Topaz (Circle K Ireland) unveils next generation fuel that contains a unique blend of additives

Topaz (Circle K Ireland) unveils next generation fuel that contains a unique blend of additives

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz (Circle K Ireland), Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has unveiled its new miles fuel brand in Ireland at an official launch event at its flagship service station at Junction 5 on the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow. In doing so, Topaz also announced an investment of €26m across its network of over 430 service stations over the next four years as part of the continued rollout of its new, superior fuel offering.

The €26m investment will cover implementation of the new miles brand with substantial investment in new pumps, forecourt renovation, and the upgrade and replacement of fuel tanks across the Topaz network in Ireland. The introduction of miles to the Irish market and overall level of investment will serve to build upon Topaz’s position as market leaders and ensure it stays ahead of its competitors.

In Ireland, miles has already been introduced in 90% of service stations, and is on target to be available at all service stations by August 2017.

miles is a next generation fuel that contains a unique blend of additives designed to take motorists up to 3% further – which can potentially save motorists up to €600 per year at the pump.

With miles, Topaz is currently the only retailer in the Republic of Ireland delivering quality additised fuel across all of its service stations. Its performance has been tested and verified by a third party independent research and development centre. All miles fuels are quality approved by AA Ireland which further confirms miles as a superior quality fuel.

Launched in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2013 by Circle K, the miles fuel brand has enjoyed tremendous success across Europe. It has been introduced in a total of seven countries so far – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland and will soon be available across a total of 2,374 stations Europe-wide.

Niall Anderton, Managing Director, Topaz (Circle K Ireland) spoke at the launch: “The official launch of our miles fuel brand represents a significant milestone in both our own development and expansion, and our integration with Circle K. miles is one of the core offerings of Circle K and we are very confident it will be successful in Ireland. We are very proud of the fact that miles is the only fuel brand in the country offering quality additised fuel to Irish motorists across all our service stations and we expect it to have significant benefits for consumers at the pump”.

“This overall investment of €26 million represents our commitment to delivering the very best quality products, and level of service for the benefit of our customers, in addition to building upon our established position of market leaders.”

Also present at today’s launch in Carlow was Jacob Schram, Group President, European Operations, Circle K who commented, “We are delighted to be here today to celebrate the arrival of miles in the Irish market. miles has enjoyed unprecedented success in other markets across Europe and Irish consumers can rest assured of the quality of this product. In addition to fuel, there is a range of further exciting offerings to come from Circle K across our other core areas of food, coffee and car wash which consumers in Ireland can look forward to and expect the very best from. Overall, we are very much enjoying imparting the expertise of Circle K on the business here in Ireland and coupling this with the exceptional level of industry knowledge in existence here already.”

Topaz recently opened its new flagship service station at Junction 5 on the M9, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow. The opening of Topaz Junction 5 M9 resulted in the creation of 115 jobs along with the introduction of three new food court offerings on the busy Dublin to Waterford road.

The innovative forecourt features a robust and varied retail and food court offering, including Topaz’s renowned healthy ‘food on the go’ offer – Re.Store, its latest Mexican street-food concept Cantina and a McDonald’s restaurant, as well as extensive self-service customer refreshment and coffee facilities

About Topaz (Circle K Ireland): 
Topaz, part of the global fuel and convenience store brand Circle K, is the leading fuel and convenience retailer in Ireland. Its retail network is made up of over 430 stations across the island of Ireland. Of these stations, over 160 are owned by Topaz and over 270 are owned by dealers. The company also operates a large commercial fuels business, with over 30 depots and three owned terminals across the country.
About miles

miles is a next generation fuel that contains a unique blend of additives designed to take motorists up to 3% further. Its performance has been tested and verified by a third party independent research and development centre. All miles fuels are Quality Approved by AA Ireland – which further confirms miles as a superior quality fuel.
The main innovation with miles is a powerful new fuel additive, which can provide better economy on a tank of miles fuel when compared to standard fuels. This innovation comes with direct benefits to motorists; miles can clean and protect engines, enhance engine efficiency and improve reliability, and reduce harmful exhaust emissions.

For further information, please contact: 
Dan O’Neill
Teneo PSG
dan.oneill@teneopsg.com
00353 87123 2182

Rachel McFaul
Teneo PSG
rachel.mcfaul@teneopsg.com
00353 85 782 7230

Source: Topaz

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Sears Holdings launches Kenmore products on Amazon.com

  • Agreement with Amazon.com expands the reach of the Kenmore brand
  • Customers can now control their Kenmore Smart home appliances with Amazon Alexa
  • Kenmore Smart air conditioners integrated with Alexa are now available on Amazon.com

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today (Jul 20, 2017) the launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com, as well as the integration of the full line of Kenmore Smart appliances with Amazon Alexa. This marks the broadest distribution of Kenmore, America’s most trusted home appliance brand, outside of Sears branded stores and related online retail platforms. Kenmore Smart connected room air conditioners integrated with Alexa are now available on Amazon.com. The distribution on Amazon.com is planned to be expanded to the full line of Kenmore home appliances in all U.S. market segments, with Kenmore, Sears Home Services, and Innovel Solutions providing white-glove service for delivery, installation and extended product protection for a full range of home appliances.

“We continuously look for opportunities to enhance the reach of our iconic brands to more customers and create additional value from our assets,” said Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings. “The launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com will significantly expand the distribution and availability of the Kenmore brand in the U.S. At the same time, Sears Home Services and our Innovel Solutions unit will benefit from the relationship as more customers experience their quality services for Kenmore products purchased on Amazon.com.”

The Kenmore Smart skill for Amazon Alexa enables customers to control their Kenmore Smart home appliances by simply asking Alexa, such as changing the temperature on their air conditioner without leaving the sofa by saying: “Alexa, tell Kenmore Smart to set my air conditioner to 70 degrees.” Customers can enable the Kenmore Smart skill in the Alexa Skill Store, link their account and then begin asking Alexa to interact with their Kenmore Smart appliances.

“Voice is a natural interface for the smart home, so we’re thrilled that customers can now simply ask Alexa to interact with their Kenmore Smart appliances,” said Charlie Kindel, Director of Alexa Smart Home. “We’re excited that Kenmore has added Alexa functionality to these products and we think customers will love the convenience of cooling their home, starting their laundry, and more, using only their voice.”

“Working with Amazon is perfectly aligned with our omni-channel strategy to unleash the power and service of Kenmore and support the brand’s growth,” said Tom Park, President of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings. “This collaboration is the first of its kind for Kenmore, broadening its accessibility to the next generation of American families outside of Sears branded retail channels.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com

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

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Whenever used, words such as “will,” “expect,” and other terms of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, including these, are based on the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Detailed descriptions of risks, uncertainties and factors relating to Sears Holdings are discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law.

News Media Contact: 
Larry Costello
PR Director
847-286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

BELGIUM: Carrefour food truck to showcase organic and local products this summer

BELGIUM: Carrefour food truck to showcase organic and local products this summer

 

BELGIUM, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — From 12 July until 23 August, Carrefour will be criss-crossing its way through the country with a lorry specially transformed into a food truck. Meeting customers on its way, it will be introducing them to some 230 Carrefour organic products, as well as 50 or so authentic local ones. It will be making stops at various locations along the Belgian coast, and then in Brussels and Nivelles.

Since summer is the best time of the year to start adopting new dietary habits, Carrefour has decided to provide a mobile showcase for its organic and local products. The food truck will stock a total of 280 products – including fresh produce, dry products and preparations. It will make its way along the Belgian coast, meeting consumers and showing them that eating food that is healthy, organic and authentic need not necessarily be more expensive.

It’s an opportunity for consumers to try out these products and for them to realise just how wide and affordable the choice is. The food truck will include fruit, vegetables, cheeses, meat, poultry… and even 4 varieties of organic bread – fresh, since it’s baked on-site. The truck’s entire surface area is 16 m² – probably making it the smallest mobile organic retailer packed with so many products.

The idea is straightforward: the lorry will be parked for a few days at a time, in the car park of either a Carrefour Hypermarket, or a Carrefour Market store.

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

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Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) set to open in Spring 2018

Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) set to open in Spring 2018

 

  • New Starbucks® store in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) will create local jobs, partner with minority owned contractors and suppliers, and offer in-store job skills training programs to youth as part of the company’s strategy to invest in at least 15 underserved communities across the U.S. by 2018
  • A similar Starbucks® store in Jamaica, Queens, has provided in-store retail skills training to more than 60 youth since opening in March 2016; 347 more local youth have benefitted through Starbucks partnerships with Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers
  • Starbucks has since expanded the initiative to Ferguson, Mo.; Englewood in Chicago’s Southside; East Baltimore; Phoenix; and Long Beach, Calif.; three stores opening soon in Seattle, Miami Gardens and Birmingham

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — An estimated 18% of youth in Brooklyn are disconnected from employment and educational opportunities, a challenge that is compounded in the Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) neighborhood with 23.1% youth unemployment[1]. In response, Starbucks plans to deepen its investment in the community and open its first store in Bed-Stuy, at 774 Broadway, dedicated to supporting local jobs and economic development. The store is a key part of the company’s initiative to invest in at least 15 underserved communities across the U.S. by 2018 by hiring locally, partnering with local nonprofit organizations to provide in-store job-skills training for youth, and working with local women- and minority-owned contractors, suppliers and vendors. The first of these Starbucks® stores opened in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in early 2016, which paved the way for five similar stores in Ferguson, Mo., central Phoenix, Englewood in Chicago’s Southside, East Baltimore, and Long Beach, Calif.

“We believe Starbucks can play a meaningful role in creating job opportunities, while supporting ongoing efforts to drive economic revitalization,” said Carla Ruffin, regional director for Starbucks retail operations in Brooklyn. “As a Brooklynite, I am proud to see Starbucks making a long-term investment in Bed-Stuy in the form of a new store, and serve as a warm and welcoming place for our Bed-Stuy customers to come together over coffee. We look forward to working with the community in the months ahead to support economic development and open the kind of store Bed-Stuy residents can be proud of.”

Set to open in Spring 2018, Starbucks plans to work with local women- and minority owned contractors for the construction of the Bed-Stuy store, and is looking to partner with a minority-owned business in the area for a locally sourced product to feature in the café. It will also be the first Starbucks® store in Brooklyn to include a unique in-store job training space. Working with a local nonprofit organization, Starbucks plans to provide Bed-Stuy youth ages 16 to 24 with a free multi-week job skills training program – based on Starbucks own renowned customer service curriculum. When trainings are not in session, the room will be available for local groups to use for meetings and dialogue – serving as a hub for members of the community.

“Starbucks will be a welcome addition to our community, and I’m particularly excited that this new store will be focused on helping provide economic opportunities and job training for young people from our neighborhood,” said New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy.  “As Chair of the City Council’s Small Business Committee, I believe Starbucks is creating a model for other businesses that further demonstrates that running a successful business and investing in local contractors, suppliers and youth are not mutually exclusive.”

“I’m excited to welcome Starbucks new store to Bed-Stuy,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “This innovative concept will bring jobs, mentorship, and training opportunities for our neighborhood’s young people. This store will brew the next generation of leaders in Bed-Stuy and ensure that area youth will have a venue to access resources, meet new people, and get the skills they need to enter the job market, all while enjoying a cup of coffee.”

For Starbucks, the Bed-Stuy store marks an important milestone in a series of initiatives the company has championed across the country to create greater economic opportunities for young people as part of its nationwide commitment to hire at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24-year-olds who face barriers to employment and opportunity – by 2020. To date, the company has hired more than 40,000 opportunity youth in stores across the country and has brought more than 50 companies together to further scale this hiring effort through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™.

Starbucks in Jamaica, Queens, Brings Community Together

Since opening the first of these stores at 89th & Sutphin in Jamaica, Queens in March 2016, Starbucks store manager Alisha Wrencher and her team of partners (employees), have been working to bring young people, customers, civic leaders and local businesses together with the shared goal of creating opportunities in the neighborhood.

Their daily efforts to drive connections with customers and invite the community to engage with the space have paid off. In addition to meeting and often surpassing their sales targets, the team has some of the highest partner engagement and retention in the area. Of the 23 partners hired at opening a year ago, 18 partners are still employed at this store, and 14 are from the Jamaica, Queens, neighborhood. Two partners have already been promoted to Assistant Store Manager and Shift Supervisor, four partners have earned the Barista Trainer position, and one partner is now a certified Starbucks Coffee Master.

Like similar Starbucks® stores in Ferguson, Mo.; Englewood in the Southside of Chicago; central Phoenix; Long Beach in California; and East Baltimore, the onsite job-skills training space at 89th & Sutphin is a key differentiator of the store. Two nonprofit organizations with long histories in Jamaica – Queens Community House (QCH) and YMCA’s Y Roads Centers – have used the store’s unique in-store classroom space to host job training programs for young people in Jamaica between the ages of 16 to 24 who have faced barriers to jobs and education. Since March 2016, more than 60 young people have completed the training curriculum, complete with instruction on the basics of customer service, barista skills and food-safety certifications that will be applicable for positions in a variety of retail or customer service roles. Nearly all participants have found work locally. The program has also allowed both organizations to extend the Starbucks curriculum to youth enrolled in other job training programs, indirectly benefitting an additional 347 young men and women over the last year.

When not in use for trainings, the store’s community meeting space serves as a hub for local organizations to use. For example, Life Camp, a local non-profit that aims to develop teens and adults into peer leaders, uses the Community Room every Friday and Sunday evening to plan and organize upcoming community events.

In the past year, the store has become part of the fabric of the Jamaica, Queens, community. Wrencher, a Jamaica, Queens native herself, received a certificate of recognition from the New York State Assembly and local New York Police Department precinct for her support and engagement with the community, and was recently invited to speak to attendees at a local women’s empowerment conference about the importance of education, making responsible decisions and overcoming personal challenges. Poetry Night is hosted the last Saturday of every month, and game nights have been organized to give young people a safe place to socialize. The store also hosts Partner Skills Workshops, Arts and Crafts events, and community service projects, in addition to Coffee with a Cop conversations designed to help strengthen ties between police officers and community members. At Thanksgiving, partners walked the streets and fed the homeless. And last September, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz visited the store with Grammy- and Academy Award-winning performer, Common, as part of a Turn Up the Vote party in the neighborhood calling for greater engagement by voters in the community, and across the nation.

[1] Data2Go and Measure of America, Youth Disconnection in New York City

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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CVS Health opens its Talent Connect Center to serve the Fort Bragg, NC military community

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health [NYSE:CVS] today (July 20, 2017) announced the opening of the company’s Talent Connect Center (TCC) to serve the Fort Bragg, NC military community. This innovative employment and training facility will be dedicated to helping veterans and their families transition from military life to private sector civilian careers.

The Talent Connect Center (TCC) is part of the newly dedicated Fort Bragg Career Resource Center which, in partnership with Columbia Southern Education Group, serves as an employment, skills-focused facility and connects service members who are transitioning off active duty with companies who can provide training and employment. The TCC combines state-of-the-art virtual reality technology with hands-on support to help veterans and their spouses throughout the human resources process, from resume assistance and simulated interviewing practice to speaking with leaders of various departments to learn about the many opportunities within the company. CVS Health will be one of approximately 20 companies with training centers within the Career Resource Center.

“By 2020 the health care industry will need a projected 5.6 million highly-skilled workers, like our veterans, necessary to compete and grow and there is no reason why we can’t ‘connect’ the two,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health. “The Talent Connect Center is designed to expertly walk veterans through the expanded opportunities at CVS Health, which extend past retail and into distribution, IT and nursing, providing a gateway into high-demand, good paying fields.”

Equipped with video conferencing technology to serve and reach military and CVS Health personnel beyond Fort Bragg, the TCC will offer training in the Army Career Skills Program (ACSP) for management, retail and logistics. The ACSP allows active duty soldiers within 180 days from separation from the military to train in an interested career field.

CVS Health has established a long history of recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans to build a pipeline of workforce talent. Since 2015, the company has hired almost 8,000 people with military experience and more than 2,300 military spouses.

Leo Trimble, who served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as a Signal Support Technician, said CVS Health took steps to ease his transition when he applied for a job at the end of his service.

“When I first made the decision to leave the military, I was all over the place on what to do next,” said Trimble, now a Field Support Technician for CVS Health. “I was drawn to CVS Health because they helped me to identify IT opportunities that allowed me to continue to do what I love. I wouldn’t change where I am today for anything.”

On average, enlisted service members have been leaving the U.S. military at a rate of roughly 200,000 each year, and the U.S. Department of Defense estimates the rate will remain high through 2019.

“As a new generation of service men and women come home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream that they helped to defend,” said David Casey, VP, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health who also served as a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant in Operation Desert Storm. “The Talent Connect Center is dedicated to helping to make the transition process easier for veterans through in-person and virtual skill-building, training and mentoring, and to create an environment that values diversity, leadership and working collaboratively.”

CVS Health supports our nation’s military in many ways. Through a partnership between MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans in Phoenix, AZ are able to access high quality care and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries at the walk-in clinic. The Company also provides charitable support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Fisher House, Operation Homefront, Operation Military Embrace, Operation Reinvent, ThanksUSA and the USO. CVS Health’s colleague resource group Valor is comprised of over 500 colleagues with a passion to serve those who have served our country.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts: 
Joe Goode
CVS Health
(401) 770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office
(910) 396-2920

SOURCE: CVS Health

Asda reveals its THREE Christmas trends, and unveils over 150 new products in preparation for the season

Asda reveals its THREE Christmas trends, and unveils over 150 new products in preparation for the season

 

  • Asda reveals its top three Christmas trends
  • Try Christmas feasts infused with botanical gin
  • Move over pigs in blankets, deer in duvets are coming!
  • Bring on the Christmas pudding stuffing

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gin is set to quench the nation’s taste buds this Christmas, not just with tonic or in a negroni, but infused into savoury centrepieces and sweet treats, so says Asda as it reveals its THREE festive trends, and unveils over 150 new products in preparation for the season.

GIN, GLORIOUS GIN!

Gin lovers across the nation will delight that their favourite tipple has inspired a selection of this year’s products, including a Sloe Gin Ham Joint, Mulled Gin Spice Kit, as an alternative to the usual mulled wine for those cold winter evenings, a Sloe Gin and Cranberry Jelly for the cheeseboard, Belgian Chocolate Gin Truffles and Extra Special Premium Gin.

BRING ON THE BANQUET

But it doesn’t just stop with gin. Winter is coming, and Asda has been inspired by the decadent feasts in the fictional banquet halls of Game of Thrones, bringing show-stopping roasts to the dining table. Feast on a striking Extra Special Triple Lamb Crown served with afestive fruit stuffing and port and mint jus, where three succulent racks come together to create a regal Christmas crown decorated with rosemary sprigs.

Other dishes include Extra Special Toffee Apple Pork Hog Roast coated in a sticky toffee apple sauce – perfect for tear and share moments with family and friends. And in a twist on pigs in blankets, Asda is launching Deer in Duvets – venison sausages wrapped in cured bacon, and an Extra Special Chunky Christmas Pudding Stuffing that is loaded with festive flavours.

EXPERTLY BROUGHT TO THE TABLE

Set on bringing affordable magic to households this Christmas, Asda has worked closely with expert butchers and small-scale producers to make sure traditional techniques sit at the heart of its range. From the meticulous curing that goes into producing the rich flavour of its striking Half Serrano Ham Leg, to the delicate handmade chocolate marble shards on the Extra Special Chocolate Cake, great prices will not compromise great quality.

Mark Richmond, Innovation Development Chef for Asda commented: “Christmas is all about quality time with the family and indulging. We’ve been inspired by extravagant feasts from days gone by, turning classic dishes into imaginative and festive creations that are easy to prepare so people can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating.”

The proof is in the pudding, as indulgence levels continue into desserts, with this year’s showstoppers including an Extra Special Chocolate Reveal Cake, which features a chocolate dome that theatrically melts to reveal a hidden cluster of profiteroles. Pour over hot salted caramel sauce to reveal the goodies! There’s also a Giant Éclair, coming in at a foot-long and adding a wow-factor to any party.

To top off Asda’s magical spread, the kids will love the Christmas Tree Shaped Crumpets, a cute chocolate Free From Roddy the Reindeer and a white Chocolate Smash Igloo that they can smash open, that’s if they get past the chocolate penguin guarding it!

“To achieve our show-stopping spread this year, we’ve worked closely with suppliers, growers, farmers and specialist producers in the UK and further afield to ensure you enjoy the best flavours and top quality ingredients at an affordable price.” added Richmond.

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has more than 172,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 609 stores, including 32 Supercentres, 330 Superstores, 34 Asda Living stores, 197 Supermarkets, 26 depots and seven recycling centres across the UK. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98 per cent of UK homes are served by www.ASDA.com. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

For more information, please contact the Asda press office at Mischief PR on 020 3128 6600 or email asdafoodanddrink@mischiefpr.com

Source: ASDA

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Asda appoints the world’s first ‘Sommeasier’ and created the ‘Sommeasier’s Guide to Wine’

Asda appoints the world’s first ‘Sommeasier’ and created the ‘Sommeasier’s Guide to Wine’

 

  • Over a third of UK drinkers always stick to the same bottle of wine
  • 15% of us spend less than 10 seconds picking a bottle as ‘wine fright’ takes over
  • 42% find wine jargon confusing and misunderstand commonly used terms
  • Asda appoint world’s first wine ‘Sommeasier’ to make the world of wine easier to understand

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — No matter whether a Merlot, Malbec or Muscat, Brits are bungling-up their wine choices due to a lack of confidence and knowledge, resulting in over a third (37%) of UK drinkers admitting to buying the same bottle of wine every time they fancy a tipple and never trying anything new.

With just over 15% of Brits spending less than 10 seconds on picking a bottle, it comes as no surprise that the list of top-selling wines has remained relatively unchanged in the last ten years, with the usual suspects consistently making the list of most-purchased wines:

Red

– Merlot

– Cabernet Sauvignon

– Shiraz

White

– Sauvignon Blanc

– Pinot Grigio

– Chardonnay

The new research commissioned by Asda shows that although Brits have become much more adventurous when it comes to new food trends in recent years, they stick to what they know in the wine aisle, with over one fifth of those surveyed (22%) saying they can find the vast amount of wine to choose from intimidating and don’t know where to start when it comes to picking a new bottle.

Of those questioned, almost two fifths (39%) of Brits cannot name any wine varieties and a further 17% think there are only three grape varieties to choose from – red, white and rosé – attributing to this habitual shopping pattern.

To help give the UK some grape guidance, Asda has appointed the world’s first ‘Sommeasier’ and created the ‘Sommeasier’s Guide to Wine’, turning the traditional role of expert Sommelier on its head to help the nation navigate the vast and sometimes confusing world of wine for themselves.

Asda wine expert, Ed Betts, who has spent the last 17 years perfecting his wine knowledge, has taken up the role of Sommeasier in a bid to help bamboozled Brits expand their wine knowledge – compiling an easy to understand guide to help customers successfully navigate the wine aisles.

Ed comments: “With so many colours, grapes and countries to choose from, selecting a bottle of wine can be daunting. Whilst some restaurants have wine specialists called Sommeliers, we wanted to come up with a simple solution to enable customers to have the confidence and understanding to make the right choices for themselves – so the idea of a ‘Sommeasier’ was born. Our Sommeasier Guide will help remove the mystery around wine and the jargon associated with it encouraging shoppers to try something new.”

In a legacy harking back to the days of ‘80s wine experts such as Jilly Goolden, over half (53%) of Brits think the world of wine can be rather snobby, with one fifth (20%) finding it especially awkward when people sniff and swill the glass when trying wine, and a further 42% saying they find the terminology used to describe wine confusing.

Most understand more well-known terms like dry (76%), crisp (52%) and full-bodied (56%), but are baffled when it comes to building material-esque descriptions such as complex (15%) or dense (12%), or terms such as elegant (13%) and flamboyant (6%) which are more akin to a catwalk than a wine aisle.

To help with the difficult terms, Asda’s Sommeasier Guide to Wine includes a jargon busting section, helping uncertain Brits understand, for example, that a ‘crisp wine’ isn’t in fact a wine that goes well with your favourite bowl of crisps, but rather a tipple usually high in acidity.

Making wine even more accessible, Asda has expanded its award-winning Wine Atlas range of entry-level, affordable bottles from around the world, helping make the choice easier for customers looking for something a little different.

Download the Asda Sommeasier Guide here: www.asdagoodliving.co.uk/food/features/a-beginners-guide-to-wine.

Notes to editors

*Research conducted by OnePoll amongst 1,500 UK respondents between 13th-14th July 2017.

About Asda Stores Ltd.

Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.
Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.
Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

For more information, please contact the Asda press office at Mischief PR on 020 3128 6600 or email asdafoodanddrink@mischiefpr.com

Source: ASDA

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NRF names Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (July 19, 2017) named Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Legislator of the Year as retailers from across the country gathered for NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit congressional fly-in.

“Mike Kelly is a true advocate for the retail industry and we want to thank him for his ongoing support,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We need the backing of lawmakers like him to help retailers across the country grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities.”

“I am incredibly grateful to receive this tremendous honor and want to express my gratitude to everyone at today’s breakfast,” Kelly said. “Retailers are the backbone of our nation’s economy. They impact every single American’s daily life, from the food we enjoy to the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, and everything in between.”

“As a lifelong automobile dealer, I know firsthand just how important retailers are to not only consumers but to our associates, their families, and the communities they call home,” Kelly said. “Retail means jobs, retail means growth, retail means opportunity. I consider it a personal duty to help keep these things true by bringing my own private sector experience to the table each and every day on behalf of all those who ‘walk the walk’ and know how our economy truly works.”

Kelly is a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, where he serves on the tax, trade and Social Security subcommittees. He was chosen for the Legislator of the Year award by the NRF Policy Council because of his support of pro-growth tax reform and his opposition to a controversial border adjustment tax proposal that would drive up prices for consumers and potentially force some retailers out of business.

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

Contact:
Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source NRF

Tractor Supply Company to release its second quarter 2017 results on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BRENTWOOD, Tenn, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, intends to release its second quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.  In conjunction with this release, the management of Tractor Supply Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, which will be simultaneously webcast live over the Internet at IR.TractorSupply.com.

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

A replay of the webcast will be available at IR.TractorSupply.com shortly after the conference call concludes.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,617 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 152 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Contact:

Kurt D. Barton
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Auntie Anne’s® invites fans to vote for the next Pretzel Nation Creation

Auntie Anne’s® invites fans to vote for the next Pretzel Nation Creation

 

LANCASTER, Pa., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pretzel lovers rejoice: Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is unveiling a delectable new pretzel flavor. The best part? The public will decide which salty, sweet or spicy pretzel will be available at Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide. July 21st through July 30th, fans can let their voices be heard by voting for the next Pretzel Nation Creation at www.pretzelnationcreation.com.

“Since Auntie Anne’s opened in 1988, we’ve been raising the standard of snacking with our delicious hand-rolled pretzel options,” said Carol Pasquariello, vice president of marketing for Auntie Anne’s. “We couldn’t be more excited to offer our pretzel connoisseurs a brand-new reason to love Auntie Anne’s with a flavor chosen specifically by them.”

An initial request for flavors on social media last month generated more 1,200 fan suggestions. The ten most popular flavors comprise the Pretzel Nation Creation finalists, a mouthwatering mix of sweet and savory.

For fans with a sweet-tooth:

·        Apple Pie: Conjuring thoughts of holiday happiness, this tart is as American as the real thing.

·        Chocolate Cherry: Fruity, fudgy goodness – what could be better?

·        Maple Brown Sugar: Tastes like breakfast, but not so sticky.

·        S’mores: Skip the bonfire and enjoy with each tasty, marshmallow-y bite.

·        Pink Lemonade: A refreshing, tangy treat — no summer day or straw required.

For those craving a little bit of zest on their taste buds:

·        Sriracha: A savory pretzel that’s oh-so-hot in the best possible way.

·        Taco: Move over steak, chicken and fish, the pretzel taco is the new craze.

·        Korean BBQ: Smoky bites so good, this pretzel tastes like it was marinated for hours and hours.

·        Dill Pickle: Add a crunchy dill punch to your pretzel.

·        Buffalo Wing: A zingy taste that could be enjoyed from Buffalo to San Diego and everywhere in between.

The new Pretzel Nation Creation flavor will join the likes of other Auntie Anne’s delights, including Pepperoni, Cinnamon Sugar, Sweet Almond and more. Fans can vote as many times as they want (binge voting sessions are encouraged) and should keep an eye out for the new flavor available in stores for a limited time only later this year. Happy and tasty voting!

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 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

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Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited donate $58,440 to The Canadian Red Cross

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Canadian Red Cross will have $58,440 added to the B.C. Wildfire Appeal thanks to a generous donation from Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Saskatoon.

“We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business and causes that matter to our member-owners. In light of the recent wildfires throughout the province, we are honoured to support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Red Cross,” said Dave Hoy, Chair of the Vancouver Island Co-op Management Group and CEO/General Manager of Peninsula Co-op.

“The unity between the Vancouver Island Co-ops, at a time of great need in our province, has been remarkable,” said Hoy. “Contributing locations include Peninsula Co-op, Mid-Island, Port Alberni, Comox, Tofino, Ucluelet, North Island, Hornby and Sointula. Many of our member-owners, customers and staff have close friends and family affected by the fires, and we feel that this donation is simply the right thing to do.”

“Federated Co-op has a donation-matching plan in place to work with local Co-ops and their fundraising efforts,” said Dave Dyck, Associate Vice-President Calgary Region with FCL. “We will be matching the Vancouver Island Co-ops’ donation, bringing the total value of this donation to $58,440. All funds will be allocated directly to the B.C. wildfire efforts. In addition, Federated Co-op recently donated $1 million over five years to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Disaster Management Program across Western Canada.”

The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters — situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions.

Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs, including shelter, family reunification assistance, finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food. They work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities.

Source: CO-OP

Kimco: Cinépolis USA to bring its Luxury Cinema concept to Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Kimco: Cinépolis USA to bring its Luxury Cinema concept to Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland

 

The arrival of this luxury cinema kicks off a full-scale redevelopment of the Maryland open-air shopping center

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) announced that it has signed a lease with Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor, to bring their Luxury Cinema concept to Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This announcement marks the first stage in a comprehensive redevelopment of the 250,000-square-foot center which will result in a walkable, mixed-use destination with a wide array of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

“With Cinépolis USA, we’re bringing the very best in entertainment to the residents of Gaithersburg,” said Tom Simmons, President of Kimco’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We consider this the first step in transforming Kentlands Market Square into the vibrant town center that it was always intended to be.”

Kentlands Market Square is a Whole Foods-anchored, open-air center in an affluent master-planned community in a northwest suburb of Washington D.C. Kimco acquired the center in 2016 in large part because of the asset’s prime redevelopment potential. The company’s planned multi-year project will include renovated facades, improved pedestrian access and signage, as well as upgraded lighting and landscaping, in addition to increased density. The project’s focal point will be the revitalization of Market Street, the center’s “main street,” including the creation of a new “paseo” lined with cafes, boutiques and service offerings.

“The redevelopment of Kentlands Market Square is a prime example of how retail will evolve to meet changing consumer needs,” said David Jamieson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kimco Realty. “By bringing in a unique operator like Cinépolis USA, we’re elevating the experience at Kentlands and providing residents with much more than just a shopping trip. The addition of entertainment, dining and service offerings, along with top-performing retailers, is key to our redevelopment strategy and the execution of our 2020 Vision.”

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas-Gaithersburg, anticipated to open in 2019, marks Cinépolis USA’s debut into Maryland and adds to the brand’s existing list of 16 movie houses in the U.S., six of which are Luxury Cinemas. The approximately 34,000-square-foot movie theater will hold 540 seats, and offer guests an exciting new movie-going experience with its fully-reclining leather seat auditoriums, cutting-edge sound and high-definition projection technology, an upscale lounge-style lobby space, gourmet meals and a curated selection of beer, wine and liquor, as well as its in-theater waiter service.

“Teaming with Kimco to be an entertainment anchor in Kentlands Market Square is a tremendous opportunity,” said Neil Baron, Vice President of Real Estate, Cinépolis USA. “The breadth of this project, coupled with the company’s exceptional background, marks an exciting move for the area of which we are thrilled to be a part. The redevelopment’s emphasis on building community and offering a wide series of elevated experiences are brand pillars for Cinépolis USA. We look forward to introducing an unforgettable luxury experience to new film aficionados in the area.”

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space across 32 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

About Cinépolis USA

Cinépolis USA is a leading world-class cinema exhibitor that offers guests enhanced movie-going experiences through its “Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas” and “Cinépolis” theater concepts, and newly debuted 4DX and kid-approved Cinépolis Junior auditoriums. The Dallas-based theater chain opened its first theater in Del Mar, CA in July 2011 and has some of the top performing theaters in the country, currently operating a total of 16 theaters with a presence in Southern California, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Additional theaters across the U.S. are planned to open in the next few years. Its México-based parent company, Cinépolis, is the fourth largest movie theater exhibitor in the world. For more information about Cinépolis USA, please visit www.cinepolisusa.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CinepolisUSA, Instagram at @CinepolisUSA or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CinepolisUSA.

Contact:
Jennifer Maisch
516-869-7224
Director, Corporate Communications
jmaisch@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

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Stanley Black & Decker declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per common share

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced today ( July 19, 2017) that its Board of Directors approved a $0.05 increase of its quarterly cash dividend to $0.63 per common share. This marks the 50th consecutive annual dividend increase for the company. The dividend is payable on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Stanley Black & Decker’s President and CEO, James M. Loree, commented, “A strong and growing dividend continues to be a critical component of our shareholder value proposition.  I am pleased to continue the trend of consecutive increases, which has now spanned five decades.”

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Stanley Black & Decker Investor Contacts:

Dennis Lange
Vice President, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3833
dennis.lange@sbdinc.com

Michelle Hards
Director, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3913
michelle.hards@sbdinc.com

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

Old Navy celebrates extraordinary teachers through a series of music videos

EIGHT MUSIC VIDEOS CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF OLD NAVY’S CAUSE PLATFORM ‘ONWARD!’

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old Navy is championing the unsung heroes of back-to-school – the incredible teachers – through a series of music videos. The eight videos feature original songs penned and performed by extraordinary teachers from across the United States. Created in partnership with Pharrell Williams’ creative collective, i am OTHER, the videos celebrate the launch of Old Navy’s cause platform ONward! focused on taking the next generation to the next level.

In each video of the ONward! album, teachers impart important messages to the next generation through catchy tunes while outfitted in Old Navy’s latest back-to-school styles.

  • The title track “ONward!” by Cedric Gardner, Youth Specialist and Professional Dancer from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, puts Old Navy’s cause platform to music, featuring Boys & Girls Clubs’ kids as back-up dancers.
  • “Welcome Back to School” by Dwayne Reed, a Fifth Grade teacher at LEARN Campbell in Chicago, provides a sequel to Mr. Reed’s 2016 viral sensation “Welcome to the 4th Grade” with his signature uplifting rap style.
  • “Sing Out” by Nathan Myers, Choral Director at Booker T. Washington in Dallas, is a Broadway-style anthem about finding your voice.
  • “Strut” by Shani Perez, Elementary School Arts Teacher at PS 51 in New York City, celebrates the annual fashion show put on by her Fifth graders and features students strutting down the runway.
  • “Familia” by Kimberly Vega, Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Illuminar in Los Angeles, mixes lyrics in Spanish and English in celebration of the strong Latino culture of East LA.
  • “A Fashion Computation” by Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, Middle School Math Teacher at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, is a rap about pulling together outfit combinations using simple math equations.
  • “Be Myself” by Beth Fortune, Orchestra Director at Washington Middle School in Seattle, is a folk rock piece co-written and performed with three of her students.
  • “I Choose You” by Craig Duchemin, Special Education teacher at Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C., is a spoken word ballad about how our differences make us unique.

The team at i am OTHER lent their expertise to the project, helping each teacher find their inner rock star through the songwriting and recording process. Darius Scott, a top 20 Finalist from Pharrell Williams’ team on Season 9 of NBC’s The Voice, served as the lead music producer on the project and also stars in the ONward! video. All videos are available on Old Navy’s YouTube page at YouTube.com/OldNavy, and the songs are also available via Apple Music and Spotify.

The videos celebrate Old Navy’s belief in big dreams and bigger opportunities for the next generation. Through cause platform ONward!, Old Navy partners with nonprofits to empower the next generation with real-world skills, training, and job opportunities to make a difference in our communities and blaze a path forward to a brighter future. For over a decade, Old Navy has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to help turn learners into leaders, and has donated over $10 million to support the cause. The brand has also committed to providing youth from local nonprofits with 10,000 jobs by 2020 through the This Way Ahead paid-internship and training program. Learn more at OldNavy.com/ONward.

During the back-to-school shopping season, Old Navy is sponsoring a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $1 million to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC). From July 27 to August 7, Old Navy will match in-store customer donations to BGCA and BGCC, combined up to $350,000. Customers can donate at the register at all U.S. and Canada stores. Old Navy is also adding functionality to their online checkout to allow customers to donate year-round to the nonprofits that ONward! supports.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About i am OTHER

i am OTHER, founded by Pharrell Williams, is a creative collective and strategic consultancy specializing in music, film, television, fashion and branding. The multi-faceted entertainment company serves as the umbrella for Williams’ various ventures. Built on the philosophy that individuality is the new wealth, this sentiment flows through each project. With offices in NY and LA, the collective creates content with a unique voice and no regard to rules.

Contact:
press@gap.com

Source: GAP Inc.

SUPERVALU’s common stock will trade on the NYSE on a split-adjusted basis beginning on August 2, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) (the “Company”) today (07/20/2017) announced a 1-for-7 reverse split of its common stock, effective as of the close of business on August 1, 2017. Beginning on August 2, 2017, the Company’s common stock will trade on the NYSE on a split-adjusted basis.

At the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders on July 19, 2017, the Company’s stockholders authorized the Board of Directors to amend the Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company to effect a reverse stock split at a ratio in the range of 1-for-5 to 1-for-7.

When the reverse stock split becomes effective, the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock will decrease to 57,142,857, while the number of issued and outstanding shares will be reduced from approximately 268,504,100 to 38,351,030. No fractional shares will be issued following the reverse stock split. In lieu of any fractional shares, any holder of less than one share of common stock will be entitled to receive cash for such holder’s fractional share. The reverse stock split will not impact the authorized number of shares of preferred stock of the Company, none of which are outstanding.

The reverse stock split will reduce the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under the Company’s equity compensation plans in proportion to the reverse stock split ratio. Upon effectiveness, the reverse stock split will cause a reduction in the number of shares of common stock issuable upon exercise or vesting of equity awards in proportion to the reverse stock split ratio and will cause a proportionate increase in any exercise price of such awards. The number of shares of common stock issuable upon exercise or vesting of equity awards will be rounded to the nearest whole share.

The Company’s common stock will continue to trade on the NYSE under the symbol “SVU.” The new CUSIP number for the common stock following the reverse stock split is 868536 301.

Registered stockholders holding all of their shares of common stock electronically in book-entry form do not need to take any action in connection with the reverse stock split. For those stockholders holding physical stock certificates, the Company’s transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, will send instructions for the surrender of such stockholders’ current certificates in exchange for a statement of holding. When such stockholders submit their certificates representing pre-split shares of common stock, their post-split shares, if any, will be held electronically in direct registration book entry account. This means that, instead of receiving a new stock certificate, these stockholders will receive a statement of holding that indicates the number of post-split shares, if any, they own. The Company will no longer issue physical stock certificates unless a stockholder makes a specific request for a share certificate representing the stockholder’s post-split ownership interest or if the stockholder holds restricted shares.

Additional information about the reverse stock split can be found in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 5, 2017, a copy of which is also available at www.sec.gov or at www.supervalu.com under the SEC Filings tab located on the Investors page.

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

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

Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry.

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

Contacts:

Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

JCPenney expands its City Streets® private brand with casual sportswear and fashion accessories just in time for back-to-school

JCPenney expands its City Streets® private brand with casual sportswear and fashion accessories just in time for back-to-school

 

  • Company Transforms City Streets® to Fast Fashion Brand Available at Extreme Value Prices
  • JCPenney.com Products Now Ship Free to any JCPenney Store with No Minimum Threshold

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is accelerating in the fast fashion lane with the expansion of its City Streets® private brand by offering trend-right merchandise priced at an extreme value just in time for back-to-school. The newly expanded collection now encompasses casual sportswear and fashion accessories for the entire family and is the latest apparel initiative designed to attract new and younger customers to JCPenney, while swiftly meeting demand for stylish apparel at everyday low prices. These items and more are now available for free shipping when purchased at JCPenney.com and customers choose to have their order shipped to a local JCPenney store for easy pickup.

“We reinvented the City Streets brand this past spring to better compete with specialty and off-price retailers who are providing new, trend-relevant merchandise on a quicker production timeline,” said John Tighe, chief merchant for JCPenney. “With City Streets, we can offer affordable fast fashion for shoppers who want to continuously update their wardrobe with the latest styles.”

The entire City Streets collection, as well as select items from other JCPenney private brands, will be part of a merchandise assortment priced at an extreme value every day. These products have low, fixed price points that do not require a sale and are coupon eligible. Throughout the year, the City Streets assortment will evolve based on what’s popular for the season, such as $5 flip flops, $9 shortsand $10 sunglasses for summer, and $7 backpacks, $15 jeans and $12 sneakers for back-to-school.

For back-to-school, JCPenney is encouraging friendship by highlighting City Streets anti-bullying tees that convey statements of positivity, such as “Choose Nice” and “Super Heroes Stick Up For Everyone.” Shirts available in the kid’s department will include “Fashion Against Bullying” hangtags that provide information for contacting Teen Line, a crisis hotline where students can receive help or advice against bullying. The friendship tees are available in all stores and at JCPenney.com from $5 to $7.

Revving-Up Value and Savings and Free Shipping Incentives
JCPenney shoppers will find compelling deals on the latest trends throughout the entire season. Back-to-school promotions begin with the roll out of “Power Penney Days” on July 21, showcasing $3, $5, $7 and $9 deals on select items. Customers can also take advantage of extra savings with a 15 percent off coupon valid through July 23 or a $10 off $10 or more coupon giveaway available to early shoppers in stores on July 22, while supplies last.

Customers shopping jcpenney.com will have the added convenience of shipping their online orders to their local JCPenney store with no minimum order requirement or shipping charge. The merchandise assortment online offers four times the selection of the largest JCPenney store, giving customers broader access to sizes, styles and new product categories not found in stores, such as electronics, sporting goods and musical instruments. Additionally, thousands of items are available for free same-day pickup in any given store.

Accelerating Apparel Production
JCPenney is leaning into fast fashion by reducing the development timeline of select private brand merchandise by 40 percent. The Company has one of the most sophisticated in-house design and sourcing operations in the industry, and is leveraging supply chain efficiencies, as well as the expertise of its merchant and store teams, to accelerate apparel production and the in-store delivery process. With the new speed-to-market initiative, JCPenney can react more quickly to consumer trends, allocate the right product mix and deliver value at the faster pace shoppers have come to expect.

To download this release in English or Spanish, and for back-to-school related images and store b-roll, please visit: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2017/0720_back_to_school.html

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

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow @jcpnews on Twitter for the latest announcements and Company information.

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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Sequential Brands Group to issue 2Q financial results on Thursday, July 27, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) will issue financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017 before the market opens on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Management will provide further commentary on the Company’s financial results via a conference call at 8:30 am ET that day. To join the conference call, please dial (877) 407-0789 or visit the investor relations page on the Company’s website: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, active and fashion categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.  To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Media and Investor Relations Contact:

Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Source:Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams unveil Fall 2017 trends and must-have items

T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams unveil Fall 2017 trends and must-have items

 

HONG KONG, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams kicked off the Fall 2017 season with an evening of fashion and fun on July 15, co-hosted by some of the fashion world’s best-known international stylists. Celebrity stylist and fashion blogger Tina Leung, Men’s Uno Hong Kong style director Declan Chan, and fashion stylist and blogger Faye Tsui curated their top picks for the season, showcasing the Fall trends and must-have items from across T Galleria by DFS’ collection of more than 40 fashion and accessories brands.

Hosted within T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams’ expansive 30,000 square foot shoe hall, guests including socialites, influencers and DFS LOYAL T members, explored a bevy of games and activations reflecting the curated collections and Fall seasonal trends. At Declan Chan’s Garden Party, inspired by the classic English garden, guests enjoyed a giant game of dice, while sipping bespoke cocktails from Johnnie Walker and perusing Declan’s selections from Aquazurra, Burberry, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana and La Perla.

Just steps away, Club CUBIC’s own DJ Copan Kasten spun the latest hits at Tina Leung’s Music Room. Known as the “Fashion Queen of Asia”, Tina showcased her favorite pieces for dancing the night away from Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Rene Caovilla and Sophia Webster. Adding an extra element of discovery, guests entered the Music Room through the “Boom Boom Room,” an interactive video booth where they could dance and pose for their best Boomerang shot.

To help beat the heat in the last days of Summer, guests headed to Faye Tsui’s Pool Party where they competed in a carnival-style duck pond game for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Faye’s curated collection of sandals, swimsuits and accessories from Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch are the perfect picks for a day at the pool.

The evening continued with a unique culinary experience crafted by Chef Fabrice Vulin, the celebrity chef behind City of Dreams’ two-Michelin-starred The Tasting Room. From the world’s finest caviar to the world exclusive beef from Alexandre Polmard which The Tasting Room is the only restaurant in Asia to offer, guests enjoyed a sophisticated and extraordinary gastronomic journey.

The night then wrapped with the after party at Club CUBIC featuring a spectacular performance by Cirque le Soir.

Spanning two floors and nestled in the heart of Asia’s leading integrated resort City of Dreams, T Galleria by DFS’ shoe salon features over 50 men’s and women’s shoe brands and is the largest shoe salon in Hong Kong and Macau, offering shoppers exclusive-to-Macau brands such as Aquazzura, Bing Xu, Church’s, Corthay and Rupert Sanderson. Highlights include a dedicated sneaker wall featuring popular brands such as Adidas Originals, Alexander McQueen, Giuseppe Zanotti and Valentino as well as the Louvre Café, where shoppers can relax and enjoy enticing selection of pastries, cakes and bistro favorites inspired by the tranquil, luscious European garden courtyards.

From now until July 31, DFS LOYAL T members have a chance to earn 2X LOYAL T points on purchases in Fashion and Accessories and Watches and Jewelry at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams. Shoppers who sign up for City of Dreams’ City Club membership also have a chance to win a 365-day unlimited flight pass, among many other prizes and promotions*, as part of the resort’s “Travel Without Limits” campaign.

July also marks the launch of T Galleria by DFS’ Let’s Travel Together campaign. Following DFS’ crew of global adventurers as they explore the most exciting places in the world, July’s episodes feature travel writer Maoli (猫力) as she discovers Auckland, New Zealand, and chef Marcus Samuelsson as he visits Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each month, T Galleria by DFS will unveil new episodes letting fans of @DFSOfficial get inspired for their next getaway.

Contact:

press.enquiries@dfs.com

Source: DFS

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Martins Group reaches 100 thousand employee milestone

Lisbon, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the year in which it is celebrating a history of 225 years, the Jerónimo Martins Group has reached the 100 thousand employee milestone. Biedronka, the leading supermarket chain in Poland, is responsible for over two thirds of the Group’s total universe of employees.

Over the last few decades, the strong commitment to growth and to the sustained development of the business have transformed a medium-sized Portuguese company into one of the biggest food retail groups in Europe, with operations in Portugal and in Poland, as well as in Colombia.

The Group’s current dimension is the result of the engagement and results-orientation of several generations of employees, making it possible to go from 300 to 100 thousand employees in five decades (from 1968 to 2017).

Pedro Soares dos Santos, the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, states that “it is with satisfaction and further responsibility that I am recording this milestone in the Group’s history.” He also adds that “the capacity to continue attracting and retaining the best professionals in the widest variety of areas and to the different levels of the organisation is essential for us to successfully achieve our set objectives.”

At the time of reaching 100 thousand employees we have also attained 100 thousand followers on LinkedIn, the largest professional social network in the world. The Group’s official page was created in 2013 and has been gradually gaining followers to become one of the biggest corporate pages in Portugal.

Besides sharing career opportunities in the three countries in which the Group is present, followers of this page can also find content about Jerónimo Martins’ activity, its talent programmes and corporate responsibility initiatives.

For further information, contact:
Rita Fragoso
rita.fragoso@jeronimo-martins.pt
+351-21 752 61 14

Source: Jerónimo Martins Group

BESTSELLER announces Ms. Dee Poon as inspirational speaker at UNLEASH

BESTSELLER announces Ms. Dee Poon as inspirational speaker at UNLEASH

 

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — 1,000 global talents will gather in Denmark this August to look for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. UNLEASH is the name of the event, and it culminates in a grand award show, where presentation of the best solutions will be garnished with world class speakers – BESTSELLER is proud to be presenting one of them.

BESTSELLER is partner of the UNLEASH track ‘Sustainable Production and Consumption’ where more than 120 talents are allocated to find solutions to issues within industries like the fashion industry. To add to this agenda, and to explain the complexity of turning an entire industry onto a more sustainable path, BESTSELLER is proud to present Ms. Dee Poon as inspirational speaker at UNLEASH.

MEET MS. DEE POON
Dee Poon represents one of the largest suppliers of premium shirts and polos around the world – The Esquel Group. The company has been a key supplier for BESTSELLER for over a decade, and the group has a profound focus on sustainability in its way of conducting business and it operates with values that are easily identifiable for BESTSELLER.

Being the daughter of the Esquel Group Chairman, Dee has practically been raised on the company values, and the will to make a difference in the world is something she has taken with her in her current position as Managing Director of Brands and Distribution of the Esquel Group.

“When we think about building a sustainable future, we are talking about creating an environment where our children – and their children – will thrive. To make this happen, we must reimagine our role as suppliers and make sustainability a top priority. At Esquel, we have been integrating sustainability into every step of our comprehensive supply chain, from the cotton farms to our fabric mills and garment factories,” Dee Poon says when asked to comment on the importance of sustainability and the role of suppliers.

“To really make a difference, sustainability and positive actions must come from all parts of the value chain – including consumers, retailers and producers. We therefore look very much forward to hearing Dee Poon – representing her family company that we respect a lot – present her views on sustainability from a supplier perspective,” says Anders Holch Povlsen, Owner and CEO of BESTSELLER.

Dee Poon will give her speech at the ‘UNLEASH Award Show – Presented by BESTSELLER’ on 21 August in Concert Hall (Musikhuset) in Aarhus.

Contact:

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: BESTSELLER

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DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Second Skin adds male and female Training apparel products to its assortment

DICK’S also adds Training apparel to the private label brand’s assortment 

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods announced today  (July 20, 2017) the expansion of its private label brand Second Skin to include male and female Training apparel products now available at over 350 DICK’S Sporting Goods nationwide. Beginning July 28, the expanded Second Skin line will be available in-store and online at SecondSkin.com and dicks.com.

Launched in April 2017 and previously only available online, Second Skin is DICK’S Sporting Goods’ complete line of technology-rich apparel designed to support high-intensity athletes participating in CrossFit, Obstacle Course Racing, long distance running, triathlons and other emerging fitness activities.

The initial offering of Second Skin was limited to compression apparel that was only available online. The expanded assortment brings premium-quality Training apparel to DICK’S Sporting Goods stores across the country, providing this growing and currently underserved group of athletes a more robust product offering.

“Every detail that went into creating Second Skin products is focused on the athlete, and we’ve always puts performance first,” said Ryan Eckel, Vice President of Brand Marketing, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “These athletes are doing incredibly intense fitness routines and need high levels of support and protection from their training gear.”

Second Skin products bring together the perfect blend of fit, function, sophistication, and premium-technology at competitive price points. Key pieces of the new Training apparel line include a variety of tops, bottoms, layering pieces and outerwear for men and women ranging in price from $35 to $150.

“Second Skin is a brand that understands what athletes like myself need to succeed while training and competing,” said Second Skin ambassador and elite Obstacle Course Racer, Hunter McIntyre. “I am excited that Second Skin will be more widely-accessible, so other Obstacle Course Racers and high-intensity athletes have access to the apparel that I’ve loved using over the past several months.”

Joining McIntyre, Second Skin will continue working with premiere athlete, Best-Selling Author and Second Skin ambassador Christmas Abbott,as well as more than 200 athletes, trainers and mentors across a variety of fitness communities.

For more information, please visit SecondSkin.com. Customers can also follow the latest news from Second Skin by liking the Second Skin Facebook page – Second Skin Gear – or following the Instagram handle – @SecondSkinGear.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

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

Contact: 

press@dcsg.com
724-273-5552

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Citi and PayPal expand cooperation to enable Citi Cardmembers to Use ThankYou Points at PayPal Checkout

Deal Will Enable Citi Cardmembers to Use ThankYou Points at PayPal Checkout

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jul 20, 2017), Citi and PayPal announced an expansion of their strategic agreement that will broaden consumer payment choices by enabling eligible Citi cardmembers to use their ThankYou Points to pay for all or part of purchases when shopping online at millions of merchants that accept PayPal in the United States. This functionality is slated to launch in 2018.

“At Citi, we continuously strive to enable consumers to transact when they want and how they want,” said Ralph Andretta, Head of U.S. Branded Cards, Citi. “Our expanded agreement with PayPal will enable our 14 million ThankYou Rewards members in the U.S. to utilize an innovative, intuitive new channel to redeem their points. We also look forward to offering this capability on a global scale in the near future.”

In 2016, Citi entered into a strategic agreement with PayPal to enable cardmembers to use their cards with PayPal seamlessly – online, in-app and in store. The agreement also included a plan to tokenize cards for customers wishing to use PayPal for in-store purchases, across Mastercard and Visa portfolios in the U.S.

“This agreement with Citi is about deepening our relationship as well as creating a deeper platform integration that can add value to our joint customers,” said Gary Marino, Chief Commercial Officer at PayPal. “Soon we can offer a new way for Citi cardmembers to purchase items online with Citi ThankYou Points at millions of our merchants in the U.S. These new capabilities showcase the power and flexibility of our technology platforms.”

This announcement follows the introduction of a series of new, innovative enhancements to Citi’s mobile offerings including the ability to dispute certain credit card charges, view or download PDF statements, as well as track the steps of their replacement credit card delivery in real-time within the Citi Mobile App.

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq:PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 203 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal financial information, visit https://investor.paypalcorp.com.

Contact:

Citi
Jennifer Bombardier
718-248-4652
jennifer.bombardier@citi.com

PayPal
Chris Morse
914-413-3045
cmorse@paypal.com

Source: Citi and PayPal

JPMorgan Chase and PayPal to make it easy to add Chase cards via Chase Pay to PayPal accounts

Chase consumers will be able to seamlessly link their Chase cards to PayPal and pay with Ultimate Rewards points when linked to Chase Pay where PayPal is accepted online and in app

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), two global payments leaders, have announced a partnership that will make it easy to add Chase cards via Chase Pay to PayPal accounts, and will soon offer customers the option of paying with Ultimate Rewards points when linked through Chase Pay at PayPal’s millions of online merchants.

In addition, PayPal will have the ability to process payments on ChaseNet, a unique, closed-loop payment network.

“We’re excited to partner with PayPal — both our companies have been innovators in payments and we share a focus on making the payment experience simpler for our customers and merchants,” said Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer & Community Banking at Chase.

Highlights of the partnership:

  • Chase customers will be able to seamlessly link their Chase cards via Chase Pay to their PayPal Wallet and have the option to pay with Ultimate Rewards points when linked through Chase Pay at PayPal’s millions of online merchants
  • Chase and PayPal will make it easy for PayPal customers to link their Chase cards to their PayPal account
  • J.P. Morgan will process Chase card payments from PayPal via ChaseNet
  • Chase cardholders will be able to use their PayPal account in store through the PayPal mobile wallet
  • Braintree will make Chase Pay available as a payment method for its merchants to integrate into their checkout experiences
  • A pipeline of future payments innovations will benefit approximately 94 million credit, debit and pre-paid card accounts, and four million businesses Chase serves

“This partnership is about deepening our relationship and leveraging each other’s core assets to deliver simple, secure and truly transformative payment experiences for our joint customers,” said Dan Schulman, PayPal’s CEO. “Our deep platform integration will add tremendous value to consumers who can now use PayPal and Chase products in more places, but also create new payment methods that will allow consumers to have more spending power at our millions of merchant locations online, in app and in store.”

About Merchant Services and Chase Pay from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Merchant Services is the payment acceptance and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) – a global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. It is a leading provider of payment, fraud management and data security solutions, capable of authorizing payment transactions in more than 130 currencies. Its processing platforms, including ChaseNet, provide integrated solutions for all major credit and debit card payments as well as mobile payments. The firm processed more than $1 trillion in payment transaction volume worldwide in 2016 and is the #1 ranked merchant acquirer worldwide according to The Nilson Report. Chase Pay is the firm’s digital wallet available on approximately 94 million Chase credit, debit and pre-paid card accounts. Chase Pay benefits both consumers and merchants with its simple, safe, and rewarding experience for online and mobile users. For more visit jpmorganchase.com.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 203 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal financial information, visit https://investor.paypal-corp.com/.

Contacts:

Chase:
MaryJane H. Rogers
maryjane.h.rogers@chase.com

Maribel Ferrer
maribel.ferrer@chase.com

PayPal:
Chris Morse
914-413-3045
cmorse@paypal.com

Source:  JPMorgan Chase