Sheetz announce Sebastian Joynes as the 2017 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence winner

Sheetz announce Sebastian Joynes as the 2017 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence winner

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 7, 2017) Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, is proud to announce Sebastian Joynes as the 2017 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence winner. Awarded Saturday, June 3, during the closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, Joynes was honored due to his distinguished sportsmanship and perseverance throughout the Games.

Joynes, a 21 year old from Area M, consistently encourages and inspires his fellow athletes and coaches. During a relay event at the Games, after a member of Joynes’ team ran before receiving the baton, Joynes lifted up his teammate saying, “It’s okay, we can do this relay again next year.” Additionally, despite being sick, Joynes competed in the 200 meter race, earning a 7th place ribbon.

The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence was created to capture the great sporting moments that distinguish the athletes at the Summer Games. The award recognizes the athlete whose determination and effort can only be understood by the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and inspire greatness. It distinguishes athletes who may not win, but whose courage, sportsmanship, effort and determination is award-winning.

“We are pleased that Sebastian received this year’s coveted Sheetz Family Award,” said Nicole Jones, Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. “He has clearly demonstrated our athlete oath, ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’ ”

“In our 25th year as a proud sponsor of the 2017 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, we couldn’t be more honored to present the Sheetz Family Award of Excellence to Sebastian Joynes, an athlete who inspires greatness in all of us,” said Sheetz Vice President of Human Resources Stephanie Doliveira, who presented the award. “At Sheetz we are deeply committed to supporting the communities we serve. We are proud to stand beside our partners at the Special Olympics as they continue to transform lives through the joy of sport, teamwork and friendship.”

The winner of the Sheetz Family Award of Excellence was selected by a team of Sheetz employees from applications submitted by delegation leaders and coaches.  All nominees remained anonymous during the selection process.

On Thursday, June 1, Emily Sheetz Mandel, representing Sheetz, ran with the torch in the Special Olympics Torch Run, which kicks off the Pennsylvania Summer Games. Sheetz also participated in the Summer Games with over 100 Sheetz employees volunteering their time and through the donation of more than 4,750 meals including 6″ subs, fruit and water for Olympians in addition to a prize wheel and free beverages for athletes at the Olympic Village. Sheetz also donates $2,500 at each new store opening to the local Special Olympics chapter and collects in-store donations from customers at check-out throughout the year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 550 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).    

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

For further information:

Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com
667.219.2017

Visa adds 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider (TSP) program

Visa Adds Thirteen New Token Service Providers to Broaden Global Access to Visa Token Service

SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 7, 2017), Visa (NYSE:V) announced it has signed 13 new partners to participate in its token service provider (TSP) program, as the payments industry shifts from plastic to digital and broader access to new standards, such as tokenization, are needed. With demand expected to increase for payments to be embedded into a growing number of devices, services and experiences, Visa has built out a global network of partners to offer secure, digital payment token services and ensure that regardless of form factor, an Internet-of-Things (IoT) device, appliance, wearable or beyond, can become a more secure place for commerce.

The newest Visa partners share a desire to advance digital and device-based payments, and represent all major regions of the globe:

  • Global: FitPay, Infosys, Rambus
  • Asia Pacific/India: Mahindra Comviva, PayCraft
  • Central Europe, Middle East & Africa: Digiseq, FOO, Pri-Num, Seglan
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: HST, Prosa, VeriTran, YellowPepper

“A potential tidal wave of new payment accounts is approaching — conservative estimates expect 21 billion Internet-connected devices in just three more years,* so having both the partner network and the right technology in place are fundamental to driving payments on those devices,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president, innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa Inc. “We are proud to welcome so many great new partners to the token service provider program, to help us extend tokenization to new devices and form factors and give consumers more payment experiences that they love.”

Visa first announced its token service provider program in October 2016 with initial partners Giesecke+Devrient (G+D), Gemalto and Inside Secure. Since then, G+D, FitPay, Infosys, Inside Secure, and Pri-Num, have been Visa Ready-qualified and begun integrations of Visa technology with partners. The Visa Ready Program provides structure and clarity to allow partners to quickly introduce devices, software, and solutions that can initiate or accept Visa payments.

“Commerce is quickly spreading from computers, smartphones and tablets to connected endpoints of all shapes and sizes,” said Jordan McKee, principal analyst, 451 Research. “Consumers now expect to be able to purchase goods and services at any given time or place on the device of their choosing. What’s more, they expect the experience to be not only secure, but easy-to-use. To meet these elevated demands, commerce stakeholders must collaborate on approaches such as tokenization to ensure security and usability are maintained at scale.”

Visa’s token service provider program gives technology companies a standards-based approach and access to Visa’s broad network of tools and services, including the Visa Token Service, as well as integration, development and marketing support. The program also helps expand the market for tokenization to other companies as they develop new and secure digital payment services and promotes consistency envisioned in the EMVCo token standards.

Tokenization is a payment security technology that replaces cardholder information, such as account numbers and expiration dates, with a unique digital identifier (a “token”) that can be used for payment without exposing a cardholder’s more sensitive account information.

Any organization interested in working with Visa’s global network of token service providers to become a token service requestor can contact Visa directly at Tokenrequester@visa.com.

** Gartner, IoT report, February 2017, http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

SOURCE: Visa Inc.

Visa Inc.
Kryssa Guntrum
415-805-4488
kguntrum@visa.com

The Home Depot® EVP – Merchandising Ted Decker to present at the Oppenheimer 17th Annual Consumer Conference

ATLANTA, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today (June 7, 2017) announced that Ted Decker, executive vice president – Merchandising, will present at the Oppenheimer 17th Annual Consumer Conference in Boston, MA. The presentation will begin at 9:05 a.m. ET on June 21, 2017.

The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at http://ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations. A link will be displayed under “Events and Presentations.” The webcast will be archived and available at the same location after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until September 19, 2017.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,281 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE: The Home Depot

Contact:

public_relations@homedepot.com
770-384-4646

Baltimore, MD, educator Laura Braly named national winner of 2017 Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest and “Teacher of the Year”

Baltimore, MD, Educator Receives Praise from Student, Awarded $10,000 to Share with Dulaney High School

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (June 6, 2017) named Laura Braly from Dulaney High School in Baltimore, MD, as the 2017 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Ms. Braly, an eleventh grade Paramedical Biology teacher, was nominated by her former student, high school senior Randy Davidson, and was chosen from more than 9,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

From January 2017 to March 2017, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest is one of our many ways that we continue to show our dedication to serving educators,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We believe in recognizing educators for the work that they do, and this contest gives us a chance to celebrate thousands of teachers each year. This year, we are pleased to present the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award to Ms. Laura Braly, whose commitment to her students is reflected in Randy Davidson’s inspiring essay.”

Randy wrote, “Transitioning from middle to high school happens during one of the most impressionable times in a student’s life. My family and I found ourselves ‘residentially-challenged’ during my freshman year. While peers were meeting new friends and planning homecoming, I was wondering where our next meal would come from or whether we’d find change to wash clothes. Homelessness is a humbling experience. Thankfully, we persevered. Unfortunately, my grades didn’t fare so well and I was ready to give up…

“Until my junior year, no one cared to get to know the real me. But then I met you, (Laura Braly), my ‘academic ghostbuster’ of sorts! Enrolling in your Paramedical Biology class was the best decision I’ve made. You got me to open up. You saw my true potential and refused to let me hide it any longer… At the risk of sounding cliché, you have to know that you changed my life. It’s because of you that I am now a straight-A student and have been offered admission to my favorite university… Everyone needs a hero. You are mine.”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Ms. Braly will receive $5,000 and was recognized at a special community celebration at her school on May 30. Ms. Braly’s school will also receive $5,000.

Ms. Braly said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. I cannot thank them or Randy Davidson enough for this award. As a teacher, you encounter many students throughout your career and you hope to make an impact on as many of them as possible. Having one of those students, like Randy, come back and thank you for inspiring and educating them is a reward like no other.”

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

About the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Program

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

All Contacts:
Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) today (06/07/2017 ) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, payable on July 28, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 7, 2017.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain 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) and information relating to Barnes & Noble that are based on the beliefs of the management of Barnes & Noble as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of Barnes & Noble. When used in this communication, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “forecasts,” “projections,” and similar expressions, as they relate to Barnes & Noble or the management of Barnes & Noble, identify forward-looking statements.

Such statements reflect the current views of Barnes & Noble with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including, among others, the general economic environment and consumer spending patterns, decreased consumer demand for Barnes & Noble’s products, low growth or declining sales and net income due to various factors, including store closings, higher-than-anticipated or increasing costs, including with respect to store closings, relocation, occupancy (including in connection with lease renewals) and labor costs, the effects of competition, the risk of insufficient access to financing to implement future business initiatives, risks associated with data privacy and information security, risks associated with Barnes & Noble’s supply chain, including possible delays and disruptions and increases in shipping rates, various risks associated with the digital business, including the possible loss of customers, declines in digital content sales, risks and costs associated with ongoing efforts to rationalize the digital business and the digital business not being able to perform its obligations under the Samsung commercial agreement and the consequences thereof, the risk that financial and operational forecasts and projections are not achieved, the performance of Barnes & Noble’s initiatives including but not limited to its new store concept and e-commerce initiatives, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, potential infringement of Barnes & Noble’s intellectual property by third parties or by Barnes & Noble of the intellectual property of third parties, and other factors, including those factors discussed in detail in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in Barnes & Noble’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2016, and in Barnes & Noble’s other filings made hereafter from time to time with the SEC.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Barnes & Noble or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. Barnes & Noble undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this communication.

Media:
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating
212-633-3323
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com

Investors:
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Andy Milevoj
212-633-3489
Vice President, Investor Relations
amilevoj@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Dollarama receives approval from Toronto Stock Exchange to renew its normal course issuer bid

MONTREAL, QC, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollarama Inc. (TSX: DOL) (“Dollarama” or the “Corporation”) announced today (June 7, 2017 ) that it received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) to renew its normal course issuer bid in order to purchase for cancellation up to 5,680,390 of its common shares, representing 5.0% of the 113,607,809 common shares issued and outstanding as at the close of markets on June 6, 2017, during the 12-month period starting on June 19, 2017 and ending no later than June 18, 2018.

Purchases will be conducted through the facilities of the TSX and through alternative trading systems, or by other means as may be permitted by the TSX, such as prearranged crosses, exempt offers and block purchases. Dollarama may also purchase common shares for cancellation by way of private agreements or specific share repurchase programs under issuer bid exemption orders issued by a securities regulatory authority. Purchases made on the open market through the facilities of the TSX and alternative trading systems will be at the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition. Purchases made by way of private agreement under an issuer bid exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority will be at a discount to the prevailing market price at the time of the acquisition. Purchases made under a specific share repurchase program will be at a discount to the volume weighted average trading price of the common shares on the Canadian markets on the date of the purchase. All shares purchased pursuant to the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled.

The average daily trading volume of the common shares on the TSX over the period between December 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017, as calculated per TSX rules, was 346,664 common shares. Consequently, under TSX rules, Dollarama will be allowed to purchase daily, through the facilities of the TSX, a maximum of 86,666 common shares, representing 25% of such average daily trading volume. In addition, Dollarama may make, once per week, a block purchase (as such term is defined in the TSX Company Manual) of common shares not directly or indirectly owned by insiders of Dollarama, in accordance with TSX rules.

Under the ongoing normal course issuer bid expiring on June 16, 2017, Dollarama repurchased to date a total of 5,975,162 common shares, representing nearly 5.0% of all common shares issued and outstanding as at the close of markets on June 7, 2016, at a weighted average price of $100.78 per common share.

The Board of Directors of Dollarama believes that the purchase by Dollarama of its common shares continues to represent an appropriate and desirable use of its available cash to increase shareholder value.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on estimates and assumptions made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances, but there can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. Many factors could cause actual results, level of activity, performance, achievements, future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed in the “Risks and Uncertainties” section of the Corporation’s management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2017 and in its continuous disclosure filings (available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com).

These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect us; however, they should be considered carefully. The purpose of the forward-looking statements is to provide the reader with a description of management’s expectations regarding the Corporation’s financial performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes; readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made herein. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as at June 7, 2017 and we have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Dollarama

Dollarama is a Canadian dollar store operator offering a broad assortment of everyday consumer products, general merchandise and seasonal items. Our 1,108 locations across the country provide customers with compelling value in convenient locations, including metropolitan areas, mid-sized cities and small towns. Our quality merchandise is sold in individual or multiple units at select, low fixed price points up to $4.00.

For further information:
Investors Media
Michael Ross, FCPA, FCA
Chief Financial Officer
(514) 737-1006 x1237
michael.ross@dollarama.com

Lyla Radmanovich
(514) 845-8763
media@rppelican.ca

www.dollarama.com

Source: Dollarama Inc.

DDR Corp. declares 2Q 2017 Preferred share dividends on Class J, Class K and Class A

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) declared its second quarter 2017 Preferred Class J stock dividend of $0.406250 per depositary share, Preferred Class K stock dividend of $0.39063 per depositary share and Preferred Class A stock dividend of $0.17708 per depositary share.

Each Class J depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR’s 6.50% Class J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock. The declared Preferred Class J dividend covers the period beginning April 15, 2017, and ending July 14, 2017. The declared Preferred Class J Dividend is payable July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017.

Each Class K depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR’s 6.25% Class K Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock. The declared Preferred Class K dividend covers the period beginning April 15, 2017, and ending July 14, 2017. The declared Preferred Class K Dividend is payable July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017.

Each Class A depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR’s 6.375% Class A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.  The declared Preferred Class A dividend covers the period beginning June 5, 2017, which is the date of issuance, and ending July 14, 2017. The declared Preferred Class A Dividend is payable July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017.

ABOUT DDR CORP.

DDR is an owner and manager of 309 value-oriented shopping centers representing 103 million square feet in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The Company owns a high-quality portfolio of open-air shopping centers in major metropolitan areas that provide a highly-compelling shopping experience and merchandise mix for retail partners and consumers. The Company actively manages its assets with a focus on creating long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR.

SAFE HARBOR

DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; redevelopment and construction activities may not achieve a desired return on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our deleveraging strategy; and any impact or results from the Company’s portfolio transition or any change in strategy. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

SOURCE: DDR Corp.

Stella McCartney extends collaboration with Parley for the Oceans to fight marine plastic pollution

New York, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Continuing its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Stella McCartney today (June 6, 2017) announces an extended collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, supporting the movement to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and commits to Parley AIR Strategy to fight marine plastic pollution. Parley’s mission to end the destruction of the oceans through creative collaboration and eco-innovation resonates with the ethos for which is inherent with Stella McCartney, expanding the brand’s existing efforts towards creating a positive environmental impact. Together the like-minded brands join forces in a solutions-oriented partnership with the aim of driving change and reversing the trend of our dying sea.

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the oceans each year. The problem is found in every known ecosystem and at every level of the food chain, posing a global threat not only to marine wildlife, but also to human health. If current marine pollution trends continue, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by the year 2050.

Since launching in 2001, the Stella McCartney brand has been deeply rooted in its commitments to being a responsible and modern company. As a vegetarian brand, the brand never uses leather, fur, skins or feather in any products for both ethical and environmental reasons, setting a standard for the use of alternative materials. Following the existing partnership with Parley though the Adidas by Stella McCartney collaboration, Stella McCartney commits to replacing any existing woven or recycled polyester with Parley materials which is mostly found in shoes, bags and outerwear as an alternative to leather. Through working with Parley, the brand will further its campaign to support the environment while including another chapter, the conservation of our oceans.

Comment from Stella McCartney:

“Fashion is an industry that makes a significant impact on the health of the planet, and on its life support system — the oceans. Our goal has always been to challenge ourselves and the industry to do better, to continually ask ourselves how we can improve. We want to be responsible and accountable for the items we make and the ways we make them. And we need to start somewhere in order to progress. This partnership with Parley is another chapter in our journey.”

Comment from Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans

“We are at war with the oceans. And if we win, we lose it all. It’s time to make peace between mankind and the sea. No social group is suited better for this challenge than the creative class. Stella McCartney is not only a fantastic designer; she is a pioneer of creative activism. Her work has changed the industry. She will expedite our strategy of making Ocean Plastic™ the new standard for the fashion and luxury industry.”

About Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between Stella McCartney and Kering established in 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. The brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, fragrance, kids and adidas by Stella McCartney collections are currently available through 48 free-standing stores including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Milan and Shanghai. For additional information, please visit: www.stellamccartney.com.

About Parley for the Oceans

Parley is the collaboration network where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on strategies that can end their destruction. Headquartered in New York, Parley is known for renaming sustainability into ‘Eco Innovation,’ a concept realized through its high calibre collaborations and the introduction of Ocean Plastic™, a range of premium materials for the sports, fashion and luxury industries made from upcycled marine plastic debris.

Parley understands current plastic is a design failure, seeing the long-term solution for marine plastic pollution in the redesign of the harmful material. In the meantime, Parley created a catalyst innovation that provides an immediate replacement for new, virgin plastic: Ocean Plastic™. Together with its partners, in the last five years Parley raised awareness for the issue, boosted the general image of recycling and established the first global supply chain for marine plastic debris. Additionally, Parley created a funding mechanism that financially allows the implementation of the Parley AIR Strategy in four key areas: Communication and Education, Direct Impact, Research and Development, and Eco-Innovation.

*Parley AIR Strategy

The strategy is simple and easily scaled across private households, governments and corporations—and the creative industries that mold reality through ideas, materials and products. Based on the fact that at least every second breath we take is generated by the oceans, that mankind cannot survive on a planet with lifeless seas, the name Parley AIR also stands for three actions:

A = Avoid plastic.

“Avoid” includes initiatives to educate people on the importance of reducing plastic use, how to avoid unnecessary plastics and the value of replacing new, virgin plastic with Ocean Plastic™ materials made from upcycled marine debris. Through Parley Talks, ocean experts educate youth, creators, thinkers and leaders on the cause to inspire action. This education phase is the first step to ushering in change.

I = Intercept plastic waste.

“Intercept” is a comprehensive approach to collect existing waste using various methods from high seas to coastlines, divert plastics from landfill and prevent it from entering the oceans in the first place. While it is difficult and expensive to get plastic trash out of the open sea, where it is broken apart into tiny pieces and where only a small percentage is found at the surface, Parley is putting a strong focus on shorelines and beaches with its global network of partners and operations.

R = Redesign plastic materials and products.

“Redesign” addresses innovation around materials, products and new ways of using them. The original vision was to turn marine plastic debris into an opportunity and make it an attractive alternative to virgin plastic. With the name Ocean Plastic™. Parley successfully introduced this material to art, fashion and sports communities, setting a strong trend and new standard for the use of recycled materials. After establishing a global network with certified Parley Supply Chain partners comprised of recycling companies, yarn and fabric makers, Parley can now work towards its most challenging goal: the development of new materials that can replace plastic for good.

www.parley.tv

www.oceanplastic.com

Source: Stella McCartney

Banca Comercială Română to share insights on how NCR helped improve its client service at ATM & Cash Innovation Europe 2017

Leading Romanian bank explains at ATM & Cash Innovation Europe 2017 how it achieved 99.8 percent ATM availability and reduced cash management costs across its ATM network

LONDON, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banca Comercială Română (BCR), the largest financial group in Romania and a member of Erste Group has significantly improved availability and operation costs across its network of more than 2,600 ATMs and its cash processing centers with the help of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and its channel partner Printec. At the ATMIA’s ATM & Cash Innovation Europe 2017 event in London from June 13 to 14, BCR will share insights on how NCR’s APTRA Cash Management solution OptiSuite has helped improve client service at reduced cash handling costs.

BCR provides universal banking services through its more than 500 branches. In addition, it offers a cash pickup and delivery service for more than 1,500 corporate locations with an average volume of 2,000 orders per day. With the growing complexity of service offerings, it became more and more difficult for BCR to monitor and to take control of the overall cost of cash.

Under its previous system, the required cash level for each processing center and ATM was being manually forecasted for each denomination, using spreadsheets and legacy applications. Based on the cash ordering and ATM performance history, Printec and NCR determined that OptiSuite would enable BCR to reduce the amount of cash in the network while reducing the number of cash out incidents, providing an overall benefit to BCR’s cash processing.

The APTRA Cash Management Suite generates a forecast for each cashpoint in the network. Based on the cash related information received from the ATM as well as from other existing infrastructure sources, the solution generates a cost optimized cash recommendation which is used to execute the replenishment strategy for every cashpoint, taking into account cost factors, servicing constraints and capacities.

“BCR executes a strategy across all customer segments that is based on improved service accessibility, meaning there are zero fees for cash withdrawal at our own ATMs and zero fees for our basis current accounts,” said Octavian Calin, Head of Card Operations and Cash Coordination Department at BCR. “In the current economic climate it was very important for us to get more control of the costs associated with cash services. The NCR APTRA Cash Management Suite enables us to automate forecasts and take the best action based on real-time information provided by the tool.”

Since in operation, ATM replenishments have reduced by 13.3 percent while branch transports decreased 18.6 percent and no emergency cash deliveries occurred in the past nine months.

“Cash management is costly and complicated, yet ATM services are essential for a positive customer experience,” said Diego Navarrete, Vice President Europe for Financial Services at NCR. “Most financial institutions underestimate the saving potential an optimized cash management strategy can bring. Taking into account the cost pressures that banks are in, they are leaving money on the table every day.”

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

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

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

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

Source: NCR Corporation

PVH Corp. schedules its annual meeting of stockholders on Thursday, June 15, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] announced today (Jun. 7, 2017) that its annual meeting of stockholders, which is to be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 beginning at 8:45 a.m., will be available by webcast.

The live webcast (audio-only), as well as the replay, which will be available beginning one hour after the meeting ends, may be accessed by logging onto www.pvh.com and going to the Webcasts section under the Investors link.

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic CALVIN KLEIN, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Limited.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements and information about PVH Corp.’s (the “Company,” “our,” or “we”) current and future prospects and its operations and financial results made and provided during the Annual Meeting, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s future revenue, earnings and cash flows, plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation, (i) our plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at our discretion; (ii) we may be considered to be highly leveraged and we use a significant portion of our cash flows to service our indebtedness, as a result of which we might not have sufficient funds to operate our businesses in the manner we intend or have operated in the past; (iii) the levels of sales of our apparel, footwear and related products, both to our wholesale customers and in our retail stores, the levels of sales of our licensees at wholesale and retail, and the extent of discounts and promotional pricing in which we and our licensees and other business partners are required to engage, all of which can be affected by weather conditions, changes in the economy, fuel prices, reductions in travel, fashion trends, consolidations, repositionings and bankruptcies in the retail industries, repositionings of brands by our licensors and other factors; (iv) our ability to manage our growth and inventory, including our ability to realize benefits from acquisitions; (v) quota restrictions and the imposition of safeguard controls (which, among other things, could limit our ability to produce products in cost-effective countries that have the labor and technical expertise needed); (vi) the availability and cost of raw materials; (vii) our ability to adjust timely to changes in trade regulations and the migration and development of manufacturers (which can affect where our products can best be produced); (viii) changes in available factory and shipping capacity, wage and shipping cost escalation, civil conflict, war or terrorist acts, the threat of any of the foregoing, or political and labor instability in any of the countries where our or our licensees’ or other business partners’ products are sold, produced or are planned to be sold or produced; (ix) disease epidemics and health related concerns, which could result in closed factories, reduced workforces, scarcity of raw materials and scrutiny or embargoing of goods produced in infected areas, as well as reduced consumer traffic and purchasing, as consumers become ill or limit or cease shopping in order to avoid exposure; (x) acquisitions and divestitures and issues arising with acquisitions, divestitures and proposed transactions, including, without limitation, the ability to integrate an acquired entity or business into us with no substantial adverse effect on the acquired entity’s, the acquired business’s or our existing operations, employee relationships, vendor relationships, customer relationships or financial performance, and the disposal of the net assets of a divested entity; (xi) the failure of our licensees to market successfully licensed products or to preserve the value of our brands, or their misuse of our brands; (xii) significant fluctuations of the United States dollar against foreign currencies in which we transact significant levels of business; (xiii) our retirement plan expenses recorded throughout the year are calculated using actuarial valuations that incorporate assumptions and estimates about financial market, economic and demographic conditions, and differences between estimated and actual results give rise to gains and losses that are recorded immediately in earnings, generally in the fourth quarter of the year; and (xiv) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The Annual Meeting presentation will include certain non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules. Reconciliations of these measures are included in the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on March 17, 2005, March 26, 2007, March 23, 2009, March 28, 2011, March 27, 2013, March 25, 2015, March 22, 2017 and May 24, 2017. Each of these reports is available on the Company’s website at http://www.pvh.com.

We do not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any estimate regarding revenue, earnings or cash flows, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Dana Perlman
212-381-3502
Treasurer and Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

Source: PVH Corp.

PVH Corp. entered into new licensing agreement for IZOD women’s sportswear, golfwear and activewear with Sports Products of America

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH] announced today (Jun. 7, 2017) it has entered into a new licensing agreement with Sports Products of America (a division of Adjmi Apparel Group) under which the Adjmi division will manufacture, sell, distribute and promote women’s sportswear, golfwear and activewear, in all sizes, under PVH’s IZOD brand. Products will launch in February 2018 and will be sold primarily in department stores, specialty stores, national chains, sporting goods stores and pure play online retailers throughout the United States and Canada. The initial term of the licensing agreement runs through 2020.

“We are thrilled to cater to the female consumer with IZOD sportswear, golfwear and activewear. We believe that these collections will capture the youthful, energetic, sports-inspired lifestyle positioning that the brand has been known for throughout its 80 years of history,” said Ken Wyse, President Licensing, PVH Corp. “Adjmi has extensive knowledge and experience in these categories and we look forward to working with them to build this business across the United States and Canada.”

Mark Adjmi, CEO of Adjmi Apparel Group added “We are truly excited to partner with PVH on IZOD women’s sportswear, golfwear and activewear. This partnership will combine Adjmi Apparel Group’s decades of experience delivering high-quality and fashionable women’s apparel with the iconic IZOD brand. We look forward to providing the IZOD woman with confident, approachable and comfortable sportswear, golfwear and activewear.”

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic CALVIN KLEIN, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.

About Adjmi Apparel Group:

Established in 1976, Adjmi Apparel Group has transformed from a small importer to one of the most reputable apparel manufacturers in the industry. Over the last forty years, Adjmi has established itself as a source for high-quality, fashionable apparel across various product categories and age groups. The Adjmi portfolio currently includes international brands such as XOXO, Earl Jeans, Hind, Fila and Champion, as well as market brands including Apana and Layer 8. Adjmi also operates a private label business for some of the largest retailers in the world.

PVH CORP. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995: Forward-looking statements made in this press release, including, without limitation, statements relating to PVH Corp.’s strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy, and some of which might not be anticipated, including, without limitation,: (i) the Company’s strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the levels of sales of the Company’s licensees and distributors at wholesale and retail, and the extent of discounts and promotional pricing in which the Company’s licensees and distributors and their business partners are required to engage, all of which can be affected by weather conditions, changes in the economy, fuel prices, reductions in travel, fashion trends, consolidations, repositionings and bankruptcies in the retail industries, and other factors; (iii) civil conflict, war or terrorist acts, the threat of any of the foregoing, or political and labor instability in any of the countries where the Company’s licensees and distributors and their business partners sell or produce or planned to sell or produce products under a Company brand; (iv) disease epidemics and health related concerns, which could result in closed factories, reduced workforces, scarcity of raw materials and scrutiny or embargoing of goods produced in infected areas, as well as reduced consumer traffic and purchasing, as consumers limit or cease shopping in order to avoid exposure or become ill; (v) the failure of the Company’s licensees and distributors to market successfully products under, or to preserve the value of, the Company’s brands, or their misuse of the Company’s brands; and (vi) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media / Investors:
Dana Perlman
212-381-3502
Treasurer, Senior Vice President – Business
Development and Investor Relations
investorrelations@pvh.com

Adjmi Apparel Group:
Jack Adjmi
212-629-9600
Executive Vice President of Women’s Apparel
jack@adjmi.com

Source: PVH Corp.

Pick n Pay invests in social enterprise project to divert waste from landfill to the Waste to Food project

Pick n Pay commits funding and provides food waste for project

Cape Town, South Africa, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food waste – food that is not suitable for human consumption – costs the South African economy more than R61 billion annually according to the CSIR, accounting for an astounding 2.1% of the country’s GDP. A large portion of this cost is the disposal of this waste, most of which ends up in landfills across South Africa.

However, one sustainable solution has been developed in the form of Waste to Food, an innovative business process that converts excess organic waste into very high-grade compost, through the naturally occurring digestive process in earthworms.

Pick n Pay, with assistance from the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, has invested R2-million in the social enterprise project, which diverts waste from landfill to the Waste to Food project.

The Philippi-based project was founded in 2012 and aims to reduce the food waste foot print, while creating jobs and empowering the local community. Partners in the project include Pick n Pay, the City of Cape Town, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the Philippi Economic Development Initiative (PEDI), waste management company Don’t Waste, and the operating company Waste to Food.

Organic waste from 15 Pick n Pay stores initially, is being diverted to the Waste to Food operation, where it is converted into standard grade compost through a HotRot in-vessel composter. The addition of the HotRot unit allows the project to convert up to 28 tonnes of waste to compost every week.

The addition of the HotRot allows the project to convert any organic waste material such as meat, cooked food, pastry, and dairy products into rich compost. Previously, these kinds of waste food categories could not be converted to compost because of potential pathogens. The high temperature, at which compost is formed within the in-vessel composter, neutralises pathogens and vegetable seeds. The composter cuts composting time down dramatically from two to three months to two weeks.

This compost is then converted to high grade vermi-compost through the use of large scale ‘worm hammocks’. The project started with 10 ‘worm hammocks’ and now boasts 25.

The compost is then fed into the Worm Hammocks, where worms eat the compost creating vermi-compost and ‘worm tea’ – a nutrient-rich liquid formed as a by-product of the worm composting process, and which enriches plant growth.

“We are pleased that as the project grows, it will provide micro-franchising opportunities to members of the local community to learn the required skills to manage their own worm hammocks and sell the resulting compost,” said Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay Suzanne Ackerman-Berman.

“Waste to Food is perfectly aligned to Pick n Pay’s commitment to cutting food waste sent to landfill by 20% by 2020.”

Source: Pick n Pay

PnP branded fresh and processed pork products are from sow crate-friendly farms

Cape Town, South Africa, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have achieved our commitments to improve the welfare of pigs in our supply chain.

Following extensive work with our pork suppliers, since November 2016, all fresh pork sold under the PnP brand comes from farms were expectant sows stay in a gestation crate for a maximum of 8 weeks, then into group housing which allows them to move about in pens and socialise with other mother pigs. To protect the piglets the sow is then placed into a farrowing crate 1 week prior to birth until the piglets are weaned.

Since January 2017, all PnP branded processed pork products are also from sow crate-friendly farms.

All farms are audited by independent third party veterinarians and our abattoirs, processing facilities, distribution facilities and Pick n Pay stores that take part in the PnP sow crate friendly programme are audited by SAMIC (South African Meat Industry Company) and follow up audits are undertaken where required, to ensure compliance.

Pick n Pay technologists follow up on the traceability audits when visiting facilities. Any facility or farm that fails the audit is suspended and corrective action must follow together with a re-audit before supply can commence again.

Source: Pick n Pay

Letterkenny RFC gets support from Topaz Cash for Clubs

Letterkenny RFC gets support from Topaz Cash for Clubs

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ —  “We have some big targets to achieve, but we are on a roll since the Cash for Clubs win – like the Irish front row there is no stopping us now!”

When Michael MacGinty answered his phone to a call from MJ Tierney from Topaz in August of last year, the timing really could not have been better. As chairman of Letterkenny RFC, Michael was in the process of looking after the various administrative tasks involved in the day-to-day management of a local sports club. By the end of the phone conversation, the Donegal club had received a cash investment of €10,000 after being randomly drawn out as the Grand Prize winner as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs.

“The boost we received through the prize win allowed us to concentrate on getting our finances in order, which we have done successfully,” said Michael. “This sort of competition gives clubs a way to raise funds without selling more tickets to cash strapped parents. It is a great way for Topaz to give back to its community and we appreciate it.”

While the financial benefit of Cash for Clubs made an immediate contribution to club operations, the impact in terms of lifting spirits was felt from the off, and according to Michael, Letterkenny’s participation levels are very much in rude health.

“The publicity surrounding the competition last year has been immensely positive. The kids’ friends have been attracted to try their hands at Rugby, so our numbers are well up. Our challenge for next season is being able to offer membership to all the kids who want to participate in Rugby in Letterkenny. So, we need more coaches, more equipment and a budget for travel, plus an all-weather pitch. We have some big targets to achieve, but we are on a roll since the Cash for Clubs win – like the Irish front row there is no stopping us now!”

As well as receiving a €10,000 cash investment as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs, Letterkenny RFC’s youngest club members enjoyed a very special one-day training camp with one of the world’s leading Fly-halfs and Topaz Cash for Clubs ambassador Johnny Sexton. Taking a trip to Bective Rangers in Donnybrook, where Johnny himself played mini Rugby, a contingent of Letterkenny’s mini’s joined Johnny for the training session of a lifetime.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcENQp_dsgY

“Our kids themselves loved winning a prize in Cash for Clubs. And the ones who were lucky enough to meet Johnny Sexton are still talking about that day – as are the coaches!,” said Michael, reflecting on the Training Day experience itself.
Letterkenny RFC’s experience of winning the €10,000 grand prize as part of Topaz Cash for Clubs along with the masterclass with Johnny Sexton, generated enormous positivity around the club and spirits are well and truly buoyed as the club prepares to enter again this year.

Michael commented: “Topaz can expect a lot of other Donegal sports clubs to apply this year, because many clubs said to us that they could do with the same win as us, to help them drive forward and offer better facilities. They asked how did we manage to get that prize – to which we said we entered and simply participated, Topaz did the rest.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1k9kh2IR2k

For more information on Topaz Cash for Clubs and to find out how you can enter your local club into this year’s promotion, please visit: www.playorpark.ie

Source: Topaz

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Carrefour is the exclusive partner of the “Food & Retail” Lab at the Viva Technology show on June 15, 16 and 17

More than 50 start-ups to pitch alongside the 10 countries in which the leading food retailer operates as part of an original open-innovation initiative

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, Carrefour is the exclusive partner of the “Food & Retail” Lab at the Viva Technology show, which will be bringing together major companies and start-ups from all over the world on 15, 16 and 17 June at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris.

Six challenges to do with food retail
How do we create positive experiences to bring people healthier living through food? What are the new trends in food that could become the mainstays on tomorrow’s tables? How can you transform your kitchen into a “smart kitchen”? How much can new technologies change the game in the global food supply chain? How can we implement alternative farming methods to increase agricultural output and make local food production mainstream? How can we improve the in-store customer experience?
International experts on-site and available through duplex communication facilities in 10 countries
Throughout the three days of the show, the 54 start-ups invited by Carrefour and Viva Technology attendees will be able to talk with experts from all of the countries in which Carrefour operates – both on-site and through duplex communication. Attendees will make significant numbers of new contacts and can network, stimulating creativity and increasing opportunities for collaboration.
Detailed schedule below

Open innovation in all of the sectors in which Carrefour operates
Carrefour is committed to doing its job well and working with the most innovative communities. It helps start-ups by giving them the financial and human resources they need to develop their potential – and taking them along as it leads the market. With the start-ups, Carrefour co-creates and innovates from upstream to downstream in all of its sectors – drawing on the various formats of its 11,935 stores and the 1.3 million visitors who visit its website every day – in order to optimise the multi-channel routes that its customers can take.

Face-to-face with innovation at Carrefour’s Food & Retail Lab

Nine pitch sessions and tripartite panels
On 15, 16 and 17 June at Carrefour’s Food & Retail Lab, 54 selected start-ups will unveil their projects during 9 pitch sessions in the following areas: Smart Food, In-Store, New services, Supply Chain, Artificial Intelligence, Ad Tech, B2B2C, Data and Positive Impact. The nine winning pitches will all be invited back for the finals this coming September.
For each one, a tripartite panel will select a winning start-up company in its category. Panels will be made up of a Carrefour expert from one of the Group’s countries, a Carrefour France expert and one of the Group’s partners, which include the BPI, Paris&Co, Raise, Partech, and Plug&Play.

The Lab: a forum for discussion, an ideas factory and a virtual showroom
Visitors get to find out about Carrefour’s multi-local and multi-channel approach in a central concourse and via a giant panoramic screen.
– From “pitch boxes”, start-ups will give live presentations of their projects to employees from Carrefour’s various different countries: China, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Romania;
– In the “creative zone”, start-ups will be able to develop their projects in real-time with Carrefour’s designers;
– The general public can enjoy an immersive 4D experience in the “transporter boxes” with the help of VR technology right in the heart of the main invited start-ups’ universe.
Transporter Box Pitch box

A packed schedule over three days!
Over the course of the three days, Carrefour and its guest speakers will be holding “Inspirational coffee sessions”, with contributions from Uzbek & Rica, The Family, Snips and others!
There will also be “Talk Inno” sessions with Carrefour’s experts. Carrefour will use these 15-minute sessions to talk to visitors about the innovative services and products it has recently launched: The home “Express delivery” service / “Pikit”, the small scanner for scanning products at home and then ordering them on Carrefour Drive / “Panier cuistot” (Cook’s basket): meal boxes / recipes for cooking at home with fresh products / affordable “C-zam” – the first self-service current account that anyone can open, and which is not subject to income conditions.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, Carrefour will be opening up its area as part of the “Free pitches” for the start-ups based in Viva Technology’s other Labs. And finally, “Happy hour” will close these Lab days in partnership with digital jukebox Tracktl.

*Carrefour at VIVA TECHNOLOGY PARIS, conference programme schedule
– 15 June at 3:55 PM, How Tech can improve contact with your clients? in the presence of Anne Laure Klein, Strategy Director for the Carrefour Group and Anna Maria Gil Fuster, Project Innovation Manager at Carrefour Spain.
– 16 June at 2:55 PM, Is Tech changing our relationship with food? in the presence of Arnault Gournac – Innovation Director for Carrefour France.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Teavana® celebrates National Iced Tea Day on June 10

Teavana® celebrates National Iced Tea Day on June 10

 

Seattle, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether you’re on the way to the beach or just out for a stroll in the sun, swing by participating Teavana® specialty retail stores on Saturday, June 10, to get a taste of what Teavana’s National Iced Tea Day celebration is all about.

From open to 2 p.m. on June 10, customers will receive a free 24-fluid-ounce Beach Bellini™ handcrafted iced tea when they join a demo for the Perfectea® Maker at participating Teavana specialty retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. While supplies last and one per customer.

A returning customer favorite, Beach Bellini is available for a limited time and has notes of papaya, pineapple and citrus create a bright, tropical splash. This delicious iced tea is perfectly suited for warm summer days and nights – and National Iced Tea Day.

The signature Teavana Perfectea® Maker helps create a perfectly steeped cup of loose-leaf tea just like tea experts brew at Teavana specialty retail stores.

National Iced Tea Day, which is celebrated every June 10, happens to fall on a Saturday this year, providing ample leisure time for iced tea lovers to sip and savor a summertime staple.  Ice tea’s history in America traces to the mid-19th century, and became widely popular after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Walmart to offer free health screenings during Walmart Wellness Day on June 17

Retailer anticipates exceeding 1M free health screenings across four events

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The largest health fair in America will once again be coming to communities across the country. During Walmart Wellness Day on June 17, Walmart will offer free health screenings in its more than 4,600 locations across the country, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. This year, Walmart is helping to extend the event beyond a single day by teaming up with the American Diabetes Association to offer support to people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in 11 Americans has diabetes today, and 86 million more – about one in three – are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Following the June 17 Walmart Wellness Day, the American Diabetes Association will follow up via email with interested customers whose blood pressure and blood glucose tests indicated they may be at a greater risk for diabetes, providing suggested next steps and resources.

“We’re more committed than ever to serving as an open door to affordable, accessible healthcare, and our Walmart Wellness Day program is a key piece of that,” said George Riedl, senior vice president & president, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We know that many of our customers have learned about an existing health problem for the first time at one our Walmart Wellness Day events, and that can be overwhelming. Walmart is proud to be working with the American Diabetes Association to offer even more support to customers who may find themselves in this situation.”

Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided nearly 1.1 million free health screenings to people across the country. These events have helped countless individuals uncover existing health problems, including high blood pressure, signs of diabetes and other potential illness. Just this past January, free screenings topped 338,000.

“An estimated 8 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and when left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputations,” says Tamara Darsow, PhD, senior vice president, research and community programs for the Association. “We are excited to work with Walmart on this initiative and encourage as many Americans as possible to participate. Knowing your risk for diabetes is the first step to being able to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.”

Future Walmart Wellness Days with the American Diabetes Association are planned for September 2017, January 2018 and spring 2018.

Screening Information
Walmart Wellness Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 17, in more than 4,600 Walmart stores across the country. Free screenings will include blood glucose, blood pressure, vision (select locations) and body mass index tests. Product samples will be available, and more than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will offer immunizations in select stores.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,723 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Amazon to open its first fulfillment center in Oregon; creating 1,500 full-time jobs in Troutdale

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jun. 7, 2017) announced plans to open its first Oregon fulfillment center in Troutdale which will create more than 1,500 full-time positions. The company currently operates a sortation center in Hillsboro and Prime Now hub in Portland. Additionally, there are more than 40,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Oregon growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon products and services.

“We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to the state of Oregon, creating 1,500 full-time jobs in Troutdale,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “Governor Brown, the city of Troutdale, and many others have been instrumental in our decision to locate the new fulfillment center in the area, and we appreciate the support we’ve received to bring new jobs and investment to Oregon.”

Amazon employees at the 855,000-square-foot Troutdale fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

“Amazon’s expansion in Oregon brings us great jobs with competitive wages and bright futures for its employees and communities,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I’m committed to building a talented workforce that can take advantage of opportunities to work alongside innovative technology and have access to continuing education programming.”

“We’re proud that Amazon chose Troutdale for its first Oregon fulfillment center,” said Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan. “Troutdale has an excellent workforce, is strategically located to support Amazon’s growing customer fulfillment operations and we are thrilled to be long-term partners with this innovative company. Amazon has demonstrated it wants to work with our community to spur positive economic growth through job creation, partnership with local businesses and philanthropic activities – and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 9,000 employees have used the program to pursue degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners, LLC.

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Animated kids series Danger & Eggs to premiere on Friday, June 30 on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK

  • All 13 episodes, created by Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky, and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick, will feature the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant and Eric Knobel
  • Guest star voice talent includes Weird Al, Lori Petty, Charlyne Yi, Kate Micucci, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jasika Nicole, Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Angelica Ross, and Jazz Jennings

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jun. 7, 2017) announced its original animated kids series Danger & Eggs is scheduled to premiere on Friday, June 30 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Featuring the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as D.D. Danger and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater) as Phillip, the series will also include guest star voice talent from Weird Al (Milo Murphy’s Law), Lori Petty (Tank Girl), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Kate Micucci (Garfunkle and Oates), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Mystery Science Theater), Angelica Ross (Her Story), and Jazz Jennings (I Am Jazz). Danger & Eggs is created by Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs) and Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Mad) and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight). The pilot, which was part of Amazon’s Fall 2015 pilot season and is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by customers with 80% 5-star reviews, is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online—Prime members can also download the pilot to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). As the daughter of world-renowned stunt daredevil, Roy Danger, D.D. is following in his footsteps and is always chasing her next big thrill. Luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Together, they go in search of new adventures at their favorite spot, Chicken Paw Park, which is home to Philip’s mom Becky, a gargantuan chicken. The first season finds D.D. and Phillip meeting a raccoon with a thirst for technology, being sucked into a mysterious underground science lab, discovering a lonely robot in an overgrown garden, and taking on a famous zip line. Throughout their journey, they overcome obstacles with the “Buddy System” because even though they are polar opposites, their differences complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses to solve problems. Their Buddy System mantra says it all, “You look out for me and I’ll look out for you!”

“We are excited to introduce our first animated comedy for children ages 6-11 to our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We feel incredibly lucky to be working with the caliber of creative talent behind this series.”

“For us, the heart of Danger & Eggs is the friendship between Phillip and D.D. that proves you can face fear and danger and have a blast in the process because you are not alone,” said Mike Owens. Adds Shadi Petosky: “We can’t believe we get to take out our anxiety on a show–putting our inside voices into these characters and seeing if they stay friends.”

“I’ve been passionate about animation my whole life and to produce this series with my animation company fulfills a lifelong goal,” says Chris Hardwick, Executive Producer. “This show is funny, touching, and has incredible design–everything I’ve wanted to make.”

Below are what customers have said about the Danger & Eggs pilot:

  • “[My 8 year-old son] asked to watch this show at least four times! He loves it! I’ve watched it with him for at least three of those times.”
  • “As a father of a little girl with anxiety issues, I really appreciated Phillip’s portrayal. So often in cartoons there is shaming of nervousness or anxiety (ie: C’mon, don’t be a wimp) but in Danger and Eggs, Phillip is just there. He’s an anxious character and that’s ok.”
  • “My son loves this show! He’s 6 and says he loves the characters and finds them very funny. He loves the art style and how crazy and fun it is.”
  • “As a father of two young daughters, I was thrilled to see a show that revolves around a young girl going on playfully dangerous adventures without the need of an overly macho cohort saving her! Added points for the wonderful humor that is also incorporated for the older demographic without it being crude.”
  • “My 10-year-old daughter and I both loved it! She appreciates the subtle humor and animation of this show and said she wants to watch more!”

Danger & Eggs is part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families. All 13 episodes from the series will be available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/kidsoriginals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can also download select titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Danger & Eggs is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

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AWS Greengrass now available to all customers

  • Annapurna, BSquare, Canonical, Digi International, Intel, Lenovo, Mongoose, Qualcomm Technologies, Raspberry Pi, Samsung, Technicolor, and Wistron join growing list of partners and OEMs bringing AWS Greengrass to connected devices
  • Customers including Enel, Konecranes, Nokia, Pentair, Rio Tinto, and Stanley Black & Decker, are using AWS Greengrass for Industrial IoT

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jun. 7, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that AWS Greengrass, software which allows customers to run AWS compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities on connected devices, is now available to all customers. With AWS Greengrass, devices can run AWS Lambda functions to perform tasks locally, keep device data in sync, and communicate with other devices while leveraging the full processing, analytics, and storage power of the AWS Cloud. More than a dozen AWS partners, including Annapurna, BSquare, Canonical, Digi International, Intel, Lenovo, Mongoose, Qualcomm Technologies, Raspberry Pi, Samsung, Technicolor and Wistron are integrating AWS Greengrass into their platforms so devices will come with AWS Greengrass built-in. To get started with AWS Greengrass, visit https://aws.amazon.com/greengrass/.

With the proliferation of IoT devices, enterprises are increasingly managing infrastructure that is not located in a data center, such as connected devices in factories, oil wells, agricultural fields, hospitals, cars, and various other venues. Because these devices often have limited processing power and memory, many rely heavily on AWS and the cloud for processing, analytics, and storage. However, there are circumstances when relying exclusively on the cloud isn’t optimal due to latency requirements or intermittent connectivity that make a round trip to the cloud unfeasible. In these situations, IoT devices must be able to perform some tasks locally. Programming and updating software functionality on IoT devices is challenging and complex. Relatively few developers have the expertise to update these embedded systems, and even fewer can do so without creating unwanted downtime.

AWS Greengrass eliminates the complexity involved in programming and updating IoT devices by allowing customers to use AWS Lambda to run code locally on connected devices in the same way they do on the AWS Cloud. With AWS Greengrass, developers can add AWS Lambda functions to connected devices right from the AWS Management Console, and devices can execute the code locally, responding to events and taking actions in near real-time. AWS Greengrass also includes AWS IoT messaging and synching capabilities so devices can send messages to other devices without connecting back to the cloud. AWS Greengrass allows customers the flexibility to have devices rely on the cloud when it makes sense, perform tasks on their own when it makes sense, and talk to each other when it makes sense – all in a single, seamless environment.

“Many of the world’s largest IoT implementations run on AWS, and customers across industries – from energy, to mining, to media and entertainment – have asked us whether we could extend AWS’s industry leading cloud capabilities to the edge,” said Dirk Didascalou, Vice President of IoT at AWS. “By embedding AWS Lambda and AWS IoT capabilities in connected devices, AWS Greengrass gives customers the flexibility to have devices act locally on the data they generate while using the AWS Cloud for management, analytics, and storage – all using a single, familiar AWS programming model. We are excited to make AWS Greengrass available to all AWS customers, and with AWS partners shipping AWS Greengrass-capable devices it is now incredibly easy to build and run IoT applications that seamlessly span devices on the edge and in the AWS Cloud.”

The multinational power company Enel is the largest utility in Europe in terms of market capitalization and has the largest customer base among its European peers with over 65 million customers worldwide. “Connected devices improve all aspects of our daily lives, from the smart meters in our homes that help us save energy, to the black boxes in our cars that show us how we’re driving, to the stoplights with sensors that monitor traffic,” said Fabio Veronese, Head of Infrastructure and Technological Services at Enel. “Enel is building AWS Greengrass-enabled smart gateways for the home and industrial gateways for our power generation sites, where AWS Greengrass will allow us to process and act on large volumes of data with sub-millisecond latency.”

Finland-based Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports, and terminals. “Konecranes is leading the way in industrial internet of things with over 15,000 connected cranes and thousands more on the way this year,” said Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President of Technologies at Konecranes. “We have already been using AWS IoT to build Truconnect, a digital crane platform, and the addition of AWS Greengrass will help us take the development to the edge. We see AWS Greengrass as the enabler for a new set of digital services, allowing us to program and deliver software to equipment in a secure manner and without risking operational safety. This supports well our aim to build the next generation of lifting as the leading technology company in our industry.”

Pentair plc is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world through industry- leading products, services, and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. “Some of Pentair’s aquaculture customers are located in remote geographies with unreliable internet connections, and industry regulations restrict which data points can leave their physical premises,” said Phil Rolchigo, Vice President of Technology at Pentair. “AWS Greengrass will enable our devices to behave consistently no matter the level of connectivity in their operating environment, while allowing us to take advantage of the AWS Cloud for machine learning and big data analytics.”

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining group that focuses on finding, mining, and processing the Earth’s mineral resources. “Rio Tinto operates mining equipment in some of the most extreme environments on earth, where connectivity can be unreliable and road conditions can cause production delays, equipment damage, and potentially put people at risk,” said Brian Oldham, Vice President of Industrial and Operational Technology at Rio Tinto. “AWS Greengrass allows us to measure road roughness and process the data locally to make our haul trucks operate more safely and efficiently, regardless of network coverage. We saw results from equipment in the field only two weeks after deploying the service, and the potential value it can bring to our operations. We’re evaluating additional use cases for AWS Greengrass in other areas.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s Digital Accelerator is the company’s innovation arm in charge of infusing digital capabilities across all products, process, and business models. “Stanley Black & Decker’s Digital Accelerator has selected AWS Greengrass as one of the standards for edge computing and edge analytics across our entire portfolio of products,” said Yasir Qureshi, Director, IoT Platform and Digital Architecture atStanley Black & Decker. “AWS Greengrass improves the efficiency of our tools by eliminating the latency of transmitting the data to the cloud and instead processing breaking and maintenance data locally for improved jobsite productivity. Additionally, the single programming model between the AWS Cloud and local devices enables us to significantly shorten our development lifecycle and make our equipment smarter and faster.”

Ecosystem support for AWS Greengrass

Canonical produces Ubuntu and offers commercial services for Ubuntu’s users. “AWS Greengrass will enable more customers and developers to realize the benefit of processing and analyzing data at the edge,” said Mike Bell, Executive Vice President, IoT and Devices at Canonical. “By distributing and installing AWS Greengrass as a snap, the universal Linux packaging format, developers can reduce the time and complexity of building smart edge solutions across new and existing hardware. Using snaps, manufacturers will not only find it easier to build IoT devices, but to monetize smart developer solutions running on the AWS IoT platform.”

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. “Many IoT use cases demand a distributed computing architecture at the edge, close to where the data is generated,” said Jonathan Ballon, Vice President, Internet of Things Group at Intel. “AWS Greengrass running on Intel technology delivers a secure, intelligent edge that allows developers to easily create new applications from edge to cloud.”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation provides low-cost, high-performance computers that people use to learn, solve problems, and have fun. “Raspberry Pi is part of a movement of organizations and individuals that share a common goal: Empowering people to shape their world through digital technologies,” said David Thompson, Director of Web Services at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “AWS Greengrass extends the capabilities of the AWS Cloud to the Raspberry Pi, making it easier than ever for anyone to build the next great connected product.”

Qualcomm Technologies pioneered 3G and 4G – and is now leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare, and data center. “The next generation of IoT devices and gateways depends on high-performance edge capabilities tightly integrated with the cloud,” said Jeffery Torrance, Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.”Developers and manufacturers can use AWS Greengrass to take greater advantage of the connectivity, compute, and security capabilities delivered by Qualcomm Technologies’ system-on-chip platforms to build edge solutions that tap into the power of AWS IoT. Thanks to our strong work with AWS, prototyping and developing on Qualcomm Technologies’ platforms using AWS Greengrass can start today.”

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon to open new fulfillment center in Florida

The robotics site will be the tenth Amazon facility in Florida

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jun. 7, 2017) announced plans for a new fulfillment center in the Sunshine State to be located in Miami. The more than 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center will create over 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“Florida has been a bright spot for Amazon operations with its dedicated and talented workforce who have found great, full-time opportunities with us,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America Operations. “This new fulfillment center will join a sortation center and Prime Now hub in the area and we look forward to deepening our ties in the Miami-Dade community.”

Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since first entering the state in 2013. Two new fulfillment centers were recently announced in Jacksonville and with this new facility, the company’s presence will increase to 10 locations, including fulfillment and sortation centers and Prime Now hubs. The new fulfillment center will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State to more than 7,500.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud that Amazon has committed to continue investing and creating opportunities across Florida. This facility will create thousands of new jobs and is great news for families in Opa-locka. This announcement is further evidence of the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies, and I look forward to seeing Amazon’s ongoing success throughout our state.”

“Miami-Dade County is happy to welcome Amazon’s more than 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center to our world-class community with the opening of the new fulfillment center at Opa-locka Executive Airport,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “This high-tech project will bring 1,000 full-time jobs to our residents, and serves as further evidence that Miami-Dade is a community where major companies want to grow, invest and do business.”

“I’m excited that we can share with the public the amazing news of Amazon coming to District One at the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport,” said County Commissioner Barbra Jordan. “The development means thousands of jobs for the area and significant community benefits, spearheaded by the Carrie Meek Foundation. It’s been my pleasure to be involved in a process which will change the face and economic progress of our community and I’d like to thank all the characters involved over the past several years that helped make the Amazon deal possible.”

The new Amazon fulfillment center will be located at The Carrie Meek International Business Park. The Carrie Meek Foundation and Foundry Commercial started working together in 2010, when the two entities came together over a shared vision for creating a stronger South Florida community. Carrie Meek International Business Park is the first public/private partnership of its kind in South Florida, as it will not only strive to create thousands of jobs in the area through the development itself, but will also prepare and assist area residents to take advantage of the new jobs through training provided by The Carrie Meek Foundation.

“The Carrie Meek International Business Park is a unique and special development for all of Miami-Dade County that started as a vision on the part of former U.S. Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and is now a dream realized,” said Pryse Elam, principal and president of development and investment at Foundry Commercial. “Working collaboratively, Foundry, the Carrie Meek Foundation and Mayor Gimenez’s office have developed one of the largest job creating projects in the history of Miami-Dade County, and we are so honored to be a part of this partnership.”

Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“Growing and diversifying our economy through job creation is our mission at Enterprise Florida, and we are proud to work with great American companies like Amazon as they expand right here in Florida. It is exciting to see more than 1,000 new-to-Florida jobs create opportunities for Florida families in Opa-locka,” said Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“We are pleased to continue to assist Amazon in bringing a significant amount of jobs to an underserved area in our community. This is our third and largest project with them,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Amazon’s decision to add this new fulfillment center illustrates Miami-Dade’s strategic location as a global business hub.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

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

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

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Amazon Lending surpassed $3 billion in loans to small businesses since its launch in 2011

  • Amazon has lent more than $1 billion to small businesses in the last 12 months
  • Amazon provides small businesses access to more than 300 million active customer accounts worldwide

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today announced Amazon Lending surpassed $3 billion in loans to small businesses to date since the program launched in 2011. Amazon Lending offers short-term business loans, for up to 12 months, to invited micro, small and medium businesses selling on Amazon to help them grow their business. With access to more than 300 million active customer accounts worldwide, Amazon provides small businesses the opportunity to quickly reach customers in their neighborhood and around the globe.

“We created Amazon Lending to make it simple for up-and-coming small businesses to efficiently get a business loan, because we know that an infusion of capital at the right moment can put a small business on the path to even greater success,” said Peeyush Nahar, Vice President for Amazon Marketplace. “Small businesses are in our DNA. Amazon is providing capital to small businesses to help them expand inventory and operations at a critical period of their growth. We understand that a small loan can go a long way.”

Facts about Amazon Lending:

  • In the last 12 months, Amazon has lent more than $1 billion to small businesses.
  • More than 20,000 small businesses have received a loan from Amazon.
  • More than 50 percent of the small businesses Amazon lends to take a second loan from Amazon.
  • Amazon has issued loans to small businesses across the U.S., U.K., and Japan.
  • Invited small businesses are able to apply for loans ranging from $1,000 to $750,000.

Half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses that offer their products through Amazon Marketplace, many of whom also choose to use Fulfillment by Amazon as a way of making their items Prime eligible. Small businesses and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon come from every state in the U.S., and from more than 130 different countries around the world. Amazon began inviting small businesses to sell on Amazon to increase selection and ensure customers could find and discover anything they wanted to buy online.

“Amazon has had a hugely positive impact on our business,” said Caleb Light, Vice President of Sales for Power Practical, in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Traditional funding vehicles wouldn’t support our model of direct to consumer and we needed help. Amazon stepped in and is a great partner for us. The loans from Amazon Lending enabled us to expand inventory and resulted in us having a very strong and successful 2016.”

“Customers expect to be able to buy LonoLife on Amazon. The loan from Amazon Lending gave LonoLife the ability to procure bulk raw materials and packaging to build inventory to keep up with incredible customer demand,” said Lawrence Holland, President of LonoLife Inc., based in Oceanside, Calif. “Amazon’s willingness to provide LonoLife capital ensured that we are able to keep our products in stock and gave us the opportunity to grow our product offering.”

Businesses interested in selling on Amazon can visit http://services.amazon.com. To view inspiring stories of inventors, authors, and small business owners who are transforming their lives and pursuing their dreams with Amazon, check out Transformations.

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

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Amazon announces discounted monthly price on Amazon Prime for customers in government assistance programs

  • Customers participating in a growing list of government assistance programs get Prime benefits for $5.99 per month
  • Membership includes unlimited fast, free shipping on more than 50 million items with Amazon’s low prices, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, a rotating selection of e-books with Prime Reading, unlimited photo storage, and savings on select items and subscriptions

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jun. 6, 2017) announced customers participating in a growing list of government assistance programs can now access Amazon Prime at a discounted monthly price. Currently, customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for the discounted membership. Membership includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos and unlimited fast, free shipping for $5.99 per month for one year, with the ability to cancel anytime. Customers can learn more or sign up for a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/qualify.

“We know when people try Prime they love it, because they save time and money with low prices on millions of items, unlimited access to premium videos and music, and fast, convenient delivery,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime.”

Save with Prime: In addition to unlimited fast, free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible items, Prime members also receive unlimited access to the following benefits at no additional cost:

  • Prime Video: Unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows
  • Prime Music: More than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations
  • Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage to preserve family memories
  • Prime Reading: A rotating selection of free e-books and magazines
  • Audible Channels for Prime: Premium original podcasts, audio series and audiobooks exclusively from Audible
  • Kindle First: A free pre-release e-book each month
  • Twitch Prime: In-game loot on Twitch and 20 percent off pre-release digital games
  • Early Access: Exclusive early access to select Lightning Deals
  • Savings: Discounts on select products including 20 percent off diaper subscriptions
  • Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery: One million products, order by noon and get them today in eligible zip codes
  • Prime Now: Free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items in eligible zip codes

Enrollment Requirements: At launch, customers will need to qualify with a valid EBT card. An EBT card is commonly used to disburse funds for several government assistance programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). EBT cannot be used to pay for membership. Customers can qualify every 12 months up to 4 times. Amazon will add other ways to qualify in the future for customers participating in government assistance programs that do not utilize EBT. There is no annual commitment and members can cancel anytime. Customers can learn more or sign up for a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/qualify.

About Prime

Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S., that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive Prime Two-Day Shipping on more than 50 million items, Prime Same-Day Delivery and Prime One-Day Shipping in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 cities.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon

Kenmore’s launches new line of smart room air conditioners available now in select Sears stores nationwide

Trusted home appliance brand rolls out newly designed smart air conditioners with updated app to make keeping cool a breeze this summer

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer is set to be a scorcher with the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting above average temperatures for many parts of the U.S. To help cope with the unseasonably warm weather, Americans can rely on the Kenmore brand’s new line of smart room air conditioners to keep homes cool and comfortable, while helping save money and energy.

Using a wireless Internet connection, the Kenmore Elite Smart Room Air Conditioners allow users to adjust home temperatures from a mobile device* using the Kenmore mobile app. The easy-to-use app provides access to monitor efficiencies, turn units on and off and even set schedules for up to seven days. The smart technology integrates wireless capabilities to provide the flexibility to operate the air conditioner whenever needed from almost anywhere, which can lead to energy and cost savings on utility bills.

“Kenmore is a trusted American legacy brand, woven into the fabric of our American home lifestyle. At Kenmore, we consistently strive to improve the lives of our members through stress-free solutions to every day issues,” said Tom Park, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “With rising temperatures around the country, the Kenmore brand’s smart room air conditioner line will make homeowners’ lives easier and more cost-effective by giving them control from their mobile device.”

The Kenmore app is designed to be sleek and intuitive, providing users with peace-of-mind and features that can help save time, energy and money.

  • Control on-the-Go: The ability to remotely turn the unit on and off, set a schedule or adjust the temperature provides flexibility to control home climates from anywhere. Use the 24 hour timer to set a schedule to run the units only when needed, or turn the air conditioner on before arriving home to ensure a comfortable temperature upon arrival.
  • Energy Savings: The Kenmore Elite Smart Room Air Conditioners are ENERGY STAR®certified and feature smart technology that allows for easy access and scheduling to run the unit only when needed, helping to save energy and money on utility bills.
  • Power to Match Your Room Size: Available in a variety of sizes from 8,000 BTUs to 25,000 BTUs, these Kenmore Elite Smart Room Air Conditioners help cool medium to large rooms, from 340 to 1,560 square feet in size.
  • Simple Setup: Scan the QR code located on the unit using a mobile device, follow the directions during a brief tutorial and the air conditioner will be up and running.
  • Amazon Alexa Enabled: Allows users to control the air conditioner’s temperature and power settings using voice-controlled technology on any Amazon Echo device**.
  • MSRP: $269.99– $519.99, depending on the model.

The Kenmore Elite Smart Room Air Conditioners feature technology from Afero, a leader in connecting smart devices and providing secure “Internet of Things” product solutions. The air conditioners are available now in select Sears stores nationwide and online at Sears.com. For more information about current Kenmore brand smart products, and the complete line of Kenmore appliances, visit Kenmore.com.

About the Kenmore Brand

The Kenmore Brand is an industry leader in delivering trusted performance in the home with smart and stylish appliance innovations that help consumers do things quicker, easier and better. Recognized as a top appliance brand for over 100 years, the Kenmore brand continues to give consumers more time, efficiency and improved results for better living, with industry-leading products across small and large appliance categories. For more information, visit www.kenmore.com, www.cookmore.com/press-kit/ or www.facebook.com/kenmore.

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 shopyourway.com. 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. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com 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 nearly 12 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

*Remote control and monitoring functionality of Kenmore® Smart products requires a smartphone or tablet, wireless router with a continuous home internet connection and the free app.  These devices are not included.  Supports iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices.  Mobile devices not included with product. iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.  Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
** Amazon Echo device sold separately.

Contact:

Larry Costello
PR Director
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Amanda Morales
Zeno Group for Kenmore
312-245-0170
Amanda.Morales@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

La nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club Mastercard supera los 50.000 titulares en una semana

La nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club Mastercard supera los 50.000 titulares en una semana

 

  • Sus titulares valoran especialmente la devolución del 1% del importe de sus compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* ingresando ese dinero en su tarjeta EROSKI club asociada
  • La condición multitarjeta que permite unificar las ventajas del programa EROSKI Club y la función de tarjeta de crédito en la red de tiendas EROSKI es una de sus principales características

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — La nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club -Mastercard ha superado las expectativas durante su primera semana en funcionamiento y ya son más de 50.000 socios los que se benefician de los servicios y facilidades de esta nueva tarjeta de pago.

Los titulares de la nueva tarjeta valoran especialmente la devolución del 1% del importe de sus compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* ingresando ese dinero en su tarjeta EROSKI Club asociada, como saldo disponible por el Socio Cliente para sus compras en cualquier supermercado, hipermercado, gasolinera, óptica, agencia de viaje o tienda online de la cooperativa.

También destacan la comodidad de su cualidad multitarjeta al estar vinculada a la tarjeta de fidelización EROSKI club y, por tanto, unificar las ventajas de ser Socio Cliente y la función de tarjeta de crédito cuando realizan sus compras en la red de tiendas EROSKI. Sus titulares valoran asimismo la facilidad para poder disponer de efectivo, hasta 300 euros, en las cajas de cualquier hipermercado y supermercado EROSKI, sin comisión.

El balance de la primera semana de funcionamiento de la nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club – Mastercard ha sido muy satisfactorio.

“Valoramos muy positivamente la acogida que, ya desde los primeros días, está teniendo la nueva propuesta de ahorro y de vinculación con la marca que hemos realizado a nuestros clientes. Prevemos continuar aumentando el número de titulares de la tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club-Mastercard y superar los 100.000 antes de final del ejercicio”, ha afirmado la directora de Marketing de EROSKI, Eva Ugarte.

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

260 millones de ahorro transferido al consumidor

El fortalecimiento de EROSKI Club como plataforma de ahorro y vinculación del Socio Cliente con la marca ha elevado el ahorro total trasferido pro EROSKI a los consumidores hasta los 260 millones de euros, a través de ofertas y promociones cada vez más personalizadas.

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

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

Source: Eroski

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H&M Foundation unveils 500 outstanding female business leaders in Foundation 500 list

H&M Foundation unveils 500 outstanding female business leaders in Foundation 500 list

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — 500 outstanding business leaders growing their companies in the harshest of startup environments. No, we’re not talking about Silicon Valley. With Foundation 500 – a list of successful female business leaders from emerging markets – the non-profit H&M Foundation and humanitarian agency CARE want to challenge stereotypes and re-define what a business leader looks like. Why? It can help reduce poverty and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.

Launched today at foundation500.com, the list is a reference to the famous Fortune 500 list by Fortune Magazine. But the Foundation 500 reveals a different story. By presenting power portraits and stories of women entrepreneurs from emerging markets in the same manner business magazines usually portray male business leaders, H&M Foundation and CARE’s message is that empowering women is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and create economic growth. Entire economies lose out when a substantial part of the population can´t realize its full potential.

“The entrepreneur is the hero of our time, and it is estimated that over the coming years over 1 billion women will enter the workforce – a majority through entrepreneurship. But, you can’t be what you can’t see. Women rarely make the covers of business magazines, in fact the last time a woman was on the cover of Fortune Magazine was October 2014. With the Foundation 500 list we want to re-define what a business leader looks like,” says Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation.

The Foundation 500 list includes the owner of West Ivory Coast’s first bus company, a CEO from Indonesia growing her business by the means of Facebook and the President of a Peruvian Trout Farmers Association. The global public and media are invited to explore and share the stories, images and behind the scenes material available at foundation500.com.

”Born with zero privilege, the women portrayed in the Foundation 500 list have made their own fortunes in the harshest of startup-environments. Yet, their stories often go untold. I wish I had seen women like these on the cover of business magazines when I grew up in South Sudan.”

Alek Wek, British/Sudanese Supermodel, Entrepreneur and H&M Foundation Ambassador

The backbone of the Foundation 500 is the learnings from the Global Program on Empowering Women through Enterprise Development initiated by H&M Foundation and CARE in 2014. The women on the Foundation 500 list are part of this program, which in its first phase has reached over 100,000 women in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Zambia. In Burundi, the average rate of increase in income among women in the program was 202.8%, the lowest being 104% and the highest 401%. Due to the success, a renewed three-year commitment is made.

“During 2014-2020, H&M Foundation pledges 120 million Swedish krona ($14 million/€12 million) to support over 200,000 women entrepreneurs from emerging markets with seed capital and skills training to start and expand their businesses. If the world is to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, the time to act is now,” says Karl-Johan Persson, Board member H&M Foundation and CEO H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • In 2016, Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls became a stand-alone goal included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders at a UN Summit.
  • Economic empowerment of women minimizes their dependency but also improves the lives of the society surrounding them, since women tend to reinvest money in their families, children and communities.
  • The portraits included in the Foundation 500 list have been shot by Malin Fezehai, a New York based photographer and filmmaker that has been the recipient of a 2015 World Press Photo Award, the Wallis Annenberg Prize and was named one of the 30 Emerging Photographers to watch in 2015 by Photo District News.
  • The mix of the 500 women on the list is a representation of all 100,000 women participating in the Global Program. Some of them have just established their business, some have been running their business for a while and some are experienced CEO´s by now with expansion plans. There´s no ranking – they all do tremendous work, and have established businesses in the harshest of startup-environments, often in sectors traditionally dominated by men.
  • A Global Report on Women Entrepreneurs can be downloaded at foundation500.com/press The report is developed by CARE in collaboration with H&M Foundation and is a framework on what needs to be in place for women entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.
  • Hi-resolution images can be found at foundation500.com/press and are free to publish both in print and online.
  • B-roll for video editors, including portraits and behind the scenes material, can be downloaded here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: facebook.com/hmfoundation
Instagram: Instagram.com/hmfoundation

Hashtags: #Foundation500, #HMFoundation

ABOUT FOUNDATION 500

Foundation 500 is an initiative by the non-profit H&M Foundation and humanitarian agency CARE. By gathering portraits and stories of entrepreneurs enrolled in its Global Program on Empowerment of Women, the Foundation 500 is an all-female list of entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Empowering women is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and create economic growth in societies at large. The list includes 500 women from 11 countries portrayed in the style most often used when portraying male business leaders: strong, confident – in power-positions. The H&M Foundation is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M. It’s an independent legal entity operating beyond the company´s value chain with its own staff, strategy and board. Since 2013, the family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to drive positive change on a global scale. For further information, please visit foundation500.com and hmfoundation.com.

CONTACT:

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

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CVS Pharmacy implements time delay safes to help prevent robbery incidents and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today (June 7, 2017) that it has implemented the use of time delay safes in more than 170 locations in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton markets as well as nearby locations in central and southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. This step will help prevent pharmacy robbery incidents and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic by keeping controlled substance narcotic medications from being misused or abused. Controlled substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, will now be stored in time delay safes in every CVS Pharmacy location in these three markets.

Time delay safes help deter pharmacy robberies by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. Employees must enter a code to open the safe, which automatically triggers a wait time before the safe is electronically unlocked.

The time delay function cannot be overridden and is designed to serve as a deterrent to would-be pharmacy robbers whose goal is to enter and exit their robbery targets as quickly as possible. All CVS Pharmacy locations with time delay safes are displaying highly-visible signage to inform the public that time delay safes are in use to prevent on-demand access to controlled substance narcotics.

“Pharmacy robberies are a challenging issue for every pharmacy and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of pharmacy robbery incidents in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton markets,” said Alisa Ulrey, Area Vice President of CVS Pharmacy in Ohio. “We believe that time delay safes, combined with other security policies and procedures in place at our stores, will help drastically reduce these incidents and ensure that our stores remain a safe environment for shopping and filling prescriptions.”

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said, “Drug Abuse continues to be a substantial health and safety risk in Montgomery County. With overdose deaths in Montgomery County being at an historical high, I believe any efforts to control substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone & hydrocodone, is welcome. I applaud CVS Pharmacy for taking this proactive step to combat the opioid epidemic in Montgomery County and across Ohio.”

CVS Health’s commitment to preventing and addressing prescription drug abuse extends to community education, efforts to encourage safe disposal of unused medication and increasing access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The company’s Pharmacists Teach program brings CVS Pharmacists to schools across the country to talk to students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. More than 250,000 students across the country, including more than 10,000 in Ohio, have participated in the program.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. This program has collected more than 80 metric tons, or 175,000 pounds of unused prescriptions, keeping them out of medicine cabinets where they could be misused.

Additionally, CVS Health has worked with 41 states including Ohio and Kentucky to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. Patients can obtain this life-saving medication, which is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, without an individual prescription in these states.

About CVS Pharmacy

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

Media Contacts:

Erin Shields Britt
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Chipotle offers all day, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion to all nurses on Wednesday, June 14

Chipotle offers all day, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion to all nurses on Wednesday, June 14

 

Cure the Craving: Chipotle Announces Buy One, Get One Offer for Nurses All Day on Wednesday, June 14

DENVER, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is offering a special, one-day, buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion to all nurses to celebrate their hard work and contributions. All day on Wednesday, June 14, from open to close, any nurse with a valid ID can take advantage of a special BOGO promotion at any Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant nationwide or in Canada.

“Nurses take care of people day in and day out and we want to do our small part to take care of them,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle. “Their jobs aren’t easy, but hopefully this small gesture makes lunch or dinner a little easier and a little tastier.”

The BOGO is valid for all types of nurses (RN, NP, CRNA, CNS, CNM, LVN, CAN), who present a nursing license or hospital/medical office nurse ID at any Chipotle location in the U.S. and Canada. This promotion may not be combined with other coupons, promotions or special offers. The promotion is valid in-store only and excludes online, mobile, fax, Burritos by the Box or catering orders. Limit is one free menu item per nurse ID.

For more information, please visit http://www.Chipotle.com/nurseappreciation.

About Chipotle

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that prepares its food using no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,300 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Global Garlic Inc. recalls “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk Cheese” that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Miami, FL, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Global Garlic Inc., 11501 NW 107th ST, Miami, FL, is recalling its 16oz packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk” and (“Queso Fresco x LB(Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, and organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women.

The recalled “Queso Fresco 16oz / Whole Milk” and (“Queso Fresco x LB (Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” were distributed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina.

The 16oz cheese comes in a clear plastic package marked with a UPC No. 8-96211-00235-9 and an expiration date of September 19, 2017 stamped on the side. The pound (barra) cheese weighted around 5-6 Lb., with a clear plastic package, it has no UPC number and expiration date of June 17, 2017.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 16 ounce packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk Cheese”.

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 16oz packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk” and (“Queso Fresco x LB (Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company from Monday – Friday 8:00 AM-5:30 PM EST (305) 545-6305.

Consumers Contact:

(305) 545-6305

Source: FDA

X5 partners with Acmero Capital and Marathon Group to develop universal retail centres at passenger transport hubs

Moscow, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, has made a trilateral partnership agreement with Acmero Capital, a private equity fund, and Marathon Group, an investment company, to develop state-of-the-art universal retail centres at passenger transport hubs (Passenger Service Centres, or PSCs).

The agreement was signed by X5 CEO Igor Shekhterman, Acmero Capital Senior Managing Partner Siman Povarenkin, and Marathon Group President Alexander Vinokurov. As part of the project, the parties expect to open around 600-1,000 PSCs at bus and railway stations, roadside facilities and airports across Russia by the end of 2021. PSCs will offer a selection of state-of-the-art services under one roof, including Pyaterochka grocery stores, pharmacies operated by Marathon Group, catering facilities by Acmero, ticket booths, parcel lockers, ATMs and payment terminals. The mix-and-match service format will be tailored to the needs of each specific location.

A geographic information system (GIS) in use at the Pyaterochka chain since 2014 will help choose the optimal location and the most economically viable format for each PSC.

“In Russia, an average of 50 million people use public transport daily. This passenger traffic is ripe for converting into retail sales. According to X5’s calculations, passengers at bus and railway stations may become important contributors to the traffic of grocery stores and catering facilities. The project is especially beneficial for smaller cities, where bus and railway stations are often big gathering areas, but do not have modern developed retail infrastructure” said Igor Shekhterman, CEO of X5.

“This is an exciting business idea and a retail format that guarantees demand and good development potential. In our highly mobile living environment, transport hubs attract multitudes of people, and the footfall matters as much for pharmacies as it does for stores and food courts. Marathon Group has all the expertise and resources required for a pharmacy operator in a large-scale project like this. In addition, we already have an extensive track record with Х5 Retail Group, so we are very confident about the success of this partnership” said Alexander Vinokurov, President of Marathon Group.

“This is an unjustly forgotten idea that is very much in line with our modern needs. It has the potential to fundamentally change the notions of convenience and travel in Russia. We are looking to breathe new life into old transport stations, which may involve construction of new facilities from scratch, for example, on major roads. This requires large-scale partnerships with transport infrastructure operators, and, importantly, the largest industry players have already shown their openness to cooperation and a proactive approach” said Siman Povarenkin, Senior Managing Partner at Acmero Capital.

Contact:

email: iro@x5.ru

Source: X5 Retail Group