DICK’S Sporting Goods opens new DICK’S Team Sports HQ office in San Diego

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced today the opening of a new DICK’S Team Sports HQ  office in San Diego to serve as a west coast technology and innovation center.  The new tech center supports DICK’S digital transformation efforts and will provide cloud based administrative infrastructure, management solutions, analytics and communications to National Governing Body (NGB) customers through DICK’S Team Sports HQ to many of the largest youth sporting associations in the United States.

“DICK’S recognizes the important role associations and volunteers play in attracting, organizing and administering youth sports across the country. Our new DICK’S Team Sports HQ west coast technology and innovation center showcases our commitment to providing an enterprise platform to empower sports associations to spend less time on the administrative efforts of running  a league and more time coaching young athletes,” said Ed Plummer, SVP, DICK’S Team Sports HQ.

DICK’S Team Sports HQ’s west coast technology and innovation center houses the former Affinity Sports, acquired by DICK’S Sporting Goods in 2016.

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

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About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

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

SOURCE:  DICK’S Sporting Goods

Contacts

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

NGA congratulates 37 grocery executives on their completion of the 2017 Executive Leadership Development Program

NGA congratulates 37 grocery executives on their completion of the 2017 Executive Leadership Development Program

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today (June 20, 2017) congratulated 37 grocery executives on their completion of the 2017 Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  The event was held June 4 – 8 at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York.

“In an evolving business such as the supermarket industry, new leaders and executives will face an array of challenges and opportunities very different than their predecessors encountered. The development of these leaders will become even more important, and leadership and training programs will be critical for the long-term success of the industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO, NGA. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor, PepsiCo, NGA is working to provide those resources and opportunities for independent supermarket operators to invest in their future leaders through programs such as ELDP.””

“I found the ELDP program to be an invaluable experience in which I will take the lessons learned and apply them throughout my career,” said Brian Rutigliano, Retail P.O.S. Specialist, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC. “The program helped me to understand the differences between management skills and leadership skills, and the one-on-one feedback session with Cornell faculty provided deeper insight into my strengths and weaknesses as a leader and a path forward to improve on my leadership skills.”

ELDP helps independent supermarket operators and wholesalers develop leaders from within their organizations who can respond to business challenges in the 21st century marketplace. It is a high-impact learning opportunity for rising grocery executives that provides interactive instruction presented by a mix of respected academic and industry leaders.

For the past 14 years, ELDP has been generously supported by PepsiCo.

2017 ELDP graduates:

Mark Bowen, Manufacturing Operations Manager, Brookshire Grocery Co.
Stewart Boyer, Retail Counselor, Merchants Distributors, LLC
Nathaniel Brusby, Store Manager, Kennie’s Market’s, Inc.
Reggie Carmon, Director of Food Service, Bakery/Deli Merchandising, Reasor’s, LLC
Lee Bowers, Sales Development Manager, Merchants Distributors, LLC
Derek Brison, Manager of Employment & Talent Management, Reasor’s, LLC
Sandra Cannillo, Advertising Manager, Wakefern Food Corp.
Layne Chastain, Director of Meat and Seafood, Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Rodney Cobb, Meat Director, Mitchell Grocery
Aidan Coleman, Director of Business Development, Coleman Group of Companies
Sean D. Hamady, Assistant Store Manager, Sissonville Piggly Wiggly
Guillermo Fernandez, Business and Finance Team Lead, Stop and Compare Market
Jim Fitterer, Director of Sales, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Eric Frigiano, Business/Financial Analyst, Wakefern Food Corp.
Joe Greene, District Manager, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Amber Hauber, Vice President of Customer Experience, Harmons Grocery
Drew Hembree, Director of Traditional Advertising, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
Dennis Host, Vice President of Marketing, Coborn’s, Inc.
Heidi Huff, Director of Marketing, IGA USA
Jenny Jorge, Vice President of Operations, Jorgu Meat Corporation
Ray Lotierzo, Store Director, Ravitz Family Markets
Steve Oroszlany, Category Manager, Wakefern Food Corp.
Samer Rahman, Senior Director of Meat/Seafood Merchandizing, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC
Mohammad Rahman, Assistant Store Manager, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Mike Richter, Senior Director of Meat, Seafood, and Fresh, Coborn’s, Inc.
Mike Roberts, Produce Merchandiser, Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Clark Roper, Produce Buyer, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distribution Co., Inc.
Brian Rutigliano, POS Specialist, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC
Carly Spross, Director of Marketing, The Fresh Grocer (ShopRite)
Laura Strange, Senior Director of Industry Relations, Communications, and Marketing, National Grocers Association
Marty Thompson, Director of Category Development, Coborn’s, Inc.
Peter Torchiano, Store Director, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Tom VonKessel, Director of Non-Perishables, Ravitz Family Markets
Alan Tait, Director of Business Development, Coleman Group of Companies
Daniel Koch, Vice President of Bakery/Deli, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Nicholas Arlan, Vice President, Arlan’s Markets, Inc.
Elizabeth Crocker, Executive Director, NGA Research and Education Foundation

For more information on ELDP please visit www.nationalgrocers.org/eldp

About The National Grocers Association:
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

SOURCE: NGA

JCPenney completes refinancing of its $2.35 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility

Refinanced Revolving Facility Provides Improved Terms and Extended Maturity

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today (June 20, 2017) that it has completed the refinancing of its $2.35 billion senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility. The amended and restated facility provides improved pricing terms and extends the maturity from 2019 to 2022. The revolving line of credit will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes.

“As part of our ongoing pursuit to further strengthen the Company’s financial position, we’re pleased to close on the refinancing of our revolving credit facility, providing us enhanced terms and continued fiscal flexibility,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney. “We thank our banking partners for their ongoing support and confidence.”

The arrangement of the credit facility was co-led by Wells Fargo, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Barclays and Goldman Sachs.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands.  Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s financial position, the revolving credit facility and interest expense.  Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all.  There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations.  Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made.  We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

SOURCE: JCPenney Corporation

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The Australian Retailers Association commends NSW Government for delivering infrastructure Budget

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has commended the NSW Government for delivering a Budget that focuses on infrastructure, while running a surplus in 2016-17.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman said the NSW State Budget builds on economic strength for the state, assisting retail sales growth while supporting retail businesses and employment through continued skills funding and tax relief.

“The 2017-18 Budget released today (June 20, 2017) focuses on delivering infrastructure projects that NSW communities need, with long term holes in infrastructure slowly being fixed for the first time in decades,” Mr Zimmerman said.

From January next year, businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million will be exempt from paying duties on insurance for work vehicles, professional indemnity and public liability.

The ARA also welcomes the increased support for the Business Connect Programme in helping small businesses to plan and adapt.

“As always, the industry needs the Government to further reduce business taxes to sustain retail growth,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The tax cuts on business transactions is an important step for retailers making decisions to improve their operations.”

The ARA further congratulates the NSW Government for their $96 million commitment to the Jobs for NSW initiative which ARA members have participated in to stimulate jobs growth across NSW.

Retailers will also welcome stamp duty cuts with exemptions for homes worth up to $650,000, and discounts for purchases up to $800,000 for new homebuyers as these initiatives will stimulate consumer spend.

“These business cuts, along with the homebuyers’ stamp duty cuts will help grow retail spend across the industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556 E:media@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

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

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

ARA applauds the Parliament for implementing fairer tax system for Australian retailers

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) congratulate the Parliament for passing the low-value GST for offshore tangible goods under $1000 as this legislation will improve tax fairness for Australian retailers.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said they have been working with the Federal and State Governments since 2008 to reduce the Low Value Threshold (LVT) and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“Today the Australian retail industry received a big win, as this much-needed GST will significantly assist our local retailers when trading against our international counterparts,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This new legislation will create a fairer tax system for Australian retailers who are currently operating in a tough trading environment.”

The ARA congratulate the Parliament for passing this Bill but are extremely disappointed that the legislation won’t be implemented until 1 July 2018.

“We are disappointed there will be a 12 month delay before overseas retailers start collecting this tax, but we look forward to Australian retailers finally being given a fair chance,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This legislation will mean our local retailers will be able to trade on the same level playing field as our international competitors.”

The ARA will continue to work with the Government and Productivity Commission to seek the most efficient system in collecting this GST.

“We will be talking to our members to ensure this legislation is implemented correctly,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmermancall the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or emailmedia@retail.org.au

About the Australian Retailers Association:

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

SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

Harris Teeter to present $1 million to USO through its Support Our Troops Donation Card Campaign

Company to Present Check to USO

Matthews, NC, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter – 6701 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Friday, June 23, 2017, Harris Teeter will present the USO with a $1 million check to help support our nation’s service members, as well as their families.

This donation is made possible by the success of Harris Teeter’s Support Our Troops Donation Card Campaign. For the fifth consecutive year, Harris Teeter invited its shoppers and associates to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout for the USO, an organization strengthening America’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. This year, Harris Teeter associates and shoppers answered the call by joining together to raise $1 million.

One-hundred percent of funds raised benefit the local USO chapter of the store where the donation was made. In fact, the stores in Harris Teeter’s home state of North Carolina raised more than $525,000 to directly benefit USO of North Carolina – the largest single donation the organization has ever received.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our loyal shoppers and valued associates. Without them, this donation would not be possible,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.

“Over the last five years the Support Our Troops campaign, which is driven through the generosity of Harris Teeter’s customers and the hard work of their associates, has raised over $1.5 million across North Carolina communities served by Harris Teeter,” said John Falkenbury, President of the USO of North Carolina. “Those dollars enable us to provide critical resiliency programs and support operations that connect our men and women to their families, home and the nation. Their support helps us save and shape lives after 14 years of combat operations and deployments around the globe. ”

The check presentation will occur at the Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter, as a special thank you to the store’s associates and customers who helped raise more than $17,000, the highest donation collected out of all Harris Teeter locations.

Source: Harris Teeter

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PHILIPPINES: SM Group honored with 10 awards at the Corporate Governance Asia magazine’s 7th Asian Excellence Award

PHILIPPINES: SM Group honored with 10 awards at the Corporate Governance Asia magazine’s 7th Asian Excellence Award

 

JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) and its subsidiaries bagged 10 awards from Hong Kong-based Corporate Governance Asia magazine in its 7th Asian Excellence Award held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong last June 9.

SM and its subsidiaries SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) and China Banking Corporation (China Bank) were chosen as awardees from the Philippines. The 7th Asian Excellence Award 2017 is touted as Asia’s biggest event on IR and Governance awards in Asia in the past seven years.

The magazine recognized SM Director and former President Harley T. Sy, BDO Chairperson Teresita T. Sy-Coson, BDO President Nestor Tan, SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey Lim and China Bank President Ricardo Chua as Asia’s Best Chief Executive Officers or CEOs.

Cited as Asia’s Best CFO are former SM CFO Jose Sio, now wearing the hat of Chairman and BDO EVP and Treasurer Pedro Florescio III.

SM, SM Prime, BDO, and China Bank bagged Best IR Company including Best Corporate Communications (for SM and BDO), Best Environmental Responsibility (for SM Prime) and Best IR Professionals for SM SVP for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Corazon Guidote, BDO SVP for IR and Corporate Planning Luis Reyes, Jr. and China Bank SVP for IR and Corporate Relations Alexander Escucha. This is the 6th year that SM clinched the Best IR and Best IR Professional awards.

The Asian Excellence Awards are designed to recognize the achievements and excellence in management acumen, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and investor relations of Asian companies. Since its inception in 2011, CG Asia has bestowed accolades on the Best CEO, Best CFO, Best Corporate Social Responsibility, Best Environmental Practices, Best Investor Relations, Best Investor Relations Professionals and Best Financial Public Relations Companies.

Corporate Governance Asia is now read by 12,000 of the most important companies in Asia and provides incisive editorial content with extensive coverage on the latest and current developments, legislation, case studies and various analyses relating to corporate governance practices in Asia.

About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation is a leading Philippine company that is invested in market leading businesses in retail, banking and property. It also invests in ventures that can capture high growth opportunities in the emerging Philippine economy. It looks for market leaders or those with potential to become leaders in their chosen sectors that offer synergies and attractive returns and cashflows.

SM’s retail operations are the country’s largest and most diversified with its food, non-food and specialty retail stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the 7th largest bank.

For more about SM, click here: www.sminvestments.com

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation

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Morrisons brings in its first Yorkshire suppliers in stores

Morrisons brings in its first Yorkshire suppliers in stores

 

Bradford, England, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons has today (20 June 2017) announced the first Yorkshire suppliers to be listed in its stores as part of a programme that aims to put more homegrown food and drink on customers plates.

The supermarket first announced the search for more local food and drink makers in February after research found that Yorkshire customers want to see more food and drink made and produced ‘just down the road’ from their communities.

Morrisons is already British farming’s biggest single customer and the company has made sourcing more local food a priority, to reduce the distance food travels, support local communities and respond to regional tastes.

75 Yorkshire suppliers applied to take part in Morrisons local foodmakers programme and the top 20 were then invited to the event at Keighley Town Hall, West Yorkshire where they met Morrisons customers, buyers and the local WI.

Now, the first three local food and drink makers have been selected to be listed in stores around Yorkshire . They are:

    • Masons Gin – will enter 133 Morrisons stores from 19th June
    • Grandma Wild’s Biscuits – will enter all Yorkshire stores from 26th June
    • Parrs Foods – will enter all Yorkshire stores from 3rd July

Earlier this month, Sheffield dairy farm Our Cow Molly also entered three local Morrisons stores.

The local businesses will be stocked alongside Yorkshire products already ranged in Morrisons such as, Wakefield Rhubarb, Bradford parkin and Yorkshire ham.

Danny Clee, Local Solutions Manager for Yorkshire said: “Morrisons is a Yorkshire business with over 20,000 colleagues in Yorkshire. Our customers tell us they want to see more local food and drink produced in our stores and this programme aims to do just that.

“At our event in Keighley in March, we saw a great range of Yorkshire products and are delighted to welcome the first of our new local suppliers to our stores this week.”

Morrisons are expected to announce more successful Yorkshire suppliers as part of the programme later this year.

Contact:
Rachel Kennedy
Morrisons press office
0845 611 4575
rachel.a.kennedy@morrisonsplc.co.uk

Source: Morrisons

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Global Wireless Health and Fitness Device Market Size, Status, Revenue, Growth Rate and Forecast (2017-2022)

Pune, India, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Global Wireless Health and Fitness Device Market:

 

Geographically, this report is segmented into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue (million USD), market share and growth rate of Wireless Health and Fitness Device in these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast), covering

  • North America
  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India

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Global Wireless Health and Fitness Device market competition by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including

Abbott Laboratories

Adidas AG

Alive Technologies

Beuer GmbH

Entra Health Systems

Fitbit

Fitbug Limited

FitLinxx

Garmin Ltd

Humetrix

Ideal Life

Intelesens Ltd

Isansys Lifecare Ltd

Jawbone

Koninklijke Philips NV

Lumo BodyTech

Medtronic

Misfit

NeuroSky

Nike

Nonin Medical

Nuvon

Oregon Scientific

Polar Electro Oy

Sensei

Sotera Wireless

Suunto Oy

Toumaz UK Ltd

Wahoo Fitness

Withings SA

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into

Wireless Sports & Fitness Devices

Wireless Remote Health Monitoring Devices

Wireless Professional Healthcare Devices

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate of Wireless Health and Fitness Device for each application, including

For Kids

For Adults

For Old Men

 

 

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Rite Aid reopens Harrisburg Market Street store

  • Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse to Join Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Store Operations Bryan Everett at Ribbon-Cutting Today at 9:30 a.m.
  • Joshua Group to Receive $10,000 KidCents Donation from Rite Aid Foundation

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 20, 2017), Rite Aid Corporation will celebrate the grand reopening of its Harrisburg Market Street store, now located at 304 Market Street, inside Strawberry Square. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will join Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Store Operations Bryan Everett and other company and community officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store today at 9:30 a.m.

“Since announcing our plans for this store last June, many people have worked diligently to bring this project to fruition. Today, we celebrate this new store and recognize those who played a role in this project including the City of Harrisburg, Harristown Development Corporation, our supplier partners and of course, many local Rite Aid associates,” said Everett. “Thanks to their efforts, our relocated Market Street store offers a design and shopping experience as unique as Strawberry Square itself and perfectly illustrates our more than 40 year commitment to the city of Harrisburg and the people who live and work in the community.”

The new 14,000 square foot store showcases the Company’s highly popular Wellness store format, now featured in nearly 2,500 Rite Aid stores nationwide. Rite Aid’s wellness store format, which first debuted in spring of 2011, is part of the company’s continued commitment to providing services, products and resources to help its customers and their families live healthy lives.

From the street level entrance, customers will find a wooden floor path leading directly to the pharmacy department, the core of Rite Aid’s business. Wellness stores have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication management and the ability to immunize against about a dozen diseases including flu, pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough.

Unique to the Market Street location is a one-of-a-kind in-store Hershey Sweet Shop that offers a variety of Hershey’s candy and specialty merchandise. The custom displays, developed in partnership with The Hershey Company, celebrates the confectioner’s most iconic brands including Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s and Twizzlers, and offers a selection of apparel, novelty gifts and of course, the latest chocolate and candy treats from the world’s best-loved confectionary company, headquartered in nearby Hershey.

“The new Rite Aid store in Strawberry Square is another sign of the great things happening in downtown Harrisburg and throughout the city,” said Papenfuse. “We applaud Rite Aid for investing in our city and supporting Harrisburg’s economic vitality.”

Other key in-store design elements include overhead departmental rings designating each section of the store such as beauty, food, home care and seasonal; inside and outside entrances; a relaxing, warm color palette with soothing wood tones and softer lighting; hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and gluten-free foods; and a private pharmacist consultation room adjacent to the pharmacy where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services.

In honor of the grand reopening, The Rite Aid Foundation will present a $10,000 KidCents donation to Joshua Group, a local nonprofit organization and one of The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents charities. The Joshua Group offers programming that addresses the academic and social needs of economically disadvantaged city youth of all ages living in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg, which is marked by concentrated poverty, an epidemic of crime, drugs and violence, and failing public schools. For more information about the organization, visit www.joshuagroup.org. 

“One of our earliest supporters, Joshua Group is proud of its more than 10-year relationship with The Rite Aid Foundation, and we consider their support vital to what we’ve been able to help Harrisburg youth achieve,” said Kirk Hallett, Founder and Director of Joshua Group. “The Joshua Group is extremely grateful that The Rite Aid Foundation has once again thought of our kids with this most generous KidCents grant, and we are honored to stand with them today as they celebrate their grand reopening and reaffirm their commitment to the people of Harrisburg, especially our kids.”

As part of the grand reopening celebration, from now through July 14, the Market Street Rite Aid will host a variety of free customer events each week. This includes free health screenings, beauty events and product samplings. All events will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; see www.riteaid.com/strawberrysquare.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,500 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:
Media
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

The Pub by Wegmans updates menu with seasonal fare and fresh seafood

The Pub by Wegmans updates menu with seasonal fare and fresh seafood

 

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Known for its delicious selection of local craft brews, delectable food and top-notch customer service, The Pub by Wegmans has launched an updated menu with an increased focus on seasonal fare and fresh seafood. Customer favorites like the Pub Burger, French Dip sandwich and Bavarian Soft Pretzel Sticks will now be featured alongside new, and in many cases lighter, options.

Highlights among the new menu additions include:

  • Chicken Shawarma Wrap: flavorful Middle Eastern spiced chicken, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, and red onion in a naan wrap with zesty hot sauce on the side
  • Big Steamed Mussel Pot: 1 lb. Organic P.E.I. mussels served with crusty bread and your choice of the following – lager beer broth, lemon, and shallot-thyme butter; spicy Thai red curry with lime and cilantro; basil pesto with lemon and parmesan
  • Veggie Grain Bowl: a vegan dish with zucchini and sweet potato noodles, green beans, shiitake mushrooms, herbed farro, and BBQ tempeh – only 510 calories!
  • Happy hour: $1 off draft beer, $2 off signature cocktails and wine pairs perfectly with daily appetizer specials. Great for sharing!

Seasonal specials will be heavily influenced by the peak offerings from the grocery side of the store, with chefs designing entrees around the best that the meat, cheese, produce and seafood departments have to offer. Signature craft cocktails will feature fresh juices and purees, made from fruit picked at the height of perfection.

“We’re excited to offer our customers the opportunity to try some exciting new flavors that are inspired by the best ingredients from our market,” said Scott Bova, director of restaurant services for Wegmans. “In addition to being delicious, many of the new dishes are less than 600 calories. We’re taking a light and fresh approach to classic pub flavors.”

The restaurants will continue to offer popular events like Craft Beer Dinners, Oyster Week, Lobster Week and more.

Pubs are located in select Wegmans stores in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Guests are encouraged to make reservations by visiting www.wegmanspub.com.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Wegmans also operates restaurants at some locations, including Next Door, Amore, The Pub and The Burger Bar, which highlight the company’s innovative culinary talent and access to the best ingredients. Chefs at each location prepare great tasting meals, served fresh for customers every day. A family-owned company widely recognized as an industry leader and innovator, Wegmans celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:
Katie Redmond
Media Relations Coordinate
katie.redmond@wegmans.com

Source:  Wegmans Food Markets

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British Land launches new workspace brand for businesses seeking additional space on flexible terms

British Land launches new workspace brand for businesses seeking additional space on flexible terms

 

London, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has launched Storey, a new brand providing flexible workspace for ambitious and growing businesses as well as larger organisations seeking additional space on flexible terms.

Created to fill a clear gap in the London office market which customers say is not being satisfied, Storey provides offices for companies employing between 20 and 70 people who have outgrown co-working space and whose needs have evolved. Storey also suits existing or larger office customers seeking project or shorter term space on top of their core requirements.

Storey will operate within British Land’s existing London assets, predominantly at its Broadgate, Paddington Central and Regent’s Place campuses. These have a critical mass of office customers and offer the ideal environment for ambitious organisations looking to grow. Storey customers will be able to access facilities traditionally reserved for larger organisations and automatically benefit from the broader campus environment where a focus on wellbeing also supports growth and productivity.

Storey will add to the evolving mix of these campuses, where additional retail and leisure uses have been introduced to adapt to modern workplace trends. All three campuses are on key London transport hubs, with Crossrail due to arrive at Paddington Central and Broadgate soon.

Storey’s simple and flexible workspace can be branded with an individual company’s identity. Supported by British Land’s property management arm, Broadgate Estates, it will ensure a seamless and reliable service. Space can be fully tailored to customers’ needs, with leases adaptable to their individual circumstances.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, British Land, said: “British Land concentrates on three core principles: understanding our customers so we can respond to their needs; creating great environments both within our buildings and their broader environments; and using our scale, expertise and long-term outlook to deliver value across our portfolio.

“Not only does the combination of these differentiate us, it also led us to develop Storey for a different customer base. By understanding the needs of ambitious SMEs and project teams, providing the right space for them and removing the hassle of running an office, it allows them to focus on their own businesses.

”We have the benefit of owning the buildings in which Storey will operate giving us much greater control of the service and experience customers receive, such as the quality of the technology and continuity of the Wi-Fi, one of the top frustrations identified in our research.”

Leases will be simple, jargon-free and all-inclusive, covering rent, business rates and service charges, secure, fully backed-up WiFi, reception service, cleaning and maintenance and office furniture. Storey will offer shared facilities including showers, bike racks, shared kitchen areas and meeting and collaboration space.

80,000 square feet of flexible workspace is already being fitted out. An additional 80,000 square feet of space has been earmarked for a further wave of Storey openings over the rest of the year.

The initial Storey locations will be at 18-20 Appold Studios and 2 Finsbury Avenue, both at Broadgate; and at International House, Ealing Broadway.

Notes to Editors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enquiries:
Media
Charlotte Whitley
British Land
0207 486 4466

Giles Barrie
FTI Consulting
0203 727 1042

Source: British Land

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SONIC® brings back two delicious Pretzel Dogs for a limited time

SONIC® brings back two delicious Pretzel Dogs for a limited time

 

America’s Drive-In Tempts Guests with a Twist to a Classic

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is bringing back a fun twist on everyone’s favorite summertime meal by reintroducing two delicious Pretzel Dogs for a limited time. With one bite, fans will remember why Pretzel Dogs make a craveable meal or perfect go-to snack when paired with crispy SONIC tots and a classic Cherry Limeade.

Hot dog fans can choose between two savory flavors: the Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog made with a premium beef hot dog topped with melty cheese, crispy bacon and grilled onions; or The Original topped with classic mustard. Both Hot Dogs are nestled in a warm pretzel bun.

“For 64 years, guests have been coming to SONIC to experience evolving and iconic menu items, including Pretzel Dogs, the distinctive twist of classic flavors and current culinary trends,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development at SONIC. “With so many choosing SONIC to satisfy their hot dog cravings, welcoming Pretzel Dogs back to the lineup is the perfect way to kick off summer at the drive-in.”

SONIC’s Pretzel Dogs are available for a limited time only so head to your nearest drive-in to try one of each before they’re gone.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning® campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $8.4 million to public school teachers’ classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Matthew Young
512-542-2802
Matthew.Young@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Starbucks adds summer fruit flavors in their latest colorful Frappuccino blended Crème beverages

Starbucks adds summer fruit flavors in their latest colorful Frappuccino blended Crème beverages

 

Seattle, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer fruits that are as vibrant in color as they are sweet, tangy and juicy in taste were the inspiration for Starbucks newest Frappuccino blended beverages. Starting today (June 20) Starbucks is featuring a variety of succulent, summer fruit flavors in their latest colorful Frappuccino blended Crème beverages.

Berry Prickly Pear Frappuccino® blended Crème beverage

A mango Frappuccino blended Crème is poured over a strawberry and prickly pear fruit puree which, in addition to strawberry, also features subtle notes of hibiscus, passionfruit and lime. The drink is finished with another layer of berry prickly pear fruit puree for a beautifully layered blended beverage.

“Prickly pear has a similar taste to tropical melon and berry, and we found that it pairs really well with strawberries,” said Jennica Robinson from the Starbucks beverage development team. “This Frappuccino is made without whipped cream, so the fruit flavors and bright colors really shine through.”

Mango Pineapple Frappuccino® blended Crème beverage

This drink starts with a mango Frappuccino blended Crème, poured over a mango-pineapple puree, which displays tropical flavors of juicy mango, pineapple and a hint of lime. It is finished with another layer of mango pineapple puree for additional fruit flavor.

“The mouthwatering fruit puree forms ribbons of bright color throughout the Frappuccino, creating creamy and fruity layers of flavor as you sip the beverage,” said Robinson.

Customers will find these new exciting Frappuccino beverages at Starbucks® stores in the U.S. and Canada starting today (June 20) and for a limited time this summer while supplies last.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Juicers Market Overview – Key Players (Omega, Breville, Philips, Panasonic and More)

Pune, India, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Global Juicers Market

In this report, The Global Blenders & Juicers Market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022.

Global Blenders & Juicers market competition by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including
Omega
Breville
Oster (Sunbeam)
Hurom
Braun
Cuisinart
Kuvings
Philips
Panasonic
Electrolux
Joyoung
Supor
Midea
Donlim(Guangdong Xinbao)
SKG
Bear
ACA (Elec-Tech)
Deer
Xibeile (Shuai Jia)
Ouke

Request a Sample Report @ https://www.wiseguyreports.com/sample-request/862030-global-blenders-juicers-market-research-report-2017

Geographically, this report is segmented into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue (million USD), market share and growth rate of Blenders & Juicers in these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast), covering

North America
Europe
China
Japan
Southeast Asia
India

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into

Single function
Multifunction

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate of Blenders & Juicers for each application, including

Commercial Consumption
Household Consumption
Other

Tesco introduces brand new range of quality of low alcohol wines

Tesco introduces brand new range of quality of low alcohol wines

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The quality of low alcohol wines available in the UK has stepped up a notch thanks to a brand new range created by Tesco.

For the first time shoppers will be able to buy wines in stores across the country that are nearly alcohol free, less than 0.5%, and are virtually indistinguishable in terms of taste from their alcoholic counterparts.

The new range, which is exclusive to Tesco, includes three customer favourites – Cabernet Tempranillo, Grenacha-Rosé and a Sauvignon Blanc.

They have been developed in partnership with leading international wine producers Felix Solis, and use a new innovative spinning cone technique that gently removes the alcohol, without sacrificing the aroma, quality and flavour profile of the wine.

Until now most non-alcoholic wines have been fermented until they reach the point where they are about to turn alcoholic, so the liquid never actually becomes wine, or have the alcohol removed to be replaced with a number of sugars and artificial flavours to bring back the flavours lost through the process.

Tesco’s Master of Wine James Davis said:

“With the consumption of alcohol in the UK down by 18 per cent over the last decade, we’re seeing an increasing numbers of customers who want to enjoy the social aspect of having a drink, and are looking for a quality wine drinking experience, but without the alcohol.

“In recent years we’ve seen improvements in the quality and range of low and no alcohol ciders and beers, which have put wine firmly in the shade.

“This is the first wine range of its kind sold by a supermarket, which offers customers a real comparable alternative to popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache rose and Sauvignon Blanc, without any compromise on taste. “

The wines will be available in over 700 stores across the country and online and will be priced at £3.00. All three of the low-alcohol wines contain less than 0.5% alcohol.

In March Tesco became the first supermarket to bring together its entire range of alcohol free, or less than 0.5% ABV beers, wines and spirits in one place in stores across the UK.

Notes to editors

  • Tesco Low Alcohol Sauvignon Blanc £3.00 (75cl). This light and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with seafood and fish.
  • Tesco Low Alcohol Cabernet Tempranillo £3.00 (75cl). Expertly ripened, this medium red is spicy and smooth and great with cold meats and cheeses.
  • Tesco Low Alcohol Garnacha-Rosé £3.00 (75cl). Grown under the intense Spanish sun, the Garnacha grape is full of fragrant raspberry and strawberry flavours, making this rosé a sophisticated alternative to soft drinks. Enjoy chilled on its own, or with seafood.

Felix Solis is a family owned Spanish company devoted to the production of quality wines, and sangria in Valdepenas and La Mancha.

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Schnucks: Hummus Gourmet recalls its White Bean Hummus with Pine Nuts that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hummus Gourmet, LLC has issued a recall on select dates of its White Bean Hummus with Pine Nuts because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an 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 stillbirths among pregnant women.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nuts

UPC: 896863001434
Use By: 27 Jul 2017 and 02 Aug 2017

Customers may return the affected product to their nearest store for a full refund. Those with questions may contact House of Thaller Customer Service at 1-855-215-5142 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnucks

Schnucks brings Double Up Food Bucks program at its Missouri stores

Program increases healthy food access for low-income families, supports local farmers

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through a partnership with Fair Food Network and a grant provided by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Schnucks is launching Double Up Food Bucks at all 56 of its Missouri stores. This program will start immediately and run as long as local produce is available.

Double Up Food Bucks is a national model for healthy food incentives that doubles the value of SNAP spent on locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, helping low-income families choose healthy fresh foods, while supporting local growers. (SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.

“When a customer pays for locally grown produce with their SNAP/EBT card, they earn a dollar for dollar match up to $25 per day that they can use for their next purchase of any fresh fruits and vegetables at that or any other Schnucks store in Missouri,” says Schnucks Director of Community Relations Joanie Taylor.

Taylor added that in-store signage will help customers identify which produce products are locally grown.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Director Noah Fulmer says, “Double Up is a win-win-win. Local families bring home and eat more healthy foods, local farmers sell more produce, and the local economy benefits from more money staying in the community.”

To participate in Double Up Food Bucks, SNAP EBT customers can sign up at www.schnucks.com/dufb or they can visit any Schnucks Missouri store.

In addition to Fair Food Network and MARC, other partners include the East West Gateway Council of Governments, Good Natured Family Farms, University of Kansas Medical Center, St. Louis University and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

About Double Up Food Bucks:

Double Up Food Bucks is a national model for healthy food incentives active in 20+ state across the country. Pioneered by Michigan-based Fair Food Network in 2009, Double Up helps low-income families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting family farmers and growing local economies. The Double Up Heartland Collaborative is aligning and scaling up healthy food incentive programs across Missouri and Kansas. Partners in this strong, two-state effort will serve more farmers and low-income families with support from USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program alongside local funders. By 2019, Double Up will be in 117 grocery stores and 68 farmers markets, reaching more than 316,000 SNAP recipients across urban and rural communities in both states. Learn more at http://www.doubleupheartland.org/

About Schnucks

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnucks

USDA FSIS issues food safety recommendations for areas impacted by potential tropical cyclone three

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by potential tropical cyclone three.

The National Hurricane Center expects the potential tropical cyclone will affect the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas coast to the western Florida Panhandle, late Wednesday. The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches throughout southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday morning.

Tropical storms present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the forecast through the week. Be aware that flooding from heavy rain, damaging winds and storm surge is possible.

FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during this and other severe weather events.

Steps to follow in advance of losing power:

  • Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes so don’t overfill the containers.
  • Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately—this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
  • Group foods together in the freezer—this ‘igloo’ effect helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Keep a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.
  • Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.

Steps to follow after a weather emergency:

  • Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below.
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Food Safety After a Flood

  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water—this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs.
  • Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw‐caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Flood waters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
  • Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel‐type can opener.

FSIS will provide relevant food safety information as the storm progresses on Twitter @USDAFoodSafety and Facebook.

FSIS’ YouTube video “Food Safety During Power Outages” has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. The publication “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes” can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage.

If you have questions about food safety during severe weather, or any other food safety topics, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888MPHotline or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov. These services are available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Answers to frequently asked question can also be found 24/7 at AskKaren.gov.

Contact:

USDA Office of Communications
Press (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

eBay Connect developer events to host developers to introduce new APIs and updated features for eBay platform

eBay Connect developer events to host developers to introduce new APIs and updated features for eBay platform

 

San Jose, California, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week, as eBay continues to embrace and create awareness for its developer ecosystem, the company is kicking off its eBay Connect developer events. The first of seven global events are taking place at the company’s headquarters in San Jose. The event brings together eBay’s community of innovative and influential developers to introduce new APIs and updated features for the eBay platform. The updates follow last Fall’s announcement of ten new APIs.

“Over the past seven months, we’ve not only grown the number of registered developers who are part of our program, but our APIs have continued to accelerate selling and buying,” said Gail Frederick, Senior Director of eBay’s Developer Ecosystem and Services. “As a team, we have an API-first mentality – we’re taking a developer-centric model for delivering APIs. Working with third-party developers and launch partners to build and update APIs is important for eBay as we aspire to become the world’s most powerful selling platform, and a platform that developers love.”

This summer, conferences will take place in seven locations across the US, Europe and Asia. eBay’s global community of developers will share best practices and learn from API developers and product leaders. And, most importantly, developers will get a chance to hear into how eBay is leveraging its technology to make it easier for our developer ecosystem to create innovative new eBay experiences.

What’s New

Today, we are announcing new Commerce APIs, which is useful for buying and selling on eBay. The first capability in the Commerce APIs is the Taxonomy API. With this API, sellers get the category taxonomy for the eBay marketplace, and suggested categories. Sellers can also use this to organize their inventory. Buyers use the API to easily browse and discover what they are looking for.

We are also introducing a new Buy API, Buy Marketing API, which gives developers the best-selling products in a category, ranked by product demand metrics.

Over the summer, eight of our Sell and Buy API capabilities will be available globally.* On the sell-side, the APIs will enable easy listing management. On the buy-side, shoppers can purchase without ever having to visit eBay.

We are also adding new features through the various Sell and Buy APIs:

  • Browse API – Buyer-driven search enhanced by providing more filters.
  • Inventory API – A migration tool that provides a retail-standard inventory model for seller’s listings.
  • Sell Marketing API -For the Promotions Manager capability, developers can choose inventory by category and other criteria. Also, a new reporting capability that enables sellers to use APIs to get performance reports for their promotions.
  • Sell Marketing API -For thePromoted Listings capability, developers can get asynchronous performance reports for their promoted listings.

All of these updates can be found on the eBay Developer Portal. On the portal, we will be adding API usage reports for latest RESTful APIs, modern layout for API documentation and providing OpenAPI specifications for our RESTful APIs, allowing developers to generate client SDKs in over 40 programming languages.

eBay’s APIs By The Numbers

At the end of Q1 2017, the eBay Developer Program had 362,000 registered users across 190 markets. Through its APIs, eBay onboarded partners who leveraged both the Sell and Buy APIs, including: Chairish**, Snupps, WineDirect and SHIFTMobility**.

In Q1 2017, external developers used our public sell APIs to:

  • Create more than 800M new listings in Q1
  • Manage about 4x that number
  • Drive more than $4.2B GMV globally
  • Trading API call volume for 3P apps: 46B
  • Trading API call volume for eBay apps (excluding 3Ps): 106B
  • eBay Dev Program has more than 362K registered members

In Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, external developers used our public buy APIs to:

  • Generate $17.9M of purchase volume
  • # of transactions: 237K

Contact:
(408) 376-7400

Source: eBay

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NCR named a “Leader” in the IDC MarketScape: 2017 North American Mobile Banking and Payments report

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today ( June 20, 2017) announced it has been named a “Leader” in the IDC MarketScape: 2017 North American Mobile Banking and Payments report.

In its assessment of NCR’s Digital Banking portfolio, IDC MarketScape highlighted numerous strengths, including: NCR’s ability to provide a wide range of integrated omni-channel banking solutions to the community financial institution (CFI) market at a flexible pricing model, combined with offering access to NCR’s broader portfolio of areas including ATMs.

“Consumers and financial institutions continue to expect more out of mobile banking which energizes us to keep innovating, and gives us a lot of pride to be recognized as a leader in this dynamic space,” said Jose Resendiz, VP of Financial Services, NCR. “With design thinking embedded in our DNA at NCR and a passion for innovation, we are constantly working to create a more intelligent, interactive, and easy-to-use experience that proactively solves real customer needs, using the latest in technology.”

Credited for being first to market in the U.S. with a wearable app, NCR has launched key mobile features such as Touch ID, Android Fingerprint, and 3D touch within six months of the technology becoming available in the marketplace.

“With a strong focus on user experience and the ongoing integration of relevant new features and technology, NCR’s Digital Banking solutions deliver a robust mobile banking and payment experience,” IDC Analysts Marc DeCastro and James Wester wrote in the IDC MarketScape.

NCR’s Digital Banking solutions power eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps in the US, according to MagnifyMoney. The IDC MarketScape research includes analysis of nine North American vendors of mobile banking and payments products. The report focuses on key measures for success based on 1) vendor’s current capabilities and how well it aligns to customer needs and, 2) vendor’s future strategy and how it aligns with what customers will require in three to five years.

IDC MarketScape: North America Mobile Banking and Payments 2017 Vendor Assessment (doc #40830917, May 2017)

About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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

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

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

Source: NCR Corporation

Credit Libanais to transform its contact centre infrastructure with NCR’s innovative technologies

Credit Libanais to transform its contact centre infrastructure with NCR’s innovative technologies

 

NCR solutions will help Credit Libanais offer customers an exceptional contact centre experience and scale to offer new omni-channel banking services

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (June 20, 2017) announced that Credit Libanais, a leading financial institution in Lebanon, will transform its contact centre with NCR’s innovative technologies. NCR will deliver a high-tech contact centre infrastructure to help Credit Libanais deliver a seamless omni-channel customer experience across its channels.

NCR’s innovative solution will allow the bank’s customer service team to better engage customers through a 360° view of all enquiries, enabling faster response across multiple channels, including voice, email, chat and SMS to deliver a more seamless customer experience.

“Our strategy is to embark on the digital transformation journey partnering with industry leaders such as NCR to enhance our e-Banking services portfolio; while consistently delivering true omni-channel experience to our customers,” said Grace Salameh Azoury, Group Head of E-channels & Customer Service at Credit Libanais. “As we move forward with our digital journey, Credit Libanais will strive to remain agile, flexible and dynamic to provide value-added services and deliver consistent experience across all banking touch-points.”

The NCR solution provides agents with a single view of customer profiles in real time, allowing them to verify callers and fulfil a large number of transactions faster. The NCR Knowledge Base module allows Credit Libanais to store support incidents and case solutions at a central location making future access to information easy. Additionally, NCR’s flexible software platform easily integrates with Credit Libanais’ existing core banking and CRM systems, enabling rapid installation and deployment.

“Credit Libanais continuously strives to find new ways to delight customers and improve the customer experience, and this transition to NCR’s innovative contact centre platform is a big stride in this direction,” said Hicham Yamout, NCR general manager for Lebanon. “We will continue to work closely with Credit Libanais to help navigate its digital transformation journey with an agile and responsive contact center, and support its future growth strategy to deliver next generation omni-channel solutions.”

NCR’s contact center technology enhances the overall experience with an intelligent, real-time performance monitoring system. The open XML and Web-based solution has helped leading financial institutions in the Middle East and Africa region to transform the way they connect, interact and transact with customers.

About Credit Libanais Group
Established in 1961, Credit Libanais Group, one of the alpha banks in Lebanon remains deeply rooted in the country, with a landmark reference Head Office Tower in the banking sector.  The Bank has the 8th largest network in the country with 77 branches including the local and international outreach in Cyprus, Bahrain and Iraq, a representative office in Canada and a subsidiary bank in Senegal.

Year after year, Credit Libanais reaffirms its commitment to conducting business with high ethical standards and sustainability in mind. In 2015, the Bank officially joined the United Nations Global Compact Network, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative with over 9000 business and 4000 non-business participants in 170 countries, and is an active member in the local UNGC Network.

Website: www.creditlibanais.com.lb
Customer Service Number: 1518 / 00961-1-607 100
Twitter: @CreditLibanais
Facebook: www.facebook.com/creditlibanaisgroup
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/credit-libanais
Instagram: www.instagram.com/CreditLibanais
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CreditLibanaisGroup

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.

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

News Media Contacts:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations
912.2619.5483
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

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The Children’s Place to open retail stores in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines

SECAUCUS, N.J., 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Children’s Place, Inc.(Nasdaq:PLCE), the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America, today (June 19, 2017) announced that it has entered into a development agreement with Gill Capital covering Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines.  The first retail stores are to open in Indonesia, with the plan to open 25 locations in Indonesia, followed by openings in the other countries in the development area.

Jane Elfers, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Place, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Gill Capital.  They have a proven track record of operating successful brands in South East Asia.  We are making significant strides in our International franchise business, and we remain focused on providing great fashion and value for children around the world.”

Commenting on the partnership with The Children’s Place, Mr. J.S. Gill, Chairman of Gill Capital, stated, “We are excited to launch our partnership with The Children’s Place.  We believe in the unique quality, fashion and value of the Brand, and we are confident that it will be a tremendous success with our customers.”

About The Children’s Place, Inc.

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

About Gill Capital

Gill Capital is a Singapore-based company with operations in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia under various concepts in fashion, children’s specialty, confectionary, and food & beverage.

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

Contact: 

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

Source: Children’s Place, Inc./globenewswire

Dunkin’ Donuts and franchise group FLMS Foods to develop five new restaurants in Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY CHAIN SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (JUNE 20, 2017) the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group FLMS Foods, Inc. to develop five new restaurants in Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia. The first restaurant is planned to open in Fall 2017.

FLMS Foods, Inc. led by Alex F. Fernandez and his two sons and partners, Alex D. and Randy Fernandez, have extensive restaurant, retail and operational experience. This group joined the Dunkin’ Donuts brand in 2011 and currently owns and operates six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Jacksonville and six in Tampa. In addition to today’s announcement, they have plans to open two more locations in the Tampa area. As part of this new multi-store development agreement, the group plans to develop new locations in Nassau County, Florida, and in Camden, Pierce, and Glynn counties in Georgia, among others.”We are thrilled to expand the brand’s presence in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit in these communities,” said Alex F. Fernandez, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the Dunkin’ Donuts brand and look forward to opening our new restaurants in the years to come.”The brand is continuing to recruit franchisees throughout the South in Memphis, Tennessee, and in Greenwood, Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo, Mississippi. There are currently 85 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Tennessee and Mississippi. To help fuel additional growth in both states, special development incentives are available.

“We are pleased to continue our expansion plans in Florida and Georgia with existing franchisee FLMS Foods, Inc., working toward our long-term goal of developing 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S., and know that these new restaurants will keep these communities running on Dunkin’ for years to come,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring our brand, products, and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth over the past 65 plus years.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

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Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups for 12 new restaurants in North Carolina

Dunkin’ Donuts signs multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups for 12 new restaurants in North Carolina

 

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY BRAND SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES IN THE RALEIGH, JACKSONVILLE/SNEADS FERRY, HIGH POINT AND BURLINGTON/MEBANE AREAS

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (JUNE 20, 2017) the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop a total of 12 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in North Carolina over the next several years.

The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchisee HARA Foodservice Group, LLC, plans to develop four Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Charlotte area within Hickory, Lenoir, Marion and Morganton. Led by Roy Clark, the team’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2018.
  • Existing franchise group, Carolina Donuts, LLC plans to develop eight new restaurants throughout the Winston-Salem area. The team, led by Steve Galloway and his partners, recently acquired five existing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Winston-Salem area and currently operates 12 restaurants throughout Florida and Tennessee. The group’s first new North Carolina location is planned to open in 2018.

“Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth would not be possible without our new and existing franchisees like HARA Foodservice Group, LLC and Carolina Donuts, LLC, who continue to demonstrate their high confidence in our brand and world-class support team,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands. “As we continue to work towards our long-term goal of developing 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S., we also remain committed to providing great products, exceptional guest service and innovative marketing to our loyal guests across the country.”

Currently, there are over 300 Dunkin’ Donuts located throughout North Carolina, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in the Raleigh, Jacksonville/Sneads Ferry, High Point and Burlington/Mebane areas. To help fuel growth in North Carolina, special development incentives are available.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts menu offerings include high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, Cold Brew and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast, along with a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso lineup that includes Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, and Hot and Iced Lattes and Macchiato. Dunkin’ Donuts also serves a full menu of Premium Hot Teas, Coolatta® frozen beverages, delicious donuts, bakery goods and sandwiches that pair perfectly with the brand’s beverages.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Jenna Kantrowitz
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: jkantrowitz@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

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Dunkin’ Donuts and new franchise group Pinconning Food Services to bring the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Pinconning, Michigan

Dunkin’ Donuts and new franchise group Pinconning Food Services to bring the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Pinconning, Michigan

 

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY BRAND TO CONTINUE MICHIGAN DEVELOPMENT BY SEEKING FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES IN DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS AND LANSING

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (JUNE 20, 2017) the signing of a store development agreement with new franchise group, Pinconning Food Services, LLC, to develop the company’s first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Pinconning, Michigan. The restaurant is planned to open this upcoming summer.

Pinconning Food Services, LLC is a subsidiary of Corrigan Oil Co., an operator of 54 gas and convenience store locations with more than 55 years of experience in the gas and convenience industries. Brothers Mike and Tim Corrigan strive to develop strategic and strong partnerships in all aspects of their Company, which enables the best customer experiences in the gas stations, convenience stores and food services.”We are thrilled to be joining the Dunkin’ Donuts team and helping to bring its first restaurant to Pinconning as we grow the brand’s presence in our home state of Michigan,” said Tim Corrigan, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “Dunkin’ Donuts was an obvious choice for us after learning about the brand’s flexible concept options and world-class marketing team. We look forward to keeping the people who live, work and visit the local community running on Dunkin’.”

Currently, there are 78 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Michigan, 18 of which are gas and convenience locations. The brand is continuing to recruit franchisees in the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing areas to develop freestanding locations as well as gas and convenience locations. It will consider qualified groups as both franchisees to directly develop and operate Dunkin’ Donuts locations, as well as landlords for traditional franchisees to operate within their gas and convenience operations. To help fuel growth in Michigan, special development incentives are available, which include reduced royalty fees for three years and up to $5,000 in local store marketing support for timely openings.*

”We are pleased to continue our expansion plans in Michigan with new franchisees, Pinconning Food Services, LLC, and know that this new restaurant will keep the local community running on Dunkin’ for years to come,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring our brand, products and promotions to life each and every day and have been essential to our growth for the past 65 plus years, which has solidified our position as a leading brand in the quick service restaurant industry.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include hot coffee, iced coffee, Cold Brew coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, macchiato, espresso, cappuccino, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

*Details available in the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Disclosure Document

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Corrigan Oil

Corrigan Oil Company has been a family owned and operated company since 1958.  Under the ownership of Mike and Tim Corrigan, Corrigan Oil has expanded its services and line of products to include, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid, gas stations and conveniences stores.  Over the last half century, Corrigan has expanded its geographic footprint to encompass Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and other specialty areas across the US and Canada.  Please visit us at www.corriganoil.com.

Contact:
press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

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Dunkin’ Donuts signs agreement with existing franchise group Maruti Donuts, Inc. to expand presence in Indiana

LEADING COFFEE AND BAKERY BRAND SEEKS FRANCHISEE CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST AND SOUTHEAST REGIONS

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (JUNE 20, 2017) the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group Maruti Donuts, Inc. to develop six Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Evansville, Indiana including one multi-brand location with Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. The group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2018.

Maruti Donuts, Inc. is led by Taru Patel, who has more than 20 years of experience as a Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisee. Patel will continue to expand her network throughout the state of Indiana, which currently consists of 12 multi-brand locations collectively with her son, Dave Patel, and longtime employee Sanjay Patel. Under this new agreement, fellow franchisee Kamlesh Patel and his wife will be relocating to Evansville to launch and lead restaurant excellence as they develop and grow the six new locations over the next few years.

“We are thrilled to be growing Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Baskin-Robbins’ presence throughout the state of Indiana and have an incredibly strong team with a wealth of experience in franchising, multi-unit operations, and real estate,” said Taru Patel, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins’ franchisee. “We are constantly striving for excellence in every aspect of our business, from customer service to operations, and look forward to bringing Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Baskin-Robbins’ high level of quality to the Evansville community.”

Currently there are 65 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Indiana, and the company is continuing to recruit franchisees in surrounding areas including Effingham, Illinois, Jasper, Indiana, and Madisonville, Kentucky. To help fuel additional growth in the market, special development incentives are available.

“Dunkin’ Donuts’ and Baskin-Robbins’ growth would not be possible without our franchisees like Maruti Donuts, Inc., which continues to demonstrate their high level of confidence in our brands and world-class support team,” said Grant Benson, CFE, senior vice president of franchising and development, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our hard-working and dedicated franchisees bring the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, products and promotions to life each and every day, and have been essential to our growth over the years, which has solidified our position as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry.”

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, and universities, as well as other retail environments. Additionally, multi-brand restaurants that combine Dunkin’ Donuts with Baskin-Robbins under one roof offer even more opportunity to drive traffic during various day parts — from early morning breakfast and coffee all the way to after-dinner ice cream treats.

Dunkin’ Donuts menu offerings include high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, Cold Brew and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast, along with a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso lineup that includes Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, and Hot and Iced Lattes and Macchiato. Dunkin’ Donuts also serves a full menu of Premium Hot Teas, Coolatta® frozen beverages, delicious donuts, bakery goods and sandwiches that pair perfectly with the brand’s beverages. Baskin-Robbins offers guests a delicious range of creative ice cream flavors, custom ice cream cakes, ice cream sundaes, frozen beverages and take-home frozen treats.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or www.BaskinRobbins.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts or www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts or www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins).

About Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the fourth quarter 2016, Dunkin’ Brands’ 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,200 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,800 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Contact:

press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts survey: two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years

Dunkin’ Donuts survey: two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years

 

  • Two-thirds of adults are looking forward to summer more this year, and nearly 40% would take a pay cut in exchange for more time off this summer
  • Dunkin’ will also host a special one-day only Snapchat Geofilter Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — June 21 marks the first day of summer 2017, and a new survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts, a summer beverage destination, shows that two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years. In fact, nearly 40% say they would actually take a pay cut in exchange for more time off this summer. Rising temperatures can also equal rising FOMO, as nearly 40% also claim their “Fear of Missing Out” increases during the summer.

Dunkin’ Donuts, keeping guests energized with iced and frozen beverages all season long, commissioned the independent survey to take a closer look at the many ways people are making the most of their summer this year. Among some of the additional findings:

  • Why are people so psyched for summer? Top reasons include lack of time to see friends and family this year, working harder this year than in past years, and poor weather this spring.
  • What quintessential summer activities do Americans want to do most this season? Number one is a road trip with friends or family, with spending time at the beach or pool a close second, followed by summer barbecues or picnics.
  • Will coffee fuel folks’ fun this summer? Nearly two-thirds (65%) agree that a great cup of coffee makes their summer activities more enjoyable.
  • Sometimes summer fun is replaced by summer guilt, as more than one-third (34%) of adults admit always or sometimes feeling sorry about taking time off from their jobs during the summer.
  • Can you have summer fun without photos? One in six adults (17%) claim they would actually cut their vacation short if they couldn’t take or post photos from it.
  • For more survey results, visit the Dunkin’ Donuts blog at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog/Firstdayofsummer.

To celebrate the first day of summer, Dunkin’ Donuts has brewed a fun way to give fans a chance to win $10,000 to help make the most of their summer. Dunkin’ Donuts has created a special summer-themed Snapchat Geofilter available on Wednesday, June 21 only, exclusively at all U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Anyone who welcomes the start of summer 2017 by visiting a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and sending a Snap with the Geofilter to Dunkin’ Donuts (dunkindonuts) is entered for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000. In addition, six lucky fans will win a summer’s worth of free Dunkin’ coffee. No purchase or payment or data usage necessary, legal U.S. residents, 18+. Void where prohibited. For additional terms and conditions, please visit www.dunkinpromotions.com.

On the longest day of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts is also creating the brand’s longest Instagram story ever. Fans are invited to check out the brand’s official Instagram page and follow along all-day long to see live adventures of a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinker celebrating the spirit of #SummerNotSorry and making the most of the season. The first day of summer is guaranteed to be filled with fun, visually-stimulating activities, all fueled by the flavors of Dunkin’ Donuts’ iced and frozen coffees.

Dunkin’ Donuts has a full lineup of iced and frozen coffee choices perfect for keeping energized throughout each and every summer day, including new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee, iced coffee and espresso beverages, Cold Brew coffee, and ready-to-drink bottled iced coffees. For summer, Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are serving delicious coffee flavors that perfectly capture the spirit of the season, including S’mores, Coconut Crème Pie and Butter Pecan.

Dunkin’ Donuts also has a special summer offer for its newest frozen beverage, serving a small Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee for the special price of $1.99 through July 2. Crafted to deliver the authentic taste of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Original Blend coffee, Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee is made with a special extract featuring 100% Arabica coffee to bring forward the signature flavor of the brand’s premium coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a rich, sweet and creamy beverage to keep guests energized any time of day.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online June 9 through June 10, 2017 among a representative sample of 999 US adults 18 years old or older by Toluna, an independent research provider, under the guidance of RF|Binder’s research team. The results are nationally representative according to the US Census Bureau statistics to accurately reflect the gender, age, income, ethnicity and region of the US general population.

Contact:

Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Lindsay.Cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source:  Dunkin’ Donuts

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Stella McCartney opens her first store in Florence, Italy

Florence, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stella McCartney opens her first store in Florence on Via dei Tosinghi 52r within the city’s historic center a stone throw away from the famous Basilica di Santa Maria Novella.  The brand’s 3rd location in Italy, the Florence store follows in the new design concept introduced at the opening of the Paris Rue Saint Honoré location last month. Two additional stores in the US with the new concept roll out will follow by mid July: South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, and a second store in New York City at 929 Madison Avenue.  This recent retail expansion continues on the brand’s official takeover of their store operations in Hong Kong last summer which included 3 freestanding store locations. The new store designs will reflect the brand’s commitment to sustainability within an intimate, personal and architectural atmosphere.

The new store concept draws inspiration from Stella’s personal archive of images with designs that bring a textural human-scale experience to a retail environment. A considered effort has been made to move away from traditional luxury materials, and to use more handmade, organic and sustainably sourced elements. Bespoke fluted ceramic tiles, reclaimed timber and textural cast concrete intertwine with fun surprises in the designer’s signature paired back colour palette.

Contained within 200 square meters over two floors, the new store is fronted by five tall street facing windows that bring in a significant amount of natural light into the raw yet polished space. The interior is defined by a central spiral staircase covered in Fur Free Fur; epitomizing the designer’s stance on cruelty free fashion. An intricate brass rail system connects various product categories of the store and creates a journey throughout the space. The muted backdrop becomes a canvas to showcase the modern and sophisticated women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories including the iconic Falabella bag and the Sneak-Elyse, a new version of the popular Elyse platform shoe, as well as lingerie, swim, kid’s collections and fragrance.

The new Florence freestanding location follows the already existing Milan store at via Santo Spirito 3 and the Rome location at Via Borgognona 6. Additional distribution in Italy includes a shop-in-shop at La Rinascente in Milan and other select multi brand stores as well as online at www.stellamccartney.com. By the end of July, the designer will have 51 freestanding stores worldwide.

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 other free-standing stores including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Milan and Shanghai. For additional information, please visit: www.stellamccartney.com.

Store information:
Via dei Tosinghi, 52r, 50123, Florence

Source: Stella McCartney

Food Marketing Institute supports Shoptalk’s new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries

NEW YORK, NY and ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoptalk, the organizer of the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation, announced today the launch of Grocerytalk, a new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries to take place during Shoptalk on March 18-21, 2018, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Grocerytalk will include content, networking and other unique experiences that focus on the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy groceries and consumer packaged goods in a digital age, including the latest technologies, trends and business models. FMI will support the development and marketing of Grocerytalk.

Shoptalk is an unprecedented platform for large retailers and brands, venture-backed direct-to-consumer startups, tech and Internet companies, investors, media, Wall Street analysts and others to come together in an open and friendly environment to learn, collaborate and evolve. Through Shoptalk’s unique Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, individuals from established retailers and brands who engage with Shoptalk exhibitors and sponsors in up to eight 15-minute meetings (that’s just 2 hours over 4 days at Shoptalk) can apply for complimentary tickets to attend Shoptalk as well as a $750 travel/hotel reimbursement. Shoptalk expects more than 1,000 retailers and brands to participate in the Hosted Program, across more than 5,000 meetings.

“Since we launched Shoptalk just over two years ago, we’ve created an entirely new and modern retail and ecommerce narrative and community of innovators, breaking down major, now-stale silos across the industry,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “Our third U.S. event is tracking for over 7,500 attendees up from 5,600 in 2017 and 3,100 in 2016—making Shoptalk the largest American conference for retail and ecommerce innovation.”

Aggarwal continued, “We are excited to partner with FMI, which will support us on all aspects of Grocerytalk as we bring innovation in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries together with many other verticals for a comprehensive view of disruption. Working with FMI is a breath of fresh air in an industry where many have not even started the critical transition from the legacy normal to an obvious and imminent new normal.”

“In sunsetting our traditional trade show, FMI Connect, FMI promised its members a bolder and more deliberate events strategy. Just as technology evolves, so too will FMI and its portfolio of member services and benefits,” said FMI president and chief executive officer, Leslie G. Sarasin. “Quite bluntly, moving our tech focus into the context of Shoptalk with the launch of Grocerytalk allows us the best of two worlds – maintaining the capacity to focus on the unique retail and ecommerce needs of food, but doing so in the grander, more possibility-rich context of the retail world’s exploration of the topic.”

About Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next U.S. event will be held on March 18-21, 2018 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shoptalk.com. Follow @shoptalk. Get tickets for Shoptalk here: http://shoptalk.com/register

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contacts:

Rob Wells
Media Relations
rob@shoptalk.com
Berns Communications Group
Stacy Berns/Michael McMullan
(212) 994-4660
sberns@bcg-pr.com / mmcmullan@bcg-pr.com

Heather Garlich
FMI, media@fmi.org
(202) 220-0616

Source: FMI