Wendy’s launches new, limited-edition Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy’s launches new, limited-edition Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger


DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Wendy’s fan favorite, the iconic Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger (aka the JBC), appears to be not so junior anymore with the launch of the new, limited-edition Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger (aka the Giant JBC). With double the fresh, never-frozen beef* double the oven-baked bacon and double the cheese – the Giant JBC is everything you love about the original JBC, with double the goodness.

News of the beefed-up cheeseburger is made even bigger with the giant deal that comes with it. For a limited-time, fans can get the Giant JBC as part of a $5 meal, which includes the cheeseburger, 4-piece chicken nuggets, small fries and a small drink at participating Wendy’s locations.

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S. and Canada.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

Bry Roth

Amy Baker

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company


Abercrombie & Fitch to open store at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim

First Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids Store in Saudi Arabia to Open in September 2017

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) today (Aug. 28, 2017) announced that in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it will open the first Abercrombie & Fitch store, including a shop-in-shop for its abercrombie kids brand, at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah.  The store will be located in the new extension of the mall, and when the brand opens in September, it will offer the Fall/Winter collection for men, women, and children.  The continued brand expansion is part of the franchise agreement between Majid Al Futtaim Fashion and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced in 2016.

Majid Al Futtaim first introduced the Abercrombie & Fitch brand regionally in Kuwait, both at 360 Mall and The Avenues, followed by a flagship store in Mall of the Emirates in December 2015, that also saw the launch of the brand’s first fragrance boutique. Two further stores opened in Qatar at Doha Festival City and Mall of Qatar in March 2017.  Including the launch in Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim partners with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on a total of six Abercrombie & Fitch and three abercrombie kids stores in the Middle East in a mix of franchise and joint venture arrangements.

Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The 728 sqm store will open in the brand new, modern extension of the Red Sea Mall, and will feature the brand’s open and engaging shopping environment. The space will offer both Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products.

“We are excited to be expanding both the Majid Al Futtaim Fashion brand portfolio and the Abercrombie & Fitch label in the Middle East, and continuing to bring highly sought after brands to the KSA region. The expansion and upcoming presence shows Majid Al Futtaim Fashion’s continued investment in the success of its franchise partnership,” said Shireen El Khatib, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Fashion.

“We are looking forward to bringing our unique Abercrombie & Fitch store-based brand experience to our customers in Saudi Arabia, and complementing our existing omnichannel capabilities, supporting our goal of providing our customers with the ability to engage with our brands, whenever, wherever and however they choose to do so,” said Fran Horowitz, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.  “We are proud to have Majid Al Futtaim as a partner to drive and support our continued expansion throughout the region.”

The franchise agreement will see the brands eventually expanding into Oman and Bahrain strengthening the company’s profile and the brands’ reach in the region.

About Abercrombie & Fitch:
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high-quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 280 stores in 20 countries and online at abercrombie.com at the end of Q2 2017.  It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Bruce
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Management Co./globenewswire

DAVIDsTEA Inc. to host Q2 financial results conference call on Thursday, September 7, 2017

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DAVIDsTEA Inc. (NASDAQ:DTEA) today (08/28/17 ) announced that its financial results for the second quarter fiscal 2017 will be released after market close on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time that day to discuss the financial results.

The conference call will be broadcast on the Company’s website at http://www.davidstea.com, in the “investor relations” section. An online archive of the webcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain available for 30 days.

About DAVIDsTEA Inc.

DAVIDsTEA is a retailer of specialty tea, offering a differentiated selection of proprietary loose-leaf teas, pre-packaged teas, tea sachets and tea-related gifts, accessories and food and beverages, primarily through 232 company-operated DAVIDsTEA stores throughout Canada and the United States as of April 29, 2017, and its website, davidstea.com. The Company is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

Investor Contact:
Maison Brison
Pierre Boucher
514-731-0000, x237

Source: DAVIDsTEA Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts offers prize or special offers with its on-cup peel and reveal promotion

Dunkin’ Donuts offers prize or special offers with its on-cup peel and reveal promotion


  • Dunkin’ Donuts’ first-ever national on-cup peel & reveal program offers prizes to guests who purchase a large or extra large hot Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate (excluding Espresso) through end of September
  • Football stars Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham Jr. celebrate “Sip. Peel. Win.” by breaking out their best dance moves to show what winning is all about

CANTON, MA, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts guests win the day with the freshly-ground, freshly-brewed coffee inside their cup, and now what’s on the cup could make them winners as well. Dunkin’ Donuts launched “Sip. Peel. Win.” as the brand’s first-ever national on-cup peel and reveal promotion, offering a prize or special offers to every guest who purchases a large or extra large hot Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate (excluding Espresso) at participating locations*. Now through September 30 or while supplies last, specially marked large and extra large hot cups will be stickered with a game piece, giving guests the chance to win a year’s worth of free coffee and other great prizes, such as Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, free menu items, Fanatics® prizes and more. Non-winning game pieces have valuable coupons for Dunkin’ product or discounts at Fanatics.com. No purchase or payment necessary, legal U.S. residents, 13+. For information on how to receive a free game piece, see the Official Rules at www.sippeelwin.com.

To celebrate the winning spirit of “Sip. Peel. Win.” Dunkin’ Donuts brought together two of its favorite football players, Rob Gronkowski and Odell Beckham Jr., for original dance moves to help America win in style. As part of special advertising and digital content for this promotion, Gronk and Odell have broken out their best celebratory dances fueled by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to show what winning is all about. To check out some of Gronk’s and Odell’s winning moves, visit https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog/sippeelwin.

“Coffee is such an important beverage for so many of our guests, as it helps keep them energized to make the most of each day,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President, Field Marketing, Dunkin’ Brands. “Through our first-ever on-cup instant win program, we are rewarding our busy guests with prizes and special discounts on large or extra large hot cups.”

Today Dunkin’ Donuts is also officially welcoming back classic pumpkin coffees, donuts, MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats and muffins along with a new Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread. For an extra flavorful fall, the brand also has new Maple Pecan Flavored Coffees, the new Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich, and a new Festive Fall Donut. The brand is celebrating by treating people to a taste of maple starting today, as 15 Dunkin’ Donuts shops located on Maple Streets, Maple Roads and Maple Avenues throughout the country will offer 500 guests at each location a free medium-sized cup of hot or iced Maple Pecan Flavored Coffee. Guests will have the chance during the day to sample the Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich as well. For the full list of participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and details, visit the Dunkin’ Donuts blog: https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog/something-special-is-brewing-on-maple-street

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

* U.S. locations, excluding airports, stadiums, universities, transportation centers, Speedway locations, and other locations unable to accept coupons.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands

Source: Dunkin Donuts


Baskin-Robbins brings summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31

Baskin-Robbins brings summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31


CANTON, MA, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking to end summer on a sweet note? Baskin-Robbins is bringing summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31. It is only fitting that this celebration take place on Thursday, August 31st, when all regular and kids-sized scoops are available for just $1.50.*

Guests can treat themselves to this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including favorites like Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge, Very Berry Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as seasonal flavors like Lemon Poppy Pound Cake, Miami Vice, and Peach of Cake..

How will you enjoy your Celebrate 31 deal? A new Baskin-Robbins survey identified personality categories based on ice cream eating preferences, including whether you enjoy your scoop in a cup or in a cone. See what personality category you fall under below.

The Optimist: People who prefer eating ice cream on a cone are idealists who lead with their heart.

  • Those who chose a Sugar Cone are considered the life of the party and are funny, edgy and performers.
  • Those who favor a Waffle Cone tend to be the host of the party, more traditional and nurturing caregivers.

Despite these differences, however, they both share the same core values: passion, peace, and purpose. The top ice cream flavors among Optimists are OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

The Realist: Those who would rather enjoy ice cream in a bowl or cup are analytical types who are rational thinkers. They are responsible, dutiful, family-oriented and hard working. Their favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate.

What flavor will you chose to Celebrate 31? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

To stay up to date on all things Baskin-Robbins, sign up for our email news alerts at news.baskinrobbins.com/alerts.

* Offer valid on August 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins


Bon-Ton Stores unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season

Bon-Ton Stores unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season


MILWAUKEE, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season. Must-have fall trends, styles and colors in apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories are now available in stores and online.

Raise the Curtain on Fall 2017; the stage is set and we welcome the autumn playlist. View our guide to the looks, the pieces and the details that will make the season sing.  Bon-Ton has assembled the must-have essentials, and the striking details to start off the season.

Fall 2017 Trend Guide

Now Showing: Must-Have Essentials

  • An Elevated Jacket: The statement third piece to top off your look
  • Something Velvet: Opulent jewel tones head to toe
  • The Romantic Blouse: Look for poplin shirting, full dramatic sleeves and novelty neck treatment
  • Anything Embroidered: Hand crafted appeal; embroidery details
  • Statement Denim: Fringed, frayed, destructive, embellished and unique treatments
  • Luxe Boots: Crushed velvet, brocade and embroidered and over the knee—the higher the better!

Style Statements:

Dramatic Details:  It’s all in the details, blouses with full dramatic flair, ruffles, split and pleated sleeves, cold shoulder and neck details get top billing.  Key brands include: Bobeau, Fever, Cupio, Calvin Klein and Karen Kane

The Embroidered Edit:  Patterned, embellished, colorful, hand crafted–every piece has a story. Embroidered details are everywhere especially in jackets, blouses, dresses and denim.  Key brands include: Ruff Hewn, Vintage America Blues, Democracy, Celebrity Pink and Black Daisy

Over the Top (elevated jacket):  Add a statement third piece to complete the look.  Layer on a cardigan, poncho, bomber, faux fur jacket or vest, military inspired topper or denim jacket–all coming attractions for fall.  Key brands include: BLANKNYC, Democracy, Fever, Cupio and Pink Rose

Luxe Life:  We are crushing on velvet.  Rich colors in green and burgundy are the stars of the show.  You’ll find this extra luxury on apparel, handbags and even footwear.  Accent your outfit with an embellished velvet choker for a stylish look.  Brands include: Madden Girl, Marc Fisher, Nine West and Jessica Simpson

Something a Little More Comfortable: Lights, camera, action.  Logos are making a comeback and active looks are new & fresh this season. The new active is back on track with shape shifts, stripes, chevrons, innovative materials, quilting, bold graphics and no sweat sweatshirts.  So, sit back relax and enjoy the show with casual, comfortable looks from Champion, Calvin Klein Performance, Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Under Armour and Juicy Couture

Wild Kingdom: Take a walk on the wild side with animal prints, textures, faux fur and faux leather. Look for cheetah prints in a statement coat, sheer blouse or be spotted in an ankle boot.  Key brands include: Jessica Simpson, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke

Experience the fall trends at a NEW & NOW runway Fashion show in 12 cities across the country. Runway models, styled head to toe by fashion experts, will showcase 40 must-have outfits for the season. Every piece will be on display in the store in missy and plus sizes for an easy NEW & NOW shopping experience. Guests will also enjoy exclusive NEW & NOW fashion offers, beauty makeovers, coffee bar, music and a chance to win designer prizes. Guests can find a location nearby and make reservations online.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 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 thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.


PRODUCT RECALL: Disney Frozen 3-pack socks that contain a chemical included on Lindex list of restricted chemicals

PRODUCT RECALL: Disney Frozen 3-pack socks that contain a chemical included on Lindex list of restricted chemicals


Sweden, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have discovered that one pair of the socks (the one with Anna motif) in Disney Frozen 3-pack with article number 833 7410285 5170 1611 unfortunately does not meet Lindex safety requirements. The socks contain a chemical that is included on Lindex list of restricted chemicals.

The chemical that has been discovered is not allowed as it breaks down to substances that are suspected to be carcinogenic. It has been discovered in only one of our deliveries of this product but to be on the safe side, we encourage all customers who have received or bought these socks to return them to the nearest Lindex store for a full refund.

Our customers’ safety and the quality of our products are top priorities for us at Lindex and we have a major focus on this in the creation of our fashion. We regret that these socks incorrectly have passed our security controls.

The recall only affects the socks with article number 833 7410285 5170 1611.

Customers with questions can contact Lindex customer service e-mail:
customerservice-se@lindex.com or telephone: +44 2030050009

Source: Lindex


Office Depot expands its Strategic Partnerships Program that benefited school districts, superintendents and school leaders

Program Helps Superintendents and School Districts with Strategic Design, Organizational Alignment and Resource Allocation

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (August 28, 2017) announced that it is expanding its Strategic Partnerships Program. The program, which initially started in Connecticut, has gradually expanded across the Northeast, Southeast and West Coast. Over the past year, the program has benefited school districts, superintendents and school leaders through strategic design, organizational alignment and optimization of resources.

The Strategic Partnership Program, which is part of Office Depot, Inc’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, addresses one of the greatest challenges educators face today — the need for a strategic plan that focuses on continuous improvement while providing measurement of progress and enabling districts to accomplish more with existing resources.

As a part of the process, Office Depot, Inc.’s education consultants, many of whom are former teachers and administrators, meet with superintendents and lead decision makers to develop the district’s shared vision, mission and goals. To date, partner districts have shown strong results through budgetary calibration, increased cost efficiency and improved staff alignment.

“Our Committed to Learning initiative helps districts take care of their business, and their learners, using innovative tools and practices that previously were confined to large companies,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director for K-12 education for Office Depot, Inc. “Once districts begin partnering with our education consultants, they learn we are a new kind of partner.”

Office Depot, Inc. has launched the Strategic Partnerships Program with multiple districts including McAllen Independent School District in Texas, West Bloomfield School District in Michigan and Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut, all of which have seen a positive impact in their district and communities.

“Students and teachers are asked to do more than ever, so we knew we had to reimagine ways to alleviate some of that pressure,” said Dr. J.A. Gonzalez, superintendent of McAllen Independent School District. “Through our partnership with Office Depot, we have been able to execute the vision of creating environments that are authentic and engaging, to help ensure that our teachers and students succeed.”

Education consultants partnered with McAllen to determine the school district’s needs and develop a strategic plan that emphasizes early learning and community engagement. They also partnered with West Bloomfield School District to create a road map for collaborative classrooms, with an emphasis on STEAM.

“We know that modern learning environments enable students to better prepare for future careers, so when we started thinking about implementation, we turned to Office Depot, one of our trusted business partners, for their support”, said Alesia Flye, deputy superintendent for West Bloomfield School District. “As a result of our partnership, we have planned for the implementation of collaborative classrooms within our district with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to leaders and strategic thinkers in education that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or contact them directly via committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

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

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

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

Julianne Embry

Amanda Olson

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot honored with “Partners of Choice Award” by David Weekley Homes

Marks the Twelfth Consecutive Year Office Depot Has Received the Nationally Acclaimed “Partners of Choice” Award from David Weekley Homes

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (August 28, 2017) announced it has been honored with the coveted “Partners of Choice Award” by David Weekley Homes, the largest privately-held home builder in North America, for receiving an “A” rating in product quality. It is the twelfth consecutive year that Office Depot has received the esteemed award given this year to only eight of the home builder’s suppliers.

“Product quality is a top priority for Office Depot and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts by David Weekley Homes with the prestigious ‘Partners of Choice’ award,” said Steve Calkins, president of business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “We are committed to exceeding customer expectations by continuing to provide quality products and services at a great value for our customers.”

Now in its fourteenth year, the “Partners of Choice” award is presented to suppliers based on their quality and service rating in David Weekley Homes’ “National Trading Partner Survey.” On a quarterly basis, team members complete a comprehensive supplier evaluation review that allows them to rate approximately 200 suppliers on their effectiveness in delivering quality to the organization. The evaluation process is designed to facilitate best-practice communications and operations between all channel partners and the homebuilder. The award is presented to companies that receive the highest marks from approximately 1,000 David Weekley Homes associates from all levels within the organization.

“The rating system for the National Trading Partner Survey is rigorous and extensive, yet Office Depot continues to be one of our top-rated suppliers each year,” said Bill Justus, vice president supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and executive sponsor of the supplier evaluation platform. “The company received the award because they have proven to be a world-class leader in providing quality products to our team and it reflects in their annual ratings.”

In compiling the results of the National Trading Partner Survey, each company’s numeric scores are averaged, and then an alpha rating is assigned relative to its ranking as compared with all of Weekley’s other national trading partners. Alpha ratings range from A to F in 20 percent increments. The “Partners of Choice” Award is presented to suppliers who maintained either an “A” rating in either quality or service.

Office Depot has been a partner of David Weekley Homes since 2002, providing office supplies and services.

About David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 23 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 10 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Sarah England

Joni Fletcher

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Visa enables Visa payments on Fitbit’s first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic™

“How We Will Pay”* study shows consumers who own wearables buy more, prefer cashless purchases and view devices as eliminating buying friction

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE:V) today (Aug. 28, 2017) announced it is enabling Visa payments on Fitbit’s first smartwatch – Fitbit Ionic™. Eligible cardholders of participating banks will be able to make payments with Fitbit Pay™, Fitbit’s new payment function, when available. With Fitbit Pay, Visa and Fitbit are meeting demand amongst the majority of wearable owners who, according to the recent “How We Will Pay” survey* by PYMNTS and Visa, see the opportunity for wearables to improve the way they pay throughout their day with a more secure and seamless cashless payment experience.

The continuous rise in mobile connectivity has led to the proliferation of digital payments, with Visa helping to offer more ways to pay through devices such as phones, watches and now fitness trackers with the new Fitbit Ionic – no physical wallet required. To make Visa purchases using the Fitbit Ionic device, users simply load an eligible Visa credit or debit card on the Fitbit companion app and hold the smartwatch near an NFC-enabled terminal for a simple and secure way to make purchases on the go.

“Visa continues to focus on delivering the tools and technologies that empower our partners to offer safe, secure and convenient payments to consumers via connected devices,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa Inc. “Partnering with Fitbit on its new Fitbit Pay service is another step forward in the growth of Internet of Things and shows how Visa is enabling companies across the technology industry to help us all move towards a cashless future.”

Fitbit Pay provides secure payments through the Visa Token Service. Tokenization is a payment security technology that replaces card account information, such as account numbers and expiration dates, with a unique digital identifier (“token”) that is used for payment without exposing a cardholder’s more sensitive account information. Active accountholders can leave their wallet at home and pay with a touch of their wrist.

“We are proud to partner with Visa and offer the ability to pay on the go with Fitbit Pay on Fitbit Ionic, offering more convenience for our users to help them reach their health and fitness goals,” said Jon Oakes, VP of Product Management at Fitbit. “Whether grabbing a smoothie post-run or paying for a coffee while counting steps on a city tour, we are delighted to give users the option to leave their wallet at home and simply pay with their device. We are happy to be working with Visa to give our customers what they want.”

“How We Will Pay” Wearables Survey Data

The “How We Will Pay” study* finds the majority of consumers want their wearables to allow them to make everyday purchases, in a safe and seamless way. New wearables, like the Fitbit Ionic, address some of the priorities and concerns identified by survey respondents – including safety/security concerns, reducing friction when making a purchase and providing a way to pay without carrying a wallet.

  • Consumers who own wearables buy more: The study showed wearables owners buy more things than the average consumer in all product categories, ranging from apparel and food to personal care products and more.
  • Wearable and non-wearable owners prefer to go cashless: More than 60 percent of all respondents – wearables owners and non-wearables owners – preferred cards and digital payments over cash.
  • Wearables improve personal productivity: More than 85 percent reported that wearables help save time and improve efficiency. The seamless payments made possible by the Fitbit Ionic may reduce friction for the active Fitbit consumers when they are making a payment.
  • Security and theft are two major concerns for wearable device owners: More than 70 percent of wearable owning respondents reported that they worry about data privacy and theft. Visa Token Service provides a safer and more secure way to pay, addressing this concern for Fitbit Ionic users.

For more information on Visa’s role in the Internet of Things and the “How We Will Pay” survey results, please visit – www.visa.com – and follow the conversation at @VisaNews.

*The “How We Will Pay” survey was conducted among a panel of approximately 2,600 adult users ages 18 and older within the United States by PYMNTS on behalf of Visa from April- May 2017

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.

Katie Harris-Maines

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The Home Depot® Foundation announces commitment of $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts

ATLANTA, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot® Foundation today (Aug 28, 2017) announced its commitment of $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

Funds will be distributed to several nonprofit partners including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon to support both short-term relief and rebuilding needs.

“Our hearts and full support go out to our communities, customers and associates that are being impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot volunteers will work alongside our disaster relief partners to assist the people and areas impacted by this catastrophic storm.”

In addition to helping the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Foundation’s employee assistance program, The Homer Fund, will provide emergency financial assistance to associates who have been affected by this tragedy.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving the homes and lives of U.S. veterans and their families with a specific focus on combat-wounded, senior and homeless veterans.  The Foundation also provides cleanup and rebuilding support for communities affected by natural disasters.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested approximately $200 million in veteran-related projects, part of the Foundation’s quarter of a billion-dollar pledge to veteran-related causes by 2020.  In partnership with Team Depot, the 400,000-strong army of associate volunteers, the organization has positively impacted more than 33,000 veterans’ homes and helped more than 2,000 communities.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action visit homedepot.com/teamdepot and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

For hurricane-related information about The Home Depot’s operations, please visit corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom.

Source: The Home Depot

VMware and Amazon Web Services strategic alliance delivers seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud

  • Strategic Alliance Between Private and Public Cloud Leaders Delivers a Seamlessly Integrated Hybrid Cloud
  • Early Access and Beta Customers include Brink’s, Cerner, Elemica, MIT, Moody’s, State of Louisiana, and Sysco

LAS VEGAS, NV, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 28, 2017) at VMworld® 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud™ on AWS. Born out of the strategic alliance announced in October 2016, VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) to the AWS Cloud, allowing customers to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere®-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically-scalable cloud service that removes barriers to cloud migration and cloud portability, increases IT efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for customers to leverage a hybrid cloud environment. To get started with VMware Cloud on AWS, visit http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

Customers across industries are accelerating adoption of AWS Cloud and VMware infrastructure, and many of them want the ability to seamlessly integrate their on-premises data center environments with AWS using their existing tools and skillsets within a common operating environment based on familiar VMware software. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers on this promise, with a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that extends on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on AWS elastic, bare-metal infrastructure.

“VMware and AWS are empowering enterprise IT and operations teams to add value to their businesses through the combination of VMware enterprise capabilities and the breadth and depth of capabilities and scale of the AWS Cloud, providing them a platform for any application,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that delivers the same architecture, capabilities, and operational experience across both their vSphere-based on-premises environment and AWS.”

“With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, for the first time customers can operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment that combines the VMware software they love with the unmatched functionality, security, and operational expertise of the AWS Cloud,” said Andy Jassy, chief executive officer, AWS. “The majority of the world’s enterprises have virtualized their data centers with VMware, and now these customers can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite their applications, or modify their operations.”

VMware Cloud on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation™, the unified SDDC platform that integrates vSphere, VMware VSAN™, and VMware NSX® virtualization technologies with VMware vCenter® management. This means customers can use familiar VMware tools to manage their applications, without having to purchase any new or custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify their operating model. With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers can leverage AWS’s breadth of services, including compute, databases, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), security, mobile, deployment, application services, and more.

VMware Cloud on AWS delivers:

  • Enterprise capabilities of VMware SDDC with the agility, unmatched functionality, and operational expertise of AWS’s leading public cloud
  • Identical skills, tools, and processes for managing private and public cloud environments so customers have consistent operations, improved productivity, and reduced costs
  • Seamless, fast, and bi-directional workload portability between private and public clouds
  • Flexibility to choose where to run applications based on business needs, while having access to a broad set of AWS services and infrastructure elasticity for VMware SDDC environments
  • Rapid time to value with the ability to scale host capacity up or down in a few minutes, and spin up an entire VMware SDDC in under a couple hours
  • Ability to run, manage, and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment without having to purchase custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify operating models

VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for customers looking to migrate applications to the public cloud, develop entirely new applications, extend the capacity of their data centers for existing applications, or quickly provision development and test environments. It will also support containerized workloads and DevOps services such as Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and others. VMware and AWS plan to continue to innovate together to add new capabilities and additional AWS regions to support customers that want to use VMware Cloud on AWS for disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and geographic expansion.

The service is initially available in the AWS US West (Oregon) region and will expand to AWS regions worldwide in 2018. Today customers can consume this service hourly and pay only for each hour that a host is active in their account. Pricing and requirements can be found at http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/pricing. VMware will make one-year and three-year subscription options available in the future. VMware’s Hybrid Loyalty Program will provide discounts to customers with on-premises VMware vSphere, NSX, and/or vSAN licenses. The pricing model, combined with the VMware Hybrid Loyalty Program discounts, will offer very attractive TCO benefits on a per-VM basis to both VMware and AWS customers.

Broad Technology Partner Ecosystem Supports Frictionless Hybrid Cloud Experience
The VMware Cloud on AWS technology partner ecosystem provides customers simplicity, consistency, and choice in technology solutions when building a hybrid cloud. Today, more than 30 solutions are available for DevOps, application migration, data protection, cloud analytics, security, and more. The same third-party solutions VMware customers use on-premises; the tools, configurations, and processes that customers built for these solutions; and the operational skills and competencies developed over time, now seamlessly transfer to VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware technology complement and enhance native VMware Cloud on AWS services capabilities. Read more about the VMware partner ecosystem in this blog.

VMware Solutions Simplify and Automate VMware Cloud on AWS Hybrid Cloud Environments
Customers can use VMware’s management products with VMware Cloud on AWS, so they have a unified and operationally consistent experience across private, public, and hybrid clouds. Today, VMware vRealize® Automation™ supports VMware Cloud on AWS by automating workload provisioning and deployment; vRealize Operations™ delivers proactive performance management, capacity optimization, and unified visibility; and vRealize ® Business™ for Cloud tracks and manages costs, accelerates planning, and drives business alignment. Other VMware solutions, including VMware Site Recovery Manager™, VMware vSphere Integrated Containers, and VMware Cloud Services will follow in the future. Read more about the VMware Cloud on AWS integration with vRealize Suite in this blog.

Industry Commentary
Moody’s is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools, and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. “Congratulations on the launch of the VMware Cloud on AWS offering, which has the potential to help enable public cloud adoption for companies that are significantly virtualized on the VMware platform. VMware Cloud on AWS offers many features that we’ve been waiting to use in our infrastructure, and provides a way to ease bi-directional portability, extend our use of VMware’s SDDC capabilities and drive colocation with AWS core services and use AWS’s native technologies from the VMware cloud on AWS with minimal latency. Additionally, the VMware Cloud on AWS provides us with a good landing spot for migrating workloads that are not yet cloud ready.” – Rajiv Doshi, senior vice president of infrastructure services, Moody’s

The State of Louisiana Office of Technology Services handles IT operations for 16 statewide agencies. “We partnered with VMware to create a hybrid cloud environment that will serve as a model for other states looking to consolidate and streamline IT operations while improving security. We’ll be able to use VMware Cloud on AWS and leverage NSX to extend to the public cloud across a common operating environment. This gives us public cloud agility and economics with proven enterprise-class virtualized infrastructure.” – Michael Allison, chief technology officer, Division of Administration/OTS, State of Louisiana

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and data protection technologies. “The introduction of VMware Cloud on AWS further solidifies VMware’s position as a driving force behind the movement to the software-defined data center and the hybrid cloud. Dell EMC is committed to making IT infrastructure seamless, and enabling our customers to modernize their data protection in VMware environments is a critical milestone on the journey to data center transformation. Being the first data protection provider to offer backup and recovery for VMware Cloud on AWS underscores our commitment to innovative solutions and further advances our deep integration with VMware.” – David Goulden, President, Dell EMC

Accenture is a leading professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology, and operations to 93 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500. “VMware and AWS continue to be very strategic partners for Accenture on private and public cloud. Our strong relationships and deep expertise allow us to craft the optimal journey to cloud for our clients that optimizes their use of private/hybrid/public cloud and accelerates their ability to achieve positive business outcomes such as agility, innovation and ROI.” – Jack Sepple, senior managing director, Cloud & Operations, Accenture CT

Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. “The enterprise’s Software-Defined Data Centers and the AWS Cloud ecosystem of technologies and products now have a defined future together. Our customers increasingly want portability for their workloads across private and public cloud environments, while using industry-leading platforms. The VMware Cloud on AWS offering, in combination with the VMware Cloud Foundation model, is well positioned to help companies achieve their hybrid cloud and workload migration goals for business-critical systems. We look forward to working with VMware and AWS to help customers who want to take business advantage of a cloud-first way of working.” – Joe Coyle, executive vice president, global chief technology officer, Cloud Services, Capgemini

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. “I’m very excited about the platform and what it could do for our clients who are working towards a hybrid cloud model. This is one of the first offerings of its kind-I believe significant benefits can be achieved for those willing to explore the incredible capabilities.” – Bob Black, principal, Cloud Infrastructure and Engineering, hybrid cloud leader, Deloitte Consulting

DXC Technology is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. “DXC Technology and VMware have a strong history of teaming together to help clients with their digital transformation journeys. By combining VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services platform with DXC cloud services and industry expertise, we provide our clients the choice of both on-premises and cloud solutions on existing virtualized applications. This allows the business to make decisions based on cost, flexibility, and availability that transcend the constraints of legacy datacenter and app hosting decisions.” – Stephen Hilton, executive vice president, Global Delivery, DXC Technology

Rackspace is a leading managed cloud company that helps businesses, including more than half of the Fortune 100, tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. “VMware Cloud on AWS provides a unique advantage to customers seeking to leverage the benefits of a hybrid cloud environment. This technology shows VMware’s commitment to helping customers embrace hybrid cloud by running VMware workloads out of the data center in the best-fit location. Rackspace is proud to be one of a select few design partners actively participating in defining enhancements to the VMware Cloud Provider Program, including VMware Cloud on AWS, and we look forward to extending our renowned Fanatical Support® to the service next year.” – Peter FitzGibbon, vice president and general manager of VMware, Rackspace

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

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

About VMware Cloud
VMware Cloud™ gives customers maximum flexibility to select the best cloud environment to deploy and run applications on any device, with the ability to leverage development platforms and building blocks for new applications – while also maintaining consistent operations that help ensure the integrity of the entire IT portfolio. VMware Cloud provides the essential software foundation that delivers a common operating environment spanning on-premises data centers and leading public/managed clouds. VMware Cloud delivers the optimal environment for all applications: custom-built applications, packaged apps, virtualized, cloud-native and SaaS. VMware Cloud creates an ideal environment for building, testing and deploying production applications and is supported by a broad ecosystem of partners.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

VMware, VMworld, VMware Cloud, vSphere, Cloud Foundation, vSAN, NSX, vCenter, vRealize, vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations, vRealize Business, Site Recovery Manager, and VMware Integrated Containers are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

This article may contain hyperlinks to non-VMware websites that are created and maintained by third parties who are solely responsible for the content on such websites.

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Amazon to open its second Oregon fulfillment center in Salem

New Amazon facility will employ more than 1,000 full-time associates

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Aug. 28, 2017) announced plans to open its second Oregon fulfillment center in Salem, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company recently announced an upcoming fulfillment center in Troutdale and it currently operates a sortation center in Hillsboro and Prime Now hub in Portland. Additionally, there are more than 40,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Oregon growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon products and services.

“We are excited to continue growing in Oregon, creating 1,000 full-time jobs in Salem,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “The support of Governor Brown, local leaders, and many others have been instrumental in our decision to locate the new fulfillment center in the state capital, and we are grateful for the support we’ve received to bring new jobs and investment to Oregon.”

“Amazon’s continued expansion in Oregon means more jobs and bright futures for the Oregonians who work there and live in the surrounding communities,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I’m committed to making sure Oregonians can build the skills to work alongside innovative technology and continue their education at the same time.”

“We’re excited to welcome Amazon to Oregon’s capital,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “This is great news for our local economy and small businesses. Salem is looking forward to partnering with Amazon to create innovative jobs and develop a lasting relationship with our vibrant community.”

Associates at the one million square foot facility will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

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

The Salem project is being developed by Capstone Partners, LLC and PCCP, LLC.

About Amazon

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

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SONIC® Drive-In brings full-flavored twist on its popular Boneless Wings lineup

SONIC® Drive-In brings full-flavored twist on its popular Boneless Wings lineup


Guests can try all Boneless Wing Flavors with ‘Wing Night in America’

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Back by popular demand, SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is putting a full-flavored twist on its popular Boneless Wings lineup with interesting new flavors to give guests a delightfully unexpected wing experience. Focused on bringing some sweet and some heat to the saucy lineup, drive-ins around the country will now offer Boneless Wings covered in Sweet Sesame and Fire-Roasted Chipotle sauces.

SONIC’s Boneless Wings feature 100-percent all-white meat chicken with a traditional crispy coating. These fan favorites are available in six mouthwatering sauces, each infused with bold flavor: Garlic Parmesan, Sweet Sesame, Honey BBQ, Asian Sweet Chili, Buffalo and Fire-Roasted Chipotle. This new lineup elevates sauces to an all new level, something every wing lover will savor.

“With the new Sweet Sesame Boneless Wings, guests can experience a sweet honey glaze with a savory balance of sesame seeds, soy and ginger. Fire-Roasted Chipotle Boneless Wings are perfect for anyone looking for a kick of smoky spice, made with jalapeños, tomatoes and fire-roasted chipotle,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “Our guests are adventurous and tell us they love new, bold flavors. This feedback gave our team of culinary masterminds the perfect opportunity to develop crowd-pleasers designed to satisfy every wing craving.”

All flavors of SONIC’s Boneless Wings are available in packs of six, 12 or 24. Guests who order 12 or 24 pieces have the option to mix and match two sauces to try more than one flavor.

Wing Night in America® at SONIC is back, making Thursday night your Boneless Wing paradise. Guests can order buy one, get one free Boneless Wings every Thursday from 5 p.m. to close.*

Pair the new Boneless Wings with Tots and a Cherry Limeade to make a great meal for lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between. New Boneless Wing flavors and Wing Night in America will be available only for a limited time so get your hands on them at a drive-in near you before they’re gone.

*Of equal or lesser value, requires purchase at regular price. See menu for details.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning®campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $8.4 million to public school teachers’ classrooms nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Matthew Young

Source: SONIC Drive-In


CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation donates $200,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today (August 28, 2017) announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Following widespread damage to communities across the coast of Texas, federal officials are anticipating the storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance. In response, the CVS Health Foundation has donated $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. CVS Health colleagues are invited to make a donation amount of their choosing, which will be matched by the CVS Health Foundation, up to $25,000.

CVS Pharmacy is continuing to identify how Hurricane Harvey has impacted over 200 locations in the greater Houston region. The company’s mobile pharmacies will be moved into the area once it is safe to do so. Customers will be able to pick up their prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.

“We want to offer any assistance we can to our customers, colleagues and communities affected by this disaster,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “Both CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation are committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by this disaster have continued access to critical pharmacy care and the non-profit partners, first responders, and government agencies leading the relief efforts on the ground have the critical supplies and financial support they need to help those most in need.”

In addition, CVS Health will also donate $25,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund is prepared to provide support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management division of CVS Health, is able to provide one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members in impacted areas at local pharmacies.

CVS Health has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products.

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

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Stanley Black & Decker commits up to $125,000 for immediate Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the images and stories of the devastation caused in Texas by Hurricane Harvey continue to mount, Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today (Aug. 28, 2017) announced a commitment of up to $125,000 for immediate distaster relief. The company will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to the Houston ToolBank, as well as double its Employee Matching Gifts program (matching employee gifts $2 for every $1 raised) to encourage its employees to quickly generate an additional $50,000. In addition, the company will be donating a fresh set of DEWALT, STANLEY and BLACK+DECKER tools and storage systems to the Houston ToolBank in an effort to double their impact during this time.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this unprecedented event, including with our more than 650 employees across the state of Texas, more than 200 of whom are in the immediate Houston area,” said Jim Loree, President & CEO of Stanley Black & Decker. “We are committed to assisting those working to provide immediate relief today, and we are committed to working within the community to assist in the rebuilding efforts over time.”

The American Red Cross is one of the best-positioned organizations to provide on-the-ground relief when a disaster strikes. ToolBank is a 25-year-old nonprofit with a commitment to providing tools and supplies so that nonprofits can fulfill their missions without worrying about tool inventories. The ToolBank network has grown into ten metropolitan areas across the United States and now includes a Disaster Services Vehicle, which is a fully-stocked 18-wheel tractor trailer able to deploy when natural disasters strike. The ToolBank Disaster Services vehicle will be en route to the Houston area soon, where it will remain throughout the clean up and rebuilding process.

Through its support of ToolBank, the American Red Cross and other organizations, Stanley Black & Decker has a longstanding track record of providing disaster relief services, and a demonstrated commitment to rebuilding within the communities impacted by natural disasters.

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 http://www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Tim Perra
Stanley Black & Decker
Vice President, Public Affairs
(860) 826-3260

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

Dedinas-Franzak Enterprises recalls Big Win, Butter Popcorn that may contain undeclared milk

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dedinas-Franzak Enterprises is recalling Big Win, Butter Popcorn Artificially Flavored 5 OZ, UPC #0-11822-58492-0, This product is artificially flavored and milk is not specifically called out in the Allergen Statement. The product may contain milk and people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The concern was identified through a non-illness consumer complaint in relation to flavor.

Approximately 3,000 units of Big Win, Butter Popcorn Artificially Flavored product were distributed throughout the Rite Aid chain; this product is sold in the snack aisle. Product Expiration Dates included in the recall are the following: 16 FEB 2018. These date codes can be found in black ink printed on the front top right of the package.

There have been no injuries or illnesses reported to date associated with this product.

Customers who purchased the recalled product should return it to the point of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact: Dedinas-Franzak Enterprises, 616-784-6095 extension 22 Monday through Friday 8AM to 4PM EST. Via email at mballard@cksnacks.com.

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Source: FDA

Babies“R”Us® to educate families about baby safety this September

Portion of Proceeds From All Car Seats Sold at Babies”R”Us in September to Benefit Safe Kids Worldwide

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first big “test” of parenthood is often not even the birth, but the drive home from the hospital. That moment when a parent realizes they’re going home, alone, with their baby – and the nurses and experts aren’t coming with them. To help moms and dads breathe a sigh of relief, Babies“R”Us®, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide™, is dedicating September’s Baby Safety Month to educating families about baby safety – taking them from that first drive home in a brand-new car seat to a safe night’s sleep (that hopefully includes some actual sleep).

  • Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S.
  • Nearly 9 million children are being treated for injuries in U.S. emergency departments every year.
  • Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

Each week in September, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will offer parents information and tips on topics like car seat safety, safe sleep environments, in-home childproofing and bath time. And with every consumer already asking about the fan-favorite Great Trade-In event, the company is kicking things off with a twist. Customers shopping at Babies“R”Us stores nationwide or online at Babiesrus.com can take advantage of the same great discount – 25% off all car seats* beginning Friday, September 1 through Sunday, October 1 – without having to lug around and trade in old gear. Customers can also take advantage of 10% discount offers on select safety items each week at stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com.

Members of the company’s loyalty program can get early access to this special deal beginning Sunday, August 27, by providing their Rewards“R”Us® card number during checkout. Plus, Babies“R”Us will donate 5% of proceeds (up to $500,000) of each car seat sold during the month of September to Safe Kids Worldwide to help protect kids from preventable injuries.

Additionally, on Saturday, September 9, select Babies“R”Us stores will host “Ask the Car Seat Expert” events, during which representatives from Safe Kids Worldwide will offer personalized recommendations on the right type of car seat based on a child’s age, weight and height. Customers can find out about the weekly events going on at their local store at BabiesRUs.com/reserve.

To learn more about Baby Safety Month at Babies“R”Us, visit the company’s corporate blog, No Assembly Required.

*Some exclusions may apply. Baby Jogger, Bob, Clek, Cybex, Maxi Cosi, Mifold, Peg Perego and Quinny car seats, as well as car seat bases are excluded from this deal.

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 Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, 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 Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,444,189 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from August 21, 2017 up to and including August 25, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €16.46 per share for a total consideration of €23.8 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 40,172,740 common shares for a total consideration of €753 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Dollar General donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is supporting the American Red Cross with a $50,000 corporate donation to support the relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey.

Now through September 9, 2017, Dollar General stores are also collecting donations to benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief in more than 14,000 locations across the 44 states it serves, and online customers may find a donation link to support the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at www.dollargeneral.com.

“Through our deep commitment to our mission of Serving Others and helping the communities we call home, Dollar General is working to help provide the needed resources to provide aid to those affected in Texas and Louisiana,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “We know these donations and resources will be put to work by the American Red Cross to support individuals and families recovering from these devastating floods.”

For nearly two decades, Dollar General has partnered with the American Red Cross through corporate and in-store collections to better support the organization’s recovery efforts and serve communities in their time of need.

“The Red Cross is grateful for Dollar General’s contribution, which allows our organization to provide much-needed help to communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey to support people as they deal with the impact of this disaster and in the weeks following as they work to rebuild their lives,” said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president, Communications at the American Red Cross.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Dollar General Corporation
Crystal Ghassemi
877-944-DGPR (3477)

Source: Dollar General Corporation

Michael Kors launches second capsule collection with DFS

Michael Kors launches second capsule collection with DFS


SINGAPORE, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive Michael Kors collection available only in DFS and T Galleria by DFS stores this September. Inspired by the jet-set lifestyle and New York’s urban jungle, the Michael Kors x DFS collection features 14 women’s and men’s styles including ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses and watches, as well as an edition of the Michael Kors Mercer bag which will be exclusive to DFS this Fall.

“We are thrilled to partner with DFS once again to bring Michael Kors’ signature take on luxury to travelers worldwide,” said John D. Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “The collection speaks to the desires of our customers today and reflects the style and sophistication that Michael Kors brings to the well-traveled life.”

This is the second capsule collection Michael Kors has launched with DFS. Starring Chinese actress Yang Mi as a part of this Campaign, the Michael Kors x DFS collection features the exclusive Mercer bag, the Sloan Editor Medium Chain Shoulder Bag, the Kent Backpack and a Packable Puffer Jacket. Prices range from US$38 – US$348.

To celebrate the launch, DFS and Michael Kors have designed a first-of-its-kind augmented reality and virtual reality in-store experience, allowing customers to jet-set into DFS locations to discover adventures inspired by the exclusive collection. Available at six T Galleria by DFS locations across Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Hawaii, guests can compete in two virtual reality games where they travel through a “Pink Jungle” to discover the Michael Kors x DFS collection and enter a lucky draw for a chance to win a trip to New York City. Then customers can capture the “Pink Jungle” experience using an augmented reality Michael Kors x DFS filter to share on their social media channels.

“We’re proud to partner with Michael Kors to design a collection and an in-store experience that speaks to the excitement of travel and the thrill of discovery,” said DFS Group President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing Sibylle Scherer. “We’re confident our customers will love this bright and energetic take on the jet-set lifestyle.”

The Michael Kors x DFS collection will be available in 22 DFS and T Galleria stores across 13 countries beginning September 1 and offered while supplies last.



Source: DFS


GOME Retail 2017 interim results: Group’s overall GMV increased 23% year-on-year to RMB 61.7 billion

Financial Highlights:
Group’s overall GMV increased 23% year-on-year to RMB 61.7 billion
 Sales revenue increased 7.8% year-on-year to RMB 38.07 billion
 Comparable store sales reached RMB 22.92 billion, representing a year-on-year
increase of 2.3%
 Consolidated gross profit margin increased 1.4 percentage points year-on-year to

Hong Kong, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — GOME Retail Holdings Limited (HKEX stock code: 493, “GOME” or “the Company”, formerly known as “GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited”, together with its subsidiaries, “the Group”) today ( August 28, 2017) announced the Group’s unaudited consolidated results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2017 (“the reporting period”).

Change Name to “GOME Retail” and Push Forward the Development of New Retail
In the first half of 2017, the retail sector started to recover in general, while the new retail concept was becoming prominent in the industry. While exploring the new retail model, GOME believes that the nature of retail to provide excellent products and services for consumers has never changed. The Company has recently changed its name from “GOM Electrical Appliances” to “GOME Retail”, to better reflect its transformation from an “electrical appliance retailer” to an integrated home solution provider. In future, GOME will continue to leverage the strong support of “New Scenario, Supply Chain and After-sale Service” to upgrade its new retail strategy.

As the Group’s strategies have started to bear fruit, gross merchandise volume (“GMV”) has been gradually improving. During the reporting period, the Group reported GMV of RMB 61.7 billion, representing a 23% increase from the same period in 2016. Online GMV reached RMB 20.5 billion, while offline GMV reached RMB 41.2 billion. Among which, mobile GMV increased by 75%, representing 74% of total online GMV.

Besides, during the reporting period, the Group’s sales revenue increased by 7.8% year-on year to RMB 38.07 billion; comparable store sales reached RMB 22.92 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 2.3%; EBITDA increased by 59.1% year-on-year to RMB672 million; net profit reached RMB122 million. Currently, the Group operates 868 stores and 713 stores in the first and second tier markets, respectively.

Optimizing GOME New Retail Ecosystem on the Back of Technology
During the reporting period, the Group continued to enhance its New Retail Ecosystem byintegrating the online and offline resources leveraging its strong supply chain system, logistics technology, Internet technology and Big Data analysis. GOME capitalized on its “GOME Plus” mobile application to strengthen the integration of online and offline operations, as well as connecting its business units, customers, front end and back end and upstream and downstream of the industry chain. To form a strong linkage with its customers, GOME’s ecosystem uses different scenarios to provide product differentiations and ultimate experiences.

Cross-industry Integration to Build a New Household Scenario
During the reporting period, GOME continued to strengthen the construction of its new scenarios to push same-store sales growth. In June, the Group announced it will invest RMB356 million in “iKongjian”, a well-known online home decoration company in China, to build different household scenarios in its shops and provide integrated “Home Decoration + Household Products + Electrical Appliance” service. With the grand opening of iKongjianGOME’s flagship store, customers will be given fresh experiences by the unique designs of the sample apartments. The Group expects this business pillar to bring in revenue of RMB1.5 to 2 billion next year, increasing the same store sales growth of 2%-3%. GOME’s cross-industry collaboration with iKongjian proves the Group’s new attempt to integrate industry value chain vertically and explore customer relationship circle. Moreover, it shows that the Group is gradually transforming itself into an integrated home solution provider.

Identifying Customer Needs and Optimizing the Product Structure Based on Supply Chain
In the new age of the Internet, whoever understands the user needs will be best able to seize the opportunities. Through its Big Data analysis, GOME can identify user needs and stay o top of the market trend, so as to introduce differentiated products to form a high margin product structure. For example, the Group has expanded the household product mix, introduced trendy hot items and added diversified brands to products of a single kind. The strategy has been proven effective as the Group’s consolidated gross profit margin increased 1.4 percentage points year-on-year to 17.8% in the first half of 2017.

Improve Logistics Platform to Expedite Market Penetration and to Enhance After-sales
GOME will mainly tap into markets of low-tier cities to expand its market share as the home appliance market has continued to boom in the third and fourth tier cities of China. It plans to open 2,000 stores in the fourth and fifth tier cities during 2017 to 2019. GOME continues to complete and improve its self-owned logistic system to expedite the penetration into both online and offline markets and to enhance the after-sales service. During the reporting period, GOME has widely spread the “delivery + installation” services to each business unit and shortened the delivery time and service responsive time in a significant way, implying the pursuit of “the transaction is not the end but the beginning of the after-sales service”. As a important part of GOME’s new retail deployment, “GOME House Manager” has been optimized to form a standardized platform for after-sales services, raising the threshold for competing in the home appliance service sector.

Mr. Wang Junzhou, the President of GOME concluded: “GOME highly values user-oriented thinking, Internet technology and value-added service on the track of transformation. I’m pleased to see GOME has achieved steady operating results in the first half of the year. Looking forward, we will capitalize on “new market, new business and new technology” to continue executing the existing strategy, bring high-quality goods and services to our customers and cultivate our own core competitiveness in this retail revolution. GOME will give back to shareholders and society with an exceptional business performance.”

About GOME Retail Holdings Limited
GOME Retail Holdings Limited has been listed on The Hong Kong Stock Exchange since July 2004 (HKSE: 00493). The GOME Group was founded in China in 1987 and is engaged in the retail business of electrical appliances and consumer electronics in China. It is the largest electrical appliances and consumer electronics retail chain enterprise in China.

Please visit our website for more information: www.gome.com.hk

For further enquiries, please contact:
Hong Kong
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Linda Pui
Tel: (852) 2894 6378
Email: linda.pui@hkstrategies.com

Maggie Zhang
Tel: (86 10) 5928 8178
Email: zhangyuan-cw@gome.com.cn

Sophie Liu
Tel: (852) 2894 6318
Email: sophie.liu@hkstrategies.com

Source: GOME Retail Holdings Limited