PVH participated in the NYC Pride March 2017 as a Platinum Level Sponsor

PVH participated in the NYC Pride March 2017 as a Platinum Level Sponsor

Over 800 PVH associates and guests brought the “Runway to Pride” to Fifth Avenue with the company’s first-ever custom designed float.

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of the national celebration of Pride Month in the US, PVH participated in the NYC Pride March 2017 as a Platinum Level Sponsor on Sunday, June 25. The initiative was led by the company’s newly formed LGBTQ Business Resource Group (BRG) and marks another step in PVH’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment where every individual is valued.

Over 800 PVH associates and guests, wearing PVH Pride Logo t-shirts, brought the runway to Fifth Avenue, marching alongside the company’s first-ever custom designed float, “Runway to Pride.” Both corporate and retail associates expressed their individual style by customizing their t-shirts and showing off their designs on the runway.

“I continue to be inspired by our associates who showcase their individuality every day,” said Emanuel Chirico, Chairman & CEO, PVH Corp. “I was incredibly proud to see over 800 members of the PVH family come together to celebrate the NYC Pride March.”

Rainbow colored Pride underwear, specially designed for LGBTQ Pride Month, was distributed to the crowd by models wearing CALVIN KLEINand Tommy Hilfiger underwear and makeup by Leo Alonzo and PVH associate Jillian Zino. DJ Lina Bradford spun live from the top section of the float.

PVH’s Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels featured livestreams and live updates, capturing all of the best moments throughout the day. A custom “PVH Runway to Pride” Snapchat filter was available for the entire parade route. Visit PVH Corp. on YouTube to view the highlights video.

PVH has been celebrating Pride around the world throughout the month of June. On Sunday, June 25, associates in Canada participated in Toronto Pride March activities, and on June 17, the Calvin Klein Underwear store in Brazil hosted a pre-celebration for the São Paulo Pride Parade. Retail stores across the US and Canada have been displaying custom decal window stickers in their windows and doors to show their support. The company will continue to participate in Pride events globally, including Pink Dot Hong Kong in October.

Photo credit: Provided by PVH Corp.

About PVH Corp.

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

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



PVH Corp.
Dana Perlman
Treasurer and Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

Nordstrom launches its 2017 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign

Nordstrom launches its 2017 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign

Russell Wilson, Ashley Graham, Taye Diggs And More Team Up With Nordstrom To Celebrate The Retailer’s One-Of-A-Kind Anniversary Sale

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. announced the launch of its 2017 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign, which debuts today in the U.S. and Canada. The company partnered with six artists, designers and stylemakers as brand ambassadors for the sale, which takes place from July 21 through August 6.

Anniversary Ambassadors include Russell Wilson, co-founder of Good Man Brand, entrepreneur, Super Bowl Champion and Franchise NFL Quarterback; Ashley Graham, model, body activist, author and designer of Ashley Graham lingerie; actor, singer, dancer and author Taye Diggs; actress and aspiring recluse Hana Mae Lee; choreographer and dancer Keone Madrid (with wife and dance partner, Mari); and artist and textile designer Kindah Khalidy.

The company looked for a diverse group of individuals who are renowned in their field, passionate about what they do and thought would appeal to customers.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960’s and is the company’s biggest event of the year featuring brand-new merchandise for men, women and kids at super-sale prices for a limited time – prices go back up after two weeks.

“Our Anniversary Sale is one of the most exciting Nordstrom events of the year for our customers” said Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Scott Meden. “It’s a sale like no other. We’re thrilled to make it come to life with this campaign, and to showcase new arrivals from our hottest fashion brands in partnership with our ambassadors.”

The campaign will feature sale picks from brand ambassadors in the Anniversary Sale catalog and online at nordstrom.com/anniversarysale. The campaign was shot in-house and also includes videos that will be posted on Nordstrom.com and the retailer’s social platforms. Advertising components include digital, print, out of home, as well as store windows and in-store displays.

“I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because you can find all of the quality brands you love at such great prices,” said Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Ambassador Ashley Graham. “I like to shop investment pieces, like designer bags and shoes, and it’s also a great time to stock up on well-fitting bras because they are the foundation to every outfit.”

“This year I am especially excited for the Anniversary Sale,” said Russell Wilson, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Ambassador. “Shopping at Nordstrom is always fun and easy, and who doesn’t love finding the newest styles of the season. What an honor for Good Man Brand to have been selected to be a part of this event alongside some the best and biggest brands in the world.”

To view additional images, videos and interviews with all six Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ambassadors, visit https://blogs.nordstrom.com/fashion/ and nordstrom.com/anniversarysale.

Nordstrom first launched its Anniversary Sale brand ambassador campaign in 2016 and featured actress and designer, Melissa McCarthy; Dallas Wings point guard, All-Star player Skylar Diggins; actor, artist and activist, Rhi Blossom; activist and founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics Amy Sall; Australian model Fernanda Ly; YouTube star Joey Graceffa and musician Jon Batiste.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.


Anya Pavlovic
Nordstrom, Inc.

Tesco now offers one hour grocery delivery service via Tesco Now app

Tesco now offers one hour grocery delivery service via Tesco Now app

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 26 June customers will be available to order, via the new Tesco Now app, up to 20 items from a range of 1000 products.

The range will include everyday products, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, bakery goods and dairy, as well as pet, baby, health and beauty products. Orders will be picked in a local store and delivered to customers via moped within 60 minutes.

Customers will also be able to track their order via the Tesco Now app, receiving live updates on the progress of their order.

Tesco Now is available to customers in some central London postcodes between 8am until 11pm on weekdays and 9am until 11pm at weekends. The service is priced at £7.99 with no minimum spend on each order.

Adrian Letts, Online Managing Director at Tesco, said: 

“From forgotten essentials to that crucial final ingredient, Tesco Now can get them to our customers’ door within the hour.

“Shoppers’ needs are changing and we want to offer a range of services that allow them to shop with us in a way that suits their needs. We look forward to hearing what they think of the new service.”



  • In addition to the one hour delivery, a two hour delivery option will also be available priced at £5.99.
  • Tesco Now complements Tesco’s existing online grocery options available in London and the South East including Same Day Delivery and Same Day Click and Collect.
  • Items will be picked from a local store and delivered via moped by third party fulfilment specialist, Quiqup, who have partnered with Tesco.
  • The Tesco Now app is available for download on iOS and Android Devices via the AppStore and Google Play Store.
  • The full list of postcodes where this service is available can be found below:

E1, E2, EC1, EC2, EC3, N1, N16, NW1, NW10, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, SE1, SE11, SW10, SW11, SW12, SW13, SW14, SW15, SW1, SW3, SW4, SW5, SW6, SW7, SW8, W1, W10, W11, W12, W14, W2, W7, W8, W9, WC1, WC2

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    

Starbucks Coffee Company signs licensing agreement with Alsea to develop and operate Starbucks® stores in Uruguay

SEATTLE and MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (June 26, 2017) announced a new licensing agreement with its long-time strategic partner Alsea, a leading restaurant operator in Latin America and Spain. The agreement grants Alsea the exclusive rights to develop and operate Starbucks® stores in Uruguay, with the first store set to open in early 2018 in Montevideo. Starbucks and Alsea have worked together since 2002, now serving millions of customers in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia in 841 Starbucks® stores and employing more than 10,500 Starbucks partners (employees). Uruguay will become the fifth market in this partnership, and Starbucks 18th market in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Starbucks Experience to customers in Uruguay – a critical emerging market as we continue our expansion across South America,” said Ricardo Rico, general manager and vice president for Starbucks Latin America. “As we position the brand for continued growth, Alsea continues to be an invaluable strategic partner in the region as we pursue disciplined and profitable growth in a way that celebrates local cultures and coffee traditions.”

Alsea, a leading restaurant operator of global brands in the quick service, coffee shop, casual and family dining segments, has a diversified portfolio including Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s, Italianni’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Vips, El Portón, Archie’s, Foster’s Hollywood, LAVACA and Cañas y Tapas. The company operates more than 3,200 stores and has more than 67,000 employees in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Spain. The new agreement with Starbucks also represents Alsea’s first foray into Uruguay, representing a critical business opportunity in a new South American market.

“I am pleased to announce the entry of Alsea into a new market such as Uruguay, which allows us to continue with our solid growth strategy, reinforcing the presence of our brands in the region,” said Federico Tejado, Chief Executive Officer of Alsea International. “We will build on our knowledge of the Starbucks brand, which we have operated for 15 years now and of which we currently have 841 stores operating in four countries.”

For more than 45 years, Starbucks has built its brand by delivering a consistent, authentic in-store experience to customers around the globe that is rooted in high-quality arabica coffee and engaged, knowledgeable baristas. Since launching the brand in Latin America, Starbucks has grown to over 1,100 stores employing more than 13,000 partners (employees) across 16 markets, 15 of which are operated by trusted licensing partners. Starbucks will open next in Jamaica in the fall of 2017, and Uruguay in early 2018.

About Alsea

Alsea is the leading restaurant operator in Latin America and Spain of global brands in the quick service, coffee shop, casual and family dining segments. It has a diversified portfolio, with brands such as Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks, Burger King, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s, Italianni’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Vips, El Portón, Archie’s, Foster’s Hollywood, LAVACA and Cañas y Tapas. The company operates more than 3,200 units and has more than 67,000 employees in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Spain. Alsea’s business model includes support for its brands through a Shared Services Center that provides all the Administrative and Development Processes, as well as the Supply Chain. For more information, visit: www.alsea.com.mx

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 26,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


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



BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) today (June 27, 2017) announced the opening of its restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 1861 Carl D. Silver Parkway. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our seventh restaurant this year in Fredericksburg, Virginia,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Fredericksburg is located in the northern Virginia area and represents our sixth restaurant in the state of Virginia. Our next restaurant is scheduled to open in September and will be our first restaurant in South Carolina.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Fredericksburg community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 194 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact:

Greg Levin
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
(714) 500-2400

(212) 835-8500

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire

The Jean Coutu Group to hold Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday July 11, 2017

Varennes, Quebec, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (the “Corporation” or the “Jean Coutu Group”) wishes to remind the public that its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Tuesday July 11, 2017, at 9:30 am ET at the Head Office of the Corporation, 245 Jean Coutu Street, Varennes, Quebec.

The Meeting will also be webcasted on the corporate website at www.jeancoutu.com.

Representatives of the Jean Coutu Group will meet the press after the Meeting.

What: Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Where: The Jean Coutu Group Head Office. 245 Jean Coutu Street, Varennes, Quebec

Annual General Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.
A press meeting will be held following the Meeting (around 10:30 a.m.)

About The Jean Coutu Group
The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Corporation operates a network of 419 franchised stores in Québec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté, and employs more than 20,000 people. Furthermore, since December 2007, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd (“Pro Doc”), a Québec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs.


Hélène Bisson
Vice-President, Communications
The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
(450) 646-9611, Extension 1165

Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

HUNGARY: The INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Érd earns the title of Store of the Year 2017

HUNGARY, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Érd has received the acclaimed title of Store of the Year 2017, in the hypermarket category. András Faragó, the Director of the store accepted the award.

The Store of the Year competition was awarded for the third time this year. Criteria for winning includes customer service, product ranging, sustainability, quality of services, store interior layout, as well the focus on delivering best local offer. This year the INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Érd was recognised by the jury in the hypermarket category.

The INTERSPAR Hypermarket with a retail selling area over 3000 m2 offers numerous innovative services. An electric car charger station in the parking lot, enabling any type of electric car to be charged within 1 to 6 hours. At the charger point established in the entrance foyer, customers can also charge their mobile phones. Esclators enable visitors accessing from the first floor to easily reach the centre of the hypermarket and the SPAR to Go restaurant. In addition to traditional cashiers, rapid payment is assisted by a new cashier information system, accessed by users through a smartphone application.

“We were very happy to receive the award, because all such acclaims confirm that we are on the right track, and our developments are appreciated by both our customers and representatives of professional trade. All of the employees of SPAR Hungary continue to work to ensure that we can expand, open new stores and modernise the existing ones. This year, we are going to spend more than 23 billion HUF for this purpose,” emphasised Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications.


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

Source: Spar International

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust to release its 2Q financial results on Thursday, August 3, 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) today (June 27, 2017) announced that it is scheduled to release its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 after the close of market on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call with management on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. You will be required to identify yourself and the organization on whose behalf you are participating.

In order to participate, please dial 647-427-3230 or 1-877-486-4304. If you cannot participate in the live mode, a replay will be available. To access the replay, please dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the passcode 47045117#.

Alternatively, to access the simultaneous webcast, go to the following link on RioCan’s website http://investor.riocan.com/investor-relations/events-and-presentations/events/default.aspx and click on the link for the webcast. The webcast will be archived 24 hours after the end of the conference call and can be accessed for 120 days.

About RioCan

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.6 billion as at March 31, 2017. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 300 Canadian retail and mixed use properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 46 million square feet. For the past 25 years, we have shaped the future, sensibly cultivated growth, and taken our stakeholders and partners wherever they needed to go. Currently, we have more than 6,200 tenants and 700 employees with a presence from coast to coast. We know that there is a home for every retailer. Whether we find it today or build it for tomorrow, we deliver real vision, solid ground. For more information, visit www.riocan.com.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Christian Green
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Compliance

Source: RioCan Real Estate

NCR OPTIC 5 solution to be implemented in all MFA Oil Break Time convenience stores

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (June 27, 2017) announced that MFA Oil Company will be implementing NCR OPTIC 5, the leading outdoor multimedia device and payment solution for outdoor fuel retailing, at all of its Break Time convenience stores. This will offer a unique, streamlined experience to its customers across all dispenser makes and models.

MFA Oil, an energy and farmer-owned cooperative, operates 73 Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas. When Break Time wanted to modernize its user interface and offer a consistent user experience across all of its stores, the company chose the one-fits-all NCR OPTIC 5 NCR solution for its user-friendly software, open source platform and cutting edge media management features. The NCR solution will allow MFA Oil to self-maintain the software and ultimately reduce the total cost of ownership.

“We needed one single solution to use across all of our dispenser models, and NCR’s OPTIC 5 was the best option on the market,” said Curtis Chaney, Senior Vice President of Retail at MFA Oil. “It allows us to deliver convenient payment solutions to individual customers with benefits and opportunities to enhance their experience at the pump, drive loyalty and ultimately increase more conversions from forecourt to storefront.”

“By opting for OPTIC 5, MFA Oil is bringing the latest pay-at-the-pump technology to customers’ fingertips while connecting with individuals while they fuel,” added David Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of NCR’s Retail Group. “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with the company and help MFA Oil build reliable relationships with fuel-and-go drivers.”

NCR Optic 5 is a cost-effective industrial multimedia solution tailor-made for outdoor fuel retailing. It supports a wide range of payment options including debit, credit, “tap and go,” vouchers and coupons, along with loyalty programs. Carefully sized, OPTIC 5 is small enough to fit in any standard pump head or pedestal, yet large enough to house a large graphical display with a user-friendly interface and promotional advertising.

About MFA Oil Company/Break Time
MFA Oil Company, formed in 1929, is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members. Based in Columbia, Missouri, they launched the Break Time convenience store chain in 1985. As of June 2017, there are 73 Break Time locations in Missouri and Arkansas. Break Time’s clean, friendly stores feature Top Tier gasoline, Roasters Cafe coffee and cappuccino, fresh Dashboard Diner sandwiches and a wide variety of drinks, snacks and convenience items. More information about Break Time convenience stores and MFA Oil Company can be found online at MFAOil.com.

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. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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

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

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191

Source: NCR Corporation

NCR celebrates the evolution of the ATM industry

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 27, 2017 ), the ATM is regarded as a convenience that, before its England debut in 1967, would have been considered inconceivable to the common consumer.

Five decades later, the ATM of the connected economy has mobile-like interactions, embedded video capabilities, and the power to deliver more intelligent and interactive experiences. NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) celebrates how far the ATM industry has come, and the evolution of the technology that remains at the center of banks’ efforts to reinvent the retail experience and transform their branches.

“What started as a simple cash transaction device is now an indispensable platform that helps banks transform the branch and physical channel experience,” said Bill Nuti, Chairman & CEO, NCR Corporation. “Today, thanks to the efforts of NCR and the industry as a whole, the ATM has become a bridge – a means to blend digital and physical channels and create connected experiences for consumers, and an invaluable tool advancing financial inclusion and opportunity around the world.”

In its long history of innovation, here are just a few key moments in time that NCR celebrates today:

  • 1967 – Barclays in London installs the world’s first ATM on June 27, 1967
  • 1969 – America’s first ATM makes its public debut in Rockville Center, N.Y.
  • 1977 – NCR launches its first ATM, the Model 770, a revolutionary self-service terminal
  • 1980s – NCR introduces the NCR 1780, its drive-up ATM, in Baton Rouge, La.
  • 1998 – NCR installs an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, the world’s loneliest ATM
  • 2000 – Global ATM installs reach 1 million
  • 2014 – NCR now has ATMs in more than 120 countries
  • 2015 – NCR launches Kalpana™, an enterprise software platform that moves ATM software and operations to the cloud
  • 2017 – NCR launches the NCR SelfServ 80 Series, a mobile-ready ATM built to redefine the banking experience
  • 2017 – NCR Chairman & CEO Bill Nuti awarded the ATM Industry Association’s Lifetime Global Innovation Award in London

For more on the history of the ATM, please click here to watch a video, and click here to view our infographic commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ATM.

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.

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

News Media Contact:
Aaron Gould
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

LCP: Prime Point development ahead of schedule with Buildings A & B being ready for occupation in August

London, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The newest speculative development by leading investment and property management company LCP is progressing well, with Buildings A & B being ready for occupation in August – two months ahead of schedule.

Roofs and cladding are already completed on the first two buildings at Prime Point, a 130,000 sq ft development of four industrial and warehouse units on the Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford, LCP’s flagship industrial estate.

Preparation works to the floor and yard are also progressing, while concrete works have begun on building one, with building two scheduled to start concrete works at the beginning of next month.

Andrew Preston, industrial portfolio manager of LCP, said: “We are pleased with progress and the contractors are well ahead of schedule, which is good news. The first two buildings are looking great and we have already being showing potential occupiers around.

“We are offering units of between 10,000 and 40,000 sq ft, of which there is a particular shortage, and we are working with our appointed agents, Bulleys and Lambert Smith Hampton, to attract new businesses to the area.”

Really Useful Products, which manufactures storage boxes for business and home, has already signed a deal to move to a 31,000 sq ft unit on part of Prime Point.

The Pensnett Estate is one of the largest secure business estates in Europe, and home to 160 businesses in over 2.4 million sq ft of commercial property. Three years ago, LCP invested £1.5 million in Progress Point, a speculative development on the estate comprising 21,000 sq ft of high quality warehouse and industrial space.

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) has been supporting LCP with this latest development.

Andrew Preston
01384 400123

Matt Tilt
Lambert Smith Hampton
0121 237 2347

Noel Muscutt
01902 713333

Source: LCP

Barnes & Noble announces the fourth annual Get Pop-Cultured campaign

Celebration of Pop Culture to Feature Exclusive Promotions, Offers and Giveaways Leading Up to a Special Cosplay Event at Select Stores

New York, New York, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today ( June 27, 2017) announced the fourth annual Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble campaign, a month-long celebration of pop culture with exclusive promotions, offers, giveaways and author and local store events customers won’t want to miss. This year, all stores will feature exciting promotions, offers and giveaways from major entertainment properties like Marvel®, DC™ as well as Yen Press and Viz Media Manga, leading up to a special cosplay event at select stores on Saturday, July 29, at 2 PM.

During the event, customers are invited to step into their favorite characters’ shoes and celebrate their favorite stories and fandoms. Activities during the cosplay event will include a “how to” workshop for novice cosplayers, a cosplay parade and a costume showcase. Also, on Saturday, July 29, at 11 AM, all young superhero fans are invited to their local Barnes & Noble store for a special Storytime in celebration of pop culture. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator or contact their local store for details. For a full list of offers, promotions and events happening during Get Pop-Cultured, customers should check out BN.com/getpop-cultured.“Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble has always been one of our most highly anticipated events of the year, and this year, we’re giving fans a celebration of pop culture with special offers in all stores throughout July, culminating with an exclusive cosplay event at select stores and a superhero Storytime at all stores,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble. “Cosplay has quickly become a customer favorite that brings characters from stories to life, and we are looking forward to bringing this excitement to our stores again this summer.”Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble was first established in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. Throughout this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Ameriie, Curtis Armstrong, Robert Beatty, Max Brooks, Chris Colfer, Kristen Hancher, Kevin Hearne, Marjorie Liu, Bill Nye, Wesley Snipes, Yuto Tsukudo and more. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator or contact their local store for details.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:

Marvel®: Starting Thursday, July 6

Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the buy two, get the third free* promotion on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 6 to July 18 in all stores. During this offer, fans will also receive the Barnes & Noble 2017 Get Pop-Cultured Spider-Man Previews, a Spider-Man Bookmark and Spider-Man Coloring Page, while supplies last.

Manga: Starting Thursday, July 6

From July 6 to August 1, fans of Yen Press Manga will receive a special offer on their favorite manga in all stores. All Yen Press Manga will be buy two, get the third free*, and exclusive Yen Manga posters will be given away, while supplies last.

DC™: Starting Wednesday, July 19

Customers are invited to participate in a special buy two, get the third free* offer on all DC Graphic Novels from July 19 to August 1 available in all stores. Also, customers will have the opportunity to check out the new DC imprint Young Animal, curated by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, with a Young Animal Sampler giveaway, while supplies last. DC Superhero fans won’t want to miss the DC Superhero temporary tattoo giveaway, while supplies last. To top it off, all DC fans will want the 2017 DC Essentials Catalog and Poster giveaways, while supplies last.

Harry Potter: Starting Wednesday, July 19

Fans of Harry Potter won’t want to miss the magic of 25% off each paperback book in the series from July 19 to August 1 in all stores, while supplies last. Additionally, Harry Potter fans will receive 50% off of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from now until September 4 to keep the magic of savings going all summer long, while supplies last.

Build Your Pop-Culture Library: Starting Wednesday, July 19

Customers will have the opportunity to build their pop-culture library with Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions. From July 19 to August 1, customers can choose from a selection of Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions to purchase for only $15 each, available in all stores while supplies last. Featured items include the leather bound Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions of the following titles: Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks/Prisoner of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch; Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By/Touched by an Angel by Dan Abnett; Les Miserables by Victor Hugo; Star Trek: The Classic Episodes by James Blish; Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Ultimate Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; and Wicked/Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting Thursday, July 20

The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores July 20, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

Mermicorno by Tokidoki: A Barnes & Noble First to Market

All Tokidoki fans will want to stop by their local Barnes & Noble on July 20 for the launch of the new Mermicorno 2 Pack. The Mermicorno 2 Pack showcases fan-favorites Cora and Gelatina. Transparent detailing, glitter injection, and metallic coating make these enchanting seafaring creatures a must-have for any Tokidoki collector. Fans should contact their local Barnes & Noble for more information on items available to purchase.

Plus, featured items from the wildly popular Tamashii Nations Collectibles and Gundam Hobby will be 20% off from July 5 to September 10 in select stores. Fans should contact their local Barnes & Noble for more information on items available to purchase.

Storytime in Celebration of Pop Culture

On Saturday, July 29, all young superhero fans are invited to their local Barnes & Noble for a special Storytime in celebration of pop culture. Featured stories include Good Morning, Superman!, Be a Star, Wonder Woman!, and Bedtime for Batman. This Storytime event will include engaging activities to go along with each featured story, including a temporary tattoo giveaway, while supplies last.  Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero, villain or character to show their fandom.

Customers should visit their local Barnes & Noble store or go online at BN.com/getpop-cultured for more information. They are encouraged to post pictures of themselves having fun at Get Pop-Cultured events to their social media channels using the hashtag, #GetPopCultured.

*Terms and Conditions: Offer applies to lowest-priced qualifying title. eBooks not included. While supplies last.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 633 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

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

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

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All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

New Look Retail Group appoints Paula Dumont López as Chief Creative Officer

London, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of New Look Retail Group Ltd (the “Company” or “New Look”) today (27 Jun 2017) announces the appointment of Paula Dumont López as Chief Creative Officer.

She will join the Board in September 2017 and replace current CCO Roger Wightman. Following a successful transition Roger will assume a part-time consultative role while remaining on the Board.

Paula brings a wealth of experience in the fashion industry, and a proven track record in buying, merchandise and design. She joins from Esprit where she has been Senior Vice President Head of Esprit Women since 2013. Before this, Paula spent 10 years at Inditex in several roles, including Head of Product at Zara Basic.

Anders Kristiansen, CEO of New Look, commented:

“Paula is an amazing addition to our team. Her expertise in identifying trends and leadership experience in product, buying and design will be a great asset to us. We are delighted to welcome Paula to the Board and look forward to what we know will be her significant contribution to New Look and the execution of our strategy.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Roger for the invaluable contribution he has made to New Look over the past 27 years. He has been hugely influential in turning New Look into the global fast-fashion brand that it is today and I am particularly pleased that we will continue to benefit from his experience on the Board as he steps into a consultative role.”

About Paula Dumont López

Paula started her career at Zara as a fabrics buyer, before graduating to a number of senior buying roles. In 2009 she became Head of Product for Zara Basic. Paula joined Esprit as Senior Vice President, Head of Esprit Women in 2013 assuming responsibility across all aspects of buying, merchandise and design. She has also been head of the lifestyle division (comprising Bodywear, Sports, Accessories and Shoes) since 2016.

About Roger Wightman

Roger joined New Look in February 1990 as a Buyer and was promoted through the business to become Group Buying Director for Womenswear and Brands, before being appointed to Managing Director in 2013 and Chief Creative Officer in 2015.

About New Look

New Look is an international multichannel retail brand, offering exciting, on-trend, value-fashion for women, men and teenage girls, and is the UK’s No. 1 retailer for women under 35*.

Our long term business strategy comprises of initiatives spanning Brand, Multichannel, International Expansion, Product Development and Menswear.

We have 872 stores, comprising 592 in the UK and a further 280 globally. We also have a fastgrowing e-commerce offering, serving over 120 countries worldwide, supported by convenient
delivery options.

Our flexible fast-fashion business is built on an agile global supply chain with the ability to respond quickly to trends. We focus on delivering value for money and ‘newness’, with hundreds of new lines landing every week. Our ranges of apparel, footwear and accessories are designed with broad age appeal and global relevance. They are delivered by our great people in stores and support centres, who ensure we deliver great service – wherever, whenever and however customers choose to engage with us.

* Based on Kantar Worldpanel Total Womenswear U35 published data 52 weeks to 12 March 2017 (by value)

Media enquiries:
Lucy Legh
Rob Walker
+44 (0)20 3805 4822

Source: New Look

GameStop announces ‘Blast from the Past’ sale on pre-owned consoles and Gaming Bundles

GameStop pre-owned gaming bundles to provide hours of staycation or vacation summer fun

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Summer is a great time to go retro with a gaming “blast from the past.”  As families and vacationers get ready for the Fourth of July, one of the great ways to keep families entertained during the holiday weekend (or during a summer vacation) is to grab one of GameStop’s “blast from the past” console and gaming bundles offering hours of fun for the summer, especially for the upcoming holiday celebrations.

GameStop, a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, has everything gamers need to get going including affordable, pre-owned consoles, controllers and select games. GameStop is offering great deals on consoles including the Xbox 360 starting at $69.99 – a $40 savings, or a PS4 for $199.99 – a $70 savings. Or, customers can get $20 off both the Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS.

“Whether you’re having a ’staycation,’ heading out for holiday vacation fun, or just buying a gift, GameStop has savings on a variety of consoles starting at $69.99,” said John Tovar, vice president of Pre-Owned Merchandising for GameStop. “We’ve taken some of the mostj popular consoles from yesterday and today and packaged them with the most popular games that were played on those consoles.”

Today, through July 11, 2017, GameStop is offering a ‘Blast from the Past’ sale on pre-owned consoles like Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4, as well as the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The retailer is also offering some sweet console bundles that include select games like many of the Call of Duty series, Harry Potter, Wii Sports and Super Mario Brothers, as well as family games like Monopoly Family Fun Pack and Rayman Legends.

Some of the specific summer deals GameStop is offering, include:

Pre-Owned Console and Gaming “Blast from the Past” Bundles

  • Xbox 360 – Starting at $69.99, a $40 savings.
  • Xbox One – Starting at $199.99. Get an additional $20 off through July 9, a $45 savings.
  • PS4 – Starting at $199.99, a $70 savings.
  • Nintendo Wii U – Starting at $199.99, a $50 savings.
  • Nintendo Wii Classic – Save $45 on Nintendo Wii Classic Original White now at $69.99 and take home Wii Sports and the new Super Mario Brothers games.
  • Xbox 360 Call of Duty Bundle – Only $79.99, saves customers nearly $50, and includes Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 and 3, and Ghosts.
  • Xbox One Bundle – Priced at $179.99, saves customers $20 and includes Star Wars Battlefront and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
  • PS4 500GB Family Game Night Bundle – Priced at $299.99, a $70 savings, and includes an extra controller, Monopoly Family Fun Pack, LEGO Jurassic World and Rayman Legends.
  • PS4 500GB Big Screen Heroes Bundle – Priced at $259.99, an $80 savings, and includes Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Mad Max.
  • PS3 Call of Duty SLIM Bundle – Just $139.99, a $40 savings, and includes Call of Duty: Black Ops, Black Ops II, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare and Advanced Warfare 3.

For a complete list of the ‘Blast from the Past’ offers, visit www.gamestop.com/preowned.

About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.comwww.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,508 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp. on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.


Joey Mooring
(817) 722-7450

Source: GameStop Corp.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked No. 57 on the 2017 Best Workplaces for Millennials list by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW)—an interactive destination for making personalized furry friends­—has been named to the Best Workplaces for Millennials list, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked No. 57 out of 100 companies on the 2017 list, which is based on Millennial employees’ perceptions of their managers’ competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, meaningful work and other elements essential for an outstanding workplace. While many companies report high turnover among younger workers, an average of 85 percent of Millennial front-line employees at the Best Workplaces say they want to work at their organizations for a long time.

The Best Companies to Work For is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-CertifiedTM organizations. Build-A-Bear Workshop also ranked as a best workplace on the following lists by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE: the 2017 100 Best Companies to Work For® list (for the ninth consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women list (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces in Retail list (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Diversity (for the second consecutive year); the 2016 Best Workplaces for Flexibility list; and the 2015 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie list.

For more information about Build-A-Bear Workshop, visit buildabear.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear

Celebrating 20 years of business in 2017, Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Millennials

Rankings are based on feedback from over 398,000 employees at Great Place to Work– Certified™ organizations. An anonymous Trust Index© survey assessed Millennial employees’ experience of their managers’ competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, meaningful work and other elements essential for an outstanding workplace. Results were compared to colleagues’ responses from other generations. Rankings also take into account the consistency of experience for all Millennials, across various job roles and demographic backgrounds.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Follow Great Place to Work at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

Source:  Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

SURVEY: Independence Day food spending expected to exceed $7.1 billion; up from 2016

SURVEY: Independence Day food spending expected to exceed $7.1 billion; up from 2016


TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating its 80th year of supporting Florida’s retail industry, has good news for retailers this Independence Day weekend, with per person spending on food for cookouts and picnics expected to increase from last year with total spending on food nationally to exceed $7.1 billion. The numbers cover only food items, not other holiday-related spending.

“Independence Day weekend is the most popular time for family and friends to get together for cookouts, picnics and celebrations, and these survey numbers portend great things for retailers this year,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “We continue to see year-over-year increases each shopping weekend in 2017, which shows that the economy is doing well and consumers are feeling confident about their own economic situation and willing to spend more this year.”

According to the annual survey released by FRF’s national partners at the National Retail Federation and conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics, 219 million Americans plan to celebrate the holiday, or 88 percent of those surveyed. A total of 162 million — 66 percent of those surveyed — plan to take part in a cookout or picnic, spending an average $73.42 per person, up from last year’s $71.34.

The survey found that 65 percent of consumers already own a U.S. flag, 53 percent patriotic-themed apparel such as T-shirts, bathing suits or shoes, and 40 percent own patriotic decorations. Nonetheless, 28 percent plan on purchasing more patriotic items.

When it comes to other activities to celebrate Independence Day, 44 percent of Americans will attend a firework show or community celebration and 14 percent will watch a parade. The holiday weekend is also a popular time for travel, with 32.9 million Americans saying they will head out of town (13 percent of those celebrating), up from 31.1 million from last year. Only 18 percent say the price of gasoline will affect their plans, down from 21 percent last year and a record low since the survey began in 2004. The number who said high gas prices would discourage them from spending for Independence Day peaked at 59 percent in 2008.

The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers — the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the National Retail Federation’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the U.S. and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents the breadth and diversity of an industry with more than 1.6 million American companies that employ nearly 25 million workers and generated 2010 sales of $2.4 trillion. www.nrf.com.

James Miller

Source: Florida Retail Federation (FRF)

The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards: Top 20 Retailers

Melbourne, Australia, 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Judging of the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards is now underway, with a list of Top 20 Retailers already announced ahead of the Awards breakfast on Thursday August 3rd, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

With the coveted 2017 Retailer of the Year Award one of the hardest awards to judge, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has reimagined the selection process and worked with industry experts to determine what constitutes the ‘best in retail’ in the evolving sector.

This year, the ARA commissioned the Australian Consumer, Retail, and Services (ACRS) research unit within the Monash Business School to undertake the ARA’s Top 20 Retailers research project.

The ACRS research provided ARA with an overview of the Top 20 Retailers in Australia from a variety of secondary resources, including IBISWorld reports, annual reports, news articles, and company websites.

Russell Zimmerman, ARA Executive Director, said this revised methodology, coupled with mystery shopping initiatives and field agency surveys, ensures the highest-standard of credibility and integrity in awarding this prestigious award.

“This robust Retailer of the Year adjudication process is vital in deciding the winner of what we consider the greatest honour in the Australian retail industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“With the extraordinary calibre of leading Australian retailers in the field, this new meticulous awards process ensures that the impartial panel of judges are well-equipped to decide who is the most deserving of the 2017 Retailer of the Yearcrown.”

While a record number of entries were received by the ARA this year, the ARA’s Top 20 Retailers were determined by several essential factors including; company culture, fiscal performance, corporate responsibility, marketing initiatives and customer engagement strategies.

The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards: Top 20 Retailers

  • Aldi
  • Big W
  • Bunnings Warehouse
  • Chemist Warehouse
  • Cotton On
  • Dan Murphy’s
  • David Jones
  • EB Games
  • Harvey Norman
  • IKEA
  • JB Hi Fi
  • Kmart Australia
  • Myer
  • Officeworks
  • Spotlight
  • Supercheap Auto
  • Target
  • The Good Guys
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • Woolworths

Tickets to the 2017 Awards Breakfast can be purchased at http://australianretailawards.com.au.

For interview opportunities or to secure a media pass to the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne on August 3, contact the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

About the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards:

First held in the 1970s, the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail event, recognising and rewarding outstanding retail businesses, innovations, and individuals across all sectors of retail. Relaunched in 2008, the annual 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast will commence on Thursday 3 August at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria.

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

RetailNext becomes the in-store analytics solution provider for Allbirds

Innovative Footwear Brand to Showcase Shoes Made from Premium Natural Materials at New San Francisco Location

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2017-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( June 27, 2017), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement to be the in-store analytics solution provider for Allbirds, an innovative shoe company dedicated to making the most simple, comfortable and sustainable footwear it can using the world’s best natural materials. The comprehensive RetailNext platform is being deployed at Allbirds’ first-ever concept store in San Francisco, Allbirds On Hotaling.

“Integrating RetailNext’s SaaS platform into the new Allbirds concept store allows us to experiment and test different concepts to determine which are most intriguing and engaging to shoppers,” said Joey Zwillinger, co-founder of Allbirds. “Testing product and merchandising concepts allows Allbirds to better understand the core elements that make up customers’ shopping journeys, and in turn empowers us to continually lift our levels of shopper experience and service excellence to new heights.”

Founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds was created with a vision to do things differently, to make better products in a better way, and resulted in producing a superfine merino-wool textile and an entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials. Allbirds is a certified B Corporation, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, and a partner with Soles4Souls, committing to give used shoes new life and helping communities in need thrive in the process.

Allbirds joins RetailNext’s rapidly growing global customer list of over 350 retail brands, and represents a growing segment of new, best-in-class retailers – including large online retailers, right-sized stores and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – who have entered or expanded physical footprints in the brick-and-mortar channel of today’s omnichannel retail industry.

“RetailNext is honored and excited to be selected by Allbirds as its smart store solution provider as it enters the brick-and-mortar format with its concept store,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “Over the past several years, there has been an exponential growth in the deployment of IoT-powered retail analytics platforms, with innovative and creative brands like Allbirds recognizing the value associated with deep insights into today’s shoppers and their values, behaviors and preferences, and in turn developing extraordinary shopping experiences, both online and offline, as a means to showcase their brands.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

More than 350 retailers in over 70 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

About Allbirds

Allbirds is an innovative shoe brand dedicated to making the most sustainable footwear they can using the world’s best natural materials. They’re on a mission to prove that comfort, good design and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Wool Runner and Wool Lounger styles, made from superfine New Zealand merino wool, are lightweight, breathable and versatile. The shoes are available for $95 at www.allbirds.com.

The company was founded in 2015 by Tim Brown, a former professional soccer player, and Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert. Allbirds is a certified B Corporation, which means the company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Media Contacts:

Ray Hartjen
RetailNext, Inc.
(925) 895-5441

Source: RetailNext Inc.