The Michaels Companies to host Q2 results conference call on Thursday, August 24, 2017

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) today (2017-08-10) announced that the Company plans to report second quarter results on Thursday, August 24, 2017, before the opening of U.S. financial markets. In connection with the announcement, the Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 24, 2017, to discuss its financial and operational results.

Investors who would like to join the conference call are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the following link: Callers who pre-register will be given a phone number and a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

Investors without internet access or who are unable to pre-register can join the call by dialing (844) 340-4762 or (412) 717-9617.

The conference call will also be webcast at To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available until September 7, 2017, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, access code 10110437.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.

As of April 29, 2017, the Company owned and operated 1,364 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, Imagin8®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at

Investor Contact:
The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Kiley F. Rawlins

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi

Caitlin Morahan

Financial Media Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Jessica Liddell / Julia Young

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

Nordstrom Q2 2017 results: net sales up 3.5 percent and comparable sales up 1.7 percent

Results Reflected Positive Anniversary Sale, Inventory and Expense Execution

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today (Aug. 10, 2017) reported earnings per diluted share for the second quarter ended July 29, 2017 was $0.65, which achieved Company expectations.

Total Company net sales increased 3.5 percent and comparable sales increased 1.7 percent, compared with the same quarter last year. The Company’s Anniversary Sale, historically its largest event of the year, performed better than recent trends. Nordstrom continued its progress in executing its customer strategy while maintaining discipline around inventory and expenses:

  • As a result of the Company’s ongoing efforts to provide newness and limited-distribution product to customers, Nordstrom proprietary labels represented three of the top five selling brands during the Anniversary Sale.
  • In executing its digital strategy, the Company delivered online sales growth of 20 percent at, reflecting its largest volume day in company history, and 27 percent at
  • The Nordstrom Rewards loyalty program continues to play an important role in reaching new customers and strengthening existing customer relationships. The Company has 9.4 million active Rewards customers in the U.S. and Canada, up approximately 50 percent, from 6.2 million a year ago. Sales from Nordstrom Rewards customers represented 56 percent of second quarter sales, compared with 48 percent a year ago.


  • Second quarter net earnings were $110 million and earnings before interest and taxes (“EBIT”) were $217 million, or 5.8 percent of net sales, compared with net earnings of $117 million and EBIT of $221 million, or 6.1 percent of net sales, during the same period in fiscal 2016.
    • Retail EBIT decreased $27 million compared with the same quarter last year, primarily reflecting planned technology, occupancy and supply chain expenses supporting the Company’s growth initiatives.
    • Credit EBIT increased $23 million through the strategic partnership with TD Bank. Credit card revenues increased 30 percent, which included a reduction in amortization expenses of $5 million related to the sale of the credit card portfolio in October 2015.
  • Total Company net sales of $3.7 billion for the second quarter increased 3.5 percent compared with net sales of $3.6 billion during the same period in fiscal 2016. Total Company comparable sales for the second quarter increased 1.7 percent compared with the same quarter last year.
    • In the Nordstrom brand, including U.S. and Canada full-line stores and, net sales when combined with Trunk Club, increased 2.4 percent and comparable sales increased 1.4 percent. The top-performing merchandise categories were Women’s Apparel and Beauty. The East was the top-ranking U.S. geographic region.
    • In the Nordstrom Rack brand, which consists of Nordstrom Rack stores and, net sales increased 9.8 percent and comparable sales increased 3.1 percent. The East was the top-ranking geographic region.
  • Retail gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, of 34.1 percent decreased 25 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2016. This primarily reflected higher occupancy expenses related to new store growth for Nordstrom Rack and Canada in addition to higher loyalty expenses during the Anniversary Sale. This was partially offset by improved merchandise margins, reflecting the continued strength in regular price selling. Net sales growth of 3.5 percent exceeded inventory growth of 2.2 percent.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, of 30.3 percent increased 46 basis points compared with the same period in fiscal 2016, reflected planned technology and supply chain expenses associated with the Company’s growth initiatives.
  • Return on invested capital (“ROIC”) for the 12 fiscal months ended July 29, 2017 was 8.9 percent compared with 9.1 percent in the prior 12-month period. Results for the current period were negatively impacted by approximately 310 basis points due to the Trunk Club non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the third quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the closest GAAP measure is included below.


The Company’s senior management will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2017 results and fiscal 2017 outlook at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the live call online and view the conference call slides and the speakers’ prepared remarks, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at An archived webcast with the speakers’ prepared remarks and the conference call slides will be available in the Quarterly Earnings section for at least one year. Interested parties may also dial 201-689-8354. A telephone replay will be available beginning approximately three hours after the conclusion of the call by dialing 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and entering Conference ID 13667039, until the close of business on August 17, 2017.


Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The Company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial outlook for the fiscal year ending February 3, 2018, anticipated annual total and comparable sales rates, anticipated new store openings in existing, new and international markets, anticipated Return on Invested Capital and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: the effect of the announcement of the exploration of a possible “going private transaction” by the Nordstrom family on our relationships with our customers, suppliers and partners, operating results and business generally; successful execution of our customer strategy, including expansion into new domestic and international markets, acquisitions, investments in our stores and online, as well as investments in technology, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from growth initiatives and our ability to provide a seamless experience across all channels; timely and effective execution of our ecommerce initiatives and ability to manage the costs and organizational changes associated with this evolving business model; timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, all of which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to maintain relationships with and motivate our employees and to effectively attract, develop and retain our future leaders, which could be impacted by the uncertainty about the possibility of a “going private transaction;” effective inventory management processes and systems, fulfillment processes and systems, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of any systems or network failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach of our systems or those of a third-party provider that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information or compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; our ability to effectively utilize data in strategic planning and decision making; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; our ability to realize the expected benefits, respond to potential risks and appropriately manage costs associated with our program agreement with TD Bank, N.A.; our ability to safeguard our reputation and maintain our vendor relationships; our ability to respond to the business and retail environment, fashion trends and consumer preferences, including changing expectations of service and experience in stores and online, and evolve our business model; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns in the highly competitive and promotional retail industry; the timing, price, manner and amounts of share repurchases by the Company, if any, or any share issuances by the Company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters; the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; the impact of economic or political conditions in the U.S. and countries where our third party vendors operate; weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, national security or other market disruptions, or the prospects of these events and the resulting impact on consumer spending patterns or information technology systems and communications; our compliance with applicable domestic and international laws, regulations and ethical standards, including those related to banking, employment and tax and the outcome of claims and litigation and resolution of such matters; the impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; and compliance with debt covenants, availability and cost of credit, changes in our credit rating, changes in interest rates, debt repayment patterns and personal bankruptcies. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

Trina Schurman

Gigi Ganatra Duff

Source: Nordstrom, Inc.

Kimco Realty starts construction of Phase I retail at Dania Pointe; expected to open for the 2018 holiday season

Kimco Realty starts construction of Phase I retail at Dania Pointe; expected to open for the 2018 holiday season


Phase I of the Kimco Signature Series development is approximately 80% preleased as construction kicks off

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dania Pointe continues to take shape in Southern Broward County, Florida, as Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) announces the groundbreaking of building construction at the project’s Phase I retail portion, expected to open for the 2018 holiday season. Phase I comprises 300,000 square feet of retail, which is approximately 80% preleased to a variety of national and regional brands including TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, BrandsMart and Ulta Beauty, along with several restaurants.

“We’re thrilled with the level of leasing activity we’ve seen to date at Dania Pointe,” said Paul Puma, President of Kimco’s Southern Region. “The construction of Phase I retail is a significant step towards the realization of the innovative live, work, play environment that we envision for this Kimco Signature Series development.”

Upon completion, Dania Pointe will be a comprehensive open-air lifestyle community incorporating over 100 national and local retail tenants and restaurants in approximately 1 million square feet of space, complemented by up to 500,000 square feet of Class A office space, 1,000 luxury rental apartments and condominiums, and two signature hotels. With more than a dozen unique restaurants and entertainment venues, Dania Pointe will quickly become “the place to be” in Greater Fort Lauderdale and much of South Florida.

“With the Dania Pointe project, combined with our adjacent Oakwood Plaza property, Kimco now controls three full exits of frontage along I-95, totaling approximately two miles,” said Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer. “The strong demand we continue to see for locations of this caliber indicates a bright future for Kimco as we redevelop and reimagine our real estate.”

Dania Pointe will be easily accessible to tri-county residents and tourists alike, with its prime location less than 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, and just 20 minutes from the upscale communities of Weston and Plantation to the west; Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach to the north; and Hollywood and North Miami Beach to the south. Immediately adjacent to I-95, it will serve as a central location for residents travelling north and south on I-95, as well as east and west on I-595.

Dania Pointe retail leasing and office development opportunities are available. For more information, visit


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

Media Inquiries:
Jennifer Maisch
Director, Corporate Communications

Leasing Inquiries:
Spencer Phelps
Senior Director of Real Estate

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

BRC Global Standards appoints Mike Wilson to develop a range of ethical trade assurance products and services

London, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards have appointed Mike Wilson to develop a range of ethical products and services to complement their own range of quality and safety manufacturing standards that over 26,000 sites currently use globally.

Mike Wilson brings a huge amount of experience in this area and has joined the company to spearhead a new initiative that utilizes the core company skills of Standards writing and management, auditor training and competence together with a rigorous compliance programme that can be applied to any organization’s brand and consumer protection activities.

BRC Global Standards is intent in creating a range of ethical products that closely meets customer requirements and goes beyond currently available schemes.

In addition, as Mike is based in South Africa, he will represent BRC Global Standards in the sub-Saharan region working with brand owners to increase supply chain resilience through scheme adoption and training.

Mark Proctor, CEO, BRC Global Standards, said: “Our organization stands for trust and confidence in third party certification schemes in product quality and safety. In our own research and customer engagement we believe that having a presence in the ethical space together with our approach to Standards development, auditor training, performance management of certification body partners and the whole area of compliance will be of global benefit for the industry. We look to develop our own set of ethical products and services that will drive this extremely important area forward in the future”.

Mike Wilson added “I am delighted to be joining the BRC Global Standards team and assisting them in developing the capability and the capacity to be able to deliver a range of Ethical Trade assurance services. My association with BRC Global Standards stretches back many years and I have always held them in high regard. There is no doubt that their unique skill set and reputation will quickly establish them as a high-value; high quality service provider in this space and both suppliers and global brands and retailers will see immediate benefit from the BRC Global Standards involvement in this important area of global trade.”

Notes to Editors

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 25,000 suppliers in over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offers comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

About Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson has worked for the past 17 years developing and delivering a range of assurance solutions to global brands and retailers as well as their supply chains. As an experienced ethical auditor, he has owned and operated an ethical auditing body and has worked extensively with retail supply chains to enable them to address complex issues around social accountability and ethical trade.

Mr. Wilson also has extensive experience in writing Standards and has worked with several international and national Standard owners to design, develop and deliver the full suite of ethical trade solutions – from Standards development through to auditor training and calibration.

Media Contact:
South Africa: +27 (0)82 838 7927
London: +44 (0)20 3931 8146

Source: BRC Global Standards

Toys“R”Us® to open a temporary store in Knickerbocker Building, Broadway for the holiday season

Company Announces Return to Times Square with Temporary Holiday Shop

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — After a nearly two-year absence, Toys“R”Us® today (August 10, 2017) announced that it is returning to Times Square in response to customer demand. The company will open a temporary 35,000 square-foot store located at 1466 Broadway (at the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway) in the historic Knickerbocker Building. Scheduled to open in August, the store will provide kids and families a one-stop toy shopping experience – complete with a dedicated play area – just in time for the holiday season.

“The Times Square holiday shop reunites our brand with an iconic New York destination which we are thrilled about,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO of Toys“R”Us, Inc. “More importantly, the store offers customers a host of products tailored to the needs of city dwellers and visitors – all in interest of bringing play to kids and families around the world!”

The three-level store in Times Square will have one main entrance on Broadway and include:

Level One: Upon entering the store, customers will be greeted with kid-favorite shop-in-shops that they have come to expect from Toys“R”Us, including Movie HQ (products from this fall’s biggest blockbusters), Hot and New (the hottest holiday toys), Star Wars™, and Marvel, along with must-have New York City memorabilia. Additionally, Level One will host a select assortment of electronic and entertainment items such as FUJIFILM INSTAX® cameras, Nintendo Switch™, and top software launches.

Lower Level: Here shoppers will find a wide variety of R/C, Hot Wheels®, and action figures, as well as city-friendly modes of transportation such as bikes and scooters.

Level Two: In addition to the feature shops on Level One, here customers will find dedicated LEGO® and NERF® shops, and a full assortment of traditional toys across a range of categories, including preschool, games, dolls, learning, collectibles, and arts and crafts.

Play Space: Also on Level Two, kids will have the opportunity to do what they love most – play. This dedicated space will allow kids to play with products out-of-the-box and experience toy demos, truly bringing the toy box to life.

Interactive Elements: In a nod to the company’s former Times Square location, a scaled-down animatronic dinosaur will also live on the second level. Customers will come to find other interactive and life-size toy displays across the three-level space throughout the holiday season.

The company’s Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store service will be available at this location, providing Manhattan’s Toys“R”Us customers with an easy way to pick up thousands of items in under an hour. Its Layaway service will also be offered, giving city shoppers the opportunity to stretch their budgets, secure must-have toys early or keep big gift purchases hidden.*

Landlord representation was provided by Brittany H. Bragg of Crown Retail Services, and Peter Ripka of Ripco Real Estate was the broker representation for Crown Retail Services.

To download the store’s “Opening Soon!” teaser graphic, please click here.

*In-store purchases only. Certain restrictions and exclusions apply. See store for more details.

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.

Media Relations:

1 (973) 617-5900

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Meijer pharmacies to host Back to School Immunization Events on Saturday, Aug. 12

Meijer pharmacies to host Back to School Immunization Events on Saturday, Aug. 12


Retailer offering vaccines this weekend to help kids and adults guard against flu season before it starts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies across the Midwest are holding Back to School Immunization Events this weekend to help families guard against the flu before classes start. Pharmacists in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky will offer vaccinations and information about other avoidable conditions that commonly affect school children at all 235 Meijer stores on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meijer Vice President of Pharmacy Operations Karen Mankowski says the goal of the events is to remind parents that back to school is the perfect time to give their kids a flu shot and minimize the spread of seasonal influenza. While every flu season is different, it’s the best way to keep families healthy at a time when viruses are most prevalent.

“Most people believe the best time to get a flu shot is when the weather gets colder,” says Mankowski. “But getting a flu shot before or soon after school starts can make a big difference. Once classes start, that’s when viruses become, well, viral, and it becomes difficult to keep influenza from spreading.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it can take approximately two weeks before flu vaccinations begin protecting from the seasonal virus. Flu outbreaks can begin as early as October.

Meijer operates 235 pharmacies in its supercenters throughout the Midwest, all of which administer the vaccine without an appointment during pharmacy hours and accept most major insurance plans. Most insurance covers the flu shot at the pharmacy without co-pay.  Depending on age, health status and state regulations, Meijer offers a variety of vaccine options including:

  • Trivalent vaccine: Vaccines injected in the arm for $29.99. Note that limited quantities are available as manufacturers are phasing out this three-strain version of the vaccine.
  • Quadrivalent vaccine: A vaccine that covers four strains and is recommended for 4 years of age and up.
  • HD vaccine: This is the high dose version indicated for 65 years of age and older that is typically covered by Medicare Part B.

Getting a flu shot, as well as other immunizations offered at Meijer, may also count as prescription credits in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards Program, which allows customers to earn savings on shopping and gas purchases. See program details for restrictions.

“There is no expiration date in receiving a flu shot, so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better chance you have of staying healthy this flu season,” reminds Mankowski.

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 and or become a fan at

Joe Hirschmugl

Source: Meijer


Perry Ellis International to host Q2 2018 results conference call on Thursday, August 24, 2017

MIAMI, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today (Aug. 10, 2017) that the Company will release its financial results for the second quarter on Thursday, August 24, 2017 before the market opens. The Company will sponsor a conference call to discuss these results the same day at 9:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. CT; 7:00 a.m. MT; 6:00 a.m. PT).

To access the live broadcast, please visit the investor relations section on the Company’s homepage at

A Digital Replay of the conference call will be available for ten days, starting two hours after its completion, and can be accessed by dialing toll-free 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and give the conference I.D. #7131696.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®,  Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at


Annette Ramos

Source:Perry Ellis International, Inc./globenewswire


Gossau, Switzerland, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab Sommer 2018 vergibt die Migros Ostschweiz pro Jahr rund zwanzig Lehrstellen an Jugendliche mit Lernschwäche oder Beeinträchtigung. Bewerbungen werden ab sofort bei IV-Stellen und Vermittlungsorganisationen entgegengenommen.

Seit Jahren bildet die Migros Ostschweiz vereinzelt Lernende mit Handicap aus. Ab Sommer 2018 wird es sich dabei nicht mehr nur um Einzelfälle handeln. Pro Jahr sollen rund 20 Jugendliche mit Lernschwäche oder Beeinträchtigung die Chance auf eine Lehre bei der Migros Ostschweiz erhalten. Die Lehre bei der Migros bietet ihnen einen wirkungsvollen Start ins Berufsleben und reelle Chancen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt. „Die Einbindung von Lernenden mit Lernschwäche oder Handicap entspricht unserer Personalpolitik. Mit dieser Initiative geben wir jungen Menschen sowohl mit einer gesundheitlichen als auch einer Lerneinschränkung systematisch eine echte Chance, sich im ersten Arbeitsmarkt zu integrieren“, erklärt René Frei, Leiter Direktion Personelles der Migros Ostschweiz.

Die Ausbildungen sind in allen 24 von der Migros Ostschweiz angebotenen Lehrberufen möglich. Es wird jeweils individuell beurteilt, ob sich die gewünschte Lehre mit dem vorhandenen Handicap oder der Lernschwäche vereinbaren lässt.

Bewerbung via IV-Stellen

Das Bewerbungsfenster für Lehrstellen mit Start im Sommer 2018 ist geöffnet. Als grösste private Lehrstellenanbieterin der Region hat die Migros Ostschweiz 250 Lehrstellen in 24 Berufen ausgeschrieben. Die Lernenden mit Handicap werden von IV-Stellen oder deren Partnerorganisationen an die Migros Ostschweiz vermittelt. Interessierte wenden sich an die zuständige IV-Stelle oder Partnerorganisation. Bei erfolgreicher Vermittlung erfolgt eine individuell vereinbarte Schnupperlehre oder ein Praktikum. Lernschwache nutzen die herkömmlichen Stellenportale.

„Es ist vorbildlich, dass die Migros Ostschweiz Ausbildungsplätze für Menschen mit einer gesundheitlichen Einschränkung zur Verfügung stellt. Sie gibt damit jungen Menschen die Chance, im Arbeitsmarkt Fuss zu fassen. Die IV-Stelle begleitet die Lernenden über die ganze Zeit der Ausbildung und falls nötig auch darüber hinaus. Wir sind von der positiven Signalwirkung auf weitere Ausbildungsbetriebe überzeugt“, freut sich Michael Rimle, Leiter Berufliche Integration IV-Stelle SVA St.Gallen.

Weitere Informationen zur Berufsbildung der Migros:

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz
Herr Nico Canori
Kommunikation / Kulturprozent / Sponsoring
Industriestrasse 47
9201 Gossau
TEL: 071 493 24 54
FAX: 071 493 27 89

Source: Migros

CBL: Callister’s Christmas, Halloween Express, Fro Zone and Sbarro to open at Brookfield Square

New shops and eateries to join Brookfield Square

Brookfield, WI, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brookfield Square is excited to announce the addition of Callister’s Christmas, Halloween Express, Fro Zone and Sbarro.  All four retailers are scheduled to open soon.

Callister’s Christmas is a seasonal Christmas store that carries thousands of ornaments, collectibles, gifts, florals and home décor for the holidays.  Featured items include personalized and Old World ornaments, Department 56 villages, Byers carolers, Jim Shore, Possible Dream Santas, Snowbabies, Willow Tree and more.  Callister’s Christmas will open mid-October in a 3,960 square-foot space near Boston Store.

Halloween Express is a seasonal Halloween store offering the largest selection of Halloween costumes, costume accessories, props, party supplies, home décor and decorations.  The store is one of the largest costume retailers in the country and offers many unique and hard-to-find costumes in more styles and sizes than most retailers.  Halloween Express will open mid-September in a 6,405 square-foot space near Barnes & Noble.

Fro Zone brings trendy Thai rolled ice cream to Brookfield Square, after a successful store opening this summer on Brady Street.  Rolled ice cream is made by pouring a creamy, flavored base with chosen add-ons onto a surface that’s -15 degrees.  In about 30 seconds, the base starts to freeze, and then it’s scraped into compact rolls with two spatulas, piled in a dish, and garnished with toppings.  Fro Zone will open by the end of summer in a 678 square-foot space in the Food Court.

Sbarro has nearly 60 years of experience bringing Italian favorites to customers worldwide.  Pizza, pasta and salad can be found on the menu.  Sauce is made the same way Mama Sbarro made it, with only the freshest, all-natural San Marzano tomatoes and a pinch of basil; dough is made from scratch daily, and stretched by hand; and mozzarella is hand-shredded and made in-house daily from 100% whole milk.  Sbarro will open this fall in a 793 square-foot space in the Food Court.

“We are thrilled to have both Callister’s Christmas and Halloween Express join us this fall.  Both stores offer unique, local flavor, and are destinations for Brookfield Square shoppers,” said Scott Oleson, Brookfield Square Mall General Manager.  He added, “Fro Zone and Sbarro will offer additional choices for fast-casual diners as we continue to expand our dining options.”

About Brookfield Square
Brookfield Square is a one-million-square-foot shopping center located off I-94 at Moorland Road.  The mall houses Boston Store, JCPenney and Sears, along with a 600-seat Food Court.  Specialty retailers and restaurants include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Best Buy Mobile, Blackfinn Ameripub, Ethan Allen, Express, francesca’s, H&M, LOFT, Rogers & Hollands, Shaw’s Jewelers, Victoria’s Secret and The Walking Company.  For more information, call 262.786.3430, visit the mall on Facebook at, or visit the mall website at  Brookfield Square is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

For more information:

Tiffany Bernhardt Schultz
Marketing Director
608.833.1544 x 5299

Source: CBL

BESTSELLER becomes a Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is announced as Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda, a group working to set a common agenda and direction for focused industry efforts on sustainability in fashion.

In collaboration with other Strategic Partners (including H&M, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung), Global Fashion Agenda aims to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion. Best known for Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Agenda operates as a leadership forum steering the global sustainability conversation.


As a Strategic Partner, BESTSELLER will advise on the strategic direction and help shape the operational focus of Global Fashion Agenda. Furthermore, BESTSELLER will provide expert opinion and input for the development of sustainability recommendations for fashion businesses.

“We believe a common and focused effort is needed to create a more sustainable fashion industry. Therefore, we’re happy to enter into this partnership with Global Fashion Agenda, and we are convinced that we can learn from each other’s experiences and together have a positive impact on the global fashion agenda,” says Dorte Rye Olsen, BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager about the decision.

“We’re very happy to have BESTSELLER join our Strategic Partner group. Having a Danish company in our group will not only help push the agenda on our home turf, but with its massive volume and reach, BESTSELLER is also able to help us propel the agenda globally,” says Eva Kruse, CEO and president of Global Fashion Agenda


Global Fashion Agenda is a global non-profit initiative founded by the Danish Fashion Institute in 2016. With a mission to make sustainability fashionable, its aim is to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. In collaboration with its group of Strategic Partners, Global Fashion Agenda leads the global sustainability conversation. The founding group of Strategic Partners are H&M, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung.

Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00


Albert Heijn-DC in Pijnacker krijgt ruim 10.000 zonnepanelen

Albert Heijn-DC in Pijnacker krijgt ruim 10.000 zonnepanelen


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag legde Anneke de Vries, SVP Real Estate, Construction and Franchise bij Albert Heijn, het eerste zonnepaneel op het dak van het distributiecentrum in Pijnacker. In totaal krijgt het DC 10.788 zonnepanelen die op jaarbasis 1.387 ton CO2 reduceren.

De zonnepanelen op het dak van het DC in Pijnacker wekken jaarlijks 2.730 MWh. Deze energie wordt aan het distributiecentrum teruggeleverd en is goed voor eenderde van het totale verbruik van het DC. ‘Het plaatsen van de zonnepanelen sluit goed aan bij de ambitie om CO2 uitstoot te verlagen in onze winkels en distributiecentra en slimmer om te gaan met energie’, vertelt Anneke de Vries. ‘Ik ben daarom heel blij dat we hier zo’n mooie stap kunnen maken met ruim 10.000 zonnepanelen. En dat is een hele klus op een distributiecentrum waar er 24/7 gewerkt wordt om onze winkels te bevoorraden’.

Albert Heijn wekt steeds meer energie op met zonnepanelen op distributiecentra en winkels. De afgelopen tijd werden onder andere zonnepanelen geplaatst op het distributiecentrum in Zaandam en op winkels in Purmerend, Venray, Enschede, Eindhoven en Zeist. Deze ontwikkeling heeft bijgedragen aan de daling van de CO2 footprint per m² met 41,6% ten opzichte van tien jaar geleden.

Het leggen van de zonnepanelen op het DC in Pijnacker gebeurt in samenwerking met Brick Management B.V. en Ecorus, respectievelijk projectmanager en ontwikkelaar van zonne-energieprojecten.

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Source: Albert Heijn