KickStarter Campaign: No ice cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu ( has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

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The Wendy’s Company elects Kristin A. Dolan to its Board of Directors

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today (July 20, 2017) announced that on July 19, 2017, its Board of Directors has increased the size of the Board from 11 to 12 members and elected Kristin A. Dolan to serve as a director of the Company, effective immediately.

Dolan is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of 605 LLC, an audience measurement and data analytics company in the media and entertainment industries, since its inception in November 2016. Prior to founding 605 LLC, Ms. Dolan worked at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a former large communications service provider, where she held several key leadership positions during her tenure with the company. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer, a role in which Ms. Dolan led all aspects of the company’s cable operations, including the advertising sales division and its development of data strategy for audience-driven advertising in the nation’s most influential television viewing market, and oversaw thousands of employees, including the company’s customer and field service workforce.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Chairman Nelson Peltz said, “My fellow Board members and I are delighted to welcome Kristin to serve on our Board. Her impressive experience in the media and entertainment marketing industries, coupled with her extensive experience as a chief executive officer, chief operating officer and public company director, brings valuable expertise and an insightful perspective to our Board.”

In addition to her Board seat with the Company, Dolan also serves as a director of AMC Networks Inc., The Madison Square Garden Companyand Revlon, Inc.

About The Wendy’s Company

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

Investor Contact:
Peter Koumas
Director – Investor Relations
(614) 764-8478

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Alibaba Group’s Tmall now carries Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today (July 20, 2017 ) announced the launch of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids on Alibaba Group’s (NYSE:BABA) Tmall, China’s largest consumer platform for brands and retailers. Tmall has carried the Hollister brand since 2014 and starting on July 26, it will also include a full offering of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products.

With 454 million annual active buyers across its China retail marketplaces, including Tmall, Alibaba Group is helping A&F meet the ever-growing and changing needs of Chinese consumers with a strategic omni-channel approach spanning online-to-offline. Additionally, with 75 percent of Alibaba Group’s users under the age of 35, and about 80 percent of its Gross Merchandise Value taking place on mobile, the demographics on Alibaba Group’s China retail marketplaces align well with the updated A&F brand’s target consumer in their twenties. Tmall enables brands to tap into its big data capability and innovative marketing tools such as live-streaming to provide consumers with a shopping experience that’s both deeply personalized and interactive.

A&F is focused on delivering both an engaging and seamless experience for its customers, whenever, wherever, and however they choose to shop.  A&F currently has ten physical stores in mainland China and a local site at While stores remain an important gateway for the brand, Alibaba Group’s vast reach creates an opportunity to meet the needs of consumers’ shopping preferences, including those without access to a physical store. A&F and Tmall plan to explore providing additional omni-channel capabilities to the shoppers.

“Alibaba Group places a strong emphasis on consumer engagement, which aligns with our focus on creating a unique online brand experience for our customers, as well as facilitating a seamless and frictionless shopping experience. Building on our Hollister brand’s successful partnership with the leader in China’s online retail space, we are excited to bring our A&F brand experience to the broader Chinese market, beyond the reach of our physical stores through Tmall,” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co

“We are excited to welcome Abercrombie & Fitch to the Tmall platform,” said Jessica Liu, President of Tmall Fashion, Alibaba Group. “Abercrombie is an iconic global brand that consumers, both on our platform and in China, have sought out for some time. We look forward to connecting our consumer base to the brand and working with Abercrombie & Fitch to further its international growth.”

About Abercrombie & Fitch
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

As of the end of Q1, Abercrombie & Fitch operates 278 stores in 20 countries. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

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Abercrombie & Fitch
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Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa

Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa


Kuwait, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the United States’ leading fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, has announced an exclusive development agreement with Kuwait-based retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The agreement provides for the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, with the first five restaurants scheduled to open in Kuwait and the UAE in 2018. The partnership with Alshaya marks the first expansion of Blaze Pizza outside of North America and represents the largest development deal in the brand’s history.

“There is really only one ‘best way’ to take your brand overseas and that is to partner with Alshaya,” said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. “For some time, we’ve been receiving requests to bring our brand to the Middle East. Now that we’ve partnered with Alshaya, we’re happy to say that we will be there soon.”

The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, recently opened its milestone 200th restaurant and has agreements in place to open more than 400 additional locations across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement with Alshaya includes the development of both traditional and delivery-only formats.

“Blaze Pizza is a very exciting and disruptive brand that fits nicely into our restaurant portfolio alongside Starbucks and Shake Shack,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to fast, authentic, customizable pizza, we see a tremendous opportunity to build Blaze into the dominant pizza brand in the Middle East and throughout the region.”

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Tops Friendly Markets partners with Moyer Beef to offer fresh, delicious, and wholesome premium beef

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — When you want to serve your family the very best, it’s only natural that you turn to your local Tops Friendly Markets. Thanks to a new partnership with Moyer Beef, fresh, delicious, and wholesome premium beef is now closer than you think. At Moyer Beef cattle is sourced from farms in NY, OH, and PA, allowing TOPS to provide its customers with fresh, local beef from small family farms.

“We know our customers are savvy shoppers, conscious about the products they purchase and where they are from. That’s why we are proud to partner with Moyer Beef as they take pride in doing business with small family farmers who share the same values we do,” said Jim Lane, director of meat/seafood for Tops Friendly Markets.

TOPS customers can select from a wide variety of the highest quality USDA Choice Moyer steaks from local, family farms including: • Porterhouse & T-bone Steaks • Boneless & Bone-In New York Strip Steaks • Boneless & Bone-In Ribeye Steaks • Boneless Top Sirloin Steaks • Top Round London Broil/Steaks To learn more about Moyer Beef at TOPS visit

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 173 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at


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Shopify announces winners from its first ever ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition

Leading commerce platform partnered with NFL running back Marshawn Lynch to teach entrepreneurial skills to Bay Area teens

Oakland, CA, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today (July 17, 2017) announced winners from its first ever ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition, in partnership with Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, theFam 1st Family Foundation, and Hingeto.

Based on the success of his Shopify Plus Beast Mode® apparel store, Marshawn chose to partner with Shopify to create BEASTMODE-A-Business, a one-of-a-kind, entrepreneurial readiness program for Bay Area high school students. Over the course of three days, 30 local students attended workshops and seminars at Oakland Technical High School that covered a cross-section of skills required to start a business, and had the opportunity to build their own online ecommerce stores on the Shopify platform. Content included hearing from special guest speakers on how to create a powerful brand, craft effective messaging, and other educational seminars that supported the idea that with the right tools and mindset, anyone can become an entrepreneur.  The program culminated with each student pitching their business ideas in front of family, friends, and a panel of judges which included staff and merchants from Shopify, Marshawn, and Josh Johnson, quarterback for New York Giants.

“Growing up in Oakland taught me a lot about being focused and driven, but my experience didn’t really prepare me for building my business and other aspects of my career,” shared Marshawn. “I wanted to extend what I have been able to teach kids from my neighborhood on the football field and give them more skills that empower them to believe that anything is possible.”

Simone Hufana, 17 from San Leandro high school in San Leandro, and Mathew Galvez, 17 from Abraham Lincoln high school in San Jose, were the overall winners of the ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ competition.  They both won free Shopify Basic for three years, an opportunity to have their pop-up store hosted by Beast Mode Apparel in Oakland, deskspace at Hingeto, AdWords and Facebook Dynamic Ads credits, design credits with a Shopify Plus expert agency, as well as on-going product design and full marketing setup support.  The final eight received free Shopify Basic for two years, KIT basic for a year, AdWords credit, and an exclusive prize package from Bold Commerce that includes unlimited use Bold Apps for a year, a comprehensive site audit and consultation ($1,000 value), and $6,000 in developer design credit.  For participating in the program, all 30 students also received free Chromebook laptops preloaded with documentation on building a Shopify store, free Shopify Basic for a year, backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as clothing from Beast Mode apparel.

“I started my first company when I was 13 years old and what I learned from that experience has shaped who I am today – both personally and professionally,” said Harley Finkelstein, COO of Shopify. “I believe that teaching these students the skills and mindset they need to start their own entrepreneurial journey is an experience that will help them throughout their lives and careers.”

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

About Fam 1st Family Foundation

Fam 1st Family Foundation was started in 2006, but made official in March 2011. Fam 1st strives to improve the lives of children by mentoring them on the importance of education, literacy and self-esteem. Fam 1st was founded by Joshua Johnson and Marshawn Lynch who have overcome a significant amount of adversity to become the successful businessmen and community leaders they are today. Fam 1st provides unique opportunities and programs for the youth to help them succeed in life, and has developed programming and camps focusing on computer science, architecture, literacy, entrepreneurship, and more. For more information, please visit

About Hingeto

Oakland based company, Hingeto is a Y-combinator backed company helping brands take inventory risk out of retail. They have two key solutions. 1) Working with brands like Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode to design & sell new on-demand products and 2) powering custom dropship systems for large retailers like PacSun; which they will soon release a Shopify app for.  Hingeto is a key solution for any company trying to grow its product assortment without inventory risk; which they believe is the future. Very soon Hingeto will debut their Shopify app to help stores add curated dropship products direct to their Shopify stores. Go to to join the waitlist.

SOURCE: Shopify

Argos launches its new AW17 range

Argos launches its new AW17 range


Milton, Keynes, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading retailer Argos launches its new AW17 range to shoppers tomorrow, Saturday 22 July 2017, offering around 2500 new products and featuring must-have brands such as Nespresso, Bose, Lego, Habitat, Samsung, Dyson and Sony.

Robbie Feather, Commercial Director at Argos, said: “Whether it’s getting the kids ready for a new school term, updating the home or planning ahead for Christmas, we have everything our customers might need for the new season, all under one roof.

“It’s never been easier to get your hands on what you want. Our same-day Fast Track delivery covers 95 per cent of postcodes, seven days a week, or you can pick-up for free at more than 800 Argos stores and 100+ collection points in Sainsbury’s supermarkets. We also have almost 80 digital Argos shops inside Sainsbury’s stores, so it’s even easier and more convenient to shop with us.”

Key highlights from the new AW17 range include:


Argos was the first retailer to launch its Top Toys for Christmas predictions this year. Top toy highlights includeLuvabella, an incredibly lifelike doll, with advanced animated features enabling it to drink milk from a bottle and fall asleep just as a real little one would. Chad Valley has introduced the Tiny Treasures twins (£99.99) to its baby doll range. LEGO Boost (£149.99) provides everything needed for children to make five different LEGO models that can then be coded using a free app. Popular on-screen toys include PJ Masks Headquarter Playset (£49.99) and RC Sqweeks (£79.99) from Transformers: The Last Knight.

Much-loved heritage brand Chad Valley’s range of quality and affordable toys are designed to encourage imaginative play. The Mega Ball Run (£39.99), Deluxe Corner Kitchen (£139.99) and Glamour Mansion Dolls House (£64.99) are sure to be popular gifts this year.

The popular DesignAFriend range sees a refresh of the dolls, outfits and accessories this season and features the brand new Best Friend dolls (£39.99) and the Harper Style & Go Suitcase and Doll (£69.99).

The brand new Tots Town range features 11 colourful playsets designed to encourage children aged 18 months to four years to explore the world and have magical adventures with the characters. Including a vet centre, pirate ship, princess castle and a police station, as well as sets of additional characters, they will inspire young children to invent their own stories and develop their creativity in play. Available from mid-August, prices range from £9.99 – £34.99.


Argos’s new season home collection is based on five key trends with stylish, quality products available across its own brand ranges – Heart of House, The Collection and Home by Argos.

Inhabit is a nod to minimal living, creating a calm interior with wooden furniture in natural tones and botanical patterns on bedding. Native Earth will transport your interiors to New Mexico and South America, featuring modern designs in warm colour palettes with tribal patterns on rugs and towels. Dark Poetry exudes a luxurious winter, with rich navy tones featuring on items from cushions to chairs and deep green sofas, contrasted with gold framework lighting and marbled clocks. Forest Frost transports you to a crisp winter morning, most notably in the bathroom with tranquil bath curtains featuring calm patterns. Artisan brings country styling to the home, featuring textured table and stoneware, wooden-topped white tables and stone hues.

New products are also available from Hygena, a smart-living collection with space-saving solutions and stylish designs. Standout pieces this year include contemporary wire-frame tables and clean line sofas.


For the gamer who has everything, a Limited Edition Gold PlayStation (£249.99) is available exclusively at Argos this season. It’s the first time Sony has offered consumers a sleek, new gold console to match its gold controllers, and is bound to be a ‘must-have’ for all style-conscious gamers. Tipped to be Nintendo’s best-selling console ever, the Nintendo Switch (£279.99) is hot property. Available in grey and neon, the portable console allows you to play anywhere and switch between TV and handheld mode.

Top games this season include ‘Cars 3: Driven to Win’ (£49.99) from Warner Bros – a world-class competitive racing game that features beloved characters from the upcoming Disney Pixar Cars 3 film, and the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack (from £54.99) is all players need to begin their ‘toys to life’ experience. And Injustice 2 (£44.99), the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us.


The Parrot Disco drone (£779.99) is the first fixed-wing drone that reaches speeds up to 50 mph and allows you to see the world from a whole new angle with Parrot Cockpitglasses, an included FPV headset designed to put you in the virtual cockpit. The Disco’s little brother, Parrot Mambo (£79.99) is a small and robust Minidrone for the beginner and experienced pilot alike. With two connected accessories, you can extend your playing fun with the cannon to shoot lightweight plastic balls or attach the grabber to collect and transport small objects.

Our big, noisy, brilliant, brands in audio continue to be Bose, Beats, Marshall and Sony but for something stylish, giftable and great for any home, look no further than Bush Classic for the brand-new turntable on legs (£89.99). TV trends continue to be all about 4K OLED and the LG 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR (£2999) is top of our list. You can call on us for the best range of SIM-free smartphones this season, including the SIM-Free Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus (£799.95).


Exclusive to Argos, Cookworks is set to make a big impact this year. With an updated new look and feel, it remains the reliable family brand, straightforward in function but now with some stylish design work too. Prices start from £9.99 and customers can choose from 50 new products including a Copper Kettle (£29.99) and 4-Slice Toaster (£24.99).


Hurrah for Google Home (£129), a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Use voice commands to enjoy music, get answers from Google and manage everyday tasks. And it’s smart to stay safe with our newest addition to the smart tech range, the Nest Cam IQ (£299). Brand new, powerful and intelligent, this indoor security camera by Nest offers best-in-class imaging and intelligent features to serve up the most important, actionable information – like knowing your child arrived home safely.


Customers looking for an extra special gift this season can choose from our wide range. The Revere collection comprises beautiful, timeless jewellery that will suit all budgets, ranging from elegant classics to bold statement pieces in silver and gold. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are carefully designed and crafted by jewellery experts to treasure for a lifetime. Prices range from £10 to bigger budget buys and pieces not to be missed include the matching Revere 9CT White Gold 0.50CT Diamond Set Earrings (£399.99), Revere 9CT White Gold 0.50CT Diamond Set Ring (£399.99) and Revere 9CT White Gold 0.50CT Diamond Set Pendant (£399.99).

Moon&Back is a range designed to celebrate family and friendships. Created to be shared, products include bracelets, necklaces and rings. It’s perfect for those loved-ones you’d go to the moon and back for! Prices range from £20 – £50 and ideal gifts include the MMoon&Back Silver Made Up Pink Beads Bracelet (£99.99), Moon&Back Silver Cubic Zirconia Charm Pendant (£39.99) and the Moon&Back Silver Cubic Zirconia Flower Stud Earrings (£24.99).

State of Mine is Argos’s new collection of high quality body jewellery. Designed for those looking for quality and affordable jewellery that celebrates and expresses individuality, they are the perfect treats for yourself or others.

Time-keeping is made easy at Argos this AW, with a wide range of beautiful watches and big brand names that will suit all budgets. For him, you can’t go wrong with the Citizen Chronograph Bracelet Watch (£149.99), Bulova Precisionist Chronograph Watch (£329.99) or Armani Exchange Men’s Watch and Bracelet Set (£149.99). For her, the Citizen Eco-Drive Rose Multi Dial Watch (£139.99), Seksy Swarovski Crystal Watch (£99.99) Juicy Couture Stone Set Watch (£174.99) or Bulova Precisionist Rose Chronograph Watch (£359.99) are sure to put a smile on someone’s face.


Argos’s range of pet accessories give you the perfect excuse to treat your furry friends this season. For festive fun, thePETFACE Xmas Dinner Dog Toy Set (£14.99) features stuffed turkey, carrot and sprouts, designed to give the dog their very own Christmas dinner in a way they can enjoy. For the more active pet, the Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster (£19.99)is ideal.

Available online, in-store or on the Argos app, customers can get over 20,000 products how they want, when they want. Argos’s market-leading Fast Track services offer nationwide same-day home delivery for just £3.95, seven days a week, and faster collection in 800+ stores for no charge.

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About Argos

Argos is a leading UK digital retailer selling more than 60,000 products through its website, mobile channels, 850+ stores and over the telephone. Argos is the UK’s number one toy retailer and a market leader in homeware and electrical products. is the UK’s third most visited website, with around a billion hits a year. More than half of Argos sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in stores each year. Its market-leading same-day Fast Track delivery service is available across more than 90% of UK postcodes, seven days a week, and Fast Track Collection offers free-of-charge pick up from any store in as little as 60 seconds.

Argos is part of the Sainsbury’s Group, one of the UK’s biggest retailers of food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services through the Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat brands. J Sainsbury plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Forever 21 celebrates individuality and inclusivity with the #WeAreForever Pre-Fall 2017 collection and campaign

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, launches #WeAreForever Pre-Fall 2017 collection and campaign globally, celebrating individuality and inclusivity.

The #WeAreForever campaign embodies the brand identity for the Pre-Fall season, shining a spotlight on a diverse set of global influencers from the world of music, fashion, film and philanthropy. Showcased are R&B singer Khaild, hip-hop artist Leaf, plus-size model Naomi Shimada, philanthropist and LemonAID Warriors founder Lulu Cerone, model, actress and social media star Elizabeth Wheeland and kids style maven Zooey of Zooey in the City. Urban, daring and modern, the Forever 21 Pre-Fall collection explores trends that reflect individual style including street, sport, rocker, grunge and romantic.

For women, crop tops, logo tees, sheer ruffle adorned blouses, slinky slip dresses and velvet and silk camisoles are set against denim jackets, skirts and trousers. The quintessential moto jacket is revamped with studs adding a bit of edge to every day outfits. Beanies, gold hoop earrings, studded belts, knee high socks, rose-colored sunglasses, and metallic booties are abundant thought, creating a look that is both individual and stylish. For men, classics are updated with unique details and pops of color. Two-tone denim and track jackets, velvet hoodies, tie-dye and camouflage prints are paired with gold chains providing a fresh and modern spin. Kids features staples that are must have for any closet including: graphic tees, patched denim jackets and tank dresses.

“We are proud to launch our Pre-Fall campaign, it represents who our brand is and shows how fashion is vehicle for self expression,” says Linda Chang, Forever 21 Vice President of Merchandising. “We aimed to portray a wide array of influencers that are representative of our diverse customer base.”

The Forever 21 Pre-Fall Collection launches globally on on Monday, July 17, 2017 and will be available in stores globally on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Official hashtag: #WeAreForever

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 815 stores in 57 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:

Forever 21 Public Relations

Source: Forever 21

Apple appoints Deirdre O’Brien vice president of People

Cupertino, California, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (JULY 21, 2017) announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named vice president of People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. A nearly 30-year Apple veteran, Deirdre will lead all HR functions including talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support, as well as overseeing Apple University.

“As long as I’ve been at Apple, Deirdre has been the glue that bonds our operations, sales, marketing and finance teams to deliver products to our customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Deirdre deeply understands Apple’s unique culture and that people join Apple to do the best work of their lives. She is a superb leader and I’m thrilled she will be bringing her experience and talent to this critical role.”

Deirdre joined Apple in 1988 and today runs a global organization dedicated to delivering the world’s best products to customers everywhere. Her role has required exceptional collaboration and leadership across many different parts of the company, and her team’s work has enabled Apple to simultaneously scale rapidly and provide an unmatched customer experience. Deirdre has played a key role in every Apple hardware product launch over the past 20 years.

“I love Apple and, like so many of my colleagues, I’m honored to have made it my life’s work,” said Deirdre. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter, supporting 120,000 incredibly talented people around the world who are motivated to do amazing things every day. It is a privilege to work among such a diverse and talented team, and to help them thrive here at Apple.”

Deirdre earned a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Michigan State University and an MBA from San Jose State University. She will assume her new role this fall.

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

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Albert Heijn introduceert augmented reality productscanner

Albert Heijn introduceert augmented reality productscanner


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Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — ‘Welke ingrediënten zitten in dit product? Waar komt het vandaan? Wat kan ik er allemaal mee maken?’ Dit zijn vragen die klanten bezighouden als zij boodschappen doen. Het antwoord op al deze vragen maakt Albert Heijn vanaf vandaag in één oogopslag inzichtelijk met de introductie van de AH Productscanner. De AH Productscanner is een app die klanten met behulp van augmented reality informatie geeft over ingrediënten, voedingswaarden, allergenen, recepten en herkomst van AH eigen merk-producten.

Marit van Egmond, directeur merchandising & sourcing bij Albert Heijn: ‘Klanten vinden het steeds belangrijker te weten wat er in producten zit die ze bij ons kopen en waar ze vandaan komen. Maar dat niet alleen: ze zijn ook op zoek naar lekkere recepten. Deze informatie hebben we natuurlijk allemaal maar kunnen we niet kwijt op het etiket of bij beschrijvingen op onze site. Met behulp van nieuwe technologieën brengen we de informatie nu binnen handbereik tijdens het winkelen. We starten met 35 producten en schalen dit aantal de komende tijd op’.

Augmented reality</strong
De AH Productscanner werkt met augmented reality, een technologie die de realiteit en de virtuele wereld met elkaar verbindt. Na het scannen van de voorkant van het product met de telefoon-camera zien klanten op een aantrekkelijke en laagdrempelige manier gegevens over ingrediënten, allergenen, voedingswaarden en herkomst. En omdat veel mensen elke dag puzzelen met de vraag ‘Wat eten we vandaag?’ geeft de app ook inspiratie met een lekker en makkelijk te maken Allerhande-recept.

Alle eigen merk-producten
De AH Productscanner-app is vanaf vandaag beschikbaar voor iOS en Android. In de eerste fase kunnen 35 producten uit het vlees-, vis-, kip-, en vleeswarenschap worden gescand. Deze producten krijgen een sticker op de verpakking die verwijst naar de AH Productscanner. Het aantal scanbare producten wordt de komende tijd stap voor stap uitgebreid naar alle AH eigen merk-producten.

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Source: Albert Heijn