Staples unveils top trends for 2017 back-to-school shopping season

Staples unveils top trends for 2017 back-to-school shopping season

 

Staples debuts 2017 top trends and exclusive products now available in-store and on Staples.com

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today (-Jun. 26, 2017) unveiled top trends in gear, tools, tech, and accessories for the upcoming back-to-school shopping season. Available in stores across the U.S. and on Staples.com, the 2017 back-to-school products are in stock all season long at everyday low prices, backed by the Staples 110% Price Match Guarantee.

The new 2017 back-to-school trends include tropical patterns, animal-inspired designs, life-size Emoji prints, classic rose-gold accents, and easy personalization. Exclusive designs across all Staples® Brand product categories make it easy to mix and match designs on backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks, folders, pencil cases, binders, paper clips, and more.

“The back-to-school shopping season is an exciting time of the year at Staples and we’re doing everything we can to offer an amazing assortment of quality products in the latest designs that kids want and prices that mom can afford,” said Peter Scala, chief merchandising officer, Staples. “At Staples, we’re committed to offering competitive pricing and remain in-stock all season long for convenient one-stop shopping, whether the preference is in-store or online. It’s important parents and students feel prepared so they can tackle the back-to-school season like pros.”

Curated by Staples’s product experts, these new trends exemplify Staples vast product assortment, allowing shoppers to get everything on their back-to-school lists in one trip.

Staples’ 2017 top trends include:

  • Old School, New Tools
    With a new spin on classic tools, this school year will feel new and fresh. The Staples® Better Binder ($8.49) and Staples® 3-Pocket Portfolio ($2.49) maintain functionality while allowing students to express their uniqueness through several designs. Add some glam to your binder with the Staples® Three Ring Binder Pencil Pouch ($5.00) and let note-taking rise above the ordinary with Staples® Licensed Notebooks & Composition Books ($3.00) and Staples® 1-Subject Spiral Notebook ($2.00).
  • Playful Escape
    Wild tropical patterns featuring exotic animals and bold colors carry summer vibes into autumn with Staples® Kids Lunch Bags ($9.99) and Staples® Kid’s 16-inch Backpack ($19.99) available in a variety of exotic animal prints that kids can match (or mix), Nail Polish & Popsicle Highlighters 3-packs ($3.00), and Eccolo™ Tropical 2-Pocket Paper Folder ($2.49) in gold foil tropical patterns. Animal-inspired pieces like the 3M® Elephant Desktop Tape Dispenser ($7.00) and Animal Attraction Fashion Composition Book ($2.99) in blue elephant, pink flamingo, and turquoise whale also make practicality fun while bringing the animal kingdom to the classroom.
  • Emoji Mania
    Taking a page from the latest teen trend, these life-size Emoji pieces let students express their emotion and creativity with FunMoji Large Clutch Pencil Pouch ($4.99), Avery® Emoji Five-Tab Dividers ($3.00), and Emoji 2-Pocket Poly Portfolio ($2.00). The Emoji fun continues once class is out with the Bluetooth-compatible Jamoji Speakers ($14.99).
  • Inspired Planning
    With the latest planner and calendar designs, students, parents, and teachers can find their new favorite organization system, personalized to perfection. The 18-month The Happy Planner™ Sugar and Type Classic Planner ($29.99) and The Happy Planner™ Teacher Box Kit ($39.99) are great for the meticulous planner with an eye for design, while the Ashley G for Blue Sky Wall Calendar ($16.99) and the Denik Layflat Planner ($15.99-$19.99) offer ample writing space and easily customizable planning.
  • Whimsical Whatnots
    Quirky touches add some unexpected fun to the back-to-school shopping list, with everything from a Monster Puppet on a Pen ($3.00) to the Fluffle Pencil Pouch with Key Chain ($8.00), and even jars of Donut and Macaroon Erasers ($4.00) that almost look good enough to eat! Students can step up their locker decoration game with a Light Up Locker Mirror ($9.99) and Locker Luxe Geometric Chandelier ($16.99).
  • Tech & Tech Accessories
    The hottest tech products are at Staples this back-to-school season, like the Staples® Youth Stylus ($16.99) that enables children to navigate tablets and touchscreens easily with a kid-friendly crayon shape and the Acer Aspire 3 Notebook (as low as $259.99), Staples® Earbuds with Microphone ($19.99), and Staples® Headphones ($10.00)boast great quality and a sleek finish, and are perfect for students’ on-the-go needs in the classroom and after school.
  • Modern Charm
    Back-to-school isn’t just for kids, with an assortment of fashion-forward essentials for parents and teachers. The exclusive 40-piece DwellStudio collection features fashion-forward modern office organization supplies, including DwellStudio Fashion File Folders ($6.99) that add texture and color to file cabinets, the DwellStudio Document Envelope Pouch ($24.99), perfect for storing loose documents on-the-go, and the DwellStudio Fabric Journal in the Gold Foil Gates Pattern ($14.99). Organization for the classroom or home office is a snap with the Office by Martha Stewart™ Discbound Project Pockets ($4.99) or the Office by Martha Stewart™ Wall Manager ($2.99-$17.99), easily customizable with multiple accessories and add-ons.

For more top trends and photos throughout the season, visit the Staples lookbook.

For media information, visit the Back to School 2017 press center.

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

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

Meghan McCarrick
508-253-2379
Meghan.Mccarrick@Staples.com
Corporate Service

Source: Staples, Inc.

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Office Depot unveils national advertising campaign for “Taking Care of Business” brand platform

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (June 26, 2017) announced the launch of its iconic “Taking Care of Business” brand platform, which has been modernized for today’s busy working professionals and consumers alike. The company’s interactions with customers will emphasize the sentiment: “You Take Care of Business, We Take Care of You.” As part of the brand platform rollout, the company is unveiling its national advertising campaign.

The new “Taking Care of Business” brand platform and advertising campaign not only resonates with its customers, but strengthens Office Depot’s position as a reliable resource for them while affording the company opportunities for growth and expansion in the future.

“‘Taking Care of Business’ was instantly recognizable by all of our customer segments and gave us distinct brand differentiation,” said Diane Nick, senior vice president of marketing for Office Depot, Inc. “We know our customers work hard at taking care of their businesses. Through this platform that will be amplified across our channels, we want them to know that we’ll be there to take care of them.”

And, customers will hear a familiar tune playing in the background of the television and radio commercials — the original version of the well-known song, “Taking Care of Business” — tested well in a survey of 2,000 participants comprised of shoppers representing groups such as small business (SMBs), enterprise or contract, and personal, in addition to college students. They identified it as “for people like me,” “fresh” and “innovative,” driving a significant lift in Office Depot’s brand perception.

“The modernized version of ’Taking Care of Business’ also conveys that everyone has business needs to take care of regardless of the inevitable twists and turns in today’s fast-paced, non-stop world,” added Nick. “Office Depot is keeping up with these changes to best deliver on taking care of the customer. Research we conducted found that many of our customers, business owners and moms alike, consider themselves resourceful. Through this brand platform, Office Depot is the go-to resource for these resourceful individuals.”

The advertising campaign is fully-integrated and supported with national television and radio ads; social media; digital advertising; email marketing; inserts; direct mail; and in retail stores and on officedepot.com including the mobile site, mobile app and more.

The brand platform and advertising campaign was developed in conjunction with the company’s agency of record, Zimmerman Advertising.

“With the new Taking Care of Business campaign, Office Depot becomes the champion of its customers, showing how the company is there to help them win and succeed,” said Michael Goldberg, chief executive officer at Zimmerman Advertising.

Two national television commercials were produced and one features workers from different occupations: entrepreneur, mom, architect, general contractor, plumber and office professionals highlighting how they manage to take care of their business in the face of life’s obstacles. In turn, Office Depot takes care of them serving as a resource by providing the services, solutions and products they need. The 30-second commercial can be viewed here.

Survey methodology: Fielded in May of 2017; Sample N=2,000 is inclusive of SMB shoppers (600), contract sales shoppers (400), college students (400) and personal shoppers (600).

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Sarah England
561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Al-Futtaim inaugurated Egypt’s first Homeworks store at Cairo Festival City

Al-Futtaim inaugurated Egypt’s first Homeworks store at Cairo Festival City

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — With over EGP 70 Million in investments, Al-Futtaim has officially inaugurated Egypt’s first Homeworks store at Cairo Festival City, bringing Al-Futtaim’s newest home improvement and lifestyle brand to Egypt for the first time.

Essam Hafez, Country Manager of Al-Futtaim Retail in Egypt said: “Homeworks offers an exclusive destination for customers in Egypt to find everything they need for their homes under one roof, closing an existing market gap.”

“With the growing complexity of securing quality, timely labour and craftsmanship, Homeworks not only offers customers a wide range of trusted products and smart solutions, it also taps into a growing interest in DIY (Do It Yourself) and home improvement products”, Hafez added.

Homeworks offers a wide range of world renowned and exclusive brands across the categories of DIY and hardware, outdoor living and garden, home improvement and home living.

Ashley Dymond, General Manager, Homeworks said: “To become the trusted brand of choice for inspirational home lifestyle solutions is not just our vision, it is our commitment. That is why we are keen to provide products and services that deliver more value to our customers than any competitor.”

Offering customers the opportunity to experience the products before buying, Homeworks’ moments of inspiration come to life through its dedicated hubs around the store, where product experts and store associates are trained to assist customers to ensure a rewarding shopping experience. Families with children, meanwhile, will appreciate the dedicated kids’ area, where they can leave their children to play as they shop.

Source: Al-Futtaim

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BELGIUM: Colruyt Group’s energy specialist Eoly to power Flanders’ first public charging station network

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eoly, Colruyt Group’s energy specialist, was chosen to supply green power to the first public charging station network in Flanders. By order of the Flemish Government, charging station operator Allego is installing 2,500 charging stations by 2020, 650 of which later this year. As a 100 % Belgian and sustainable energy supplier, Eoly will supply the entire network.

Chosen energy supplier​

Since 2013, Eoly has been supplying green power to various Colruyt Group entities and recently also started focusing on the external market. Companies with a consumption over 50 MWh a year can go to the energy supplier for 100 % sustainable energy, locally generated with wind turbines, solar panels and combined heat/power. “This partnership with Allego is a nice step in the development of our activities on the B2B market”, says Thomas Decamps, Sourcing & Supply manager at Eoly. “We are very pleased to be able to supply the very first public charging station network in Flanders with our sustainable power. It allows us to contribute to the development of sustainable mobility and help reduce CO2 emissions.”

Encourage electric driving​

The Flemish Government wants to encourage electric driving and is therefore developing a public charging station network. As part of the Flemish ‘Clean Power for Transport’ action plan, Minister of Energy Bart Tommelein commissioned utilities operators Eandis and Infrax to invite tenders. It was won by Allego, a charging station operator that will deliver, install and operate a total of 2,500 public charging stations by 2020. “The aim is for every Flemish municipality to have at least one charging station”, says Dirk Thys, account manager at Allego. “We will install the stations spread over a period of four years. The first was symbolically switched on in Ostend in May, the rest will now follow rapidly.”

Important addition to charging at home​

Public charging stations are an important addition to charging at home or at work. They are mainly used to top up and to bridge distances. Based on analyses, independent studies and experiences abroad, the best locations were chosen to set up new charging stations. These locations are mainly carpool car parks, office buildings, commercial centres, mobility nodes and recreational places.

Would your company like to use Eoly’s 100 % sustainable energy? Feel free to visit https://b2b.eoly.be for e detailed overview of our activities.

For more information about this message​
Colruyt Group Press Officer
silja.decock@colruytgroup.com
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

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BELGIUM: Colruyt Group’s energy specialist Eoly to power Flanders’ first public charging station network

 

Source: Colruyt Group

Standard & Poor’s confirmed investment grade rating for the future METRO Wholesale and Food specialist

  • Preliminary rating for the future METRO Wholesale and Food specialist “BBB- / A-3” and stable outlook finally confirmed
  • Exchange listing of the shares of the new METRO AG expected by Mid-July 2017

Düsseldorf, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The international rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has confirmed an investment grade rating for the future METRO Wholesale and Food specialist and has set the previously preliminary rating of BBB- / A-3 with a stable outlook from last December to final, following the positive decision by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht). Following the decision of 22 June 2017 by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht), METRO GROUP is confident that it will be able to implement the demerger into two strong, successful and strategically focused stock listed companies as planned. It is anticipated that, in the middle of July, a wholesale and food specialist with the company brand METRO and a company with the corporate brand CECONOMY, aimed at Consumer Electronics, are to be created with the coming into effect of the demerger.

The S&P credit analysts have based the rating on the assessment of both business and financial profile, which has remained almost unchanged since the preliminary rating from December 2016. METRO GROUP has reduced its net debt by some EUR 5 billion over the past few years and as such has clearly improved its financial profile. As Europe’s largest wholesale and food specialist, S&P views its international diversification and established market position in growth regions such as China and Russia to be positive. A strong real estate ownership, a comfortable debt and liquidity profile and sound financial policy support the rating.

Furthermore, it was positively mentioned that, in the 2015/2016 financial year, approximately three quarters of sales in the wholesale business were accounted for by regular customers. This proves the strong market position and promises potential for further growth. S&P also notes that future METRO has a strong presence in the so-called “HoReCa” segment, which is aimed at hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, fast food restaurants, catering companies and canteens. Here, METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company accounts for almost 41% of the wholesale turnover.

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

BaFin approves the stock exchange listing for METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG

  • Exchange listing of the shares of new METRO expected by Mid-July 2017
  • Current METRO AG shares to become CECONOMY shares
  • Listing of the stock in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange intended

Düsseldorf, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has approved the stock exchange listing for METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG (future METRO AG). Following the positive decision by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht), this is another step in the process of demerging METRO GROUP into two strong, successful and strategically focused companies. The shares of the new METRO AG are expected to be listed on the stock exchange by Mid-July 2017. According to current plans, the demerger of the former METRO GROUP into new METRO AG, a leading Wholesale and Food specialist, and the future CECONOMY AG, number one for Consumer Electronics in Europe, is expected to be entered into the commercial register by the middle of July. The former METRO AG is expected to be renamed CECONOMY following registration of the demerger. On the first day of trading, each shareholder in the previous METRO AG will receive a share in the new METRO AG in addition to their future CECONOMY share. These new shares are entitled to dividends for the financial year beginning 1 October 2016. The common shares of new METRO AG have the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) DE000BFB0019 and the securities identification code (Wertpapierkennnummer – WKN) BFB 001; the stock code is B4B. The ISIN of the preferred shares is DE000BFB0027, the WKN is BFB 002 and the stock code is B4B3. Following successful completion of the registration, the custodian bank of the shareholders will credit the shares of new METRO to the custodian of the respective shareholder of the future CECONOMY.

“Our ambitious timetable is still fully on track, and we are now on the home straight: Two dynamic, clearly focused and well positioned companies in their industries will come into being. With the listing of new METRO planned for Mid-July 2017, both companies will now be able to grow independently and to position themselves in an agile and flexible manner”, says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG and future CEO of the Wholesale and Food Specialist business.

The shares of new METRO are expected to be listed in the Prime Standard on the Regulated Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the Regulated Market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

On 6 February 2017, the shareholders of METRO AG approved the demerger with an overwhelming majority at the Annual General Meeting in Düsseldorf. Following the allocation of the shares of new METRO and the acquisition of shares, the shareholders will be able to independently decide on an investment in the two shares of the future CECONOMY and the new METRO. The new METRO and future CECONOMY have been operationally independent since October 2016. The division allows both companies to act in a faster, more focused and more agile manner, in order to create more value for customers and shareholders.

The stock exchange prospectus is available to download at
www.metroag.de/en/investors/publications

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

This publication does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to purchase securities of METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG. No securities are offered or sold. The Securities Prospectus for the admission of the shares of METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange is available free of charge at METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG, Düsseldorf, Germany or at www.metroag.de/en/investors/publications.

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

METRO GROUP invests in mobile payment and customer engagement platform Yoyo Wallet

Düsseldorf, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP invests in the London-based start-up Yoyo Wallet, a fast growing mobile payment and customer engagement platform operating in the European market. Founded in 2013, Yoyo provides a combination of fast and simple-to-use mobile payment, ordering, and personalised loyalty and reward programs, all backed by an analytics and campaign platform for retailers. The investment has been led by the investment arm of METRO’s digital unit and demonstrates its continued strategy to back digital business models helping hospitality and retail businesses improve their earnings potential through advanced digital tools. The round was supported by other financial investors and completion is subject to certain normal closing conditions and approval by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

“Yoyo has convinced a growing number of customers to deploy its data-driven payment and loyalty marketing solutions, including most recently, Caffè Nero, the third largest coffee retail chain in the UK. With its strong track record of deploying digital technology at the customer interface, Yoyo’s solution can have a meaningful positive impact on a wide spectrum of retail businesses, in particular in the food and beverage segment. As digitization becomes mainstream in hospitality, Yoyo’s technology is a strong candidate for currently untapped market segments. As part of our engagement, METRO intends to contribute to this deployment,” says Hansjörg Sage, General Manager at the digital unit of METRO GROUP.

Yoyo’s technology allows retailers of all sizes to provide their customers with a best-in-class branded mobile experience, whilst customizing their offerings from an array of available Yoyo services. Besides quick and efficient mobile payment, these include personalised loyalty programs and reward schemes, as well as pre-ordering and order- and/or pay-at-table. As a consequence, retailers benefit from increased check-out speed, lower cash handling costs, whilst being able to get to “know” their customers and provide targeted rewards and offers on their customer’s phone, either at point of sale, or at any point of time through the customer relationship. These advantages are particularly applicable in quick service cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars as well as in convenience store environments.

“Yoyo is now delivering proven benefits to a rapidly growing number of retailers and their customers in universities, corporate campuses and on the high street. We know consumers are spending more than three hours a day on their smartphones and we also know 40% buy more when subject to a personalised shopping experience. Yoyo simply provides retailers with an accessible way of tapping into these behaviours,” said Alain Falys, Co-Founder and CEO of Yoyo Wallet. “This new funding will allow us to provide the benefits of mobile payment, customer identification and engagement to a wider array of retailers, large and small, in the UK and across Europe. We could not have found a better combination of Investors to support us through this next stage of growth.”

James Hook, Partner at METRO GROUP’s digital unit and to-be-elected board member of Yoyo Wallet, said: “we are delighted to be supporting Yoyo in its ambition to become the leading digital mobile payment and customer engagement platform. We are looking forward to working together with Alain and the rest of the Yoyo team to help support the development of Yoyo’s business.”

The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is a leading international player in wholesale and foodservice distribution. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

Yoyo Wallet is one of the fastest growing and largest multi-retailer mobile wallets in the UK. Founded in 2013 by Alain Falys, Michael Rolph and Dave Nicholson, it was recently chosen by Marketing Week as one of the Top 100 Disruptor Brands and by KPMG as one of 50 FinTechs to watch globally. Now in its 4th year, Yoyo Wallet powers retailer experiences across the UK on the high street, in universities and in corporate locations. To find out more, please contact andy@yoyowallet.com or visit http://www.yoyowallet.com/retailers/

Contact:
METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01

www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de
@Metro_Comms

Source: METRO GROUP

Amazon announces untitled Hannah Grant Tour de France series for Prime Video

The Amazon Original Series Follows the First Female Chef at the Famed Grand Tour Cycling Race

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Jun. 26, 2017) announced it has greenlit an untitled Hannah Grant Tour de France series for Prime Video. The Amazon Original Series is a documentary adventure series about the incredible athletes competing in the 104th Tour de France and the food that keeps them alive. The series follows Grant, known as the Queen of Performance Cooking among pro cyclists, as she and her crew source and prepare healthy, high-performance meals for Team Orica-Scott’s nine riders during the 23-day endurance race that covers 21 stages and 2,200 miles.

The series, inspired by Grant’s book The Grand Tour Cookbook, goes behind the scenes at this race-within-a-race, showcasing what it takes to maintain Grant’s Michelin star-level cooking standards balanced with the “high octane” dietary needs of professional athletes. During the Tour de France, one of the world’s most physically demanding sporting events, the racing team and Grant’s entire operation will move daily, starting in Dusseldorf, Germany and ending in Paris for the famous ride through city streets and the finish line at the Champs-Élysées. The series will offer unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest annual sporting events on the planet that billions around the world watch, featuring a side of the race, the athletes and their support team that many don’t even know exists.

“Hannah Grant is a world-class chef who has dedicated her career to fueling some of the world’s most incredible athletes, operating under impossible conditions to create cuisine that is gourmet and that also fuels performance,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are thrilled to give Amazon Prime members an inside look at the organized chaos behind one of the world’s most prestigious and intense sporting events, in which Grant and her team thrive.”

“It’s a rare gift to find a powerful new story angle into a world and event as big as the Tour de France. It’s the unprecedented intersection of sports, travel, and food,” said Executive Producer Christof Bove. “Our goal is to give Amazon’s global audiences an all-access look into the mechanics and passion of this monolithic sporting event. Hannah is part of the vanguard of next generation cooking. She brings with her attitude and insight equal to this world of performance excellence. To survive the Tour, you simply have to be the best of the best.”

The series is executive produced by Grant and Bove. The series is produced by Junto Entertainment.

Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. Hannah Grant’s Tour de France will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

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

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

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

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Macy’s Green Living employee committee “Connect with Nature” initiatives to serve the community and raise environmental awareness

Macy’s Green Living employee committee “Connect with Nature” initiatives to serve the community and raise environmental awareness

 

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a part of Macy’s (NYSE:M) commitment to sustainability, the company’s Green Living employee committee developed several “Connect with Nature” initiatives during Earth Week 2017 to serve the community and raise environmental awareness.

Macy’s associates joined together for volunteer projects around the country – from a beach in Hawaii to a farm in Ohio to a school in New York City – and participated in educational events that connected like-minded colleagues to benefit the environment. Plus, Macy’s Green Living committee hosted its first design challenge – a contest to create an exclusive reusable tote.

The “Connect with Nature” design-a-tote contest was the national employee element of Macy’s 2017 Earth Week celebration. More than 100 associates submitted original artwork around the “Connect with Nature” theme. The winning design, by New York City associate Jenna D., was a top vote-getter on macysgreenliving.com, the company’s sustainability website. Jenna’s creation features a butterfly and flower motif. Beginning this week, natural canvas totes imprinted with her colorful artwork are available for $3.99 at select Macy’s stores while supplies last.

Stores offering the bags include Chicago: Macy’s State Street, Macy’s Water Tower; Cincinnati: Macy’s Kenwood Towne Centre; Houston: Macy’s Galleria; New Jersey: Macy’s Short Hills; New York City: Macy’s Herald Square; Los Angeles area: Macy’s Century City, Macy’s South Coast Plaza; Miami: Macy’s Aventura, Macy’s Dadeland; San Francisco area: Macy’s Broadway Plaza, Macy’s Union Square.

In keeping with the company’s give back value, Macy’s will donate $1 from the sale of each tote to the National Park Foundation – the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, whose mission is to enrich America’s national parks and programs, safeguarding our nation’s heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts as they connect with nature.

Macy’s has a multidimensional commitment to sustainability – Go Green Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are just one element. Macy’s ERGs are active throughout the country, engaging groups of associates around causes of mutual interest. With the company’s focus on environmental issues, Go Green ERGs are among the company’s most active. Here are a few ways they celebrated Earth Week:

Macy’s Ala Moana and Kaahumanu stores, HI: Go Green in Hawaii held beach cleanup projects with about 80 volunteers. Thanks to their energy, the beautiful beaches are much cleaner and safer. “We did our second annual beach cleanup which also included a homeless camp area,” said Debbie Chuckas, vice president/store manager Macy’s Kaahumanu, Kahulu, HI. “Our team grew from last year and did a fantastic job making a big difference as our beaches are important to our local community and our visitors. The trash collected filled a dumpster – and then some! We had fun as well as making an impact.”

Macy’s Central Offices, Cincinnati and Springdale, OH: Forty volunteers prepared fields and cleared barns at Gorman Heritage Farm, a 122-acre working and educational farm committed to promoting sustainable agriculture and locally-grown food. Go Green in Springdale created an event on effective composting, a presentation by a Cincinnati Zoo horticulturalist, and a closing event complete with garden-themed cake to celebrate its new Go Green Garden.

Macy’s Central Offices, New York City: Macy’s volunteers participated in the third annual Earth Day Give Back Project with Harlem Grown. This independent, nonprofit organization has a mission to inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition. Macy’s volunteers made a difference by stirring/turning compost, weeding, transplanting, moving supplies, building, cleaning and organizing, and watering.

Macys.com, San Francisco: The new macys.com Go Green Employee Resource Group took root with games such as “Wheel of Trash,” a trash sorting challenge, educational events on recycling and waste management, and a cleanup service project in nearby Union Square. Through many engaging launch events, organizers made the recycling process more tangible and helped employees understand it in a positive way.

Macy’s Credit and Customer Services, Clearwater, FL: The Go Green team held its award-winning competition for sustainable gardening, and bottle and can recycling. Like other Go Green ERGs across the company, the group held a “Trashion” show, featuring creatively repurposed materials otherwise destined for landfills.

Macy’s Logistics and Operations, Secaucus, NJ: Macy’s volunteers were knee-deep in hedges, grass and brush as they used garbage pickers to remove piles of debris from hidden areas around the city. “Macy’s always has a very enthusiastic group of volunteers,” said Lynn Kramer, Secaucus Environmental Department, Cleanup Outreach Services. “Overall it was a fun, team building experience for them!”

Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG), New York City: The Sustainability Committee and Go Green team at MMG (the company’s product development organization) hosted a panel of industry experts to explore the business case for sustainability and green initiatives that Macy’s and its suppliers are implementing to reduce environmental impact. Other Earth Week activities included joining the Harlem Grown project and leading an office supplies swap.

Macy’s Systems and Technology, Johns Creek (Atlanta area), GA: The Go Green ERG held an event that recycled more than 1.5 tons of recyclable electronics – enough to fill six pallets with PCs, printers, monitors, power cords, cathode ray tubes and hard drives.

Macy’s remains steadfastly committed to sustainability and we congratulate our employees for the passion they bring to this cause. For more than a decade, the company has made significant progress on many fronts and we continue to look for ways to minimize our environmental impact. As a leading national retailer with a large footprint and 140,000 dedicated associates, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment.

Read more about Macy’s Earth Week activities on macysgreenliving.com.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances.

Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. Visit macysgreenliving.com for more information about sustainability at Macy’s.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider
646-429-5213
julie.strider@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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Maintenance Supply Headquarters now a Lowe’s family member

MOORESVILLE, N.C. 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (June 26, 2017) announced it has completed its $512 million acquisition of Maintenance Supply Headquarters, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products serving the multifamily housing industry.

The acquisition is a significant step in Lowe’s strategy to deepen and broaden its relationship with pro customers and better serve their needs.

Based in Houston, Texas, Maintenance Supply Headquarters operates 13 distribution centers serving customers in 29 geographic areas, primarily in the western, southeastern and south central U.S., with a portfolio of more than 5,300 products and value-added services for maintaining and renovating multifamily properties. In November 2016, Lowe’s acquired Central Wholesalers, a prominent MRO distributor in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

“We are delighted to officially welcome Maintenance Supply Headquarters and their talented team into the Lowe’s family,” said Michael Tummillo, senior vice president of Lowe’s pro sales. “Together, Maintenance Supply Headquarters and Central Wholesalers expand Lowe’s ability to serve the highly attractive and growing multifamily housing industry while strengthening our foundation for future growth with enhanced product and service offerings. With this latest transaction, we look forward to delivering even more value for our pro customers.”

Richard “Rusty” Penick, co-founding partner and CEO of Maintenance Supply Headquarters, added, “Today marks the beginning of an exciting next chapter for Maintenance Supply Headquarters. We are thrilled to join Lowe’s and work together to continue to deliver exceptional service for our customers. We have had the honor of serving many of the nation’s top multifamily property management companies and their communities over the past 10 years, and we look forward to building on this legacy.”

Founded in 2006, Maintenance Supply Headquarters’ broad product offering includes appliances, plumbing, HVAC, lighting, hardware, electrical and other products for maintaining and renovating multifamily properties, as well as services such as renovation project support, custom fabrication and educational classes.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to Lowe’s and Hunton & Williams LLP served as legal advisor. Crutchfield Capital Corporation served as financial advisor to Maintenance Supply Headquarters and Porter Hedges LLP served as legal advisor.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, business outlook, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those regarding the acquisition by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. of Maintenance Supply Headquarters and the expected impact of the transaction on Lowe’s strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, such as a demographic shift from single family to multifamily housing, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. With respect to the acquisition discussed herein specifically, potential risks include: the effect of the announcement of the acquisition on Lowe’s and Maintenance Supply Headquarters’ strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; significant transaction costs or unknown liabilities; the failure to successfully integrate personnel and financial, IT and other systems; retaining management and other critical personnel; conditions in the maintenance, repair and operations market; and failure to realize all or some of the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

MIGROS TURBENTHAL UNTER NEUER LEITUNG

MIGROS TURBENTHAL UNTER NEUER LEITUNG

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros Turbenthal erhält eine neue Führung: Ab dem 1. Juli 2017 leitet Andrea Clementi die Geschicke des Supermarktes.

Nach 9-jähriger Tätigkeit als Leiter der Migros Turbenthal wechselt Reto Stamm nach Wittenbach. Der 48-Jährige übernimmt im Juli die Leitung der Migros Kronbühl. Sein Amt in Turbenthal übergibt er per Anfang Juli an Andrea Clementi, der bis dahin die Migros Wald leitet.

Ganzes Berufsleben beim orangen M

Andrea Clementi ist der Migros seit seiner Ausbildung zum Detailhandelsfachmann in der Migros Rüti treu geblieben. Seither sammelte er in verschiedenen Funktionen Erfahrungen, beispielsweise als Stellvertretung Kolonial in der Migros Rüti, als Bereichsleiter Food und innere Dienst in der Migros Wetzikon oder als stellvertretender Filialleiter in der Migros Fehraltdorf. Zuletzt leitete er die Filiale Wald unweit seines Wohnortes Rüti. Parallel zu seiner beruflichen Karriere bildete sich Andrea Clementi kontinuierlich weiter, unter anderem zum Detailhandelsfachmann, Berufsbildner oder Detailhandelsspezialisten.

Der künftige Filialleiter der Migros Turbenthal sieht den bevorstehenden Herausforderungen gespannt entgegen: „Mir ist es wichtig, dass wir unseren Kundinnen und Kunden freundlich, hilfsbereit und kompetent begegnen.“ Deshalb legt Andrea Clementi auch viel Wert darauf, sein Team weiterzuentwickeln und seinen Mitarbeitenden durch Aus- und Weiterbildungen neue Perspektiven zu ermöglichen.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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FÜHRUNGSWECHSEL IN DER MIGROS KRONBÜHL

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab Anfang Juli leitet Reto Stamm die Geschicke der Migros Kronbühl in Wittenbach. Sein Vorgänger übernimmt die Führung der Migros Herisau Walke.

Nach gut acht Jahren an der Spitze der Migros Kronbühl in Wittenbach wechselt Filialleiter Kurt Wessner nach Herisau. Dort übernimmt er die Leitung der Migros Herisau Walke. Sein Amt in Wittenbach übergibt er an Reto Stamm, der die Stelle Anfang Juli antritt.

26 Jahre Migros-Erfahrung im Gepäck

Reto Stamm, aufgewachsen im schaffhausischen Thayngen, trat 1991 in den Dienst der Migros Ostschweiz ein. In seinen ersten Jahren fungierte er als Rayonleiter Molkerei sowie stellvertretender Filialleiter der Migros Andelfingen. Es folgten verschiedene Stationen, unter anderem als stellvertretender Marktleiter in Schaffhausen oder als interimistischer Filialleiter in Diessenhofen. Seit 2002 ist er in führender Funktion tätig – zuerst als Filialleiter der Migros Thayngen, seit 2008 als Filialleiter in Turbenthal. Parallel zu seiner beruflichen Karriere absolvierte der 48-Jährige verschiedene Aus- und Weiterbildungen, unter anderem zum Detailhandelsspezialisten.

Grosse Fussstapfen

Reto Stamm sieht den bevorstehenden Herausforderungen in Wittenbach gespannt entgegen: „Mein Vorgänger Kurt Wessner hat einen super Job gemacht und die Filiale auf Hochtouren gebracht. Jetzt gilt es, diese gute Leistung halten zu können.“ Eine weitere Herausforderung werde es sein, sich im neuen Umfeld schnell einzufühlen und zu integrieren. Dem neuen Filialleiter der Migros Kronbühl ist es wichtig, mit seinem neuen Team zusammenzuwachsen, einander kennenzulernen und so gegenseitiges Vertrauen zu gewinnen. „Zu meinen täglichen Zielen wird es gehören, die drei Säulen Unternehmen, Kunden und Mitarbeitende in Einklang zu halten, damit wir im Detailhandel auch in einer herausfordernden Zeit erfolgreich sein können“, so Reto Stamm.

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Christian Possa
Kommunikation/Kulturprozent/Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 92
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: christian.possa@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

BAUSTART FÜR DEN OBI SCHAFFHAUSEN

BAUSTART FÜR DEN OBI SCHAFFHAUSEN

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 3. Juli 2017 starten die Bauarbeiten für den neuen OBI im Herblingertal. Diese werden voraussichtlich rund eineinhalb Jahre dauern. Die Eröffnung des neuen OBI Schaffhausen soll im Herbst 2018 stattfinden.

Wie im Februar angekündigt, baut die Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz im Herblingertal einen neuen OBI Heimwerkermarkt mit Gartencenter. Nach Eingang der definitiven Baubewilligung und Abschluss der planerischen Vorarbeiten können die Bauarbeiten am 3. Juli 2017 starten. „Verlaufen die Bauarbeiten planmässig, wird der OBI Schaffhausen im Herbst 2018 seine Türen für die Kundschaft öffnen“, erklärt Thomas Brülisauer, verantwortlicher Projektleiter Baumanagement bei der Migros Ostschweiz.

Photovoltaik-Anlage deckt Strombedarf

Der neue OBI Heimwerkermarkt entsteht gut 700 Meter vom Herblinger Markt entfernt, im Majorenacker. Auf einer Verkaufsfläche von über 3‘000m2 sowie einem rund 2‘500m2grossen Gartencenter sollen Kundinnen und Kunden ab Herbst 2018 ein breites Angebot an Artikeln fürs Bauen, Wohnen und für den Garten vorfinden. Das Sortiment wird sich sowohl an erfahrene Heimwerker, wie auch an Hobbygärtner richten. Auf dem Dach der neuen OBI Heimwerkermarkts plant die Migros Ostschweiz eine Photovoltaikanlage zu installieren, mit welcher der jährliche Strombedarf der Filiale gedeckt wird. Das Investitionsvolumen inklusive Landkauf beträgt rund 22 Millionen Franken.

Contact:
Nico Canori
Migros Genossenschaft Ostschweiz, Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 54
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: nico.canori@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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KLUBSCHULE MIGROS BIETET NEU GEBÄRDENSPRACHKURSE AN

KLUBSCHULE MIGROS BIETET NEU GEBÄRDENSPRACHKURSE AN

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Schweizerischen Gehörlosenbund bietet die Klubschule Migros in Winterthur ab August erstmals Kurse in Gebärdensprache an.

Um sich miteinander zu verständigen, gibt es über 6000 Sprachen auf dieser Welt. Nicht immer sind allerdings Worte nötig, um einander etwas mitzuteilen: Die Gebärdensprache ist ein visuelles Sprachsystem. Dank ihr haben gehörlose und hörbehinderte Menschen die Möglichkeit, sich auszutauschen – auch mit Hörenden. Die Klubschule Migros bietet neu in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Schweizerischen Gehörlosenbund in Winterthur den Kurs „Gebärdensprache für Anfänger/innen“ an. „Er eignet sich sowohl für hörbehinderte wie auch für hörende Menschen“, erklärt Lee Walker, Leiter Sparte Sprachen der Klubschule Migros Ostschweiz. Zu den Vorteilen der Gebärdensprache meint Ruedi Graf, Leiter der Abteilung Dienstleistungen beim Schweizerischen Gehörlosenbund: „Die Gebärdensprache ist eine Bereicherung für jeden Menschen. Sie baut eine Kommunikationsbrücke zwischen hörenden und gehörlosen Menschen, sie erweitert unser Denken und lässt uns die Welt mit anderen Augen sehen.“

Der erste Kurs „Gebärdensprache für Anfänger/innen“ an der Klubschule Migros Winterthur startet am 23. August. Ein zweiter Kurs ist ab dem 8. November geplant. Der Kurs dauert insgesamt 40 Lektionen, die auf 20 Kurstage verteilt sind. Ziel ist es, am Ende vertraute alltägliche Gebärden und einfache Sätze zu verstehen, sich vorzustellen, einfache Themen zu besprechen und sich auf einfache Art mit langsamer Gebärdensprache zu verständigen.

Informationen und Anmeldung: www.klubschule.ch

Contact:
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Frau Natalie Brägger
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 46
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: natalie.braegger@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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PARKFLÄCHEN DER MIGROS GOLDACH WERDEN ERNEUERT

PARKFLÄCHEN DER MIGROS GOLDACH WERDEN ERNEUERT

 

Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am 3. Juli 2017 starten die Erneuerungsarbeiten der Parkflächen der Migros Goldach. Diese dauern bis 11. August. Der Umbau des Supermarkts beginnt am 11. September.

Vorgängig zum Umbau des Migros Supermarkts in Goldach beginnt am 3. Juli die Erneuerung der Parkflächen. Bei den Arbeiten, die bis 11. August  dauern, werden die Bodenbeläge und Markierungen erneuert. „Wir sanieren die Parkflächen vor der Modernisierung des Supermarkts, um die Schliessungszeit möglichst kurz zu halten“, sagt Werner Kläger, Bauprojektleiter bei der Migros Ostschweiz. Während den ersten zwei Wochen der Erneuerung stehen für die Kundschaft 28 Parkplätze im Aussenbereich, ab 21. Juli mit Abschluss der Arbeiten im zweiten Untergeschoss des Gebäudes 55 Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Die Bauarbeiten im Supermarkt beginnen am 11. September, letzter Verkaufstag ist Samstag, 9. September. Ziel des Umbaus ist es, den Einkauf für die Kundinnen und Kunden komfortabler und attraktiver zu gestalten und die Haustechnik auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen. Letzteres wird künftig einen ressourcenschonenderen Betrieb der Filiale ermöglichen. Die elf Wohnungen in den drei Obergeschossen erhalten beim Umbau neue Balkongeländer aus Glas. Insgesamt wird die Migros Ostschweiz rund fünf Millionen Franken in die Modernisierung investieren.

Während des Umbaus bleibt die Migros Goldach geschlossen. Als Alternativen bieten sich während dieser Zeit die Migros-Supermärkte in Rorschach (Trischliplatz und Promenadenstrasse 83), Arbon (St.Gallerstrasse 6) und in der Arena Thal (Wiesentalstrasse 9) an. Die Wiedereröffnung wird von 19. bis 21. Oktober mit attraktiven Aktionen für die Kundinnen und Kunden gefeiert.

Kommunikation:

Silke Seichter
Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 50
FAX: 071 493 27 89
E-MAIL: silke.seichter@gmos.ch

Source: Migros

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Law enforcement and retail loss prevention members to be honored during the NRF PROTECT conference

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three members of the law enforcement and retail loss prevention community will be honored this week during the National Retail Federation’s NRF PROTECT conference in Washington. The founder of The Loss Prevention Foundation will receive the industry’s top award on Tuesday while a New York Police Department lieutenant who launched the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance and an FBI agent responsible for breaking a multi-state crime ring will be recognized on Wednesday.

“Each one of these honorees has supported the loss prevention community by protecting retailers and their customers and sharing their skills and experience to help develop highly proficient loss prevention professionals,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. “Their significant contributions continue to create great impact in the community and deserve to be recognized by these prestigious awards.”

Ring of Excellence Award
This award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose “honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.”

This year’s recipient is Gene Smith, founder of the Loss Prevention Foundation and former president of Downing & Downing, a human resources firm specializing in LP staff development, in recognition of his more than 40 years of experience and his work to develop the industry’s Loss Prevention Qualified and Loss Prevention Certified designations. Smith has provided career counseling to countless LP professionals, university curriculum committees and industry trade association committees.

During Smith’s time at Downing & Downing, he conducted assessment interviews and career counseling with thousands of industry associates and performed industry organizational and consulting reviews designed to maximize resources and deliver value. Smith is recognized as an industry leader and expert on talent assessment and acquisition.

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award
This award acknowledges law enforcement officers or agencies that have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to support the retail industry in combating fraud, protecting assets and reducing losses.

This year’s award will be presented to NYPD Lt. Tarik Sheppard for his efforts to create the New York Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance in 2014 while head of the Grand Larceny Analytical unit. The unit works to identify pattern crimes and pattern crime offenders, and Sheppard recognized the extent of organized crime in retail thefts while working there.

Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award
This award recognizes investigators whose work has made a significant impact on their companies, communities and the industry.

This year’s recipient is FBI Special Agent Kevin Kohler, who uncovered a multi-state crime ring that placed fraudulent bar codes on high-value products, intentionally lowering prices and inflicting losses exceeding $200,000. Kohler played an integral role in the investigation by securing crucial evidence, and in a matter of two months was able to arrest the head of the group. Going beyond the retail fraud that initiated the case, the investigation also led to charges of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors, resulting in the rescue of several children from a predator. The ringleader was sentenced to 70 years in prison without parole.

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

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF names former White House and congressional attorney Stephanie Martz as SVP and general counsel

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation announced today (June 26, 2017) that Stephanie Martz, a former White House and congressional attorney and partner at one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, will join the organization in September as senior vice president and general counsel. Martz will succeed retiring SVP and General Counsel Mallory Duncan.

“NRF is extraordinarily fortunate to have Stephanie joining our team,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Her experience in the White House, on Capitol Hill, at the Chamber of Commerce and in the courts gives the NRF and our members a level of expertise that will allow us to continue representing the retail industry at a level that is second to none. Whether legislation, policy or litigation, Stephanie’s track record of success speaks for itself and NRF will greatly benefit as a result of it.”

“There are a number of issues facing our industry that require a sharp legal mind to represent the interests of our members,” Shay said. “Stephanie has worked with a number of corporate counsels throughout her career, and whether the issue is swipe fees or data security, I am confident that Stephanie will build on Mallory’s legacy of inclusion and success in fighting for our industry.”

“I am excited to be joining the NRF and the opportunity it presents to work with some of the nation’s largest retailers,” Martz said. “I truly believe that this is a unique opportunity to work with a growing organization that is interested in a wide range of cutting-edge legal and policy issues — the issues which impact the retail industry, its employees and the millions of customers that retailers serve every day.”

As a partner at Monument Policy Group since 2015, Martz is a well-known expert on technology and new economy issues, with a range of clients from Silicon Valley to Seattle, Fortune 500 companies, industry groups and other businesses. Her areas of focus have included data privacy, cybersecurity, international data agreements and immigration. Prior to that, she was special assistant and senior counsel to President Barack Obama. In that capacity, she was the senior lawyer in charge of in-house counsel functions in the Office of White House Counsel and was also responsible for input on key policy matters.

Previously, Martz served as chief counsel to Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who is now the Senate minority leader. In that position, she provided political and legal analysis, drafted and reviewed legislation and formulated political strategy on a wide array of matters before the Senate. Other experience includes serving as a senior director at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, litigation counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, practice at two Washington law firms — Mayer Brown LLP and Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin LLP — and law clerk at both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Martz is a graduate of Georgetown University and Stanford Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Duncan, who has been general counsel at NRF since 1994, announced last week that he will retire at the end of August.

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

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Price Rite Supermarkets opens its new Utica store

Utica, NY, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Supermarkets today (June 25, 2017) opened its new Utica store, located at 501 Bleeker St., where the first 200 customers received complimentary $25 gift cards to shop the 32,000-square-foot store.

Known for its everyday low prices, Price Rite’s shopper-friendly format features a wide selection of fresh produce, natural and organic products and a variety of private label and national grocery brands – at about half the cost of a traditional supermarket. The store also adds approximately 85 jobs to the local economy.

Price Rite executives marked Sunday’s grand opening with donations to Feed Our Vets food pantry, Hope House in Utica and Rescue Mission of Utica, in keeping with the company’s mission to fight hunger and give back to the local community.

Additional activities and product giveaways were available throughout the day, and volunteers from Feed Our Vets staffed a hot dog stand at the store. All proceeds from the hot dog sales will benefit the food pantry.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Utica store, and we are privileged to be part of this community,” said Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite. “We look forward to providing local shoppers with the outstanding customer service, variety, value and low prices that Price Rite is known for. Our company is built on the philosophy that customers should not have to sacrifice quality to save on price, and we are excited to deliver on that promise to offer a great shopping experience to the Utica community.”

“Our administration has worked diligently with Price Rite representatives, and we are thrilled they are opening a new grocery store in downtown and welcome them with open arms,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. “When speaking with current and prospective downtown and Baggs Square residents, there is a universal desire to have everyday amenities readily accessible, and Price Rite’s presence is a major step forward in our mission to make downtown a fully-fledged neighborhood.”

The new Price Rite of Utica employs the supermarket chain’s convenient format featuring a broad array of groceries containing both private label items and national brands, including deliveries of fresh produce from around the corner and around the world six days per week, with a wide variety of ethnic products to cater to Price Rite’s diverse customer base; packaged meats, including a selection of organic and natural items, grass-fed offerings, Grade A poultry and USDA Choice cuts; baked goods; and dairy and frozen food, along with a large selection of organic and natural offerings including the new Wholesome Pantry line, a private label line of free-from and organic products void of 110 ingredients and containing no artificial additives, flavors or preservatives.

Price Rite of Utica also features some of the industry’s leading “green technologies,” including glass doors on dairy cases and energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration throughout the entire store, and the new Utica store is the first store to debut Price Rite’s fresh, updated logo, which will be rolled out to additional stores in the coming months.

For added convenience, the store will offer My Price Rite, a free service that allows customers to receive special offers and savings on their personal mobile device (iOS or Android), and customers can also take advantage of Price Rite’s partnership with Ibotta, a free mobile shopping app that offers users cash back on everyday purchases, allowing them to earn cash rewards, bonuses and store extras as they shop.

Price Rite is an American company whose mission is to provide customers with a clean, fresh and friendly shopping experience while offering the same quality foods as traditional supermarkets at a bargain price, providing customers with the convenience of warehouse club-style shopping without the membership fees or bulk-buying requirements. The supermarket chain takes a variety of different approaches to help keep costs down and pass along those savings to customers, including spending less on advertising and store décor than conventional stores, encouraging customers to bring their own bags or purchase a reusable bag for 10 cents and fine-tuning product assortments while maintaining diversity within each category by providing a choice of private label and national brand selection. By streamlining operating costs, Price Rite can focus on providing great buys in-store. Price Rite regularly features specials and amazing values on food and non-food items alike.

The new Price Rite of Utica will be open Sunday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Monday through Saturday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.PriceRiteSupermarkets.com.

About Price Rite
Price Rite operates 63 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Price Rite stores offer customers an expanded produce department and quality food products at savings up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. The typical Price Rite store is about 35,000 to 40,000 square feet in size and employs anywhere from 75 to 150 associates. The first Price Rite opened in West Springfield, MA in 1995. For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

Contact:

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

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source:  Price Rite Supermarkets

ENGLAND: Atom Beers secures its first national listing with Asda

ENGLAND: Atom Beers secures its first national listing with Asda

 

Asda is the first supermarket to market the craft beer nationally

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The trend for craft beer continues, particularly for a small Craft Brewer in Hull which is celebrating after securing its first national listing with Asda.

The supermarket will stock four beers from Atom Beers, brewed in Hull, in up to 156 of its stores across England, Wales and Scotland.

With four new lines launching on the shelves, Yorkshire based Asda is aiming to lead the way in supporting local brewers, as the demand for craft beer amongst consumers continues across the United Kingdom.

Atom was founded by Allan Rice and Sarah Thackray in 2014 with the ethos to not only make great consistently flavour forward beers, but to use the brewery as an educational facility – to inspire people to consider careers in science and engineering.

Its focus on science and education are evident through weekly brewery tours for the public and an 8-week long intensive Beer School for beer lovers wanting to improve their knowledge and craft. In addition to this, the brewery is actively involved in scientific research, college out reach programs and collaborating with the University of Hull and the Science without Borders programme to study complex carbohydrate characteristic of beer.

Asda will start by stocking four lines of Atom beers in 330ml cans; Atom Schrodinger’s Cat, Atom Quantum State , Atom Pulsar Pilsner and Atom Phobos & Deimos.

Allan Rice, co-founder of Atom, commented: “We are delighted to have secured our first national listing with Asda, making our beer more accessible from a convenient location whilst doing your weekly shop.

“As a young microbrewery it’s great to be featured by a national retailer, and we’re impressed at ASDA’s commitment to supporting local suppliers, no matter how big or small the brand.

“It’s incredible to think that a microbrewery in Hull has been recognised internationally and we are excited that more people across the country can now taste our beer.”

The new deal will see the following lines stocked in stores across England and Wales:

Atom Schrodinger’s Cat – 3.5%, 330ML – Schrodinger’s Cat is a paradox, as is this beer. Brewed to be low in alcohol, but full in body. Brewed to have a strong malt backbone, yet pack a punch of Mosaic and Citra hops.

Atom Quantum State – 4.2%, 330ML – A Quantum State shows the probability of every outcome of a measurable situation. A beer for every occasion, light, drinkable and full of citrus flavour. Extra pale malt, with some body from the addition of oats, a simple but effective malt bill allows American hops to shine.

Atom Pulsar Pilsner – 4.45%, 330ML – A pulsar is like an electromagnetic lighthouse in space. A super dense star at the end of its life that spins in a very precise interval, emitting radiation in a beam only observable when it points towards Earth. A classic German Pilsner, modernised by new age hops. Bright in flavour, crisp, refreshing and with a citrus led hoppy finish.

Atom Phobos & Deimos – 7%, 330ML – Named after the sons of Ares who was known to the Romans as Mars. This Rye IPA has a strong spicy malt backbone that makes way to big hitting American hops.

Alan Jackson, Buying Manager – Local BWS and Core Ambient, said: “The craft beer culture continues to grow, and it’s clear customers are trading up to more premium beers, particularly ones which come from local breweries.

‘‘We are really proud to be the only supermarket with Atom in our range. They are a fantastic, young brewery who have achieved international acclaim for their beers.

“It’s brilliant to bring this beer to our customers in urban craft hotspots across England, Wales and Scotland as I’m sure it’s something they wouldn’t expect and normally wouldn’t have access to.”

Asda recently announced it is massively extending its craft beer offering, reducing duplication of its existing beers and lagers range and adding over 100 new craft beers to its offering, including several exclusive products.

Source: ASDA

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DDR to release its 2Q 2017 financial and operational results on July 26, 2017

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE:DDR) announced today (Jun 26, 2017) that financial and operational results for the quarter ending June 30, 2017, will be released before the market opens on July 26, 2017.  The Company will host its quarterly earnings conference call and audio webcast on July 26 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

All interested parties can access the earnings call by dialing (877) 249-1119 (U.S.), (855) 669-9657 (Canada) or (412) 542-4143 (international), and ask to be joined into the DDR Corp. call. The call will also be webcast and available in a listen-only mode on DDR’s web site at www.ir.ddr.com.

If you are unable to participate during the live call, a replay will be available on DDR’s website for future review. You may also access the telephone replay by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S.), (855) 669-9658 (Canada) or (412) 317-0088 (international) using pass code 10107875 through October 26, 2017.

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

SOURCE: DDR Corp.

NACS partners with American Red Cross to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., and WASHINGTON, DC, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Red Cross and NACS, the association representing the nation’s 154,000-plus convenience stores, announced that they have developed a partnership to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American Red Cross on such a program.

The groups are currently focusing on developing resources to facilitate donation collection by convenience store companies nationwide, as well as encourage volunteer assistance programs for Red Cross volunteers around specific local or national events.

Convenience stores contribute nearly $1 billion a year to charitable organizations. Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community, according to a 2016 NACS member survey.

The announcement of the partnership is aligned with the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year, most of which are home fires, and deploys volunteer disaster relief workers to support their efforts. Donations are crucial to the success of their missions and NACS will be working closely with its members to help them achieve their goals.

“NACS and the American Red Cross are closely aligned in how they make a meaningful difference in communities. Convenience stores are in every community in the country and they often are the only retailer open in times of episodic events. This agreement, developed with our NACS Foundation, will help advance the existing programs in which convenience stores provide immediate access to donations as well as food, fuel and beverages for volunteers,” said NACS President and CEO Henry O. Armour.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with NACS and its members as they work with us to provide help and hope to people impacted by disasters,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “Donations through their network of convenience stores and customers will allow the Red Cross to deploy volunteers, respond immediately with food and shelter during a disaster, as well as support disaster survivors through the recovery process.”

NACS and the American Red Cross will develop and disseminate tools and resources for retailers at convenience.org/redcross.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

Bridge Street Market to deliver convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents

Bridge Street Market to deliver convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents

 

Community Grocery Store Anchors Development on the West Side

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents today (June 26, 2017) celebrated the groundbreaking of Bridge Street Market, a unique grocery store coming to the city’s West Side on the bustling corner o-f Bridge St. and Seward Ave.

The new 37,000-square-foot store will feature 22-foot ceilings, open air elements and a pedestrian-friendly design. Bridge Street Market is a first-of-its-kind store in the region opened by Meijer and intended to deliver a convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for those who live, work and play downtown.

The community grocery store will anchor a development spanning a city block located amidst the city’s current hub of collaboration and mixed-use development, and will reside alongside apartments, a parking deck, and an office and retail building. The mixed-use project commenced with the deconstruction of the original buildings in May, clearing the way for future development.

“We are eager to share Bridge Street Market with the Grand Rapids community and are excited about what our team will be able to accomplish through this location,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We believe in the West Side’s heritage and authenticity, and are excited to have a core presence in the heart of such an inspiring part of our city. We think there’s no better place to launch this new neighborhood market than in our hometown and on the West Side.”

Bridge Street Market will feature fresh produce, full grocery offerings, a deli, fresh-cut meat, a bakery, basic cleaning items and paper products.

The grocery store is expected to open its doors and produce stalls in the early fall of 2018.

About Bridge Street Market

Bridge Street Market is a new urban neighborhood grocery store opened by Meijer focused on fresh-food service and essential items merchandised in a market-like setting. As the anchor of a unique mixed-use development on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s west side, Bridge Street Market will serve as a model for future neighborhood-friendly development in the area while providing residents and businesses alike access to fresh food and easily accessible convenience items in a one-of-a-kind store.

Contact:

Amanda Passage
616-233-0500
apassage@lambert-edwards.com

Source: Meijer

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Bruce Besanko to resign as SUPERVALU’s EVP, COO and CFO

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today (Jun. 26, 2017) announced that Bruce Besanko has informed the Company’s Board of Directors of his intention to resign his positions as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer effective July 5, 2017 to pursue an opportunity outside the Company.

SUPERVALU also announced that Rob Woseth, the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, will assume the additional position of Interim Chief Financial Officer, and David Johnson, the Company’s Vice President, Controller, will assume the additional position of Interim Chief Accounting Officer, while the Company completes a search for a permanent chief financial officer.

“On behalf of SUPERVALU, I want to thank Bruce for his service over the past four years. Bruce made numerous contributions to this organization, including improvements to the Company’s capital structure that have laid the groundwork for our transformation. We wish Bruce well in his future endeavors,” said Mark Gross, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Rob and David are important leaders at the Company, and I am very pleased that they will assume these interim roles.”

About SUPERVALU INC.

(The following information on sales, store counts and employees is as of SUPERVALU’s last fiscal year end and does not include Unified Grocers)

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $12 billion in fiscal 2017. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,363 stores including 1,902 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of February 25, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 29,000 employees.

For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 654,522 common shares repurchased in the period from June 22, 2017 up to and including June 23, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 654,522 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from June 22, 2017 up to and including June 23, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €16.68 per share for a total consideration of €10.9 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 25,968,414 common shares for a total consideration of €511 million.

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Contact:

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

Source: Ahold Delhaize