Amazon.com to open its second Michigan fulfillment center in Romulus

New Amazon Robotics site will be the second Amazon fulfillment center in Michigan

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Jul. 27, 2017) announced plans to open its second Michigan fulfillment center in Romulus, creating more than 1,500 new full-time associate roles with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“Our ability to expand in Michigan is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We are excited to grow in support of the more than 65,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Michigan who are growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon’s products and services.”

Amazon employees will work alongside innovative technologies at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center picking, packing, and shipping smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

“Today’s announcement is terrific news for Michigan,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “I appreciate that Amazon is continuing to invest in Michiganders by creating more jobs and offering training in the skills people need to take advantage of new opportunities.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“Romulus is proud to welcome Amazon to our Home of Opportunity,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “We look forward to working together to grow our region’s economy and providing more than 1,500 new jobs to area residents. Amazon’s investment in our community is truly a catalyst that we expect to spur more positive development in our city.”

Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“Michigan’s logistical assets, reputation as a business-friendly state and the quality of talented workers offered compelling reasons for Amazonto expand its operations,” said Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Jennifer Nelson. “As a state with a legacy of innovation, we are appreciative of Amazon’s pioneering spirit and look forward to a productive, long-term collaborative relationship.”

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:
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www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Walgreens’ Senior Day to offer injury prevention tips and advice on Tuesday, Aug. 1

  • Fall prevention is focus of Senior Day at Walgreens stores nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 1
  • Falls are leading cause of injury among adults 65 and older, according to CDC Supporting multimedia at news.walgreens.com/presskits/do-not-fall.htm

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls, and to educate seniors in its communities, Walgreens will offer injury prevention tips and advice when it hosts a Senior Day at its stores nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Falls are the leading cause of serious and even fatal injuries among adults age 65 and older, and on average more than 1-in-4 older adults suffers from a slip or fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to encouraging customers to talk to pharmacy staff about fall injury prevention, Walgreens stores will have informational materials available, including a CDC “Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults” identifying ways to make the home safer. Customers who are Walgreens Balance® Rewards members will receive 500 bonus points if they ask a pharmacy staff member about fall injury prevention.* Additionally, members who are age 55 and older or AARP members can receive 20 percent off of eligible, regular-priced merchandise that day.** A Balance® Rewards customer loyalty program membership is free and can be obtained at checkout.

“Falls threaten older Americans’ independence and safety and generate enormous economic and personal costs that affect everyone,” said Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Together, everyone can reduce the risk of falling and prevent fall injuries.”

Rina Shah, vice president of pharmacy operations for Walgreens, said, “With our Walgreens presence in communities throughout America, and our trusted relationship with customers, we have a great opportunity to help older adults and caregivers make homes and other environments safer and avoid injuries from slips and falls. These injuries are often highly preventable and education is the key to prevention.”

Many factors associated with aging can elevate the risk of falling, a risk that continues to increase with age, according to the CDC’s STEADI program, Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries. These include:

  • Diminished eyesight from conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts
  • Medications that can make an individual dizzy or drowsy, including some over-the-counter medicines
  • Vitamin D deficiency that can affect bone, muscle and nerve health
  • Poor balance

Such factors underscore the need for preventive measures, including bathroom grab bars, adequate stair and passageway lighting, exercises to improve balance and a home environment uncluttered by items that a person can trip over.

* Points incentive available to all Balance® Rewards members. Must present Balance Rewards card in pharmacy to redeem offer. Offer valid 8/1/17 only. No purchase necessary. Limit one per card member. Restrictions apply to point redemption. See full terms and details at Walgreens.com/Balance.

** Offer only valid 8/1/17 in store with Balance® Rewards card to members 55 years of age or older and all AARP members. Proof of age may be required. Discount not valid on alcohol, dairy, tobacco, stamps, phone/prepaid/gift cards, newspapers, magazines, money orders/transfers, transportation passes, lottery tickets, charitable donations, pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products, clinic services, prescriptions, pharmacy items or services, sales tax, Prescription Savings Club membership fee, and items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Offer is not combinable with “Buy One, Get One Free,” “Buy One, Get One 50% Off” or “Buy 2, Get 3rd Free.” Offer does not apply to bulk orders, backordered items, and out of stock items. Void where prohibited.

About Walgreens

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

Contact(s):

Jim Graham
847-315-2925
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Starbucks to assume 100% ownership of 1,300 Starbucks stores in Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces

Starbucks to assume 100% ownership of 1,300 Starbucks stores in Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces

 

  • Company announces agreements to acquire the remaining 50% of its East China JV and divest its 50% interest in its Taiwan JV; both transactions undertaken with long-term JV partners President Chain Store Corporation and Uni-President Enterprises Corporation
  • Company Reaffirms Its Commitment to Operating 5,000 Stores in Mainland China by 2021

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) today ( July 27, 2017) announced entry into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 50% share of its East China (“East China JV”) business from long-term joint venture partners, Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (“UPEC”) and President Chain Store Corporation (“PCSC”) for approximately $1.3 billion in cash consideration in the largest single acquisition in the company’s history. Starbucks will assume 100% ownership of approximately 1,300 Starbucks stores in Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, building on the company’s ongoing investments in China, its fastest-growing market outside of the United States in terms of store count.

Concurrently, UPEC and PCSC will acquire Starbucks 50% interest in President Starbucks Coffee Taiwan Limited (“Taiwan JV”) and assume 100% ownership of Starbucks operations in Taiwan for approximately $175 million. Founded in 1997, the Taiwan JV currently operates approximately 410 Starbucks stores in Taiwan.

“Unifying the Starbucks business under a full company-operated structure in China, reinforces our commitment to the market and is a firm demonstration of our confidence in the current local leadership team as we aim to grow from 2,800 to more than 5,000 stores by 2021,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo, Starbucks Coffee Company.

“Similar to our decision in 2011 to fully license our Hong Kong and Macau market operations, we are pleased to transition our business in the Taiwan market to our long-time partners Uni-President Enterprises Corporation and President Chain Store Corporation, both highly-recognized local operators, as we continue to grow in Taiwan. This is a critical next-step as we advance our multifaceted China growth strategy for long-term profitable growth in Asia.”

East China is a significant and strategic region for Starbucks in China, with Shanghai containing nearly 600 stores, the largest number of stores globally of any city where Starbucks has a presence. In December 2017, Shanghai will also be the first city outside of the United States to welcome the opening of the ultra-premium Starbucks ReserveTM Roastery.

“This is the beginning of yet another exciting new chapter for Starbucks in China. Full ownership will give us the opportunity to fully leverage our robust business infrastructure to deliver an elevated coffee, in-store third place experience and digital innovation to our customers, and further strengthen the career development opportunities for our people,” said Belinda Wong, ceo, Starbucks China. “Our East China partners’ relentless pursuit of operational excellence and leadership has provided us a solid foundation to maximize the unprecedented growth opportunities ahead and we look forward to extending our world-class network of unique programs to support their personal and professional dreams.”

“We’ve had a strong friendship with Starbucks for nearly 20 years, starting with the opening of the first store in Taiwan and then further extending our partnership with the opening of the first store in East China” said Alex Lo, Chairman, Uni-President Enterprises Corporation. “We are confident that our new ownership model and continued collaboration with Starbucks will enable us to be even more focused on delivering an elevated Starbucks Experience to our customers in the Taiwan market.”

Starbucks will discuss the financial impact of these transactions during its third quarter fiscal year 2017 earnings conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT today, Thursday, July 27.  Both transactions are expected to close by early calendar year 2018 and are subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.

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.

About Uni-President Enterprises Corporation

Uni-President Enterprises Corp. was established in 1967 and listed in 1987. We are not only the biggest food and beverage manufacturing company in Taiwan but also have business in China and Southeast Asia. Besides, we also expand our business scope to retail and logistic field so that we could provide the safest and the best experience to consumers by building vertical integration. To know more details about our company, please visit us online at www.uni-president.com.tw.

About President Chain Store Corporation

Established in 1987 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange in 1997, President Chain Store Corp. (PCSC) is the largest convenience store operator in Taiwan, with over 5,100 7-ELEVEN stores at the end of 2016. PCSC has diversified into other retail businesses, such as restaurant, drugstore, department store, supermarket and online shopping. Our business operation areas include Taiwan, Mainland China, the Philippines and Japan. Uni-president, the largest food and beverage company in Taiwan, is PCSC’s parent company with 45.4% ownership.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements are based on information available to Starbucks as of the date hereof, and Starbucks actual results or performance could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the failure of the parties to consummate the transactions due to commercial, regulatory or other reasons, as well as general economic and industry factors such as coffee, dairy and other raw materials pricing and availability, successful execution of internal performance and expansion plans, fluctuations in U.S., Chinese and other international economies and currencies, the impact of initiatives by competitors, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 2, 2016. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Tesco to reduce the price of women’s sanitary products to cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (28 Jul 2017) announced it will reduce the price of women’s sanitary products in a bid to make them more affordable for customers.

The five per cent reduction in price will cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’ or VAT on the items ahead of Government proposals to remove the VAT and will apply to nearly 100 Tesco own label and branded products in the range.

Tesco previously committed to passing on the five per cent saving to customers when the Government’s proposed removal of VAT came into force, but has acted now in order to help customers with their regular shop.

Speaking about the price reduction, Michelle McEttrick, Tesco Group Brand Director said:

“For many of our customers, tampons, panty liners and sanitary towels are essential products.

“However, the cost of buying them every month can add up, and for many women and girls it can be a real struggle on top of other essential items.

“That’s why – as a little help for our customers – we are reducing the cost of these products by five per cent.”

Notes to editors

In October 2015 the Government confirmed it would seek a change in EU law to allow any rate of VAT to be applied to sanitary protection, as part of a review of EU VAT rates to be undertaken by the European Commission in 2016.
http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-11-18/16882

In March 2016 the European Council confirmed that the Commission’s initiative would “include proposals for increased flexibility for Member States with respect to reduced rates of VAT, which would provide the option to Member States of VAT zero rating for sanitary products.”
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-european-council-conclusions/

Source: Tesco

Carrefour supports the first Data Science Summer School organised by the Ecole Polytechnique

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Data Science Summer School organised by the Ecole Polytechnique will bring together world experts to talk about the new challenges facing data science from 28 August until 1 September 2017. The programme of courses, conferences and round-table discussions will include: the research projects currently under way in deep learning, artificial intelligence and smart grids, and discussions about their future prospects. As a platform for meetings and discussions, the Summer School will attract more than 400 attendees of 30 different nationalities from 50 companies and 180 international institutions.

The Carrefour group is delighted to be supporting this first Data Science Summer School organised by the Ecole Polytechnique institute of higher education and research.

Throughout the week, Carrefour’s data teams will be able to talk to the Summer School contributors and attendees about the new possibilities provided by data science in the retail sector.

As one of the world’s top players in the distribution sector and a leading food retailer, Carrefour welcomes nearly 13 million customers to its stores around the world every day. It has 55 million loyalty cardholders and 1.3 million people visit its websites every day.

Analysing and intelligently managing these very high quantities of data will enable Carrefour to improve its knowledge of what its customers want so it can provide them with an increasingly personalised range of products and services. The development of new data science technologies also means it can introduce new solutions to improve operational efficiency both in its stores and across its e-commerce websites.

link to the Ecole Polytechnique’s press release
https://www.polytechnique.edu/fr/content/une-summer-school-sur-la-science-des-donnees-lx

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

Macy’s, Inc. to report its 2Q 2017 sales and earnings on Thursday, August 10, 2017

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is scheduled to report its second quarter 2017 sales and earnings before the opening of financial markets on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors that day at 10 a.m. ET. Macy’s, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-394-8218, passcode 2124355. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

(NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

Macy’s Media:
Claudia Gray
212-333-3810

Macy’s Investors:
Monica Koehler
513-579-7780

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

EROSKI suma 78 tiendas de nueva generación en la primera parte del ejercicio

EROSKI suma 78 tiendas de nueva generación en la primera parte del ejercicio

 

  • La cooperativa ha remodelado 57 tiendas a su nuevo modelo comercial “contigo”, además de abrir un nuevo supermercado propio y 20 franquiciados
  •  La inversión total asciende a 16 millones de euros y ha generado 247 nuevos puestos de trabajo
  •  Durante el primer semestre, EROSKI ha dedicado 78.000 horas de formación para mejorar la atención al cliente y avanzar en el modelo de gestión
  •  Destacan durante el primer semestre las 10 remodelaciones de supermercados que extienden el modelo comercial “contigo” en Baleares

ELORRIO , ESPANA, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI continúa avanzando en la transformación de su red de establecimientos a la nueva generación de tiendas que siguen el nuevo modelo comercial “contigo” impulsado por la cooperativa. Durante la primera mitad del ejercicio, EROSKI ha sumado 78 tiendas de nueva generación, siendo 57 remodelaciones, la apertura de un supermercado propio y 20 nuevas aperturas de franquicias. Son tiendas que ahora ofrecen un trato más personalizado al cliente, muestran una fuerte apuesta por los frescos de temporada y los alimentos de producción local, además de otras señas de identidad como la promoción de una alimentación saludable y nuevas formas para ahorrar en la compra diaria.

Durante el primer semestre del año, EROSKI ha dado un fuerte impulso a la extensión del modelo “contigo” en Baleares, donde ha abordado 10 remodelaciones de supermercados y ha abierto 3 nuevas tiendas franquiciadas. Destacan además en este plan de remodelaciones la apertura en el País Vasco de un nuevo supermercado en San Sebastián, y la transformación del hipermercado de Calahorra, en la Rioja. Las tiendas restantes de nueva generación se reparten entre Extremadura, Andalucía, Galicia, Cataluña bajo la enseña CAPRABO y arco mediterráneo.

EROSKI alcanza así los 590 establecimientos de nueva generación – 28 hipermercados y 562 supermercados. “La transformación abordada por EROSKI no trata sólo de remodelar establecimientos, sino de lograr un giro radical de las tiendas EROSKI buscando diferenciarlas respecto a cualquier otra tienda competidora, ofreciendo siempre un plus de calidad y servicio a nuestros clientes y mejorando la competitividad en los precios”, ha detallado la directora general de Red Comercial de EROSKI, Rosa Carabel. “Además, es destacable la reciente apertura del nuevo supermercado en San Sebastián, puesto que supone el inicio de un nuevo ciclo de aperturas de tiendas propias que continuará en los próximos meses”, ha concluido Carabel.

247 nuevos puestos de trabajo y 16 millones de inversión

El avance de la transformación de EROSKI hacia tiendas de nueva generación ha supuesto, durante la primera mitad del ejercicio, la creación de 247 nuevos puestos de trabajo. La inversión total realizada ha sido de 16 millones de euros, entre propia y la realizada por la red de franquiciados.

La capacitación de las personas es uno de los ejes prioritarios de EROSKI para el nuevo ciclo estratégico y durante los primeros seis meses del año ha destinado 78.000 horas de formación para ofrecer una oferta más competitiva, una atención más personalizada al cliente y avanzar en la autogestión de los equipos para adecuar cada tienda a las expectativas concretas de sus clientes.

Los alimentos de producción locales, protagonistas de la tienda

Las tiendas de nueva generación EROSKI se hacen más especialistas en alimentos frescos y otorgan un protagonismo renovado a los alimentos locales de temporada. “El modelo comercial de EROSKI impulsa un sector agroalimentario más sostenible y ampliamente diversificado, ya que nuestros establecimientos son plataformas abiertas para la comercialización de alimentos producidos en el entorno cercano de cada una de las tiendas”, señala Rosa Carabel.

EROSKI comercializa actualmente 23.791 productos catalogados como de producción local, propia del entorno cercado de cada una de sus tiendas, y durante el último ejercicio incorporó a su surtido 2.787 novedades de productores locales.

Promoción de la alimentación saludable y sostenible

La cooperativa desempeña una intensa labor para fomentar la alimentación saludable, lo que se traduce en la incorporación una nueva sección íntegramente dedicada a la alimentación ecológica y dietética en sus tiendas de nueva generación. En paralelo, continúa ampliando su surtido de alimentos con contenidos reducidos en azúcares, grasas saturadas o sal con nuevas opciones en cada categoría de alimentos. Concretamente, en lo relacionado con los productos de su marca propia, EROSKI eliminó 347 toneladas de sal, grasas y azúcares durante el último ejercicio.

Tiendas más eco-sostenibles

Las tiendas de nueva generación de EROSKI aplican gran parte de las medidas de eficiencia energética desarrolladas de forma pionera en la primera tienda cero-emisiones desarrollada por EROSKI en 2012 y que logró reducir su consumo energético un 60% respecto al gasto energético de un supermercado convencional equivalente.

Actualmente EROSKI extiende, junto con cada remodelación de tienda, medidas de eficiencia energética para maximizar las posibilidades de ahorro energético atendiendo las particularidades de cada emplazamiento. Principalmente, estas innovaciones se concentran en el diseño climático del establecimiento y las instalaciones de frío, los sistemas de iluminación y la minimización de residuos, donde adquiere una importante relevancia su programa de “desperdicio cero” por el que los alimentos retirados para la venta pero todavía aptos para el consumo son destinados a organizaciones solidarias del entorno cercano de cada una de las tiendas EROSKI.

Durante el último ejercicio, EROSKI y sus clientes donaron más de 8.200 toneladas de alimentos, equivalente a la dieta anual 12.386 personas. Y, en paralelo, desde su Programa de Economía Circular, EROSKI recicló un total de 26.465 toneladas de materias primas como plásticos y cartón.

Sobre EROSKI

EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España y operador de referencia en las regiones de Galicia, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña y Baleares. Cuenta con una red comercial de más de 1.700 establecimientos, entre supermercados, hipermercados y Cash & Carry, además de otros negocios de diversificación como gasolineras, perfumerías, ópticas, oficinas de viajes y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta con más de 33.000 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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NRF: retailers remain committed to fixing Obamacare despite the failure of a “skinny” repeal bill in the Senate

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation said retailers remain committed to fixing Obamacare despite the failure of a “skinny” repeal bill in the Senate early today (July 28, 2017).

“It was very disappointing to come so close on even a limited bill but we will use our disappointment to fuel our push on incremental improvements that will lead to a better health care law,” NRF Vice President for Health Care Policy Neil Trautwein said. “While repeal remains the ultimate goal, there are many ways to reduce the burdens of this flawed law for the benefit of employers and workers alike. This fight is far from over.”

Trautwein said the Affordable Care Act continues to adversely influence staffing patterns, discourage full-time employment and drive up consumer prices.

NRF opposed enactment of the ACA in 2010 and has worked since then to reduce cost burdens and ease compliance requirements. Among other changes, NRF has sought to restore the definition of “full-time” workers who large company must provide with health insurance to 40 hours a week rather than 30, to fix reporting requirements and roll back ACA taxes.

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

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

Source: NRF

Wakefern’s interns took educational field trip at Campbell’s corporate headquarters

Keasbey, NJ., 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern’s summer interns took a recent field trip to Campbell’s corporate headquarters in Camden, NJ.

Nearly 70 Wakefern summer interns spent time in the company’s test kitchen and listened as Campbell’s executives relayed stories of the company’s roots, from the very first soup recipe (beefsteak tomato) to the inspiration for the company’s iconic red-and-white color scheme (a Cornell University football game).

The day-long educational field trip has become a tradition at Wakefern. The company’s interns visited Colgate-Palmolive last summer.

Special thanks to Campbell’s for hosting our interns on the trip!

About Wakefern Food Corp.

From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 343 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Manager
Email: maureen.gillespie@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: Wakefern Food Corp.

Whole Foods Market to open its ninth Atlanta-area store in Chamblee on August 18

New store will feature Revelator coffee bar and in-house specialties

Atlanta, Ga., 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its ninth Atlanta-area store in Chamblee on Friday, August 18, at 5001 Peachtree Boulevard. Opening day shoppers will be greeted with an array of product demonstrations and samples, and the first 500 customers will receive free gifts cards ranging in amounts from $5 to $50 with one $500 card.

“We’re excited to join Chamblee-Brookhaven’s growing community with the opening of our new Whole Foods Market,” said Scott Sherman, the store’s team leader. “The new store will feature many locally sourced and seasonal products that meet our high quality standards. Whether you come for Revelator Coffee, locally grown produce or Nashville hot chicken, the store will be a new gathering place for the community.”

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 45,000 square-foot store includes:

  • Revelator Coffee Company coffee bar featuring their seasonal, fresh coffee as well as wine and beer.
  • A variety of savory biscuits, ranging from bacon cheddar to black pepper, made by Whole Foods Market bakers using Atlanta Fresh buttermilk.
  • Multiple flavors of macarons from an Atlanta favorite, Alon’s Bakery.
  • Rotating rotisserie selections including lamb, pork ribs, whole vegetables, salmon and duck.
  • Several flavors of fried chicken ranging from Nashville hot chicken to Korean.
  • Numerous in-house specialties including: whiskey-infused dry-aged steaks, grill-ready seafood and meat skewers and hand-tossed, wood-fired pizza.

The community is invited to join Whole Foods Market Peachtree Station for a Chamblee-Brookhaven block party in front of the store on Saturday, August 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The celebration will feature live music, activities for kids, and more than 20 different artisan and food vendors such as Revelator Coffee, NuGoDoux South and Wellshire Farms.  Tickets are $10 per person and all proceeds from this event will be donated to Hands on Atlanta, an organization that tackles greater Atlanta’s most pressing needs by igniting a passion for service and creating life-long community volunteers.  For event details and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whole-foods-market-chamblee-brookhaven-block-party-tickets-36457187429.

Members of the media should contact SOmedia@wholefoods.com with questions or to set up interviews or preview tours.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source:  Whole Foods Market

JCPenney hosts Pair Up with JCPenney campaign to provide kids in-need with basic clothing items

JCPenney hosts Pair Up with JCPenney campaign to provide kids in-need with basic clothing items

 

  • National Study Commissioned by JCPenney Finds Low-Income Children in Need of Basic Clothing Items
  • For Every Pack of Kids’ Underwear and Socks Sold, Retailer will Donate a Pack to the YMCA

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season, JCPenney is inviting customers to “pair up” by participating in a special buy one, give one promotion that will provide kids in-need with basic undergarments. From Aug. 1-15, for every pack of kids’ socks and underwear sold at JCPenney, the retailer will donate a pack to the Y, up to 750,000 pairs. The retailer’s Pair Up with JCPenney campaign is in response to findings from a national study commissioned by JCPenney, America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, which sheds a light on an invisible need: many underserved kids across the country are going without basic clothing essentials, which can impact their academic achievement.

“Today (July 27, 2017), many children go to school without basic clothing needs like socks and underwear. When kids don’t have these items, they often feel insecure, embarrassed and don’t want to fully engage in school activities,” said Marci Grebstein, chief marketing officer for JCPenney. “As one of the largest apparel companies in the country, we knew we could begin to make a difference by addressing this pressing need. When our customers purchase a pack of kids’ socks or underwear this back-to-school season, they will be joining us in making a difference to ensure more kids have what they need to succeed this school year.”

Earlier this year, JCPenney commissioned a study that included a survey of parents of school-aged children, along with one-on-one interviews with key organizations and thought leaders to obtain in-depth, anecdotal knowledge and key insights about the need for basic clothing items. Key findings from the America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities national study* found:

  • 40 percent of low income parents worry about their child having enough socks and underwear.
  • Of the parents that reported sending their children to school without socks or underwear, 51 percent shared they did so because they could not afford to provide their child with enough pairs of socks or underwear to make it through the week.
  • 55 percent of parents whose children did not have underwear and socks to wear said their children wanted to skip school or refused to go to school because they were embarrassed by not having any.
  • Nearly half of parents living in poverty say socks (48 percent) and underwear (46 percent) are among the hardest items to find at second hand stores and garage sales, and are not usually an item handed down from friends and family.
  • Around half of parents shared that their children need new socks (55 percent) and underwear (48 percent) every couple of months.

The Pair Up with JCPenney initiative builds on the retailer’s signature charity partnership with the Y. Through its collaboration with the Y, JCPenney intends to strengthen the communities where its customers and associates live, work and shop by supporting the Y’s work in helping kids, families and communities reach their full potential. To help ensure kids have what they need to succeed, The JCPenney Foundation made a $1 million contribution to the Y earlier this year in support of the organization’s national early childhood, afterschool and preschool programs.

“As a leading nonprofit, the Y is dedicated to nurturing the growth of every child and teen, including the nine million who participate in Y programs. We’ve seen first-hand how the lack of basic essentials—from healthy foods and school supplies to socks and underwear— can affect their ability to focus and learn, making it harder for them to reach their full potential,” said Bela Moté, national director of character development for Y-USA. “We’re thrilled to see our partner JCPenney bring national awareness and support to this important issue, and we look forward to being able to provide much-needed basics that help kids’ confidence and self esteem.

JCPenney customers shopping for kid’s underwear and socks this season can choose from an array of leading national and private brands, including Total Girl®, Arizona, GoldToe,® Maidenform® and more. To raise further awareness of the need for basic clothing items among school-aged children, the retailer has launched jcpenneypairup.com, along with a public service announcement, which JCPenney will amplify across YouTube and its social media channels.

In addition to supporting the Y through the Pair Up program, the retailer plans to organize several JCPenney volunteer events at local Y’s across the country. These events would give JCPenney associates an opportunity to mentor and interact with Y kids by setting goals for the school year and decorate back-to-school banners. Kids would receive backpacks filled with a pack of socks and a limited supply of gift cards.

*America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, Morar Consulting, April 2017

A report on the research findings from America’s Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities study can be accessed at jcpenneypairup.com and jcpnewsroom.com.

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.

About The Y:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. To learn more about the Y, please visit: http://www.ymca.net/forabetterus/

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com; follow us at @jcpnews

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500
jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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ShopRite opens store in Country Pointe Plainview, NY

ShopRite opens store in Country Pointe Plainview, NY

 

Plainview, NY, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Local leaders and ShopRite today (July 27, 2017) cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art supermarket, the ShopRite of Country Pointe. The 68,000-square-foot supermarket also serves as a retail anchor for Country Pointe Plainview, a development that will include a mix of housing and retail shops when complete.

Located at 1675 Old Country Road in Plainview, the full-service ShopRite store is owned and operated by the Greenfield family, third- and fourth- generation grocers who own four other ShopRites on Long Island.  The family’s newest store offers a prepared foods department with restaurant-quality meals and a café along with a large selection of fresh produce, organic, gluten-free, local and Kosher products at ShopRite’s everyday low prices.

“We are thrilled to open another ShopRite store on Long Island, this time as the supermarket anchor at the innovative development Country Pointe Plainview. We are a family business and we are excited to be part of this great new development and the larger family at Country Pointe,” said Seth Greenfield, who often works alongside his dad, Jon, in the family’s ShopRite stores.

Visitors to the store will find fresh bake and floral shops; a seafood department stocked with daily deliveries and a meat department staffed with trained butchers. Customers can also take advantage of the full-service pharmacy and an in-store dietitian who will be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours or meal planning to customers. The new ShopRite will also include a kosher bakery and separate kosher meat, deli and prepared food departments under the supervision of KOF- K Kosher Certification.

“ShopRite has been a pillar of the Plainview community for 45 years. We are delighted a new, state-of-the-art ShopRite will be our supermarket anchor at The Shops at Country Pointe Plainview for years and generations to come,” said Michael Dubb, founder and CEO of The Beechwood Organization, developer of the residential lifestyle community Country Pointe Plainview.

Joseph Saladino, supervisor for the Town of Oyster Bay; Arnold Drucker, District 16 Legislator in Nassau County, and Oyster Bay Councilman Louis Imbroto also attended Thursday’s ribbon cutting and recognized the Greenfield family and ShopRite for their longtime commitment to the community.

With an emphasis on reducing its eco-footprint, the new store incorporates energy efficient refrigeration and LED lighting throughout.  Customers will also find self-checkout lanes, wider aisles and freshly prepared meals including sushi, salad and olive bars, made-to-order sandwiches, international cheeses, and a café with seating and free Wi-Fi access.

The convenient online ShopRite from Home® service will also be available to customers. ShopRite associates personally shop those online grocery orders and customers can pick up their groceries at the store.
The new store replaces the former location at 1054 Old Country Road, and the new store is open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $39 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

Contact:

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

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

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Meijer adds back-to-school items to its home delivery service

Meijer adds back-to-school items to its home delivery service

 

Retailer adds classroom essentials to home delivery service and drops prices on 300 popular back-to-school items

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is making it easier for parents to plan ahead for the coming school year. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is adding key back-to-school items to its popular home delivery service and cutting prices in-store on more than 300 of its most popular items.

Beginning today, customers with home delivery memberships can shop online for the most frequently-shopped back–to-school items and have everything delivered store-to-door by Shipt shoppers as soon as one hour after the order is placed, or up to one day in advance. For customers wanting to shop in-store, the selection for back to school features price drops on the hottest items and has nearly 200 items priced $1 or less.

“Each year, we see parents and students shopping earlier and earlier, and they continue right up until the week school starts,” said Meijer Back-to-School Buyer Michael McKenzie. “Everyone is looking for the best combination of selection, convenience and low prices, so we hope providing this new way to shop and save time is going to help customers be better prepared for back to school and maximize their fun this summer.”

The Meijer home delivery service combines personalized shopping with fresh grocery and a wide selection of daily essentials available 24 hours a day. It is now available throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Since launching the service in Detroit last September, Meijer has expanded the service to more than 160 stores and Shipt shoppers have made more than 250,000 deliveries.

McKenzie said Meijer stores have seen back-to-school business double week over week in late July, and he expects sales will continue to increase through September as families make their weekly grocery trips. Some of the hottest items so far include washable crayons and markers – as parents seek ways to keep clothes and homes clean – and pourable glue and food coloring, which are main ingredients for the incredibly popular slime-making trend.

Other hot items include:

  • Journals and calligraphy back in style: Journals are quickly becoming more popular than binders as students continue to mix durability with style. Following the coloring book craze from the past few years, calligraphy is now gaining popularity as another way to promote art and mindfulness exercises for kids and young adults.
  • Eye-catching accessories and supplies: Licensed products like backpacks, lunch kits and assorted school supplies are ever-popular, with top choices including Minecraft, Emoji, Princess Elena, Paw Patrol, Super Mario, Power Rangers, Despicable Me and Pokémon. For older students, Under Armour, Adidas and Swiss Gear, as well as Rachel Hale and bohemian-style are just some of the 90 different backpacks available at Meijer this year.
  • Stylish and comfortable apparel: Ribbed swing dresses, suede tops and leggings, quirky print mixing, and destructed denim are all hot trends in young girls’ clothing this season. Athleisure styling with velvet and satin details are big for juniors. One-quarter zip action tops, hooded fleece jackets, and jeans and joggers that mix texture and stretch are popular for both boys’ and kids’ outfits.
  • Lunches packing personality and taste: Bento boxes and reusable containers continue to grow in popularity, and kids are personalizing them even more. They are also much more interested in exploring exotic flavors – even trying child-friendly versions of sushi made with fruit, sometimes referred to as “frushi.” Parents are also using more whole grain wraps, pasta and crackers in kids’ lunch boxes.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: 

Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943
joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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David Egan appointed Global Head of Industrial & Logistics Research of CBRE

Los Angeles, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE announced today (July 28, 2017) that David Egan, a 20-year veteran of real-estate analysis and research, has been appointed Global Head of Industrial & Logistics Research. He also will continue his work overseeing CBRE’s research on the industry in the Americas.

Mr. Egan joined CBRE in 2013 and was named Americas Head of Industrial & Logistics Research in 2014. With the new appointment, he adds responsibility for guiding CBRE’s global research on the sector, including reports on topics such as e-commerce fulfillment, automation, development trends and supply chain strategies, as well as advising multinational clients.

Mr. Egan encourages collaboration among CBRE researchers in various global regions as well as across specialties, including projects to analyze the intersection of the Retail and Industrial & Logistics sectors.

“Market research is one of CBRE’s vital tools for helping clients to understand the constantly changing warehouse-and-distribution sector,” said Adam Mullen, CBRE Senior Managing Director and Americas Leader of Industrial & Logistics. “The insightful, global research directed by David helps our more than 1,000 Industrial & Logistics professionals across the globe keep their clients informed of industrial real estate’s pivotal role in their business.”

Mr. Egan joined CBRE as Director of Research & Analysis in Chicago. Prior to joining CBRE, he worked in various executive, advisory and brokerage roles for Ernst & Young, Colliers International and Duke Realty.

“Globalization is a key driver of the Industrial & Logistics and Retail ecosystems, so it is essential for CBRE to continually analyze and research the business trends and market implications,” said Amaury Gariel, CBRE Managing Director of Industrial & Logistics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “David, with his skills and proven experience, is best equipped to direct research that supports our clients and our professionals around the world.”

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

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robert McGrath
212.984.8267
robert.mcgrath@cbre.com

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

East Towne and West Towne Malls implement Youth Escort Policy

Madison, WI, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — East Towne and West Towne Malls will launch their Youth Escort Policy’s tomorrow, Friday, July 28, 2017. The Youth Escort Policy (YEP) is designed to provide all of its shoppers and retailers with a family-friendly, convenient and enjoyable shopping experience. The new policy – which will be enforced tomorrow beginning at 4 p.m. – requires all mall visitors under 18 years of age to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older on Friday and Saturday evenings after 4 p.m.

The policy is in effect for all parts of the mall with the exception of department stores and stores with exterior entrances.

The Youth Escort Policy is intended to curtail the rising number of unsupervised youth hanging out at East Towne and West Towne Mall and related disturbances. Mall management is implementing the policy based on months of internal discussions and collaboration with local officials, customers, and retail partners.

The Youth Escort Policy can be found on both mall websites at ShopEastTowne-Mall.com/security or ShopWestTowne-Mall.com/security. It is also posted near the mall’s main entrances.

Please note: No officials for East Towne or West Towne will be available for interviews on Friday or Saturday. Any media that wishes to be on-site Friday or Saturday must call Tiffany Schultz at 608.833.1544 or Tiffany.Schultz@cblproperties.com and schedule a time between 1:00pm – 3:00pm. During this time, media representatives will be accompanied by a mall staff member, and can interview customers and shoot b-roll footage. No media will be allowed inside the mall after 4 p.m. on Friday or Saturday evening.

About East Towne Mall
East Towne Mall is a 788,120-square-foot shopping center located off I-90/94 at the intersection of E. Washington Avenue (US 151), Zeier Road and Lien Road.  The mall is anchored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Boston Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, gordmans, JCPenney, and Sears, and houses more than 110 specialty retailers including American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy Mobile, Buckle, Express, Kay Jewelers, Torrid, Shoe Carnival and Victoria’s Secret.  Flix Brewhouse, H&M and Lucky’s 13 Pub are all under construction.  East Towne Mall also features a Food Court and seven restaurants.  Visit ShopEastTowne-Mall.com or facebook.com/EastTowneMall for more information.

About West Towne Mall
West Towne Mall is an 828,602-square-foot shopping center located off Highways 12/14 at Gammon Road.  The mall houses Boston Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Sears, a 540-seat Food Court, along with Madison-area exclusives like Apricot Lane, Athleta, Aveda, The Cheesecake Factory, Dry Goods, J. Crew, Pandora, Pottery Barn, Sephora, and Williams-Sonoma.  Vans is currently under construction, and Kay Jewelers will start a store renovation within the next few weeks.  Find more at ShopWestTowne-Mall.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/WestTowneMall.

East Towne and West Towne Mall are owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

For more information, contact:
Tiffany Schultz
Marketing Director
(p) 608.833.1544
(e) Tiffany.Schultz@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL

NEW ZEALAND: New World Wine Awards: number of Pinot Noir entries this year surpassed that of Sauvignon Blanc

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time since the New World Wine Awards competition began 15 years ago, the number of entries of Pinot Noir has surpassed that of Sauvignon Blanc. The number of entries in the Sauvignon Blanc class is consistent with previous years, but there has been a 47% increase in the number of Pinot Noir entries this year.

Chair of the New World Wine Awards judging panel, Jim Harré, says, “We are looking forward to tasting all wines entered, and especially to evaluating the Pinot Noir class, which this year has attracted the largest number of entries overtaking the number of entries in the Sauvignon Blanc class for the first time.”

A 16-stong panel of independent expert wine judges are set to taste a record 1,400 different wines covering a full range of varietals. With the numbers of entries growing every year, an extra three expert judges have been added to the panel, alongside returning judges and the judging panel Chair who celebrates his 10th anniversary leading the show.

Jim says that he is proud to have been part of building the profile of the Awards and seeing it become an important fixture on the wine calendar.

“The year-on-year increase in entries reflects winemakers’ confidence in the integrity of this wine show and the benefits that winning a New World Wine Awards medal brings. The calibre of our judging panel is another strong indicator of the strength of the competition.

“Each of the judges has many years of experience judging at a range of New Zealand and international wine shows. They bring their individual and collective experience and expertise to bear when judging the New World Wine Awards,” said Mr Harré.

This year’s judging line-up includes three wine experts who are new to the New World Wine Awards. They are: International guest judge, Meg Brodtmann, one of Australia’s most respected wine industry experts and holder of the prestigious Master of Wine qualification; Cameron Douglas, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier; and Dr. Rebecca Deed, an expert in microbiology and oenology, bringing an added technical perspective to the panel.

Returning judges are Simon Fell (Thornbury Wines), Ben Glover (Zephyr), Jack Glover (Accolade Wines), Terry Copeland (Wine Consultant), James Rowan (West Brook Winery), Olly Masters (Misha’s Vineyard), Jane Boyle (Wine Consultant), Barry Riwai (Alpha Domus), Sam Kim (Wine Orbit), Sarah-Kate Dineen (Maude Wines), Simon Nunns (Coopers Creek) and Jane Cooper (Alexia).

“It is a great testament to the regard the wine industry has for the New World Wine Awards that so many of our judges return to our judging panel each year and that we are able to attract new judges of the calibre of those who are joining us this year,” said Mr Harré.

The panel will taste and judge wines using the same internationally-recognised 100 points system as other leading wine shows. They will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, re-taste top scoring wines to rank them for inclusion in the New World Top 50 and re-taste the best wines again to determine the Champions of each main varietal and an overall Champion Red and Champion White.

In order to be eligible for entry to the New World Wine Awards, wines must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 5,000 bottles (or 3,500 for niche varietals) available for sale through New World supermarkets nationwide. This ensures the award-winning wines are more accessible for wine lovers than is often the case for other wine awards.

The results of the New World Wine Awards will be announced later in the year, and the Top 50 winning wines will available in New World stores. The results are eagerly anticipated by wine lovers, reflected in the speed some of the medal-winners typically sell out after they are announced.

“The high level of public interest in the New World Wine Awards results shows that it has an important place in the industry, given its unique focus on affordability and availability of wines,” said Mr Harré.

\The judging of the New World Wine Awards is taking place at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, one of the only suitable venues for such a large event, from 31 July-2 August.

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Nike Kicks Lounge opens in Omotesando, Japan

Omotesando, Japan, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nike Kicks Lounge first debuted in Shanghai, China in 2013, and on July 28, 2017, the next generation of this retail destination opens in Omotesando, Japan.

At its core, Nike Kicks Lounge offers a curated selection of sneakers from across Nike, Inc. — including Jordan Brand, Nike SB, Nike Sportswear and Nike Running — intermixed with a hyper-local intersection of sport, innovation and culture.

The latest iteration of Nike Kicks Lounge, in Omotesando, is located at the center of Tokyo’s street culture and is a destination for design-savvy consumers looking for a personal styling experience. The new store showcases a uniquely curated mix of footwear and apparel from Nike Sportswear, Nike Running, Nike Basketball, Nike SB and Jordan Brand. The product assortment is influenced by the store team, comprised of individuals who are well-versed in Tokyo’s culture and communities.

“The style-led and curated approach at Nike Kicks Lounge Omotesando purposely blurs the lines to support consumers’ preference to uniquely express themselves,” says Cathy Sparks, VP/GM, Global Nike Direct Stores.

Special in-store services include garment tailoring and customization of tees, hoodies and sports bras. Custom printing allows for more than thirty options, including some of Nike’s original designs and special logos created by artists who were involved in the creation of the store. These can be used alone or in combination.

Nike Kicks Lounge Omotesando will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the vibrant, ever-changing atmosphere of Tokyo, in collaboration with local artists representing the city. Indicative of the global concept, it emphasizes the local curation of Nike’s best product, supported by consumer experiences that connect to the local community.

Source: Nike

Chick-fil-A names local franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Westfield Century City Mall

Chick-fil-A names local franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Westfield Century City Mall

 

LOS ANGELES, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected local resident Robert Peterson as the local franchise owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Westfield Century City Mall, which is slated to open for business on Aug. 10. Peterson will oversee day-to-day activities of the business, employing approximately 50 full- and part-time team members, cultivating relationships with local schools, organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A at Westfield Century City Mall, located at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. in the newly renovated mall, will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Locally Owned and Operated

Born and raised in Pasadena, Peterson is excited to remain in Southern California to open the Westfield Century City Mall Chick-fil-A with his wife, Emily, and foster son. Peterson earned a degree in English from Azusa Pacific University and comes to Chick-fil-A with a variety of leadership experience, including his most recent role as Senior Leadership Director at the East Colorado Blvd. Chick-fil-A in Pasadena. He looks forward to extending those leadership skills to his own Team Members when his restaurant opens in August.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to open my own Chick-fil-A here in a city that I love and to be part of the community at Westfield Century City Mall and the Westside,” Peterson says. “I look forward to creating a fun, rewarding workplace and to serving our guests hand-crafted food with remarkable hospitality.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining young talent, offering a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, promotions that lead to management roles, respecting work-life balance and offering competitive wages. The Chick-fil-A at Westfield Century City Mall will employ approximately 50 full- and part-time team members. To help its team members pay for college, the restaurant will offer the opportunity for college scholarships through Chick-fil-A’s national scholarship initiative, Remarkable Futures. Announced in late-2016, Remarkable Futures builds on the company’s 30+ year tradition of offering scholarships, and more than doubles the company’s prior investment in team members’ college educations – offering almost $9 million in scholarships in 2017 alone. Students have the opportunity to receive up to $25,000 in individual scholarships to be applied at any accredited institution of their choice, including online and on-campus formats, and funds can be combined with tuition discounts and other benefits at more than 70 partner colleges and universities nationwide. For more information on Remarkable Futures, visit chick-fil-a.com/scholarships. As with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, team members are also guaranteed Sundays off.

Those interested in joining the Chick-fil-A at Westfield Century City Mall team can email cfacenturycitytalent@gmail.com.

Premium Ingredients and Fresh, Handmade Food

Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including salads made from fresh fruit and vegetables that are hand-chopped throughout the day. The restaurant’s signature lemonade is fresh-squeezed and is made from three simple ingredients: lemon, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served at the Westfield Century City Mall Chick-fil-A will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

Responsible sourcing goes beyond Chick-fil-A ingredients and includes sustainable efforts throughout the restaurant. Among other efforts, today the equivalent of more than 4.5 million recycled plastic bottles have been remade into clothing worn by more than 100,000 restaurant team members across the country.

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A recently earned a top spot in the Customer Service Hall of Fame for the third year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the top five of the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes Magazine, one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by The Harris Poll and “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” by Consumer Reports, among other honors.
For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2016, Chick-fil-A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service” and QSR Magazine named the company “the most polite restaurant in the country” in its annual drive-thru report. Chick-fil-A was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. in 2016. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Media Hotline:

(800) 404-7196
Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com
Twitter @ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A

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Wawa opens its first two stores in Broward County, Florida

Double Header Broward County Grand Opening Celebrations Include Charitable Hoagie Building Competitions, Partnership with Feeding South Florida, Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Giveaways, FREE Coffee and More!

Broward County, FL, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc., today (July 27, 2017) announced the grand opening of its first two stores in Broward County, Florida–Wawa’s southernmost locations to date. On Thursday, July 27, 2017 Wawa is hosting a doubleheader grand opening celebration to officially launch Wawa’s first locations in Broward County. The stores will be located at:

 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie, FL
 3601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL

Each of the in-store celebrations will include a ribbon cutting and Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition benefiting local charities identified by the local fire and police from each area. As Wawa opens its first two stores in the Broward County market, Wawa is also launching hunger fighting initiatives through its “Lending a Helping Hoagie Program”, donating a portion of hoagie sales for these two stores (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida with a goal of donating $10,000 in one week to help fight hunger in the Broward County community. In addition, The Wawa Foundation will announce its support of local hunger fighting initiatives in each community through $2,500 grants to two local chapters of Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County to be used for the Snack & Supper programs.

In addition, each grand opening will feature special giveaways, music, surprises and more! Wawa will also be giving away FREE any size coffee, all day, at each of the two new locations for ten days. The first 100 people through the door at 8:00 a.m. at each location get special prizes while supplies last!

“We are thrilled to celebrate our official entrance into the Broward County region as we spread our wings to serve more customers and communities and fulfill more lives in Southeast Florida each day,” said Cathy Pulos, Executive VP & Chief Operations Officer for Wawa. “Opening our first locations in Broward County—our southernmost stores to date—is a significant step toward furthering our ability to invest in Florida by building new stores and creating more jobs. We can’t wait to continue our Florida expansion and look forward to connecting with our homecoming customers and introducing ourselves to new customers throughout the rest of 2017!”

Wawa Broward County Double Header Grand Opening Events Details
During each grand opening; police and firefighters; Wawa officials and associates, customers; and Wawa’s mascot, Wally Goose, will join in a ceremonial ribbon cutting at each of the locations. The events will proceed as follows:

Ribbon Cutting #1: 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie, FL 8 a.m. doors open, 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting celebration begins
 First 100 customers through the door at 8:00 a.m. at this location will receive special surprises including Wawa gift cards
 10:00 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featuring Wawa associates and community members joining a parade of Wawa’s Florida and Fuel milestones
 Fuel Price “Reveal” to showcase special pricing for grand opening
 Remarks by Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul
 Feeding South Florida representatives join Wawa to officially kick off the week-long “Lending a Helping Hoagie” campaign. As Wawa opens two stores in one day in Broward County, Wawa has committed to donating a portion of hoagie sales (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida to help fight hunger in Broward
 Boys & Girls Club representatives from the local Broward County Davie Boys & Girls Club,
 A charitable Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition featuring Davie Fire & Rescue and Davie Police with donations given to charities selected by the participants
 Wawa’s EVP & COO Cathy Pulos, will discuss the milestone and Wawa’s continued expansion in Florida

Grand Opening #2: 3601 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 8 a.m. doors open, 1:00 p.m. celebration begins
 First 100 customers through the door at 8:00 a.m. at this location will receive special surprises including free coffee, hoagies or smoothies for a month or two free tanks of Wawa gasoline.
 1:00 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in which Wawa associates and community members will join in a parade of Wawa Florida Milestones
 Remarks by Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher
 Feeding South representatives join Wawa to officially kick off a week of “Lending a Helping Hoagie” campaign. As Wawa opens two stores in one day in Broward County, Wawa has committed to donating a portion of hoagie sales (up to $5,000 per store) to Feeding South Florida to help fight hunger in Broward
 Boys & Girls Club representatives from the local Broward County Pompano Beach Boys & Girls Club
 A charitable Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition featuring Broward County Sheriff’s
 Wawa’s EVP & COO Cathy Pulos, will discuss the milestone and Wawa’s continued expansion in Florida

Hoagies for Heroes Competition
Both grand opening events will include a charitable Hoagies for Heroes contest, as representatives from local fire and police, or their designated charity representatives, face off in a battle of bravery, skill and sandwich-making expertise. Each team will be challenged to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by making charitable donations of $1,000 to each local charity selected by each team.

About Wawa’s Florida Expansion
In 2016, Wawa celebrated its historic 100th store opening in the state of Florida. To date, Wawa has opened more than 115 stores in Florida and throughout 2017 plans to open 11 stores in Palm Beach and Broward Counties and another 10 – 12 in 2018. Within the next five years, Wawa plans to make the South Florida region of Palm Beach and Broward Counties home to 50 new Wawa stores. Wawa will also continue to open stores statewide, including 30 new Florida stores in 2017, and 25 – 30 Florida stores per year for the next several years.

The store openings in Palm Beach and Broward Counties will bring an estimated 400 new jobs to the community. Associates in these full and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to be enrolled in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) Wawa Associates own more than 41% of Wawa through the ESOP. The new Wawa stores will offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award- Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of juices and teas.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in  Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM’s. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 760 convenience retail stores (550 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

CONTACT:

public.relations@wawa.com

Source: Wawa, Inc.

Kering 1H 2017 results: consolidated revenue: €7,296.2 million, up 28.2% as reported, 26.5% on a comparable basis

London, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — First-half consolidated revenue: €7,296.2 million, up 28.2% as reported, 26.5% on a comparable basis

Luxury activities: up 29.7% as reported, 28.3% on a comparable basis Sport & Lifestyle activities: up 16.1% as reported, 14.3% on a comparable basis

Recurring operating income: €1,274.1 million, up 57.1% Sharp rise in operating margin: 17.5% Net income, Group share: up 77.6%

“Thanks to the execution of our strategy, we achieved outstanding revenue growth in the first half, clearly outperforming the sector, and delivered record profits and operating margins. These remarkable performances in all regions of the world and across all of our activities underscore Kering’s ability to innovate, create value, and gain market share. Our vision of Luxury, grounded in creative audacity and in the sincerity of our brands’ values, is more relevant than ever. This excellent first half raises our confidence in the Group’s capacity to realize another year of growth and improved operating performances.” François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Record half-year performance
• Second-quarter comparable consolidated growth of 24.6% extending the strong momentum of the first quarter, up 28.6% comparable
• Significant improvement in operating margin, up 330 basis points on a comparable basis
• Two-fold increase in free cash flow from operations in the first six months, to €717.9 million

Luxury: remarkable growth in revenue and earnings 
• Sustained growth momentum at Gucci and Saint Laurent, both in revenue (up 43.4% and 28.5%, respectively, on a comparable basis) and recurring operating margin (32.0% and 23.0%, respectively)
• Solid six-month performance from Bottega Veneta, with comparable revenue up 2.0%
• Other Luxury brands up 10.1% comparable; acceleration at Balenciaga
• Recurring operating income up 49.4% to €1,254.2 million

Sport & Lifestyle: robust growth 
• Half-year revenue above the €2 billion mark for the first time ever
• Sharp growth at Puma (up 15.7% comparable) across all product categories and regions, coupled with a two-fold increase in recurring operating income
• Sport & Lifestyle recurring operating income up 128.7% to €110.0 million

Key financial indicators

Revenue for the first half of 2017 amounted to €7,296.2 million, up a sharp 28.2% as reported and 26.5% based on a comparable Group structure and exchange rates. This performance was driven by extremely strong sales growth in both mature and emerging markets, with comparable increases of 33.5% in Western Europe and 34.4% in Asia Pacific (32% and 28% of consolidated revenue, respectively). North America (21% of revenue) also posted a robust 20.7% increase in comparable revenue, while Japan (9% of revenue) continued on its growth trajectory, up 6.4%. Kering Eyewear contributed €162 million to consolidated revenue during the period, after eliminating intra-group sales and royalties paid to the brands.

Kering’s gross margin for the first half of 2017 stood at €4,725 million, up 31.2% as reported.

The Group’s recurring operating income surged 57.1% as reported to €1,274.1 million during the period. Consolidated recurring operating margin came in at 17.5%, up 330 basis points. By activity, recurring operating margin was 24.9% in Luxury and 5.3% in Sport & Lifestyle.

EBITDA(1) totalled €1,526.0 million in the first half of 2017, up 51.0% compared with the prior-year period. The EBITDA margin rose by 310 basis points on a reported basis to 20.9% in the first half of 2017.

Net income, Group share totalled €825.8 million in the first six months of 2017, up from €464.9 million in the same period of 2016. Adjusted for non-recurring items net of tax, net income from continuing operations, Group share rose 67.4% year on year to €872.3 million. Earnings per share amounted to €6.55 in the first half of 2017, up 77.5% compared with the prior-year period.

(1)EBITDA corresponds to recurring operating income plus net recurring charges to depreciation, amortisation and provisions on non-current operating assets. See figures in the consolidated financial statements in the 2017 First-Half Report.

About Kering
A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end. The Kering share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Contacts:
Press:
Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20
emilie.gargatte@kering.com

Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57
astrid.wernert@kering.com

Analysts/investors:
Claire Roblet
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 49
claire.roblet@kering.com

www.kering.com
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering 
Instagram: @kering_official
YouTube: KeringGroup

Source: Kering

Apranga Group consolidated profit reached EUR 5.2 million in 1H 2017; a 12.5% increase from 2016

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The consolidated profit before income tax of Apranga Group reached EUR 5.2 million in the six months of 2017, while the Group has made the profit of EUR 4.6 million in the same period of 2016 (the increase of 12.5%). The unaudited consolidated profit before income tax amounted to EUR 3.0 million in Q2 2017, comparing to EUR 3.5 million in Q2 2016, the decrease of 14.1%.

EBITDA of Apranga Group totalled EUR 8.4 million in the six months 2017, and increased by 10.0% comparing to corresponding the year 2016 period. Q2 2017 EBITDA of the Group reached EUR 4.6 million, the decrease of 8.1% compared to Q2 2016.

The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and consolidated interim report of Apranga Group for six months of 2017, as well as managers’ confirmation letter are ready for acquaintance in the attachment. The interim information is also available at: http://aprangagroup.lt/en/investors.

Contact:

Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
+370 5 2390801

Source:   Apranga Group/globenewswire

Belle International withdraws shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange following privatization

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belle International Holdings Limited (“Belle International” or the “Company”) announces that its privatization by way of a Scheme of Arrangement (“the Proposal”) has officially taken effect on July 25, 2017 (Cayman Islands time).

The Proposal led by a consortium consisting of Hillhouse Capital Group (“Hillhouse”), CDH Investments (“CDH”) and Mr. YU Wu and Mr. SHENG Fang, Executive Directors of Belle International was approved by Belle International’s disinterested shareholders at the Company’s Court Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting on July 17, 2017 and sanctioned by the Cayman Court on July 24, 2017.

Mr. SHENG Baijiao, CEO of Belle International said, “I’m delighted to see over 98% of shareholders vote in favor of the proposed privatization and express sincere gratitude for their continued support over the years. With the necessary resources from Hillhouse and CDH, accompanied by the new generation of management team, I hope the Company can implement the needed transformation and achieve sustainable growth in the long-term.”

“We are pleased to see shareholders’ agreement and recognition of the proposed privatization”, said Mr. ZHANG Lei, Founder and CEO of Hillhouse Capital. “We truly believe that our team is able to enact the technology- and innovation-driven transformation needed to help Belle International regain long-term competitiveness in a challenging retail market environment.”

A CDH representative commented, “We have been supporting the Company to overcome various headwinds over the years. We are excited to see that the Company’s shareholders agree and support the Consortium’s Proposal. We look forward to working with Hillhouse and the Company to implement the business transformation plan in the future.”

Post-privatization, Hillhouse holds 57.6% of the Company, while CDH holds 11.9% and other participating management, including Mr. YU and Mr. SHENG, holds 30.5%.

The withdrawal of Belle International’s shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has become effective from 4 pm on 27 July, 2017. A cancellation consideration of HK$6.30 per share in cash will be paid to the Company’s shareholders by 3 August, 2017.

Investor Relations:

Tel:+86 755 8287 7385
E-mail:ir@belle.com.cn

Source:  Belle International Holdings Limited

Lenta signs agreements with MCapital and OTZR for long-term leases of hypermarkets operated under the NASH brand

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA / “Lenta” or the “Company”), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce signing of agreements with MCapital and OTZR for long-term leases of hypermarkets in Moscow and Russian regions, currently operated under the NASH brand.

Assets
The agreements contemplate a 15-year arrangement for 14 hypermarkets in Moscow and the Russian regions, currently operated under the NASH brand with the total selling space of approximately 78,400 sq.m. This includes seven hypermarkets with total selling space of around 43,600 sq.m located in Moscow and another seven hypermarkets with total selling space of around 34,800 sq.m located in the Moscow region, Nizhniy Novgorod, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Ryazan, Yaroslavl and Rostov-on-Don. The average size of the stores is around 5,600 sq.m of selling space. The stores are compatible in terms of size and layout with existing Lenta standard, compact and supercompact hypermarket formats, and locations are complementary to Lenta’s existing stores.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning said:
“We are very pleased to have reached agreement with MCapital and OTZR based on a partnership approach, beneficial to both parties, to lease hypermarket locations in Moscow and the regions to Lenta. While Lenta remains primarily focused on its organic expansion, we continue to pursue strategic opportunities in parallel.

The stores all have good urban locations and complement Lenta’s existing network. The hypermarkets have well-trained personnel, so Lenta looks forward to welcoming NASH store employees into its family. As part of the transaction Lenta will also acquire the existing store equipment.

We have a very strong track record of successful integration and are confident this deal will significantly strengthen Lenta’s network in Moscow, where we currently operate 13 hypermarkets, and will complement our offering in each of the other regions. Upon the completion of integration, the stores will operate under the Lenta brand.”

Approvals and integration
The agreements have been approved by the Lenta Board, no further internal approvals are necessary. The transaction does not require any regulatory approvals.

The Company intends to invest in renovation of the sites to match Lenta’s standards and offer customers the high quality shopping experience they expect from Lenta. All the stores will be closed for renovation for a short period, then re-opened under the Lenta brand. The openings under the Lenta brand are planned to be completed within approximately two months.

Lenta will provide more details and revised store opening guidance at a later stage.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia (in terms of selling space) and the country’s fifth largest retail chain (in terms of 2016 sales). The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 195 hypermarkets in 78 cities across Russia and 59 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,173,416 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 45,689 people as of 31 December 2016.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

Forward looking statements:

This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond Lenta’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Lenta speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, Lenta undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta
Anastasia Kuznetsova,
Corporate Communications Manager
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: a.kuznetsova@lenta.com

FTI Consulting 
Russian Media:
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@FTIconsulting.com

FTI Consulting 
International Media: 
Leonid Fink & Jenny Payne
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
Jenny.Payne@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry welcome approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute and the supermarket industry appreciate Chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) leadership and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s approval of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 772).  H.R. 772 is a bipartisan bill led by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA), and others on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to build some needed flexibility into FDA’s final menu labeling rule, which was expanded to regulate grocery stores without making accommodations for the variety of formats, food offerings or other local initiatives in a grocery store setting.

“The committee’s strong bipartisan vote demonstrates both Congress’ and supermarkets’ continued interest in getting the FDA “menu labeling” standards fixed and implemented in a common sense way that fits the variety of foods and formats of grocery stores,” said Jennifer Hatcher, FMI Chief Public Policy Officer.  “We appreciate Reps. McMorris Rodgers and Cardenas for co-leading this effort.”

The bill includes sensible modifications that the supermarket industry has continually requested, such as preserving the ability to sell locally-made and locally-sourced foods, allowing for the use of a central menu board for a salad bar, and providing the ability for corrective actions and liability protections for good-faith compliance efforts.

Enacting this legislation would direct and provide FDA with the ability to incorporate these critical changes into the current menu labeling rule and finally resolve some of the problems that we have been encountering.  In addition, the bill demonstrates supermarkets’ commitment to a federal menu labeling standard and ensures that the process moves forward to successful final implementation.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:

Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations
media@fmi.org
202-220-0616

Source: FMI

REI Co-op unveils its next spring’s new gear collection

New gear collection designed using insights from co-op members and employees

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — REI Co-op’s in-house brand released its plans for next spring’s new gear collection during the Outdoor Retailer industry tradeshow. Highlights include outerwear featuring GORE-TEX® Active fabric technology that will be on display at the show, a gathered-end elevated sleep system and an update to its iconic Half Dome tent series. The 2018 line will also feature a national parks-inspired series of Flash 18 packs to support our national public lands.

The co-op’s in-house design team continues to bring customers richer, more innovative ways to enjoy the outdoors. Every product the co-op designs goes through its Cooperative Design philosophy, where designers work with members and employees to gain inspiration throughout the design process.

“It really is what being a co-op is all about. Having members and employees influence design innovation throughout our process allows us to create gear our members really want instead of trying to fill gaps,” said Nasahn Sheppard, divisional vice president for REI Co-op Private Brands. “We’re encouraging our design team to think outside of the box, and it’s changing the way people play outdoors.”

REI will put women first as part of its #ForceOfNature initiative. For spring, the REI Co-op brand will offer women a wider selection of extended and tall/petite sizing in travel, outdoor wear and fitness apparel, as well as performance and technical outerwear, sleeping bags and packs.

Outerwear
This spring, the co-op will deliver a new series of outerwear using GORE-TEX technology.

“These jackets and pants will meet varying degrees of activity in the backcountry,” Sheppard said. “We are impressed with how Gore has innovated their new material, which will help us bring our outerwear offerings to the next level.”

  • The Drypoint GTX® Jacket for men and women is designed for minimalist performance for hiking and backpacking. This jacket uses the next generation of GORE-TEX Active fabric, a significantly lighter, more breathable three-layer fabric that improves comfort and durability. Price: $249.
  • The Stormbolt GTX Jacket, nicknamed the “backcountry bomber,” is ideal for various adventures. This is the burliest shell in the line, offering protection from all types of backcountry weather. This three-layer waterproof, breathable shell is a fully featured jacket with macro and micro ripstop fabric to withstand abrasion resistance. Price: $279.
  • The Vaporush WINDSTOPPER® soft shell jacket and pants offer maximum breathability and stretch mobility for men and women. The lightweight outerwear provides free range of motion and breathability, and repels wind and rain for quick-paced backcountry adventures. Price: $169 (jacket) / $139 (pants).

Hammock Sleep Systems
As a new category, the co-op has seen sales for suspended sleep systems increase more than 100 percent compared with last year. To complement this trend, and deliver yet another comfortable sleeping option for backpacking, the co-op will introduce a new Flash Air hammock that features a lightweight, traditional gathered-end design. This style offers side sleepers a different suspended sleep option, compared with the flatter bridge-style hammock that comes with the Quarter Dome Air.

Tents
The Half Dome tent will receive an update to increase overall volume and livability. This two-vestibule dome series includes one-, two-, three- and four-person tent options. These plus-sized tents add additional length and width to the floor space, as well as additional volume throughout the tent. The fly has been improved and expanded to provide an easily customized covered area for livability and gear storage. REI will offer various colors as well as a Mount Rainier specialty design, available online in early spring.

Packs
REI’s Flash 18 packs are necessary accessories for any outing or backcountry adventure. The co-op has partnered with the National Park Foundation to offer eight customized national parks designs highlighting Mount Rainier, Denali, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Voyageurs and Rocky Mountain. Each store will offer its two closest national parks designs regionally, but all designs will be offered on REI.com. The co-op will give 10 percent of profits of these packs back to the National Parks Foundation. This builds on the co-op’s historic multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership promise to help protect and preserve our beloved public lands.

The Traverse pack series is designed for maximum comfort during multi-day backpacking adventures. In 2018, a 35-liter version will be added to the collection, while the entire series (65-, 70- and 85-liter packs) will offer an updated, improved design for added comfort.

These highlights, as well as active wear and travel collections, will begin arriving in REI stores and on REI.com starting in January 2018.

About REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 16 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 149 stores in 36 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI-Garage.com or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Source: REI