LiveShopBuy launches crowdfunding campaign to finalize world’s first location-based online marketplace

Holmdel, New Jersey, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Big box stores and online marketplaces like Amazon force more and more small businesses in our neighborhoods to close their doors every day. One company, LiveShopBuy, has created the solution. The founders of this innovative company have designed the world’s first location-based online marketplace exclusively for mom and pop stores and small businesses in our communities.

LiveShopBuy launched their campaign today on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to help raise funds to finalize this online marketplace that will help save small businesses from going under throughout the country.

“With the emergence of huge Internet companies like Amazon and national chains like Walmart devouring their customers, mom and pop stores and local businesses in our neighborhoods are in real danger of becoming a thing of the past.” said LiveShopBuy Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Joseph Anselmo. “Local businesses add so much to our communities. It’s important to shop local and support them, but it’s also convenient to go online and order anything you want with the click of a button. We’ve created the best of both worlds – the convenience of the Internet and the ease of an online marketplace with the ability to pinpoint stores local to the customer. It’s a win win for everyone!”

LiveShopBuy offers local businesses a mobile ready website presence, a listing in their extensive local directory, a shopping portal, social media marketing, promotions, in-store pick up options for customers, SEO/digital advertising, membership in their loyalty program, and location-based technology. Customers will have a loyalty rewards program at no additional cost to the small business. And all customers and small businesses are automatically enrolled in the non-profit LiveShopGives Community First Program, a give-back program to support community needs.

“LiveShopBuy will help local businesses compete in a climate where big businesses have the resources to advertise and drive customers to their websites,” said LiveShopBuy Co-Founder, President and CMO Rich Hanley. “LiveShopBuy gives local merchants an affordable way to become part of an online marketplace that pinpoints the location of where a customer logs in and offers products from merchants right in their neighborhood, but with national exposure.”

To further enrich and help local communities grow, LiveShopBuy has created a non-profit community give back program called LiveShopGives Community First Program.

“Everyone should have the right to the five basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, warmth and healthcare,” said Anselmo. “Our Community First Program ensures that up to 5% of the net revenue made by LiveShopBuy from all purchases made in a defined community will go back to that community. So programs that are important to each community will receive funds generated by purchases made by consumers for what that community needs most like senior centers, new playgrounds, stocking food banks and programs to help small businesses grow through education and support.”

LiveShopBuy’s online marketplace will officially launch later this year, but small businesses are urged to take advantage of the discounted rates and exclusive offers for memberships during this pre-launch period. LiveShopBuy founders believe that LiveShopBuy will become the largest online directory for services and small businesses in the country.

“We envision LiveShopBuy becoming an essential resource for website visitors,” added Anselmo. “Everything you need locally, no matter where you are, will be at your fingertips.”

“We all need to support local business or they won’t be able to survive.” added Hanley. “We truly believe that LiveShopBuy will change the way people shop, help small businesses to thrive and enable local communities to obtain the funds they need to make a difference in the lives of everyone in the community.”

Everyone is urged to visit the LiveShopBuy Indiegogo campaign at


Patricia Trenchak,
Cell: 215-704-6124
101 Crawfords Corner Road, Suite 4101, Holmdel, NJ 07733


SSP embarks on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport

SSP embarks on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport


London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is embarking on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport which will lead to up to seventy new full and part-time jobs.

Most of the work will be at existing airside outlets. The popular Lagan Bar has already been extended at the front and rear, creating seating for an additional 100 customers. In addition, the Starbucks coffee shop will undergo a complete refurbishment.

SSP, which currently operates all but one food and beverage unit at the airport, will also convert Strangford Kitchen & Grill to a food-led premium bar, and transform the airport’s Café Bar into a second Ritazza coffee shop.

Belfast International Airport Director of Commercial Development, Brian Carlin, said: “SSP’s investment is most welcome. The airport is seeing unprecedented double-digit passenger growth, and it is to SSP’s credit that it is responding by expanding facilities to meet increased demand.

“It’s a significant investment by a company with a proven track record for quality and delivery. SSP is an essential part of our successful airport operations, and this work will transform existing outlets leading to improved passenger facilities.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We have been working at Belfast for over 15 years, and we are delighted to be building on this longstanding relationship with one of the UK’s most important airports. In just a few years, passenger numbers have risen to just over 5.1 million last year.

“An additional 500,000 passengers will pass through the terminal this year, creating yet another new record. This investment will ensure that we will continue to deliver excellent food and beverage to Belfast’s passengers traveller numbers rise.”

Source: SSP


Waitrose lowers the price of women’s sanitary products by five per cent

London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has today ( 8 August 2017) announced that over the course of this week it will lower the price of women’s sanitary products by five per cent, removing the cost of VAT.

This will improve affordability for customers and will cover 97 products, including both branded and own-label goods, available online and in branches.

Michael Andrews, Director of Buying – Ambient and General Merchandise, said: ‘By covering the VAT cost and reducing the price by five per cent, we are confident it will make a difference to our customers.’

Waitrose had already committed to passing on VAT savings to customers after David Cameron’s Government proposed plans to remove the ‘tampon tax’ come into effect. This was in light of the European Commission announcing future intentions to enable Member States to lower VAT to zero on sanitary products.

Notes to editors

Waitrose has 355 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.

Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, as well as specialist online shops including for wine and for plants and flowers.

In recent months, Waitrose has been awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming Best Retailer Award’, Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017′ and The Drinks Business’ ‘Retail Buying Team of the Year Award’.


For more information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal, Press Officer, Corporate, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 826774

Source: Waitrose

Albertsons Companies announces the appointment of Kevin Turner as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor to the CEO

BOISE, Idaho, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies, LLC announced today (Aug 7th, 2017) that Kevin Turner, former Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers of AB Acquisition LLC., its direct parent , and Senior Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Miller.

Turner brings decades of retail and technology experience to his new role with the company, including roles at Walmart and Microsoft. His tenure at Walmart began as a cashier in 1985 and culminated in his appointment to CEO and President of SAM’s Club and Executive Vice President of Walmart Stores, Inc., a position he served in from 2002 to 2005. During his time at Microsoft, from 2005 to 2016, Turner led a number of teams including Worldwide Sales and Marketing, the Retail Stores Division, Corporate Information Technology, and Operations. Key accomplishments include his leadership of the company’s Cloud Services adoption as well as the sales and marketing efforts behind Office 365.

“Albertsons Companies is building out its Digital Marketing and Information Technology teams to ensure we are best positioned to capitalize on the dynamic changes occurring in our marketplace,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO. “The skill and experience of our operations team is unparalleled. Kevin’s retail acumen, commitment to innovation and leadership skills complements our team’s expertise and enhances our ability to serve our customers for many years to come.”

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Important Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our perspectives and expectations, are forward looking statements. The words “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions, when related to the Company and its subsidiaries, indicate forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the current view of management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on various assumptions and factors, including general economic, market, industry and operational factors. Any changes to these assumptions or factors may lead to practical results different from current expectations. Excessive reliance should not be placed on those statements. Forward-looking statements relate only to the date they were made, and the Company and its subsidiaries undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.

Christine Wilcox

Source:  Albertsons Companies

British Land installed 1,100 solar panels at its Serpentine Green Regional retail centre in Peterborough

British Land installed 1,100 solar panels at its Serpentine Green Regional retail centre in Peterborough


London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land has installed 1,100 solar panels at its 337,000 sq ft Serpentine Green Regional retail centre in Peterborough, in one of the UK’s largest retail rooftop solar projects.

The solar installation was completed this month and covers 19,500 sq ft, equivalent to nine tennis courts1. The solar photovoltaic system will generate c. 275,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year which is enough to power 85 homes for a year2 or 1.2 million miles of charge3 for an electric car.

During the summer months, 22% of the annual electricity demand for the centre’s common areas and car park will be met by solar energy. Annually this is expected to save 140 tonnes of CO2 annually and 3,289 tonnes over the next 25 years, equivalent to taking 2,155 cars off the road4.

Matthew Webster, Head of Wellbeing & Futureproofing for British Land, said: “Serpentine Green’s solar photovoltaic system further demonstrates our commitment to future-proofing our assets – unlocking additional income streams whilst hejlping to protect us and our customers against risks such as increasing energy prices. Alongside identifying renewable sources of energy, our well established energy efficiency programme means we carefully manage our energy consumption – this programme has already delivered £13 million of gross savings for our occupiers.”

John MacDonald-Brown, CEO for Syzygy Renewables, said: “Having recently delivered a similar sized installation at St Stephen’s, Hull, Syzygy was delighted to return to work with British Land on this project. It is encouraging to see large commercial real estate investors like British Land seeking to reduce their carbon footprints and future-proof their assets. We very much look forward to the next project.”

Other steps taken to continue to improve sustainability at Serpentine Green include a 20% (1.5 million kilowatt hours) energy reduction over the last six years, 100% of managed waste diverted from landfill and 300 tonnes of waste recycled over the last three years. The centre is also home to eight beehives housing 500,000 bees.

Syzygy Renewables managed the project on behalf of British Land and Solar Advanced Systems Limited was the contractor.

British Land has been the European sector leader in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark three times. The company has also won awards for energy reductions from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

1 1,813.6m2 (19,500 sq ft) of panels, tennis court is 195.6 m2, equivalent to c. 9 tennis courts
2 Typical UK household uses 3,300 kWh of electricity per annum. 275,000 / 3,300 = 83.3 homes for a year [Ref: Ofgem]
3 New Tesla model 3 does 237 watt-hours per mile. 275,000 / .237 = 1,160,338 miles
4 Calculation based on avg CO2 emissions for regular car @ 122.8 grams per km. Average UK mileage @ 12,700km (1 car 1.53 tonnes of C02per annum). Equals 1.53 imperial tons. Calculation: 3,289 tonnes / 1.53 = 2,155 cars off the road [Ref: BBC and Department for Transport Stats]

Notes to Editors

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

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

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

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

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

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

About Syzygy Renewables 
Syzygy is a leading renewable energy consultancy based in London, with a specialism in advising large commercial real estate owners, occupiers and asset managers on practical solutions for the deployment of embedded (onsite) renewable energy generation.

John Macdonald-Brown (CEO) has over 15 years of commercial property asset management experience. Syzygy bridges the gap between energy generation and commercial real estate.

Syzygy has delivered over 30 UK shopping centres to date for various clients.

Since 2010, Syzygy has worked with many of the leading UK real estate owners including British Land.

Investor Relations:
Cressida Curtis
British Land
020 7467 2938

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Emma Hammond
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1227

Gordon Simpson
Finsbury Group
020 7251 3801

Source: British Land


Asda reaffirms commitment to offering ‘not for profit’ IVF service in its Pharmacies across the UK

  • Asda Pharmacy’s not-for-profit IVF drugs cost £1374 per cycle
  • With over 255 in store pharmacies offering the service nationwide, potential parents across the UK are able to access treatment
  • Not for profit service ensures affordable and accessible IVF medication is available to everyone

LEEDS, England, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — As cuts to NHS funding for IVF treatment have reignited concerns over a ‘postcode lottery’ for women seeking treatment, Asda has reaffirmed its commitment to offering their ‘not for profit’ IVF service in 255 Asda Pharmacies across the UK.

Asda first launched its pioneering service in 2010 to help ensure IVF could be affordable and accessible to all. Today, as thousands of potential parents face the concern of not being able to access the treatment that would allow them to have a family, Asda has restated its commitment to continuing the service. At Asda, one cycle of treatment will cost £1374*and customers using the service have face to face access to a Pharmacist, unlike many online services that offer the treatment.

Infertility continues to be the most common reason for women ages 20-45 to see their GP, after pregnancy itself, and affects 3.5 million people in the UK – the equivalent of one in six couples.* Yet despite the acknowledgement of infertility as a serious medical condition, accessing the treatment remains challenging for many. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that the NHS should offer three full cycles of IVF for women under 40 who have not become pregnant after two years of trying. But the recommendations are not binding – it is up to local NHS providers to decide what to offer, meaning the offer can vary from three cycles to none depending on where a woman lives.

Faisal Tuddy, Asda’s Superintendent Pharmacist: “We know that a considerable number of women have to pay for additional cycles of IVF treatment; a process that is financially, as well as emotionally, draining. Asda is known for offering great value for families wherever they live in the UK and so it makes sense for us that we do what we can to help people get access to the treatment they need, regardless of where they live. Our not for profit IVF service has been a huge success since we launched in 2010 and we’re committed to helping even more people on their journey to becoming parents. .”

For case study examples of families supported by Asda’s Not for Profit IVF treatment click here:

*The cost of a cycle of treatment has been calculated based on the prices of the following: Suprecur Injection 5.5ml (x4), Northisterone 5mg (x21), Synarel Nasal Spray 60 Dose (x2), Menopur 75iu (x 48), Pregnyl 5000iu (x 2), Cyclogest 400mg (x 36), Menopur 75iu (x 20), Cyclogest 200mg (x 84).

For further information contact:
Naomi Farmer
0113 82664072

Tori Pourzand

Source: ASDA

Tractor Supply Company declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per share

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (Aug. 08, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per share of the Company’s common stock.

The dividend will be paid on September 6, 2017, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 21, 2017.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at  Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 160 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit

Kurt Barton
Chief Financial Officer

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

John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

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

Source: Tractor Supply Company

SNAC International announced as pavilion partner for the 2018 NGA Show

Trade association representing international snack industry to showcase 600 square foot pavilion of snack manufacturers and marketers

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (August 8, 2017) announced SNAC International, the trade association representing the snack industry, will be a pavilion partner for the first time at the 2018 NGA Show, held February 11-14 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

SNAC International will showcase a 600 square foot pavilion on the EXPO floor featuring manufacturers of a wide variety of snacks, including classic snack products as well as better-for-you options.  Products include potato chips, tortilla chips, puffed snacks, pretzels and popcorn to meat and fruit snacks, snack nuts and crackers.  Ingredients range from traditional potato and corn-based snacks to those made with pulses (chick peas, lentils), vegetables and ancient grains.

“With snacking now accounting for half of all eating occasions, we’re excited to provide the unique opportunity for independent retailers to explore a diverse set of exhibitors in this growing segment of the food industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “The pavilion promises to help attendees stay ahead of the consumer trend curve by bringing new and exciting snack products to their store shelf.”

“With the snack category rapidly evolving, SNAC International members are seeking new opportunities to showcase their products in front of prospective consumers. The NGA Show is a perfect opportunity for our members, many of whom are smaller businesses, to share information about their products with members of the dynamic independent grocery sector,” said Elizabeth Avery, president & CEO, SNAC International.  “We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for our member companies to scale their presence by uniting under the Snack Pavilion at the NGA Show.”

The 2017 NGA Show opened with 3,400 registered attendees, making it the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking attendance levels. Last year’s sold-out EXPO floor included over 325 exhibitors in various categories such as produce, meat, technology, craft beers, general merchandise, ethnic food products, and health, wellness, and beauty product sectors. The overwhelming majority of attendees – 97 percent – felt the EXPO floor was important to their experience at The NGA Show, and 96 percent of retailers and wholesalers present visited the EXPO floor. For more information on The NGA Show, visit

About NGA
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit

About SNAC International
Founded in 1937, SNAC International (formerly Snack Food Association) is the leading international trade association for the snack industry.  SNAC International represents over 400 companies worldwide, including snack industry suppliers, marketers and manufacturers in both the traditional and emerging snack categories. SNAC is committed to providing premier educational resources, connection opportunities, and advocacy for the ever-evolving snack industry. For more information about SNAC International, visit

Source: NGA




Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Am Donnerstag, 10. August 2017, wird der umfangreiche Umbau der Migros Unterentfelden abgeschlossen sein: Ab dann wird sich das Center im frischen und modernen Kleid präsentieren. Das Angebot wurde erweitert und auch ein Migros-Restaurant gehört seit April zum umfassenden Angebot von Unterentfelden.

Nun ist er definitiv fertig umgebaut, der neue Migros-Supermarkt in Unterentfelden. Er bietet in einladender Atmosphäre ein grosses Frische-Angebot an Früchten und Gemüse, die neue Sortimentsmarke Daily, besondere Käse-, Fleisch- und Fischspezialitäten, ofenfrisches Brot und alles für den täglichen Bedarf.

Auf einer Fläche von gut 2‘300 Quadratmetern findet sich einerseits das gewohnte Sortiment, andererseits gibt es zusätzlich eine Frischfisch- und eine Käsetheke. Ausserdem wurde das Angebot an konsumfertigen, frisch produzierten Lebensmitteln erweitert: Mit Daily wird es ein grosses Angebot an frischen Sandwiches, Birchermüesli, Smoothies, Tasty Water, Joghurt mit frischen Früchten, Saladbowls etc. angeboten. Ausserdem sorgen die Bäckerinnen und Bäcker der Hausbäckerei laufend für frisches Brot.

Damit der Einkauf schnell und problemlos abgeschlossen werden kann, wurde der Kassenbereich erweitert: Anstelle von sieben stehen nun neun Kassen bereit, und auch beim Selfcheckout und Selfscanning wurden fast doppelt so viele Stationen eingebaut. Ausserdem stehen ausreichend Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Nachhaltige und ressourcenschonende Bauweise
Die Stahlskelett-Konstruktion des Gebäudes wurde neu mit massiven Aussenwänden versehen, teils wurde das Gebäude erweitert. Die Heizung sowie die Kühlung funktionieren nun mit Grundwasser und im ganzen Gebäude wurde eine energieeffiziente Kälteanlage mit natürlichem Kältemittel eingebaut. Die Kühlmöbel sind neu geschlossen und verbrauchen so ein Vielfaches weniger an Energie. Ausserdem wurde die gesamte Gebäudehülle energetisch verbessert und für den Bau wurden nachwachsende Rohstoffe wie Holz verwendet. Auf dem Dach ist eine Solaranlage im Einsatz. Sämtliche Beleuchtungsstrahler sind mit LED ausgerüstet. Diese weisen einen deutlich tieferen Energieverbrauch und eine längere Lebensdauer aus als herkömmliche Leuchtmittel.

Für den Umbau in Unterentfelden hat die Migros Aare rund 15 Millionen Franken investiert.


Die Filialleiterin und ihr Team
Die Filialleiterin in Unterentfelden heisst Barbara Rüegger. Die 39-jährige Detailhandels-spezialistin ist seit 18 Jahren bei der Migros und seit 2009 in der Funktion der Marktleiterin tätig. Seit August 2014 führt sie die Filiale Unterentfelden. Dabei kann sie auf die Unterstützung ihrer 80 Mitarbeitenden zählen, von denen viele aus der Region um Unterentfelden kommen.

Die Ladenöffnungszeiten
Montag-Samstag      08:00 bis 20:00 Uhr

Die 5000-Franken-Spende
Wie bei der Migros Aare bei grossen Umbauten üblich wird das Migros-Kulturprozent 5000 Franken an eine gemeinnützige Organisation der Standortgemeinde spenden. In Unterentfelden geht dieser Betrag an die Stiftung für Behinderte, die am Standort Oberentfelden eine Werkstätte betreibt. Die Stiftung für Behinderte «Orte zum Leben» ist ein Kompetenzzentrum für bedarfsgerechte Angebote für erwachsene Menschen mit besonderem Betreuungsbedarf auf der Grundlage des Betreuungsgesetzes des Kantons Aargau. Von der Werkstätte Oberentfelden bezieht die Migros Unterentfelden ein Sortiment an Dörrfrüchten (welche teilweise aus der Region stammen), die bei der Kundschaft äusserst beliebt sind und jeweils zügig verkauft werden.

Das spezielle Eröffnungsangebot
Die Migros Unterentfelden offeriert vom 10. bis 12. August 10 Prozent Rabatt auf allen Einkäufen.

Andrea Bauer
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08

Source: Migros


Toys“R”Us® teams up with Nickelodeon™ to launch fun-filled events to encourage kids to get up and play

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over the past few decades, there has been a 25% decrease in the time kids spend playing – to that, Toys“R”Us® says it’s time to set play free. And so, today (August 8, 2017) the company announced that it is teaming up with Nickelodeon™ to launch fun-filled events, a toy sweepstakes and more to encourage kids to get up and play in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play on September 30.

“In an attempt to shape our kids into better versions of ourselves, what we as parents have actually done is over-schedule and regiment their lives – and where’s the fun in that?” said Carla Hassan, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “At Toys“R”Us, we know play has the power to help kids build self-esteem, learn critical thinking and develop early learning skills. But first we need to set play free, which is why we’re so excited to partner with Nickelodeon to encourage kids to play outside the box.”

Throughout August and September, five select Toys“R”Us stores in the U.S. will host outdoor “Time to Play” events packed with fun for the whole family, including Slime photo stations, giant inflatables, obstacle courses and more. Event dates and locations include:
• Saturday, August 12: Toys“R”Us Mesquite (2100 N. Town East Boulevard, Mesquite, TX)
• Saturday, August 19: Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Castleton (8250 Castleton Corner, Indianapolis, IN)
• Saturday, August 26: Toys“R”Us Totowa (445 US Highway 46, Totowa, NJ)
• Sunday, August 27: Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us Bay Parkway (8973-95 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY)
• Saturday, September 9: Toys“R”Us Brandon (330 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon, FL)

In addition, beginning September 4, kids will have a chance to win some of the hottest toys of the summer through the “Free Play of the Week” Sweepstakes at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. Kids and parents can sign up at their local Toys“R”Us store’s sweepstakes kiosk to enter for a chance to win that week’s prize including Barbie®, NERF and more.

As a proud partner of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Toys“R”Us will host family fun and games at Nickelodeon’s New York City celebration in Brooklyn, New York’s Prospect Park (Nethermead) on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 815 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900

Source: Toys“R”Us

Meijer voluntarily recalls its Wave Zone One Piece Zip Infant Swimsuits due to possible choking hazard

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is announcing a voluntary recall of its Wave Zone One Piece Zip Infant Swimsuits produced and sold exclusively at Meijer. Meijer recently recalled approximately 22,246 of the Wave Zone One-Piece Zip Swimsuits because the snaps on the bottom of the suit can detach and pose a choking hazard.

The swimsuit sold for $14 between January 1, 2017 and July 17, 2017. There have been no known injuries reported. Meijer is recalling the product as a precautionary measure.

The newborn, infant and toddler swimsuit has a zipper on the back and four snaps on the bottom. The swimsuit sold in the following four color styles: blue and gray with a shark; white and navy stripes with anchor pattern; pink and teal with a strawberry; pink and white with a fish pattern. The styles were available in the following sizes: 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 12m, 18m, and 24m. “Wave Zone” and “Made in China” are printed on the inner collar. The tracking number located on the sewn-in label on the inner side seam is “NOV 2016 021-14328.”

Customers should stop using swimsuit and return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information, please contact Meijer at (800) 543-3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Meijer stores are also opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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 Follow Meijer on Twitter

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Source: Meijer

BESTSELLER reveals expansion plan for its headquarters in Brande

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Offices, stores, educational institutions, hotel, playground: BESTSELLER is re-thinking the classic idea of a headquarter, invites the local community to join in and creates a long-term plan for the company’s presence in Brande, where the head quarter is located.

When the freeway by Brande opened a few years back, BESTSELLER prepared a future expansion by connecting its current grounds on the inside of the freeway to its land on the other side of the freeway. The investment plans have now been revitalised and the project has moved into a clarification phase before the final decision is made.


The plan is to create an exiting environment where shopping becomes an integrated part of a greater experience with office environments, public activities and education integrated in a shared, rethought setup. The area will be home to up to 30 stores that will be a mix of BESTSELLER’s own stores and external non-fashion-stores. Add to this, plans of hotel accommodation, educational facilities and not least multiple BESTSELLER offices.


The project will focus on incorporating BESTSELLER’s core values and it will not be a classic shopping mall – rather, it will be an extension of BESTSELLER’s current activities in Brande. “Retailing and store environments are part of our DNA in BESTSELLER and it therefore makes perfect sense to mix real life customer experiences into our daily life. Real customers provide us with learnings that we can use to become even better at what we do,” says project responsible Anders Krogh Vogdrup about the reasoning for the project.


Part of the new project will focus on opening doors and inviting the local community to join in to create experiences and shopping opportunities for the people and the local associations in Brande. The plan is to give something back to the town and its people by establishing nature walks, playgrounds or similar initiatives as part of the project:

“For more than 30 years, we have been very happy to have our home in Brande, and we feel we are a natural part of the local community. This is felt both in relations to our physical presence, the many colleagues that live in Brande and the number of local initiatives that we have supported throughout the years,” says Anders Krogh Vogdrup and continues:

“We would like to open our doors by rethinking the way our company interacts with the local community, and we hope to be able to create value for both our colleagues and the people in Brande,” he adds.


“The project is not to be seen as a rival to the current store environment in downtown Brande, rather it is a supplement to the existing opportunities in the town. The hope is that it can create a sustained customer base in Brande,” Anders Krogh Vogdrup explains and is backed by the local trade association:

“We see BESTSELLER’s project plan as a great opportunity for the town. An opportunity that can help create a dynamic life in all of Brande – not just for BESTSELLER– but very mush also for the local businesses in Brande. A larger customer base is beneficial for all parties,” says Hans Ulbrichsen from Brande Trade Association.


The most distinctive element of the new project is a central high-rise building projected to +200 meters.
“The overall building project is thought as an investment in Brande, and the planned high-rise building will function as an icon for the new expansion. It will be a landmark that places Brande on the map, but it will also function as an architectural attraction benefitting hotel guests, students and other users of the building,” he explains.

“The plan is born out of the passion and interest for architecture and a vision of creating a unique building that matches the unique setup of a rethought headquarter,” he finishes.


For some time, Brande has experienced a lack of accommodation facilities for the town’s businesses, and oftentimes business guests end up being send to cities like Herning, Silkeborg, Vejle or even Aarhus to stay the night. BESTSELLER would like to change this and the new project will therefore also contain hotel facilities for BESTSELLER’s own guests and external guests. Furthermore, there are plans to welcome educational institutions to create more life and vigour for the area.

There has not yet been set a date for the project start, but it will be 2019 at the earliest.


Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: Bestseller

PHILIPPINES: SM H1 2017 results: income grew 9% to PHP16.6 billion

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) said reported income grew 9% to PHP16.6 billion. Excluding one-time items in 2016, recurring income increased 16% in the first six months.

Consolidated revenues rose 7% to PHP181.6 billion in the first half from PHP169.7 billion in the same period last year.

“Even without the benefits of an election year, we saw sustained growth across all our core businesses, driven by the strong economy and resilient consumer sentiment. SM will continue to capture this momentum through nationwide expansion and by investing in high growth opportunities,” SM President Frederic DyBuncio said.

The property business contributed the most to consolidated net income at 42%. This was followed by banks with 36% and retail with 22%.

Outside of the core businesses, SM continues to build its portfolio of investments in complementary businesses that will help capture the high growth of the Philippine economy. Among its equity investments portfolio, Belle Corporation benefited from increased growth in the tourism sector, reporting consolidated net income growth of 93% to PHP1.8 billion.


SM Retail reported sustained growth in total sales of 6% to PHP131.6 billion, while net income rose 6% to PHP5.2 billion.

Net margin stood at 4.4%. At end-June 2017, SM Retail had a total of 2,357 stores, comprising 58 THE SM STORES, 1,709 specialty stores, 50 SM Supermarkets, 44 SM Hypermarkets, 170 Savemore stores, 41 WalterMart stores and 285 Alfamart stores.

The Food Retail Group pursued its aggressive expansion in both urban and rural communities nationwide, adding 15 mid-sized format Savemore stores, two SM Supermarkets and two WalterMart stores. Meanwhile, Alfamart increased its number of stores by 75 as of end-June from 210 at the start of the year.

THE SM STORE opened one store in SM CDO Downtown in Cagayan de Oro in May 2017. As of the first half, the total gross selling area of all 58 department stores stood at 760,000 square meters.

Revenues from SM Retail’s specialty retail stores grew 8% to PHP31.6 billion. Specialty retail brands include Ace Hardware, SM Appliance Center, Homeworld, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, Kultura, Baby Company, Sports Central, Forever 21 and Body Shop.


SM Prime Holdings reported consolidated net income of PHP14.4 billion, up 14%. Consolidated revenues increased 10% to PHP43.2 billion from PHP39.2 billion in the same period last year.

Mall revenues, which consist of rentals, cinema and event ticket sales and amusement revenues, accounted for 60% of total revenues and rose 10% to PHP25.7 billion in 2017. Mall rental revenues alone grew 10% to PHP21.8 billion from additional retail space of 1.1 million square meters of gross floor area added since 2015.

During the first half of 2017, SM Prime opened SM CDO Downtown Premier in Cagayan de Oro, S Maison at Conrad Manila in Pasay City and SM Cherry in Antipolo, Rizal, bringing total Philippine operating malls to 63 with a GFA of almost 7.8 million sqm. Including the seven malls in China, SM Prime has a total GFA of 9.1 million sqm.

SM Prime’s residential group recorded 5% higher revenues of PHP13.9 billion in the period, which accounted for 32% of total revenues, largely due to higher construction accomplishments of SM Development Corporation (SMDC) projects that were launched since 2014. SMDC’s reservation sales surged 22% to PHP27.6 billion in the first half, translating to a 8% improvement in unit sales to 8,699 units.

The Commercial Properties Group, which contributed 3% of total revenues, posted a 14% increase in revenues to PHP1.5 billion.

Hotels and convention centers revenues soared 73% to PHP2.2 billion in the first half, largely from the opening of Conrad Manila in 2016.


BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) reported its first half net income at PHP13.3 billion driven by the growth in loan portfolio, low-cost deposits and higher recurring fee-based service income. Excluding one-time gains from the consolidation of BDO Life in 2016 recurring income in 2017 grew by 16%.

Net interest income grew 22% in the six-month period to PHP38.6 billion. Customer loans increased 17% to PHP1.6 trillion while total deposits rose to almost PHP2.0 trillion, supported by the 17% growth in current account and savings account (CASA) deposits.

China Banking Corporation reported net income growth of 10% to PHP3.6 billion for the first half, driven by strong growth in its lending business and core recurring income.

Net interest revenues grew 16% to PHP9.2 billion year-on-year. Gross loans expanded 22% year-on-year to PHP401.7 billion while total deposits grew 20% to PHP554.0 billion.

Balance Sheet

As of end-June 2017, total assets of SM grew 17% to PHP916.3 billion. SM maintains a healthy balance sheet with a conservative gearing ratio of 43% net debt to 57% equity.

SM increased its investments in its subsidiaries in the first half with the PHP60 billion stock rights issue of BDO in January 2017 and PHP15 billion for China Bank in May 2017, as well as its acquisition of stakes in logistics company 2GO Group and Philippines Urban Living Solutions, the operator of a dormitel chain under the brand, “MyTown”.

About SM Investments Corporation

SM Investments Corporation is a leading Philippine company that is invested in market leading businesses in retail, banking and property. It also invests in ventures that can capture high growth opportunities in the emerging Philippine economy. It looks for market leaders or those with potential to become leaders in their chosen sectors that offer synergies and attractive returns and cashflows.

SM’s retail operations are the country’s largest and most diversified with its food, non-food and specialty retail stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is the largest integrated property developer in the Philippines with interests in malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers as well as tourism-related property developments. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest bank and China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the 7th largest bank.

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117

Source: SM Investments Corporation

ED Ellen DeGeneres pet lifestyle brand expands offering to include cat products; exclusively available at PetSmart

PHOENIX, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, the leading pet specialty retailer in North America, and Ellen DeGeneres, passionate pet enthusiast and product design guru, announced today (Aug. 8, 2017) that they have expanded the ED Ellen DeGeneres pet lifestyle brand, which launched earlier this year with dog products, to now include products for cats. More than a dozen new items for cats, as well as several at-home grooming products with natural formulations, have been added to the expanding ED Ellen DeGeneres line.

This is Ellen’s first-ever pet lifestyle brand and is exclusively available at PetSmart. It is among the most comprehensive pet product collections done in collaboration with a celebrity in PetSmart’s 30-year history.
The expansion comes just months after the initial launch of the ED Ellen DeGeneres pet lifestyle brand, featuring products for dogs. The entire collection is exclusively available at 1,500-plus PetSmart stores across the North America and on and

“I am so happy to be launching my cat collection with PetSmart. I think you’ll love it if you like cats, have cats or just like toys that tickle,” said Ellen DeGeneres.

First-Ever Cat Collection Hits Stores, Online Now

Stuffed owl toys, cat scratchers featuring sisal and burlap detailing, and feathered teasers are part of the inaugural ED Ellen DeGeneres cat collection. Adhering to Ellen’s signature design aesthetic centered on classic detailing like dots and stripes with navy and red accents, the feline items feature key themes such as the signature scripted “love” detail, which is prominent across all ED products, from shoes to apparel and furniture and more.

In addition to time-tested cat favorites like playful balls and teasers, additional products in the collection include a toy bin with the phrase, “Take Life One Toy at a Time” and a gray cat bed with a basket-woven design and cozy plush lining.
The new cat products will be celebrated at CatCon, Aug. 12-13, in Pasadena, Calif., with the full collection showcased at PetSmart’s booth #223, as well as featured on social media that same weekend. PetSmart’s Facebook page will host an exciting Live Video at 11 a.m. PDT on Aug. 12 with influential cats – @nala_cat@white_coffee_cat, and @hello_luna_rose. These popular cats have a combined 5.2 million followers on Instagram. Topics covered in the Facebook Live include Ellen’s new cat line, PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, and CatCon along with a real-time Q&A from fans. PetSmart will go live on @nala_cat’s Instagram page at 11:30 a.m. PDT covering similar topics.
“What began as a collection for dogs with toys, apparel and accessories, as well as home items like bowls, toy bins and beds, has expanded into a comprehensive assortment, including natural at-home pet grooming items, products for cats and capsule collections that are seasonally relevant like our forthcoming Varsity collection due in stores next month for fall,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer for PetSmart. “We recreated our top-selling ED dog ideas – like bandana collars, toy bins and beds, to appeal specifically to cats and their pet parents. These products represent Ellen’s distinct design aesthetic in a way even the most discerning cats and their pet parents will love.”

About ED Ellen DeGeneres

ED is Ellen DeGeneres’ American lifestyle brand inspired by her iconic style, values and personality. ED was launched in 2015 as a joint partnership with Ellen DeGeneres and Christopher Burch, CEO of Burch Creative Capital. With a passion for interior design, architecture and fashion, Ellen brings her unique vision to this beautifully designed, high-quality collection of women’s apparel, footwear, accessories, pet products as well as home furnishings and decor. The lifestyle brand is real, accessible and every product feels like a personal connection between Ellen and the consumers around the world.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,,,, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*.

Find PetSmart on Facebook:
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Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
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PetSmart Media Line:

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Sunoco LP Q2 results: Revenue totaled $2.4 billion; 13% up from same period previous year

DALLAS, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ —

  • Executed definitive agreement to divest a majority of company-operated convenience stores to 7-Eleven, Inc. and launched sales process for remaining company-operated convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma
    • Results of the retail divestitures are presented in discontinued operations
  • Maintained quarterly distribution of 82.55 cents and reported current quarter cash coverage of 1.53 times
  • Generated Net Loss of $222 million, Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $220 million and Distributable Cash Flow(1), as adjusted, of $158 million

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) (“SUN” or the “Partnership”) today (Aug 08, 2017) announced financial and operating results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2017.

Revenue totaled $2.4 billion, an increase of 13.0 percent, compared to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2016. The increase was the result of the average wholesale selling price of fuel being 14 cents per gallon higher than last year and additional wholesale gallons sold.

Total gross profit declined to $165 million, compared to $227 million in the second quarter of 2016, as a result of lower wholesale motor fuel gross profits.

Income from continuing operations was $34 million, versus $57 million in the second quarter of 2016. General and administrative expenses increased $4 million from the second quarter of 2016 to $40 million driven by transaction-related expenses.  Other operating expenses decreased $1 million from the second quarter of 2016 to $46 million.

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, was $256 million including a $320 million charge related to assets held for sale, versus income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, of $15 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Net loss was $222 million, or ($2.53) per diluted unit, versus $72 million, or $0.53 per diluted unit, in the second quarter of 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $220 million, compared with $164 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The favorable year-over-year comparison reflects increased motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon and increased gallons sold.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, was $158 million, compared to $92 million a year ago. This year over year increase reflects higher Adjusted EBITDA and decreased maintenance capital spend partly offset by increased cash interest expense.

On a weighted-average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold was 16.2 cents per gallon, compared to 13.8 cents per gallon in the second quarter of 2016.  The 2.4 cents per gallon increase was primarily attributable to higher margins in both the retail and wholesale segments.

Net income for the wholesale segment was $5 million compared to $86 million a year ago due to the impact of inventory valuation adjustments.  Adjusted EBITDA was $93 million, versus $80 million in the second quarter of last year.  Total wholesale gallons sold were 1,374 million, compared to 1,316 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 4.4 percent as a result of growth in the Southwest geography and contribution from the Emerge acquisition.  This includes gallons sold to consignment stores and third-party customers, including independent dealers, fuel distributors and commercial customers. The Partnership earned 10.1 cents per gallon on these volumes, compared to 8.8 cents per gallon a year earlier.

Net loss for the retail segment was $227 million compared to a net loss of $14 million a year ago primarily due to a $320 million charge related to assets held for sale.  Adjusted EBITDA was $127 million, versus $84 million in the second quarter of last year.  Total retail gallons sold increased by 1.4 percent to 650 million gallons as a result of the increased gallons sold across SUN’s operating geography.  The Partnership earned 29.2 cents per gallon on these volumes, compared to 24.0 cents per gallon a year earlier.

Total merchandise sales increased by 5.4 percent from a year ago to $608 million(2), reflecting the contribution from third party acquisitions and new-to-industry locations opened during the last 12 months. Merchandise sales contributed $196 million of gross profit(3) with a retail merchandise margin of 32.1 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from the second quarter of 2016.

Same-store merchandise sales increased by 1.0 percent during the second quarter, reflecting growth across all of SUN’s convenience store offerings. Same-store gallons decreased by 2.1 percent as a result of weakness throughout SUN’s retail geography, particularly on the East Coast partly offset by increased same-store gallons sold in Hawaii.  In the Texas oil producing regions, same-store merchandise sales increased by 8.5 percent, and same-store gallons increased 8.7 percent.

As of June 30, 2017, SUN operated 1,353 convenience stores and retail fuel outlets along the East Coast, in the Southwest and in Hawaii. Third party wholesale customers and sites totaled 7,937.

SUN’s other recent accomplishments include the following:

  • On April 6, SUN announced the planned divestitur­e of company-operated convenience stores in the continental United States.
    • SUN entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of a majority of its company-operated convenience stores to 7-Eleven, Inc. Total consideration in the transaction is $3.3 billion in cash plus fuel, merchandise and other inventories.
    • As part of the transaction, SUN will enter into a 15-year take-or-pay fuel supply agreement with a 7-Eleven, Inc. subsidiary under which SUN will supply approximately 2.2 billion gallons of fuel annually.
  • Also on April 6, SUN retained JP Morgan Securities, LLC to manage the marketing process for the remaining approximately 200 company-operated convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma in a separate process.

SUN’s segment results and other supplementary data are provided after the financial tables below.


On July 26, 2017 the Board of Directors of SUN’s general partner declared a distribution for the second quarter of 2017 of $0.8255 per unit, which corresponds to $3.3020 per unit on an annualized basis.  The distribution will be paid on August 15 to unitholders of record on August 7.

SUN’s distribution coverage ratio for the second quarter was 1.53 times. The distribution coverage ratio on a trailing 12-month basis was 1.03 times.


At June 30, SUN had borrowings against its revolving line of credit of $825 million and other long-term debt of $3.6 billion.  Availability on the revolving credit facility after borrowings and letters of credit commitments was $655 million.  In the second quarter of 2017, SUN did not issue any common units through its at-the-market equity program.  The leverage ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA, calculated in accordance with SUN’s credit agreements, including the revolving credit facility and Term Loan A, was 5.97 times at the end of the second quarter.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, are non-GAAP financial measures of performance that have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please refer to the discussion and tables under “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, and a reconciliation to net income.
(2) Includes $590 million in merchandise sales from discontinued operations.
(3) Includes $191 million in merchandise gross profit from discontinued operations.

Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Wednesday, August 9, at 9:30 a.m. CT (10:30 a.m. ET) to discuss second quarter results and recent developments.  To participate, dial 201-389-0877 approximately 10 minutes early and ask for the Sunoco LP conference call. The call will also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Sunoco’s website at under Events and Presentations.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates 1,353 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to 7,937 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. Our parent — Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.(NYSE: ETE) — owns SUN’s general partner and incentive distribution rights.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.

The information contained in this press release is available on our website at

Qualified Notice

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat 100 percent of Sunoco LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Sunoco LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.


Scott Grischow
Senior Director
Investor Relations and Treasury
(214) 840-5660

Derek Rabe
Senior Analyst
Investor Relations and Finance
(214) 840-5553

Alyson Gomez
Director – Communications
(469) 646-1758

Jeamy Molina
Senior Manager
PR & Communications
(469) 646-1776


RetailNext becomes the in-store analytics solution provider for Maziply Toys & Collectibles

RetailNext becomes the in-store analytics solution provider for Maziply Toys & Collectibles


Multichannel Retailer of Toys, Games, Gifts and Collectibles Focuses on Play, Education and a Seamless, Branded Experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 8, 2017), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced it has entered into an agreement to be the in-store analytics solution provider for Maziply Toys & Collectibles, a multichannel toy company bringing joy to children through fun and inspiring toys while also bringing out the inner child of adults. The comprehensive RetailNext platform is being deployed at Maziply’s Kingston, Massachusetts storefront location.

“We are happy to be working with RetailNext as we grow and expand upon the shopper experience delivered in our store,” said Scott Mazerall, President at Maziply Toys & Collectibles. “We believe that play is the foundation of a child’s ability to grow. Integrating RetailNext’s solutions allow us to understand the most engaging aspects of our shoppers’ experiences within the store, and it allows us the same analytic abilities to test different concepts just like at our online store, continually raising our level of excellence in serving our customers.”

Maziply Toys & Collectibles was founded in 2014 by Kerri and Scott Mazerall originally as an online toy company, selling toys both on Amazon and at In 2015, Maziply expanded into brick-and-mortar retail with its first specialty toy store. Maziply is a member of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), where the company and its team members work to become nationally recognized as Certified Master Retailers and Play Experts.”

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

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

About RetailNext

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

Source: RetailNext, Inc.


Delivery Hero Group sells operations in Georgia to Menu Group (UK) Limited

Berlin, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, announced today (8 August 2017) that it has sold its operations in Georgia to Menu Group (UK) Limited.

Delivery Hero continues to focus on markets with clear leadership positions and the announcement today follows the recent sale of operations in Kazakhstan to Chocofamily Holding (KZ) LLC on 30 April 2017.

The transaction prices were not disclosed.

Both Eastern European markets were operated under the foodpanda brand that Delivery Hero acquired in December 2016.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, commented: “The teams have done a tremendous job in these countries but our focus is on markets where we achieve a clear leadership and strong market position. Our divestment activities allow us to focus our efforts and resources on the rest of the group where we continue to have significant growth opportunities.”


Bodo von Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications

Source: Delivery Hero

NCR deploys Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Enterprise software with leading European financial institution

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, (NYSE: NCR) a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (August 8, 2017) announced the deployment of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise software with a leading European financial institution.

The implementation, a first for the global retail banking industry, will enable banks to future-proof their ATMs and to deliver improved functionality, including contactless access, where customers can withdraw cash by simply tapping their card or smartphone at the machine, mobile-like interactions such as pinch, swipe and zoom, and upgraded security measures.

“This enterprise deployment of Windows 10 IoT is the latest exciting development in NCR’s longstanding commitment to providing innovative and customer-focused solutions to global financial institutions,” said Jose Resendiz, vice president, financial services at NCR Corporation. “At NCR, we design intelligent and interactive experiences across all consumer touchpoints leveraging the proliferation of connected IoT devices, including ATMs.”

NCR’s leadership in hardware, software and services solutions helps customers unlock amazing experiences across physical and digital channels in an increasingly connected economy. NCR is a top-10 provider of banking technologies, according to the 2016 IDC Financial Insights FinTech rankings, and powers eight of the top 10 mobile banking apps, according to MagnifyMoney.

“The financial services industry is being transformed by the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Rodney Clark, vice president of device sales, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft and NCR have enjoyed a longstanding partnership and we’re excited to see them bring their new Windows 10 IoT powered ATMs to market. Financial institutions see the value in the Windows 10-powered ATMs as they provide the security, compliance and confidence to meet their needs.”

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Web sites:;
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contacts:

Aaron Goud
NCR Public Relations

Source: NCR Corporation

USDA FSIS: Good Food Concepts, LLC. recalls beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26

WASHINGTON, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good Food Concepts, LLC., a Colorado Springs, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,290 pounds of raw intact and non-intact beef because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Aug. 7, 2017).

The raw intact and non-intact beef items were processed and packaged on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Filet Mignon,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Brisket Flat,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Sirloin Tip,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Ribeye,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Stew Meat,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, New York Strip,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Skirt Steak,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Various weights of individual packages of “CALLICRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Top Sirloin,” with lot code 170731CC.
  • Cases of 14.60-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GROUND BEEF 80/20 BEEF,” with lot code 170804.
  • Cases of 6.40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GROUND BEEF 80/20” BEEF, with lot code 170803.
  • Cases of 6.40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PHILLY MEAT BEEF,” with lot code 170803.
  • Cases of 6.40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT TOP SIRLOIN STEAK 8oz BEEF,” with lot code 170803.
  • Cases of 40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GROUND CHUCK BEEF,” with lot code 170804.
  • Cases of 6.40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GROUND BEEF (73/27),” with lot code 170803.
  • Cases of 40-lb of “RANCH FOODS DIRECT FLAT IRON BEEF,” with lot code 170804.
  • Cases of “FAMILY BUNDLE, 4-GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN 20% FAT, 1-LONDON BROIL, 2-PKGS CUBE STEAKS, 6-FLATIRON STEAKS, $91.99” with lot code 170804.
  • Cases of “RIBEYE STEAK BUNDLE, 10-RIBEYE STEAKS, $117.99” with lot code 170803.
  • Cases of “COLORADO BUNDLE, 4-SKIRTS STEAKS, 4-CHUCK EYE STEAKS, 4-TOP SIRLOIN, 2-CHUCK ROAST, 15-GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN 20%FAT, $199.19” with lot code 170804.
  • Cases of 20-lb of “GROUND BEED, 90% LEAN, 10% FAT $125.99” with lot code 170804.
  • Packages of “ALL NATURAL CALLIGRATE BEEF, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate Life, GROUND BEEF.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations, wholesale locations, and restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The problem was discovered on Aug. 5, 2017 when plant management at Good Food Concepts, LLC notified FSIS in-plant inspection personnel that they tested a production lot of carcasses they received from the Callicrate Ranch on July 31, 2017. The carcass trimmings from the N60 analysis was positive for non-O157 STEC serogroup O26.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O26 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with STEC O26 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Dave Anderson, Operations Manager, at (719) 473-2306.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Fish: 145°F
  • Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Poultry: 165°F
  • Hot dogs: 165°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.


USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

Dixons Travel opens new store design at London’s Heathrow Terminal Three

London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (08 Aug 2017), Tuesday 8th August the UK’s leading airport electrical retailer opens a new store design, within the Departure Lounge at London’s Heathrow Terminal Three (LHR).

The fresh looking 2196 sq ft. store is located in the newly expanded section of the lounge and introduces a number of new concepts and digital features to Dixons Travel, including:

  • Improved range: from the latest set of premium watches, to a brand-new health and beauty category, this range has been curated with passengers in mind, solving all home and travel tech needs. new
  • Connectivity brought to life: Dedicated spaces will demonstrate the latest in home, health and sports SMART technology. So from controlling your Philips hue lighting via your Apple watch, to playing the latest virtual reality game, we can demonstrate it all live on the shop floor.
  • Digitally connected store: not only can passengers try out the latest technology whilst keeping an eye on their flights through dedicated departure screens, but 50+ metres of digital signage line the entire internal store perimeter, highlighting tailored offers and explaining the latest tech benefits to improve the shopping experience.
  • Focus on Services: from a welcoming area to sit and charge mobile phones whilst passengers await their flights, to fixing their existing technology, our recently launched Team Knowhow experts are on hand to advise you in-store.

The new concept store is open from 5:30 am-10 pm, 7 days a week, providing passengers with the chance to purchase the latest technology in time for the first and last flights of the day.

Dixons Travel also offers passengers the option of added convenience, to pick and reserve products online before arriving at London’s Heathrow, to ensure they are in stock to swiftly collect and pay for them as they travel through the airport. Passengers can even take advantage of Dixons Travel’s online beating prices and have their purchases delivered straight home after their trip, with or without installation.

Heidi Woodhouse, Dixons Travel Managing Director commented: “We are really excited to be opening this new look store and providing a unique shopping experience designed especially with passengers in mind. Whether you would like a Michael Kors smart watch to track your cycling distance whilst on holiday, need a Dyson hairdryer for that birthday present you forgot whilst you are away, or that Nest thermostat you’ve been thinking about for your own home, we can help you select the device that’s right for you to take away, or have delivered and even set up. We can’t wait to hear what our customers think.”

Ben Crowley, Head of Retail Technology for Heathrow said; “As part of a wider plan to revitalise the Terminal 3 experience we have worked with Dixons to create a world leading technology store which will surprise and delight our passengers. Every aspect has been meticulous designed, bringing together cutting-edge design and technology under one roof.”

Notes to Editors

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brands include Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK & Ireland.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, CurrysPCWorld Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For further information:
M&C Saatchi PR

Hannah Collyer
Group Head of Media Relations

Source: Dixons Carphone plc

160 Kuwaiti students celebrate graduation from Alshaya’s Summer Internship programme

160 Kuwaiti students celebrate graduation from Alshaya’s Summer Internship programme


Kuwait, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Armed with hands-on experience of the world of retail, nearly 160 Kuwaiti high school and university students are celebrating their graduation from retail franchise operator Alshaya’s popular Summer Internship programme.

Run in partnership with Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP), the Internship gave the Kuwaiti students the chance to work in one of Alshaya’s stores, cafes or restaurants for a month, offering a valuable hands-on learning and development experience for students who want to explore a career in retail.

During their four weeks at the stores, interns were given the opportunity to discover the work culture, take on responsibilities, get invaluable work experience and benefit from training and development received.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at MGRP’s head office this week, Mr Tareq Alkandari, Head of the MGRP’s Students Summer Programme, said Alshaya’s ongoing support for the programme had given students better insight into their future plans and careers.

“It’s important that graduates not only have strong academic knowledge, but have practical workplace skills as well. The Summer Internship instils a sense of responsibility and allows our interns to apply theoretical and academic concepts working with experienced operators in Alshaya stores,” said Mr Alkandari.

Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya, said the company’s focus on youth development, creating opportunities and nationalisation was an important part of its broader corporate responsibility programme. “At Alshaya, we are strongly committed to recruit and develop an amazing Kuwaiti workforce in the country. The Summer Internship is an integral part of the company’s commitment to providing career opportunities and jobs in the retail industry for Kuwaiti nationals.”

During their internship, students worked with some of the 80 international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Jack Wills and KidZania. They were introduced to the essentials of successfully running and managing store operations and received coaching in sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management.

For more information about future summer programmes and other training and career opportunities at Alshaya, please contact

Source: Alshaya


Autumn 2017: Lindex launches first lookbook for kids

Autumn 2017: Lindex launches first lookbook for kids


Sweden, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the very first time, Lindex is launching a lookbook for kids. The lookbook presents a clean expression, contemporary classics and naturally comfort which are the keys for the new autumn collection.

“We are happy to release our first kids look book and show the most fashion forward pieces in our kids collection in a totally new more trendy way, but still keep the playfulness and happy expression. We want to combine the kids everyday needs together with the latest fashion items and new silhouettes” says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

Lindex kids autumn collection is a cool and comfy fashion forward collection with street influence. Statement animal embroidery put an edge to the sporty fabrics and the mix of soft pink and navy is important paired with burgundy, fresh denim and metallic elements.

The collection includes flounces and frills, bomber jackets and track suits which together with a satin cap or a knitted hat makes the kids ready for fall!


Eva Jonasson
Media Relations Responsible
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Source: Lindex


Swedish ICA stores sales increased by 1.9% in July 2017 vs. same period last year

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 1.9% in July 2017 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 1.2%.

July 2017 January –July 2017
Store sales
excl. VAT
Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,943 2.1% 2.1% 19,931 2.3% 2.3%
ICA Kvantum 2,301 2.9% 0.7% 15,983 3.6% 1.6%
ICA Supermarket 3,128 1.8% 1.2% 20,104 2.2% 1.7%
ICA Nära 1,657 0.1% 0.4% 9,943 1.6% 1.7%
Total 10,029 1.9% 1.2% 65,962 2.5% 1.9%

In July 2017, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 10,029 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 1.9% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-July 2017 amounted to SEK 65,962 million, an increase of 2.5% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for July to be -1.3%.

At 31 July 2017, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,290. Store sales for August will be published on 8 September 2017 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2017, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

PVH Corp. to release its Q2 2017 earnings results on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH) today (Aug. 7, 2017) announced that it will release its second quarter 2017 earnings results on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 after the market closes. PVH will sponsor a conference call on Thursday, August 24, 2017 beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time, hosted by Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Shaffer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating & Financial Officer, to discuss the results.

The call will be broadcast live over the Internet. A link will be available on the Company’s website,, under the Investors section. For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on our website for 12 months. In addition, an audio replay can be listened to for 48 hours, commencing approximately two hours after the call. To listen to the call replay, dial 719-457-0820 or 888-203-1112 (domestic toll free) and enter the pass code number 2340725.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 35,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW,Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

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

The webcast and conference call will consist of copyrighted material and may not be recorded, reproduced, retransmitted, rebroadcast, downloaded or otherwise used without PVH’s express written permission.

The information made available on the webcast and conference call will contain certain forward-looking statements that reflect PVH’s view of future events and financial performance as of August 23, 2017. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings. Therefore, the Company’s future results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations, as more fully discussed in its SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any estimate regarding revenues or earnings.

The information made available also will include certain non-GAAP financial measures, as defined under SEC rules. A reconciliation of these measures will be included in the Company’s earnings release, which will be posted on the Company’s website,, and included in the Company’s current report on Form 8-K to be furnished to the SEC in advance of the webcast and conference call.

Dana Perlman
Treasurer, Senior Vice President
Business Development and Investor Relations

Source: PVH Corp.

Staples and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation debut Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree

Staples and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation debut Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree


Staples Teams Up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to Create a Digital Kindness Tree and #GrowKindness Nationwide

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) teamed up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to create the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree that debuts today (Aug. 8, 2017) online at, to encourages people nationwide to promote kindness in schools and celebrate everyday acts of kindness.

Kindness trees are often used in schools, on classroom or cafeteria walls, to spotlight and encourage acts of kindness. Staples and Born This Way Foundation are bringing the concept to life digitally.

The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree builds on the company’s Staples for Students program, which partnered with Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation to support education nationwide and promote positive classroom experiences.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Lady Gaga and Born This Way Foundation to support teachers and help create kinder classrooms for students,” said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer, Staples. “The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree presents an exciting opportunity for people to flex their kindness muscles and showcase the power of positivity.”

Consumers can help grow the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree at or by tweeting with hashtag #GrowKindness. On the website and Twitter, users will have the opportunity to describe an act of kindness that they recently performed, witnessed or pledge to do. Each time an act of kindness is reported, a “leaf” will be added to the tree, which will continue to grow throughout the summer with each kind act reported.

“Born This Way Foundation is excited to be joining forces with Staples to channel kindness in our schools. We share a commitment to building environments with and for students, parents, and teachers that are positive, compassionate spaces. The Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree takes those efforts online and allows everyone to help kindness grow,” said Cynthia Germanotta, president and co-founder, Born This Way Foundation.

Staples is also a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne tour promoted by Live Nation. At tour stops in select cities, concert-goers can visit the Born This Way Foundation Kindness Pop Up to contribute to the Staples for Students Digital Kindness Tree via tablet or mobile device. Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See Lady Gaga in Concert
Fans have the opportunity this summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will also receive a trip for two to Las Vegasto see Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. Born This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people, improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and empowerment. Visit us at

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


CVS Health Q2 2017 results: Net revenues increased 4.5% to $45.7 billion

Second Quarter Year-over-year Highlights:

  • Net revenues increased 4.5% to $45.7 billion
  • GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.07, including a $135 million, or 13 cents per share, goodwill impairment charge related to the RxCrossroads business
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.33

Year-to-date Highlights:

  • Generated cash flow from operations of $5.5 billion; free cash flow of $4.6 billion

2017 Guidance:

  • Narrowed and revised full year GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations to $4.92 to $5.02, including the goodwill impairment charge, from $5.02 to $5.18
  • Narrowed full year Adjusted EPS to $5.83 to $5.93 from $5.77 to $5.93
  • Provided third quarter GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.20 to $1.23
  • Provided third quarter Adjusted EPS of $1.47 to $1.50, reflecting the timing of operating profit between the third and fourth quarters related to the Medicare Part D operations
  • Confirmed full year cash flow from operations of $7.7 to $8.6 billion; free cash flow of $6.0 to $6.4 billion

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today (August 8, 2017) announced operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo stated, “The second quarter results we posted today keep us nicely on pace to achieve our full-year targets. Operating profit in the Retail/LTC Segment was in line with expectations while operating profit in the Pharmacy Services Segment exceeded expectations. At the same time, we have generated substantial free cash flow year-to-date and continued to return significant value to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. While we are pleased to report results consistent with our expectations, we won’t be satisfied until the total enterprise returns to healthy levels of earnings growth.”

Mr. Merlo continued, “Given our performance in the first half and our confidence in our expectations for the back half of this year, we are narrowing and raising the midpoint of our Adjusted EPS guidance for 2017. Additionally, our differentiated value proposition continues to resonate in the marketplace. The 2018 selling season is shaping up to be another successful one for our PBM, with solid gross and net new business achieved to date.”


Net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2017 increased 4.5%, or $2.0 billion, to $45.7 billion, up from $43.7 billion in the three months ended June 30, 2016.

Revenues in the Pharmacy Services Segment increased 9.5% to $32.3 billion in the three months ended June 30, 2017. This increase was primarily driven by growth in pharmacy network claim volume as well as brand inflation and specialty pharmacy volume, partially offset by increased generic dispensing and price compression. Pharmacy network claims processed during the three months ended June 30, 2017 increased 10.3% on a 30-day equivalent basis, to 376.0 million, compared to 340.9 million in the prior year. The increase in pharmacy network claim volume was primarily due to an increase in net new business. Mail choice claims processed during the three months ended June 30, 2017 increased 5.2%, on a 30-day equivalent basis, to 65.6 million, compared to 62.3 million in the prior year. The increase in the mail choice claim volume was primarily driven by continued adoption of our Maintenance Choice® offerings and an increase in specialty pharmacy claims.

Revenues in the Retail/LTC Segment decreased 2.2% to $19.6 billion in the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease was largely driven by a 2.6% decrease in same store sales, an increase in the generic dispensing rate and continued reimbursement pressure.

Pharmacy same store sales decreased 2.8% and were negatively impacted by approximately 410 basis points due to recent generic introductions. Same store prescription volumes remained flat, on a 30-day equivalent basis, in the three months ended June 30, 2017. The previously-announced restricted networks that exclude CVS Pharmacy had a negative impact of approximately 460 basis points on same store prescription volumes.

Front store same store sales declined 2.1% in the three months ended June 30, 2017. The shift of the Easter holiday to the second quarter in 2017 from the first quarter in 2016 had an approximately 75 basis point positive impact. Front store same store sales were negatively impacted by softer customer traffic and efforts to rationalize promotional strategies, partially offset by an increase in basket size.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the generic dispensing rate increased approximately 130 basis points to 87.2% in our Pharmacy Services Segment and increased approximately 150 basis points to 87.6% in our Retail/LTC Segment, compared to the prior year.

Operating Profit

Consolidated operating profit for the three months ended June 30, 2017, decreased $240 million, or 10.2%. The decrease was partially due to a goodwill impairment charge of $135 million related to the RxCrossroads reporting unit within the Retail/LTC Segment. Additionally, the previously-announced restricted networks that exclude CVS Pharmacy and continued reimbursement pressure in the Retail/LTC Segment negatively impacted operating profit. This was partially offset by growth in pharmacy network claim volume and growth in specialty pharmacy in the Pharmacy Services Segment and a $71 million decrease in acquisition-related integration costs in the three months ended June 30, 2017 versus the same quarter last year.

Net Income and Earnings Per Share

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 increased $174 million or 18.8%, to $1.1 billion. The increase was primarily due to the absence of a $542 million loss on early extinguishment of debt in the current year, partially offset by the $240 million decrease in operating profit and an increase in the effective income tax rate, from 39.5% to 41.1%. The increase in the tax rate was primarily due to the nondeductible goodwill impairment charge of $135 million, or 280 basis points, partially offset by $14 million in discrete tax benefits related to the required adoption of new accounting guidance for share-based compensation on January 1, 2017.

GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations (“GAAP diluted EPS”) for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $1.07, compared to $0.86 in the prior year. Adjusted earnings per share (“Adjusted EPS”) for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, was $1.33 and $1.32, respectively. Further detail is shown in the Adjusted Earnings Per Share reconciliation later in this release.


The Company narrowed and revised full year GAAP diluted EPS guidance to $4.92 to $5.02, including the goodwill impairment charge, from $5.02 to $5.18. The Company narrowed full year Adjusted EPS guidance to $5.83 to $5.93 from $5.77 to $5.93.

In the third quarter, the Company expects to deliver GAAP diluted EPS of $1.20 to $1.23 and Adjusted EPS of $1.47 to $1.50 which are affected by the timing of the Medicare Part D operating profit between the third and fourth quarters relative to the prior year, resulting from the variability between the quarters as members move through the risk corridor. The third quarter GAAP diluted EPS guidance also includes an estimated loss on the previously-disclosed settlement of a defined benefit pension plan.

The Company confirmed its 2017 cash flow from operations guidance of $7.7 to $8.6 billion and free cash flow guidance of $6.0 to $6.4 billion. These 2017 guidance estimates assume the completion of $5.0 billion in share repurchases.

Real Estate Program

During the three months ended June 30, 2017, the Company opened 27 new retail locations and closed three retail locations. In addition, the Company relocated 10 retail locations. As of June 30, 2017, the Company operated 9,700 retail locations, including pharmacies in Target stores, in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Brazil.

As previously disclosed, the Company intends to close a total of approximately 70 retail stores during 2017 and expects to take a cumulative charge of approximately $220 million primarily associated with the remaining lease obligations of such stores. The Company closed 63 retail stores and took a charge of $205 million in the six months ended June 30, 2017. The Company expects to close approximately seven additional retail stores during the remainder of 2017.

Teleconference and Webcast

The Company will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss its quarterly results. An audio webcast of the call will be broadcast simultaneously for all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of the CVS Health website at This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the conference call

About the Company

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

Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of CVS Health Corporation. By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following provides reconciliations of certain non-GAAP financial measures presented in this Form 8-K to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses the non-GAAP measures “Adjusted EPS” and “Free Cash Flow” to assess and analyze underlying business performance and trends. Management believes that providing these non-GAAP measures enhances investors’ understanding of the Company’s performance.

The Company defines Adjusted Earnings per Share, or Adjusted EPS, as income from continuing operations excluding the impact of certain adjustments such as the amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, charges in connection with store rationalization, goodwill impairments, adjustments to legal reserves in connection with certain legal settlements, losses on early extinguishments of debt, and losses on settlements of defined benefit pension plans, divided by the Company’s weighted average diluted shares outstanding. The Company believes that this measure enhances investors’ ability to compare the Company’s past financial performance with its current performance.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less net additions to property and equipment (i.e., additions to property and equipment plus proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions). Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for internal comparisons and finds it useful in assessing year-over-year cash flow performance.

These non-GAAP financial measures are provided as supplemental information to the financial measures presented in this press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EPS should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, income before income tax provision as a measure of our performance. Free Cash Flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. The Company’s definitions of Adjusted EPS and Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements reported by other companies.

Investor Contact:

Mike McGuire
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations
(401) 770-4050

Media Contact:

Carolyn Castel
Vice President
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-5717

Source: CVS Health

Five new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics opened in New York City

Clinics Open Seven Days a Week, With No Appointment Necessary

Woonsocket, RI, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Five new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have opened in New York City, providing convenient access to acute health care services to the community. The new MinuteClinic locations are open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. Located inside CVS Pharmacy stores, the clinics provide a wide array of wellness services that are high-quality and affordable for patients ages 18 months and up.

“Our new clinics will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care in areas that are convenient for New Yorkers who live and work nearby,” said Sharon Vitti, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, MinuteClinic. “We’re excited to introduce even more New York City patients to MinuteClinic’s growing suite of health care services and we look forward to bringing innovations and convenience to the way health care is delivered to the community.”

The new locations are open seven days a week with no appointment necessary and are located inside five CVS Pharmacy stores in New York City, including:

  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 156 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 1402 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 72-09 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 222 East 34th Street, New York, NY
  • MinuteClinic (inside CVS Pharmacy), 298 Mulberry Street, New York, NY

MinuteClinic is staffed by nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for acute illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds and abrasions, and sprains, strains and joint pain are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B are available.

Prevention and wellness services offered at MinuteClinic include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis (TB) testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation. In addition, the nurse practitioners can evaluate and treat common skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis and rosacea.

At the conclusion of each MinuteClinic visit, patients receive educational material, a prescription (when clinically appropriate) and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail, to a primary care provider with patient permission.

Most major health insurance is accepted at MinuteClinic. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and online at The cost for most services is between $89 and $129.

Individuals who visit MinuteClinic and do not have a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the community who are accepting new patients. A new digital tool accessible via allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations. They can also hold a place in line or schedule a future appointment from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.

The new clinics in Brooklyn and Jackson Heights will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am-5:30 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. The clinics in Manhattan will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-7:30 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am-5:30 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

About MinuteClinic

MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 1,100 locations in 33 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 37 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
CVS Health

Source: CVS Health

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series


Dublin, Ireland, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A SPAR-sponsored running event took place recently in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Over 3,000 people participated in the 5 and 10k races, many of whom were taking part in an official run for the first time.

The running series forms part of a larger healthy living campaign called SPAR FitLive, a free eight-week-long fitness programme that offers exercise tips, weekly workouts and running plans. Those who sign up now can put their fitness levels to the test in the second leg of the SPAR FitLive running series at the Cork Airport Runway Run on Friday 17 November.

“SPAR has a long heritage of athletics sponsorship so the SPAR Fitlive programme is a natural fit for our brand,” said Colin Donnelly, SPAR Ireland Sales Director.

“Health and wellbeing is a big focus for us at SPAR Ireland, having just launched our Better Choices initiative last year. We believe the SPAR FitLive Series is another great initiative for families because it helps to promote a healthy lifestyle in the home and community. We’ve very proud to be a part of this new venture.”

Those interested in improving their fitness and wellbeing can take part by registering on


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International


Office Depot, Inc. to roll out same-day delivery in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, FL

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today (August 7, 2017) announced same-day delivery powered by Deliv–a leading crowdsourced, last-mile logistics company providing same-day delivery and returns for omnichannel retailers, local businesses and e-commerce companies–is launching on August 28 in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California; and on September 6 in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida. The same-day delivery service is designed to better meet customer expectations as the omnichannel shopping experience continues to expand.

“With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utlizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot, Inc.

Customers who shop on will have the option of scheduled same-day delivery between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., depending upon the time of day they shop. For a limited time, Office Depot plans to waive the delivery fee as an introductory offer.

“Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Office Depot, Inc. “To exceed our customers’ increasing expectations, we continue to enhance our omnichannel shopping experience. Adding same-day delivery capabilities to our growing in-store pickup and ship-from-store programs allows us to better leverage our retail locations as distribution hubs, and serve our customers faster and more efficiently.”

Deliv’s technology enables Office Depot customers to select the delivery times and locations that work best for them while being able to track their purchases in real-time.

“Office Depot is now providing businesses with the type of service customers expect,” said Daphne Carmeli, chief executive officer and founder at Deliv. “I am pleased that Deliv was chosen as its partner to power this new offering.”

By the end of 2017, same-day delivery is expected to roll out in several additional markets.

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About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Office Depot, Inc.