eBay announces membership in the Open API Initiative (OAI)

eBay announces membership in the Open API Initiative (OAI)


The partnership makes it easier for eBay developers to integrate with our RESTful public APIs and evolve their buying and selling experiences on our platforms.

San Jose, CA, 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — For more than 20 years, eBay has been a leading marketplace, connecting shoppers to their perfect item from more than 1.1 billion listings on our platform and providing opportunities for sellers to grow their businesses. Today (Aug 17, 2017), I’m proud to announce our membership in the Open API Initiative (OAI). This partnership will focus on the OpenAPI Specification, making it easier and faster for eBay developers to integrate with eBay’s RESTful public APIs as we evolve the buying and selling experience on eBay. This opportunity leverages technology to make it easier for our developer ecosystem to create new eBay experiences.

The OAI is an open source project under the Linux Foundation. These software projects are independently funded and are geared toward harnessing the power of collaborative development across industries and ecosystems. OAI is the most popular open source framework for defining and creating RESTful APIs, with tens of thousands of developers using the tools.

As a member of OAI, we are continuing to tap into our developer ecosystem and grow eBay’s APIs, by expanding our developer community and encouraging building to create a more integrated platform and shopping and selling seamless experiences on eBay. Earlier this year, we kicked off eBay Connect with seven developer events across the world to give external developers insights into our platform and encourage their innovation. And last year, eBay Developers Program revamped our API platform with 13 new standards-based APIs.

This partnership and our new APIs make it simpler for our developers and sellers to quickly integrate with eBay and onboard all their inventory—part of our promise to deliver the most powerful commerce platform to our seller and developer partners so they can build sophisticated integrations to manage all end-to-end selling operations on eBay and easily scale their business.


Gail Frederick is Senior Director of Developer Ecosystem and Services at eBay, where she strives to disrupt commerce with innovative ideas to create more powerful buying and selling experiences on eBay.

(408) 376-7400

Source: eBay

Ross Stores declares regular quarterly cash dividend of $.16 per common share

DUBLIN, Calif., 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) announced today (Aug. 16, 2017) that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $.16 per common share, payable on September 29, 2017, to stockholders of record as of September 7, 2017.

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2016 revenues of $12.9 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,384 locations in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Guam as of July 29, 2017. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 205 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 16 states as of July 29, 2017, that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

Michael Hartshorn
Group Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Connie Kao
Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Ross Stores, Inc.

Staples, Inc. to release Q2 2017 results on Thursday, August 24, 2017

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) will announce second quarter 2017 results on Thursday, August 24, 2017 before the market open.

On June 28, 2017, Staples announced that it had entered into an agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Sycamore Partners. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of stockholder approval, and is expected to close in the third fiscal quarter of 2017.

In light of the proposed merger, Staples will not be holding an earnings conference call.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples brings technology and people together in innovative ways to consistently deliver products, services and expertise that elevate and delight customers. Staples is in business with businesses and is passionate about empowering people to become true professionals at work. Headquartered outside of Boston, Mass., Staples, Inc. operates primarily in North America, with additional offices in South America and Asia. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Media Contact:
Bill Durling

Investor Contact:
Scott Tilghman

Source: Staples, Inc.

110 young professionals complete apprenticeship at SPAR Switzerland

Switzerland, 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Switzerland is one of the most successful training companies in Swiss retail trade. Recently, 110 young professionals received their certificate of competence after completing their apprenticeship examinations in one of the four professions offered at SPAR: Fully Trained Merchant, Retail Expert, Retail Assistant and Logistics Specialist.

Training plays a major role at SPAR Switzerland and is led by supervisors and trainers of the SPAR Academy. The academy provides diverse and practice-oriented training, complemented by various internal courses, including preparatory courses for the final exam. In addition to the four existing training professions, SPAR Switzerland will soon include training for Transportation Experts.

Laura Pironato is one the 110 graduate apprentices and will soon be working as an Assistant Near-food Range Manager. She is benefiting from the interesting career opportunities at SPAR Switzerland, which also offers her the chance to choose the road to independence, for example as a franchisee in the successful SPAR Partner system.

Laura was very well prepared during her training: “As a trainee I was able to learn a lot about the company. Through my permanent employment after my training I am able to use this knowledge and the acquired skills. I look forward to getting to learn more about the connections between various departments and additional processes. “


SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

McDonald’s USA launches Happy Meal Books promotion to celebrate the joy of reading

Between 2013-2016, McDonald’s USA distributed 54M books to kids with plans to distribute 20M more books during the upcoming promotion

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, McDonald’s USA (NYSE: MCD)  is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of the latest Happy Meal Books promotion. Happy Meal Books will return to restaurants nationwide from September 5-18 helping spread the gift of reading to families across the U.S.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading publishers of children’s books, is joining forces with McDonald’s USA to bring families a collection of four Happy Meal-sized books featuring popular titles — “Pete the Cat’s Got Class” by James Dean, “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School” by Herman Parish, “Just A School Project” by Mercer Mayer and “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff. Books are available in English and, in select restaurants, in Spanish.

McDonald’s is also a proud supporter of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, which seeks to promote literacy by creating needs-based content and scalable community solutions so every child can experience the life-changing power of literacy. By 2018, McDonald’s will have donated approximately 400,000 books from the Happy Meal Books promotions to RIF literacy efforts and programs across the country.

“HarperCollins is pleased to be part of McDonald’s Happy Meal Books promotion again this year to place beloved books in the hands of millions of children,” says Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “Reading has a profound impact on the educational development of a child and through this program along with our donation to Reading Is Fundamental, we hope to make book ownership for children more accessible.”

“McDonald’s partnership with RIF is a celebration of the power and joy of families reading together,” said Beth Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer of Reading Is Fundamental. “Six out of 10 low-income families still have no age-appropriate books in their homes, so providing children with books coupled with supplemental literacy resources they need to achieve their full potential has never been more important.”

McDonald’s Happy Meal Book promotion is among a list of the company’s actions supporting a commitment to promote children’s well-being by inspiring kids to engage in active and imaginative play in a fun way and help develop a sense of community. This announcement follows a number of changes McDonald’s has made to its Happy Meal, including:

  • Between 2012-2016, the company served over 78 million Cuties helping increase families’ access to fruit in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • McDonald’s has served more than 2 billion servings of fruit and low-fat dairy products like Go-Gurt in Happy Meals between 2012-2016.
  • Since 2013, the company has been automatically offering apple slices, a smaller kids-sized fry and the choice of a low-fat dairy option like 1% low-fat white milk or fat-free chocolate milk.
  • Since 2013, McDonald’s has distributed 54 million Happy Meal Books to children nationwide — enough to provide a book to every child in America under the age of 12.*
  • In 2016, the company announced Chicken McNuggets have no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

“As we continue to raise the bar for our customers, we’re excited to add to the fun of the Happy Meal experience by inspiring more family time together,” said Julie Wenger, senior director of U.S. marketing at McDonald’s. “We’re proud to partner with HarperCollins and Reading Is Fundamental and invite families to spread the joy of reading through these fun, classic books in our Happy Meals.”

Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.

Through McDonald’s partnership with RIF, families can extend learning after reading “Pete the Cat’s Got Class,” “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School,” “Just A School Project” and “If You Take a Mouse to School” through Literacy Central. This new, free digital portal, will feature lesson plans, puzzles, activities, and leveled reading passages designed to help build literacy development in children with a focus on the books from the Happy Meal Books program.

For more information about Happy Meal Books, visit www.McDonald’s.com.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/McDonaldsUS/.

About HarperCollins Children’s Books
HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, The Graveyard Book and series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and The Selection. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children’s Books delights readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including eBooks and apps. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) (NASDAQ: NWSA) (ASX: NWS) (ASX: NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has operations in 18 countries. You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and www.epicreads.com and HarperCollins Publishers at www.hc.com.

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more, visit RIF.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Based on US Census data projections for 2015 – 24 million children ages 0-5 and 24.7 million children ages 6-11

Source:  McDonald’s USA

CVS Pharmacy earns reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy from URAC

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today (August 17, 2017) that it has earned reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy from URAC. URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, CVS Pharmacy has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. All CVS Pharmacy, Longs Drugs and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations nationwide have earned this accreditation.

URAC has over 30 accreditation programs. Its Community Pharmacy Accreditation Program was developed in 2014 to establish consistent benchmarks and standards for pharmacy practice quality and CVS Pharmacy was the first pharmacy to achieve the accreditation. Organizations that earn URAC’s Community Pharmacy Accreditation are recognized as providers of comprehensive patient care and medication management programs, and as leaders in quality and patient safety.

To achieve this reaccreditation, CVS Pharmacy underwent a rigorous evaluation process to validate the quality of the care and services it provides to its patients, including patient-centered medication management, wellness services, and preventive and chronic disease management.

“We are proud that our pharmacies have received URAC’s reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Retail Pharmacy and Supply Chain, CVS Health. “At CVS Health, we are committed to being a leader in the pharmacy care industry and helping people on their path to better health. Having a respected accreditation organization such as URAC take a close look at the operation of our pharmacies and confirm the quality of the pharmacy care and services we provide demonstrates that we are fulfilling that commitment.”

“CVS Pharmacy has chosen to highlight the quality of its service by applying for and receiving Community Pharmacy Accreditation from URAC again in 2017,” said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO. “In a crowded marketplace, CVS Pharmacy can prove its quality in areas such as medication management, customer service, and safety adhere to best practices established for quality and value.”

CVS Pharmacy is the retail division of CVS Health, which is now accredited in six of URAC’s accreditation programs for Pharmacy: Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Drug Therapy Management, Specialty Pharmacy, Mail Service Pharmacy and Health Call Center.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About URAC
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. URAC is a nonprofit organization developing evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. Our portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing health care management, health care operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

The Home Depot® expands its alternative energy portfolio with additional solar rooftop installations at 50 stores

ATLANTA, 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot® today (Aug 17, 2017) announced the addition of solar installations at 50 stores as it continues to expand its alternative energy portfolio, essentially creating mini solar farms out of unused rooftops.

The project will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 percent annually at each Home Depot store; the equivalent of powering 2,300 average U.S. homes for a year. The average store roof, at approximately 104,000 square feet, will accommodate 1,000 panels.

The Home Depot is working with Current, powered by GE, on 20 solar installations at stores in New Jersey, as well as eight stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, DC. An additional 22 stores in California and New York will receive solar, of which six will utilize Tesla Powerpacks to store energy and dispatch additional power as needed.

“Our alternative energy projects are important elements of our sustainability and operations efforts as they reduce carbon emissions while also lowering our energy costs,” said David Hawkins, vice president of labor and operations for The Home Depot.

The company’s current alternative and renewable portfolio includes:

  • Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) in Delaware and Massachusetts
  • Fuel cells at more than 170 stores and distribution centers
  • The Los Mirasoles Wind Farm northeast of McAllen, Texas, announced this January
  • The Zopiloapan Wind Farm located in central Mexico, added this June

The solar addition will bring the company’s alternative energy footprint to more than 130 megawatts (MW) as it pursues the goal of utilizing 135 MW of alternative and renewable energy by 2020.

Construction on the selected stores will continue throughout 2017. For more on The Home Depot’s rooftop solar program, visit: https://corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom/rooftop-solar-farms.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,282 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

SOURCE: The Home Depot