FMI announces launch of RevenueShield insurance program designed for food retail

Groups Launch Innovative Insurance Program Designed for Food Retail

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is now partnering to promote an insurance program, RevenueShield, to protect grocers and supply chain partners from potential new risks associated with managing retail fresh prepared food initiatives and private brand manufacturing. RevenueShield, has exclusive insurance policies authored and offered by Berrian Insurance Group, a Leavitt Group company.

Grocers and their supply chain partners are strategically positioning freshly prepared foods and private brand products, and their investment in these areas are growing profit centers. As some of the highest-performing segments in the food retail industry, the risk to a brand and balance sheet has consequently expanded, particularly with regard to product recalls and the potential for food safety risk.

“The expansion into these nontraditional revenue centers has resulted in significant sales growth, customer loyalty, and stronger brand awareness,” said Joel Berrian, co-owner of Berrian and a member of Leavitt Group’s Board of Directors. “With that expansion comes additional risk, especially to a retailer’s brand reputation during an outbreak or recall event. RevenueShield is the first of its kind to address business income loss from this type of risk, as well as the crisis management needed to keep customers coming through the doors and a number of other factors that protect a company’s revenue stream.”

“FMI has been in front of industry trends and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to assist members’ with their investments and enhanced emphasis on freshly prepared foods and private brand offerings,” said Mark Baum, FMI chief collaboration officer and senior vice president of industry relations. “FMI has chosen to partner with Berrian because of their extensive knowledge and experience working with food retailers and their ability to create insurance products and services specifically designed for our members.”

“FMI Crisis Support expands the solutions available to FMI members under the new RevenueShield program,” said Hilary Thesmar PhD, RD, chief food and product safety officer and senior vice president of food safety programs at FMI. “The program provides retailers the opportunity to further enhance their food safety programs by identifying and managing risks in order to reduce the likelihood of a crisis occurring.”

Eric Leavitt, CEO of Leavitt Group said, “Our expertise and ability to provide innovative insurance solutions for food retail and manufacturing fits in nicely with FMI’s broad range of member services.”

About Berrian Insurance Group / Leavitt Group
Berrian Insurance Group is a Leavitt Group company, which places more than $3 billion in insurance premiums annually. They are ranked as one of the ten largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation. Berrian designs new insurance policies and coverage endorsements for food and beverage companies and offers access to exclusive programs. For more information, visit CA License #: OE22557

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit

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Heather Garlich
Senior Director, Media and Public Relations

Fast Retailing’s English-language Annual Report 2016 recognized with Best of Japan Award at the International ARC Awards

Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.’s English-language Annual Report 2016 was granted the Best of Japan Award at the 31st Annual International ARC Awards, the world’s largest annual report contest held in the United States. In its business category, Fast Retailing was awarded Gold for Chairman’s Letter, Gold for Interior Design, and Silver in Traditional Annual Reports. Fast Retailing was selected from among a group of nominated finalists to receive the prestigious Best of Japan Award.

The ARC offers Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honors awards across a range of annual report categories, including Overall Excellence, Cover Design, Chairman’s Letter and Interior Design. The reports are evaluated on a specific set of factors, including how succinct and crisp the overall corporate message is, the persuasiveness of the text, the clarity and readability of financial data, the originality of the cover and interior design, and the level of cohesion and consistency of the whole report. Judging is extremely strict, with any report that fails to achieve the required minimum score labeled as “non-applicable”. Winning a Gold Award is even more challenging, and requires the winning candidate to earn over 90 out of a possible 100 points for all the categories. Only 5% of prize-winning reports ever achieve that score.

The International ARC Awards contest is an annual report competition held by MerComm, Inc., an independent awards organization located in the United States. The organization is free from the influence of specific industries, advertisers, or sponsors, with reviews and evaluations carried out in a fair manner by judges from a variety of countries and industries. The competition’s nearly 200 judges work in such fields as the financial industry, private corporations and production industries. This year marked the 31st year of competition, with 1,987 entries from 33 countries. (See ARC’s own reporting of the event: “ARC Awards – the world’s largest annual report competition – announced the Grand Award winners”

Fast Retailing Annual Report 2016

Entire Report Message from the CEO UNIQLO Global Presence

Fast Retailing’s Annual Report 2016 is available on the company’s website.

Japanese :
English :

Fast Retailing and Mitsubishi Corporation to turn UNIQLO (RUS) into a joint corporation

Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corporation have agreed to turn Limited Liability Company UNIQLO (RUS), Fast Retailing’s subsidiary operator of the UNIQLO brand in Russia, into a joint corporation through issuance of new shares to Mitsubishi Corporation.

Fast Retailing first entered the Russian market in 2010. The company has subsequently expanded its UNIQLO network in Russia to a total of 20 stores as of the end of August 2017. Mitsubishi Corporation has been operating in Russia since 1968, and has built presence in a broad range of operations, including energy and automobile sales.

Both companies are committed to jointly expanding UNIQLO (RUS) operations going forward. Making UNIQLO (RUS) into a joint corporation will enable the company to access Mitsubishi Corporation’s long-standing knowledge and experience to help accelerate new store openings, improve awareness of the UNIQLO brand, and build a stronger operational base in the Russian market.

Following the issuance of new shares, Fast Retailing will own a 75% stake and Mitsubishi Corporation will hold a 25% stake in UNIQLO (RUS).

Overview of UNIQLO (RUS)

Company name : Limited Liability Company UNIQLO (RUS)
Business location : 10F, Citydel Business Centre, 9 Zemlyanoy Val., Moscow, 105064, Russian Federation
Operating officer : Taku Morikawa, Group Executive Vice President,
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
Investment subscription : 1.31001 billion rubles (approx. 2.5 billion yen)
Current ownership : Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (100%)
Main business : Retail, and activities relating to the retail of UNIQLO brand casual clothing in the Russian Federation



GameStop: purchase new Apple iPhones with cash trade-in value on current generation smartphones

GameStop offers up to $400 cash trade-in value on current generation smartphones, helping consumers purchase the newly announced Apple iPhones

GRAPEVINE, Texas, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking to purchase the newly announced Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus but are a little short on cash? GameStop may be able to help out. Today, the video game retailer announced that it is offering up to $400 cash when customers trade-in their current generation smartphones.

GameStop is pulling out all stops to help customers find extra money they can use toward the purchase of the new Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus unveiled earlier today. Through its trade-in program, the retailer is digging deep into its money vaults to offer top-dollar on a variety of unused, new or pre-owned smartphones and other consumer electronics.

“Trading in electronics like smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics and video gaming systems can add up to some serious cash that can be used to help purchase the new Apple iPhones announced today,” said Jon Haes, senior director of Pre-Owned Merchandising for GameStop. “We’re not talking pocket change. GameStop is ready to pay our customers big money for their electronics.”

GameStop’s trade-in program accepts thousands of items, including a wide range of smartphones, tablets, electronics accessories, and video games and systems. GameStop also accepts damaged or broken items, even if they don’t work anymore.

Samples of Top Phone and Electronics Trade Values Include:

  • iPhone 7 = $400
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 = $370
  • iPad Pro = $340
  • iPhone 6s = $250
  • iPad Mini = $165
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 = $160

To find out the trade-in value for any smartphone, or other consumer electronics items, customers can visit the GameStop online trade value website at

About GameStop
GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The company operates thousands of locations nationwide, and fans can find their local GameStop using the store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania is part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.

Joey Mooring
(817) 722-7450  



Restaurant Brands International to participate in the Scotiabank Back to School Conference in Toronto on September 19, 2017

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) (“RBI”) announced today that the company will participate in the Scotiabank Back to School Conference at the Toronto Board of Trade in Toronto, Ontario on September 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm Eastern Time.

A live audio webcast will be available on the company’s investor relations website (, and will be available for 30 days following the event.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”) is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $28 billion in system-wide sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 40 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at

SOURCE Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Wawa and The Wawa Foundation launch in-store crisis campaign for American Red Cross Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts

Wawa, PA, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa, Inc. and The Wawa Foundation Inc. today announced the launch of a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to provide disaster relief assistance to those communities most affected by Hurricane Irma. The campaign is being held in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to help contribute to Hurricane Irma disaster relief by adding $1, $3, or $5 to their Wawa purchase at checkout.

The campaign will run from Sept. 12 through Sept. 22 in all of Wawa’s over 760 stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. All donations made through The Wawa Foundation’s campaign will be donated to the Red Cross and will be designated specifically for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts. These funds will be used to help the Red Cross provide immediate and vital support to those communities suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

“All of us at Wawa join the entire country in our support and hope that we can all weather these storms together. We believe we have a responsibility to provide assistance and aid to those in need especially within the communities we serve. Wawa has always had a strong commitment to providing crisis response and assisting those in need, and we’ve been partnering with the American Red Cross in these kinds of efforts for decades” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s CEO.

In addition to customer donations, The Wawa Foundation will be making its own $250,000 donation to the campaign.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in
Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food
Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most
Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 and 2017 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 760 convenience retail stores (550 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

About The Wawa Foundation
The Wawa Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Wawa, Inc. to support the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities, and ultimately to help build stronger communities. The Wawa Foundation focuses its support on organizations committed to health, hunger and everyday heroes through local, state and national grants and / or in-store fundraising, such as, donation boxes and point-of-purchase scan materials.

SOURCE:  Wawa, Inc.


Majid Al Futtaim to develop all new, mixed-use community at Cityscape Global 2017 in Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim to develop all new, mixed-use community at Cityscape Global 2017 in Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim announces plans to launch new flagship mixed-use community in Dubai 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, today announced plans to develop an all new, mixed-use community in Dubai, at Cityscape Global 2017. The landmark community is set to become the company’s flagship lifestyle destination in the emirate by offering an unparalleled integrated living experience to both residents and visitors.

Strategically located in a key residential growth corridor in the emirate, the landmark will comprise premium quality homes developed in distinct but connected neighbourhoods building on the site’s unique topography and character to drive both emotional and aesthetic appeal for the community. The development will also feature seamless integration of greenery and public spaces to encourage social interaction and well-being.

The development will also feature Majid Al Futtaim’s world-class retail, leisure and entertainment facilities to cater to the evolving expectations of residents and the wider community. Majid Al Futtaim is currently in talks with leading global and regional contractors with plans to unveil the master plan in in H1 2018. The project is expected to be funded in line with the company’s prudent financial management and consistent with its BBB credit rating levels.

Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Communities, said: “We are excited to announce plans for a flagship mixed-use community that is set to redefine the living experience in Dubai’s evolving and highly competitive real estate market. As is with all our projects, the latest community will feature best in class offerings from across the
Majid Al Futtaim integrated portfolio and will deliver on the highest standards of planning, design and quality to create a unique destination that remains close to the heart of its people and allows them to celebrate life, every day.”

At the event, Majid Al Futtaim also announced a number of strategic updates to existing projects across the region:

Sharjah, UAE:

  • Al Zahia, Sharjah’s premier residential community, announced plans to launch the second release in its third neighbourhood, Al Lilac, this month. The release will comprise 61 four and five-bedroom villas.
  • Majid Al Futtaim also announced that construction of the AED2.6 billion City Centre Al Zahia is on track for opening in late 2020.

Muscat, Oman:

  • Al Mouj Muscat will soon launch Marsa Plaza, a vibrant and diverse platform for performing artists, as well as a public space that draws people together, creating strong social bonds at the neighbourhood. The platform will also feature two new food and beverage (F&B) outlets developed at the edge of the Plaza, in addition to the existing F&B offerings at the Walk, to create a sense of a traditional town square, offering a continuous animated frontage on all four sides.
  • The community will also witness the launch of a new Community Hub precinct expected to be complete in 2019, that will feature a Community Hub Pavilion, Kindergarten and a Mosque situated in the Ghadeer District within the master-planned community. Expected to be complete in 2019.
  • The community will soon be home to two new luxury hotels – the 4-star Mysk by Shaza, Al Mouj and 5-star Kempinski Hotel Muscat in Q4 2017.
  • Al Mouj Muscat released the first phase of Zunairah – set on the beachfront, this collection of 29 6-bedroom luxury beachfront villas is designed by internationally renowned architects and extend the ultimate privacy and exclusivity within a gated community.


  • Lebanon’s first contemporary mixed-use development, Waterfront City, is fast becoming one of the most sought-after communities in the country with 76% of units in the first two phases of the project sold and ready to be fully handed over by 2018. The community is coming to life with (288) families moving in by end of 2017.
  • The community is also set to become one of the country’s main lifestyle destinations with an impressive range of food, leisure and retail outlets overlooking the marina to create an authentic and vibrant customer experience. Waterfront City will see the addition of 40,000 square metres of urban retail offerings anchoring luxury brands, high-end convenience and grocery, in addition to, gourmet stores.

“As a leading mixed-use community developer and asset manager in the MENA region, Majid Al Futtaim is committed to delivering quality integrated lifestyle offerings across landmark destinations in the UAE, Oman and Lebanon. By doing so, we are not only establishing a new benchmark for community living, but also playing an integral role in a region-wide agenda to boost well-being and happiness,” commented Esber.

At Cityscape Global 2017, Majid Al Futtaim launched a first of its kind neuroscience study in the region that was designed to identify the most powerful drivers behind emotional attachment to urban developments and communities. The study was conducted to inform Majid Al Futtaim’s unique approach to placemaking – an approach to urban planning, development and design that encourages emotional and functional value.


Majid Al Futtaim Headquarters
Tower 1, 10th Floor,
City Centre Deira Complex
PO Box 91100
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +9714 2949999

Majid Al Futtaim commissioned neuroscience study identifies the most powerful drivers behind emotional attachment to urban developments

Majid Al Futtaim commissioned neuroscience study identifies the most powerful drivers behind emotional attachment to urban developments

Majid Al Futtaim harnesses Neuroscience to empower mixed-use development agenda

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, today unveiled the results of a first of its kind neuroscience study in the region, designed to identify the most powerful drivers behind emotional attachment to urban developments and communities.

Conducted by Neurons Inc and commissioned by Majid Al Futtaim; the UAE-based study used Electroencephalography (EEG) and Eye Tracking technology to measure how participants subconsciously as well as consciously responded to nearly 100 images of urban developments and landscapes from around the world. Over 1 million data points were then analysed to determine the findings.

Neuroscientists found the elements of everyday human activity (a visual focus in 80% of the 10 best performing images), greenery (70%), artistic features (50%) and bright colours (50%) were the most powerful drivers of emotional engagement with destinations and environments.

An emphasis was put on greenery, which was naturally landscaped and positioned in a way that provided a sense of human scale and privacy. The study also highlighted a subconscious preference for shades of blue and green in design and artistic features that people can interact with and embrace natural materials.

The strongest negative responses were recorded in images that displayed a visible lack of human interaction and natural landscapes. Dirt and damage were also shown to have an immediate negative and lasting impact on participants.

The announcement comes as the governments across the region; continue to place significant emphasis on transformative policies and practices for the real estate sector in a bid to drive economic diversity. In the UAE, both public and private sector entities are focused on enabling a nation-wide happiness agenda that seeks to enhance happiness and satisfaction for citizens and expats in the UAE through better services and infrastructure.

Hawazen Esber, Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Communities, said: “Historically, researchers and developers have focused on the conscious drivers of preference for real estate design and development. In a testament to the region’s progressive take on the transformation of the real estate sector; our unique neuroscience research study enables a deeper understanding of what subconsciously drives emotional value and a sense of belonging for our customers and the wider community.”

Through the study, neuroscientists identified a clear distinction between conscious and subconscious responses. For instance, when asked, respondents consciously indicated a liking for vibrant environments with highly active social interaction. However, when analysing subconscious brain activity, scientists found that simple, everyday human activities around homes and communities have a more positive and lasting impact on our minds.

“As destination creators, it is our vision and role to create mixed-used destinations with a heart and soul; where people can come together to celebrate life and create great memories with their loved ones, every day. The study helps us identify crucial elements that make for happy, healthy communities and become the foundation for how we bring our integrated retail, leisure and entertainment offering to design mixed-use destinations that drive holistic value for residents and surrounding communities,” he continued.

The neuroscience study was designed in collaboration with Neurons Inc to inform Majid Al Futtaim’s unique approach to placemaking – an approach to property planning, development and design that encourages emotional and functional value. Across the globe, the effective integration of placemaking principles has been seen to substantially enhance the commercial value of destinations and improve resident and visitor experiences.

The announcement comes in line with Cityscape Global 2017, where Majid Al Futtaim will showcase the company’s integrated value proposition and announce continued investments in both existing and new developments in a bid to effectively meet and exceed the evolving expectations of residents and investors across the region.


Majid Al Futtaim Headquarters
Tower 1, 10th Floor,
City Centre Deira Complex
PO Box 91100
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +9714 2949999

The Retail Energy Supply Association to host its 2017 Energy Competition Symposium in Boston Sept. 20

HARRISBURG, PA., 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Energy Supply Association will convene its 2017 Energy Competition Symposium in Boston Sept. 20 featuring a distinguished group of speakers exploring the leading issues affecting retail energy competition nationally.

Among the key issues to be discussed at the half-day event is the impact competitive retail energy markets have had over the past two decades on product and industry innovation and environmental improvement. Another panel discussion will address “women of power,” their leadership roles in the competitive market space, and the challenges they and the industry they lead must confront.

The event will feature a keynote address by Patrick Woodcock, Assistant Secretary with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Other distinguished speakers include Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson; Commissioner Abigail Anthony of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission; former Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Nora Mead Brownell; New England Power Generators Association President Dan Dolan; and Greg Cunningham, Vice President and Director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program.

The event also will feature remarks by Dr. Philip O’Connor, former Illinois Commerce Commission chairman and author of the white paper, RESTRUCTURING RECHARGED – The Superior Performance of Competitive Electricity Markets 2008-2016, which compares and contrasts the performance of competitive electricity markets with that of traditional monopoly utility regulation.

The symposium will begin at 12:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott on Tremont Street, Boston, Sept. 20, 2017. Visit the registration page to register for this free event.

Contact: Bryan Lee, Retail Energy Supply Association, 301-717-2988


Mark your calendars! Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days Sale 2017, September 20 to September 24, 2017

The festive season’s almost here, and so is India’s biggest shopping festival! Save the date and keep your wishlists at the ready to start shopping at The Big Billion Days Sale from September 20 to September 24, 2017.

Bengaluru, India, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Upto 90% off, over 80 categories and five whole days of guilt-free and stress-free shopping. Yes, we’re talking of Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days 2017. Mark your calendars for this week.

And India’s biggest sale is even more special this time around — Flipkart is celebrating 10 years of bringing billions of Indians together on one massive platform. So it’s only fair, that the deals are bigger and the happiness is multiplied this festive season.

When does fun begin?

The 4th edition of The Big Billion Days 2017 sale runs from September 20 to September 24, 2017. Mark your calendars and start prepping your wishlists. And watch this space for more updates on discounts, deals and special offers.

What’s in store?

A marathon of deals and offers that’ll help you shop more and pay less —  up to 90% off on products across categories and some crazy deals on phones, furniture, fashion, large appliances and more.

We’ve also got your back with No Cost EMIs, Debit Card EMIs, Product Exchange offers, Buy Back Guarantee, Buy Now, Pay Later. And if you’re a SBI Debit & Credit card holder, you’ll get an additional 10% instant savings across all platforms.

A celebration for India 

“The Big Billion Days is a celebration for India because it flags off and sets the tone for festive shopping in the country. Over the years, it has grown from being Flipkart’s largest shopping carnival, to being synonymous with the festive season and Indians now relate to is as the #1 festive sale in the country.”  – Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart

Get your billion wishes fulfilled very, very soon, and watch this space for more updates as we help you navigate the country’s biggest sale and celebrate 10 years of a platform that’s been making everything you need affordable and accessible.

SOURCE: Flipkart


Tax Free World Association (TFWA) announces changes to its senior management team

PARIS, France, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tax Free World Association (TFWA) is pleased to announce changes to its senior management team. Effective from 1 October 2017 Alain Maingreaud, TFWA managing director since 2010, is assuming a new part-time position as associate director. Succeeding Alain as managing director is John Rimmer, until now conference, research and corporate affairs director.

Alain, who has been with the association since 1995, is taking on the role with a view to combining personal projects with his new position at TFWA. As associate director, he will report to the managing director, assisting him on various projects including the organisation of the association’s two biggest events, TFWA World Exhibition & Conference and TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference.

John, who joined TFWA in October 2012, has been involved in the duty free and travel retail industry for seventeen years. As managing director, he will report to the TFWA president, assuming full responsibility for the association’s events and activities, and helping define its strategy as approved by the board and management committee.

Commenting on the changes, TFWA President Erik Juul-Mortensen said; “Alain has been a stalwart of the association and has made an extremely important contribution to its success for over twenty years. The board and management committee are very grateful to him for his work over the years and we are delighted that he will continue to serve TFWA as associate director, providing support to John and the permanent staff on a number of projects.

“John is known to many people in the industry, and in his five years with TFWA so far he has driven a number of successful new initiatives as well as strengthening our vital conferences & research division. He has also played a significant role in managing the association’s charity initiative, TFWA Care. We are certain he is the right person to lead the association’s next phase of development, and to strengthen our links with industry stakeholders – firstly our members and exhibitors, but also all those who visit our events, along with trade associations, press and partners around the globe.

“As part of his overall responsibilities, John will continue to oversee the running of TFWA’s conferences, assisted by conference manager Michele Miranda, and research & corporate, assisted by Maha Abdennbi and Sabine Parmentier.

“The board, management committee and staff of TFWA look forward to working closely with John, who will have the full support of the whole team as we move into an exciting new phase for the association.”

John is a graduate of Christ’s College, Cambridge University, where he was awarded a first-class degree in modern & medieval languages. Within duty free and travel retail he served as editor of Duty-Free News International from 2004 to 2006, when he joined French travel retailer Aelia (now Lagardère Travel Retail) as deputy director of business development. In 2010 he returned to the UK to join The Moodie Report (now The Moodie Davitt Report) as executive director business development, before joining TFWA in 2012.

For further information please contact:
TFWA Press Office/Templemere PR
Tel: +44 (0)1306 735574

SOURCE: Tax Free World Association


LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. to release Q2 2017 financial results on Monday, September 18, 2017

BEIJING, China, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today announced that it will release its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 before the open of U.S. markets on Monday, September 18, 2017.

LightInTheBox’s management will hold a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on September 18, 2017 (8:00 p.m. Beijing Time on the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

US Toll Free: 1-866-519-4004
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-906-601
Mainland China: 400-620-8038
International: +65-6713 5090
Passcode: 84256833

A telephone replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the conference call through September 25, 2017. The dial-in details are:

US: +1-646-254-3697
Hong Kong: +852-3051-2780
International: +61-2-8199-0299
Passcode: 84256833

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations website at

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.
LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its, and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit

Investor Relations Contact:

Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Phone: +86-10-5900 3429


Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004

SOURCE LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.