ARA: National Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% will stifle jobs growth within the retail sector

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are extremely concerned, the National Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% announced today (June 6, 2017) by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will stifle jobs growth within the retail sector.

The FWC today (June 6, 2017) announced the National Minimum Wage will increase to $694.90 per week, or $18.29 per hour from 1 July 2017. This is an increase of $22.20 per week and an increase of 59 cents per hour.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said Australian retailers are already facing a complex operating environment and this increase will be extremely harmful to the growth and stability of the Australian retail industry.

“Today’s Minimum Wage increase of 3.3% will suppress the benefits achieved by the penalty rates reduction, negatively affecting increased trading hours for retailers and further delaying employment growth across the sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With the inherent weakness in today’s economic climate, along with tax increases about to hit consumers, this upsetting increase will strongly impede on employment growth within the industry.”

Given economic uncertainties, historically low inflation along with rising costs for retailers, the ARA believe there will be real concerns for retail growth across Australia.

The ARA believes their proposed Minimum Wage increase of 1.2% would have the best way to preserve employment within the retail sector and are disappointed that the Fair Work Commission did not take into account the weak economic trading conditions when making their decision.

“Our members are constantly experiencing significant cost pressures through international competition and advances in technology therefore we believe this wage increase is unfavourable for all businesses operating in the retail sector,” Mr Zimmerman said.


For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or

About the Australian Retailers Association:

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

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association proposed further changes to the 457 visa reform ensuring the longevity of Australian retail

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has proposed further changes to the 457 visa reform in a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) ensuring the longevity of Australian retail.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the ARA have long been advocating for its members on skills shortages in the local labour market and the costly flow-on effect of doing business in a competitive global market.

“Australian retailers are currently challenged by the availability of local talent to fill buying, planning and online roles in the industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“We have been consulting the Government and advocating for formal training and professional development options for retail employees, to support future careers in Australian retail.”

The ARA strongly believe the ability for Australian retailers to compete in a dynamic global market, and continue to employ Australian workers directly correlates with access to specialised talent.

“The recent changes to the 457 visa program have restricted Australian retailers in accessing specific roles required in modern day retailing, further crippling the growth and development of local retail talent,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) the ARA surveyed its members on how the 457 visa changes will have a major impact on future business growth, securing retail talent, promoting local employees and international competitiveness.

The survey identified Retail Buyers, Merchandise Planners, Merchandise Designers and Digital Commerce as four critical roles required in contemporary retailing and assisted the ARA in formulating an accurate response to the Department on the proposed 457 visa changes to ensure current and future applicants for these particular roles are not affected.

The ARA’s submission highlights the adverse effects to the sector caused by the removal of certain retail occupations and asks the Department to reinstate the Retail Buyer to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List.

The submission further seeks a more sophisticated and inclusive approach in identifying strategic retail occupations prior to any reforms being implemented and recommends a pathway for highly skilled visa holders in key retail categories to be offered permanent residency.

Taking a longer-term view, the ARA supports the development and implementation of HECS-HELP for tertiary qualifications to support careers in Australian retail.

Mr Zimmerman said the ARA look forward to working with the Department to develop local retail talent through relevant tertiary studies which will in turn guide the future of Australian retail.

“As skilled retail employees are an enormous asset to the industry, the ARA will work with the Government to future proof Australian retail talent.”

To view the ARA’s full submission to the DIBP please click here.


For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmermancall the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or

About the Australian Retailers Association:

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

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

ARA Executive Director: retailers expecting to ramp up employment via quick transition to more sustainable penalty rates

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — While the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Penalty Rates Reduction decision, retail employers will be disappointed by the excessive length of the transitional arrangements handed down today (June 5, 2017).

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said retailers were expecting to ramp up employment via a quick transition to more sustainable penalty rates, though the announced arrangements will only hinder the immediate benefit to employment and growth within the sector.

“The Commission found that a reduction in penalty rates will allow retailers to extend staff working hours and increase employment across the board, therefore these sluggish arrangements will unnecessarily delay the creation of new retail jobs,”

“Retailers are already operating in a tough environment, and the ARA will be working with its members and legal providers to strongly defend the decision to ensure the implementation of Public Holiday rates from 1 July 2017,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA will further challenge any attempt by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to defer the implementation of the Sunday penalty rates decision.

“The ARA will strongly oppose any application from the SDA for judicial review of the Sunday penalty rates decision, as this will only serve to prolong the benefits for retail employers, employees and overall industry growth.” Mr Zimmerman stated.

The ARA believes the Commission’s decision will be upheld in the Federal Court as the Union’s judicial review will risk all the benefits for Australian retailers, the unemployed and the broader Australian economy.

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To arrange an interview with Mr Zimmerman, please call the ARA media team on 0439 612 556 or email

About the Australian Retailers Association:

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

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association


Wendy’s® introduces the perfect blend of summer flavors in the new Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad

Wendy’s® introduces the perfect blend of summer flavors in the new Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wendy’s® raises drive-thru salad standards with the perfect blend of summer flavors in the new Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad. The salad comes with a juicy twist, presenting mango – the world’s most consumed fruit – to star alongside sweet, hand-cut strawberries for a refreshing summer salad.

Year after year, Wendy’s continues to introduce craveable, seasonal summer salads, and now adds the sweet Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad to the list. While mango flavors have been a trending ingredient in beverages at fast food restaurants, Wendy’s goes a step further by including the juicy fruit as the topping to its new salad menu offering. A mango reaches peak ripeness during summer, making a healthy indulgence for customers and a delicious complement to Wendy’s freshly made salads.

“At Wendy’s we are known for serving top quality salads that start with a bed of hand-chopped lettuce that is cut fresh in our restaurants every single day. Most other places don’t take the time to do that,” said Kurt Kane, Chief Concept & Marketing Officer. “Our new Strawberry Mango salad adds freshly sliced strawberries, sweet mangoes and freshly grilled chicken to create a deliciously different flavor combination for the summer.”

Each Wendy’s restaurant receives shipments of fresh produce two to three times a week. Crisp heads of lettuce and ripe strawberries are hand-cut in-restaurant daily to create the Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad, ensuring a freshness you can taste. The sweet taste of mango and strawberry is paired with the tangy hint of crumbled feta cheese, and added crunch of sunflower seeds. The salad is topped with all-white meat grilled chicken breast and drizzled with a Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Honey Citrus Vinaigrette. The full-sized entree satisfies a full day’s worth of vegetables and one serving of fruit. It is 470 calories and $6.59, while the half-size salad is 280 calories and $4.59, respectively.

Consumers can find the seasonal Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad at participating Wendy’s now until Labor Day.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company


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J.Crew Group, Inc. appoints James Brett as Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — J.Crew Group, Inc. (the “Company”) announced today (June 5, 2017) that it has named James Brett as Chief Executive Officer. Brett, an executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as President of specialty home furnishing company West Elm. Brett will assume the CEO position this July and will also join the Company’s Board of Directors. Millard Drexler will continue in his role as Chairman. Michael J. Nicholson will remain as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of J.Crew Group, Inc. and Libby Wadle will remain as President of Madewell.

“This is an exciting time for J.Crew as we continue to make significant changes to position our company for long-term success,” said Mr. Drexler. “As Chairman and an owner of the Company, it is my responsibility to focus on the future of J.Crew and find the right leadership to execute on our strategic plans.”

Drexler continued, “Jim has a proven track record of pushing for innovation and growing omni-channel brands. I look forward to moving into my new role and assist Jim and the team in every way possible to help ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

Brett stated, “I’m honored to work with J.Crew’s talented team of leaders, board of directors and Mickey, who have built an iconic American brand. J.Crew has tremendous opportunity to play a more meaningful role in our lives, and I look forward to leading it through its next phase of growth.”

Mr. Brett most recently served as President of West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio, since 2010, where he oversaw all aspects of the brand. During his tenure, Brett grew West Elm to become a $1 billion global brand. Prior to West Elm, Mr. Brett was the Chief Merchandising Officer for the Urban Outfitters Division of Urban Outfitters, Inc. He has also served in various merchandising roles at other retailers including Anthropologie, the J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and May Department Stores Company.

About J.Crew Group, Inc. 

J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. As of June 5, 2017 the Company operates 278 J.Crew retail stores, 116 Madewell stores,,, the J.Crew catalog,, and 178 factory stores (including 39 J.Crew Mercantile stores). Certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company’s website

Certain statements herein are “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual results of operations may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including the strength of the economy, changes in the overall level of consumer spending or preferences in apparel, the performance of the Company’s products within the prevailing retail environment, trade restrictions, political or financial instability in countries where the Company’s goods are manufactured, postal rate increases, paper and printing costs, availability of suitable store locations at appropriate terms and other factors which are set forth in the Company’s Form 10-K and in all filings with the SEC made by the Company subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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(212) 209-8414

SOURCE: J.Crew Group, Inc.

Accenture Strategy report quantified the impact of digital transformation on consumer industries over the next decade

U.S. consumer attitudes shift as many become open to intelligent technologies taking an active role in purchasing decisions

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers and consumer goods companies could unlock $2.95 trillion in value for the industry and consumers over the next decade by accelerating digital transformation, according to a new report by Accenture Strategy. Investments in new, digitally-driven business models will give consumers greater choice around how they purchase goods and services, and enable companies to deliver profitable, differentiated experiences.

Accenture Strategy’s ‘Painting the Digital Future of Retail and Consumer Goods Companies’ report, based on analysis for the World Economic Forum, quantified the impact of digital transformation on consumer industries over the next decade. The study identified current consumer appetite for new purchasing experiences, the business models that have the highest potential to unlock new value, and how organizations and policymakers can prepare themselves.

“The next decade will be a golden age for consumers, with technological innovation creating a variety of shopping experiences that will give consumers the simplicity, convenience or excitement they crave,” said Chris Donnelly, senior managing director, global retail lead, Accenture Strategy. “Out of the $2.95 trillion in value the report identified, consumers have the most to gain – just over $2 trillion – through cost and time savings. The success of retailers and consumer goods companies to unlock value will be dependent on their ability to gain a deep understanding of consumers, embrace disruptive technologies and adopt innovative business models.”

There’s $2.95 trillion value at stake for #retailers & #CPG companies. @AccentureStrat reveals how to unlock it

Consumer appetite for new purchasing experiences

Today, 37 percent of U.S. consumers would allow companies to collect their personal data via intelligent devices in return for a better experience or financial reward. Another 37 percent would subscribe to a service that constantly looks for the best pricing deals on their behalf, and actively recommends which company to switch to, and when.

Over a quarter (26 percent) of U.S. consumers would use sensor-based digital services that pre-emptively address their needs without human intervention. Another 24 percent would subscribe to brands that analyze their shopping history to select products especially for them, and orders them automatically.

“The retail and consumer goods industries will change more in the next 10 years than they have over the past 40,” said Oliver Wright, managing director, global consumer goods lead, Accenture Strategy. “As expectations around cost, choice, convenience and experience continue to increase, consumers will challenge the industry to evolve and innovate which will drive huge growth in digital commerce.”

Industry transformation
To reach the next frontier of digital commerce, retailers and consumer goods companies need to explore the following transformative business models which are already being welcomed by U.S. consumers:

Societal implications
As a by-product of industry transformation, there is potential disruption for people and society which companies, policymakers and regulators need to actively address to:

  • Minimize impact on local communities – With an increasing number of retail stores downsizing or closing due to the rise of digital commerce, local communities need to respond by businesses and government establishing economic development strategies and partnering with communities to repurpose physical space as hubs for experiences, leisure and lifestyle activities.
  • Reskill the workforce – Emerging technologies will drive a range of efficiencies which will significantly change the nature of the industry’s workforce. Business leaders and policymakers must focus on accelerating reskilling people, creating partnerships with educational institutions, and influencing public policy to meet the needs of the future workforce.
  • Ensure sustainability – Meeting consumer demand for rapid delivery needs to be achieved in parallel to minimizing environmental impact. Shifting to electric vehicles and exploring load-sharing can help while also enhancing delivery efficiency. Furthermore, innovation in packaging design and supporting recycling infrastructure is also critical, helping to build a more circular economy.

“To thrive in the next decade, organizations must aggressively pursue innovation and be willing to disrupt themselves. The winners will be those organizations that prioritize adopting a partnership mindset to offer customers new value, innovatively meet consumer demand for new services, and implement advanced data sciences to derive deeper customer insight to enable better decision-making,” said Donnelly.

To find out more information about the report, please visit Join the conversation at @AccentureStrat #Retailers #CPG.

About the research
Accenture Strategy created a value-at-stake methodology for the World Economic Forum to quantify the impact of digital transformation on the retail and consumer goods industries, and consumers, in digitally developed economies over the next decade. Consumer insights were taken from Accenture Strategy’s latest Global Consumer Pulse Research which surveyed 25,426 consumers across 33 countries during July and August 2016, including 2,532 U.S. consumers.

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

Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership help drive both efficiencies and growth. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit


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Source: Accenture

NCR announces keynote speakers for its annual retail and hospitality customer conference NCR Synergy

Retail and hospitality customers will discuss redefining the consumer experience in Orlando on June 26-28, 2017

Duluth, GA, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, announced today (June 5, 2017 ) the keynote speakers for NCR Synergy, its annual retail and hospitality customer conference. Martin Lindstrom, one of the world’s premier brand-building experts and TIME 100 honoree, and Dan Heath, best-selling author, Fast Company columnist and senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, will be headlining this year’s event.

For companies to thrive in today’s connected economy, they need to reshape their operational models to meet the needs of the 21st century connected consumer. Martin Lindstrom and Dan Heath will both inspire and educate the audience on how to truly understand consumers’ deepest desires in order to create breakthrough products, brands and moments of experience that leave a lasting impression.

Astonishing sometimes, provocative always, Martin Lindstrom will discuss the seismic shifts transforming our culture as social media and connectivity constantly penetrate our lives. Martin will share the surprising things he’s learned from observing consumer homes across the world, including thought-provoking pictures and videos. The audience will gain powerful insight into the consumer of tomorrow and also acquire the tools to decipher and decode what’s coming.

Dan Heath has co-written three New York Times best-selling books: Made to Stick, Switch and Decisive.  At this year’s conference, Dan will be drawing concepts from his upcoming book, The Power of Moments, to reveal the four elements that make up defining moments that have a catalyzing or transformative impact on our lives. He will be sharing examples from inside and outside the corporate world about how to construct these pivotal moments that spark delight, leave a lasting emotional connection with others, and can change the course of the future.

Held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando June 26 through June 28, NCR Synergy 2017 will gather key retail, wholesale distribution and restaurant operators together for an immersive experience where attendees will discover new ideas and innovations, and learn real-world best practices to help grow their business today and prepare for the road ahead. Many industry experts are scheduled to speak, including Lee Holman, Lead Retail Analyst at IHL NCR Corporation announced today the keynote speakers for NCR Synergy, its annual retail and hospitality customer conference. Group, Tom Hutchings, principal at RBR, Leslie Hand, vice president at IDC Retail Insights, and Scott Langdoc, vice president at Boston Retail Partners.

“Changing consumer behavior and technology disruption is fundamentally reshaping the way our customers drive productivity gains and deliver engaging, rewarding consumer experiences,” said David Wilkinson, senior vice president of global retail sales at NCR Corporation. “We look forward to sharing ideas and collaborating with our global customers at NCR Synergy.”

“We are deeply committed to helping our customers embrace technology disruption and make the complex simple to move at the pace of change versus reacting to it.“ said Sandy Preizler, vice president of global hospitality sales at NCR Corporation. “The hands-on omni-channel workshops, action-packed educational sessions and the thought-provoking presentations given by both Martin and Dan promise to make this year’s Synergy the best yet.”

For more information on NCR Synergy and to register for the event please visit:

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.

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Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contacts:
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NCR Public Relations
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Source: NCR Corporation

Saco Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will host a Grand Reopening event on Saturday, June 10

Scarborough, Maine, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Saco Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will host a Grand Reopening event on Saturday, June 10 to celebrate the completion of a renovation project that added nearly 500 new fresh and organic items, while making it even easier to shop at the store.

“Some of the improvements – like wider perimeter aisles and our fresh décor – are striking to customers as soon as they come into the supermarket,” said Store Manager Steve Saucier.  “Less obvious is all the work we have put into making this store more environmentally sustainable, with bright, high-efficiency lighting and energy-saving refrigeration units.”

What: Saco Hannaford Grand Reopening Celebration
When: Saturday, June 10, starting at 7 a.m.
Where: 532 Main Street (Route 1), Saco
Details: First 300 shoppers will receive a gift card randomly valued between $5 and $250; product sampling; raffle; and other activities.

The renovated store has several new, convenient offerings that make it easy for customers to grab a quick meal and go.  These additions include a hot bar and a signature sandwich station that features grilled cheese, burritos and panini.  In-store made sandwiches and salads, fresh rolled sushi and hot wings are also produced on-site daily.

The store’s pharmacy has been renovated. A new consultation room provides privacy for customers who want to discuss medication with their pharmacist or get a flu shot.

In conjunction with the event, the Saco Hannaford is donating $3,000 to the Eastern Trail Alliance for its Close the Gap campaign.

“We hope everyone joins us to see all that their Saco Hannaford has to offer,” Saucier said.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 180 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at

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Source: Hannaford Supermarkets

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan

Lulu hypermarket announces special initiatives to help shoppers save on their shopping during Ramadan


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earmarks Dhs. 40 million to subsidize various products.

With an aim to help shoppers save on their shopping during the holy month of Ramadan, Lulu hypermarkets has announced special initiatives. As part of the initiative, subsidized Ramadan baskets comprising of various essential products were launched this morning by Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the Customer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy at Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi.

The baskets come in two variants, one containing 12 and other 20 essential products at a very nominal price of AED 85 and AED 120 respectively. These baskets contain cooking oil, rice, lentils, water, dates, oats, sugar, etc., and are discounted up to 32. Last year Lulu sold close to 500,000 such baskets and this bigger numbers are expected.

Elaborating about the Ramadan initiatives, Saifee Rupawala, CEO of Lulu Group said, “we have always taken special care to see that the shoppers are not unduly burdened during the holy month of Ramadan, when there is a tendency to hike the prices by the suppliers. We have earmarked a budget of Dhs. 40 million to be used for subsidizing various products in all categories. Last week we started by launching a 3-day promotion at Lulu Hypermarket in Khalidiyah Mall, where more than 50 discount were offered in all categories”.

“We will be heavily publicizing our special offers & promotions all throughout the holy month, mainly focusing on essential food products while also covering other categories such as garments, home linen, household, etc.” added Saifi Rupawala.

Lulu, which has its own sourcing and food processing facilities in UK, USA, India and the far East recently opened another one in Sri Lanka to secure uninterrupted supply of fresh produce for their 134 stores across various countries at most competitive prices, by eliminating “middle men”.

Speaking at the launch of RAMDAN BASKET, Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi said “LULU has always supported all our initiatives and have been a role model for CSR activities. These subsidized Ramadan Baskets will be available in all their hypermarkets in the UAE from today. I glad to note that LULU has increased their subsidy budget from Dhs. 25 million last year to Dhs. 40 million this year, which will benefit larger segment of society. Also, Lulu in cooperation with ministry of economy has locked the price of 140 products throughout the year 2017”.


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New initiative launched to drive awareness of the importance of mammography

CHICAGO, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Susan G. Komen Chicago has set a big, bold goal of helping reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. In an effort to reach this momentous goal, one initiative the organization is embarking on is the Rewards For Mammograms program, a collaboration with Walgreens and major healthcare providers in the Chicagoland area. As part of Rewards For Mammograms, Komen Chicago, along with its collaborators, have a program goal of encouraging at least 100,000 Chicagoland women to get mammograms by October 31, 2017.

Women who get a mammogram by October 31, 2017 from a participating healthcare facility will have the opportunity to be rewarded with 1,000 Walgreens Balance® Rewards points.* Walgreens will also donate $1, up to $30,000, to Susan G. Komen Chicago, for each valid program voucher redeemed in-store through October 31.**

“Susan G. Komen Chicago is excited to launch this ambitious initiative as we continue to drive awareness of the importance of mammography,” says Bonnie Gordon, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Chicago. “With Rewards For Mammograms, we want Chicagoland women to know getting a mammogram is easy, but more importantly, it is vital as early detection is key in the fight to reduce breast cancer deaths in Chicago and the U.S.”

Today through October 31, participants can go to any participating healthcare facility, including all Chicagoland Presence Health Hospitals, to have a mammogram. From there, getting a mammogram and being rewarded for it is as easy as 1, 2, and 3 for program participants:

  1. Make an appointment with any participating Chicagoland healthcare facility
  2. Complete an appointment
    • Upon completion of the appointment, participants will receive a Walgreens Balance® Rewards voucher from their participating healthcare provider
  3. Redeem completed voucher at any Chicagoland Walgreens
    • Participant must present a completed voucher by October 31, 2017 to  receive 1,000 Walgreens Balance®Rewards points at checkout‡

“We’re proud to be a part of the Rewards For Mammograms program, and to have the opportunity to collaborate with Komen Chicago as it focuses on an aggressive goal to reduce breast cancer deaths in the community,” says Matt Farber, Walgreens senior director of oncology disease state. “Walgreens has long been committed to the cancer community, helping patients get access to medications, connect with valuable educational resources and manage prescription therapies – supporting them throughout their journey from screening and diagnosis to treatment and into survivorship.”

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL 2nd District), a supporter of the program, adds, “Mammograms and early detection are our greatest weapons in the fight against breast cancer. This remarkable program will help save lives by making mammograms accessible to all, especially those who have been historically medically underserved.”

For additional information or questions regarding the Rewards For Mammograms program, please visit or call Susan G. Komen Chicago’s headquarters at (773) 444 – 0061.

About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants in the Chicago area and dedicates 25 percent to global research. For more information on Komen Chicago, please visit

*Offer valid 6/4/17 thru 10/31/17 with Walgreens Balance® Rewards card and completed redemption voucher in participating stores in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Must be a Balance® Rewards member to receive points. Limit one redemption voucher per card member. Points good on next purchase. Void if copied or transferred. Exclusions and restrictions apply to redeeming points. Complete Balance Rewards details at

** Between 6/4/17 and 10/31/17 for every valid program voucher presented and redeemed in store, Walgreens will give $1, up to $30,000, to Susan G. Komen Chicago.

‡Participants must either be existing Walgreens Balance® Rewards members or sign up onsite at a Walgreens store to be eligible to receive the 1,000 points.



Source: Walgreens

Starbucks launches three Frappuccino blended beverages at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia

Starbucks launches three Frappuccino blended beverages at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia


Seattle, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blended coffee pudding. Jelly in a Frappuccino. A drinkable banana split. A great beverage isn’t always just about taste. It can be a whole sensory experience including a tantalizing aroma and appealing appearance. And for customers across Asia, now it can also be about a wider range of unique textures.

Starbucks is introducing today (June 6) three Frappuccino blended beverages that are fun twists on classic tea and coffee favorites infused with unexpected ingredients. The new beverages are available for a limited time at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia. They include:

Starbucks® Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino® blended beverage: A coffee pudding base is infused with rich Irish Cream flavor, then topped with fluffy espresso whipped cream and finely ground espresso powder.

Starbucks® Matcha Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® blended beverage: A bright layer of green tea gives this beverage its distinctive summer color, and traditional Earl Grey tea is transformed into a delightful jelly layer and finished with fluffy whipped cream and Matcha powder.

Starbucks® Banana Split Frappuccino blended beverage®: Like a drinkable ice cream sundae, this beverage combines sweet strawberry whipped cream and refreshing banana and mocha, which is blended and topped with a fluffy vanilla whipped cream. Chunky and crunchy waffle pieces complete this nostalgic summer treat.

“We experimented with different combinations of flavors to create new sensory experiences,” said Michele Waits, vice president, Marketing & Category, Starbucks Asia Pacific. “The striking layers, textures and flavors make each Starbucks Frappuccino distinctive.”

“That’s something that consumers across Asia report they appreciate,” said Davina Patel, global food and drink analyst at Mintel, the global market intelligence agency.

“And while it seems that consumers in Asia Pacific are demanding for more rich flavors, as reflected in Mintel’s 2017 Global Food and Drink Trend, ‘In Tradition We Trust’, they are also finding comfort in modernized updates of age-old formulations, flavors and formats.”

““According to Mintel Global New Products Database, Asia Pacific accounted for 88 percent of all global drink launches between 2012 and 2016 that feature the words ‘chewy’ or ‘jelly, making it the most active region for drinks that come with a bite,” she said. “In addition, there seems to be a growing demand for more rich and indulgent flavors within the region and as such, cream flavors have really started to play on that need.”

Availability of these beverages vary by country. More information can be found on


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Starbucks introduces new ready-to-drink Starbucks Iced Latte in Salted Caramel Mocha

Starbucks introduces new ready-to-drink Starbucks Iced Latte in Salted Caramel Mocha


Seattle, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Starbucks® served its very first espresso beverages in 1984, the Caffè Latte was a beverage unfamiliar to most Americans. But it quickly became a customer favorite with its rich espresso balanced with steamed milk and a light topping of foam.

Now Starbucks is bringing customers a new way to enjoy the beverage and Starbucks high-quality arabica coffee with its new ready-to-drink Starbucks Iced Latte, available in Salted Caramel Mocha for a limited time. This is the first Starbucks single-serve ready-to-drink iced latte. It features cocoa and toffee notes intertwined with hints of sea salt, bold espresso and creamy milk. The Salted Caramel Mocha flavor is inspired by the seasonal customer favorite, the handcrafted Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha served at Starbucks stores.  The new Starbucks Iced Latte Salted Caramel Mocha begins shipping to grocery retailers nationwide starting today.  Starbucks Iced Latte will roll-out in other delicious limited-time flavors throughout the year.

Caffè Latte at Home

Starbucks also makes it easy to enjoy smooth and creamy Caffè Latte at home with K–Cup® pods, Caffè Latte Verismo® pods and Starbucks VIA® Instant. Available in select Starbucks stores, grocery and online.

Caffè Latte K–Cup pods: The sweet creaminess of dairy and flavor complement 100% arabica coffee in our Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods. Available in Caramel, Vanilla, and Mocha.

Caffè Latte Verismo pods: A shot of dark, caramelly Starbucks® Espresso Roast meets a Starbucks milk pod, using the Verismo® System.

Starbucks VIA Instant Latte: This everyday instant indulgence features Starbucks® coffee and delicious flavors. Available in Vanilla, Caffè Mocha and Caramel.

Verismo System by Starbucks: This single cup brewing system allows customers to craft Starbucks® brewed coffee, espresso, and caffè lattes consistently and conveniently, one cup at a time with the push of a button. The Verismo® Milk Frother makes it possible to craft Starbucks beverages with hot or cold frothed milk for a Starbucks Experience at home.

North America Coffee Partnership

More than twenty years ago, Starbucks and PepsiCo started the North America Coffee Partnership and launched Starbucks® Bottled Frappuccino® chilled coffee drink. What started out as a nascent category has grown to be more than 40 ready-to-drink Starbucks beverages and more than $2 billion in retail business.


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


British clothing company Regatta Great Outdoors makes its U.S. retail store debut exclusively at Sears

UK-based, leading European heritage apparel brand exclusively available at select Sears stores

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Regatta Great Outdoors, Britain’s largest outdoor and leisure clothing company, makes its official U.S. retail store debut exclusively at Sears with shops inside 11 Sears locations throughout the New England area.

“Our members’ tastes change quickly so we are always looking for partners who can help keep our assortment fresh,” said David Pastrana, president of Sears Apparel. “Regatta is a long-established apparel leader that knows its customer well and was selective about who they made their U.S. debut with. Sears is proud to be Regatta’s exclusive home and we welcome American shoppers to discover this great brand.”Based in Manchester, England, Regatta Great Outdoors brings its unique approach to active, performance, outdoor, and leisure wear stateside for the first time. With offerings in the men’s and women’s categories, Regatta’s goal is to enable people to live happier and healthy lives through great times spent outdoors. The company was established in 1981 and quickly became one of Europe’s most popular outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment brands. Regatta’s values are similar to those of Sears: quality, value, a design-focus and passion for the customer.

“We chose Sears for our American debut because their customers align well to the type of enthusiasts who have fallen in love with the Regatta brand in Britain and across Europe,” said Keith Black, CEO of Regatta Great Outdoors. “With its seasonality, vast outdoor adventure and leisure options, New England is the perfect region to introduce the brand.”

Following recent launches of the R1893, Simply Styled and Simply Emma brands, Sears continues to offer its current members new offerings like Regatta, while inviting new customers to explore its wide-ranging assortment that brings new life to everyday looks.

The Regatta Great Outdoors collection is now featured in 1,800 square foot shops inside the following Massachusetts Sears locations: Saugus, Burlington, Auburn, Peabody, Braintree, Natick and Hyannis, as well as Salem and Nashua, N.H., Warwick, R.I., and South Burlington, Vt.

The Regatta collection will be available on starting this fall. For the latest fashionable clothing options from Sears, visit

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

About Regatta
The Regatta group of outdoor clothing brands is the largest group of outdoor brands in the UK. Since 1981 the group has established Regatta as the nation’s best loved outdoor clothing and footwear brand and since the mid-1990’s the brand has become enormously popular across Europe and beyond. Family owned by the Black family, the group has a highly valued reputation for creating great quality and extremely good value outdoor product. The Group is especially proud of its ethical trading stance, working closely with its global supply chain to ensure its products are made to the very highest of standards without compromising the health and safety of its workers and workers within its supply chain.

Fay Milman
Fingerprint Communications

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

This year Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® marks its largest display in more than a decade

This year Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® marks its largest display in more than a decade


  • The Nation’s Largest Independence Day Display Celebrates America’s Birthday Live From New York City
  • This year’s dazzling pyrotechnic spectacle will mark Macy’s Fireworks largest display in more than a decade, igniting the skyline with more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges positioned in midtown on the East River

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A pyrotechnic anthem for the ages will ignite New York City’s famed skyline on Tuesday, July 4, as the 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® launch an unrivaled barrage of color, shape, light and sound to celebrate Independence Day. The nation’s largest pyrotechnic display will come to life over the East River, captivating more than 3 million spectators lining the shorelines, waterways, streets and rooftops of the Big Apple and millions more on television coast-to-coast as together they marvel at the nation’s largest and most exciting party. Beginning at approximately 9:25 p.m., the first shells will launch the celebration along the shores of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn with more than 60,000 effects rumbling toward the grand finale.

“As the nation’s premiere Independence Dayshow, Macy’s Fireworks create an unparalleled and patriotic event that captivates viewers in New York City and around the country,” said Susan Tercero, group vice president, Macy’s Branded Entertainment. “Intricately synchronized to a rousing and uplifting score featuring the West Point Band and Glee Club, the display will be filled with magical, awe-inspiring effects that will enthrall and delight millions of spectators celebrating our nation’s birthday.”

Annually conceived, designed and produced by Macy’s (NYSE:M) since 1976, with the grand bicentennial celebration at the Statue of Liberty, Macy’s Fireworks have grown to become the nation’s largest Independence Day celebration in size, artistry and audience. Perfectly designed to synchronize to the musical score, this year’s display will be launched from five barges positioned between 24th Street and 41st Street in midtown on the East River.

The 41st edition of the festivities will showcase a 25-minute display featuring never-before-seen shells and effects. Pyro Spectaculars by Souza is once again at the helm of the pyrotechnics that will feature multiple new shells including color changing chrysanthemums, purple crackling ghost peonies, orange bees, and pulsing happy faces in 23 electrifying colors including fuchsia, lemon and aqua.

As the basis for the Fireworks choreography, the score will feature performances from the West Point Band, which has lent its instrumental talents to create ANTHEM, the show’s inspiring all-American musical tribute. Featuring new arrangements of Independence Day favorites like “Yankee Doodle,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “America the Beautiful,” the show will ignite patriotism in the hearts of millions.

In addition to the band, the West Point Glee Club will provide vocal backing to a number of tunes providing the soaring melodies for the high-flying explosions. Taking the lead on a new arrangement of the Elvis Presley hit “If I Can Dream,” Grammy® and Tony®-Award winner, Heather Headley, will cause spirits to soar in emotional delight. The show will kick off with lauded operatic vocalist Jamie Barton’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and country star Craig Campbell will perform a country ballad entitled “American Anthem.”

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are made possible in part by signature partners Green Giant®, King’s Hawaiian®, and SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy and are presented in partnership with the City of New York.

Revelers enjoying the show are encouraged to experience the full breadth of the display by tuning in to radio station 1010 WINS to hear the musical score to which the show is choreographed. Spectators lining the shores of the East River will also enjoy an NYPD helicopter flyover and an FDNY waterboat show prior to the start of the display. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks can be seen from any unobstructed view of the sky above the East River where the barges are located. Public viewing locations and dedicated entry points will be set up along various streets on the F.D.R. Drive, as well as various points in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Check for the most up-to-date information including exact points of entry, viewing locations for persons with disabilities and for marine viewing details.

Independence Day spectators from coast-to-coast can catch all the action in the sky by tuning to NBC’s two-hour live national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, with a one-hour encore presentation at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and 9 p.m. CT (check local listings). In addition to the pyrotechnic splendor, the 4th of July’s most popular entertainment special will feature the hottest acts in music.

For more information on the 41st Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, please visit or call the Macy’s Fireworks Hotline at (212) 494-4495.

Media Relations:
Orlando Veras

Christine Olver Nealon

Source: Macy’s


Macy’s to host in-store events, parades, sponsorships this June as part of its LGBTQ campaign Pride + Joy

Macy’s honors National Pride Month with participation in 23 Pride parades, special in-store events, Levi’s® x Pride Collection, a returning partnership with The Trevor Project, and more

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — This June, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates national LGBTQ Pride Month with Pride + Joy, featuring in-store events, parades, sponsorships, and special merchandise nationwide. Pride + Joy, the company’s annual LGBTQ campaign, continues to highlight Macy’s long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect.

“Macy’s is committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and promoting an inclusive environment for our employees and customers during National Pride Month, and all year-round,” said William Hawthorne, Macy’s senior vice president of Diversity Strategies and Inclusion. “The Pride + Joy campaign is a true reflection of Macy’s core values where we celebrate diversity and support community partners, such as The Trevor Project, which provides vital services and those that are making strides in the movement for equality.”

As part of its national campaign, Macy’s continues its partnership with The Trevor Project. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film “TREVOR,” The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13 to 24. In addition to its financial support to the organization, this year, Macy’s is also sponsoring TrevorLIVE, the foundation’s semi-annual gala in Los Angeles and New York City.

“We’re thrilled by our ongoing partnership with Macy’s, which has been a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth,” said The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn. “The increased visibility among Macy’s shoppers and others that campaigns like this bring to The Trevor Project’s crisis intervention programs helps us reach and educate audiences and positively impact the lives of thousands of people who may not have heard about our organization otherwise.”

To honor this commitment to equality and celebrate the rich diversity of our society, Macy’s employees and their families and friends are participating in 23 parades across the country. Special in-store Pride festivities will highlight the latest fashions, support local charities and feature personal appearances.

The campaign will also be commemorated via curated advertising and window treatments, which feature celebratory and inspiring quotes from Macy’s employees and partners.

Additionally, customers may shop the Levi’s® x Pride Collection, which took inspiration from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to honor those affected, fight stigma and help organizations that stand up for equality; and tanks and tees from Hybrid, a fashion collection with attention-grabbing graphics designed to fight intolerance with expressions of love. Customers can also purchase Proposition Love jewelry on Proposition Love Jewelry supports the fight for LGBT equality by donating 10 percent of profits to organizations that benefit the following: Marriage Equality, Gay Rights, LGBT Youth, Anti-Bullying, and HIV/AIDS activism.

For more information on Macy’s Pride + Joy campaign, visit The site features information on Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry, which welcomes all couples, as well as Pride in-store event listings, background on Macy’s national Pride partners, and more.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

Melody Regalado

Christine Olver Nealon

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Asda the first retailer to sell new multipack of Village Dairy’ smooth Strawberry and Raspberry yogurts

Asda is the first to market a new multipack of Village Dairy yoghurts

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A local North Wales business is celebrating its growing relationship with Asda through new product development as their new multipack of Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy smooth yogurts are now on the shelves of 37 Asda stores across Wales.

Asda is the first retailer to list the new multipack of smooth (‘No Bits!’) Strawberry and Raspberry yogurts, in 85g pot format perfect for lunchboxes.

Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy, now in their 32nd year of trading, recently completed a major expansion of their yogurt making facility that is still based on the family farm in Llannefydd, North Wales.

Gareth and Falmai Roberts, who established the company in 1985, are excited to announce the opening of the new unit which will open a new exciting chapter in the company’s history, expanding to new markets and introduce new products to its loyal customers as without them the new dairy would not have been possible.

Owain Roberts, Managing Director at Village Dairy, said: “As a business, we’ve been operating for over 30 years and working closely with retailers like Asda has allowed us to grow and be able to supply our quality products to our loyal customers more widely than ever before.

“We have a fantastic relationship with Asda. They have always been very supportive of Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy and we are delighted that they are launching additional product lines.”

Lisa Nesden, Asda’s Local Chilled Buyer, said: “Asda is committed to supporting local producers and we’ve worked closely with Village Dairy’s since 2008 to stock their innovative and high quality products.

“We’re very excited that the multipacks have hit the shelves and I’m sure it will continue to prove extremely popular with shoppers across Wales.”

Russell Craig
Senior Director, Media & Community Relations

Source: ASDA

ENGLAND: Asda stores across Staffordshire to sell three lines of Titanic Brewery’s beer

Up to 26 Asda stores across Staffordshire will now stock three lines of Titanic Brewery’s beer

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A local brewery in Stoke-on-Trent are getting into the celebratory spirit after securing a regional listing with Asda, who will stock three lines of beer in up to 26 of their stores across Staffordshire.

Titanic Brewery was founded in 1985 and is now run by brothers, Dave and Keith Bott, with the ethos remaining the same as it always has been; to brew great beer locally for local people.

Founded in Burslem, the brewery pays homage to the commander of the world’s most famous liner – Captain Edward John Smith – who was born in just a stone’s throw away in Eturia.

From humble beginnings Titanic Brewery has grown beyond all expectations to produce in excess of 2.3 million pints of fine ale every year.

With three new lines launching on the shelves, Asda is aiming to lead the way in supporting local brewers.

Asda will start by stocking three lines of beer in 500ml bottles; Iceberg, White Star and Plum Porter.

Keith Bott, managing director of Titanic Brewery, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Asda, it just goes to show how our brand continues to grow as locals crave local brewed beers as well as national ales.

“We are delighted to launch in 26 stores across Staffordshire, making our beers more readily available for locals and a sense of pride in the region – we couldn’t be happier.”

The new deal will see the following lines stocked in up to 26 Staffordshire stores:

Iceberg (4.1%) – A combination of Maris Otter pale malt and fine wheat malt, give this refreshing beer real zest. Add refreshing Yakima Galena and Cascade hops and what you get is a fantastic wheat beer that will hole any passing thirst – 6 stores

White Star (4.5%) – A light refreshing distinctively hoppy beer with a freshness that belies its strength, so easy to drink it will fool all but the crustiest of sea dogs – 26 stores

Plum Porter (4.9%) – A dark strong and well-rounded beer that recently appeared in the Independent’s 10 best porters and stouts. The richness of such a rotund beer is brought to an even keel by the late addition of Goldings hops and natural plum flavouring. Take the opportunity and go for the low hanging fruit, this sumptuous beer really is a plum! – 24 stores

Alan Jackson, Buying Manager – Local BWS and Core Ambient, said: ““I am really proud of our bottled Ale range and bringing Titanic on board in the Staffordshire region will only enhance our range.

“Titanic Brewery brews premium beers, with the Plum Porter being one that immediately caught my eye.”

Russell Craig
Senior Director, Media & Community Relations

Source: ASDA

NRF: Americans are expected to spend more than ever on gifts for Father’s Day this year

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Americans are expected to spend more than ever on gifts for Father’s Day this year with the biggest share going to special outings like a ballgame, concert or dinner, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics.

Father’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average $134.75 for the holiday, up from last year’s $125.92. With 77 percent of consumers surveyed celebrating, total spending is expected to reach $15.5 billion. That’s the highest number in the survey’s 15-year history, topping last year’s previous record of $14.3 billion.

“It’s encouraging to see that consumers are spending on special occasions such as Father’s Day,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “This is a positive sign of strong consumer confidence heading into the second half of the year, and a good deal for all the dads who will reap the benefits.”

The survey found 27 percent of dads would love to receive a “gift of experience” for Father’s Day — and 25 percent of shoppers plan to grant that wish with gifts like tickets to a concert or a sporting event. When dinners, brunches and other types of “fun activity/experience” are included, consumers plan to spend $3.3 billion on special outings, which will be given by 48 percent of those surveyed.

Next up on the spending list is $2.2 billion on gift cards (given by 43 percent), followed by $2.2 billion on clothing (46 percent) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (21 percent). Personal care products such as a bottle of cologne (21 percent) total $888 million, slightly edging out home improvement supplies (16 percent) at $885 million. Greeting cards are the most common gift, purchased by 64 percent of consumers, but only account for $861 million of projected spending.

“With shoppers planning to be more generous to dad this year, the personal care category will be one to watch,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “Planned spending on items like cologne, aftershave and razors rose nearly 20 percent year-over-year, outpacing growth in every other gift category for Father’s Day.”

When searching for the perfect gift, 40 percent of consumers will head to department stores, 34 percent will shop online, 26 percent will shop at a discount store, 24 percent at a specialty store and 19 percent at a local small business. Among smartphone owners, 33 percent will use them to research gift ideas but only 18 percent will use them to make a purchase. Tablets are used slightly less frequently to research (32 percent) but slightly more frequently to buy (19 percent).

More than half of those surveyed plan to buy for their fathers or stepfathers (54 percent) while others will shop for their husbands (29 percent) or sons (10 percent).

The survey of 7,335 consumers was conducted May 2-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

BRC Chief Executive: The slowdown in overall non-food sales was mirrored online in May as annual growth fell to its lowest on record

London, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —


Covering the four weeks 30 April – 27 May 2017

  • Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 4.3% in May compared to 13.7% rise a year earlier. This is the lowest growth since December 2012.
  • Over the 3 months to May, Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 7.0% year-on-year, the lowest in the BRC series started in December 2012.
  • In May 2017, Online sales represented 22.1% of total Non-Food sales in the UK, against 21.2% in May 2016. On a 3-month basis, penetration rate was 21.9%.
  • Over the 3 months to May, Online sales added 1.3 percentage points to the year-on-year growth of Total Non-Food sales. In contrast, In-Store sales made a negative 3-month contribution of 1.2 percentage points. In May, Online sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to Non-Food growth.
  • Over the 3 months to May, In-Store sales fell, posting declines of 1.8% on a total basis and 2.3% on a like-for-like basis. For the month of May, In-Store sales declined by 4.4%, a striking decline, the sharpest decline since the BRC series started in December 2012.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive | British Retail Consortium said:

“The slowdown in overall non-food sales was mirrored online in May as annual growth fell to its lowest on record. Though sales in all categories but one saw growth, this was subdued as consumers held back on non-essential purchases.

“Where there is willingness to spend on non-food items, this is largely concentrated on value-lines. The clothing and beauty categories in particular were boosted by some late season promotions, which looks promising for those retailers who will be launching their mid-season sales this month.

“For the second consecutive month, the increase in the online penetration rate has remained below one percentage point. Retailers will be increasingly looking to innovate and optimise their online channels to convert a greater share of online browsing into sales.”

Paul Martin, UK Head of Retail | KPMG said:
“Whilst non-food online sales continue to deliver growth, the significant news is that this month’s year-on-year growth is the lowest recorded since our online retail sales monitor began back in December 2012. Broadly speaking, most categories noted a rise, but growth had clearly been muted due to shoppers clawing back on non-food purchases.

“Bucking the general trend, health and beauty products continue to be the rising star, with holiday season, sunshine and hay fever likely to be fuelling this growth. Elsewhere, the more seasonal weather in the month is likely to be behind fashion sales performing better.

“With such meagre growth in online sales in May, it is vital online retailers master the art of customer-centricity and personalisation. Ensuring the right products are available at the right time, and that surplus stock is not sold at significantly reduced prices, is becoming ever more important.  Success will come from an ability to target the online shoppers who spend more and return less.”

TELEPHONE: + 44 (0) 20 7854 8924
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Source: BRC

BRC: UK retail sales in May down by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016

London, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —


Covering the four weeks 30 April – 27 May 2017​

  • In May, UK retail sales decreased by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales rose 0.2% in May, against a growth of 1.4% in May 2016. This is the lowest since January, excluding Easter distortions, and below the 3-month and 12-month averages of 1.9% and 1.2% respectively.
  • Over the three months to May, Food sales increased 3.2% on a like-for-like basis and 4.3% on a total basis. This is the strongest 3-month average since February 2012, excluding Easter distortions. This pulls the 12-month Total average growth to 2.2%, the highest since January 2014.
  • Over the three-months to May, Non-Food retail sales in the UK decreased 0.3% on a like-for-like basis and increased 0.1% on a total basis, below the 12-month Total average growth to 0.5%. May’s Total Non-Food performance was the worst recorded since May 2011.
  • Over the three-months to May, Online sales of Non-Food products grew 7.0% while In-store sales declined 1.8% on a Total basis and 2.3% on a like-for-like basis, below the like-for-like 12-month average decline of 2.0%.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive | British Retail Consortium said: “After the pick-up in sales over Easter, consumer spending slowed again in May resulting in almost flat growth on the previous year. Underneath the headlines, there’s continued variation in the performance of food versus non-food products, as sales performance of the two become increasingly polarised. Food sales, albeit positively distorted by inflation, continue to see annual growth, while in non-food categories which are predominantly capturing discretionary spending, retailers find themselves having to compete even harder.

“Overall, May’s sales slowdown is indicative of a longer term trend of a decline in consumer spending power. As household budgets become increasingly squeezed by inflation, predominantly in the non-retail part of the consumer basket, it’s vital that the next Government helps retailers keep prices low for ordinary shoppers. This means, as well as securing a tariff-free trade deal with the EU, negotiating frictionless customs arrangements; providing certainty for EU colleagues working in the UK; and ensuring the continuity of existing EU legislation as it transfers into UK law.”

Paul Martin, UK Head of Retail | KPMG said:

“After the surge in retail sales last month – the by-product of this year’s relatively late Easter – retailers have been brought back down to earth with a thump. Like-for-like retail sales contracted in May, which is likely to represent a more accurate depiction of the state of UK retail currently.

“The impact of inflationary pressures on the nation’s purse continues to play out in this month’s figures, with shoppers evidently spending more on food and drink than on non-food purchases. With inflation continuing to rise and wage growth stagnating, consumers are starting to feel the pinch – although the highly competitive nature of the UK grocery market continues to play out in the consumer’s favour.

“Many retailers, particularly fashion stores, will be poised and ready to make the most of the upcoming summer, so hopefully the weather will play fair. An increased focus on managing costs will dominate the retail agenda. More imminently though, eyes will be firmly placed on the outcome of the General Election, with close attention being paid to the implications it might have on the industry.”

Food & Drink sector performance | Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive | IGD said:

“Food and drink sales were again strong in May, not quite reaching the heights of average growth from the previous two months, but maintaining the trend for year-on-year growth. This was mainly attributable to inflation combined with warm weather in the run-up to the late May bank holiday. The sustained sunshine saw beers, wines and spirits enjoy double-digit growth.

“With no big summer event beyond the regular schedule this year, sales over the next few months will hinge largely on the weather. Hot conditions encourage impulse buying. For instance, over a third (34 per cent) of shoppers say they tend to revert at the last minute to a barbecue when the weather is good.”

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Source: BRC

Auntie Anne’s® adds Lemonade Iced Tea as permanent addition to its beverage menu

Auntie Anne’s® adds Lemonade Iced Tea as permanent addition to its beverage menu


LANCASTER, Pa., 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — AC not working? Forgot to pack sunscreen? Long lines at the beach? Well, Auntie Anne’s® says it’s time to chill out! To help guests achieve maximum chill this summer, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise has launched Lemonade Iced Tea, a brand new and permanent addition to its beverage menu.

The core of this new thirst quencher is Auntie Anne’s signature old-fashioned lemonade. To take this classic to the next level, it’s mixed with freshly brewed iced tea and served over ice. Guests can customize this newest offering with either sweetened or unsweetened tea.“Since 1988, guests have flocked to Auntie Anne’s for our lemonade, a perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day,” said Carol Pasquariello, vice president of marketing for Auntie Anne’s. “We’ve previously created innovative Lemonade Mixers and Frozen Lemonade Mixers, and now, for the first time, we’re offering our take on the perfect summer drink, Lemonade Iced Tea.”

Lemonade Iced Tea will be available for a suggested retail price of $2.69 at Auntie Anne’s locations nationwide.

For the latest information about Auntie Anne’s products and company news, please visit and follow the brand on Twitter @AuntieAnnes, on Instagram @AuntieAnnesPretzels, and on Facebook at To get exclusive offers and information before anyone else, download the Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. For more information, visit, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To receive the latest offers – including a free pretzel for your birthday – download the My Pretzel Perks app.

Source: Auntie Anne’s


RILA and Auburn University released their 7th annual “State of the Retail Supply Chain” report

Annual Report Highlights Challenges, Competencies And The Future Of The Retail Supply Chain

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (6/5/2017), Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), in partnership with DC Velocity, released their seventh annual “State of the Retail Supply Chain” report. The report provides in-depth analysis of the front-burner issues facing America’s retail supply chains. The report also highlights tools and leading practices to compete in an evolving marketplace.

This year’s study is the culmination of research derived from industry hot topics, executive input, and emergent issues. The report sought participation from organizations with annual revenues above $1 billion, omnichannel capabilities and broad geographic activity. The Auburn University research team gathered insight through interviews and online surveys with America’s top retail supply chain executives, as well as industry analysis.

“2017 is a banner year for the retail supply chain and this report provides a tremendous benchmarking opportunity for today’s supply chain leaders,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA. “As retailers focus on innovation and moving their supply chains into the future, this report provides the insight and tools to help prioritize investment and increase marketplace competition.”

“Adapting to the hyper-competitive landscape requires supply chain capabilities that attract customers and grow the business,” noted Brian Gibson, executive director of Auburn University’s Center for Supply Chain Innovation. “Supply chain executives must integrate operations across multiple channels, use analytics to drive supply chain decisions, and monetize supply chain capabilities. Our report provides extensive discussions of these initiatives.”

Additionally, the report details the top three supply chain capabilities that revolve around the digital transformation of the retail industry as driven by the evolving consumer: enhancing order fulfillment capabilities, incorporating extensive use of stores for fulfilment and end-to-end supply chain planning.

According to the report:

As retailers seek to find balance between omnichannel costs and revenue growth, they realize that the supply chain is the key to profitably serving customers. To achieve success, the supply chain team must continue to excel at its primary fulfillment role, figure out how to best utilize stores that were never designed for large scale fulfillment, and develop strong capabilities in areas previously managed by other groups. Supply chain success will enhance retailers’ financial vitality and outlook.

To read a full copy of the report, click here.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.


Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039

Source: RILA

Gap Inc. and the UN Foundation to raise awareness and funds to promote equal rights and fair treatment for LGBTI people globally


San Francisco and Washington, DC, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. and the United Nations Foundation today (June 5, 2017) announced a new partnership to raise awareness and funds for UN Free & Equal, a program of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to promote equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people globally. Building on a joint effort last year to raise awareness of the Free & Equal campaign, the 2017 partnership marks Pride Month and includes two main components:

  • As part of Gap Inc.’s #WearYourPride campaign, 30 percent of net sales from Gap brand’s Pride t-shirts will be donated to the UN Foundation to benefit Free & Equal. T-shirts will be available online as well as select stores in the U.S., Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Taiwan and the U.K. Pride t-shirts will be available through October while supplies last.
  • Additionally, Gap Inc. brands will offer special, Pride-themed eGift Cards this year. For every Pride eGift Card sold during the month of June, $2 will be donated to the UN Foundation in support of Free & Equal up to $25,000. Pride eGift Cards will be available from Athleta, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory, Gap, Gap Factory and Old Navy.

“We’re proud to partner with the UN Foundation in support of UN Free & Equal,” said Roy L. Hunt, SVP of Gap Inc.’s global franchise operation and executive sponsor of the company’s partnership with UN Foundation. “For more than 47 years, Gap Inc. has stood for equality for all, and we’re pleased to give our customers a way to express their support and celebrate Pride. We are committed to doing our part to bring people together and work towards a brighter future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive as equals.”

UN Foundation COO Richard S. Parnell added, “The UN Foundation is fully committed to the values embodied in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ Working with Gap Inc. means that message will reach thousands of the company’s customers, giving them a way to celebrate their own commitment to human rights while also supporting those working for LGBTI equality around the world through the Free & Equal campaign.”

UN Free and Equal Campaign Director Charles Radcliffe at the UN Human Rights Office welcomed Gap’s support for the campaign and called on the corporate sector more broadly to play a bigger role in tackling human rights abuses, including discrimination against LGBTI people.

“The UN Free & Equal campaign is working globally to open people’s hearts and minds and promote greater respect for the rights of LGBTI people,” said Radcliffe. “With Gap Inc.’s help and the support of its customers, the campaign will this year reach more people in more countries than ever before.”

He continued, “As Pride month begins, we are calling on companies around the world to join us in standing up for equal rights and fair treatment for LGBTI people everywhere. Business has a stake in diversity and inclusion, and a vital role to play in tackling discrimination — both in the workplace and in communities worldwide.”

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, over 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at:

About UN Free and Equal

UN Free and Equal is an unprecedented global public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people. It was launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in July 2013 and has since reached over a billion people globally through traditional and social media as well as generated a stream of widely shared materials – including powerful videos, impactful graphics and plain-language fact sheets. For more information please visit


Source: GAP Inc.

Gilster-Mary Lee recalls certain Western Family Onion Soup Mix that may contain undeclared egg

Gilster-Mary Lee recalls certain Western Family Onion Soup Mix that may contain undeclared egg


Chester, Illinois, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gilster-Mary Lee of Chester, Illinois, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Western Family Onion Soup Mix, UPC 15400-03604 because it may contain undeclared egg. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The only lot involved is Western Family Onion Soup Mix, packaged in 4.5-oz. cartons which have a Best By date of APR 10 18 D16 (UPC# 15400-03604). Consumers should return the product to the store for a full refund or discard it.

The product is distributed exclusively to Associated Foods Warehouse, 1850 West 2530 North, Farr West, UT 84404. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. became aware of the mispackaging after receiving a customer complaint. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this dry soup mix.

For questions, consumers can call Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. at 618-826-2361 ext. 3283 or 3035, 573-547-8345 ext. 2035 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST Monday – Friday.

Consumers Contact:

(618) 826-2361 ext. 3283 or
(573) 547-8345 ext. 2035

Source: FDA



Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 936,555 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 29, 2017 up to and including June 2, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.71 per share for a total consideration of €18.5 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 21,629,556 common shares for a total consideration of €429 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Dollar General the exclusive retailer of the newest OREO Mississippi Mud Pie Flavor Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

  • Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Commemorates the Day with Official Statewide Proclamation;
  • Dollar General and OREO Celebrate the Flavors of the Magnolia State with Free Product with Purchase

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate Dollar General (NYSE: DG) serving as the exclusive retailer of the newest, limited-edition OREO, the company is excited to officially declare Wednesday, June 7, as Mississippi Mud Pie Day throughout the state. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant helped commemorate the day with an official state proclamation and Dollar General is encouraging customers to enjoy #DGOREOMSMud by providing customers a complimentary package with a select purchase, June 7 only!

“Dollar General is excited to partner with OREO, Mondelez, Governor Bryant and the great state of Mississippi to celebrate Mississippi Mud Pie Day on June 7,” said Larry Gatta, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Consumables. “We hope customers will enjoy the flavors of the Magnolia State in America’s favorite cookie and take advantage of additional digital coupon savings to receive complimentary product this week.”

Dollar General is providing customers a free package of OREO cookies with the purchase of two additional packages through its Wow! Wednesday digital coupon offer. To redeem, customers should visit or visit the Dollar General mobile app on smartphone devices only on Wednesday, June 7 to add the coupon to their platform, or to create a digital coupon account. Customers can then redeem the offer from June 7 through June 9 by entering their 10-digit Digital Coupon number at checkout.

The OREO Mississippi Mud Pie Flavor Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookie combines the rich chocolate flavors of Mississippi’s unofficial state dessert with America’s favorite cookie. Dollar General is the exclusive retailer of the limited-edition cookie, which is in more than 13,600 stores in 44 states while supplies last.

With approximately 465 stores throughout the state and a distribution center in Indianola, Dollar General employs more than 4,600 Mississippians.

For additional information, product photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at


  • Dollar General and OREO have partnered to offer customers a new OREO Mississippi Mud Pie Flavor Creme Chocolate Sandwich Cookie. The product is available exclusively at Dollar General stores now while supplies last!
  • Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed an official proclamation declaring Wednesday, June 7, 2017 as Mississippi Mud Pie Day throughout the state.
  • To celebrate, Dollar General is providing customers a Wow! Wednesday digital coupon to receive a free package of OREO cookies with the purchase of two additional packages.
  • Customers must download the Wow! Wednesday offer on June 7, but may redeem it from June 7 through June 9.

About Dollar General Corporation

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

Follow Dollar General:

Media Contacts:
Dan MacDonald, 615-855-5209
Crystal Ghassemi, 615-855-5210

Media Hotline:
877-944-DGPR (3477)

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Taubman Centers to present at REITWeek 2017, NAREIT’s Investor Forum in New York

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (06/05/2017) announced that Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Simon Leopold, chief financial officer, will participate in a roundtable discussion with investors on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at REITWeek 2017, NAREIT’s Investor Forum in New York.

The session will be available via webcast at under “Investors/Investor Events and Presentations” and at An online replay will follow shortly after the session and continue for approximately 30 days.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related business disruptions; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Ryan Hurren
Investor Relations

Maria Mainville
Strategic Communications

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Perry Ellis International entered into license agreement for eyewear under the Rafaella™ brand

MIAMI, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (June 5, 2017) it has entered into a license agreement with i-deal Optics Holding, Inc. granting rights to design and distribute ophthalmic eyewear, sunglasses and readers under the Rafaella™ brand in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The new line will be distributed in optical retail stores and other accounts with a product launch scheduled for Spring 2018.

Rafaella is the brand women rely on for fashion that fits and flatters her shape, her sense of style, her life. Since 1982 the brand has managed to successfully dispel the one-size or “one-shape” fits all mindset by offering innovation in fit technique and fashion that is figure-flattering for a wide variety of body types and sizes. Rafaella believes that looking great, means feeling great and by celebrating a woman’s individual shape and style, they make it easy for her to feel her most confident and beautiful. This philosophy is epitomized in the, “Fitting is believing” maxim it lives by today.

“We look forward to our partnership with i-deal Optics and to bringing to our loyal consumers eyewear that captures the spirit and femininity of the Rafaella woman. We are delighted to extend the global reach of this iconic brand,” remarked George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

“The Rafaella brand aligns perfectly with our strategy and desire to partner with a brand that combines fashion and comfort with a strong value proposition. Rafaella’s use of color, embellishment and pattern transfer seamlessly to the optical category and fills a white space opportunity to offer the consumer stylish frames to complement her personal look,” commented Michael Feldman, President of i-deal Optics.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®,  Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

About i-deal Optics Holding, Inc.
​i-deal Optics is a leading wholesaler of eyewear and sunwear. ​The company specializes in filling the needs of the eyewear market with innovation, quality and style.
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i-deal Optics continually works with their manufacturing partners to produce the highest quality, fully featured, and best finished frames at the most controlled price points possible. The consistency they deliver year after year, along with unrivaled service, makes up the complete package their customers deserve. It is their goal to be the eyewear company that people choose to do business with again and again.


Pamela Fields

Michael Feldman

Source: Perry Ellis International, Inc./globenewswire

CBRE Vancouver office earns WELL Certification for New and Existing Interiors by IWBI™

New certification measures impact of office design and environment on employee wellness

Los Angeles, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) announced today ( June 5, 2017) that its Vancouver office has achieved WELL Certification at the gold level for New and Existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). CBRE’s office space is the first to receive the prestigious distinction in Vancouver, awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the premier building standard to focus on enhancing employees’ health and wellness through the built environment.

CBRE occupies four floors of Oxford Properties’ MNP Tower, located at 1021 West Hastings Street. In order to receive WELL Certification, the office was assessed, monitored and tested across seven wellness categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The office space incorporates more than 100 wellness features, including universal access to natural light for all employees, ergonomic sit-stand desks and noise-attenuating technology to reduce stress-inducing background noise.

“Our decision to be first-movers in pursuing this pioneering certification reflects our belief that the office environment can, and should, add to the health of your people, and that true market leadership is about taking bold steps for the future. Thirty years ago, we brought the open-concept office to our industry across Canada and, today, we again break new ground by creating one of the first workplaces in the country to actively promote employee health and wellness,” said Mark Renzoni, President and CEO of CBRE Canada.

Dubbed ‘the next frontier in workplace design’, CBRE is helping to pioneer the adoption of the WELL Building Standard in Canada. The company has a total of four offices registered for WELL Certification, making it the first Canadian firm to embrace the new standard across multiple locations.

In 2013, CBRE became the first company in the world to achieve WELL Certification for a commercial office space through the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) pilot program with the opening of its Global Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles. In 2016, in a continuation of its leadership in the wellness space, CBRE committed to pursue WELL Certification for at least 100 buildings, sites or offices managed by or associated with CBRE worldwide.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.