CVS Health to fill more than 200 positions at its Pittsburgh and Monroeville customer support inbound call centers

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will host a job fair on Wednesday, September 13, from 1-6 p.m., to fill more than 200 new full-time positions at its Pittsburgh and Monroeville customer support inbound call centers.

“CVS Health is actively adding to its workforce to support increased demand from our growing customer base,” said Jeffrey Lackey, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for CVS Health. “The job fair is designed so interested candidates can learn more about our open positions, talk with existing employees and become part of a company helping people on their path to better health.”

Available positions include Customer Service Representatives who field inbound calls from benefit members as they make important prescription benefit decisions. The company is also seeking Customer Service Representatives to support inbound calls from Specialty patients who require life-sustaining medications for their chronic conditions such as organ transplants, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of six months experience in a customer service role (call center, retail store, or customer service environment).

CVS Health will also be recruiting for Specialty Processing Pharmacy Technicians who are responsible for reading and interpreting prescriptions so patient orders are accurately and efficiently processed. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of six months of Pharmacy Technician experience.

The company is also currently interviewing and accepting online applications from candidates to work in the Monroeville area who have experience in Finance, Medical Billing, Medical Benefit Verification, Pharmacist, Shipping and Receiving, and Inventory.

These opportunities offer a positive work environment, competitive pay, paid training, and a generous benefits package including vacation, 10 paid holidays, health/dental/vision insurance, employee discounted stock purchase program, 401K with company match, career advancement opportunities, and a 20-30% employee discount at CVS retail stores.

“From my very first day on the job, it was clear to me that CVS Health was a ‘caring’ organization, and a company where I could grow and progress,” said Customer Care Supervisor Lee Myers who recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary with CVS Health. “I am proof that the company presents career opportunities to those who are willing to come in and show a high level of passion for caring for customers and patients.”

The job fair is located at CVS Health’s customer support call center at 105 Mall Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146, directly in front of the Monroeville Mall.

Job candidates for these open call center positions can learn more about working at CVS Health and apply online if they’re unable to attend the job fair event by visiting

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

Media Contact:
Joe Goode (401) 770-9820


BJ’s Restaurants announces the opening of its new location in Columbia, South Carolina

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina. The new BJ’s Restaurant opened on Monday, September 4, 2017, on an out parcel of the Columbiana Station Shopping Center at 148 Harbison Blvd., Columbia, South Carolina 29212. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our new restaurant in Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Our Columbia restaurant is our first restaurant in the state of South Carolina and our eighth restaurant opened this year. As we continue our national expansion, we look forward to opening more restaurants in South Carolina over the next several years. We expect to open our final two restaurants of fiscal 2017 later this year in Bowie, Maryland and Taylor, Michigan, which will be our first restaurant in the state of Michigan.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Columbia community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 195 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 25 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at


SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Colruyt launches new functionalities for MyColruyt

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt keeps investing in the digital world and launches a few new functionalities for MyColruyt with which customers can compose shopping lists. From now on, they can use the app to send their shopping directly to Collect&Go, the store chain’s online shopping service. Furthermore, customers can sort their list according to the layout of their familiar Colruyt store.

Link with Collect&Go

Since it’s launch in October 2016, MyColruyt has been downloaded more than 240,000 times. Colruyt kept working on improvements of the app and asked feedback from the users. “Since the app was launched last year, we have received a lot of useful information from our customers. A clear and direct link between MyColruyt and Collect&Go was mentioned regularly”, says Guy Elewaut, marketing manager of Colruyt Lowest Prices. “From now on, our customers can reserve online with one click on the Collect&Go icon in their shopping list and pick up their purchases afterwards in one of the Collect&Go pick-up points.” Geert Boel, business unit manager Collect&Go: “At Collect&Go we want to make shopping easier and easier for our customers. This new collaboration fits in perfectly with our view.”

Sorted by aisle

The customers also suggested the possibility to sort their shopping list in the MyColruyt app according to the layout of their Colruyt store. “Thanks to the handy guide, they can sort their shopping according to the order of the aisles. This makes shopping even more efficient and faster, and they are sure to have everything in their shopping carts when they arrive at the check-out”, says Elewaut. The Colruyt stores layout is the same in general, but there can be local differences. “At the beginning of July, we started to integrate the new functionality and today it is available for more than 150 Colruyt stores”, according to Elewaut.

Many more updates are scheduled. The search function will be extended with additional filters, for vegetarian products for instance. In the fall, Colruyt will also work on better correspondence between MyColruyt and the Xtra app launched in April.

Digital shopping lists

My Colruyt is freely available for iOS and Android. Customers compose digital shopping lists from the complete assortment of their store and can select ingredients from 7,000 Colruyt recipes in the app. They can also find all the prices in their store, see all products with Red Prices or a discount and save their favourites. Thanks to the open Wi-Fi in the stores, they can check off their purchases on the list as they shop.

More information

Hanne Poppe, press officer Colruyt Group.
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group


Colruyt: Eoly sponsors the Belgian Solar Team for the World Solar Race in Australia

Colruyt: Eoly sponsors the Belgian Solar Team for the World Solar Race in Australia

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — October 8 will see the start of the World Solar Race in Australia. This is a biannual race for solar-powered cars. The international race is approximately 3,000 kilometres long and crosses Australia. This year Eoly, Colruyt Group’s green energy manufacturer and supplier, is one of the official partners to the Belgian Solar Team. And with good reason, because the solar car and Eoly share the same ambitions: to stimulate, promote, and actively use solar power in useful ways.

Solar car from Leuven

Belgium has been represented by a team of engineering students from the University of Leuven since 2005. This year, the team consists of twenty-one students, who have built ‘Punch Two’. This solar car is smaller, lighter, and faster than its predecessor, ‘Punch One’. Joachim Verheyen, Solar Team’s team manager, explains: “In order to qualify for the world championship in Australia, the cars have to meet several standards, which change every year. This year, we’re only allowed to use 4 m² of solar panels. This forced us to adjust the design, which is why the Punch Two is smaller than the Punch One.” And although there are fewer solar panels on the car, this has not diminished its speed.

Working together with Eoly

Eoly, a green energy manufacturer and pioneer in new sustainable technologies, is especially proud of this collaboration. Stephan Windels, Eoly’s business unit manager, says: “It was these students’ entrepreneurial drive and dynamics that pushed us over the edge. We support them in this great adventure, which shows what renewable energy sources can do in the future. We at Eoly are all hoping for the first Belgian winner of the Solar Challenge.”But that’s not where the story ends: Eoly wants to help the students improve the solar panels’ cooling system in time for the 2019 World Solar Challenge.


Before leaving for Australia, the Punch Two was exhaustively tested at the Ford racetrack in Lommel. Under ideal circumstances, the solar car reached a top speed of 120 km/h. “We’ve been working on the car for more than a year, and we dreamed of reaching speeds like this. The maximum speed in Australia is 120 km/h. Going faster is entirely pointless”, says team manager Joachim Verheyen .During the Solar Challenge, the car will have an average speed of 80 km/h and speed up when it needs to overtake other solar cars. With 1,500 kilometres on the odometer, the car, as well as the Leuven students, are ready to claim their spot in the top three. That is their ambition. They have failed at winning the race six times so far, and winning it this year would be amazing. Eoly is a proud partner, believing in the Punch Powertrain Solar Team and wishing them good luck.

SOURCE: Colruyt Group


Hanne Poppe
+32 (0)2 363 55 45
+32 (0)473 92 45 10

Home Depot joins Google Express; shop through voice with the Assistant on Google Home available this fall

The Home Depot will join Google Express this fall, adding the ability for its customers to shop through voice with the Assistant on Google Home. (PRNewsfoto/The Home Depot)

ATLANTA, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Need something from The Home Depot? Just ask the Google Assistant. The Home Depot will join Google Express this fall, adding the ability for its customers to shop through voice with the Assistant on Google Home, making it more convenient than ever for customers to shop however they want.

The Home Depot offers customers flexibility with its 2,282 stores and digital endless aisle. Later this fall, customers will have an additional way to purchase innovative products – with the Assistant on Google Home or on the Google Express website or app.

“We’re focused on delivering convenience and value as we continue to invest in best-in-class interconnected experiences for our customers,” said Online President and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hofmann. “Google has been a key strategic partner for us over many years and we’re excited to take our relationship to the next level with the Google Assistant and Google Express.”

Google Home is a trademark of Google Inc.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Visa Inc. to present at the Deutsche Bank 2017 Technology Conference in Las Vegas on September 13

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today announced its participation in the following investor conference in the month of September.

On Wednesday, September 13, Sam Shrauger, SVP Digital Products, will present at the Deutsche Bank 2017 Technology Conference in Las Vegas. The discussion will begin at 11:40 a.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately 35 minutes.

Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at

About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit and @VisaNews.

Source: Visa Inc.

Visa Inc.
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Victoria Hyde-Dunn, 650-432-7644
Media Relations:
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Visa names Charlotte Hogg as new executive vice president and chief executive officer, European operations

LONDON, UK, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE:V) announced today it has appointed Charlotte Hogg as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer for its European operations, effective October 1, 2017. Ms. Hogg will report to Visa’s chief executive officer, Al Kelly, and Visa Europe Limited (VEL) board chairman, Gary Hoffman. Ms. Hogg will join the VEL board of directors and will also be a member of Visa’s global executive committee.

Ms. Hogg brings more than 25 years of experience to Visa, in roles that span financial services, bank operations and management consulting. Ms. Hogg most recently served as chief operating officer for the Bank of England, from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that role, she led retail distribution for Santander in the UK and previously worked at Experian as the managing director of UK and Irish operations.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Hogg was a managing director for strategy and planning at Morgan Stanley, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, based in the U.S. Ms. Hogg graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“After an extensive search, we are very pleased to have Charlotte lead our team in Europe,” said Al Kelly, chief executive officer of Visa Inc. “Charlotte’s depth of experience and outstanding accomplishments in the European financial services market will be a great addition to our global management team. She will lead the effort to expand our merchant and financial institution relationships, and capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunity in the European region.”

“I’m honored and thrilled to be joining Visa at this time. Across Europe, as well as globally, the developments in digital and payments provide new opportunities for consumers, financial institutions and merchants,” said Ms. Hogg. “It will be a privilege to work with colleagues across the globe to bring European clients the deep technological expertise and innovation for which Visa is known.”

Ms. Hogg joins Visa at a pivotal time in its business and growth trajectory. Visa Inc. acquired Visa Europe Ltd. in June of 2016 to create a single global company, positioned to provide Visa’s European clients with a more seamless experience and to assist them in gaining access to a greater range of payment capabilities, services and products.

“Visa is entering a very exciting chapter in its history, in which the company has a significant opportunity to harness new payment innovations, offer differentiated payments services and forge new partnerships. This will drive growth and deliver increased value to Visa’s clients and their customers across the region,” said Gary Hoffman, chairman of the board for Visa Europe Limited. “Ms. Hogg’s long-standing relationships in European and global markets will be a tremendous asset that will undoubtedly accelerate our business and help us continue our strong track record of success.”

About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

Source: Visa Inc.

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Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice to host annual fundraising program to benefit Feeding America food banks

Cash Carry Smart Foodservice (PRNewsfoto/Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice)

PORTLAND, Ore., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice, a warehouse-format store that has catered to the foodservice industry for more than 60 years, has set the week of September 11-17 for their annual fundraising program.

Since starting the program in 2012, Cash&Carry stores have raised over $800,000 for food banks serving every community where they have locations in the Western U.S.

“With our efforts over the past six years we have been able to raise money, but more importantly we are increasing the awareness of the critical need of our neighbors and other members of every community,” says John Mathews, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice. “With more stores and increased emphasis on our efforts in 2017, we expect to go well above $1 million in total giving.”

During the week, banners will be hung in all 63 Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice stores inviting customers to donate to the cause. Donations raised in each store will go directly to local Feeding America food banks in their communities. Additionally, the Company is teaming up with their suppliers and vendor business partners to hold a golf tournament on September 13th, with all funds raised from entry fees, raffles and silent auction items distributed to local food banks in the markets they serve.

Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice also donates food to local food banks throughout the year. In 2016, Cash&Carry donated over 900,000 pounds of food to those in need, through local food banks in the Feeding America network throughout the seven Western states served by Cash&Carry.

“We are grateful to Cash&Carry for their tremendous support and generosity,” said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. “From direct giving and employee volunteer shifts to food drives and food donations – they help in the fight against hunger at every level.”

The third part of Cash&Carry’s commitment to fighting hunger is an annual donation of time. On October 4th, the Store Managers for all 63 locations, along with all of the Portland, Oregon headquarters office personnel, will spend the day at the Oregon Food Bank, repackaging food as well as getting an update and a better understanding of hunger relief efforts in both Oregon and nationally.

“As a company, we are committed to helping with hunger relief in all of our communities,” said Derek Jones, President, Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice. “Hunger is a problem throughout the U.S. and all of us at Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice are committed to helping meet the growing need for assistance.”

About Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice
Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice is a warehouse-format store catering to the foodservice industry based in Portland, Oregon. For over 60 years, the Company has offered a wide-range of larger quantity products in a convenient one-stop shop. As of August 1, 2017, the Company operated 63 warehouse stores in OregonWashingtonIdahoNevadaUtahMontana and California. Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice is the foodservice division of Smart & Final Stores, LLC (NYSE: SFS), headquartered in Commerce (near Los Angeles), California. For more information, please visit the Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice website at

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.

SOURCE Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice



Raley’s launches shelf tag program to provide nutrition label transparency

Raley’s launches shelf tag program to provide label transparency

A unique tool helps shoppers more easily find the foods they need for their personal wellness needs

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to Nielsen data, 59% of grocery shoppers experience difficulty in understanding nutrition facts on product packaging.[1] Meanwhile, recognizing ingredients ranks first for consumers in terms of what influences their decision to purchase a food or beverage.[2] Today, Raley’s launches a new, one-of-a-kind shelf tag program to help customers combat some of these obstacles in the grocery store and more easily make informed food purchasing decisions.

Raley’s Shelf Guide combines current food trends and leading research to set strict standards for packaged food claims and provide label transparency. The new tool differs from other shelf tag programs by taking a closer look at packaged ingredients, food processing and nutrition. Using simple and colorful icons, Raley’s Shelf Guide helps customers quickly interpret whether a product meets their needs, without having to analyze multiple labels. Raley’s has even created two of their own shelf tag descriptions – making it easy for customers to find food that is minimally processed and nutrient dense.

“We knew that Raley’s could develop a program that truly addresses the needs of our customers and serve as a trusted advisor. Raley’s Shelf Guide attributes will help our customers make easier decisions when shopping our stores,” said Michael Teel, Raley’s Owner & Chief Executive Officer. “Only foods that meet the strict standards of Raley’s will qualify for the Shelf Guide tags. I challenge food manufacturers to aspire to meet our Shelf Guide standards for their products at Raley’s.”

For ease of use, the icons are placed directly on the price tag. The top two icons are shared on the tag in-store. Customers seeking value at the shelf, will now be able to use the Shelf Guide to find a better option at an affordable price.

As a part of Raley’s click-and-collect service, eCart, online shoppers can sort for products using the Shelf Guide icons to quickly find products that meet their health and wellness needs on More than 13,000 items in center store have at least one icon.

“This program comes at a time where there is a lot of uncertainty in food standards,” said registered dietitian, Kim Denkhaus. “I meet with clients all the time that are looking for an easier way to make decisions on what to buy at the grocery store. I’m excited for my clients to start using Shelf Guide at Raley’s – not only is it easy to understand, but it’s also going to help people feel more confident with the decisions they make when grocery shopping.”

This program is independently developed by Raley’s in partnership with Label Insight, and is not driven by any brands or products. Label Insight uses data science to provide access to complete and accurate product information for more than 400,000 products. This rich data was used to develop a set of custom attributes for the Raley’s Shelf Guide.

“Many consumers are driven by health and wellness goals, including special diets and ingredient allergies and aversions,” said Ronak Sheth, Chief Customer Officer at Label Insight. “Raley’s Shelf Guide has taken Label Insight data to the next level by using rigorous criteria designed by a certified dietitian to evaluate product ingredients and processing. Raley’s has gone above and beyond typical ‘organic’ or ‘non-GMO’ attributes to include criteria for sodium, sugar and fiber content by individual category, making them unique in the industry.”

Raley’s Shelf Guide was thoughtfully created by Raley’s, driven by science and backed by experts.  The program was reviewed and supported by Arianna Carughi, Ph. D. In Nutritional Sciences, C.N.S., “An enormous amount of work has gone into designing the Raley’s Shelf Guide to help simplify consumers’ purchasing decisions and make it easier to identify nutritious products,” said Arianna Carughi. “Raley’s has also gone above and beyond with Shelf Guide, as they have carefully considered the amount of added sodium and sugar in foods as well. Shelf Guide is truly going to inspire a better way of eating for Raley’s shoppers.”

For more information about Raley’s Shelf Guide and a full list of attributes, visit

Raley’s unique Shelf Guide descriptions include:

  • Minimally Processed: Simply prepared with only clean ingredients, and limits on added sugar and sodium.
  • Nutrient Dense: Contains vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other beneficial substances that may have positive health effects.
  • No Added Sugar: No added sugar or artificial sweeteners.


[1] 2012 Nielsen study;

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McDonald’s USA introduces new logo, packaging for new espresso beverages

McDonald’s USA introduces new logo, packaging for new espresso beverages

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s USA (NYSE: MCD) relaunched its McCafé experience, introducing a new look, new café-quality espresso beverages and expanded retail offerings. The move is part of a commitment by McDonald’s to raise the bar for its customers by offering them All Day Breakfast, Chicken McNuggets® made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, McDelivery® and more.

The expanded offerings include the introduction of new café-quality espresso beverages to the McCafé lineup — which are made with freshly-ground espresso and U.S.-sourced whole or nonfat milk — in addition to recrafted lattes and mochas. The new beverages include:

  • Caramel Macchiato: Rich, dark-roast espresso served with whole or nonfat milk, mixed with sweet caramel syrup, and topped with ribbons of buttery caramel drizzle. Available hot or iced.
  • Cappuccino: A warm, comforting coffee drink made with whole or nonfat steamed milk, bold espresso made from sustainably sourced beans, fluffy foam, and the choice of French Vanilla, caramel or hazelnut flavor.
  • Americano: Freshly brewed with dark, rich espresso for a strong, bold flavor.

For a limited time at participating restaurants, McDonald’s will be offering any small McCafé specialty beverage, including these new offerings, for $2.

In early 2018, McCafé will also expand its retail presence by partnering with The Coca-Cola Company to introduce a line of ready-to-drink McCafé Frappé beverages in three flavors: Caramel, Vanilla, and Mocha. The bottled drinks will join the successful line of whole bean, ground and single-serve coffee currently available nationally in retail stores.

“This is just the start of our McCafé commitment,” said Chris Kempczinski, President, McDonald’s USA. “We understand how important the coffee culture is for consumers and we are committed to meeting that demand at the taste, convenience and value only McDonald’s can offer. This is a central part of our growth strategy and we can’t wait to share what’s next.”

In addition, the refreshed look and feel will include a new brand logo and packaging that will evolve with the seasons. McDonald’s will also begin transitioning to an updated and expanded McCafé presence in-restaurant with a sleek, modern look in 2018 as part of its evolving Experience of the Future.

“Our new McCafé beverages start with 100 percent Arabica beans that are freshly ground and skillfully made on demand,” said Chef Dan Coudreaut, Vice President, Culinary Innovation, McDonald’s USA. “Coffee traditions are part of our culture and our talented crew members have been trained to handcraft our beverages as we work to elevate our coffee experience.”

This recommitment to McCafé also extends to the coffee makers — McDonald’s introduced new coffee makers, allowing for the new espresso-based beverages to be handcrafted with a consistent, flavorful taste. With this rollout to nearly all of McDonald’s 14,000 restaurants comes new training for crew members to ensure great taste and café-quality coffee for all customers.

About McCafé
The world’s first McCafé opened in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1993. McCafé coffees including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas were added to the U.S. national menu in 2009, and quickly expanded to include blended ice frappés and smoothies, triple-thick shakes as well as limited-time seasonal offerings. In 2017, a renewed commitment to McCafé features refreshed branding and new and recrafted espresso beverages.

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

SOURCE: McDonald’s


Wally Labs introduces smart Shutoff Valve to help keep property from water damage

Wally Labs launches newly designed smart Wally Shutoff Valve to help prevent the cost and hassle of property damage due to water issues. When a Wally Sensor detects a leak, the Shutoff Valve averts potential disaster by automatically turning the water off in the home or building. (PRNewsfoto/Sears, Roebuck and Co.)

Innovative smart technology brand rolls out newly designed smart shutoff valve to help prevent the cost and hassle of property damage due to water issues

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the most common type of claim for insurance companies with the average repair costing nearly $8000*Wally Labs is putting a big dent in that number with the launch of the smart, whole home Shutoff Valve for water lines. When a Wally Sensor detects a leak, the Shutoff Valve averts potential disaster by automatically turning the water off in the home or building.

Wirelessly connecting to the Wally Hub, the Shutoff Valve allows users to turn their main water supply on and off from a mobile device using the Wally mobile app**.  Users can also pair the Shutoff Valve with Wally’s existing Wally Sensor. The Sensor, which detects leaks and monitors temperature and humidity, can automatically turn off the Shutoff Valve when water is detected.

“While many homeowners will face major water damage at some point, the threat looms for every homeowner. Water damage may fall outside a homeowner’s insurance policy. And some items, like photo albums and children’s memorabilia are irreplaceable. The good news is that a lot of this can be prevented,” said Ryan Ciovacco, president of Wally Labs and Connected Living at Sears Holdings. “With the Shutoff Valve, homeowners can have peace of mind, because Wally goes beyond simply alerting the homeowner to a potential hazard by helping to stop small issues from becoming larger disasters.”

The Wally system is designed to be simple and intuitive, providing users with peace-of-mind and features that can help save time, energy and money.

  • Action/Reaction: The Shutoff Valve can be paired with the Wally Sensor and will shut the water off within seconds of detecting a leak. Users can also turn the valve off manually by pressing the button on the valve or remotely through the Wally mobile app.
  • No Power Necessary: There is no need to install a new power outlet or run a long extension cord. The Wally Shutoff Valve operates on four CR123 lithium batteries that can last for two years before needing to be changed.
  • No Wi-Fi, No Problem: When paired with a Wally Sensor, the Wally Shutoff Valve will still operate even if the power or Wi-Fi is lost during a power outage or storm. This is a major advantage over the “hubless” WiFi-only solutions.
  • Indoor/Outdoor: The Shutoff Valve operates in temperatures ranging from minus20 degrees F to 140 degrees F and is water and dust proof.
  • Not Just WaterThe Shutoff Valve also can be used on gas lines. See for more information.
  • Rapid Response: Wally offers an optional centralized monitoring service for its users. If the Wally Sensor detects a leak or extreme temperature, Wally Rapid Response will notify the user and help triage and diagnose the issue. If further assistance is needed, the Wally expert can dispatch a certified plumber from its network of professionals.
  • Wally ProThe Wally products are currently used by many commercial enterprises for food spoilage reduction in restaurants and mold and water damage prevention in multi-unit living and office buildings. Wally Pro offers monitoring through Wally Rapid Response, as well as a dashboard for real-time monitoring of multiple units. See more at
  • Simple Setup: While the Wally Hub and Wally Sensor are easy to set up in a few minutes, we do recommend a professional plumber install the Wally Shutoff Valve.
  • MSRP: Starting at $249.99 for the 3/4-inch valve, which is the most common size in residential homes. Also available in 1-inch and 1 ¼-inch valves.

The Wally Shutoff Valve will be available in early September. To purchase the Wally Shutoff Valve or for more information about Wally products, visit

About Wally Labs
Acquired in 2015, Wally Labs is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation. Wally has maintained its innovation and technical expertise, and is now backed by the logistical and operational resources of a Fortune 150 company, as well as the unparalleled advantage of a close partnership with the nation’s largest home services provider.

Wally Labs is a sensor and services platform company for the connected home, focused on home safety, security, and loss prevention. Its technology provides homeowners with state-of-the-art coverage and sensor longevity for environmental hazard detection. Its customers use its devices, in connection with its monitoring service, to discover and alert themselves when a harmful event occurs in their home. Wally Rapid Response partners with ServiceLive’s nearly 35,000 certified and screened service professionals to dispatch the appropriate service professional to fix the problem. ServiceLive is a division of Sears Home Services.

For more information, visit

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly 11 million service calls annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

* Source: Insurance Information Institute

**Remote control and monitoring functionality of Wally Smart products requires a smartphone or tablet, wireless router with a continuous home internet connection, the Wally hub and the free app.  These devices are not included.  Supports iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices.  Mobile devices not included with product. iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.  Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

Larry Costello
PR Director

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Giant Tiger announces the relaunch of its menswear lines — Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX Active and Tradesmax Pro

Casual. Always Comfortable. (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)

Collections offer casual and on-trend fashions that won’t stretch your budget


OTTAWA, Canada, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores LimitedCanada’s leading discount retailer, is excited to announce the relaunch of its menswear lines. Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX Active and Tradesmax Pro are available exclusively at Giant Tiger stores across Canada. These four brands deliver on customer needs with an impressive combination of comfortable fit and on-trend fashion, all at exceptional value.

“The relaunching of our exclusive men’s lines is part of the overall soft goods evolution at Giant Tiger,” explains Thomas Haig, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “Over a year ago, this journey in our fashion departments began in womenswear, followed by the children’s department, and our customers responded favourably. Relaunching the shopping experience for men is a continuation of our retail story.”

Being on trend and comfortable in clothing suited to the demands of life is what Giant Tiger strives for. “Our buyers travel the world to ensure that our fashion brands are perfectly on trend, while maintaining the quality and low price philosophy that Giant Tiger is known for,” says Brian Hession, VP Softgoods, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “We recognize that Canadian men need versatile fashions that will take them not only through their day to day but beyond.”

“Giant Tiger’s new brands are inspired by real Canadian men and their day-to-day needs. From work to play, Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX and Tradesmax Pro have everything men need all at prices that are affordable,” says Karen Sterling, VP Marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “We recognize that Canadian customers are time-starved and so each brand has its own fashion house with clearly distinctive brands and styles. This ensures that when shopping you can easily create outfits and looks that are versatile and comfortable. Our shoppers want to be able to shop for multiple pieces quickly and efficiently.”

Each line is available online at With convenient ship to home or ship to your local store, shopping has never been easier or more affordable.

The brand positioning of each line answers the need of casual style for men and the assortment can take him from work to parent-teacher interviews to sporting events and hanging out.

Mountain Ridge Always Casual. Always Comfortable.

The pieces are designed for versatility and can easily be mixed and matched to create a multi-purpose wardrobe. The Mountain Ridge line encompasses men’s basics, layering pieces such as fleece-lined hoodies, all-purpose pants and outwear.

  • Trend Alert! Look for plaids, fleece-lined “shackets,” stretch twill 5 pocket pants and mixed yarn tees.

*NEW Rivet61 Always Stylish. Always Relaxed.

Rivet61 is a new brand at Giant Tiger stores and one we are sure our customers will view as a go-to label for stylish detail and pieces that stand out. The Rivet61 man has a relaxed urban style. He appreciates being on trend but looks for pieces that can carry him from day to night and from season to season. With Rivet61, it is truly all about the details.

Trend Alert! This fall, pieces will be influenced by the very popular military, moto and western trends. Look for on trend items like the stretch twill jogger pants, printed Henley tees and tattoo shirts.

ACX Active 

Inspired by the latest trends in athleisure fashion, this line can be found in womenswear, children and in the men’s fashion houses at Giant Tiger. From leisure to exercising, ACX Active is stylish athleisure wear that keeps up the fast-paced life of Canadian families.

  • Trend Alert! This fall it is all about form and function. Pieces include lined pockets, breathable fabric and stylish ruching.

Tradesmax Pro

Tradesmax Pro is Giant Tiger’s workwear brand. Pieces offer superior fit and durability and meet CSA requirements. From multiple reinforced pockets to the warm and cozy fleece-lined pieces, Tradesmax Pro is designed to let you be comfortable and move while on the job site.

  • Trend Alert! Safety is always stylish so look for CSA tags throughout!

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 235 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless #GTcommunityproud #GTCanadaproud #ForHimForLess

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ShopRite and the Phillies host the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive, Sunday, Sept. 17 at Citizens Bank Park

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baseball fans are once again invited to bring a non-perishable food donation to the ShopRite Partners In Caring annual food drive at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, Sept. 17.  The family-friendly game day event will include FREE food samples, giveaways and visits from the Phillie Phanatic and Galapagos Gang mascots.  Those who make a non-perishable food donation will also receive a buy one get one FREE ticket voucher for a ballgame.

The event is open to the public and game tickets are not required to access the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive. The festive food drive and block party will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Citizens Bank Way, with music provided by CBS Radio.

ShopRite and the Phillies host the ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive each year to benefit Philabundance food bank, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.

The ShopRite truck will be parked on Citizens Bank Way and those who attend the event will receive a FREE ShopRite re-usable grocery bag while supplies last. Fans can also drop off their donations in Philabundance bins located at any Citizens Bank Park entrance gates

ShopRite, Hatfield, Herr’s, Tastykake, and Turkey Hill will provide free food samples to fans and food donors during the food drive.

Event highlights include:

  • Appearance by the Phillie Phanatic
  • FREE BOGO (buy one get one FREE) ticket voucher.  Those who bring a non-perishable food donation to the ballpark this year can earn a FREE buy one get one free ticket voucher they can use for that day’s game against the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs or a future Phillies game during the regular 2017 season
  • Fun events for kids of all ages, including a visit from the Galapagos Gang
  • Food sampling, music and giveaways

ShopRite is a proud sponsor of the Phillies and one of the many Phillies partners participating in the Phans Feeding Families summer-long initiative, aimed at raising money and collecting food donations to feed the 750,000 people in the Delaware Valley.  For more information, please visit

“This is a great team effort that gets food to those in need in the Philadelphia area,” said Christine Magyarits, spokeswoman for ShopRite Partners In Caring.  “Events like this also help raise awareness about hunger and the vital role food banks like Philabundance play in the community. ShopRite Partners in Caring supports that good work and has donated more than $2 million to Philabundance since 1999.”

“We’re grateful to ShopRite, the Phillies and all the Phans who help hit hunger out of the park by donating non-perishable items to help feed our neighbors in need,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance. “By donating protein-rich and healthy items such as canned tuna, peanut butter and cereal, you help show that you’re all partners in caring about those facing hunger.”
About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit

About Philabundance
Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. It serves approximately 90,000 people per week, a third of whom are children and 15% of whom are seniors. In 2014, Philabundance distributed approximately 30 million pounds of food through its own neighborhood distribution programs and through a network of approximately 400 member agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Philabundance, visit or call 215-339-0900.

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp


Office Depot collaborates with Elementum to fortify its omnichannel operations

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today announced it is collaborating with Elementum to fortify its omnichannel operations, providing the company the ability to deliver products and services at unparalleled velocity and scale across all customer channels. The implementation of Elementum will provide comprehensive operational visibility, enabling Office Depot to act quickly, proactively and flexibly across global functions.

“Utilizing Elementum is a game-changer for our operations and performance,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot, Inc. “With this sophisticated technology, we will transform our company, as we fully leverage this tremendous asset to better serve our existing customers and seek new opportunities.”

Elementum provides new levers to manage global operations with industry leading cloud-based collaboration capabilities, as well as comprehensive, global visibility across every segment of business operations: procurement, logistics, manufacturing, and inventory management. Now, Office Depot teams will be able to interact proactively across functions as issues arise, while Elementum’s Situation Room provides executives with a central “Mission Control” from which to see and manage production, shipping and inventory based on data aggregated from all Elementum apps. These capabilities will help differentiate Office Depot in the world of eCommerce and ever-changing customer expectations.

Specific benefits of the Elementum solution at Office Depot include managing full-scale operations with global context to shrink lead times and ensure material availability; as well as proactively adjusting to issues in real time to deliver on-time and prevent stockouts. In addition, the technology will accelerate decision-making among cross-functional teams.

“Reaching customers is not about slashing costs; it’s about creating a frictionless experience that captivates them. I am impressed with Office Depot’s commitment to transformation, and it inspires me to team up with businesses that invite big change. This partnership with Office Depot is exactly what Elementum stands for: empowering companies to deliver exceptional customer experiences,” said Nader Mikhail, founder and CEO of Elementum.

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About Elementum
Imagine fumbling around in a dark room for your keys, but everything you knock over costs you 100 million dollars. That’s how the product economy runs today: an endless series of expensive stopgaps to compensate for operational uncertainty. Companies are forced to make huge bets based on blind guesswork, resulting in inefficient cash conversion and disappointed customers. That’s why Elementum is building the Product Graph™ — a digital representation of the global product economy to provide businesses with an enlightened perspective into their operations. An open, constantly growing ecosystem, the Graph shines light on the flow of over $500B worth of global commerce and seamlessly connects cross-enterprise operations, enabling companies to meet customers’ product needs with speed, efficiency, and integrity. Elementum is the engine that fuels businesses and empowers brands to delight customers. For more information, visit us at

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.

AnneMarie Mathews
Office Depot, Inc.

Rob Cheng

SOURCE: Office Depot, Inc.

DESPAR Italia’s canned tuna products earn the Friends of the Sea and Dolphin Safe certifications

DESPAR canned tuna olive oil

ITALY, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Friends of the Sea and Dolphin Safe certifications given to DESPAR’s canned tuna products are well known in Italy and a perfect fit in terms of DESPAR’s environmental commitments.

The certification standards given to DESPAR’s canned tuna are a positive addition to the SPAR Partner’s environmental initiatives. These initiatives promote nutritious food and sustainable choices, and the newly certified tuna products are available in every DESPAR store in Italy.

The Friends of the Sea label and Dolphin Safe certifications promote full transparency about the origins of the DESPAR Own Brand canned tuna range. DESPAR assures customers that its tuna is caught sustainably, stating that only adult tuna are used, no dolphins were hurt or killed in the process, and the tuna is caught in accordance with FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) approved areas of fishing, which combats the effects of overfishing in certain areas.

In addition to full transparency, full traceability is also provided by the Friends of the Sea and Dolphin Safe certifications. The product packaging provides customers with information about the species of tuna used, the area the tuna comes from and customers are also able to request extra information be provided to them such as the type of boat used to catch the tuna.

SOURCE: SPAR International


Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager
SPAR International

SPAR Norway extends sponsorship of national cross-country ski team

SPAR Norway extends sponsorship of national cross-country ski team

NOWAY, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Norway is committed to engaging with the local communities it serves and has for many years been involved in the sponsorship of local and national sports teams such as the Norwegian cross-country ski team.

This SPAR Partner has been a sponsor of the ski team since 2011 – an agreement that was initially only planned to last four years but which has now been extended for the 2017/2018 season.

SPAR Norway is extremely proud to sponsor one of the best cross-country ski teams in the world. The agreement doesn’t only include the national all-round team but also the regional recruitment team, which represents athletes who aspire to join the elite, national team. The cooperation with the regional recruitment team is a very important part of SPAR Norway’s engagement with local up-and-coming athletes.

Marketing Activities

In 2015, SPAR Norway introduced the campaign, Skiguttas Favoritter, which has turned out to be a great success. Teaming up with selected suppliers, SPAR Norway linked its products to the athletes on the Norwegian cross-country ski team. With the exposure gained from the sport, this has been a win-win for both the suppliers and for the SPAR Brand.

SPAR Norway is re-launching the campaign – stores across the country will receive posters, pop-up banners, shelf markers and other communication material featuring pictures of the ski team and their SPAR products. The campaign will also be communicated digitally via SPAR Norway’s website and various social media platform as well as being featured on TV.

SOURCE: SPAR International


Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager
SPAR International

SPAR Austria introduces enjoy Rainbow Range Juices

SPAR Austria introduces range of Rainbow Juices

Austria, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Exotic fruits from countries in Asia, as well as Central & South America are the main ingredients of SPAR Austria’s range of Rainbow Juices. The six colourful fruit and vegetable drinks made from Acerola cherries, wheatgrass, green cabbage, turmeric, ginger, raspberry, coconut, cranberry and Goji berries are now available in all SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores across the country.

The new SPAR enjoy Rainbow Range Juices are based on apple or orange juice and come in six colours. The Green Juice contains a mixture of wheatgrass and green cabbage; the Purple Juice has an exotic blend of berries; the Kurkuma Juice combines carrot, ginger and turmeric; the Red Juice contains raspberries and cranberries; the Yellow Juice with red Goji berries and golden-yellow Inca berries (Physalis) has a sweet-sour taste; and the pure coconut water completes the range.

Superfruits and superfoods are becoming increasingly popular and SPAR Austria is tapping into this trend with its new juice range, using products such as the Acerola cherry, which contains approximately 40% more Vitamin C than an orange – making it one of the most vitamin C rich fruits in the world.

High pressure procedures for 100% taste

The new SPAR enjoy Rainbow Range Juices are produced using the High Pressure Process (HPP) – a method that ensures the gentle preservation of vitamins, nutrients and natural fruit flavours.

SOURCE: SPAR International


Penny van der Kaars
Communication Manager
SPAR International

Sheetz commits to match in-store donations (7-30 September) to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts

Help the victims of Hurricane Harvey (PRNewsfoto/Sheetz, Inc.)

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for 65 years, today announced its commitment to match in-store donations to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts, up to $50,000. Sheetz’s 560 stores across PennsylvaniaNorth CarolinaMarylandOhioVirginia and West Virginia will accept donations at checkout for the victims of Hurricane Harvey beginning Thursday, September 7th and continuing through September 30th.

“Our hearts go out to the communities recovering from the widespread devastation caused by this storm,” said Joe Sheetz, President/CEO of Sheetz. “As a company, we are always focused on supporting the communities in which we operate, and we want to extend our support to the communities impacted by this storm. We wholeheartedly embrace our family values and will do whatever we can to support those facing this tragedy as they seek safety, comfort and start to rebuild their lives.”

One hundred percent of all funds collected and a one hundred percent match, up to $50,000, will be donated to The American Red Cross.

To learn more about Sheetz, please visit

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees. The company operates over 559 store locations throughout PennsylvaniaWest VirginiaVirginiaMarylandOhio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( and Instagram (

SOURCE Sheetz, Inc.

For further information: Nick Ruffner, 814-941-5183,

CVS Pharmacy introduces automated retail vending machines for on-the-go wellness solutions

CVS Pharmacy introduces automated retail vending machines for on-the-go wellness solutions

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced that the company is introducing automated retail vending machines stocked with convenient, on-the-go necessities including over-the-counter health products, “better-for-you” snacks and popular personal care products typically sold at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. The new vending machines are designed to help maximize convenience and meet customers where they are with on-the-go wellness solutions outside the traditional retail space.

“We are always looking for new ways to combine convenience and innovation to help better serve our customers,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business & Chief Merchant at CVS Pharmacy. “Our new CVS Pharmacy vending machine program allows us to extend that convenience beyond our brick-and-mortar locations to offer customers on-the-go essentials in the locations where they often need them most, like airports, hotels and other transportation hubs.”

Each vending machine will be customized with offerings to fit each location with more than 70 products to choose from, including many from exclusive CVS Pharmacy store brand lines like CVS Health, Beauty 360, Gold Emblem and Gold Emblem Abound. Products available in the vending machines include:

  • Over the counter remedies for allergy, pain relief, digestive health, and cough and cold
  • Beauty and personal care products like shaving cream, deodorant, makeup remover
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Eye care and oral health care products
  • Solutions for healthy sleep such as melatonin
  • Children’s health and on-the-go first aid items such as bandages and antiseptic cream
  • Healthy snacks and beverages
  • Home and office essentials such as batteries, phone chargers, earbuds, lint rollers and stain removal sticks

The first 25 CVS Pharmacy vending machines will be unveiled throughout New England and New York between now and the end of October in targeted areas including:

  • Airports including LaGuardia in New York City
  • Public transit stations such as South Station Bus Terminal in Boston
  • Office parks
  • College campuses

These machines enhance customer convenience with strategic placements in areas well-trafficked by local residents and travelers alike who may need products in a pinch, eliminating the need to make a special trip to a retail location. CVS Pharmacy is also considering an additional 50+ locations throughout the country including college campuses, corporate offices, hotels and other transportation hubs to host vending machines in the future.

“These new vending machines allow us to make our innovative CVS Brand products available to customers outside of our store locations for the very first time,” said Cia Tucci, Vice President of Store Brands and Quality Assurance at CVS Health. “The CVS Pharmacy vending machines will be located in places where we can bring our customers smart solutions and convenient access to the products they trust when they are on-the-go.”

To help customers navigate this new shopping experience, the vending machines, will feature a 22″ multi-touch screen, high resolution images with expansive product information and a QR code reader to read barcodes and promotional codes. The machines will be ADA compliant, allowing those in wheelchairs to fully access the touchscreen and its functionality, and will accept all major credit and debit cards.

CVS Pharmacy is a trusted health and beauty destination for more than 5 million shoppers every day. The new vending machines, along with recent nationwide store design enhancements and expanding digital programs, represent the company’s ongoing efforts to evolve the retail customer experience in stores and beyond. With this pilot program, CVS Health adds to a growing portfolio of innovative services including CVS Curbside Pickup, CVS Pay and digital pharmacy tools available through the CVS Pharmacy app, that together build on the company’s enterprise mission to help people on their path to better health.

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Cunha

Erin Pensa

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


CVS Pharmacy launches annual free health screening campaign — Project Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its continuing commitment to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced the launch of Project Health, the company’s annual free health screening campaign. Over the next four months, 450 Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in select CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to important preventive services,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Health. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise.”

Project Health events, which are held from September 7 through December 17, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Current CVS Pharmacy locations for the events include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico.

Given the catastrophic flooding and ongoing recovery efforts in Houston, all Project Health events in the area are being postponed. CVS Health is committed to rescheduling these free health and wellness events to the residents of Houston when it is safe to do so and when the community will have greater access to these much needed services.

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Today, 1 in 2 Americans has at least one chronic illness with 85 percent of our health care dollars spent each year caring for Americans with these diseases.1

“These chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early, helping to improve a patient’s health and well-being, as well as reducing costs for both the patient and the overall health care delivery system,” added Brennan.

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 millionin free health care services to more than 887,000 people, many of whom lack access to preventive care. Last year, high rates of specific treatable conditions among Project Health participants were detected, including:

  • 49 percent were found to be overweight or obese
  • 39 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
  • 31 percent had abnormal glucose readings
  • 38 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels

CVS Health will be partnering with YMCAs in HoustonAtlanta and Los Angeles this year to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.

“As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y shares CVS Health’s goal to deliver preventive care, like screenings, in places where access is a barrier,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “Taking health care out of clinical settings and putting it into our neighborhoods can save lives, reduce costs and make our communities stronger.”

Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select CVS Pharmacy locations. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit (in Spanish:

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

1 Centers for Disease Control. Chronic Disease Overview. Retrieved from


Mary Gattuso


Debenhams calls on Wolverhampton community to nominate a local hero to open brand new store

LONDON, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calling all Wolverhampton superstars! Debenhams is on the hunt for a local hero to open the new store on Thursday 12th October 2017.

The winner of the search will be get a preview of the store before it opens, receive an exclusive styling session with a personal shopper and have the honour of cutting the ribbon.

The prize also includes a beauty makeover, in addition to £200 to spend on Debenhams’ exclusive ranges from designers such as the Star by Julien Macdonald range, J by Jasper Conran, No1. by Jenny Packham and Studio by Preen, as well as on leading beauty brands in the fantastic beauty hall.

Nominations are being accepted up to Friday 29th September and should include contact details for the nominee, a photograph, as well as the reasons for the nomination. These can then be sent via email to, or in writing to: Havas PR, 26 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AL

Alison Young, store manager for the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store, said: “The team and I can’t wait to introduce ourselves to our customers and show them the store.

“Wolverhampton has a strong community spirit, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries and hearing about all the great people that live in the area.”

Debenhams Wolverhampton has created more than 150 jobs in the local area and is part of the redevelopment programme taking place at The Mander Centre, which is set for completion in Autumn 2017.

Terms and Conditions

  • Winner must be happy to be involved in publicity and available on opening day
  • Judges discretion is final
  • No cash alternative for prize

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Notes to Editors

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 260 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

The business serves over 19 million customers with over 5 million visits online per week and deliveries to 60 countries.

In the UK, Debenhams  is the market leader in beauty, handbags, occasion wear and swimwear and has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and top ten share in childrenswear.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

For more information, visit


For press information please contact the Debenhams press office at Havas PR on 0161 234 9778 or email

SOURCE: Debenhams Retail plc

New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen to leave the Group; Danny Barrasso appointed Interim CEO

Weymouth, UK, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of New Look Retail Group Ltd (the “Company” or “New Look”) today announces that Anders Kristiansen has stood down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after almost five years.

Danny Barrasso, Managing Director UK & ROI, has been appointed as Interim CEO with immediate effect.

The Board has launched a search process to identify and appoint a permanent successor to Anders.

John Gnodde, Chairman, said:

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Anders for the fantastic contribution he has made during his time here at New Look. Under his leadership, the company has made significant progress and we wish him well for the future.

“As New Look embarks on its next phase of development, we have mutually agreed that it is the appropriate time for a change to the leadership of the company. Danny and the wider Executive Team have the full support of all the shareholders to provide continued operational progress and leadership as we search for a permanent CEO.”

Anders Kristiansen said:

“I have really enjoyed my time at New Look and it has been a privilege to work with so many amazing, hard-working and talented people. I am proud of what we have achieved as a company and have every faith in New Look’s future prospects and progression.”

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Media enquiries:
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+44 (0)20 3805 4822

SOURCE: New Look Group Limited


Swedish ICA stores sales increased by 3.4% in August 2017

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 3.4% in August 2017 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.6%.

August 2017 January –August 2017
Store sales
excl. VAT
Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,952 3.7% 3.6% 22,884 2.5% 2.5%
ICA Kvantum 2,363 3.7% 1.4% 18,362 3.7% 1.7%
ICA Supermarket 3,011 3.0% 2.5% 23,115 2.3% 1.8%
ICA Nära 1,529 2.7% 2.8% 11,473 1.8% 1.9%
Total 9,856 3.4% 2.6% 75,834 2.6% 2.0%

In August 2017, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 9,856 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.4% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-August 2017 amounted to SEK 75,834 million, an increase of 2.6% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for August to be +0.5%.

At 31 August 2017, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,290. Store sales for September will be published on 9 October 2017 at 08.45 CET.

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

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


Shop for the right trousers with Lindex’s new ‘Pants Solution’

Shop for the right trousers with Lindex’s new ‘Pants Solution’

Göteborg, Sweden, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new concept ‘Pants Solution’, it becomes easier than ever for Lindex customers to shop trousers and discover their favorites in new modern designs.

We know that many women find it difficult to buy pants and we will change that. With Lindex ‘Pants Solution, it becomes easier than ever for our customers to buy pants, says Malin Lindgren, Design and Purchasing Director at Lindex.

Three years ago, Lindex launched Bra-volution, which since then has made it easier for thousands of women to find bras with their perfect fit. Now, Lindex uses the same concept for their trousers and presents the various fits with women’s names. When the customers have found their favorite trousers, it will be easy to discover them in new modern designs without even trying.

“Let’s say you’ve tried some different models and found that Nomi is one of your favorites. Then you know that all pants with the same name fit just as good, regardless of the design, material or take. It simplifies shopping both in store and online”, says Malin Lindgren.

Nea, Iris and Nomi are three of the trousers that Lindex customers get to know. Some have already found the stores and more are coming. This fall, customers get the opportunity to get to know 15 different types of fits. The new concept include everything from denim pants and twill to dressed trousers.

SOURCE: Lindex


Maria Strandberg, PR/Press
Telefon: +46 31 739 53 12


RioCan REIT updates on the development of its midtown Toronto project, ePlace

TORONTO, Canada, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust(“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) is pleased to provide an update on the development of its landmark, mixed-use, transit oriented project at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, also known as ePlace. The development is located in the heart of midtown Toronto at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, directly above the existing Yonge subway line and the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

The project is on track to be substantially completed in late 2018 or early 2019, and all of the residential units in the condominium portion of the development have been sold. Additionally, RioCan has entered into the following agreements with its partners with respect to the residential and retail components of the development:

1) On completion, RioCan, which currently owns a 50% interest in the rental residential tower, will purchase the remaining 50% interest in the rental residential tower; and

2) RioCan will acquire the remaining 50% interest in the retail component based on a 7% capitalization rate on the stabilized NOI on completion.

Additional details for both transactions are included below.

“This site represents the first of our purpose built rental residential assets that will be completed, and it is a prime example of the transit oriented, mixed-use urban developments that RioCan is undertaking in order to create substantial value across our portfolio,” said Edward Sonshine, CEO of RioCan. “As the project approaches completion over the next 12 to 16 months, we will recognize the residential inventory gains from the condominium tower and generate consistent rental income from the commercial and rental residential portions of the property.

“Over the next decade, as we transform many of our other urban, transit-oriented shopping centres, we will become the leading owner of newly constructed, retail focused, urban mixed-use properties in Canada’s major markets,” added Mr. Sonshine.

In the second quarter of 2014, RioCan (50% ownership) and its partners Metropia and Bazis International Inc. (50% ownership) commenced construction at ePlace. The project is comprised of three major components, a condominium tower, a rental residential tower, and the commercial/street retail space along Yonge and Eglinton at the base of the project. Excluding 152 parking stalls that have been sold with the condominium units, there remains 227 parking stalls allocated to the latter two components that will be used as rental parking for the rental residential tower and as fee parking for the retail and commercial space, which will generate additional income at the property.

Rental Tower

The rental tower, currently under construction, will reach 36 storeys and contain 466 apartment units. On completion, RioCan, which currently owns a 50% interest in the tower, will purchase the remaining 50% interest in the rental residential tower from its partners for $10 million plus the partners’ pro rata share of costs related to this portion of the development. The total purchase price for the remaining 50% interest is expected to be in the range of $95 to $105 million and is subject to final cost amounts.

Condominium Tower

The condominium portion of the project will reach 59 storeys containing 623 units, all of which were sold by the second quarter of 2015. The construction of the condominium tower is well advanced and all construction contracts have been awarded, with completion anticipated in late 2018 and residents taking possession in the fourth quarter of 2018 and early 2019.

Retail and Commercial

Included in the overall development project is approximately 43,500 square feet of net leasable area (“NLA”) at the base of the development. There are two floors of retail (one below grade retail) and two floors of office space. The retail component, which is approximately 23,000 square feet of NLA features street level and underground retail, will be anchored by an approximately 18,000 square foot full service TD Bank providing traditional banking as well as investment services.

RioCan has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the retail component from its partners based on a 7% capitalization rate on the stabilized NOI on completion, which is expected to be approximately $2 million per annum (at 100%). Considering the location and the quality of the lead tenant, current estimates place the market value of the retail portion to be approximately $40 million (at 100%).

The partners are currently marketing for sale the office space on the third floor and the office space not occupied by TD Bank on the second floor in the commercial component of the site.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion as at June 30, 2017. RioCan owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of retail focused and mixed-use transit-oriented properties with ownership interests in a portfolio of 299 Canadian properties, including 15 properties under development, containing an aggregate net leasable area of 45 million square feet. For the past 25 years, we have shaped the future, sensibly cultivated growth, and taken our stakeholders and partners wherever they needed to go. Currently, we have more than 6,350 retail tenants and approximately 660 employees with a presence from coast to coast. We deliver real vision, solid ground. For more information, visit

Forward Looking Information

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information includes, but is not limited to, statements made with respect to RioCan’s Northeast Corner, Yonge and Eglinton development project, its overall development program together with other statements concerning RioCan’s objectives, its strategies to achieve those objectives, as well as statements with respect to management’s beliefs, plans, estimates, and intentions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “objective”, “may”, “will”, “would”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plan”, “continue”, or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. All forward-looking statements in this News Release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future events or performance and, by its nature, is based on RioCan’s current estimates and assumptions, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those described under “Risks and Uncertainties” in RioCan’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2017(“MD&A”) and the Trust’s most recent Annual Report and Annual Information Form, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this News Release.

Except as required by applicable law, RioCan undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information:

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Edward Sonshine, O. Ont., Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 866-3018

Source: RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE