NCR Corporation Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti to deliver the keynote presentation at ATM Cash & Innovation Europe 2017

Duluth, Ga. & LONDON, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (June 1, 2017) announced that Bill Nuti, Chairman and CEO, will deliver the keynote presentation at the ATM Industry Association’s flagship European industry conference, ATM Cash & Innovation Europe 2017. The event takes place on June 13-14, 2017 in London.

On June 13, Bill Nuti’s keynote presentation will reflect on the 50-year history of ATM innovation, NCR’s pioneering role as an industry solutions provider and the role of ATMs in the connected economy.  NCR will also showcase its latest technology at booth 29-32 in the exhibition hall, including the NCR SelfServ 80 Series, Vision, CxMarketing and Opticash.

“To be able to welcome Bill Nuti as the Keynote speaker of the new Flagship conference of ATMIA Europe is a real honour,” said Ron Delnevo, Executive Director, ATMIA Europe. “His experience and wisdom will illuminate proceedings, as he spearheads the finest group of speakers who have ever gathered for an ATM industry event.”

The newly-renamed event will build on the ATMIA’s long-established ATM event success by bringing together retail banks, independent ATM deployers, network processors, vendors, cash management and service providers in one location. Jointly managed by ATMIA and Reconnaissance, the event will also reflect the evolution of the market, the emergence of new technologies and the importance now attached to generating efficiencies in the entire cash cycle, for both notes and coins, of which ATMs can be a key part.

About the ATM Industry Association
The ATM Industry Association is a global not-for-profit trade association, with over 9000 members from around 650 companies in 67 countries. Its mission is to promote ATM convenience, growth and usage worldwide; protect the ATM industry’s assets, interests, goodname and public trust; and provide education, best practices, political voice and networking opportunities for member organisations.

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:
Aaron Gould
NCR Public Relations
212.589.8556
aaron.gould@ncr.com

Elizabeth Jones
ATMIA@withpr.co.uk
+44(0)2072497769

Source:  NCR Corporation

Chairish and eBay join forces to introduce new feature for Chairish sellers called One & Done™

Chairish and eBay join forces to introduce new feature for Chairish sellers called One & Done™

 

The integration allows Chairish sellers to expand the reach of their listings to eBay’s 169 million active buyers through a new feature called One & Done™.

San Jose, California, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 1, 2017) Chairish, the trusted home decor marketplace and eBay, one of the world’s largest marketplaces, have joined forces to introduce a new feature for Chairish sellers called One & Done™.

Thanks to a new seamless integration with eBay’s API, Chairish’s One & Done™ technology allows Chairish sellers to seamlessly list inventory on both Chairish and eBay with just one step.

To opt in, qualified Chairish sellers simply check a box for eligible items they wish to sell on eBay via One & Done™, and they’re able to list and manage those items through Chairish.

With Chairish’s One & Done™ technology, sellers can simply access both Chairish’s targeted audience of passionate home design lovers, as well as the broad reach of eBay’s 169 million-strong active buyers worldwide.

With this integration, eBay shoppers will benefit from Chairish’s unique, curated and stylish inventory, including art, lamps & lighting, rugs, home accents, and more at stores.ebay.com/Chairish. Chairish will be regularly curating collections of chic home decor finds that will be offered in Chairish’s eBay store, and promoted within the eBay Home category.

“As an online technology leader, eBay continues to bolster partner relationships that benefit customers across the globe,” said Alyssa Steele, DMM for Home & Garden at eBay. “We take great pride in having the widest selection of inventory for buyers to shop from. After all, a home décor item is purchased every nine seconds on eBay in the US alone.[1] This new integration brings unique one-of-a-kind home decor inventory from Chairish enthusiasts direct to millions of passionate eBay shoppers.”

“Everyday we think about how Chairish can help our sellers with faster and easier ways to sell,” said Eric Grosse, Co-founder and President of Chairish. “We’re excited to introduce One & Done™ with our partner eBay to help our sellers easily expand their online shopping audience.”

For more information, visit stores.ebay.com/Chairish and follow @eBay and @chairishco on social.

eBay By the Numbers

  • eBay, Inc. has 169 million active buyers worldwide
  • 80% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
  • Approximately 1.1 billion listings at any given time
  • A home décor item is purchased on eBay mobile every 9 sec

About Chairish

Viva la Vintage! Chairish is the largest and fastest growing online marketplace for the best of vintage and pre-owned furniture and decor. Chairish offers over 150,000 curated items for sale from individuals, beloved vintage shops and interior designers. The site and its award winning mobile app make it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell curator-approved vintage furniture, decor and art in a full-service and trustworthy environment. The site delivers inspiration, convenience, and newfound value to both buyers and sellers who share an obsession with fabulous finds.

Contact:
(408) 376-7400

Source: eBay

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Office Depot to sell its business in mainland China to Shanghai M&G COLIPU Office Supplies Co., Ltd

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (June 2, 2017) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its business in mainland China to Shanghai M&G COLIPU Office Supplies Co., Ltd. Office Depot had previously disclosed its intention to sell substantially all of its international businesses under a process that began in 2016.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close within the next several months.

About Purchaser

Shanghai M&G COLIPU Office Supplies Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Shanghai M&G Stationery INC., a China-based public company mainly engaged in the manufacture and sale of writing instruments and both student and office stationery.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations, cash flow or financial condition, or state other information relating to, among other things, Office Depot, based on current beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “propose” or other similar words, phrases or expressions, or other variations of such words. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of Office Depot’s control. There can be no assurances that Office Depot will realize these expectations or that these beliefs will prove correct, and therefore investors and stockholders should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other things, impacts and risks related to the termination of the Staples acquisition, disruption in key business activities or any impact on Office Depot’s relationships with third parties as a result of the announcement of the termination of the Staples Merger Agreement; unanticipated changes in the markets for Office Depot’s business segments; the inability to realize expected benefits from the disposition of the European and other international operations; fluctuations in currency exchange rates, unanticipated downturns in business relationships with customers or terms with the company’s suppliers; competitive pressures on Office Depot’s sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material, energy and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the introduction of competing technology products and services; unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation, dispute resolutions or settlement expenses; new laws, tariffs and governmental regulations. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and stockholders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Office Depot does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Investor Relations
Richard.Leland@officedepot.com

AnneMarie Mathews
561-438-6710
Media Relations
AnnMarie.Mathews@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

A.F. Blakemore’s Peter Blakemore presented the Adriaan van Well Medal for his outstanding contribution to SPAR International

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peter Blakemore, Managing Director of A.F. Blakemore and Son Ltd, has been presented the Adriaan van Well Medal for his outstanding contribution to SPAR International, the world’s largest food retail voluntary chain.

A.F. Blakemore and Son was founded in 1917 when Arthur and Harriet Blakemore opened a counter-service grocery store in Wolverhampton.  Peter joined the family business in 1965 and is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company. During his tenure, the organisation has enjoyed a prolonged period of expansion and growth, so that it is now the 39th largest privately owned business in the UK.

Today, the 100-year-old company consists of nine trading divisions spanning across the retail, wholesale, food service, logistics and shop fitting sectors. It employs more than 8,100 people and owns and operates 300 SPAR convenience stores. In addition, A.F Blakemore runs 14 cash and carry depots, with six major distribution centres located across the Midlands, South Wales, East Sussex and Yorkshire.

Throughout his career, Peter has promoted the independent sector of the wholesale and retail food industry, supporting independent small business community stores throughout the country. The company works with almost 800 independently owned SPAR stores, many of which are owned and operated by family businesses themselves.

Peter Blakemore has played an integral part in the growth of SPAR UK and the rise of the convenience retail sector, serving as a director on the SPAR UK Board for more than 40 years with 20 years as the Chairman of the Board. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of SPAR International for 12 years.

Adriaan van Well was an innovative Dutch wholesaler who founded SPAR in the Netherlands in 1932. Van Well had a clear vision and was inspired by a simple philosophy – independent wholesalers and retailers can achieve more by working together.

Speaking about award, Managing Director of SPAR International Tobias Wasmuht said: “The van Well Medal is the highest honour within the worldwide SPAR organization. “In over 85 years of SPAR’s proud history, the van Well medal has been awarded only 23 times in recognition of individuals whose contribution to the SPAR has been exemplary and personify the SPAR values and ideals that all shall benefit from mutual co-operation as set out by our founder and the first person to be recognized by the van Well medal, Mr. Adriaan van Well himself. Peter has contributed greatly to SPAR in the UK and Internationally. His extraordinary energy and enthusiasm and commitment to his colleagues, his customers, his community and SPAR International exemplifies this principle.”

Peter Blakemore steps down from the Board of SPAR International. His position will be taken by Dominic Hall, Deputy Managing Director James Hall & Co. Ltd and Chairman of the National Guild of SPAR. The appointment was made at the Shareholders Meeting in Gran Canaria on 17th May.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

MANGO House space at Primavera Sound: Innovation, music and fashion converge in an experience-themed space

Barcelona, 2017-Jun-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO proposes experiencing the musical event of the year in a different way.Yesterday (May 31,2017), the brand opened its MANGO House space at Primavera Sound with an event attended by collaborators and friends, including Alma Jodorowsky, Daria Malygina, Steffy Argelich, Sophie Auster, Blanca Miró and Miguel Carrizo, among others.They all enjoyed a Californian-style BBQ accompanied by a session by the DJ Miqui Puig.

MANGO House is combining fashion and musical history in the same space.Its modern architecture and the use of wood give the installation a relaxed atmosphere, in the style of a recording studio.To recreate this cosy atmosphere, selected items of furniture and simple lines were used.

The house brings together a series of experience-themed actions and will be open to the public at Primavera Sound.Those attending will be able to enjoy a trip to deserted beaches thanks to virtual reality, select the music for the space, play Arcade machines,pinball or table tennis and photograph themselves in a photo booth.If they wish, they can share these moments on social media via free Wi-Fi access throughout the installation.In MANGO House there will also be a place to relax, either in the different areas of the house or in the hammocks in the garden zone.What is more, Nikki Lane, Weyes Blood and Núria Graham will offer acoustic concerts during the three days of the festival.

Contact:
T. +34 938 602 222

Source: Mango

Signet Jewelers extends its “Conflict-Free” reporting under Section 1502 for four consecutive years

Signet Jewelers extends its “Conflict-Free” reporting under Section 1502 for four consecutive years

 

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) (NYSE:SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, recently submitted its fourth consecutive Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC in accordance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Signet was one of only four companies to have its Gold “Conflict-Free” filing with the SEC independently audited in line with the Section 1502 requirements in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Now Signet has extended its “Conflict-Free” reporting under Section 1502 for a fourth consecutive year.

Signet believes that a responsible, conflict-free supply chain is fundamental to the reputation of the jewelry industry. Signet is, therefore, committed to continuing our longstanding efforts to advance responsible sourcing throughout the global jewelry industry supply chain.

Coupled with Signet’s efforts to source “conflict free” gold, we also aim to lead the continuous improvement in the integrity of the global jewelry supply chain. To this end, over the last four years, our accomplishments include:

  • Signet is one of the founding members of the OECD’s Multi-Stakeholder Group which developed the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains on Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas and which has been active in its further development and implementation. Signet is also a member of OECD’s expert working group developing the OECD Minerals Handbook covering guidance for all minerals.
  • We have collaboratively developed and launched the “open source” Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocols for Gold, 3Ts, Diamonds, Silver and Platinum Group Metals. We are actively developing a Protocol for Colored Gemstones, thereby covering all of the main materials used in the fine jewelry industry.
  • We have instituted a process of on-going dialogue and collaboration within the jewelry industry, governments, civil society, and other organizations, which has contributed to the consistency and harmonization of responsible sourcing standards for the jewelry industry and beyond.
  • Signet is the first major non-electronics industry company to be a member and support development of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative.
  • Signet’s position as a Founding and Certified Member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has enabled us to encourage all of our Suppliers to become RJC members as well. The total number of Signet Suppliers who are RJC members has more than quintupled since 2014. Moreover, harmonization of industry standards with Signet’s Protocols has resulted in more efficient and consistent verification of responsible sourcing standards across the jewelry industry.

Signet believes that Section 1502 has been a global driving force in the supply chains of 3TG to establish and maintain responsible, conflict-free supply chains. Signet acknowledges that Section 1502 has had some unintended consequences leading some industry participants to avoid minerals from the DRC and neighboring countries. However, Signet believes that this can be corrected by amending Section 1502 to align with the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance, whereby US companies are required to undertake and report on due diligence in their supply chains in accordance with the OECD Guidance. Thus, supplies from these “covered countries” can be sourced providing they are verified and certified as “conflict-free.”

For additional information on Signet Jewelers’ Responsible Sourcing efforts, please see our 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report: http://www.signetjewelers.com/CSRreport2016

About Signet Jewelers:

Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples and Piercing Pagoda. Further information on Signet is available at www.signetjewelers.com. See also www.kay.com, www.zales.com, www.jared.com, www.hsamuel.co.ukwww.ernestjones.co.uk, www.peoplesjewellers.com and www.pagoda.com.

Investors:
James Grant
VP Investor Relations
1 330-668-5412
James.Grant@signetjewelers.com

Media:
David Bouffard
VP Corporate Affairs
1 330-668-5369
David.Bouffard@signetjewelers.com

Source: Signet Jewelers Limited

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Schnucks Bakery issues allergy alert on Cinnamon Pudding Half Cakes and Cake Slices that may contain walnuts

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schnucks Bakery, a St. Louis, Mo. establishment, is issuing an allergy alert on Cinnamon Pudding Half Cakes and Cake Slices because the products may contain walnuts that are not listed on the ingredient labels. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The cakes were sold in all 100 Schnucks retail stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Customers are urged to check for:

Schnucks Bakery Half Cinnamon Pudding Cake
UPC: 2-52594-20399-6
All sell-by dates up to and including June 12, 2017 (found on product label directly below price)

Schnucks Bakery Cinnamon Pudding Cake Slice
UPC: 2-52584-00199-1
All sell-by dates up to and including June 12, 2017 (found on product label directly below price)

Schnucks Bakery Sliced Pudding Cake Tray (variety pack that includes slices of the cinnamon cake)
UPC: 2-52680-50999-5
All sell-by dates up to and including June 12, 2017 (found on product label directly below price)

The allergen omission was brought to the company’s attention by a customer; however, there have been no reports of illness associated with consumption of these products to date.

Schnucks Customers who purchased the affected products from Schnucks Bakery departments are encouraged to return them to their nearest store for a full refund.

Those with questions regarding the recall should contact the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
senior communications specialist
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnucks

Sprouts Farmers Market CFO Brad Lukow to present at the Jefferies 2017 Global Consumer Conference

PHOENIX, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFM) today (June 01, 2017) announced that Brad Lukow, chief financial officer, will present at the Jefferies 2017 Global Consumer Conference in Nantucket, Mass. The presentation will begin at 9:30 AM EDT on June 20, 2017.

A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at investors.sprouts.com. A replay will be archived and available at the same location.

About Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 25,000 team members and operates more than 260 stores in 15 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Investor Contact:
Susannah Livingston
(602) 682-1584
susannahlivingston@sprouts.com

Media Contact:
Donna Egan
(602) 682-3152
media@sprouts.com

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market/globenewswire

McDonald’s Corporation announces Hubert Lee as the Developmental Licensee for its Taiwan market

Taipei, TAIWAN, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation today (Jun 01, 2017) announced Hubert Lee as the Developmental Licensee (DL) for its Taiwan market. Mr. Lee has a proven track record of business success across different industries including extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

“With today’s announcement in Taiwan, we are one step further to delivering early on our commitment to enhance local brand relevance and our customers’ restaurant experience through the refranchising of 4,000 restaurants around the world,” said McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Easterbrook.  “By identifying strategic partners who share our values and vision to accelerate our growth and scale across diverse markets, we will drive innovation and make us more relevant to our customers and the communities we serve.”

McDonald’s entered into a Multi Unit Franchise Agreement for the Taiwan market with De Yu Co. Ltd. (De Yu), a consortium of investors led by Mr. Lee, with Mr. Lee holding a 70% controlling stake.  As the new DL, Mr. Lee will be actively involved in the McDonald’s business in Taiwan. Mr. Lee and De Yu assumed ownership of the McDonald’s business in Taiwan on June 1, 2017, including a total of nearly 400 restaurants, more than 90% of which were Company-owned.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the DL structure, McDonald’s transferred its ownership interest in McDonald’s Taiwan and granted a license to Mr. Lee to develop and operate the McDonald’s restaurants in this market.  The DL partner will provide the capital necessary to support and grow the business.

“We look forward to partnering with Mr. Lee and his team to take our brand to the next phase in Taiwan,” said Simone Hoyle, Head of McDonald’s Asia Foundational Markets. “Building on our existing brand strengths and high standards, I am confident that together, we will create many exciting opportunities through modernizing our restaurants, enhancing digital consumer engagement, and offering customers even more personalized service and a menu tailored to the local culture.”

Joanna Liu, will continue as Managing Director and will lead the day-to-day management of the Taiwan market. Ms. Liu started as a restaurant supervisor in Taiwan in 1984 and was Chief Operating Officer before she became Managing Director in December 2016.

“I am excited about joining a leading and world-class organization such as McDonald’s and working together with the team across Taiwan to make customer experience even more unique and innovative,” said Hubert Lee.  “I share the McDonald’s vision to delight customers with the taste and quality of our food and offer the highest level of service and convenience.”

Today’s announcement builds on McDonald’s refranchising commitments and will accelerate local ownership, enabling faster decision-making, quicker learning and stronger restaurant growth. With this transaction, McDonald’s is on track to refranchise 4,000 restaurants by the end of 2017, a full year ahead of schedule. Once completed, the company’s global franchised percentage is expected to reach approximately 93%.

About McDonald’s:
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 85% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.
McDonald’s has successfully utilized the DL ownership structure for more than 30 years in regions throughout the world including more than 80 individual countries with a portfolio of approximately 6,700 restaurants.

Media Contacts:
McDonald’s Communications
Terri Hickey
terri.hickey@us.mcd.com
630-623-5593

Source: McDonald’s Corporation

The Save Mart Companies announces retirement of Steve Junqueiro

Modesto, CA, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a remarkable 43 years of dedicated service with The Save Mart Companies, Steve Junqueiro has announced that he will retire on June 1. As he steps away from his day-to-day role, Steve will remain actively involved in the company by maintaining his position on The Save Mart Companies board of directors and joining The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation board of directors.

“I’m so grateful to The Save Mart Companies for the challenging and fulfilling career it has provided me over the years. I’ve sustained lifelong friendships here and have been fortunate to witness, participate in and lead many of the company’s defining moments. As we move through this new phase of The Save Mart Companies, I feel confident that the momentum, vision and energy we have today will carry the company to new heights. This is the right time for me to step aside, enjoy retirement with my family and smile knowing all that we have accomplished together here at The Save Mart Companies,” Steve explained.

Steve’s career with Save Mart began in 1974 as a produce clerk in Tracy #15 and Manteca #12. With his keen eye for merchandising and operational leadership, Steve quickly worked his way up through the business. In June 1994, Steve was promoted to Director of Produce and Floral to replace the retiring Frank Siciliani, the company’s first Produce Director. In June 2004, Bob asked Steve to join the Executive Committee and elevated him to Vice President of Operations. To oversee the huge acquisition in 2007, Steve became Executive Vice President. Since then, Steve has remained in executive roles including President and Chief Operating Officer.

“I’m so thankful for the many years of dedication and service that Steve has given to The Save Mart Companies and to my family. He’s been an integral part of the company’s success. I’m looking forward to working with Steve in this new capacity and wish him all the best during this exciting time in his life,” said Nicole Pesco.

Throughout his career, Steve has served on many industry and charitable boards including the Food Marketing Institute, California Grocers Association, Produce Marketing Association, Western Association of Food Chains, and the City of Hope. In 2011 Steve was inducted into the California Grocer’s Hall of fame. He has also received several industry and leadership accolades, including: 2000 Produce Merchandising’s 2000 Retailer of the Year, 2002 The Packer’s 2002 Produce Marketer of the Year, and the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award.

Steve and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 42 years. Their son Steven lives in Modesto with his wife Noemi and Steve’s four grandchildren: Sophia, Mia, Steven III and Michael. Their daughter Natalie and husband Randy, live in Southern California.

Operations & Supply Chain will report to the CEO

The office of the president will be absorbed by Nicole Pesco as the Chief Executive Officer. Frank Capps, Mike Haaf and Randy Slentz, the banner General Managers, as well as James Orr, Sr. Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, will now report to Nicole.

Greg Hill continues in role as Chief Financial Officer

With this strategic realignment, Greg Hill will continue in his role as Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for Finance, IT, Real Estate and Engineering. Greg joined TSMC in 2012 with extensive experience in corporate leadership, serving on executive teams for both private and public companies as chief financial officer, general manager, and chief executive officer.

Chris McGarry named Chief Administrative Officer

Chris McGarry has been named The Save Mart Companies Chief Administrative Officer, assuming responsibility for the Strategy Office and Strategic Execution, Human Resources, Legal and Labor Relations. Chris has served as the Strategy Office Lead with accountability for driving the work of the Strategy Reset. Before joining TSMC, Chris was with The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) for 12 years with his most recent role as the Chief Administrative Officer. Chris is a seasoned strategic advisor of boards of directors and senior executives with solid results in managing financial, legal, risk, real estate, human resources and other functional areas.

Source: Foodmaxx

Tesco introduces super-productive indoor tomato plant

Tesco introduces super-productive indoor tomato plant

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a dream shared by many people – growing your own tasty fruit and vegetables, but not everybody has a garden or the required space to do so.

Now a new unique and super-productive indoor tomato plant is being launched by Tesco aimed at helping people living in urban areas without gardens.

The mini tomato plant has been naturally developed over the last five years by produce experts who have bred together varieties to come up with one that is small, compact and most importantly very productive.

By following the care instructions the small, but powerful plants can each produce up to 150 delicious tomatoes with minimal fuss.

Tesco herb and vegetable buyer Phoebe Burgess said:

“We hope this remarkable little powerhouse of a plant will help all those people eager to grow their own vegetables but don’t have a garden or adequate growing space to do so.

“It really is the gift that keeps on giving and will help bring not only an abundance of delicious tasting tomatoes but a lot of fun in producing one of the UK’s favourite salad foods.

“Tomatoes are among the most popular fruit and vegetables to grow at home, but as even the most green-fingered of Brits know, the success of garden growing is often down to the weather, which in the UK can be quite unpredictable.

“The beauty of the mini tomato plant is that it’s so small it can fit on a small, sunlit window sill and doesn’t grow much over one foot tall.”

The popularity of fresh growing herbs and vegetable plants is on the increase in the UK with demand rising by nearly 10 per cent at Tesco in the last year.

Added Phoebe Burgess: “Picked off the plant when perfectly ripe, the bite-sized tomatoes are juicy with a classic sweet flavour.

“The plant already comes with about 10 tomatoes growing on it but my tip is that when the yellow flowers of the plant start to open, tickle them with your fingers to replicate pollination which will then encourage further production.”

The mini tomatoes are ideal as a healthy lunchbox snacking food, and are perfect in fresh summer salads or delicious pasta sauces.

The Mini Tomato Plant goes on sale this week priced at £4 and will be available in more than 300 Tesco stores across the UK.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701    

Source: Tesco

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Fraud Detect: First Data launches comprehensive fraud solution for merchants around the world

  • Fraud Detect strengthens line of defense for eCommerce, universal commerce, mobile, in-store, and at the pump fraudulent transactions
  • Leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning for real-time fraud scoring
  • In pilot test, Fraud Detect significantly reduced fraud risk for merchants

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, today (JUNE 1, 2017) announced the launch of Fraud Detect, a comprehensive fraud solution for merchants around the world. Fraud Detect leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning, fraud scoring, cybersecurity intelligence, and information from the Dark Web to provide merchants with the capability to detect fraudulent in-store, at the pump, online, mobile, and in-app transactions before they occur.

Each year, First Data powers trillions of dollars of transactions around the world, including $2.2 trillion in 2016. Using artificial intelligence, Fraud Detect analyzes those vast datasets to identify fraud and potential chargebacks. In parallel, Fraud Detect incorporates data from the Dark Web, a collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network, to enhance the power of the solution with information that would otherwise only be viewed by cybersecurity experts.

In a recent pilot, Fraud Detect identified and prevented fraud that was undetected by other solutions in the market. Overall, merchants in the pilot saw lower false positive rates and an 80% improvement in identifying fraudulent transactions before they occurred. Fraud Detect also scored and assessed transactions in less than half a second.

Fraud Detect is available for businesses of all sizes and is applicable to a wide variety of industries, including retailers, restaurants, petroleum companies, and service providers.

“With Fraud Detect, our clients have seen an unprecedented reduction in fraud risk, while increasing payment acceptance and creating a better customer experience,” said Steve Petrevski, Senior Vice President, Security and Fraud Solutions at First Data. “First Data is giving clients an unparalleled line of defense across all commerce channels, allowing these businesses to enhance the way they interact with their own customers.”

Fraud Detect includes:

  • Dynamic, real-time machine learning so clients can respond quickly to evolving threats
  • World-class, enhanced, customized solutions for mid-market and enterprise businesses
  • A “turnkey” solution for small businesses to implement enterprise-quality solutions
  • Ability to customize settings to tailor to business needs
  • A reporting and analytics dashboard with near real-time analysis
  • Consultative client support to assist with implementation and training
  • Managed services offerings including fraud analysts and fraud program management

One key area for Fraud Detect is eCommerce. According to Aite Group, eCommerce fraud is expected to reach $5.9 billion by 2020, nearly double what it amounts to today. Consequently, merchants seeking to expand their businesses across online and mobile channels are increasingly vulnerable to eCommerce fraud risk.

“As consumers demand frictionless shopping experiences, clients are increasingly turning to First Data to enhance customer engagement with universal commerce,” said Shane Fitzpatrick, Global Head of eCommerce at First Data. “We are able to help our clients move into new channels and offer unique commerce functions, while helping to mitigate their security and fraud risk.”

“Merchants are expanding into new commerce channels, and they want technology solutions that protect their customers and reduce their exposure to false declines, chargebacks, and fraud,” said Julie Conroy, Research Director at Aite Group. “The technologies behind Fraud Detect and First Data’s ability to identify fraudulent transactions in real time will provide significant value to businesses around the world.”

In recent years, First Data has made significant enhancements and investments to its fraud and security offerings. With its unique internal alignment across the cybersecurity and security and fraud teams, clients benefit from the combined assets and resources of all of the businesses. Fraud Detect adds to First Data’s expansive fraud and security portfolio, which includes TransArmor for tokenization and encryption, EMV point-of-sale devices, including the Clover hardware and software solution suite, and the DefenseEdge product suite for financial institutions.

For more information about Fraud Detect, please visit our website.

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 Contacts:
Liidia Liuksila
First Data
212-515-0174
Liidia.Liuksila@FirstData.com

Source: First Data

Carrefour partners with Aragon-based company Granja Virgen del Rosario for high-quality free-range eggs

Carrefour partners with Aragon-based company Granja Virgen del Rosario for high-quality free-range eggs

 

Spain: a new Carrefour Quality Line for eggs

Spain, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour has just entered into a partnership with Aragon-based company Granja Virgen del Rosario to provide all Carrefour stores with eggs produced in compliance with consumers’ expectations as far as animal welfare is concerned. The hens are reared out in the open, and innovations in the field of vaccination mean that antibiotics can be prohibited during the egg-laying season. They are free to roam around and consume locally-produced feeds.

This line is consistent with Carrefour’s international initiative to work alongside suppliers on transforming its product offering.

In Italy and Belgium, all Carrefour-brand eggs are from hens reared outdoors or in the open. In Belgium, preference is given to free-range hens. As of 1 March 2017, Carrefour Italy no longer sells eggs produced by battery-farm hens in its 477 consolidated stores. In its other franchised stores – which are already supplied exclusively with eggs produced by hens free to roam out in the open – awareness-raising initiatives are under way to ensure that all purchases are in compliance with sustainability requirements.

In France, all Carrefour-brand eggs will be produced using systems other than battery-farming by 2020. Carrefour is working closely alongside its suppliers to extend this initiative to all of the eggs it sells by 2025. To support these changes in egg farming methods, Carrefour is going to implement special 3-year minimum contracts with its Carrefour-brand suppliers to help them create new organic or open-air farms, or convert their existing battery farms.

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

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

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Kesko Corporation sold its K-maatalous business to Swedish Lantmännen

Helsinki, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Corporation has sold its K-maatalous business to Swedish Lantmännen ek för. The debt free price of the sale, structured as a share transaction, was €38.5 million.

Kesko’s strategic objective is to achieve growth in the Finnish grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade.

In 2016, the net sales of the K-maatalous business operations were €334 million and the operating profit was €5.3 million. The debt free price of the sale, structured as a share transaction, was €38.5 million and was paid in cash upon completion of the transaction. Kesko Corporation will record a profit of approximately €13 million on the disposal in the second quarter financial results for 2017. K-maatalous stores will continue operating under the retailer business model with Lantmännen.

On 11 April 2017, Kesko Corporation announced that it will sell its K-maatalous business in a stock exchange release. On 26 May 2017, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) announced that it will approve the disposal. The approval will not be subject to any conditions.

The disposal will not have an impact on Kesko Group’s outlook.

Further information:

Investors and analysts:
Kia Aejmelaeus
VP
Investor Relations
tel. +358 105 322 533
kia.aejmelaeus@kesko.fi

Media:
Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communications
tel. +358 105 323 495
riikka.toivonen@kesko.fi

Source: Kesko Corporation

CBL to release its second quarter earnings on Thursday, August 3, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) announced details for the release of its results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2017.

CBL plans to issue its earnings release for the second quarter after the market closes on Thursday, August 3, 2017, and will host a conference call on Friday, August 4, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  To access this interactive teleconference, dial (888) 317-6003 or (412) 317-6061 and enter the confirmation number, 6011729.  A replay of the conference call will be available through August 11, 2017, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317‑0088 and entering the confirmation number, 10107045.

The live broadcast of CBL’s quarterly conference call will be available online at cblproperties.com on Friday, August 4, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for three months.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
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.

SOURCE: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

FESBAL y EROSKI ponen en marcha la operación kilo de recogida de donaciones

FESBAL y EROSKI ponen en marcha la operación kilo de recogida de donaciones

 

  • La campaña se desarrollará en todos los hipermercados EROSKI y en su red de supermercados del País Vasco y Navarra
  • A la tradicional recogida de productos en tienda se suma la posibilidad de compra de vales por valor de 5 € que se adquieren en caja y con los que después los Bancos de Alimentos adquirirán los productos más necesarios
  • EROSKI colabora desde hace más de 20 años con FESBAL

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mañana viernes arrancará la campaña Operación Kilo que la Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos (FESBAL)  y  EROSKI organizan con el fin de recaudar las donaciones con las que los consumidores quieren colaborar para ayudar a los colectivos más desfavorecidos. La iniciativa, que se prolongará hasta el sábado, se llevará a cabo en todos los hipermercados de EROSKI y en su red de supermercados del País Vasco y Navarra.

En esta edición, como ya se puso en marcha en la anterior, habrá dos modalidades de donación, la entrega física tradicional de productos y la recogida vía vales de 5 euros que los consumidores pueden adquirir a su paso por caja. Al término de la campaña, la cantidad obtenida a través de los vales quedará a disposición de los Bancos de Alimentos para adquirir los productos que consideren más convenientes y necesarios.

“Un año más, apelamos a la solidaridad de nuestros clientes con los colectivos más necesitados. Por nuestra parte, desde EROSKI trasladaremos nuestro apoyo a la inestimable labor que realizan los Bancos de Alimentos sumando una aportación adicional del 7% sobre el total de la donación realizada por los clientes”, ha explicado el director de Salud y Sostenibilidad de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

“La Operación Kilo es importante para los Bancos de Alimentos, porque nos permite distribuir productos y alimentos a los colectivos más necesitados. Por ello, queremos agradecer la larga colaboracion de EROSKI con los Bancos de Alimentos con un compromiso contra el despilfarro de alimentos que está, además en la esencia del espíritu de ambas organizaciones”, ha afirmado el presidente de la Federación Española de Bancos de Alimentos, Nicolás Palacios.

Más de 2.600 toneladas de alimentos fueron donadas por los clientes de EROSKI a través de las campañas de recogida llevadas a cabo en 2016 en la red comercial EROSKI en favor de FESBAL.

Más de 20 años de colaboración con los Bancos de Alimentos

EROSKI inició su colaboracion con los Bancos de Alimentos en 1996 a propuesta del Banco de Alimentos de Bizkaia y de los propios consumidores que demandaban a la cooperativa iniciativas solidarias direigidas a colectivos desfavorecidos y personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Así, nacieron ese mismo año las campañas “Operación Kilo” de recogida de alimentos en las tiendas EROSKI.

Posteriormente, EROSKI inició su programa de donacion de alimentos envasados cercanos a su fecha de consumo preferente pero todavía aptos para su consumo con total seguridad alimentaria. Hoy este programa de EROSKI y los Bancos de Alimentos continúa vigente con el compromiso “Desperdicio Cero” de no tirar ningun alimento que sea apto para el consumo en toda si red de hipermercados y supermercados.

Con el inicio de las primeras consecuencias de la crisis económica, EROSKI y FESBAL extendieron este programa a los alimentos frescos, para lo que fue necesario redefinir la logistica de donación con el fin de mantener la cadena de frío y asegurar que los alimentos donados lleguen con total seguridad alimentaria a sus destinatarios.

La cooperativa ha sido reconocida con el “ Premio Espiga de Oro”, el máximo galardón que otorga la Federacion Española de Banco de Alimentos (FESBAL) a aquellas organizaciones que destacan por su colaboracion en la redistribución solidaria de los excelentes alimentarios.

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

Source: Eroski

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EROSKI baja los precios de forma permanente en miles de productos

EROSKI baja los precios de forma permanente en miles de productos

 

  • Las bajadas de precio alcanzan los 7.000 productos en los grandes hipermercados y superan los 1.000 en los pequeños supermercados
  • Las bajadas de precios son fruto de las mejoras conquistadas por EROSKI en su cadena de valor
  • Durante el pasado año, EROSKI trasladó a las familias 260 millones de ahorro a través de ofertas y promociones cada vez más personalizadas

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI baja el precio a miles de productos en sus supermercados e hipermercados, dando un paso más en su compromiso con el ahorro de los consumidores. Los clientes de la cooperativa se beneficiarán de precios más competitivos hasta en 7.000 artículos en el caso de los grandes hipermercados y en más de 1.000 en los supermercados más pequeños. Las bajadas de precio se han aplicado a artículos habituales en la cesta de la compra.

El plan estratégico de EROSKI pone el foco para los próximos años en la competitividad de sus tiendas y sitúa al Socio Cliente en el centro de todas las decisiones. EROSKI apuesta en esta ocasión por una bajada generalizada de sus precios, sobre las que se seguirán descontando tanto las ofertas dirigidas para todos sus clientes, como las promociones personalizadas a sus Socios Cliente a través del programa de fidelización EROSKI Club.

“Esta bajada generalizada de precios en EROSKI es un paso más en nuestro compromiso por trasladar ahorro a los consumidores con el objetivo de contribuir a su bienestar y calidad de vida. Bajamos los precios por las mejoras logradas en nuestra cadena de suministro y nuestros clientes podrán encontrar sus productos preferidos de marcas fabricantes y marca propia, ahora con precios más bajos” ha asegurado, la directora de Marketing de EROSKI, Eva Ugarte.

La bajada generalizada de precios aplicada por EROSKI en más de 7.000 productos incluye 3.000 productos en alimentación, 1.500 en bebidas y 2.700 en droguería y perfumería. La cooperativa ha activado una intensa campaña de comunicación para señalizar en sus tiendas los productos que han bajado su precio, de manera que sean fáciles de identificar por los clientes.

EROSKI traslada 260 millones de euros de ahorro a las familias

Durante el pasado ejercicio, EROSKI trasladó un total de 260 millones de ahorro a las familias a través de ofertas dirigidas a todos sus clientes y a través de promociones segmentadas para sus Socios Clientes.

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

Recientemente, como una iniciativa más de EROSKI Club para trasladar ahorro a sus Socios Clientes, la cooperativa ha presentado una nueva tarjeta de crédito, en colaboración con Mastercard y Santander Consumer Finance, que convertirá en ahorro para su titular el 1% del importe de las compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* ingresando ese dinero en su tarjeta EROSKI club asociada, como saldo disponible por el Socio Cliente para sus compras en cualquier supermercado, hipermercado, gasolinera, óptica, agencia de viaje o tienda online de la cooperativa.

* Quedan excluidas las compras en Hipermercados y sus gasolineras, Supermercados y sus gasolineras, tiendas de Alimentación, usos relacionados con el juego o apuestas y extracciones y disposiciones de efectivo, al no ser operaciones de compra de bienes o servicios. El importe a devolver se calcula sobre las compras netas (restados abonos y devoluciones) según tipología de actividad comunicada por el establecimiento vendedor.

Sobre EROSKI

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

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

Source: Eroski

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Mercadona reinforces its workforce with 7,000 new hires for the summer

  • The company plans to hire 2,000 people more than in the 2016 summer campaign – when it hired 5,000 – to respond to the influx of tourists, and to maintain a service of excellence.
  • The salary for these new Mercadona employees will be of 1,122 euros month/net, and the contracting period runs from June to September.

Tavernes Blanques, Spain, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mercadona, a 100% Spanish-owned, family-run chain of supermarkets, incorporates 7,000 people to its workforce for the summer campaign, which starts in June and finishes in September. This means 2,000 people more than the 5,000-staff contracted for the summer 2016 campaign.

The need to reinforce the workforce during the period is mainly due to many of its employees being off on holidays and the increase in the number of tourists visiting the country. The objective is to guarantee the service of excellence offered to the “Bosses” (clients) in the more than 1,600 stores strewn throughout the country.

Director of Contracting and Human Resources for the company José Elías Portalés has pointed out that achieving this quality objective requires training and hard work “in order that these thousands of employees have access to specific training for their posts, and that we may ensure that our customers are as satisfied as during the rest of the year”. After contracting a further 4,000 employees last year, Mercadona currently offers stable, quality employment to 79,000 people, which reinforces the company’s commitment towards the personal and professional growth of all its employees.

In the framework of the company’s Collective Agreement, this commitment has allowed for the achievement of important milestones in 2016, such as 98% of its workforce receiving a performance-related bonus (300 million euros in total), 7,536 employees moving to a higher band or professional category (entailing am 11% salary increase) and guaranteeing – including for the 7,000 people being employed for the summer campaign – that Mercadona’s minimum net starting salary is of 1,122 euros per month.

A Human Resources Policy praised by the UN

Mercadona’s Human Resources policy has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) – a specialised agency of the United Nations – in its publication “Non-standard Employment Around the World”. According to the ILO, Mercadona’s commitment towards stable, quality employment, its investment in training and the distribution of profits among its staff are all factors that influence the success of its Human Resources policy.

PRESS CONTACT:
Toni Martínez
Communications Director
Central office Tavernes Blanques (Valencia)

Source: Mercadona

IKEA to open its Columbus, Ohio store on June 7

Columbus, OH, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (May 31, 2017) announced that when its Columbus, Ohio store opens on June 7, it will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise – including an iconic EKTORP sofa for each of the first 44 adults in line, and a POANG armchair for the next 100. Other highlights include a free mattress for the first 44 adults on Thursday, June 8 and Swedish Food shopping spree for the first 44 on Friday, June 9. Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 5 – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 7. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Swedish Embassy Göran Lithell, IKEA U.S. president Lars Petersson and store manager David Garcia will officially open the store.

IKEA Columbus is the Swedish company’s second store and restaurant destination in Ohio, 44th in the United States, and 397th worldwide. (The state’s first IKEA store opened in Cincinnati-area West Chester in 2008.) The 354,000 square-foot future IKEA Columbus store, with 1,100 parking spaces, was built on 33 acres at the northeastern corner of Interstate-71 and Gemini Place in the Polaris Centers of Commerce. The store reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA is known worldwide, and includes one of Ohio’s largest rooftop solar arrays – consistent with the solar presence at 90% of U.S. IKEA locations – as well as three electric vehicle charging stations.

The June 7 ceremony also will include Delaware County Commission President Jeff Benton raising the U.S. flag, Honorary Swedish Consul General for Malou Monago raising the Swedish flag and Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi raising the state flag of Ohio. Individual store coworkers will sing the respective American and Swedish national anthems, and “America the Beautiful” prior to the opening remarks. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. EDT on opening day. “Just as the IKEA store concept will introduce a new way of shopping for the home, we want customers waiting in line to visit our store to enjoy the unique experience too,” said David Garcia, IKEA Columbus store manager. Store visitors will have opportunities to enjoy benefits from the grand opening of IKEA Columbus, including:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
• Rest Assured – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 44th U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 their birthday is the same as the store’s will receive a gift card in the amount of $44, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Columbus as the 44th U.S. IKEA store.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From June 7 through June 11, 2017, visitors to IKEA Columbus may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation of home furnishings to The Homeless Families Foundation, a local organization that provides housing assistance and educational services to homeless families living in Columbus.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Cozy Comfort – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free ALINA “sleep set” of bedspread and cushion covers and two FJADRAR pillows.
• Kid’s Best Friend – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 8, 2017 will receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, June 9, 2017
• Cook (& Store) Like a Pro – The first 44 adults in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a free 365+ 6-piece cookware starter set and a FORTROLIG food container storage set.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt that day at the Exit Bistro.

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Columbus from June 7 through June 11, 2017.

ADDITIONAL OFFERS AT IKEA COLUMBUS
IKEA Columbus is a fun day out for the family with:
• Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest;
• Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents;
• A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and
• Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

No shopping on an empty stomach at IKEA Columbus because:
• The IKEA Restaurant opens 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes, turkey sausage and Swedish pancakes for only $2.00.
• The 450-seat restaurant also offers a diverse menu featuring lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, including Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs (as well as chicken or veggie versions), seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes too.
• Menu choices for kids include a child’s portion of Swedish meatballs, chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese, while baby food and bibs are available for even younger visitors.
• The Swedish Food Market offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and frozen Swedish meatballs (the same ones available in the Restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home.
• The Exit Bistro serves hot dogs, pizza, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt, sundaes and beverages.

IKEA Columbus shopping conveniences include:
• Free design appointments with a furnishings consultant;
• IKEA catalogs, measuring tape, pencils, store maps, yellow shopping bags and 3 types of carts;
• Same-day shopping satisfaction with products in easy-to-transport flat-pack boxes that benefit the customer and the environment;
• 26 checkout lanes to ensure efficient customer purchasing;
• Warehouse picking, home-delivery, assembly, and kitchen planning and installation services; and
• 2017 IKEA Catalogs, focused on how food-related activities help bring people together through everyday life in and around the kitchen.

When IKEA Columbus opens, there will be 397 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and strives to be an employer of choice. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact:

Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

Plan A 2025: Marks & Spencer to launch new major community transformation programme

London, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (01 Jun 2017) announces a major community transformation programme as part of Plan A 2025 – its new plan to support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.

The pioneering programme will see M&S work with local councils and charity partners to support communities to deliver positive, measurable change. It is launching on ‘Make it Matter Day’ – when M&S is encouraging the UK to make every decision count* and #SpenditWell.

It will initially be piloted in ten communities over the next two years, when M&S will trial a range of actions designed to tackle the issues that matter most to communities – such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, and mental health and wellbeing. Successful initiatives will be rolled out to a further 100 locations by 2023 and learnings will be shared with 1,000 locations by 2025.

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer said: “Marks & Spencer has been at the forefront of social change for 133 years and we’re determined to play a leading role in the years ahead by taking positive action to enable customers and communities to live happier, healthier lifestyles.

“Through our UK-wide store network we are seeing more and more evidence that communities need support from partners, like M&S, to positively deliver change.

“We’ve looked at what matters to communities, which are issues like access to work-place skills, social inclusion, support for mental health problems and believe we can play a key role and make a real difference to community life. We’re starting with ten so that we can learn, adapt and develop an agile approach that will allow us to support 1,000 communities by 2025.”

The ten communities M&S is currently in discussions with are Birmingham (focusing on Handsworth and Handsworth Wood), Bradford, Glasgow (focusing on Easterhouse), Liverpool (focusing on Toxteth and Dingle), Derry~Londonderry, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, London Borough of Newham, Norwich and Rochdale.

In these communities, M&S will trial a series of locally tailored initiatives that will aim to improve the social wellbeing and happiness of residents by working with The Social Innovation Partnership to track how residents feel about their community – how positive they are, if they are connected to others and whether they feel part of the community.

To deliver the initiatives M&S will work with local councils and partners including Business In The Community, Royal Voluntary Service, The Silver Line, Power to Change, Frazzled Cafe and Neighbourly. Each of the 10 locations will have a programme of activities that is expected to include some or all of the following, as well as bespoke initiatives:

  • Support for children starting school, including 10,000 pairs of plimsolls;
  • Careers advice, CV and interview support and work experience for school leavers;
  • A plan to create the biggest friendship group in the area to tackle loneliness and exclusion by bringing together customers, colleagues and local people through events at M&S stores such as tea parties and walking clubs and a network of volunteer phone buddies;
  • Hosting Frazzled Cafes for those feeling stressed or in need of support;
  • Support for up to 100 start-up community businesses that are led by and for the benefit of local people in the seven communities in England by partnering with Power to Change to combine grants of up to £50,000 and access to skills and advice on topics such as business planning, supply chains, digital development and customer research. A similar programme with different partners will be developed for the three communities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • Investment in outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone. Proposals include urban gardens, high street flowerbeds, city tree planting and green walls that have the potential to benefit over 150,000 people in the 10 communities;
  • Grants to support food surplus charities to fund fridges and cool bags to ensure they can redistribute fresh food and providing volunteers to host special events throughout the year – every year our stores will provide an estimated 30,000 meals to the homeless and people living in poverty in the 10 locations;
  • Employee volunteering – kicking off this week with over 7,000 M&S colleagues from 650 stores and offices donating time to over 700 local community projects all over the UK over the next ten days.

Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Healthy, prosperous communities need business as much as businesses need resilient, thriving communities. Business in the Community is delighted to be supporting M&S. They are leading The Prince’s Responsible Business Network with this exemplar programme bringing support into areas of greatest need across the UK. We very much look forward to working with them to engage many others and together, achieve the greatest impact possible, which is the foundation of Business in the Community.”

Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change, said: “We are extremely proud to team up with M&S and invest in making communities even stronger and more resilient. This is about realising that we can all achieve much more by working together. None of us have all the answers on our own. The social sector and the private sector can come together with local people to help them change the places where they live. Community businesses are already helping local people and local economies all over the country, and we look forward to joining forces with M&S to support the movement even more.”

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “This programme is exactly in line with our belief that, by working together in partnerships, we can provide more of the practical help and contact that we all will need as we get older.”

More detail on the pilot community programme can be found here.

As well as supporting 1,000 communities, Plan A 2025 also aims to make M&S a zero-waste business and to help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives. New commitments include –

  • Supporting M&S colleagues worldwide to provide one million hours of worktime community volunteering between 2017 and 2025;
  • All M&S packaging to be ‘widely recyclable’ by 2022;
  • Halving food waste by 2025;
  • At least half of global food sales coming from healthier products by 2022;
  • Helping to raise £25 million for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia by 2025;
  • All key raw materials M&S uses to come from sustainable sources by 2025;
  • M&S will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in its own operations by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) and, during the same period, cut emissions in its supply chain by 13.3m tonnes (approved Science Based Target).

M&S will report on Plan A 2025 progress every year in June and the commitments will be assured by independent auditors and M&S’ own audit team.

A full press release on Plan A 2025 can be found here.

The original Plan A programme launched 10 years ago and has since helped redefine the role of business in society. It has delivered 296 stretching eco and ethical commitments, won 240 awards and saved over £750 million in costs through efficiencies such as using less energy, fewer transport miles and reducing packaging.

More detail on Plan A progress can be found here.

A study conducted on behalf of M&S last month found that 96% of us admit to living life on autopilot, resulting in an epidemic of non-engagement with the world and sub-conscious decision making. As a result, M&S is urging the UK to break out of autopilot and make every decision count as part of its challenge to the nation to #SpenditWell.

Contact:
Beth Andlaw
T +44 (0)20 3861 3812
M +44 (0)7720 497 607

Victoria Mayman
T +44(0)20 3861 3827
M +44(0)7921 353 479
M&SbrandPR@grayling.com

Source: M&S

„MIGROSMANIA“ SORGT MIT VIRTUAL REALITY-ERLEBNISSEN FÜR WOW-EFFEKT

„MIGROSMANIA“ SORGT MIT VIRTUAL REALITY-ERLEBNISSEN FÜR WOW-EFFEKT

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die neue Mania, bei der sich alles um den Bau der eigenen Migros-Filiale dreht, wartet mit einer exklusiven Neuigkeit auf: Mit Virtual Reality (VR) wird das Eintauchen in eine virtuelle Migros-Filiale mit ihren Produkten möglich sein, beispielsweise auch auf einer virtuellen Einkaufstour. Zudem können zahlreiche spannende 360-Grad-Videos erlebt werden.

Alles, was der Benutzer dazu braucht, ist ein Smartphone, die neue Migros Play App und eine Migros-VR-Brille. Der Einsatz von Virtual Reality wurde in Zusammenarbeit mit Google entwickelt. Patrick Warnking, Google Country Direktor, Google Switzerland GmbH: „Mit „MigrosMania“ kann jetzt jeder VR erleben. „MigrosMania“ in der Schweiz und „Google Expedition“ (g.co/expeditions) weltweit vermitteln Inhalte in 360o auf eine ganz neue, innovative Art, die es erlaubt, die Welt auf faszinierende  Art neu zu entdecken“. Die neu lancierte Migros Play App ermöglicht das Eintauchen in eine virtuelle Migros-Filiale mit  Migros-Produkten aus den Eigenindustrien, die sich kindergerecht in einer 360 Grad-Sicht erleben lassen. Jedes der 21 Migros-Produkte, das mit den Augen anvisiert wird, erwacht zu Eigenleben und erzählt seine Geschichte.  Beim virtuellen Game, das viel Geschicklichkeit erfordert, müssen vorgegebene Produkte raschmöglichst  in ein Wägeli eingesammelt werden. So macht virtuell einkaufen richtig Spass.

Vom 31.5. bis 8.7 wird im Einkaufszentrum Glatt das grösste “M” der Schweiz gebaut. Der Aufbau des 4.5 Meter hohen Migros-M aus kleinen Lego®-kompatiblen Bausteinen kann jederzeit virtuell miterlebt werden. Das Bauvorhaben wird dabei von exklusiven Liveacts wie der Band „Schtärneföifi“ und dem Mundart-Sänger Linard Bardill (mit Bruno Brandenberger) begleitet – vor Ort und via Migros Play App in 360-Grad-Video mit zahlreichen Überraschungen. Dass den Kindern VR Spass bereitet, zeigte ein erster Versuch, bei dem Mädchen und Buben mit einer Migros-VR-Brille ausgestattet wurden. Sie konnten als erste die Migros Play  App testen. Der Blick durch die Migros-VR-Brille löste Erstaunen und einen wahren Wow-Effekt aus (siehe angefügtes Bild).

Am Samstag, 3. Juni 2017, einem von mehreren Jokertagen, erhalten alle Kunden pro CHF 60.-  Einkauf eine Migros-VR-Brille in allen Migros-Filialen, Do it + Garden Migros, Melectronics, Micasa, SportXX inkl. Outdoor, Migros-Restaurants & Take Aways oder auf LeShop, solange Vorrat (max. 3 Migros-VR-Brillen pro Einkauf). Alle Informationen rund um die „MigrosMania“ sind auf www.migrosmania.ch ersichtlich.

Contact:
Monika Weibel
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 23
E-MAIL: monika.weibel@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Marks & Spencer launches new eco and ethical programme – Plan A 2025

New eco and ethical ambition set 10 years after original 100-point five-year plan

London, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (01 Jun 2017) launches a new sustainability plan – Plan A 2025. The eco and ethical programme is an ambitious, customer focused plan that builds on the success of the first 10 years of Plan A and will support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.

The three-pillar plan is designed to tackle the big issues facing retailers, consumer businesses and society today. It spans customer and colleague wellbeing, transforming lives and communities and caring for the planet. Each pillar includes pioneering new commitments, for example:

  • Making all M&S packaging ‘widely recyclable’;
  • Raising £25 million for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia;
  • At least half of food sales coming from healthier products;
  • Colleagues completing one million hours of work-time community volunteering;
  • All key raw materials M&S uses coming from sustainable sources;
  • A new 10 community pilot that will see M&S work with local councils and charity partners to support communities to deliver positive, measurable change, the results of which will be rolled out to 100 locations.

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer’s said: “Marks & Spencer has been at the forefront of social change for 133 years and we’re determined to play a leading role in the years ahead. Plan A 2025 will help us build a sustainable future by helping our customers live healthier lives, supporting the communities they live in and we source from and looking after the planet we all share. We believe we can engage all of our 32 million customers, 85,000 colleagues and 200,000 shareholders in the plan that becomes a mass voice for sustainable change.”

Jonathon Porritt, Chair of the Plan A Advisory Board, said: “It’s so important that M&S, one of the world’s most trusted and well-loved companies, keeps raising the bar on what it means to be a sustainable retailer.  On all the big challenges – supply chain, climate, food waste, living wage, human rights, packaging, community investment and so on – the pressure is intensifying and expectations rising.  It’s great to see M&S leading the way here.”

Plan A 2025 

Wellbeing
Plan A 2025 is designed to help inspire customers to be the best they can be and play a role in helping society tackle the wellbeing challenge. New commitments include:

  • At least half of global food sales coming from healthier products by 2022;
  • Helping to raise £25 million for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia by 2025;
  • By 2025, 20% of all M&S clothing will have a Plan A health or wellbeing attribute;
  • By 2019 M&S will incentivise and reward customers for making healthy choices;
  • By the end of 2018 all single portion snacks, confectionery and ice cream will be less than 250 calories.

Transforming lives and communities
Plan A 2025 aims to help play a transformative role in communities by enabling local economies to thrive, helping to build socially connected communities and improving local environments. New commitments include:

  • By 2020, in 10 locations M&S will complete programmes that aim to secure meaningful economic, social and environmental benefits in the communities around M&S stores and beyond. M&S will build on insights and roll out programmes in 100 further locations in the UK?and internationally by 2023, then share learnings with 1,000 locations by 2025;
  • Making space available for community use in 50% of Clothing, Home and Food stores by 2025;
  • Between 2017 and 2025, supporting M&S colleagues worldwide to provide one million hours of worktime community volunteering;
  • M&S will enter into a new collaboration with Oxfam over three years focusing on the UK and India to develop a deeper understanding of the connection between sourcing practices and human rights impacts. Oxfam will report the findings independently, whilst M&S will develop a programme of actions and report annually on progress from 2018;
  • Over the next seven years the M&S Global Community Programme will help a million people in M&S’ supply chain communities to help build livelihoods and protect the environment.

Caring for the planet
Plan A has helped make substantial improvements to M&S’ environmental footprint. Plan A 2025 will do even more with M&S aiming to make its entire business model zero waste – not just its own operations but also its supply chains and products. M&S has also set its first ever approved science-based target*. New commitments include:

  • All M&S packaging to be ‘widely recyclable’ by 2022;
  • Halving food waste by 2025;
  • By 2025 all key raw materials M&S uses will come from sustainable sources, including all cotton by 2019;
  • By 2025 at least ¼ of all M&S Clothing and Home products will be made using 25% recycled material;
  • M&S will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in its own operations by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) and, during the same period, cut emissions in its supply chain by 13.3m tonnes (approved science-based target).

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A at Marks & Spencer said: “The first 10 years of Plan A have given us the confidence to embrace a sustainable future. Plan A 2025 is now our plan for a future in which a truly sustainable M&S can, in partnership with our customers and stakeholders, have a positive impact in all we do. It will force us to address questions for which we don’t have all the answers to yet and collaborate with others to drive true change across consumer goods industries.”

Plan A 2025 will be backed by a marketing campaign that includes M&S’ first ever Plan A store take-over with every single M&S window featuring a Plan A message and M&S’ 70 biggest stores hosting a welcome zone that details what the store is doing to support its local community. It is part of M&S’ new Spend It Well brand campaign and includes radio support as well as a digital push which includes a new Plan A hub at www.marksandspencer.com/s/make-it-matter and promoted content on social media.

M&S will report on Plan A 2025 progress every year in June and the commitments will be assured by independent auditors and M&S’ own audit team.

10 years of Plan A
Plan A launched 10 years ago and has since helped redefine the role of business in society. It has delivered 296 stretching eco and ethical commitments, won 240 awards and saved over £750 million in costs through efficiencies such as using less energy, fewer transport miles and reducing packaging. A decade of achievements includes:

  • Over 27 million items of clothing Shwopped (since 2008);
  • One billion coat hangers saved;
  • Making M&S the world’s first and only carbon neutral major retailer;
  • 17,000 people helped from disadvantaged parts of the community through M&S employability schemes – over 50% going on to find work;
  • Carrier bag usage reduced by 80%, saving 4 billion carrier bags since 2008;
  • Raising £25m for Breast Cancer Now (since 2001) and £10m for Macmillan;
  • Improving UK and Ireland energy efficiency by 39%;
  • Converting 100% of the palm oil used in M&S products to RSPO certified;
  • Converting 49% of M&S cotton, 99% of the wood in M&S products, stores and marketing materials and 27% of M&S leather to more sustainable sources;
  • 890,000 people in the M&S supply chain benefitted from training on subjects such as employee rights, health care, numeracy and literacy.

Aron Cramer, President and CEO of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) said: “This edition of Plan A reflects the ambition that has been the hallmark of M&S’ efforts since this framework was launched a decade ago. Crucially, M&S has met the moment by updating Plan A to address the urgency of business action to address climate, the need to make sustainability relevant and actionable for its customers, and the changing nature of retail in our fast-changing world.”

More detail on Plan A progress can be found here.

The Science Based Targets initiative champions science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.

www.sciencebasedtargets.org  @sciencetargets

For further information, please contact:

Beth Andlaw
T +44 (0)20 3861 3812
M +44 (0)7720 497 607

Victoria Mayman
T +44(0)20 3861 3827
M +44(0)7921 353 479
M&SbrandPR@grayling.com

Source: M&S

Albertsons Companies strengthens its pharmacy specialty services with the acquisition of MedCart Specialty Pharmacy

Boise, ID, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (May 31, 2017) that it recently acquired MedCart Specialty Pharmacy in order to strengthen and extend its pharmacy specialty services. MedCart Specialty Pharmacy is an industry-leading, URAC accredited, pharmaceutical and healthcare provider of customized specialty care services and medication management for patients and physicians addressing complex diseases.

“MedCart Specialty Pharmacy has built an exemplary operation which complements our patient centered care strategy and pharmacy services growth plan,” explained Mark Panzer, Senior Vice President, Albertsons Companies, Pharmacy Health and Wellness. “Their team has done a tremendous job establishing a service culture that focuses on the patient.”

MedCart Specialty Pharmacy, privately owned since 2012, will continue to operate as it does today as a new business unit under the Albertsons Companies Pharmacy team structure. The current MedCart leadership will carry on leading their team and report directly to Dain Rusk, Group Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, Albertsons Companies.

“We’re excited to join the Albertsons Companies team,” states Eddie Abueida, RPh, Co-founder and Vice President, Specialty Operations, MedCart Specialty Pharmacy. “Our business principles and goals complement one another, which benefit everyone involved in the partnership – most importantly our patients.”

MedCart Specialty Pharmacy provides specialty prescription services and medications from two facilities in Michigan: one specialty pharmacy operations center and one local pharmacy.

“We’ve worked hard to create an infrastructure that serves patients and providers with the utmost in quality specialty care services and coordination that are required for these medications,” Ed Saleh, RPh, Co-founder and Vice President, Specialty Business Development, MedCart Specialty Pharmacy. “Albertsons Companies presented an excellent opportunity for us to extend our mission to more patients.”

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Rapley
Jennifer.rapley@albertsons.com

Source: Albertsons Companies

Macerich® Chairman and CEO Art Coppola to present at REITWeek 2017: NAREIT’s Investor Forum®

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich® (NYSE: MAC), today ( June 1, 2017) announced that Art Coppola, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will present at  REITWeek 2017: NAREIT’s Investor Forum® in New York, New York.

The Company’s presentation is scheduled for 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm Eastern Time, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The live audio-only webcast will be available online in the Investing Section of the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.  An online replay will be available through 11:59 pm Pacific Time, July 22, 2017 at the same location.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

John Perry
Senior Vice President-Investor Relations
424-229-3345

Jean Wood
Vice President-Investor Relations
424-229-3366

SOURCE: The Macerich Company

Tractor Supply Company to present at the Baird 2017 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (Nasdaq:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (June 01, 2017) announced its participation in the Baird 2017 Global Consumer, Technology and Services Conference on June 8, 2017. Greg Sandfort, Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Barton, Chief Financial Officer, and Christine Skold, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, will attend this conference.

The Company’s 30-minute presentation will begin at 11:25a.m. Eastern Time on June 8, 2017. A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at IR.TractorSupply.com, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,617 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 152 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Contact:
Kurt Barton: Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold: Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:  John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter
Media:  Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Intergastro expands its international presence with the omni-channel solution by Intershop

  • Leading wholesaler for catering supplies reduces overall operating costs thanks to e-commerce initiative
  • Family-run business boosts international online sales of its extensive product portfolio

Jena, Germany, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intergastro Handels GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading wholesalers for catering supplies, is expanding its international presence with the omni-channel solution by Intershop. The family-run business has been serving customers in the gastronomy, hotel and catering sectors for over 60 years and has been active in the online mail-order business with its proprietary shop solution since 2000. Intergastro now plans to migrate its extensive range of more than 50,000 products onto the Intershop platform by the end of the year.

Stefan Plate, Managing Director of Intergastro, explains: “Our core sales region today is Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but we also wish to expand internationally. As a result of the sharp increase in the costs of running our existing shop solution, we have decided to switch over to the Intershop Commerce Suite. This not only allows us to streamline our IT infrastructure, but also minimizes risks while increasing our margins.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, adds: “Intergastro demonstrates how wholesalers can utilize the potential of digitalization – by internationalizing business and lowering operating costs using a globally leading, versatile and future-proof commerce platform. In doing so, Intergastro significantly strengthens its market position. We look forward to being able to support the family business with our solution.”

After having analyzed various commerce platforms at length, Intergastro chose the Intershop platform which impressed with its comprehensive B2B functions and the straightforward roll-out of additional online shops. Nubizz GmbH will implement the solution in the coming months.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
mailto: pr@intershop.de

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Alex van Groningen BV awards Ahold Delhaize’s Jeff Carr 2017 CFO of the Year in the Netherlands

Alex van Groningen BV awards Ahold Delhaize’s Jeff Carr 2017 CFO of the Year in the Netherlands

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize Chief Financial Officer Jeff Carr has been named the CFO of the Year in the Netherlands for 2017 by Alex van Groningen BV, a financial consulting firm. The award, determined by a jury of industry experts, was announced on June 1 during CFO Day 2017 (article in Dutch), a conference attended by more than 500 finance professionals throughout the Netherlands.

The award is sponsored by the firm Alex van Groningen BV and recognizes CFOs who have had a significant impact on their company’s performance and culture. Jeff, one of five finalists of 15 candidates selected by the editors of CFO Magazine, was nominated for his commitment to growth, his support of digitalization at Ahold Delhaize, and the confidence he and his financial strategy have earned from investors and inside the organization.

“I’m delighted for the whole finance community at Ahold Delhaize,” Jeff said as he accepted the award from Alex van Groningen BV, which created the CFO honor in 2002.

Jeff noted that the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group was a remarkable journey. “To win this award is a recognition not so much of me but of the great work that’s been done over this period,” he said. “It’s a great achievement for the team.”

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

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Weingarten Realty Investors to participate at the NAREIT’s Investor Forum, REITWeek 2017

HOUSTON, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) announced today (6/1/2017 ) that the Company will participate in the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s Investor Forum, REITWeek 2017, being held June 6-8, 2017 in New York City, New York. Andrew “Drew” Alexander, Weingarten’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to make a company presentation on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 3:45 P.M. ET which can be accessed live via the following audio webcast at: http://reitstream.com/reitweek2017/weingarten.

The live webcast will be accessible five minutes prior to the scheduled time on the Investors page of the Company’s corporate website, www.weingarten.com. Following the live event, the webcast will be archived and available for replay.

About Weingarten Realty Investors

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) is a shopping center owner, manager and developer. At March 31, 2017, the Company owned or operated under long-term leases, either directly or through its interest in real estate joint ventures or partnerships, a total of 218 properties which are located in 18 states spanning the country from coast to coast. These properties represent approximately 44.4 million square feet of which our interests in these properties aggregated approximately 28.4 million square feet of leasable area. To learn more about the Company’s operations and growth strategies, please visit www.weingarten.com.

Contact:
Michelle Wiggs
(713) 866-6050
Vice President of Investor Relations

Source: Weingarten Realty Investors