Sainsbury’s predicts five top food trends expected to hit our screens from GBBO 2017

Sainsbury’s predicts five top food trends expected to hit our screens from GBBO 2017


London, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the return of GBBO in just a few short weeks, baking fans across the UK are dusting off the weighing scales, donning their aprons and hoping for some brilliant bakes.  Ahead of the 12 week baking marathon, here Sainsbury’s predicts five top food trends expected to hit our screens from episode one.

Alternative sugars; Those in the know are opting for alternative sugars such as coconut and date syrup, experimenting beyond the traditional caster sugar to achieve different results. Sainsbury’s, whose baking aisle features an extensive range, has seen products such as Organic Rice Malt Syrup up 148% and Date Syrup up 32% since they arrived in store.

Boozy baking; 2016 saw contestants adding a ginny twist to their recipes for a more grown-up bake. Expect to see more of this in 2017 as contestants look to their take boozy bakes to new levels with tipples such as Prosecco, Gin & Tonic and Rum.

Garnishes and glitter; The recent launch of Edible Blossoms in Sainsbury’s saw packs flying off the shelves, with the demand surpassing sales expectations. Now widely available, they’re a beautiful way to give cakes a show-stopping quality, whilst adornments such as edible glitter, shimmer pearls and luxurious gold leaf nod to this year’s beauty trends.

Autumnal tones; As summer turns to autumn, rainbow and unicorn bakes will become a thing of the past. This year’s bakers will be channelling more muted and neutral tones in the style of Chetna Makan’s favourite shade of mustard

Botanical and herb flavourings; Already popular on restaurant menus, expect to see contestants experimenting with botanical flavours in both sweet and savoury bakes, such as angelica root, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, saffron and fennel.

Former Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan says “Every year baking trends change and evolve, often reflected within Great British Bake Off. In my experience, what was trendy and current in the baking world definitely influenced my recipes and baking decisions on the show. This year, expect to see a lot more neutral icing shades and unusual decorations such as edible flowers in both the show-stoppers and signature bakes.”

Sioned Read, Sainsbury’s buyer for home baking added “Bake Off always has a huge impact on customer behaviour which we see reflected in sales from the baking and food aisles. For example, in 2016 after the contestants created Jaffa cakes, searches for Orange Jelly increased by 150% overnight on our groceries website. I’m always on the lookout for the signature ingredients of the season and aim to deliver an exciting range that allows customers to recreate the challenges at home. Based on recent baking trends, I expect our new Prosecco flavouring, alternative sugars and edible gold leaf will be firm favourites for 2017.”

Notes to Editors

A new range of alternative sugars are available in store and online from £1

Edible Blossoms are available in store from £3 per punnet

Edible Glitter, Shimmer Pearls and Gold Leaf are available in store and online from £1

Gin & Tonic, Prosecco and Rum flavours are available in store and online from £1

Food Colourings are available in store and online from £1

A range of packaged and fresh herbs are available in store and online from £0.70

To view the full baking range available at Sainsbury’s visit:

Source: Sainsbury’s


Argos unveils stunning 1.00 CT diamond cluster engagement ring

Argos unveils stunning 1.00 CT diamond cluster engagement ring


London, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As style icon Millie Mackintosh reveals her breathtaking engagement ring to the world, leading digital retailer, Argos has released an almost identical version, for a fraction of the price.

The stunning 1.00 CT diamond cluster ring, set in luxurious yellow 9 CT gold is hardly distinguishable from the Made in Chelseastar’s newest bling accessory which she unveiled for the first time on ITV’s Lorraine today since getting engaged to Made in Chelsea co-star Hugo Taylor last month.

Argos jewellery buyer Jo Roland said: “Millie’s beautiful engagement ring is a classic piece that makes a real statement. For those who love the look but don’t have the Made in Chelsea budget, our Revere 9ct Gold 1.00ct Diamond Cluster Ring for only £899.99 is the perfect choice whether you’re showing it off on King’s Road or not!”

For further information, samples or images, please contact:
0845 120 4365

Source: Sainsbury


Stanley Black & Decker opens new Makerspace in Maryland

Stanley Black & Decker opens new Makerspace in Maryland


TOWSON, Md., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today (Aug. 17, 2017) announced the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Makerspace, a 4,500-square- foot workshop dedicated to helping Stanley Black & Decker employees bring innovative new ideas to life, as well as to serving as a resource for the Greater Baltimore community to engage in meaningful maker experiences.

Jeff Ansell, President of Global Tools & Storage for Stanley Black & Decker, said, “At Stanley Black & Decker, we are a company of innovators, makers and creators, and this new space will give our employees an environment where they can focus on turning their ideas into real working prototypes that will become the products of the future. Stanley Black & Decker is built on 175 years of innovation, demonstrated most recently with the launch of our DEWALT FLEXVOLT®. As we continue to grow organically and by adding the iconic American brand Craftsman and Lenox and Irwin businesses, we are excited to reinforce that commitment to innovation. By opening a new Makerspace right here in Maryland we are rededicated to not only inventing, but also making the innovations that will change the way we live tomorrow.”

“Stanley Black & Decker’s new Makerspace creates a collaborative environment where company employees can develop new products, and offers local students and educators access to state-of-the-art resources to pursue research projects,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Maryland’s economy continues to be driven by innovation, and having cutting-edge workshops like this one is critical to growing jobs, spurring new advances, and helping our communities thrive.”

The new Makerspace is another expansion of Stanley Black & Decker’s Maryland-based presence, which began in 2010 when the Black & Decker company merged with The Stanley Works. Today, the company employs more than 2,100 people in the region, and has invested approximately $60 million in facility upgrades. In addition, its growth plans call for nearly 400 immediate new hires in a wide variety of positions, with a focus on innovation and engineering.

Stanley Black & Decker has already partnered with local universities to develop a curriculum, framework and toolset for future Makerspaces and to offer a space for students and faculty to work on research projects. Ongoing partnership with these and other leading academic institutions will be a cornerstone of the company’s continued engagement with the community. In addition, the company expects to expand this to a public-facing maker program sometime in 2018.

About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s largest provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Craftsman, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at

Media Contact:

Tim Perra
Vice President, Public Affairs
Phone: (860) 826-3260

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker


JCPenney elects Wonya Lucas to its board of directors

JCPenney elects Wonya Lucas to its board of directors


PLANO, Texas, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today (Aug. 17, 2017) announced the election of Wonya Lucas, president and chief executive officer of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, to its board of directors. Highly regarded for her mass communications and broadcasting leadership, Lucas has vast knowledge in how media strategy, digital content, marketing and distribution drive consumer behavior.

“Wonya has an impressive background that spans brand management and corporate and media strategy, and has been responsible for creating some of television’s most highly acclaimed viewer programming,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney. “Her distinguished background brings tremendous value to our board as JCPenney continues to build mindshare in a media landscape saturated with news and information.”

Before her leadership position with Public Broadcasting Atlanta, which includes NPR station WABE, and Atlanta’s PBS station, PBA, Lucas was president and chief executive officer for TV One, where she was responsible for all strategic decisions and daily operations. Prior to joining TV One, Lucas held several positions at Discovery Communications, including executive vice president and chief operating officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel and global chief marketing officer with responsibility for marketing in 210 countries and over 130 networks. While at Discovery, Lucas helped launch Investigation Discovery (ID), HUB and OWN networks.

Prior to joining Discovery Communications in 2008, Lucas served as general and manager and executive vice president of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for daily operations, programming development, corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel and Before joining The Weather Channel in 2002 as executive vice president of marketing, Lucas held several positions at Turner Broadcasting, including senior vice president of strategic marketing for and CNN Networks Worldwide, vice president of business operations and network development for Turner Entertainment and vice president of entertainment marketing for TNT. Her other experience includes brand management roles for The Coca-Cola Company and The Clorox Company.

“What drew me to the JCPenney Board is the Company’s sense of community and the trust it has earned from millions of families who count on JCPenney for quality and value,” said Lucas. “I feel honored to be supporting the Company at a time when building brand relevance and competitive differentiation are more important than ever.”

Lucas holds a B.S. degree in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance and marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site,, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of over 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400

Investor Relations: 
(972) 431-5500

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.


Meijer kicks off fall Simply Give campaign

Meijer kicks off fall Simply Give campaign


Program generated nearly $32 million since 2008 for food pantries across the Midwest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of its record-setting spring efforts, the Meijer fall Simply Give campaign will kick off Sunday to help stock the shelves of its food pantry partners throughout the Midwest.

“Participation in our Simply Give program continues to grow, thanks to the generosity of our customers and dedicated food pantry partners,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “We are committed to helping end the problem of food insecurity in the Midwest.”

The fall campaign will run through Sept. 16, helping restock the shelves of food pantries that were heavily utilized during the summer months.

In addition, on Sept. 1-2, Meijer will double match customers’ donations up to $25,000 per pantry. That means for every $10 donation card purchased, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

How it works:

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

Simply Give donation cards can be purchased at all 235 Meijer stores and will benefit a local food pantry.

Since Meijer began its Simply Give program in 2008, nearly $32 million – or 352 million meals – has been donated to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked throughout the year. According to Feeding America, $1 equals 11 meals.

The program runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

“Hunger is a problem that occurs in all of our communities, which is why the funds generated from Simply Give stay local,” Cooper said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go without food.”

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at

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 has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer


Wilhelm Brandenburg favorisiert Erlensee als neuen Standort

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wilhelm Brandenburg favorisiert Erlensee als neuen Standort für eine Produktionsstätte samt Firmenzentrale. Im Laufe des Auswahlprozesses hat sich herauskristallisiert, dass Erlensee der Anforderungsmatrix von allen drei infrage kommenden Standorten (Erlensee, Karben, Frankfurt/Maintal) am meisten entspricht. Vor diesem Hintergrund wird Wilhelm Brandenburg den Standort Erlensee prioritär weiterentwickeln. Die geplante Bauzeit des 70.000 Quadratmeter großen Gebäudes beträgt zwei Jahre.

Dazu erklärt Dirk Höfer, Geschäftsführer bei Wilhelm Brandenburg: „Erlensee ist von den bisher in Erwägung gezogenen Standorten unser Favorit. Wir konzentrieren uns nun voll und ganz auf Erlensee. Es gilt, weiter offene Fragen und Punkte zügig zu klären. Unser Ziel ist es, dem Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat der REWE Group noch in dieses Jahr das Projekt zur finalen Entscheidung vorzulegen. Wir möchten alle Mitarbeiter aus Frankfurt und Dreieich an unseren neuen Standort mitnehmen.“

Mit Blick auf den Standort Frankfurt/Maintal ergänzt Höfer: „Wir bedanken uns ausdrücklich bei Frankfurt und Maintal für das Engagement und die gute Zusammenarbeit in der Planungsphase. Das eigens geschaffene interkommunale Gewerbegebiet zeigt eindrucksvoll wie agil und flexibel Wirtschaftsförderung sein kann.“

Über Wilhelm Brandenburg

Wilhelm Brandenburg zählt mit ca. 1.800 Beschäftigten und einem Umsatz von rund 595 Millionen Euro (2016) zu den größten Anbietern von Fleisch- und Wurstwaren in Deutschland. Die Gesamtproduktion belief sich etwa 130.000 Tonnen. In Frankfurt arbeiten etwa 950 Mitarbeiter, in Dreieich etwa 340.

Über die REWE Group

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2016 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 54 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 19 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2016 rund 240.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 39 Milliarden Euro. 2 Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce- Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal, Weinfreunde und Kölner Weinkeller. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik Group die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.400 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART, Kuoni), die Hotelmarken lti, Club Calimera, Cooee, PrimaSol und Playitas Resort und der Direktveranstalter

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050

Source: REWE Group

Dollar Tree, Inc. to host Q2 2017 earnings conference call on Thursday, August 24, 2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, will host its conference call for investors and analysts to discuss financial results for the second quarter ended July 29, 2017.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 24, 2017   9:00 a.m. Eastern Time

PARTICIPATE:  At least 5 minutes prior to the conference call, please dial 877-604-9665 for USA and Canadian calls or 719-325-2420 for international calls.

WEBCAST:  Available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

REPLAY:  A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Wednesday, August 30, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. Please enter Passcode # 2174184.

Randy Guiler

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

ENGLAND: B&M Bargains Store opens at Walsall

Hartlepool, United Kingdom, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was a lot of excitement in Walsall today (17 August 2017) as a new B&M Bargains Store was opened.

The latest addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy thanks to the creation of more than 35 jobs.

It follows hot on the heels of a store opening in Aldridge, creating more than 130 jobs in the county.

Visitors to the store, opposite Primark in the town centre, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening day celebrations, B&M colleagues invited local charity Walsall Carers’ Centre to be their VIP for the day.

The team support local carers who look after their ill loved ones which means they don’t get much time for themselves. The centre is a place for the carers to go, where they have a ‘listening ear’ and several services on offer to make sure they’re receiving the help they need.

The charity received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part, while Mayor Marco Longhi, and his wife, Andrea, were also in attendance.

The store manager, Devon Beckett, said: “The team from Walsall Carers’ Centre really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local people, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Thursday and show customers their new B&M Walsall.”



Source: B&M

RetailNext to provide analytics solutions for ultra-premium quality wine producer and marketer Andrew Peller Limited

RetailNext to provide analytics solutions for ultra-premium quality wine producer and marketer Andrew Peller Limited


Award-Winning Vintner Focuses on Enhancing the Guest Experience at Two Ontario Wineries

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 17, 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 provide analytics solutions for Andrew Peller Limited (TSX: ADW.A & ADW.B), a leading producer and marketer of award-winning premium and ultra-premium quality wines in Canada. The comprehensive RetailNext platform is being deployed to measure guest traffic and activities at Trius Winery and Restaurant and Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant, both located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

“We are excited to be partnering with RetailNext at two of our most popular estate properties,” said Tim Coons, Estate Manager at Trius Winery. “RetailNext’s traffic counting and smart store solutions allow us to better understand both the number of visitors we have at our estates as well as what experiences capture their attention and engage them the most, providing us the data necessary to refine our guest experience and better serve our clientele.”

With wineries in British Columbia and Ontario, Andrew Peller Limited markets wines produced from grapes grown in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, British Columbia’s Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and from vineyards around the world. Committed to serving the needs of its clientele, Andrew Peller also produces and markets premium personal winemaking products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Vintners Inc., the recognized leader in personal winemaking products, distributing products through over 170 Winexpert authorized retailers and more than 600 independent retailers across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and China. Additionally, Andrew Peller owns and operates 101 independent retail locations in Ontario under The Wine Shop and Wine Country Vintners names.

Andrew Peller joins RetailNext’s rapidly growing global customer list of more than 350 brands with deployments in over 70 different countries, and represents a further expansion of the company’s market-leading SaaS platform from the brick-and-mortar retail stores industry vertical.

“RetailNext is honored to have been selected by Andrew Peller as its analytics solutions provider, and we are excited to working with them to understand visitor traffic and the overall guest experience,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “Over the past several years, there has been a keen emphasis on developing unique experiences and nurturing lasting customer relationships, and innovative and creative brands like Andrew Peller recognize the value associated with deep insights into today’s consumers and their values, behaviors and preferences, and in turn develop extraordinary guest experiences to showcase their brands.”

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.




Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Der Grundstein ist gelegt, ab jetzt wird die Migros-Überbauung am Breitenrainplatz in die Höhe wachsen.

Im Beisein von Stadtpräsident Alec von Graffenried hat die Migros Aare den Grundstein für den Neubau ihrer Filiale und die zugehörige Wohnüberbauung am Breitenrainplatz gelegt. Aus der imposanten Baugrube im Dreieck zwischen Moser-, Breitenrain- und Allmendstrasse wird nun ein Gebäudekomplex mit Innenhof entstehen. Die Überbauung wird im Endausbau 50 Mietwohnungen, einen Migros-Supermarkt, ein Migros-Restaurant und weitere Flächen für Dienstleistungen umfassen.

Stadtpräsident Alec von Graffenried bezeichnete den Migros-Bau als wichtigen Meilenstein in der Entwicklung des Breitenrainquartiers und als Beispiel für einen gelungenen Einbezug der Quartiervertretung in die Erarbeitung eines Projektes. Der nächste Schritt sei die Umgestaltung des Breitenrainplatzes. Das Vorhaben ist derzeit durch eine Einsprache blockiert. Der Stadtpräsident hofft, dass das juristische Verfahren bald abgeschlossen und mit den Arbeiten begonnen werden kann.

Grosser Nutzen für das Quartier
Heinz Rüedi, Leiter des Direktionsbereichs Entwicklung, Bau & Betrieb bei der Migros Aare, freute sich, dass es mit der Realisierung des Migros-Neubaus zügig vorangeht. «Was hier entsteht ist mehr als nur ein neuer Migros-Laden. Hier entsteht quasi ein Quartier im Quartier, ein Ort zum Einkaufen, Wohnen und Arbeiten. Der Bau soll einen städtebaulichen Akzent setzen.» Rüedi ist sich aber auch bewusst, dass eine Baustelle – trotz Einhaltung sämtlicher gesetzlicher Normen – teils unangenehme Emissionen mit sich bringt. Umso mehr schätze er die wohlwollende Toleranz der Anwohnenden und sei überzeugt, dass sich die Geduld lohne und dass «nach der Fertigstellung des Gebäudes ein grosser Nutzen für das Quartier entsteht».

Bis Mitte 2018 dauert der Rohbau, danach folgen die Gebäudehülle und der Innenausbau. Der neue Migros-Supermarkt wird voraussichtlich im Frühling 2019 eröffnet. Die Mietwohnungen werden ab Herbst 2019 bezugsbereit sein, ein Jahr vorher beginnt deren Vermarktung. Während der Bauzeit sind die Breitenrain- und die Allmendstrasse im Bereich der Baustelle weiterhin nur in einer Richtung befahrbar.

Weitere Informationen zum Projekt unter

Andrea Bauer
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08

Source: Migros


Kering appoints Patrick Pruniaux as the CEO of Swiss watchmaking house Ulysse Nardin

London, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kering announces the appointment of Patrick Pruniaux as the CEO of Swiss watchmaking house Ulysse Nardin, effective 28 August 2017. He will report to Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering Luxury – Watches and Jewellery division.

Patrick Pruniaux has many years of experience in the watchmaking industry, both at TAG Heuer, where he held various positions over a nine-year period, and at Apple, where he was involved in the launch of the Apple Watch. As CEO of Ulysse Nardin, his mission will be to accelerate the international expansion of the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand, thanks to his innovative thinking and outstanding expertise.

He replaces Patrik P. Hoffmann who, having played a key role in Ulysse Nardin’s development for many years, and ensured a seamless integration into Kering from 2014, is looking to move in a new direction for personal reasons.

Albert Bensoussan, CEO of Kering Luxury – Watches and Jewellery division commented: “I am delighted to see a talented individual such as Patrick Pruniaux join Ulysse Nardin, which once again illustrates the attractiveness of the Kering Group. His in-depth knowledge of the watchmaking sector, from product innovation to customer relations, and distribution, will be an important asset in the ongoing drive to develop this watchmaking House, building on its cutting-edge technical expertise and unique identity. I would like to thank Patrik P. Hoffmann and pay tribute to the pivotal contribution he has made to the growth and reputation of Ulysse Nardin for almost two decades.”

About Patrick Pruniaux
Patrick Pruniaux, 45, began his career in the Diageo group in 1997 in the United Kingdom and the United States, before moving to the LVMH group’s Wines & Spirits division in Miami. He was appointed International Export Director at TAG Heuer in 2005, and took on responsibility for EMEIA sales in 2009. He became TAG Heuer’s Vice President of Global Sales & Retail in 2010, and a member of the brand’s Executive Committee. He joined Apple’s Special Projects team in 2014, located in Cupertino, to help with the launch of the Apple Watch. From 2015, he was Apple’s Country Manager for the UK and Ireland and a member of Apple’s EMEA Executive Committee. Patrick Pruniaux holds an MBA from HEC Paris and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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

Emilie Gargatte
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 20

Astrid Wernert
+33 (0)1 45 64 61 57

Claire Roblet
+ 33 (0)1 45 64 61 49
Twitter: @KeringGroup
LinkedIn: Kering
Instagram: @kering_official
YouTube: KeringGroup

Source: Kering

EU-kommisjonen har godkjent at NorgesGruppen overtar 49 prosent av Eurocash fra Axfood

Norway, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overtakelsen vil bidra til å styrke samarbeidet mellom Axfood og NorgesGruppen, som i flere år har hatt et samarbeid gjennom den nordiske innkjøpsorganisasjonen United Nordic.

– For å få fornyet tillit fra kundene i årene fremover bør vi styrke vår kunnskap om markeder utover våre landegrenser, noe denne avtalen vil bidra til å gjøre, sier konsernsjef Runar Hollevik.

Eurocash Food AB har åtte dagligvarebutikker ved grensen mellom Norge og Sverige. For mer informasjon se tidligere publisert artikkel.

Ingrid Solberg Gundersen
Kommunikasjonssjef Konserninformasjon

Source: NorgesGruppen ASA

Barnes & Noble to host Q1 2018 earnings results conference call on Thursday, September 7

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) today (08/17/2017) announced the Company will report fiscal 2018 first quarter earnings results on Thursday, September 7, before the market opens. The Company will host an investor conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, September 7, to review the Company’s financial results and operations.

This call is being webcast and can be accessed at Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s corporate website at The webcast of this call will be archived and available for three months on Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s corporate website.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 633 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, ( The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications

Andy Milevoj
Vice President
Corporate Finance and Investor Relations

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Tiffany & Co. declares regular quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share of Common Stock. The dividend will be paid on October 10, 2017 to shareholders of record on September 20, 2017. Future dividends are subject to declaration by the directors.

Tiffany is the internationally-renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations. Please visit for additional information.

Mark L. Aaron

Source: Tiffany & Co.

Kroger to Fight Influenza and Hunger with One Shot, One Meal campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America

Now through April 1, 2018, for every flu shot administered, a meal will be donated

CINCINNATI, 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announces its second annual health and wellness campaign, One Shot, One Meal, in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. From now through April 1, 2018, Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations.

“Kroger is committed to helping people live healthier lives and we’re excited to continue this initiative for the second year,” said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger’s president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “When you receive the flu shot this season at any of the Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations, you will help protect your health and provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger. Kroger donated 330 million meals in 2016, and last year’s campaign helped us achieve this milestone. We know that meals matter because nutrition is a key aspect of building healthier communities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 310,000 individuals were hospitalized last year for flu-related illnesses. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.

“Feeding America aims to provide wellness, nourishment and strength to people facing hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We are excited to partner with Kroger for the second year on this health and wellness campaign. Visionary partners like Kroger enable us to help the 46 million Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks.”

Every week, 5.4 million people in the United States receive help through the Feeding America network, which includes 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger. Feeding America food banks are partners in community health by providing food that promotes health and wellness and partnering to help people improve their health outcomes.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About The Little Clinic
The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to help people live healthier lives. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., The Little Clinic healthcare clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, Dillons stores in Kansas and JayC stores in Indiana. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® in 2009 and has maintained consecutive accreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at, and

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritSM. We are 443,000 associates who serve eight and a half million customers every day in 2,792 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 782 convenience stores, 311 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,453 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

The Bon-Ton Stores Q2 2017 results: Comparable store sales decreased 6.1% compared with the prior year period

YORK, Pa., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today (August 17, 2017) reported operating results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, 2017, and reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017.

Results for the Second Quarter Ended July 29, 2017

  • Comparable store sales decreased 6.1% as compared with the prior year period.
  • Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense decreased $20.7 million as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Net loss in the current year second quarter was $33.2 million, or $1.64 per share, compared with net loss of $38.7 million, or $1.95 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $9.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2016 was $2.5 million.  (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”)—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)

William Tracy, Incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We made progress in several important areas of the business during the second quarter.  We saw strength in key merchandise categories and brands and were pleased with the continued double-digit growth in our omnichannel business.  Additionally, we continued to effectively execute our profit improvement initiatives, substantially reducing our SG&A expense for the quarter.  While our results were consistent with our expectations and showed an improvement over our performance in the first quarter, we remain focused on working to better position the business for the long-term.  Looking forward, we will focus on efforts to further enhance our merchandise assortment with an emphasis on our targeted growth categories, refine our marketing strategy to increase traffic and customer engagement, and drive growth in our omnichannel business.  In addition, we expect to achieve further cost reductions through the continued rollout of our profit improvement initiative.  We believe that these actions will drive improved performance in the back half of the year.”

Second Quarter Review
Comparable store sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 6.1%.  Total sales in the period decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million, compared with $542.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

The Company continued its double-digit sales growth in omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find Itcustomer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network.

Other income in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $21.0 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the comparable prior year period.  The increase was primarily due to income associated with gift card breakage and, to a lesser degree, higher revenues associated with the Company’s proprietary credit card operations.  Proprietary credit card sales, as a percentage of total sales, increased approximately 40 basis points to 57.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

The gross margin rate in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased approximately 100 basis points as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016 to 35.5% of net sales, primarily due to an increase in the markdown rate.  Gross profit decreased $18.9 million to $179.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, primarily as a result of decreased sales volume.

SG&A expense in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased $20.7 million, or 9.8%, as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016, to $191.2 million. This was largely due to savings associated with prior year closed stores and reductions in consulting fees, medical insurance, payroll, taxes and rent, as well as gains associated with various real estate transactions.  The SG&A expense rate in the second quarter of 2017 was 37.9% of net sales, a decrease of approximately 120 basis points from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $9.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, inclusive of $4.6 million of income associated with gift card breakage, $7.8 million of gains related to various real estate transactions and $1.9 million of severance costs.  In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, Adjusted EBITDA was $2.5 million, inclusive of $2.4 million of consulting fees related to cost reduction initiatives and $2.2 million of severance costs.  (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under GAAP—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)

The Company’s excess borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility was approximately $171 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and $189 million as of August 14, 2017.

For fiscal 2017, the Company continues to expect loss per share to be in a range of $2.08 to $2.59, inclusive of a $0.05 per share expense from the 53rd week, and Adjusted EBITDA to be in a range of $115 million to $125 million. (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under GAAP—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)  Updated assumptions reflected in the Company’s full-year guidance include the following:

  • A comparable sales decrease now ranging from 3.5% to 4.5%, which excludes sales from the 53rd week;
  • A gross margin rate decrease now ranging from 40 to 60 basis points below the fiscal 2016 rate of 35.5%;
  • SG&A expense now ranging from $834 million to $839 million, including approximately $10 million for the 53rd week, compared to SG&A expense of $880.6 million in fiscal 2016;
  • Capital expenditures not to exceed $30 million, net of external contributions; and
  • An estimated 20.3 million weighted average shares outstanding.

The Company expects to decrease debt by approximately $15 million to $20 million by the end of fiscal 2017.

Call Details
The Company’s quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter fiscal 2017 results will be broadcast live today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (888) 523-1232 at 9:55 a.m. Eastern time.  A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain available through Thursday, August 24, 2017.  The number to call for the taped replay is (844) 512-2921 and the replay PIN is 4541275.  The conference call will also be broadcast on the Company’s website at  An online archive of the webcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.  For further information, please visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information included in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions and include the Company’s fiscal 2017 guidance, involve important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.   Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: risks related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the Company in a number of ways, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increases in pension obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new competitors or changes in the competitive environment; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including initiatives to reduce expenses and improve profits; operational disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the ability to expand our capacity and improve efficiency through our new eCommerce fulfillment center; changes in, or the failure to successfully implement, our key strategies, including initiatives to improve our merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes; the impact of regulatory requirements including the Health Care Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; and the financial condition of mall operators.  Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Financial Measure)

As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, including amortization of lease-related interests, impairment charges and loss on extinguishment of debt.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). We present Adjusted EBITDA in this release because we consider it to be a useful financial measure in evaluating our operating performance. When analyzed in conjunction with our net income and cash flows from operations, Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with a supplemental tool to evaluate our ongoing operations as it excludes the effects of financing and investing activities. Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of companies in our industry and by some investors to determine a company’s ability to service or incur debt. In addition, our management uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) to compare the profitability of our stores, (ii) to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies, and (iii) as a factor in evaluating management’s performance when determining incentive compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated in the same manner by all companies and, accordingly, is not necessarily comparable to similarly entitled measures of other companies and may not be an appropriate measure for performance relative to other companies.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be assessed in isolation from or construed as a substitute for net income or cash flows from operations, which are determined in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent, and should not be considered to be a more meaningful measure than, or an alternative to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Investor Relations:
Jean Fontana
ICR, Inc.

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

NCR’s Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Most Admired CEOs

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (August 17, 2017) announced that Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti has been selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs for 2017.

“Bill transformed NCR into the software-focused, omni-channel solutions leader we are today,” said NCR Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Office and Chief Human Resources Officer, Andrea Ledford. “This recognition from Atlanta Business Chronicle further validates Bill’s leadership of NCR and his contributions to the community.”

Bill’s biggest contribution to the Atlanta community has been to lead a thriving company that employs 30,000 people globally, including approximately 3,000 in metro Atlanta. In 2015, he announced that NCR would build a new, global headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta, with the first phase to open in early 2018.

In addition, Bill has focused the NCR Foundation to strengthen the communities in which NCR operates by making grants to nonprofit partners in the focus areas of health-related support programs, STEM education and disability issues. In 2016, the Foundation made grants exceeding $1.1 million. Atlanta-area nonprofit partners include Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Junior Achievement, Women in Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Most Admired CEOs award recognizes established Atlanta leaders in 18 categories who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown commitment to culture in the workplace and made significant contributions to the metro Atlanta community.  The selection committee was comprised of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s editorial team and former Most Admired CEO winners.

Bill was selected for the public companies category this year.  He was also chosen as a Most Admired CEO honoree in 2015.

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. NCR encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Twitter: @NCRCorporation

News Media Contact:
Scott Sykes

Source: NCR Corporation