FlowerAura All Set to Win Hearts with Flat 15% Off On Rakhi Products

Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakshabandhan is one festival that brings brothers and sisters closer. The cordial and pious bond that siblings share is worth celebrating and Rakshabandhan truly recognises that relationship.

Well, with the occasion being round the corner, online gift portal, FlowerAura is all set to deliver emotions in speed and safety at exclusive offers. With whopping 15% off site-wide on FlowerAura for Rakhi products, it’s time for customers to rejoice with extra savings. It has recently unleashed its latest Rakhi Collection 2017 with over 400+ products in the category of Rakhi for brother, bhaiya bhabhi and siblings.

“We are sensitive to the fact that brothers and sisters await this occasion the entire year. It would be injustice if the prices are hiked making it heavy on the pocket of consumers to send Rakhi gifts to each other.”

Speaking about the new Rakhi Collection 2017, the company’s spokesperson further adds, “For our discerning customers who are seeking value for money, FlowerAura has come up with new gift categories like Rakhi gifts for bhaiya bhabhi, rakhi with sweets online from FlowerAura, Rakhi with Greeting Cards etc. with myriad of options to choose from. We aim to make Rakshabandhan across the globe easy, convenient and affordable. With minimum Rakhi starting from INR 149, one can avail additional discounts through coupons.”

It is also confirmed that the company would soon unveil further exciting offers for its customers that come along with the facilities of express delivery in India from anywhere across the globe.

About FA Gifts Pvt. Ltd.
FA Gifts Pvt. Ltd. owns two e-commerce business ventures namely, FlowerAura – an online flower and gifting portal that provides its services in 170+ cities across India since 2010, and Bakingo – a recently launched bakery venture that deals exclusively with cakes in the city of Delhi and Gurgaon.

Narendra Kholiya
Designation – Manager – Product & Search
Ph. – +91-8882077077
Email Id: pr@floweraura.com
Website: https://www.floweraura.com


Walgreens expands its beauty offering with the addition of Sleek MakeUP

U.K. brand launches in more than 150 Walgreens stores and on Walgreens.com this summer

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today ( July 17, 2017 ) announced the addition of Sleek MakeUP, one of the fastest growing mass market cosmetics brands in the U.K.*, to its beauty offering at more than 150 stores and on Walgreens.com.

“It’s an exciting time for beauty at Walgreens. Customers want to shop the most sought-after brands. The addition of Sleek MakeUP to our cosmetic offering is just another example of how we continue to deliver on our promise to differentiate and elevate the beauty experience at Walgreens,” said Lauren Brindley, group vice president and general merchandise manager, Walgreens. “We will continue to deliver new and exciting brands in a welcoming and accessible environment in hopes of giving our beauty customers more reasons to shop our store.”

Acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2015, the brand’s full line, including best-selling products like the Solstice Highlighting Palette, Cream Contour Kit and Major Matte Lip Cream, are now available on Walgreens.com and will be in stores at more than 150 Walgreens starting this month.

Sleek has a unique, authentic heritage that originated in East London when a local beauty entrepreneur noted that women of color were underrepresented in the cosmetics market. Inclusivity has always been at the heart of every decision Sleek makes, creating products that celebrate all women and men without exception, readdressing the balance of beauty norms.

Sleek makes the latest beauty trends truly accessible to all through its superior performance makeup with strong pigmentation and high quality formulations. Sleek was an early pioneer of the contouring trend with the launch of Contour Kit in 2009, and was one of the first beauty brands to introduce the matte lip look with its Major Matte lipstick in 2012.

Walgreens beauty offers products such as makeup, skincare, fragrances, hair care, professional hair tools, nail and more. The company also offers Beauty Enthusiast, a beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program, which provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits. Signup is free, and Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics, skincare, haircare, oral care, grooming, sun care, fragrance and bath product purchases**. Beauty Enthusiast members will have opportunities to receive free samples and will get exclusive promotions and coupons, as well as special beauty offers, new product information and expert tips throughout the year.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Sleek MakeUP

Sleek MakeUP is one of the fastest growing mass market cosmetics brands in the UK*. Acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2015, Sleek is making its bold debut stateside this summer at Walgreens and ULTA. With 152 products across the lip, eye, and face category, Sleek is committed to providing superior performance makeup with strong pigmentation and high quality formulations. Known for our high pigmentation products, quality formulations and inclusive shade selection, we’ve been setting trends since 1995. From bringing contouring to the masses in 2009 to pre-empting the Matte Lip trend back in 2012, Sleek MakeUP has always been one step ahead. Beloved by those in the know, Sleek MakeUP has developed cult status across the globe due to our bold and brave approach to beauty, and is now sold in over 50 countries worldwide. From the palest to the deepest skin tones, we’ve made it our mission to ensure every makeup junkie across the globe has the right to define their own individual beauty, without boundaries.

*IRI UK Market Data L52 weeks ending June 2017

**Every qualifying purchase adds up to the $50 spend requirement. A qualifying beauty purchase includes products from the following categories: fragrances, cosmetics, skincare, haircare, oral care and grooming products. Excludes prescriptions, baby haircare, baby skincare and baby oral care products. The qualifying beauty spend total is calculated before taxes and after discounts, redemption dollars and store credit have been applied. Complete details at walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast.


Emily Hartwig
Office: 847-315-3316

Source: Walgreens

Nordstrom announces its 2017 Anniversary Sale starting this Friday, July 21

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. announces its 2017 Anniversary Sale, launching this Friday, July 21 in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s biggest sale event of the year features brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices for two weeks only – prices go back up on August 7.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960’s and is a one-of-a-kind sale – every July, the company brings in new styles from highly sought-after brands for men, women and kids. The retailer is committed to having a unique breadth of offering from accessible to luxury price points and the Anniversary Sale follows suit. It’s the ultimate sale with something for everyone in every category: clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, home and beauty. The company hopes customers will experience a sense of discovery finding a new brand or item as they shop the sale.

Brands new to Anniversary Sale this year include Good American, Good Man Brand, Cinq a Sept, ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo and J. Crew, along with returning customer favorites like FRAME Denim, Rag & Bone, Current/Elliot, Elizabeth & James, Ashley Graham Lingerie, Nike, Stuart Weitzman and more. The Anniversary Sale also features merchandise from Topshop/Topman, Madewell and Charlotte Tilbury which are available exclusively at Nordstrom.

“We’re fortunate to have a terrific team of buyers who start working with our merchandise partners months before the Anniversary Sale begins,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Chief Marketing Officer. “Our partners know how important this annual event is to our customers, so we’re excited to be able to bring in a fantastic assortment of new styles at reduced prices that aren’t available anywhere else.”

Nordstrom is hosting a one-day Beauty Bash event on Saturday, July 22 in all U.S. and Canada stores, featuring access to Anniversary beauty exclusives, complimentary beauty consultations and applications, and a free beauty tote with a $125 cosmetics purchase.

For a daily dose of free samples, gifts with purchase and expert tips, customers are invited to stop in during Glam Out Days – taking place throughout the Anniversary Sale with more than 300+ beauty exclusives for every beauty fan.

Nordstrom strives to offer customers a seamless experience in store and online that makes it easy to shop on their terms. The company hopes to make Anniversary Sale the most convenient and fun sale ever with services and experiences including:

  • Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store and Curbside Pickup
  • Scan + Shop – allows customers to add items from the Anniversary Sale catalog to their Nordstrom app with the click of their camera icon
  • Sneak-A-Peek Site Experience – allows customers to view all Anniversary Sale merchandise before the sale begins
  • Exclusive Snapchat Lens – Nordstrom teamed up with Snapchat to create a custom lens for Anniversary Sale featuring real accessories that are part of the event. To access, customers can scan Snapcodes that are printed on coffee cups, catalogs, ad materials and located in stores, unlocking the themed lens.
  • Snapchat Geofilters – allow customers to share their location from inside any full-line Nordstromstore using a special filter.

Nordstrom partnered with six artists, designers and stylemakers as brand ambassadors for the sale: Ashley Graham, model, body activist, author and designer of Ashley Graham Lingerie; Russell Wilson, co-founder of Good Man Brand, entrepreneur, Super Bowl Champion and Franchise NFL Quarterback; 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 campaign features sale picks from brand ambassadors in the Anniversary Sale catalog and online at nordstrom.com/anniversarysale, as well as videos on Nordstrom.com and the retailer’s social platforms.

To download additional images and video, please visit nordstrom.com/pressroom.

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.comNordstromrack.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.

Anya Pavlovic
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Tesco partners with Disney to launch DVDs and Blu-ray format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast

Tesco partners with Disney to launch DVDs and Blu-ray format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has joined forces with Disney in a move to revive interest in DVDs and Blu-ray with the launch of an exclusive new format of the latest blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast.

From Monday July 17 the supermarket will be stocking the stylish limited design called the Big Sleeve Edition.

The 12 inch vinyl sized sleeves house the discs and also features collectible art cards.

The cards, which are beautifully drawn characters and scenes from the film are created by acclaimed artist and designer Matt Ferguson, famed for movie artwork posters.

Two years ago, in a similar move, Tesco became the first UK supermarket to champion the vinyl album format revival which is now seeing its strongest demand for more than 25 years.

Tesco entertainment category spokesman Rob Wilson explains: “We believe Big Sleeves could be as effective in stimulating growth in DVD’s and Blu-ray, as limited editions have been in reviving vinyl.

“These formats look fantastic and have great collectability, as well as being perfect gifts. They really offer customers something different to digital and streaming versions.”

The Beauty and the Beast Big Sleeve will be available in over 400 stores and online on Monday July 17, priced at £25.

Tesco has already trialled the Big Sleeve Edition with a few releases across a handful of stores in order to gauge customer reaction which has been extremely positive.

Successful trials of the Big Sleeve format have included Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Finding Dory.

Tesco will continue to work with Disney on future Big Sleeve exclusives with one of the year’s most popular films, Guardians of The Galaxy 2 set to be the next release.

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

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

Source: Tesco


Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money research: UK holidaymakers plan to spend £836 million more this summer than this time last year

Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money research: UK holidaymakers plan to spend £836 million more this summer than this time last year


The sum of the top five currencies bought from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money in the first five months of 2017 was 26 per cent higher than the same period in 2016

London, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the summer holiday season heats up, new research(1) from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money (www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/travel/money) reveals people plan to take around £836 million(2) more in spending money – or £34 per holidaymaker – than this time last year. The reason for this is to offset the fall in Sterling’s value against popular holiday currencies.

The pound is currently worth around three per cent less against the Euro than it was a year ago, and one per cent less against the US Dollar(3).

The sum of the top five currencies bought from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money in the first five months of this year was 26 per cent higher than the same period in 2016(4).

To help their money go further on holiday, the findings(1) indicate 9 per cent of people have specifically chosen all-inclusive vacations this summer, and 6 per cent have booked self-catering breaks for this reason.

Nearly one in 20 people (4 per cent) say they will go on fewer excursions whilst on holiday abroad, and 3 per cent have decided to take their summer vacation in the UK this year. In total, just over one in five (22 per cent) plan to make one or more changes to their summer holidays to ensure they get the most out of their money.

Simon Taylor, head of Travel Money at Sainsbury’s Bank said: “A fall in Sterling against popular currencies has made holidaymakers shop around for the best deal. Sainsburys shoppers can benefit from better rates when they use their Nectar card to purchase instore and online from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money.”

Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money’s findings(1) reveal 21 per cent of people claim they have bought on average £455 of foreign currency at an airport travel money bureau over the past 12 months, despite offering some of the least competitive rates. Its research also reveals that on 5 July 2017 its own Sterling exchange rate was on average 11 per cent higher than the average rates offered for Euros at travel money bureaux at five different UK airports, and 10 per cent higher than the average rates for US dollars(5).

Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money offers Nectar cardholders competitive rates on Euro and US Dollars at its instore bureaux and all currencies online, with 0 per cent commission on foreign currency and the opportunity to collect Nectar Points(6). In addition store customers can be reassured they are getting a good rate with the pledge to beat any store rate from any M&S or PO bureau within a 3 mile radius of the bureau, during the summer period(7).

There are over 50 currencies available to order, with next day collection available for Euros and US Dollars(8). Open seven days a week and with convenient parking, customers can also purchase a Travel Money Card – the Sainsbury’s Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport TM MasterCard® and collect travel money whilst shopping(9).

Sainsbury’s Bank is also currently running an offer for travel money customers by providing a discount of up to 40 per cent on its travel insurance(10) product. Customers who buy currency between 17 May and 29 August will receive a discount code for discounted travel insurance.

Customers can order currency online or by telephone on 0345 301 2724 and collect from one of over 230 travel money bureaux within Sainsbury’s stores, or receive free home delivery for orders of £500 or more.


Notes to editor:

This press release is information for journalists only and is not intended to be a promotion to be acted upon by consumers.

Rates and information correct at date of issue.

(1) Sainsbury’s Bank commissioned Opinium Research to survey 2,004 nationally representative UK adults aged 18+ between 28th April to 2nd May 2017. Opinium Research is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules
(2) 942 respondents stated they went abroad last year and plan to/have this year/2004 = 47%
47% of Brits is 24,345,738 (using adult figure of 51,767,000) x £34 = £836,055,067
(3) Sainsbury’s Bank analysis of exchange rates (xe.com) between Sterling and the Euro and Dollar on 5th July 2017 compared to 5th July 2016.
(4) Source: Sainsbury’s Travel Money
(5) Sainsbury’s Bank analysis of own data and analysis of data on Travelmoneymax.com for Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Luton Airport and Norwich Airport
(6) Nectar points may take up to 60 days to appear on your account. Customers can collect Nectar points on all instore, phone and online purchases of foreign currency. The number of Nectar points collected is based on the value of the currency transaction: 5 points are collected for transactions between £0 and £249.99; 10 points for transactions between £250 and £499.99; 20 points for transactions between £500 and £799.99 and 50 points for transactions of £800 or more. A Nectar card must be presented at the time of purchase instore, or a Nectar card number quoted online or by phone at the time of purchase. The Nectar loyalty programme is operated independently of Sainsbury’s Bank by Aimia Coalition Loyalty UK Ltd; and the collection and use of points is governed by the Nectar Collector Rules, set out in the registration pack and available at www.nectar.com. Sainsbury’s Bank reserves the right to alter, cancel or withdraw this offer without prior notice.
(7) Rate Promise: You must supply details of the amount, currency and instore rate advertised; name and address of Post Office or M&S which must be within a 3 mile radius of your chosen Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money bureau; and time of rate to be beaten (must be same day). Available instore only, not online or by phone. Applicable on a like-for-like basis on currencies available to buy from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money bureaux. Purchases only, must be requested before a purchase is made. If your chosen currency is out of stock, we will order it for you. Orders must be collected within 5 days of the order date. We reserve the right to verify the advertised rate. An offer to beat a particular competitor’s rate is valid only on the day it is made. Not available on buy back transactions or prepaid card reloads. Sainsbury’s Bank reserves the right to alter or withdraw this offer at any time without prior notice.
(8) Orders collected at instore bureaux – Euros & US Dollars can be collected next day, other currencies in 3 days. A £1.99 administration fee applies to all online orders under £100 collected instore.
(9) Sainsbury’s Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ is issued by R. Raphael & Sons plc, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Inc. MasterCard® is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. R. Raphael & Sons plc is a UK bank authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (registration number 161302) and is permitted to issue e-money. Head office and registered office at 19-21 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 7ED, company registration number 01288938.
(10) Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance is Underwritten by Cigna Europe Insurance Company S.A-N.V. Offer only applies to Travel Money purchased instore, online or by phone and includes home delivery or collection from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money bureaux between 17/05/17 and 29/08/17. Excludes buy back and money transfer transactions. Travel Insurance must be purchased by 26/09/17 using the discount code online. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply to all insurance policies. To qualify for Travel Insurance you need to be 16 years of age or over. Discount does not apply to any part of the premium you pay to cover any pre-existing medical conditions. Copies of the full policy wording and complaint procedure are available on request or by visiting sainsburysbank.co.uk. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or coupon. Sainsbury’s Bank reserves the right to alter, cancel or withdraw the offer without prior notice.

For further information, please contact:
Sainsbury’s Bank press office
0131 286 0010

Emma Murphy / Phil Anderson
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
020 7638 9571

Source: Sainsbury


LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence selects Polimoda as its first partner for leather goods artisans training in Italy

LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence selects Polimoda as its first partner for leather goods artisans training in Italy


Paris, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) has expanded to Italy, selecting Polimoda, the leading Italian fashion school, as its first partner for training of leather goods artisans in the country.

Launched in 2014, the IME professional training program ensures transmission of unique savoir-faire at LVMH Maisons to new generations through training at partner schools and collaboration with the Group’s Maisons, including Bulgari, Céline, Christian Dior Couture, Fendi, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot and Zenith. It also aims at perpetuating our métiers.

The IME is currently involved in training for more than 200 young people in jewelry, couture, leather goods, vineyards and winemaking, culinary arts, watches, luxury retail and design. The degrees earned are awarded in collaboration with recognized partners in each of these sectors in France and Switzerland: BJO Formation, École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Compagnons du Devoir, Avize Viti Campus, Ferrandi Paris, École d’Horlogerie LVMH, EMASUP and EIML Paris.

This new partnership between the IME and Polimoda marks a first expansion of this professional training model to Italy. Initially centered on leather goods craftsmanship, the training program will begin with the 2017-2018 school year. The first class will receive funding from the Tuscany region, a major hub of leather goods production worldwide, and will welcome 12 students who want to become leather goods artisans.

The candidates selected will receive two-track training, benefiting from Polimoda’s 30 years of experience in educating future fashion design and business professionals, coupled with hands-on craftsmanship training from prestigious LVMH Maisons.

Classes will begin in October 2017 at the Polimoda Design Lab in Scandicci which, thanks to its strategic location in the heart of the Florence region, gives students direct links with the industry and ultra-modern laboratories. The program will also include additional IME courses and master classes at the Palazzo Pucci, the headquarters of the IME in Italy, as well as at LVMH Maison ateliers.

“This partnership is an important initiative for Polimoda, confirming the school’s competitiveness on an international scale and recognizing the success of our educational methods for fashion design and business professionals. It is also a major development for our region, recognizing it as a center of competencies and expertise and affirming the worldwide reputation of ‘Made in Italy’ excellence,” commented Danilo Venturi, Director of Polimoda.

“The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence plays a vital role in perpetuating the excellence of our Maisons and in ensuring the perpetuation of these métiers. I am delighted to see the launch of this new program with Polimoda in Italy, an exemplary country regarding creativity, talent and fundamental savoir-faire that are essential to the LVMH Group,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Marine Conservation Society and Waitrose partners to fight plastic beach pollution

UK’s leading marine charity joins forces with supermarket to fight plastic beach pollution

London, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and supermarket, Waitrose, have joined forces to create a new series of beach and river clean events to get more people than ever before cleaning and recording litter from England’s beaches and rivers.

Support from Waitrose will help MCS put on more clean-ups and mobilise the public in the fight back against the rising tide of plastic litter on our beaches. The supermarket is donating £500,000 from its carrier bag funds to MCS who will organise around 1000 beach and river clean-ups during 2017/18.

Lauren Eyles, Beachwatch Manager at the Marine Conservation Society, said

‘Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades that MCS volunteers have been recording it on UK beaches. Last year, on average in the UK, 694 items of litter were collected for every 100 metres cleaned. Plastic bottles and carrier bags, nappies, balloons and tiny plastic pieces can be found on almost every beach in the UK – either washed up, blown there or dropped. Our beaches are suffering, and most of the litter found can be traced back to us – the general public. But we can all do something positive to help – find your nearest event and get stuck in!’

The Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series will kick off during MCS’s Great British Beach Clean event from 15 – September. People can register now to take part in clean-ups at www.mcsuk.org/waitrose.

For the first time, many of the plastics removed from the beaches and rivers will be sorted and recycled, giving them a second life as new products.

The charity has worked with Waitrose in the past on its sustainable seafood programme, and says it has partnered with the supermarket because of its commitment to the environment. Earlier this month, the retailer announced that all of its own-label packaging, across all food categories, would be widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025.

Tor Harris, Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability at Waitrose, said:

‘The marine environment is important to all of us so the MCS beach and river cleans – with their focus on reducing pollution from materials such as plastics – were an obvious choice when thinking where to donate some of our plastic carrier bag funds. It’s our first step in donating £1 million to projects to tackle plastic pollution. This builds on our plastics environmental commitments to only sell paper stem cotton buds, nothing containing microbeads and to ensure that all our packaging is widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025. We’re excited to invite our customers and Partners (employees) to take part in local coast and river cleans to improve the areas for wildlife and all of us.’

Waitrose will also launch easier-to-recycle triangular sandwich wrappers this August. The film window will be easily removable from the rest of the pack meaning the cardboard will be easier to recycle. Last year the retailer committed to not sell any products containing microbeads and switched their cotton buds exclusively from plastic to paper stem.

The MCS Great British Beach Clean is a ‘citizen science’ project that has become the most respected and longstanding beach litter survey in the UK. Now, by partnering with Waitrose and including river clean-ups, the charity hopes to create a year-long series of events that will see over 10,000 volunteers involved.

During the MCS 2016 Great British Beach Clean, 268,384 individual items of litter were collected at 364 events by just under 6,000 volunteers. Sandwich containers, along with crisp, sweet and lolly wrappers, were the third highest find with almost 44 items per 100m.

‘A trip down the beach should put a smile on your face, but there’s very little to be cheerful about when it comes to the sheer quantity of litter on our beaches,’ says Lauren Eyles. ‘We’re delighted that Waitrose are investing in our clean-up programme and are backing this up with commitments to reduce single-use plastics in packaging.’

Anyone can register to take part in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-ups as a clean-up organiser or a volunteer for events between 15 – 18 September or at other events that are planned throughout 2017 and 2018 at www.mcsuk.org/waitrose.

Notes to editors

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide and the Good Fish Guide as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch. www.mcsuk.org.

Beachwatch – is the MCS ongoing programme of beach clean events which has been collecting beach litter data for over 20 years resulting in successful campaigns that have helped introduce the 5p carrier bag charge, label changes for so-called ‘flushable’ wet wipes and manufacturer commitments to stop using plastic microbeads in personal care and cleaning products.

The Great British Beach Clean – the MCS flagship Beachwatch event takes place every third weekend of September. The data we collect feeds into the International Coastal Cleanup. The 2017 Great British Beach Clean is sponsored by Waitrose.

The Waitrose Beach & River Clean-up – in 2017 will be part of the Great British Beach Clean but extends to a whole year of clean-up events delivered by MCS and Waitrose. Anyone can volunteer and there will be approximately 1000 cleans so check the MCS website for an event near you!

Waitrose currently has 354 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 64 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for flowers.

Plastic carrier bag levy funds raised in England can only be spent in England so only English beach and river cleans are being sponsored by Waitrose. £500,000 is being donated to MCS for approximately 1000 beach and river clean-ups. A further £500,000 will be donated by Waitrose to projects tackling plastics in the environment. The retailer’s plastic bag money raised in the rest of the UK is pledged to other charitable causes in Scotland and Wales and more information can be found on the waitrose.com website.

The Marine Conservation Society beach litter programme is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery:

  • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally.
  • A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities and players have raised £205.1 Million for good causes across the country.


For more information, please contact:

Richard Harrington
MCS Head of Communications
Telephone: 07793 118384

Clare Fischer
MCS Editorial and Media Officer
Telephone: 07751 905535

Laura Blumenthal
Press Officer, Corporate, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 826774
Email: laura.blumenthal@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

Más de 189.900 escolares han participado en la Escuela de Alimentación de EROSKI durante el curso 2016-2017

Más de 189.900 escolares han participado en la Escuela de Alimentación de EROSKI durante el curso 2016-2017


  •  Casi el 10% de los escolares de 2º y 3er ciclo de primaria de España, a los que se dirige el programa, ha intervenido en la iniciativa
  •  El 20% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria de España ha participado en el programa desde su inicio en 2013
  •  La iniciativa busca sensibilizar a los estudiantes sobre la importancia de tener una alimentación equilibrada y un estilo de vida saludable
  •  Durante este curso se han incorporado talleres impartidos por cocineros del Basque Culinary Center, visitas a nuevos productores agroalimentarios y nuevos soportes digitales para facilitar su impartición
  •  Para el próximo curso está previsto un nuevo formato del concurso de dibujos de recetas saludables “Imagine Food”

ELORRIO , ESPANA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Más de 189.900 escolares de toda España de 1.691 centros de Educación Primaria han participado en la V edición del Programa Educativo en Alimentación y Hábitos de Vida Saludables (PEAHS) que desarrolla la Escuela de Alimentación de la Fundación EROSKI. Casi el 10% de los escolares de 2º y 3er ciclo de Primaria de España, a los que se dirige el programa, ha intervenido en la iniciativa durante el recién finalizado curso 2016-2017. Con respecto al curso anterior, tanto el número de escolares como el de colegios ha crecido notablemente, un 50% y un 30%, respectivamente. Estos datos confirman la valoración positiva del programa que en los últimos cuatro años ha multiplicado por siete el número de participantes.

Los colegios inscritos en el programa desde su inicio en 2013 suponen el 20% de los centros escolares de Educación Primaria de toda España. “Nuestro programa educativo tiene como fin sensibilizar a los niños y niñas de Primaria y a su entorno sobre la importancia de llevar una alimentación equilibrada y unos hábitos de vida saludables para tratar de frenar la creciente tasa de obesidad infantil con un programa a su medida que les enseña a comer sano y crecer fuertes”, ha señalado el director de la Fundación EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa. “En 2013 pusimos en marcha este programa y desde entonces han participado un total de 409.010 escolares de 2.821 colegios diferentes”, ha detallado.

El programa ha sido configurado por un Comité Científico formado por profesionales de diferentes disciplinas: medicina y pediatría, nutrición y dietética, psicopedagogía y pedagogía. “Año tras año el programa crece y mejora sus contenidos a partir de las valoraciones y aportaciones realizadas por los docentes que ya han participado”, ha explicado el director de la Fundación EROSKI.

Nuevo taller en colaboración con el Basque Culinary Center

El programa cuenta con diez sesiones didácticas que se desarrollan en el aula y se completan con tres tipos de talleres prácticos. Los alumnos aprenden a realizar una compra saludable en una tienda EROSKI y tienen la oportunidad de visitar las instalaciones de un productor agroalimentario local, para conocer de primera mano el origen de los alimentos.

Los contenidos buscan formar al alumnado sobre los elementos básicos de una alimentación equilibrada, hábitos de vida saludables, el conocimiento de productos locales, las dietas de diferentes culturas del mundo y la sostenibilidad del planeta. Unicef, WWF y la Fundación Española del Corazón son colaboradoras de la Escuela de Alimentación y han elaborado parte de los contenidos del programa educativo.

Durante el curso 2016-2017 se han realizado más de 1.160 talleres en 209 tiendas EROSKI en los que han participado más de 27.600 escolares. “Este año hemos incorporado como novedad un taller en colaboración con cocineros del Basque Culinary Center en el que los estudiantes han elaborado un menú equilibrado y se han convertido en chefs por un día. También se han unido al programa nuevos productores agroalimentarios”, ha explicado Martínez Berriochoa.

De cara al curso que viene, se incorporarán al programa educativo nuevos contenidos y actividades. “Extenderemos los nuevos formatos de talleres de ‘El Chef de la Clase’ y de visita a productores locales de alimentos y lanzaremos, con un nuevo formato, una nueva edición del concurso de dibujos de recetas saludables ‘Imagine Food’ que tanto éxito ha logrado en sus dos anteriores ediciones”, adelanta el director de Fundación EROSKI. Los colegios interesados en participar en este programa PEAHS durante el próximo curso 2017-2018 pueden inscribirse a través de www.escueladealimentacion.es o el teléfono de atención 946 072 841.

Reconocimientos a la promoción de hábitos saludables

La nota que otorgan al Programa los profesores que han participado durante el curso escolar se sitúa año tras año por encima de 9 sobre 10.

El programa formativo de la  Fundación EROSKI para promover una alimentación más saludable cuenta con numerosos reconocimientos, entre ellos, el Premio NAOS del Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, y el Premio “El Chupete” por la calidad creativa de este programa y los valores que transmite al público infantil.

Los último galardones recibidos son el “Premio Ciudadanos” en la categoría de Salud y Calidad de Vida, y el sello Gosasun, concedido por la Agencia de Innovación Vasca.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Lowe’s introduces The UpSkill Project program to help customers become unstoppable project-doers

Lowe’s introduces The UpSkill Project program to help customers become unstoppable project-doers


MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s introduces The UpSkill Project, a first-of-its-kind program committed to teaching do-it-yourself (DIY) skill-building and helping customers become confident, unstoppable project-doers. Through The UpSkill Project, more than 200 homeowners across 40 U.S. cities will learn skills from Lowe’s teachers and complete a DIY project, combining hands-on expertise, real-world experience and training.

“Lowe’s is committed to putting our purpose of helping people love where they live into practice,” said Ruth Crowley, vice president of customer experience design at Lowe’s. “While consumers may lack home improvement knowledge and confidence, we know they have a strong desire to learn – and we have a strong desire to help. What better way than to tap our knowledgeable Lowe’s associates to empower customers with the skills and confidence to transform their homes, and together, create a community of confident DIYers nationwide.”

Lowe’s research reveals that while home improvement spending increases, attitudes toward DIY are changing as new and existing generations cite a decline in confidence to complete home projects. With the introduction of The UpSkill Project, Lowe’s is addressing the home improvement skills gap by empowering a new generation of project-doers by providing participants with the knowledge and skills to improve their homes and communities.

The UpSkill Project focuses on the human side of home improvement – and that means getting ‘real’ and embracing the highs and lows of a project. The UpSkill Project enlists the help of both Lowe’s associates and specialized experts, including designers, general contractors, craftsmen and teachers, to help participants – known as UpSkillers – define their project, plan it, style it, purchase materials and tools, and master the skills necessary to realize it. The experts don’t do the project for them – they roll up their sleeves and teach and guide as needed. They help participants overcome obstacles by showing them failures are a normal part of the process and by instilling confidence to make the next time, the best time.

Once an UpSkiller has completed the project, Lowe’s will give the homeowner an opportunity to “pay their skills forward” to their friends, family and neighbors.

Aspiring DIYers in each market apply to become UpSkillers by submitting a video describing their project and skill goals. Winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including passion and excitement for learning home improvement skills.

“I never thought I would be able to complete my big DIY ideas without a crew. Being able to complete the project all by myself with my roommate inspired me to take that leap and go get the materials for my next project,” said Aaron Jura, a New Orleans-based UpSkiller, after he completed a landscaping project.

For more information, visit UpSkillProject.com or Open House.

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 2,365 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.

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SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


H&M group’s sales increased by 7 percent in June 2017 compared to same month the previous year

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies in June 2017 compared to the same month the previous year. Converted into SEK sales increased by 10 percent.

The total number of stores in the group amounted to 4,517 on 30 June 2017 compared to 4,095 stores on 30 June 2016.

The H&M group has decided to arrange Capital Markets Days during which more in-depth information about the business will be given and has also decided – in consultation with its large institutional shareholders – to publish the group’s sales development per quarter instead of per month. Just as previously, sales for the quarter will be published ahead of each interim report as the percentage change in local currencies and in Swedish kronor as well as in absolute figures in Swedish kronor, both including and excluding VAT.

The reasoning is that a month is far too short a period over which to assess how sales are developing; in fact, a single month’s sales can actually be misleading, since calendar and weather effects – among other things – may significantly affect the outcome. Instead sales development should be viewed over a longer period of time, such as over a season or a quarter. This is also the reason why the majority of companies in fashion retail currently report their sales quarterly rather than monthly.

Following the publication of sales development for June 2017, the H&M group will typically publish quarterly sales figures on the 15th of the month in which an interim report is presented. Third quarter sales will therefore be published on 15 September 2017. Sales figures for the fourth quarter will be published on 15 December 2017. More information on Capital Markets Days will be provided at a later date.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Head of Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

SONIC® Drive-In celebrates National Hot Dog Day with Hot Dogs and Chili Cheese Coneys for $1 all day

SONIC® Drive-In celebrates National Hot Dog Day with Hot Dogs and Chili Cheese Coneys for $1 all day


OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is honoring National Hot Dog Day by offering six-inch All-American Hot Dogs and Chili Cheese Coneys for $1 all day – an annual celebration for hot dog lovers.*

The All-American Dog features a six-inch, grilled premium beef hot dog topped with classic condiments including ketchup, yellow mustard, relish and chopped onions. The Chili Cheese Coney features a six-inch, grilled premium beef hot dog with chili and melty cheddar cheese. Both hot dogs are served in a warm, bakery bun.

“Hot dogs have been a guest favorite for more than 60 years, and nothing says summer like National Hot Dog Day,” said Alicia Mowder, senior director of brand marketing at SONIC. “We are delighted to offer this special to guests to join the celebration with friends and family at their local SONIC.”

For the ultimate summer meal, guests can pair the All-American Dog or Chili Cheese Coney with Tots and an Iced Tea with Peach. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or anything in between, there is no better way to spend the one day dedicated to one of America’s most-loved and favorite foods. This offer is only available on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and limits five hot dogs per customer, so head to a drive-in near you and experience irresistible waves of flavor in every bite.

*Tax not included. Add-Ons cost extra. Hot dogs are approximately 6″ precooked. See menu for details.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning® campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $8.4 million to public school teachers’ classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Matthew Young

Source: SONIC Drive-In


British Land to allocate up to £300 million of capital to a share buy-back during the current financial year

London, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Against a backdrop of continuing strong demand in its investment markets, British Land announces that it intends to allocate up to £300 million of capital to a share buy-back during the current financial year.

The Board regularly reviews capital allocation to optimise long-term returns for shareholders. Since the year end, the Company has continued to sell into a strong investment market. However, currently, opportunities to purchase at attractive returns are more limited, and investment in the Company’s shares at the prevailing discount offers better value than further asset acquisitions.

Since the start of the financial year, the Company has achieved good disposal and leasing progress and continued to develop the pipeline of development opportunities that it has already created. At the AGM today, the following overview of recent activity will be provided:

  • Since the Full Year Results announcement in May, the sale of The Leadenhall Building for £575 million (BL share) has been completed, £135 million assets have been sold and a further £88 million are under offer
  • In total, 370,000 sq ft of lettings and renewals were made during the first quarter at 7.8% ahead of ERV
  • A further 870,000 sq ft of space is under offer or in advanced negotiations across British Land’s three London campuses
  • This space under offer includes all 310,000 sq ft of office space at 1 Triton Square, Regent’s Place, the plans for which have now been approved by the Mayor. The Company expects to commit to this £200 million development in the next few weeks
  • At 1 Finsbury Avenue, part of the Broadgate Campus, work will start on the £35 million (BL share) refurbishment next month, adding retail, a new cinema and roof terrace to the building. Exclusive discussions regarding 78,000 sq ft of this improved space, representing 27% of the total available, are underway with technology company, Mimecast
  • As part of the first-phase roll out of Storey, the flexible workspace brand, the lease of 25,000 sq ft of space at 2 Finsbury Avenue has been agreed with Kingfisher Digital

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, will state: “This rolling buy-back programme reflects our commitment to seeking the best long-term returns for shareholders.

“We continue to see strong demand in the investment market, which makes opportunities to acquire new standing assets, at attractive returns, more limited than usual. With our shares trading at a substantial discount to NAV and providing a 5% dividend yield, allocating capital into a share buy-back represents a clear value opportunity.”

“With substantial proceeds being realised from our disposals programme, we do not expect any material change in our loan to value ratio as a result of the share buy-back. We retain significant resources to develop the pipeline of development opportunities we have created and the flexibility to respond to any changes in market conditions.”


As announced at the Full Year Results, the first interim dividend payment for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 will be 7.52 pence per share, a 3.0% increase on the comparable period last year. The first interim dividend will be paid on 10 November 2017 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 6 October 2017 and will be a Property Income Distribution. The Company will not be offering a SCRIP alternative with this dividend.

Other information:

A further announcement containing more detailed information regarding the share buy-back will be released in due course, before the start of any dealing under the share buy-back program.

Notes to Editors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Investor Relations
Cressida Curtis
British Land
020 7467 2938

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Guy Lamming
020 7251 3801

Gordon Simpson
020 7251 3801

Source: British Land

Alexandre Bompard appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Groupe Carrefour

Alexandre Bompard appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Groupe Carrefour


Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — At the meeting of Carrefour Group’s Board of Directors of today (07/18/2017), Georges Plassat confirmed his intention to retire.

The Board of Directors co-opted Alexandre Bompard to replace Georges Plassat as a member of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors appointed Alexandre Bompard as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Carrefour, effective immediately.

The Board of Directors once again thanked Georges Plassat for the work accomplished over the past five years and for leading with efficiency the Group’s turnaround. The Board of Directors wishes success to Alexandre Bompard in his new role.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group


Auntie Anne’s® partners for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research

Auntie Anne’s® partners for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research


LANCASTER, Pa., 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is partnering for the sixth year with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to help fund childhood cancer research. From today (July 17th, 2017) through Sunday, September 10, 2017, fans of Auntie Anne’s can give the gift of hope by purchasing a pretzel ribbon for $1 to show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer. One hundred percent of proceeds from the pretzel ribbons will be donated to ALSF.

Since the onset of the brand’s relationship with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in 2011, the unique pretzel ribbons have made a difference: together, Auntie Anne’s and ALSF have raised more than $3.1 million to help fund life-saving research, resulting in more than 62,000 cancer research hours. Guests who purchase a pretzel ribbon will receive a coupon for $1 off their next Auntie Anne’s purchase as a thank you. In an effort to amplify contributions, Auntie Anne’s will donate an additional $1 every time a fan shares a picture of their pretzel ribbon on social media using #auntieannes4ALSF.

“For the past six years, Auntie Anne’s has been honored to partner with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and support their mission to raise funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “From the very beginning, our founder, ‘Auntie’ Anne Beiler, said caring for others was the purpose of Auntie Anne’s. That statement still rings true today. We’re proud to continue our support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the dream of its founder, Alex Scott, to end childhood cancer.”

Auntie Anne’s and ALSF share a similar history. Both started as single stands in southeastern Pennsylvania, and against impossibly long odds, grew to become international ventures with millions of dedicated supporters. Working together, they hope to raise more than $550,000 this summer to fight childhood cancer.

To find an Auntie Anne’s location near you and purchase a pretzel ribbon for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit www.auntieannes.com/locations.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

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

Source: Auntie Anne’s


RILA’s Hun Quach comments on the Administration’s North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation objectives

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( 7/18/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach issued the following statement responding to the release of the Administration’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation objectives:

“As the nation’s largest private sector employer, retailers are closely monitoring the administration’s efforts to modernize NAFTA, our nation’s most vital free trade agreement. An agreement that provides certainty and stability will boost American exporters and importers and enhance our nation’s competitive standing in the global market. Additionally, an updated agreement will spur billions in new investment in infrastructure across our nation’s retail supply chain and create thousands of good-paying jobs. As negotiations commence, RILA will continue to provide the retail perspective every step of the way to the Administration and Congress as they pursue a modernized trade agreement that will impact millions of U.S. jobs and every consumer in America.”

To view RILA’s full trade priorities, click here.

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


Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

NACS and DHS Blue Campaign partner to raise public awareness about human trafficking

​ALEXANDRIA, Va, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign to help combat human trafficking.

Through this alliance with the DHS Blue Campaign, NACS will provide the DHS Blue Campaign’s training and awareness materials—including posters, handouts and other materials—to members free of charge. Click here for more information on the NACS initiative to combat human trafficking.

The DHS Blue Campaign raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Blue Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice.

“Convenience stores serve 160 million customers a day in every community across the country 24 hours a day. Our industry is well equipped to share important messages with our customers so they can collectively create the equivalent of a neighborhood watch program in their communities. We are proud to work with the Department of Homeland Security on this important issue,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard. Lenard also serves as a board member for the National Safe Place Network, which works with companies, including convenience stores, to provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need.

The new partnership with the DHS Blue campaign is the latest of several new programs developed by NACS this year to help retailers develop new tools to serve their communities. In June, NACS announced a partnership with the American Red Cross to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. In May, NACS announced that it signed a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to help convenience stores provide more visibility to healthier choices inside their stores. NACS was the first retail-focused association to partner with either of these nationally respected organizations.

“Convenience stores are as closely tied to their local communities as any retail channel. Representing one-third of all retail stores in the United States, convenience stores don’t just sell products and services that people enjoy; they make a difference in their communities and help address important national initiative groups at a local level,” Lenard said.

The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/bluecampaign.

Source: NACS

Gebrüder Limmert AG secures the future of its online shop with Intershop 7.8 platform

  • Electrical engineering wholesaler impressed by Intershop platform’s flexibility and omni-channel handling
  • Family-owned company opts for revenue-based solution for its growth strategy
  • Rollout planned for Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Jena, Salzburg, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The long-standing family-owned enterprise Gebrüder Limmert AG is securing the future of its online shop with the powerful Intershop 7.8 platform. A revenue-based licensing agreement was signed this spring. Boasting more than 30,000 items in stock in a storage space of more than 12,700m2, it is one of the most successful wholesalers in Austria’s B2B electrical engineering sector.

Since it was established in 1924, Gebrüder Limmert AG’s constant growth has stemmed from the personalized and expert advice it gives its customers. Today (7/18/2017), the company has around 160 employees who generate more than 60 million euros in revenue. The company, considered a one-stop shop for electrical engineering, makes its huge product range, customer training, and personalized customer care the main priorities.

To put its philosophy, “Limmert means performance”, into practice, the company chose the latest version of Intershop Commerce Suite as the basis for implementing a B2B commerce platform. It is expected to go live in German-speaking countries in the fall of 2017.

“We want to secure the company’s success over the long term,” explains Managing Director Harald Ebner. “The goal of using a marketplace based on Intershop to expand the digital division is to meet the increasingly tough requirements in a multi-channel market and to give the customers one of the world’s most cutting-edge e-commerce solutions. What’s more, it is important that we partner with a strong provider so we can set standards of innovation for the future, too.”

Axel Köhler, CEO of Intershop Communications AG, adds: “We are proud to support the growth of this renowned company with our solution. Small to medium-sized wholesalers need reliable technologies for their digital transformation. The collaboration between Intershop and Gebrüder Limmert AG is the way of the future for the entire industry.”

Intershop won out over leading e-commerce providers with its highly adaptable platform and impressive performance in multi-channel handling. 4friendsonly AG will be in charge of hosting and project implementation.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.


Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309
mailto: pr@intershop.de

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Dunkin’ Donuts and Price Chopper team up to open three restaurants in Kansas


CANTON, Mass., 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today (July 17, 2017) its partnership with nationally recognized grocer, Price Chopper to open three restaurants in Kansas. The first location is slated to open July 26 in the Paola Price Chopper, located at 309 N. Hospital Drive. As part of the grand opening celebration, Dunkin’ Donuts will be offering guests a free donut with the purchase of any beverage at this new location.

Price Chopper will own and operate all three locations, with two additional restaurants opening in the Spring Hill and Bonner Springs Price Chopper stores later this year. Each restaurant will serve Dunkin’ Donuts’ menu of delicious food and beverages. These items include a range of hot and iced coffees and espresso beverages; hot and iced teas; frozen beverages, a variety of donuts, muffins and croissants; and oven-toasted breakfast sandwiches. The Paola location will serve guests everyday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be establishing the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Paola, Kansas, through this partnership with Price Chopper,” said Chris Burr, director of non-traditional development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We are continuously seeking new and innovative ways of bringing our signature coffees and baked goods to our guests with a level of satisfaction and convenience that Dunkin’ Donuts is known for, and we are looking forward to working with Price Chopper on this new venture.”

For more than 38 years, the owners and employees of Price Chopper have been committed to providing the highest quality products at affordable prices with top-of-the-line customer service. Today, the chain operates more than 51 stores across the Midwest. Both brands will set out on this endeavor to provide the very best in customer service, food quality and guest satisfaction.

“We are honored and excited to establish the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at our Paola Price Chopper location,” said Barry Queen, Price Chopper. “We are confident our loyal Price Chopper customers will enjoy the convenience of grocery shopping with a hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and baked good in hand.”

Dunkin’ Donuts has been strategically expanding in contiguous markets across the country with a long-term goal of having more than 17,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United States alone, and this expansion includes more than 750 alternative points of distribution, including locations on college campuses, hotels, mass transit stations, travel centers, supermarkets, entertainment centers, and military bases. Currently, Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 200 restaurants in supermarkets, big-box retail stores, wholesale clubs and home improvement centers located across the country.

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

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running and was named No. 1 in the Coffee Category in Entrepreneur’s Top 200 Food Franchises for 2017. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Price Chopper

Price Chopper’s 51 Kansas City stores are locally owned by the Ball, Cosentino, McKeever and Queen families, all of whom live in Kansas City and oversee store operations on a daily basis. For 38 years, the owners and employees of Price Chopper have been committed to providing the highest quality products and top-of-the-line customer service to the thousands of customers they serve every day. For more information, please visit www.mypricechopper.com.


Name: Courtney Whelan
Phone: 954-893-9150
Email: cwhelan@fish-consulting.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Garden of Light, Inc. recalls Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Garden of Light, Inc. recalls Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes


East Hartford, CT, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Garden of Light, Inc. dba Gluten Free Solutions of East Hartford, CT, is voluntarily recalling the Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats, 1.8 oz. which is manufactured by Garden of Light for Blue Marble Brands. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled item, Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats, was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in a 1.8 oz. paperboard cup with a green laminated film lid. The UPC Code is 0-42563-01786-6. The product is marked with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY MAY 11 2018” on the bottom of cup.

A second lot with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY JUNE 23 2018” was intercepted before released to the general public.

The potential for contamination was noted after the ingredient supplier, Hudson Valley Farms( HVF), Inc. notified Garden of Light, Inc. of potential contamination of one of the ingredients. The potential contaminated ingredient was thoroughly tested and was negative for Listeria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, however, out of an abundance of caution, Garden of Light, Inc., notified Blue Marble and is recalling the Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats. The production of the product has been suspended while the company continues to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 1.8 oz. cups are urged to destroy the product and bring the purchase receipt to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Marble Brands at (888) 534-0246, M – F between 9 am and 5 pm, or at www.woodstock-foods.com.

Consumers Contact:

Blue Marble Brands
 (888) 534-0246

Source: FDA


Whole Foods Market to open its twelfth New York City location in Harlem on Friday, July 21

5% of opening day sales will benefit Harlem Grown’s local health education programs

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will officially open the doors of its twelfth New York City location in Harlem on Friday, July 21. The 40,000-square-foot store, located at 100 West 125th Street in the heart of Central Harlem, will celebrate the grand opening day with local vendor demonstrations, giveaways and much more. All events will be free and open to the public.

Whole Foods Market’s traditional bread breaking ceremony will start at 8:45 a.m., with doors officially opening for business at 9:00 a.m.

“We are thrilled to serve the historic and vibrant Harlem community, where I personally have many fond childhood memories,” said Damon Young, store team leader for Whole Foods Market Harlem. “Our many Harlem community partners have helped us create a wonderful store that enables us to provide local jobs, support community artisans and serve Harlem residents with the highest quality natural and organic foods.”

Whole Foods Market Harlem will feature a combination of innovative, new chef-driven concepts and classic favorites, making it a dining destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

  • The very first Kebab grill at a Whole Foods Market will feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu, giving diners the option to combine fresh-grilled proteins with flavorful dips and sauces.
  • A Cuban Sandwich venue is also a first for Whole Foods Market. The Harlem store will serve both classic and unique new takes on the hot, freshly-pressed Cuban sandwich.
  • A Cuban Coffee stand, with additional window service on West 125th Street, will offer convenient breakfast sandwiches made with Cuban bread, as well as a variety of traditional Cuban coffee drinks.
  • Other Whole Foods Market favorites available at the Harlem location include square pan pizza with local and seasonal ingredients, sushi, hot bar, salad bar, and many other convenient grab-and-go options.

The grocery selection at Whole Foods Market will emphasize healthy eating, wallet-friendly options, as well as unique local Harlem products ranging from classic neighborhood favorites to trend-setting new products.

  • There are around 20 Harlem brands that will be on shelves opening day, including spices and rubs from Sylvia’s, Egunsi Foods’ packaged West African soups, Vy Higginsen’s Mama’s One Sauce, the Harlem Pie Man’s six-inch pies and Ginjan’s traditional African beverages.
  • The store also features thousands of wallet-friendly options, such as our all-natural 365 Everyday Value product line, Buy Big, Save Big value packs, over 120 bulk bin offerings and added discounts through our mobile app.
  • The delicious salad bar features nutritious, seasonal and on-trend salads, and the Harlem store also has sections for paleo, gluten-free and many other special diet needs.

All food products sold in the store will meet Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards, ensuring they are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives, as well as hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup.

In keeping with Whole Foods Market’s core values to support global and local communities, the Harlem store is partnering with several neighborhood organizations:

  • Harlem Park to Park, a social enterprise representing over 100 local entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation and small business development in Central Harlem, worked with Whole Foods Market to create their Harlem Local Vendors Program. Around 20 of these vendors will be featured on the shelves of Whole Foods Market Harlem.
  • The Harlem store will be making fresh food donations three times a week to Food Bank NYC’s Harlem food pantry.
  • Creative Art Works, an organization dedicated to helping under-resourced New York City youth through arts education, hired students from A. Philip Randolph High School to create a collage in Whole Foods Market Harlem’s café that reflects Harlem’s “Past, Present and Future.”
  • The Harlem store will be holding a “5% Day” on opening day, where five percent of total sales will directly benefit Harlem Grown to support their Saturday enrichment program. This program is dedicated to providing cooking lessons, health education, fitness classes and wellness seminars to members of the Harlem community.

In addition, Whole Foods Market has partnered with numerous Harlem community organizations to create approximately 200 new local jobs. For instance, Whole Foods Market has worked closely with Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem since 2011, and the Harlem bakery department will be employing three of their recent “Bakers in Training” graduates. Whole Foods Market Harlem has already hired around 35 Team Members who reside right in Central Harlem.

Media preview tours will be available on July 19 and July 20. Please email NEmedia@wholefoods.comwith any questions about Whole Foods Market Harlem or to set up a tour.

Whole Foods Market Harlem

100 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

Store Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Breakfast venues only are open at 7 a.m.)

Phone Number: (212) 678-1940



Source:  Whole Foods Market


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,602,346 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from July 10, 2017 up to and including July 14, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €17.04 per share for a total consideration of €27.3 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 30,809,908 common shares for a total consideration of €593 million.

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

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


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Apple names Isabel Ge Mahe VP and managing director of Greater China

Cupertino, California, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (JULY 18, 2017) announced that Isabel Ge Mahe, vice president of Wireless Technologies, has been named vice president and managing director of Greater China, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. In this newly created role, Isabel will provide leadership and coordination across Apple’s China-based team.

“Apple is strongly committed to invest and grow in China, and we are thrilled that Isabel will be bringing her experience and leadership to our China team,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “She has dedicated a great deal of her time in recent years to delivering innovation for the benefit of Apple customers in China, and we look forward to making even greater contributions under her leadership.”

lsabel has led Apple’s wireless technologies software engineering teams for nine years, focusing on development of cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, location and motion technologies for nearly every Apple product. She has also overseen the engineering teams developing Apple Pay, HomeKit and CarPlay.

In China, she has worked closely with Apple’s R&D team and carrier partners to develop new China-specific features for iPhone and iPad, including recently announced iOS 11 features such as QR Code support, SMS fraud prevention and enabling the use of a phone number as an Apple ID.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to represent Apple in China and work more closely with our incredibly talented team,” said Isabel Ge Mahe. “Everyone at Apple is proud of the contributions we make to the communities where we do business, and I am looking forward to deepening our team’s connections with customers, government and businesses in China to advance innovation and sustainability.”

Born in Shenyang, Liaoning, and fluent in Mandarin, Isabel earned Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering degrees from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Isabel will assume her new role, based in Shanghai, later this summer.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Press Contacts:
Carolyn Wu
+86 108 525 5952

Kristin Huguet
(408) 974-2414

Apple Media Helpline
(408) 974-2042

Source: Apple Inc

CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent Report: companies ready to locate in markets with largest concentrations of high-quality talent

San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle standout for quality, while best-value markets include Toronto, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Detroit

Los Angeles, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Strong demand for skills such as software development, hardware engineering and information security, coupled with a tight labor supply, is driving companies to locate in markets with the largest concentrations of high-quality talent, according to CBRE’s fifth annual Scoring Tech Talent Report. And while value is a key driver when it comes to choosing an office location, companies are showing that they are willing to pay a premium to access the highest quality tech talent.

Overall cost variances from market to market are striking: Taking both talent and real estate costs into consideration, the “typical” U.S.-based, 500-person tech company needing 75,000 sq. ft. of office space can expect its total annual cost to range from US$24 million in Vancouver, the least expensive of the 50 markets included in the CBRE report, to US$57 million in the San Francisco Bay Area, the most expensive market.

According to CBRE’s analysis, which can be viewed in detail through the interactive Tech Talent Analyzer, the best-value markets with the highest quality of talent are Toronto and Vancouver (due in part to the strong U.S. dollar) followed by Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

“Since the cost of talent is the largest expense for most firms, the quality of that tech talent is becoming one of their most important considerations. The skills of the available labor pool do not appear to align with available jobs, causing a structural impediment to growth for companies across North America,” said Colin Yasukochi, director of research and analysis for CBRE in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Only 37 percent of all tech-talent workers are employed in the high-tech industry, meaning tech companies must compete with other industries that employ the remaining 63 percent of tech workers. In addition, the unemployment rate for college-educated workers is around 2.3 percent in the U.S., further stiffening competition. All of this means that, more than ever before, top tech talent comes at a cost today,” he added.

Tech Talent Scorecard

Atlanta and Toronto are the big stories on this year’s Tech Talent Scorecard. Atlanta entered the top five for the first time along with traditional stalwarts like San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, New York and Washington, D.C. Atlanta bumped Austin out of the top five, which fell back to number 8. Atlanta is one of the few large markets that maintained its fast pace of tech talent growth and has an accelerated forecast for future tech job creation, which elevated its position in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Toronto jumped a full six spots to number 6, from last year’s number 12. The elevated ranking was due to its talent employment base growing by the highest number of workers.

The rankings for the Tech Talent Scorecard are determined based on 13 unique metrics including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed tech degrees, industry outlook for job growth, and market outlook for both office and apartment rent cost growth. The top 10 cities on the Tech Talent Scorecard were all large markets, each with a tech labor pool of more than 50,000:

Rounding out the top 15 were Baltimore, Denver, Newark, N.J., Orange County, Calif. and Chicago. Denver and Newark were new this year in the top 15, bumping Phoenix and Minneapolis to number 17 and 18, respectively. Of note, Vancouver also made a strong showing this year at number 16.

Top Momentum Markets

Tech job growth gained momentum in 28 of the 50 markets. This means job creation grew faster in the past two years (2015-2016) compared with the prior two-year period (2013-2014). The number of markets experiencing faster growth almost tripled from 10 markets in last year’s Scoring Tech Talent report. The top 10 momentum markets and their associated tech talent growth rates were:

“This year’s report shows the top 10 markets for momentum are all moderately priced and grew at least 10 percent faster than during the prior two-year period. Tech employment growth has a multiplier effect that positively impacts economic growth, which in turn can have an immense impact on commercial real estate activity,” said Mr. Yasukochi.

Commercial Real Estate Market Impact

The high-tech industry’s share of major leasing activity nationwide increased to 19 percent in 2017 from 11 percent in 2011—the largest single share of any industry. Accordingly, office rents are up in almost every market in the top 50 and vacancy has declined, with the biggest impact in the most tech-concentrated sub-markets.

Significant demand for office space in top tech-job-producing markets raised rents to their highest levels and pushed down vacancy rates to their lowest levels. Rent growth is most prominent in the large tech markets, with office rents in the San Francisco Bay Area two-thirds higher than five years ago. But the decrease in vacancy rates is present across both large and small tech markets. Vacancy rates in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York are the lowest of the top 50 tech talent markets, and some small markets like Madison and Nashville are not far behind.

The 10 markets with the most significant five-year rental rate growth include:

Brain Gain or Drain?

College graduates do not always remain in the labor market where they earn their degrees; they often migrate to locations that offer the best job opportunities and pay. Analyzing tech-related graduation data and tech-related employment growth, CBRE calculated the difference between where tech talent workers are employed and where they were educated. Tech degrees cover the most recent five-year period available (2011-2015) and tech jobs added cover the time period when most graduates would be counted in employment figures (2012-2016).

Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Bay Area stands out as a strong tech-job creator and tech talent attractor, with nearly 80,500 more tech jobs than graduates, followed by eight markets that added 10,000+ more jobs than graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Boston produce a significant number of tech graduates, but post a deep deficit when it comes to employing them locally.

To view the full report, please click here. To view individual markets statistics and rankings, including rankings on the Scorecard, click to access the Tech Talent Analyzer.

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


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

All three finalists win 7‑Eleven’s first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three’s company at 7‑Eleven, Inc.  The world’s largest convenience retailer announced today (July 17, 2017) that all three finalists will win a 7‑Eleven® store in its first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs.

Winners Alyson Rae Lawson of Dallas, Texas, Avalon Young of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Evelyn Scott of Chesapeake, Virginia, will each receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any 7‑Eleven® convenience store available in the continental United States. All have indicated they hope to select locations that are close to their homes.

The three finalists were flown, all expenses paid, to the company’s home office in Irving, Texas, to interview with 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. The finalists were selected from seven semi-finalists who went head to head in a competitive online video contest for the chance to make it to the final round.

“To say that each candidate was impressive would be an understatement,” said President and CEO Joe DePinto of his interviews with the three finalists. “Each brings a unique set of strengths. In addition, all are extremely community-oriented and have strong business, leadership and interpersonal skills. Those are qualities successful franchisees need. Any one of them would make a great independent business owner at 7‑Eleven, and I couldn’t see selecting just one, when all three are exactly the type of folks we want as franchisees and as part of the 7‑Eleven network.”

7‑Eleven will donate $10,000 to the charity selected by each winner. The charities align with Project A-Gameâ, a 7‑Eleven grant program that funds youth programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.

Here are the winners and their selected charities:

Avalon Young
Castle Rock, Colorado

Young says she has been in retail all her life, “since I was a paper girl at 13.” At another retailer, she almost tripled sales in four years. Currently the business manager of a computer repair service company, Young is collaborating with a local high school to create technology internships and mentor students interested in the technology and electronics repair industry.

“I can’t wait to be an example to other women and show them what can happen when hard work meets opportunity,” she said. “I’ve always planned on being in retail, and it was a challenge to find the right retailer I could build a business with for the next 30 years. The 7‑Eleven system is perfect for me, and I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

Her favorite 7‑Eleven products: 7-Select® sour neon gummi worms and the new fresh-brewed Iced Coffee

Selected charity: Montessori Educational Foundation

Alyson Lawson
Dallas, Texas

Lawson has three business degrees and lots of enthusiasm. Her MBA and accounting background will prepare her well for the financial side of franchising and her wonderful personality for the people part of the business. Lawson follows in the footsteps of her father, who has franchised national chain restaurants. She leads a busy volunteer life as well, one focused on youth. She has served as a First Tee mentor as well as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

Of the competition to win a fee free 7‑Eleven store, Lawson said, “It has been a long journey, and a rewarding one. I’m glad to come to the finish line and seeing not only was I a winner, but all the women were victorious.”

Her 7‑Eleven favorite: Piña Colada Slurpee® and SweeTARTS®

Selected charity: Lance A. Lemons Memorial Foundation

Evelyn Scott
Chesapeake, Virginia

After 30 years in the U.S. Navy, Scott knows how to run a tight ship. She will soon retire with the rank of Commander Master Chief. Most recently in her military career, Scott has served as a human resources manager responsible for more than 1,900 sailors comprising eight squadrons and staff. She says she will run her business the same way she lives her life – with honesty, self-discipline and efficiency.

“After months of waiting, I still can’t believe it,” Scott said. “Who ever wins a store? This is big! It has already been a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to open my store and be part of the 7‑Eleven family.”

Favorite 7‑Eleven products: 7-Select Pure Alkaline Water and Yosemite Road Moscato Wine

Selected charity: Oscar Smith Middle School

“Women own and operate less than a third of franchised businesses in the U.S., a number we want to help grow,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “Because of our extensive training programs, proven business system, favorable financing, exclusive products and globally recognized brand, 7‑Eleven offers a great entrepreneurial opportunity for women … and men.”

Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven the No. 1 franchise business opportunity earlier this year on its 2017 Franchise 500 list.

To qualify for the Women’s Initiative competition, entrants had to be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants went through the same qualification process as all 7‑Eleven franchise applicants including interviews, credit evaluation, a leadership test, preparing a business plan and budget.

This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store chain. Today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7‑Eleven stores in the U.S. An interactive map at www.franchise.7‑Eleven.com indicates stores available for franchising.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Auchan Retail announces Executive Committee appointments

  • Ludovic Holinier is appointed Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail China and Non-Executive Chairman of RT Mart Taiwan, as well as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sunart
  • François Remy is appointed Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail Russia
  • Oleg Alkhamov is appointed Chief Performance Officer of Auchan Retail

Croix, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the retirement of Jean-Pierre Germain, which will see him step down as Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail Russia, Wilhem Hubner, Chief Executive Officer of Auchan Retail, has decided to add some younger faces to the Auchan Retail Executive Committee and give it a more international dimension. He has made 3 new appointments:

François Remy is appointed Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail Russia
Frenchman François Remy (55) has forged his career at Auchan. He has been with the company for almost 30 years, first in France and then in Luxembourg, and has held responsibilities in Romania and Russia. He began his career in France in 1987 as department manager in Avignon before taking on other positions in operations and management control at the Vaulx-en-Velin and Avignon-Sud stores. He was appointed manager of the Auchan Marseille store in 1997, then the Auchan Luxembourg store in 2002. In 2012, he was nominated Chief Executive Officer for Auchan Luxembourg, where he pushed the “discount par la gamme” strategy (range-based discounting). Since 2015, he has been Executive Chairman of Auchan Luxembourg and Non-Executive Chairman of Auchan Romania, which he guided onto the multi-format path. François is already familiar with Auchan Retail Russia, as he has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2015.

He replaces Jean-Pierre Germain, who has exercised his right to retire.

Ludovic Holinier is appointed Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail China and Non-Executive Chairman of RT Mart Taiwan, as well as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sunart, listed subsidiary of Auchan Retail in China Frenchman Ludovic Holinier (49) boasts a career spanning more than 25 years in the international retail industry. He first joined Auchan in 1991, where he held various positions in operations and management control before participating in the opening of the first Auchan store in Luxembourg and then in Houston (USA). He was instrumental in Auchan’s success in Russia from 2003. In 2015, he was appointed Chief Performance Officer of Auchan Retail and Non-Executive Chairman for Vietnam, which he will continue to support. He replaces Bruno Mercier who, after more than 15 years at the helm at Auchan China and Sunart, has decided to step down from all his functions to focus on professional and personal projects in connection with the Chinese market.

Oleg Alkhamov is appointed Chief Performance Officer of Auchan Retail
Oleg Alkhamov (38) is Russian and began his career as chief accountant of the Russian subsidiary of Energoremont. He went on to join the Russian arm of French group D’Aucy, where he was first chief accountant and then administrative director. He joined Auchan Russia in February 2008 as financial controller and then chief accounting officer. In September 2011, he availed of Auchan’s international career mobility policy and took up a position as financial controller at the head office. 2012 saw him move back to Russia, where he was involved in the Real acquisition and was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Auchan Russia in 2013. In October 2015, he was nominated as Chief Executive Officer for the Hypermarket format at Auchan Retail Russia and, early this year, was also appointed chief of the Superstore format (Auchan City in Russia).

He replaces Ludovic Holinier, who has himself been appointed Executive Chairman of Auchan Retail China and Non-Executive Chairman of RT Mart Taiwan, as well as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sunart, listed subsidiary of Auchan Retail in China.

About Auchan Retail
Auchan Retail is the 11th largest food retail group worldwide, with a presence in 17 countries, and covers all food retail formats with 3,715 points of sale: hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, alongside online shopping and Drive outlets in certain countries. To build a successful and modern business model, Auchan Retail ensures that its customers are always a core concern, through discount prices, the choice and diversity of its offering, quality of service, tailoring to local markets and factoring in of multi-channel shopping trends. It is the 35th largest employer worldwide and has 345,365 employees.

Press contacts:
Auchan Retail
Antoine Pernod
+33 (0)3 64 20 06 64

Presse & Cie
Véronique Rétaux
+33 (0)6 30 07 93 35

Source: Auchan Retail

Schlotzsky’s® announces the return of Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich as part of the Hip Chick Trio

ATLANTA, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Schlotzsky’s®, a fast casual restaurant franchise serving a variety of made to order menu items with bold flavors and home to The Original®sandwich is bringing back the Hip Chick Trio which includes the Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Bacon SmokeCheesy and Fiesta Chicken sandwiches starting July 10 through October, 2017.

“Schlotzsky’s is a one of a kind brand centered on our Austin, Texas heritage that many have come to love since 1971,” said Kelly Roddy, President, Schlotzsky’s. “We pride ourselves on listening to our fans in each restaurant to serve the bold and unique flavors they crave every day. That’s why the brand decided to bring back the Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich as part of the Hip Chick Trio – which hasn’t been on the menu for more than 3 years.”

The Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich features premium meats including shaved chicken combined with lean shaved ham and crispy bacon strips. Additionally, the sandwich includes savory Swiss cheese and tangy yellow mustard on two toasted sourdough buns and served with a side of zesty Dijon-honey mustard dipping sauce.

Not craving a Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich? Don’t worry, Schlotzsky’s still has you covered with two additional delicious chicken sandwiches on the menu – the Chicken Bacon SmokeCheesy and the Fiesta Chicken. The Chicken Bacon SmokeCheesy sandwich includes tender roasted chicken breast with bacon strips, smoked cheddar cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. And, the Fiesta Chicken sandwich has tender roasted chicken breast with cheddar cheese, black olives, roasted red peppers, chipotle mayonnaise, fresh lettuce, red & green onions and sliced tomato – all served on our toasted jalapeno cheese bun.

For more information or to find the nearest Schlotzsky’s location, visit www.schlotzskys.com.

About Schlotzsky’s®
Schlotzsky’s is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that started in 1971 and is home to The Original® oven-baked sandwich. The brand started in Austin, Texas and the made to order menu options still include bold flavors and fresh ingredients – all inspired by the food scene in Austin. All 350 restaurants are serving delicious hot sandwiches on sourdough buns baked fresh each day, Macs, Artisan flatbreads, specialty pizzas and fresh salads. Plus, many of our locations offer Cinnabon’s warm, homemade treats. Check us out online at www.schlotzskys.com to find a store near you and then connect with us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.


Matt Courtoy
Social/Digital Manager

Source: Schlotzsky

Dylan’s Candy Bar opens at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Dylan Lauren’s boutique candy shop joins T4’s retail options

Queens, New York, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – home to more than 21 million annual passengers – recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Dylan’s Candy Bar, the newest addition to the terminal’s retail space. The shop, operated by Paradies Lagardère, merges the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, offering a sweet stop for Terminal 4 travelers.

Dylan’s Candy Bar, with locations in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, is the world’s largest confectionary and lifestyle brand. Founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren, Dylan’s Candy Bar provides customers a unique experience by offering more than 7,000 confections and candy-related gifts from around the world including novelty items, American classics, imported specialties, and Dylan’s Candy Bar private-label products.

“Terminal 4 is constantly striving to enhance the traveler experience, and our retail offerings are an essential component,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT, LLC., the company which operates Terminal 4. “Dylan’s Candy Bar is a welcome addition to our mix of shops, and we are grateful for our partnership with Paradies Lagardère, which continuously brings outstanding retailers to the terminal.”

“We’re thrilled and appreciative to grow our partnership with Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and introduce Dylan’s Candy Bar, an iconic New York brand, to Terminal 4,” said Gregg Paradies, President and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Passengers will smile at the opportunity to ‘find their sweets’ – a favorite classic candy or a new treat to enjoy – in a fun and inviting space, while enjoying a memorable retail experience.”

Dylan Lauren, who created Dylan’s Candy Bar in 2001, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Expanding the Dylan’s Candy Bar brand in major city’s airports is an important pillar in our growth strategy. I’m proud to be opening our second store in JFK and the largest of airport stores in my own backyard, NYC,” said Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Dylan’s Candy Bar joins more than 45 retail offerings at Terminal 4. Other brands include: Brooks Brothers, Pandora, Swarovski, Victoria’s Secret, Coach, Tumi, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Albert Heijn vernieuwt visschap

Albert Heijn vernieuwt visschap


Nieuwe verpakkingen, innovaties en meer inspiratie

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bij steeds meer consumenten ligt ’s avonds een visje op het bord. Want vis is gezond, lekker en een goed alternatief voor vlees. Toch weet niet iedereen hoe je vis bereidt en hoe je kunt variëren. Albert Heijn speelt hierop in en vernieuwt vandaag het visschap. Alle producten krijgen een nieuwe verpakking die klanten nog beter de weg wijst. Zo kun je kiezen uit verschillende segmenten zoals bijvoorbeeld ‘Vlugge vis’, ‘Zo in de pan vis’ en ‘Vis door een pasta en salade’. Ook staan er op de verpakking bereidingstips en lekker met… tips. Nieuw in het schap zijn de verse vissoorten leng, koolvis, zeewolf, zalm voor in de magnetron en nieuwe sushisets. Bijna alle visproducten bij Albert Heijn zijn MSC en ASC gecertificeerd*.

*m.u.v. van sliptong, Hollandse garnalen, rivierkreeftjes, fruits de mer en inktvis.

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Source: Albert Heijn


Watsons China ranked 25th in the latest “Top 100 New Retail Brands Ranking 2017”

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Watsons China was ranked 25th among the top retail brands in China, according to the latest “Top 100 New Retail Brands Ranking 2017” released by PinTu, a renowned business media platform based in China. The recognition reflects that Watsons has become a highly trusted and popular brand and successfully earned customers’ heart in China.The ranking grounded on an in-depth research of retail brands in China across 5 categories – Financial results of the business, retail foundation, digitalisation, channels development and Innovation on the business model.

As one of the leading health and beauty retailers in Mainland China, Watsons’ footprint has expanded rapidly throughout the country with more than 3,000 stores in over 430 cities and over 60 million members. In the digital arena, Watsons China has a strong online presence in eCommerce with its newly launched mobile app “萵筍” (pronounced as “Watsons”) and the electronic membership card lately, which offers one-stop solution to customers while enabling round-the-clock, O2O (Online-to-Offline) service.

Source: A.S. Watson Group


New World trials online shopping app, I shop New World at Mt Roskill store

Supermarket shoppers in Mt Roskill are the first to try New World’s online shopping app, I shop New World.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has released a beta version of the app for its New World Mt Roskill customers to test, Chief Executive Chris Quin says.

“We want to see how the app works for our customers and get their feedback before we roll this out to other parts of the country,” he says. “By developing the app in collaboration with our customers, we’ll create something that offers a much better user experience.

“Globally, companies have worked out that if you launch your digital products early, you glean valuable information on how usable they are, and you can refine what you’re offering. That’s our intention with I shop New World. We want to hear what our customers think and develop this with customers to meet their needs.”

The app is available for both Android and Apple smartphone and tablet users.

“We chose to develop I shop New World as an app first, because smartphones are fast becoming the nation’s most popular device. At least 70 percent of Kiwis have one.[1] And in the US, we’ve seen that mobile apps are where people are spending the majority of their time online – more than desktop usage or mobile web surfing.[2]”

Customers can browse virtual shelves in the I shop New World app for their favourite products and easily add these to their basket through drag and drop functionality, making the experience simple, interactive and fun.

Features include the ability to create and save multiple shopping lists, so there’s no need to start from scratch every time; save multiple addresses, so you can shop and deliver groceries for family or friends; and securely save multiple credit card details.

“You can use the Click & Collect service to order via the app and collect your shopping from your local store, or you can choose to have your groceries delivered. Either way, the app is designed to make your grocery shopping experience that much more convenient, because you can do it all from your tablet or smartphone,” Quin says.
“We’ve been trialling a Click & Collect service at our New World Thorndon and Levin stores for a couple of years now, which has given us lots of useful insights into how our customers use the service.

“Our Click & Collect lockers are outside the store’s front door with their own dedicated parking bays. That means you can pull up and grab your groceries without having to get the kids out of the car,” Quin says.

Foodstuffs intends to expand the test area to include more Auckland and Wellington stores before rolling out I shop New World further, and also plans to develop a web version.

[1] http://www.researchnz.com/special-reports.html#Smartphones
[2] https://techcrunch.com/2014/08/21/majority-of-digital-media-consumption-now-takes-place-in-mobile-apps/

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ