements, the risk of delays, interruptions and disruptions in the Company’s global supply chain, including resulting from foreign sources of supply in less developed countries or politically unstable countries, the risk that the cost of raw materials or energy prices will increase beyond current expectations or that the Company is unable to offset cost increases through value engineering or price increases, and the uncertainty of weather patterns. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact: 

Robert Vill
Group Vice President, Finance
(201) 453-6693

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

NCR Corporation introduces its NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series to banks and financial institutions in Turkey

Duluth, Ga. / Istanbul, Turkey, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (May 31, 2017) introduced its NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series to banks and financial institutions in Turkey. According to Retail Banking Research, NCR is the leading ATM manufacturer in Turkey with a 56 percent market share. With Turkey being one of the early adopters of multi-functional ATMs and video banking, NCR will build on this position with the new ATM family by helping financial institutions redefine the banking experience and changing the way consumers interact with the ATM forever.

Invented 50 years ago, the ATM remains one of the most sustained innovations in the financial industry. As more and more bank customers have embraced smartphones as well as digital and online banking, ATMs today have to adapt to this new consumer reality. The new ATMs are mobile ready and feature a large, 19-inch multi-touch display, where consumers can swipe, pinch and zoom their way quickly through transactions.

“Recent research revealed that 74 percent of the population in Turkey said that they would never go completely cashless,” said Diego Navarrete, Vice President Europe for Financial Services at NCR. “So the ATM is the ideal touchpoint to integrate physical and digital banking channels to create the connected experience that customers are looking for today. With Turkey expected to increase the installed base of ATMs by 25 percent by 2021, our new ATM family is suited perfectly to fill this demand.”

The modern design comes with fully customizable, color-coded media entry and exit indicators. Additionally, a unique 10-cassette cash dispense capability lowers cash replenishment costs. Paired with NCR’s CxBanking software suite, the NCR SelfServ 80 series unlocks amazing customer experiences across physical and digital banking channels.

The NCR SelfServ 80 Series, which was recognized as an International Design Excellence Awards 2016 finalist, is available this year in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Poland as well as selected countries in Eastern Europe, and will continue to be rolled out globally in 2017-2018. Please contact NCR Sales for pricing information and details on local availability.

For additional materials including high-resolution product images, whitepapers, FAQs, please click here. To download the NCR SelfServ 80 Series application on iOS, click here.

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

Lindex joins sustainable cotton initiative led by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit

Lindex joins sustainable cotton initiative led by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit

 

Sweden, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lindex is one of the first companies to sign-up to a sustainable cotton initiative led by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. The initiative is in line with Lindex goal that 100 per cent of the fashion company’s cotton will come from more sustainable sources by 2020, where Lindex has reached 91 per cent so far.

The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit’s cotton initiative is unique as it is the first industry commitment on sustainable cotton. Through the initiative, 13 major companies come together and commit to ensuring that 100 per cent of the cotton they use comes from more sustainable sources by 2025. By participating in the initiative, Lindex contributes to increasing demand and use of more sustainable cotton, which is essential in ensuring long term sustainability within the cotton sector as a whole.

To achieve change on a big scale it is crucial that we work together in the industry. We are therefore proud to be part of this important global initiative. In a short amount of time we have made great progress with our cotton at Lindex, where 91 per cent comes from more sustainable sources today, and we look forward to continuing this important work, says Ingvar Larsson, CEO at Lindex.

On May 24 Lindex participated, together with the 12 other companies, in a meeting attended by HRH The Prince of Wales for the initiative in London.

Contact:

Lindex switchboard: +46 31 739 50 00
Press jour: +46 730 38 20 20
E-mail: info@lindex.com

Source: Lindex

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Staples and DwellStudio to debut an exclusive 40-piece collection of modern office organization pieces

Staples and DwellStudio to debut an exclusive 40-piece collection of modern office organization pieces

 

New collection debuts June 6thin-stores and on Staples.com

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today (May 31, 2017) announced a collaboration with DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward, modern furnishings. The two brands will debut an exclusive 40-piece collection of modern office organization pieces launching in-stores and on Staples.com on June 6th.

“We’re excited to work with DwellStudio on an exclusive line that introduces their signature style to any office space,” said Amy Steel Vanden-Eykel, vice president, merchandising, Staples. “At Staples we’re constantly looking for new opportunities that will give our customers a chance to make their business or home office unique while maintaining functionality, and the DwellStudio collection helps us do that.”

This marks the first time DwellStudio has brought their iconic designs to life for office products. The new products feature a range of bold colors and unique patterns on everything from fashion pencils and metallic-patterned file folders, to aluminum nesting trays for desktop organization and tech travel pieces. Items in the collection range from $2.99 to $34.99.

“Teaming up with Staples for the first time on this accessory line was another fantastic outlet for DwellStudio’s archive of in-house designs,” said Bingka Leung, creative director, DwellStudio. “What we love most about the collection is that each piece is distinct on its own or can be mixed and matched together to give any office space a modern, fashion-forward vibe.”

Shop the exclusive DwellStudio collection including striking notebooks, accessory pouches and a laptop clutch at Staples stores or on Staples.com starting June 6.

Staples, Inc.

Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About DwellStudio

Founded in 2000, DwellStudio is a design house with a decidedly modern vibe. Spanning furniture, bedding, and décor – with styles for baby and children, too – the brand’s products are united by a common philosophy: the Art of the Mix. From their best-selling signature prints to statement accents, each piece is crafted to mix effortlessly into the home. With offices in New York and Boston, DwellStudio is part of the Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W) brand portfolio. Visit www.dwellstudio.com to learn more.

Contact:
Kaleigh Sands
508-253-1050
Kaleigh.Sands@Staples.com

Carrie McElwee
508-253-1405
Carrie.Mcelwee@staples.com

Source: Staples Inc.

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CVS Pharmacy debuts in Colorado

CVS Pharmacy debuts in Colorado

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced the grand opening of its first ever standalone store in Colorado. The new store at 16920 E. Lincoln Ave in Parker, CO, is the first of three locations to open in the Greater Denver market this year. Parker Mayor Mike Waid, Colorado State Senator Jim Smallwood and State Representative Kim Ransom joined CVS Pharmacy officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the store opening.

“CVS Pharmacy is proud to be a part of the Colorado community, offering convenient access to best-in-class pharmacy services and a shopping experience truly dedicated to helping people on the path to better health,” said Hank Casillas, Senior Vice President of CVS Pharmacy Field Operations. “Because health services and pharmacy are at the heart of everything we do, we have created a shopping destination that offers the best assortment of health, beauty and wellness products and better-for-you snacks.”

Since CVS Pharmacy became the first and only retail pharmacy to remove tobacco from its shelves in 2014, the company has continued to evolve the customer’s shopping experience with a heightened focus on health and beauty. The new Parker store will feature:

  • Best in Class Pharmacy: With personalized programs, a growing network of pharmacists, and innovative digital tools and services, CVS Pharmacy is committed to driving the health and wellbeing of its patients above everything else. With CVS Pharmacy, customers can manage their health with more ease and efficiency and gain access to programs that help them start and stay on their prescriptions while reducing overall health care costs. With the CVS Pharmacy app, patients can be notified when prescriptions are ready for pick-up and order refills digitally by importing their medication history or using the “Scan to Refill” feature that simply scans the prescription’s barcode and orders a refill in one easy step. At each CVS Pharmacy location, local pharmacists are available to discuss medication dosage information and address any patient questions or concerns.
  • Better-For-You Food options: CVS Pharmacy has a carefully curated selection of national and niche better-for-you brands that make healthier eating on-the-go more convenient and affordable. With “trend zones” featuring different collections of foods customers might expect to only find at a specialty food store, such as gluten-free, allergen-free or those featuring super food ingredients, CVS Pharmacy was also recently the first national retail pharmacy chain to announce the removal of artificial trans fats from all exclusive store brand food products.
  • Elevated Beauty: CVS Pharmacy offers the latest innovations and both popular and unexpected beauty brands and products customers can trust at a great value. The company continues to expand its assortment of “on-trend” and niche beauty brands. In addition, the company recently removed all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from its shelves while expanding products with SPF 30/broad spectrum, natural beauty brands and products focused on skin health. By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • Enhanced assortment of health and wellness products: CVS Pharmacy is committed to enhancing the customer shopping experience in the OTC aisles by focusing on important areas of our customers’ lives, like active nutrition, immunity, pain management and sleep, offering holistic solutions and easy navigation through educational signs and displays. The company also features a broader selection of vitamins and supplements, including offerings from specialty brands typically found in specialty stores. To ensure the quality of its product offerings, CVS Pharmacy is embarking on the development of new standards for vitamins and supplements, with the goal of full implementation by 2019. The standards will require third-party testing of ingredient listings for vitamins and supplements, as well as product testing for certain ingredients of concern.
  • Customer-Driven Personalization: The ExtraCare Rewards program is the longest running retail rewards program in the drugstore space, and the program continues to evolve with more than 80 million active members in the country. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have an ExtraCare card, and CVS Pharmacy continues to bring customers new updates and personalized features like special offers and coupons, and easy paper-free options to use rewards and discounts and get receipts. In addition to getting 2 percent back in ExtraBucks Rewards every time members use their card, customers can also opt-in to earn Beauty ExtraBucks Rewards, where they can earn $5 for every $50 spent in beauty, as well as Pharmacy & Health Rewards, which allows members to earn up to $50 each year by simply filling prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy.

While CVS Pharmacy announced the launch of 39 pharmacies within Target Stores throughout Colorado last year, the new store in Parker opening today offers the first time customers can shop in a CVS Pharmacy retail location in Colorado. Two additional Denver-area locations will open this summer at the following locations:

  • 3770 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver
  • 9936 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton

Greater expansion across the Colorado is planned, with new CVS Pharmacy locations slated to open in Colorado Springs in 2018.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

Press Contacts:
Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy
P: 401-209-0755
E: Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
P: 401-770-4786
E: Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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Citycon completes sale of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences’ new campus building to Hemsö for EUR 57 million

Citycon completes sale of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences’ new campus building to Hemsö for EUR 57 million

 

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Citycon has completed the sale of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences’ (SAMK) new campus building to Swedish property investor Hemsö for EUR 57 million. Following the completion of the development project and the handover to SAMK, the sale was now closed on the basis of the contract signed in 2015.

An old commercial building was demolished to make way for the now completed new build that houses SAMK’s teaching facilities on a long-term 20-year lease.

As the previous Porin Asema-aukio retail building at the centre of Pori was technically outdated and had only limited demand in retail use, the decision was made by Citycon to actively develop the property for another purpose. Citycon was selected as the developer for the campus project in a tendering process organised by the City of Pori at the start of 2014. The construction work began in early 2015.

“The new SAMK campus in Pori is an excellent demonstration of our expertise in property development. The management of education buildings is not part of our core business activity and this divestment is in line with our strategy of focusing on urban grocery-anchored shopping centres. The SAMK development project was financially successful, generating accretive returns on investment. The proceeds will be used to repay debt and thereby to strengthen our balance sheet” commented Eero Sihvonen, Citycon’s Executive Vice President and CFO.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit www.citycon.com

For further information, please contact:
Eero Sihvonen
Executive VP and CFO
Telephone +358 20 766 4459 or +358 40 154 9137
eero.sihvonen@citycon.com

Source: Citycon

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Migros Vaud s’ouvre un nouveau supermarché (M) au sud de Renens

Migros Vaud s’ouvre un nouveau supermarché (M) au sud de Renens

 

Ecublens, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mercredi 31 mai, Migros Vaud ouvrira un nouveau supermarché (M) au sud de Renens, renforçant ainsi sa présence dans l’Ouest lausannois. La surface de vente de 735 m² sera la première de la coopérative à proposer l’offre Convenience +.

Dans le cadre de son développement de magasins de proximité, Migros Vaud ouvrira demain, mercredi 31 mai, un nouveau supermarché au sud de Renens. Il se situera à côté de l’enseigne de bricolage et de jardinage OBI.

Son nom ? Migros du Silo. En référence à l’ancien silo à blé, qui identifie au premier coup d’oeil la Tour OBI à Renens. Dessinée en 1956 par l’architecte réputé Jean Tschumy, cette construction historique et protégée fait depuis partie intégrante du paysage rennanais.

Historiquement, un magasin de bricolage et de jardinage ainsi qu’une Migros ont déjà cohabité sur le site de Renens. En effet, un Do it + Garden a ouvert en décembre 1970, complété par une Mini-M dès mars 1996. Cette dernière a fermé ses portes en janvier 2001 suivie par le Do it en mars 2002 à la veille de l’inauguration du OBI.

Première implantation du Convenience +

Aménagé selon les standards de la Fédération des Coopératives Migros (FCM), – à savoir spacieux, lumineux et axé sur la fraîcheur -, la Migros du Silo s’étend sur 735 m². Atout majeur, ce magasin de proximité est le premier à Migros Vaud qui bénéficie de l’offre Convenience + : un assortiment développé de menus chauds prêts à consommer, de sandwiches, salades et sushis.

Un espace recycling “Génération M” et trois caisses traditionnelles couplées au même nombre de bornes self-checkout Subito seront à disposition des clients. Une machine à café/thé à l’emporter sera également disponible. De quoi combler les habitants du quartier ainsi que les 1200 étudiants du gymnase de Renens, fraichement inauguré en février.

La gérante, Mme Linda Gemma, ainsi que ses 13 collaborateurs, mettront tout en oeuvre pour que chacun trouve ses marques dans ce nouveau point de vente et l’adopte avec plaisir.

OBI et un Take Away Migros complètent l’offre

Outre la surface OBI de 7477 m², le bâtiment abrite le nouveau Take Away du Silo. Depuis le 3 avril dernier, le bar à café situé à l’entrée du centre a laissé la place à cette enseigne de restauration à l’emporter de 84 m². Pour un confort optimal, la clientèle dispose, en outre, d’un parking souterrain de 200 places où les nonante premières minutes sont gratuites.

Comme il est de coutume à Migros Vaud lors de l’ouverture de chaque magasin, ce mardi 31 mai, un chèque de 5’000 francs sera remis à l’association des Familles du Quart Monde, à Renens. Ce don lui permettra de poursuivre son action auprès des familles les plus défavorisées de la société et ainsi mener une lutte active contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion.

Contact:
Aurélie Murris
Genossenschaft Migros Waadt
Kommunikation und PR
Chemin du Dévent
1024 Ecublens
TEL: 058 574 66 58
E-MAIL: presse@gmvd.migros.ch

Source: Migros

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MIGROS ZÜRICH ÜBERNIMMT HITZBERGER

MIGROS ZÜRICH ÜBERNIMMT HITZBERGER

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Qualitativ, innovativ und nachhaltig – das Gastronomieunternehmen HITZBERGER steht für gesunde Schnellverpflegung mit Biss. Um der eigenen Expansion Schub zu verleihen, ist HITZBERGER seit dem 24. Mai ein Unternehmen der Genossenschaft Migros Zürich.

Mit der Übernahme von HITZBERGER durch die Genossenschaft Migros Zürich haben sich zwei gleichgesinnte Unternehmen gefunden: Nachhaltigkeit, Frische sowie Regionalität und Bio-Produkte stehen im Fokus. Die Migros Zürich betreibt insgesamt über 50 Gastronomie-Standorte, darunter vielseitige Schnellverpflegungs-Formate wie «Migros-Take-away», «Kaimug» oder «Frau Helvetia», während HITZBERGER an seinen fünf Zürcher Standorten sowie einem in Basel «Fastfood natürlich» anbietet. Erstmals 2009 in Sihlcity als Startup eröffnet, wuchs das innovative Gastronomieunternehmen um das Gründungsgespann Andy Schwarzenbach, Philippe Hagen, Alain Huber und Eduard Hitzberger in kleinen Schritten. Schon bald stiess die kleine Struktur an ihre Grenzen, mit der Unterstützung der Migros Zürich zielen die Jungunternehmer nun auf eine konsequente und nachhaltige Expansion.

HITZBERGER: bewusst gesund
HITZBERGER interpretiert Fastfood neu. Nach Rezepten des Sternekochs Eduard Hitzberger, 18 Gault Millau-Punkte und 2 Michelin-Sterne, setzt sich das Sortiment aus Wraps, Burgern, Sandwiches, Salaten, Suppen, Currys und Smoothies zusammen. Stets frisch zubereitet, verzichten die Produkte auf ungesunde Kalorien oder Fette. Die Handschrift von Eduard Hitzberger, ein Meister der Lightstyle-Küche, ist unverkennbar. Die hohe Qualität der Produkte sowie das Verwenden einer Vielzahl biologischer Zutaten garantieren gesun-des und natürliches «Fastfood». Innovationen werden bei Hitzberger zudem gross geschrieben. Ob Bio und Fairtrade, Vegan oder Superfood – HITZBERGER erkennt aufkommende Kundenbedürfnisse und gibt mit neuartigen Produkten der Schnellverpflegung neue Impulse. So wie aktuell mit Insekten als Lebensmittel: HITZBERGER führt als erster Schweizer Take-away den Insektenburger ein. Als zukünftiges Unternehmen der Migros Zürich stehen vor allem strukturelle Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten im Vordergrund, so Gründer Andy Schwarzenbach: „Unsere Expansion erhält mit der Migros Zürich Aufwind. Wir dürfen auf tatkräftige Unterstützung und Zugang zu begehrten Hochfrequenzstandorten zählen.“

Mittelfristige Expansion: Verdoppelung der Standorte
Die mit der Übernahme anvisierte Expansion wird unmittelbar umgesetzt. Bereits steht ein weiterer Hitzberger-Standort fest: am Berner Bahnhof. Voraussichtlich wird der Take-away im September 2017 eröffnen. Zudem wandelt die Migros Zürich ihre zwei Bio-Take-away-Standorte – an den Bahnhöfen Zürich und Oerlikon – in HITZBERGER um. Der Migros Take-away an der Hardbrücke wird ebenfalls umgewandelt. Bis Ende 2017 eröffnet ein weiterer HITZBERGER im Einkaufszentrum der Migros City an der Zürcher Löwenstrasse. Von aktuell 6 Standorten wird Hitzberger somit in absehbarer Zeit neu über 11 Standorte verfügen.

Contact:
Francesco Laratta
Genossenschaft Migros Zürich
Mediensprecher Migros
Postfach
8021 Zürich
TEL: 058 561 64 62
E-MAIL: francesco.laratta@gmz.migros.ch

Source: Migros

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Tesco and Dixons Carphone partner to open two Currys PC World concessions within Tesco stores this summer

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and Dixons Carphone have announced a new partnership which will see two Currys PC World concessions opening within Tesco Extra stores this summer.

The first store is scheduled to open in July at Tesco’s Milton Keynes Extra store, followed by a second concession at its Weston Favell Extra store in Northampton later in August.

A tailored range of Currys PC World products will be on offer in the outlets including televisions, computers, white goods and accessories. Laptop repairs, advice and comparison services – allowing customers to explore switching broadband and energy supply – will also be available.

Matt Davies, UK CEO of Tesco, said:

“We’re always looking at ways to offer our customers the best possible range of services in our stores. We think this is a winning combination for customers and look forward to opening the first outlet in our Milton Keynes store in July.”

Katie Bickerstaffe, UK&I CEO of Dixons Carphone, said:

“Customers tell us they want to pick up the latest electrical products conveniently and at competitive prices, with expert advice and from someone they trust to keep them working seamlessly. This trial gives them all of this during a weekly grocery shop, which we hope they will enjoy.”

Contact:

T: +44 (0) 800 505555

Source: Tesco

Carrefour partners with Regional Chamber of Agriculture to develop organically grown produce

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — When present at the Nouvelle Aquitaine Agricultural Show on 24 May, Carrefour committed to, and signed, an agreement with the Regional Chamber of Agriculture to develop organically grown or reared produce.

The aim of this partnership agreement between Carrefour and the Nouvelle Aquitaine Regional Chamber of Agriculture is to encourage exchanges and collaboration between the region’s farmers and the banner to meet an increasing demand by consumers for organically farmed products.

In signing this agreement, Carrefour undertakes to:
– make its requirements known in respect of organic raw materials,
– draw up multi-year agreements with producers relating to new regional and national supply lines for organic products,
– promote the region’s organic products.

The Nouvelle Acquitaine Regional Chamber of Agriculture undertakes to:
– assist Carrefour in sourcing new producers,
– provide producers with support in their techno-economic issues.

The second highlight of the show was Carrefour’s signature of agreements with four of the region’s companies to develop organic animal and vegetable lines and its undertakings on:

– prices factoring in production costs, ensuring ongoing revenue for the farms and support with conversion if necessary,
– volumes, giving visibility to the producers.

– La Ferme de l’Estuaire: launch of two new organic radish and leek lines.

– Rougeline: creation of new organic tomato, cucumber and courgette lines.

– Allix: development of an organic potato line.

– Capel: participation in the development of its organic pig line.

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

First Data becomes the inaugural partner for Rhode Island’s smart government innovation center

Center will develop research tools for state and local governments, leveraging advanced analytics and big data

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, today (MAY 31, 2017) announced the company will partner with the state of Rhode Island to serve as a founding member of a Providence-based smart government innovation center. The center will be the first such research partnership of its kind for First Data, and will leverage innovative research developed with the state’s leading educational institutions to address evolving needs in the public sector for data-driven policy design.

First Data will be the inaugural partner for the center, and it is expected that more for-profit organizations will join the effort. The center, to be located in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood, is expected to employ approximately 30 staff members, consisting of full time research faculty, graduate fellows, and student interns recruited from the State’s local universities. Talent for the center will be staffed through partnerships with local educational institutions and led by experts in each respective research area.

The center will primarily focus on research that addresses emerging issues in public and fiscal policy research. This will include the development of analytical tools that leverage proprietary and public financial data to assist in revenue estimating, consumer behavior forecasting, budget development, policy design, and innovation in digital commerce.

Among the institutions First Data will work with to develop data-driven innovative policy solutions is the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) at Brown University – a state-of-the-art research lab with more than 30 behavioral economists, data scientists, and policy analysts dedicated to unlocking the power of data and science to improve policy, alleviate poverty, and increase economic opportunity.

“At First Data, we are committed to driving forward the future of commerce. This partnership will give us access to the best and brightest minds from within Rhode Island’s borders, building on years of research and development experience at First Data,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO, First Data. “Governor Raimondo’s statewide government innovation and policy research initiatives, combined with Rhode Island’s role as an academic hub in New England, uniquely positions the state as a location for the center.”

“Rhode Island has maintained a long history of regional leadership in finance. Now, Rhode Island is partnering with the industry leader in commerce technology, First Data, to drive the latest solutions for government innovation,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “We are excited to be a part of this new initiative that pairs some of our best resources with First Data’s expertise.”

The global market for predictive analytics and big data is expected to grow radically in the next three years. Estimates from the International Data Corporation predict the market will grow from US$130.1 billion as of 2016 to a projected $203 billion by 2020. The smart government center will leverage First Data’s expertise within the FinTech industry and its premier data and analytics capabilities to produce research and analytical tools with government applications. The tools developed by the center will be designed for eventual use by other local and state government agencies through pilot programs.

The placement of the center in Providence provides a distinct geographic advantage. Providence serves as a financial hub for the surrounding region, with many companies and banks that maintain a major presence in the city. Rhode Island is also home to Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public affairs and the recently-founded Government Innovation League, a government incubator founded under the Raimondo administration. The smart government innovation center would help to develop tools for agencies across all levels of government, with the goal of producing an impact that would be felt at the local and national level.

First Data’s Government Solutions group offers a unique combination of government program experience and technology expertise to help government organizations meet the demand for lower costs, as well as more efficient and effective government service.

About First Data

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

Media Contact:
Liidia Liuksila
212-515-0174
Liidia.liuksila@firstdata.com

Source: First Data

Amazon.com to open a new fulfillment center in Jefferson, Georgia

Hiring starts today for hundreds of associate positions

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Jefferson, Georgia. When opened, Amazon will create 1,000 new full-time jobs at the facility. The company currently has more than 1,500 full-time employees at its existing facilities in the state.

“Georgia has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations. “Our new fulfillment center in Jefferson will create 1,000 full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one of employment.”

Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items for customers like household furniture, sporting equipment and gardening tools, to name a few.

“It’s a great day in Georgia when one of the world’s top global brands announces they will be creating 1,000 jobs in Jackson County,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Not only is this fulfillment center important to the community and its citizens, but is a testament to our seamless logistics infrastructure which is so critically important to companies like Amazon.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“The City of Jefferson welcomes Amazon to the wonderful family of companies doing business in Jefferson and Jackson County,” said Jefferson Mayor Roy Plott. “We feel extremely fortunate for the investment and jobs that Amazon brings to our community. Amazon is a leading edge technology company and internet retailer who is a great corporate citizen in the communities they locate.”

Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

“Amazon’s second investment in Jackson County in less than a year speaks to the quality of our workforce and to our strategic location on the I-85 corridor,” said Jim Shaw, president of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. “We expect Amazon, one of the world’s most successful companies, to be a great corporate citizen in Jefferson and we look forward to building a successful community partnership.”

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazondelivers.jobs.

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.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com

VITORIA-GASTEIZ WINE CITY y EROSKI presentan una bota reciclable como alternativa al vidrio para las fiestas de La Blanca

VITORIA-GASTEIZ WINE CITY y EROSKI presentan una bota reciclable como alternativa al vidrio para las fiestas de La Blanca

 

  • Bajo el lema “Ez bota la bota” presentan un envase medioambientalmente sostenible
  • Tendrá un precio de venta simbólico de 0,50 euros, cuya recaudación irá destinada íntegramente a una organización sin ánimo de lucro
  • Con esta propuesta se pretende dar continuidad a la tradición de las fiestas eliminando el uso del vidrio

ELORRIO,España, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — La asociación Vitoria-Gasteiz Wine City y EROSKI han presentado esta mañana en el palacio Villasuso de Vitoria-Gasteiz, bajo el lema “Ez bota la bota”, una propuesta de una bota de plástico, reciclable y reutilizable como alternativa al vidrio para las fiestas de La Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteiz. Con un precio venta simbólico de 0,50 euros, unas 12.000 unidades de este envase alternativo se pondrán a la venta en toda la red de supermercados e hipermercados EROSKI de la capital alavesa a partir del próximo julio. Toda la recaudación se destinará íntegramente a una organización sin ánimo de lucro.

Vitoria-Gazteiz Wine City y EROSKI se han unido para dar una solución medioambientalmente sostenible con esta propuesta, que a su vez pretende dar continuidad a la tradición de recibir a Celedón el próximo 4 de agosto en la plaza de la Virgen Blanca.

Por su parte, desde la Asociación Vitoria Gasteiz Wine City han valorado positivamente la participación de EROSKI en esta iniciativa, con quien ya colaboraron en la Carrera de Barricas el año pasado. ”Nos parecía un compañero perfecto por la proximidad y por tener la red de tiendas con más puntos de venta en nuestro territorio y ser más accesible al público en general”, expresa Valentín Basáñez, vicepresidente de la asociación Vitoria Gasteiz Wine City.

“Desde EROSKI creemos que es una buena alternativa para disfrutar de la fiesta   y permite continuar con la tradición de recibir a Celedón. Así mismo,  el carácter reutilizable y reciclable del recipiente responde a nuestro compromiso con la sostenibilidad medioambiental”, ha señalado el director de Relaciones Institucionales de EROSKI, Josean Yela.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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ShopRite LPGA Classic by Acer extended through 2023

The 28th staging of the tournament is set for May 29 – June 4 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

Galloway, NJ, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp., Eiger Marketing Group and the LPGA today (May 31, 2017) announced a five-year sponsorship extension that will extend ShopRite’s commitment to the tournament through 2023. Originally known as the Atlantic City Classic, the tournament began in 1986 and was officially changed to the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1992 when Wakefern Food Corp. became the title sponsor.

This year’s event marks Wakefern’s 26th year as a supporter of women’s professional golf. In 2016, ShopRite was recognized with the Commissioner’s Award signifying its long-standing commitment to the LPGA.

“We’re thrilled that the ShopRite LPGA Classic has been extended through 2023,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Over the past 25+ years, ShopRite has become family to the LPGA and Atlantic City feels like home. We are excited that our partnership with Wakefern will allow this tradition to continue for many years to come.”

“We are proud of our long running partnership with the LPGA and commitment to this great golfing event,” said Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., the marketing and distribution arm of ShopRite. “The annual tournament features the world’s top female golfers while also raising money for a variety of charities and community-based organizations. We look forward to a future filled with more great golf and good work with our friends at the LPGA.”

ShopRite has donated more than $30 million to healthcare and hunger-fighting organizations during its partnership with the LPGA. Dozens of local charities and community-based support groups receive grants each year from ShopRite as part of the relationship.

One of the most popular stops on the LPGA Tour, the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is home to Golf’s Largest Pro-Am and each year attracts 65,000 fans to Atlantic County. The event has crowned legends of the game including Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb. All three rounds of competition are televised on Golf Channel in more than 170 countries.

“This commitment shows ShopRite’s steadfast support of the LPGA and the communities in which they do business,” said Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the tournament and Managing Partner at Eiger Marketing Group, which owns and operates the event. “We look forward to doing our part in enhancing the largest annual sporting event in the region and continuing this incredible charitable legacy.”

The 2017 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer takes place May 29 – June 4 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

About the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the LPGA tour. It is held annually in Atlantic City and features 144 of the world’s best female golfers competing over three rounds for a $1.5 million purse. The event, owned and operated by Eiger Marketing Group, is held on the Bay Course at prestigious Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. recalls select Golden Temple®, Swad®, and Maya® flour products in the U.S.

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. recalls select Golden Temple®, Swad®, and Maya® flour products in the U.S.

 

Markham, ON Canada, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. today announced a voluntary recall on specific production codes of Golden Temple®, Swad®, and Maya® flour products in the U.S. due to possible E. coli 0121 contamination.

The impacted product was produced by Ardent Mills located in Saskatoon, SK Canada. Additional flour and flour products have been voluntarily recalled in Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as part of their ongoing E. Coli investigation.

No other Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. products distributed in the U.S. are affected by this recall.

Impacted product is packaged in 20 lb. paper bags and was distributed nationwide to 19 distributors and two small retailers.

Some strains of E. coli create potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The condition can lead to serious kidney failure and even death. Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

There are no reported illnesses to date associated with the U.S. product recall.

If you have any of the products listed below, please dispose of them immediately. Consumers with impacted product are urged to contact the company at 1-888-569-6728 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET for a product replacement coupon.

Product Description Size UPC Code Lot Codes Best By Date
Maya® Durum Wheat Atta Flour 20 lbs 0 20843 10001 9 6 286 548
6 287 548
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
Swad® Durum Atta Flour Chappati Flour 20 lbs 0 51179 16030 9 6 294 548
6 299 548
6 300 548
6 308 548
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
No BIUB on Bag
Golden Temple® #1 Fine Durum Atta Flour Blend 20 lbs 0 59000 40540 7 6 286 548
6 299 548
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Golden Temple® Durum Atta Flour Blend 20 lbs 0 59000 41556 7 6 287 548
6 288 548
6 294 548
6 295 548
6 300 548
6 301 548
6 306 548
6 307 548
6 308 548
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Jan 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018
Best if Use By Feb 2018

The FDA offers these tips for safe flour handling and usage:

  • Recalled products should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and discarded.
  • Do not eat any raw cookie dough, cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers Contact:

1-888-569-6728

Source: FDA

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Whole Foods Market introduces 11 wines curated for the season for its new “Sommelier Selects” program

Whole Foods Market introduces 11 wines curated for the season for its new “Sommelier Selects” program

 

Company’s in-house expert curates 11 wines for “Sommelier Selects” program, all less than $18

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 31, 2017), Whole Foods Market is launching a new “Sommelier Selects” program in stores, featuring wines curated for the season by the retailer’s Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie. Beginning with bottles for summer, Devon picked each wine to pair exceptionally well with the flavors of the season and offer exciting, foolproof choices for shoppers.

These choices are all less than $18 for a 750 mL bottle, with the exception of a special 1.5 L Magnum of rosé. The “Sommelier Selects” list also highlights leading wine trends like large-format bottles, high-quality canned sangria and chillable reds.

Whole Foods Market is the only national retailer with a Master Sommelier, and Broglie is one of only 236 people in the world to hold the title. Devon’s “Sommelier Selects” include:

Le Pillon Gascogne – “So good, we bought it all! It’s like biting into a freshly picked green apple.”

Bieler Family Daisy Pinot Grigio Blend – “This is THE white wine lover’s wine. Intense, peachy, racy. Perfect outside with ceviche or fish tacos.”

El Terrano Albariño – “You can’t find this anywhere else. Zippy, fresh. Yes to paella, grilled shrimp or tapas.”

West Side Wine Co. Chardonnay – “Pairs with beach blankets! Pineapple and vanilla, touch of spritz. Sip it cold, right out of the can.”

Charles & Charles Rosé – “Ten glasses of wine in each magnum — party on! Spicy, floral, fresh berries. I like it with Mediterranean food… or fried chicken.” To celebrate National Rosé Day on June 10, this wine will be on sale for $5 off that day.

Monterustico Piemonte Rosso – “Amazing quality from one of the best producers out there. Intense structure. More, please.”

OTWC (Oregon Trails Wine Company) Pinot Noir – “Grilling salmon? This is your go-to. Rosemary, plum and just a hint of cherry cola.”

Bodini Cielo Rojo Red Blend – “We had to buy it all! Rich and fruity. Incredible with carne asada or grilled sausage.”

Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon – “You can put this up against way more expensive wines any day. A classic Paso Robles cab — dense, ripe, toasty. Yes with flank steak.”

Vacanze Italiane Prosecco – “A Sparkler for Fourth of July! Peach and apricot notes are off the charts. Perfect summertime refresher.”

Begonia Sangria – “Going on a boat this summer? You need this. Fruity, easy drinking and fun. Everything you want from sangria.”

These bottles will be featured at all Whole Foods Market stores throughout the summer, and a new “Sommelier Selects” list will be available during the winter holidays.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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CBL & Associates Properties President and CEO Stephen D. Lebovitz to present at REITWeek 2017: NAREIT’s Investor Forum

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) announced that it will provide an online audio simulcast of the presentation given by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Lebovitz, to the investment community at REITWeek 2017: NAREIT’s Investor Forum in New York City. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

The live audio broadcast of CBL’s panel presentation will be available online at cblproperties.com or https://reitstream.com/reitweek2017/cblproperties. The online replay will follow shortly after the presentation ends and continue for 30 days.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 123 properties, including 80 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 76.9 million square feet including 5.9 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

Contact:
Katie Reinsmidt
423-490-8301
EVP – Chief Investment Officer
katie.reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

7‑Eleven® and local police departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to reward kids for good behavior

Local Police Departments will Receive Millions of FREE Slurpee Coupons To Reward Kids for Good Behavior

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer, thousands of local law enforcement officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids across the U.S. For the 22nd year, 7‑Eleven® is working with police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.

During 2017, 7‑Eleven will issue up to 1.33 million Slurpee coupons to almost 1,000 law enforcement agencies which, in turn, will distribute most of those during the summer months and back-to-school season.

“The Suffolk County Police Department’s partnership with 7‑Eleven’s Operation Chill®program is a unique way for our officers to engage with the youth in our county,” Suffolk County, New York, Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini stated. “Interacting with our community’s children in positive ways is an important element of what our officers do daily. We appreciative 7‑Eleven’s commitment to providing an additional way for officers to make a positive impact and look forward to our eighth year  ‘ticketing’ young children and teens when caught doing acts of kindness.”

Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relationships with the young people of their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a community- or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for being a good kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

Begun in Philadelphia to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens, Operation Chill has expanded to cities across the country. Since the program’s inception in 1995, more than 19 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7‑Eleven operates stores.

“Year after year, Operation Chill is our most popular community service program,” said Mark Stinde, vice president of asset protection for 7‑Eleven. “Kids love Slurpee drinks, and police officers love having a reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon as a reward for doing something good. And we, at 7‑Eleven, love helping them make those important connections in the community.”

7‑Eleven’s proprietary Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated beverage has generational appeal with slurpers both young and old. More than a half-million Slurpee drinks are purchased each day during the summer at 7‑Eleven stores across the country. This summer’s flavors include Chrome Cotton Candy and, for Slurpee Lite, sugar-free Watermelon Lime made with all natural flavors.

For the full 7‑Eleven, Inc. Operation Chill 2017 participation list, please contact media@7-11.com.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 62,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

PENNY verschenkt am Internationalen Kindertag 400.000 Äpfel

PENNY verschenkt am Internationalen Kindertag 400.000 Äpfel

 

1. Juni stellt Bedürfnisse und Rechte von Kindern sowie Jugendlichen in den Mittelpunkt

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seit der Wiedervereinigung rückt nicht nur der Weltkindertag (20.09.) die Rechte und Bedürfnisse von Kindern in den Mittelpunkt des öffentlichen Interesses, sondern auch der Internationale Kindertag am 1. Juni. Trotz unterschiedlichen Ursprungs und Tradition wollen beide Gedenktage Kindern und Jugendlichen die Gelegenheit geben, auf ihre Vorstellungen, Wünsche und Ängste aufmerksam zu machen. So lautet das Motto des Weltkindertages 2017 „Kindern eine Stimme geben!“.

PENNY verteilt zu diesem Anlass in ganz Deutschland in allen 2.150 Märkten kostenlos rund 400.000 PRO PLANET-Äpfel aus nachhaltigem Anbau. „Mit der Aktion wollen wir zum einen zeigen, dass auch in Deutschland für viele Kinder Obst noch immer nicht zum täglichen Essen gehört, weil es sich die Eltern nicht leisten können. Zum anderen zeigen wir, dass wir mit Blick auf die kommenden Generationen verpflichtet sind, unseren Kindern und Enkelkindern eine lebenswerte Welt zu hinterlassen. Nachhaltigkeit ist dazu ein Schlüssel. PENNY engagiert sich seit Jahren auf vielen Ebenen für dieses Zukunftsthema. Zum Beispiel mit dem Förderkorb, der gezielt Vereine unterstützt, die sich für Kinder und Jugendliche engagieren. Auf diesem Weg wollen wir gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden weiter gehen“, begründet Stefan Magel, COO PENNY, den bundesweiten Aktionstag.

PENNY Förderkorb für gemeinnützige Vereine in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit

Das Förderkorb-Projekt rief PENNY 2015 zunächst in Hamburg ins Leben. Mehr als 140.000 Kunden stimmten in der Hansemetropole für ihren jeweiligen Lieblingsverein ab. Bereits im vergangenen Jahr gab es jeweils einen Förderkorb in Köln, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim und München. Hier waren gemeinnützige Vereine, die sich für Kinder und Jugendarbeit engagieren, eingeladen, sich um einen von insgesamt vier Förderpreisen in Gesamthöhe von 12.000 Euro zu bewerben. Aus den Vereinen mit den meisten Stimmen wählte eine mehrköpfige Jury von unabhängigen Fachleuten aus dem Bereich der sozialen Verantwortung drei Gewinner pro Stadt. Zusätzlich belohnte die Jury besonderes Engagement jeweils eines Vereins pro Stadt mit einem Sonderpreis in Höhe von 3.000 Euro. Insgesamt belief sich die Fördersumme auf 84.000 Euro (www.foerderkorb.penny.de). 2017 wird der Förderkorb auf die Metropolregionen Rhein-Ruhr, Rhein-Main, Rhein-Neckar, Berlin-Brandenburg, Chemnitz-Zwickau, Hamburg-Umland, Hannover/Braunschweig/Göttingen/Wolfsburg und München-Umland ausgeweitet.
Über PENNY
PENNY erzielte 2016 allein in Deutschland mit rund 2.150 Filialen und 27.000 Mitarbeitern einen Umsatz von über sieben Milliarden Euro.

Contact:
PENNY-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

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