Motor Fuel Group grows its network to 422 stations

Motor Fuel Group grows its network to 422 stations

LONDON, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is growing its network to 422 stations with the completed acquisition of four stations each from FW Kerridge and Burns & Co. and an exchange of contracts with Macclesfield-based Manor Service Stations for nine stations with completion scheduled to take place in early October.

Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer said: “We are delighted to have secured these three long-standing and respected independent forecourt operators. These additional 17 stations are geographically well placed for us and will all fit into our model of offering customers a great forecourt and convenience offer with excellent customer service. We now look forward to bringing these new stations into our vibrant MFG network.”

SOURCE: Motor Fuel Limited


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MAPIC 2017 to be held in Cannes, 15 to 17 November

MAPIC 2017 to be held in Cannes, 15 to 17 November

PARIS, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology innovation is now an integral part of the evolution of retail real estate. It is helping enhance customer service and boost the attraction of shopping venues. It will be a key component of the innovation track at MAPIC 2017.

Organised by Reed MIDEM,MAPIC, the International Retail Property Market, will be held in Cannes from 15 to 17 November.

Sandrine Devillard, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, will present an exclusive study on developments in consumer behaviour during the MAPIC 2017 opening conference entitled “Reimagining retail in the 21st century!” on Wednesday, 15 November at 9am. This conference session will also give the floor to industry experts who will use concrete cases to illustrate these developments.

In the MAPIC Innovation Forum, a conference, pitching and exhibition area, MAPIC attendees will discover more than 50 companies and startups showcasing their innovative solutions for the retail real estate industry.

The highly customer service-oriented British startups Dropit Shopping and Quiqup will exhibit for the first time at MAPIC Innovation Forum. Dropit Shopping is an application that provides in-shop consumers with the comforts of online shopping by offering a same-day shopping delivery service. Dropit Shopping has already partnered with several major retailers in the UK including Liberty London, M&S, GAP, Uniqlo, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Michael Kors.

In the same vein, Quiqup offers a personalised courier service, and has recently partnered with the brand Hellmann’s, which wanted to develop its direct sales to consumers, and now offers deliveries of baskets containing all the ingredients needed to prepare a meal at home.

Hospitality is another important aspect of customer service. This is the core activity of Hease Robotics, a French startup specialising in robots for hospitality services and sales support. It will be attending MAPIC for the first time to present its flagship product Heasy, the first interactive-kiosk robot with an integrated payment terminal. This robot has been specifically designed for large public spaces, so it is large, visible from a distance, and completely side-steps speech-recognition (because of noise in public spaces), to focus interaction exclusively on the screen.

The best solutions for creating customer purchasing journeys will be examined in the conference entitled “The new seamless customer experience: how to interact with customers and expand your business” (Thursday, 16 November at 5pm) in the presence of Elise Masurel, Marketing Director at Klépierre, Mathieu Proust, CEO of UberEATS, Pamela Wolf, Innovation Strategy Director at Salesforce and a representative from Clear Channel.

Data collection and analytics often drive new services for customers. Several companies specialising in this area will be exhibiting in the Innovation Forum. MAPIC newcomers Geoblink and Kel Quartierwill showcase their localisation intelligence solutions – i.e. providing data to help retailers select the best site locations.

Other companies such as Axper and Occi, both attending for the first time at Cannes, as well as RetencyRetailicTC GroupXovisConiq and ESRI, will be showcasing a range of solutions derived from data analytics.

“Consumers now have high expectations: they want their shopping experience to be easy, enjoyable and even memorable. For this, bricks & mortar shops remain the vital embodiment of the customer experience. This is why online commerce professionals are increasingly interested in physical retail sites and are coming in greater numbers to MAPIC,” says Nathalie Depetro, Director MAPIC markets.

One example is LDLC, the e-retailer from Lyon specialising in electronic products, which plans to open a hundred stores by 2021.

This example and many others will be discussed at the conference on “E-commerce/online to offline: how brands & pure players can create the best physical experience?” (Thursday 16/11 at 12pm) co-organised with the FEVAD (the French E-commerce and Distance Selling Federation), with representatives from LDLC (France), Logopark Development Group (Russia) and AT Kearney(France).

Find out about the conference programme.

About Reed MIDEM: 
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector.

About Reed Exhibitions: 
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.



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Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. enters into $18.9 million sale-leaseback transaction for its Herberger’s location at Roseville, MN

YORK, Pa., 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today announced that it has entered into an agreement for a $18.9 million sale-leaseback transaction for its Herberger’s location at Rosedale Center in Roseville, MN. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to repay outstanding debt.

William Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to announce this transaction as we continue to pursue the opportunities available to us within our real estate portfolio to better position the business for the future.  This sale-leaseback transaction unlocks additional capital, enabling us to repay debt and enhances our overall liquidity position. We remain focused on executing our strategic initiatives to drive enhanced performance.  Our team looks forward to continuing to serve customers in the Roseville area for many years to come.”

Upon completion of the sale, Bon-Ton will lease the property for a 20-year initial term with the option to extend the term for four additional successive periods of five years at market rents.

The Herberger’s location at Rosedale Center recently completed a major remodeling and features a new, enhanced shopping environment with several larger departments, updated fitting rooms and brighter lighting to improve the customer experience and drive increased foot traffic.

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

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

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Church’s Chicken served over 6,000 pieces of chicken to those impacted by hurricane in Texas

Atlanta, GA, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was a line out the door yesterday in Beeville, TX when the local Church’s Chicken® opened for “Pay What You Can” Day. The event was organized with the aim of providing access to hot, wholesome meals to those impacted by hurricane and flooding conditions in the southeast Texas area. Over 6,000 pieces of chicken were served – the equivalent of 2,200 meals – for a restaurant that typically serves about 250 meals during a morning shift under regular circumstances.

“Some people told us Church’s was the first hot meal they’d had in nine days – since the very start of storm conditions,” said Joe Christina, Chief Executive Officer for Church’s. Christina was on hand in Beeville to support the restaurant team and to coordinate with local officials for ongoing community relief and rebuilding efforts. “People are living in shelters and motels with no idea of when, or even if, they’ll return home,” he continued. “For them, this meal was a return to normalcy, if only for a brief moment, and a chance to restore hope for the days ahead.”

The “Pay What You Can” event also functioned as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross and their ongoing recovery efforts. In all, the restaurant raised $1,750 – which Church’s intends to contribute another $3250 for a total $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross. “The outpouring of community support was incredible,” Christina added. “Some were giving their very last dollar, others were giving all they had in spite of losing their home, businesses, and more.

The power of community is doing so much good here – and it’s needed now more than ever. And, our crew worked tirelessly to work together with the community to make it happen.” Going Beyond Chicken In addition to making sure people are fed and have safe places to stay, Church’s is working with police, the mayor, and city council members in Beeville to coordinate additional relief efforts for the greater Corpus Christi area. Many towns just outside Beeville have yet to recover from storm damage and flooding – leaving local businesses closed and residents with fewer resources. One of the more pressing challenges currently facing the area is a lack of school supplies for students that had to evacuate or who suffered losses.

“We’re very pleased to be able to remedy this issue through our Church’s Foundation – which already has a strong focus on education,” explained Christina. “Local officials are working to let us know what students need to return to the classroom and we stand ready to support them.”

About Church’s Chicken®
Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church’s Chicken® is one of the largest quick service restaurant chicken chains in the world. Church’s® specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, honeybutter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church’s® (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken® outside the Americas) has more than 1,600 locations in 27 countries and international territories and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Church’s Chicken

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ENGLAND: LCP announces new tenants at Enterprise City in Spennymoor

LCP announces new tenants at Enterprise City in Spennymoor

LONDON, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Efforts to attract new tenants to business estate near Durham are paying off, with six units having been let since January to growing local companies, leading national property, investment and management company LCP has announced.

Enterprise City in Spennymoor, which is part of Durhamgate, the largest mixed-use regeneration scheme in the North East, has seen six tenants, including South Durham Fitness, Wolf Thai Boxing and Park Electrical Distributors, move in since the beginning of the year.

Between them, they have taken on 15,335 sq ft of commercial space, said Andrew Preston, industrial portfolio manager of LCP, which owns and manages the estate.

“Thanks to a campaign to broaden the appeal of Enterprise City, we’ve had a very solid 2017 so far, attracting different sectors to the estate,” he said.

“We’re also finalising details of a further tenant that will be signing a lease for a unit, while an existing tenant is taking on additional space.

“Enterprise City offers a wide range of good quality business space on a secure site and its location means it is very convenient for the major road networks.”

Enterprise City comprises 59 units, totalling 305,297 sq ft. It is approximately two miles west of the A1(M) and six miles south of Durham city. Newcastle-upon-Tyne is approximately 25 miles to the North and Darlington 11 miles to the south.


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Kroger announces inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the fifth consecutive year

Company Also Releases 11th Annual Sustainability Report, Outlines Progress on 2020 Sustainability Goals

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year.

The DJSI evaluates the top 20 percent of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that are leaders in sustainability. The index considers multiple factors under three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

“Kroger’s goal is to make a difference for our communities, our planet and each other by driving sustainability and innovation throughout our business,” said Denise Osterhues, Kroger’s senior director of corporate affairs. “Inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year is an important mile marker in our ongoing journey to increase responsible sourcing and improve eco-stewardship.”

Kroger today also announced the release of its 11th annual sustainability report, which outlines progress toward its 2020 sustainability goals, including:

  • Fighting Hunger: In 2016, Kroger donated the equivalent of 330 million meals, up from 276 million in 2015.
  • Zero Waste: Kroger aims to meet and exceed EPA’s Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill in company facilities by 2020. In 2016, Kroger reached a diversion rate of 78% across its operations, up from 70% in 2015.
  • Sustainable Seafood: In 2016, Kroger set a new, broader goal to source 100% of all wild-caught seafood species from sustainable fisheries by 2020. The company is 86% of the way toward achieving this goal. The new goal expands the scope of the previous goal, which was to source 100% of only the top 20 wild-caught species.
  • Cage-Free Eggs: Kroger is transitioning toward a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. Currently, about 18% of the company’s total egg sales are cage-free eggs, up from 15% last year and 11% in 2014.

Learn more about all of Kroger’s efforts at and review the company’s 2020 goals progress update at

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.


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Rakuten promotes measures to nurture new farmers and support farm succession in Jinsekikogen Town, Hiroshima Prefecture

Aiming to promote measures to nurture new farmers and support farm succession

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. announced the conclusion of an agricultural partnership agreement today with Jinsekikogen Town, Hiroshima Prefecture, with the aim of revitalizing the local economy and community.

Jinsekikogen Town is located in a mountainous area in the east of Hiroshima Prefecture. Although the town has been working to promote agriculture under the concept of “community-building based on food and agriculture,” it has continued to suffer from a shrinking and aging population, making the maintenance of farmland and the development of the next generation of farmers major community issues. In order to establish agriculture as one of the region’s primary industries, Jinsekikogen Town aims to increase the business skills of each of its farmers. Based on today’s agreement, Rakuten and Jinsekikogen Town will work on various measures to support new farmers and farm succession through Rakuten’s agricultural service, Rakuten Ragri. This is the first time for Ragri to sign a partnership agreement with a local government.

The partnership will focus on the following six areas:
1. Supporting the process of nurturing new farmer, and the establishment of Incubation Farms*1
2. Supporting farm succession, and the implementation of the Farmer Bridge Project
3. Supporting the extension of the farming business into the secondary and tertiary (service) sectors
4. Supporting the use of IT by farmers
5. Providing education on nutrition in association with schools and children’s facilities
6. Other areas related to community revitalization through agricultural promotion

Rakuten and its subsidiary Telefarm Inc. launched Ragri with the aim of helping to resolve the issues now facing Japanese agriculture. The service includes “Ragri Recruit,” a project to support new farmers, and “Ragri Bridge,” which aims to tackle the problem of succession by connecting farmers who are considering retirement, but do not have a successor, with new farmers.

Ragri’s produce is sold through the Ragri CSA (Community Supported Agricultural) service. Under the system, farmers receive orders to grow produce directly from consumers. Ahead of this agreement on September 4, Rakuten launched “Ragri Connect,” a new platform allowing each producer participating in the service to promote themselves through introduction pages and blogs. The platform also enables two-way communication between consumers and farmers. Furthermore, in collaboration with Rakuten Group services, Ragri CSA posts recipes from the recipe site, Rakuten Recipe, while a new Ragri shop has been established on Rakuten Ichiba to offer packages of different vegetables and regular purchasing services.

Rakuten and Jinsekikogen Town aim to contribute to the development of the local community and economy by utilizing the Ragri service to address the challenges of farmer shortages and farmland use.

*1Incubation Farm: A Telefarm initiative for new farmers that provides support including access to shared land and equipment, and helps in dealing with government offices, processing and shipping.

SOURCE:  Rakuten, Inc.

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Rakuten announce multi-year partnership

NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Rakuten announce multi-year partnership

The Rakuten Badge To Be Featured On All Warriors Jerseys Beginning This Season

OAKLAND, CA, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Rakuten, Inc. today announced a multi-year partnership to include the Rakuten logo on all Warriors jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 NBA season. The Rakuten badge will be featured on all of Golden State’s practice, regular, post-season and Summer League uniforms. For the first time in NBA history, the NBA approved the sale of jersey sponsorships, beginning with the 2017-18 season. The badges will be on the front left opposite the Nike logo and will measure approximately 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and be adjusted to fit the dimensions of each sponsor’s logo.

As part of the partnership agreement, Rakuten will also become the Official E-Commerce Partner, Official Video-On-Demand Partner and Official Affiliate Marketing Partner of the Warriors. In addition, Rakuten Group company Ebates, a leading membership-based online cash-back site in the U.S., will become the Warriors Official Shopping Rewards Partner, the global mobile voice messaging service Rakuten Viber will become the Official Instant Messaging and Calling App Partner and the Rakuten Kobo eReaders will become the Official E-Reader Partner of the Warriors.

“Rakuten is an innovative global leader that we knew would align well with our values and principles as an organization,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “We have incredible fan support around the globe and this partnership is another way to not only continue to grow the Warriors brand globally, but also further connect with our fans in Japan, Asia and Europe.”

Founded in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, as the world’s first successful merchant-focused e-commerce marketplace, Rakuten now encompasses over 70 businesses spanning e-commerce, digital content, communications and fintech that reach more than 1 billion members around the globe. Since 2012, Rakuten has been ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. In line with its growing investment in the United States and its vision for global innovation, Rakuten established its Americas regional headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Golden State Warriors, one of the most successful organizations in sports today and one that shares our passion for positivity, teamwork and optimism,” said Rakuten, Inc. founder and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani. “Like FC Barcelona, the iconic soccer club we partner with, the Warriors are innovators in their sport that have helped create a more beautiful game through a distinct style of unselfish, teamwork-oriented play.”

The Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship, the fifth title in franchise history and second in the last three years. The organization was also honored with the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Sports Team of the Year award in both 2014 and 2016, along with Warriors Owner and CEO Joe Lacob earning the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Sports Executive of the Year award in 2014.

The Rakuten partnership also includes entitlement to the Warriors Practice Facility, now named the Rakuten Performance Center, along with a significant representation with the Warriors traveling party and additional sales and marketing elements including in-arena signage, digital, social and radio.

The Warriors sponsorship adds another global platform to Rakuten’s professional sport portfolio that includes ownership of Japan’s Vissel Kobe soccer club and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team, the team that won the national Japan Series Championship in 2013. In July 2017, the company also became the Main Global Partner and Official Innovation and Entertainment Partner for iconic soccer club FC Barcelona.

About the Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors organization, currently in its 72nd season, is a charter member of the National Basketball Association. Founded in 1946, the Warriors called the city of Philadelphia home for 16 memorable years before moving to the West Coast in 1962 to become the San Francisco Warriors and ultimately, in 1971, the Golden State Warriors when the team moved across the Bay to its current home in Oakland. The team’s storied history includes five NBA Championships, an NBA-record 73 wins during the 2015-16 season, the greatest post-season run in NBA history (16-1 in 2017), six of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and 27 members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information on the Golden State Warriors, please visit

SOURCE: Rakuten, Inc.

Diebold Nixdorf ranked sixth among top 100 financial technology companies on the 2017 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings

The industry’s most complete ranking features top 100 global providers of technology in financial services

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD), a world leader in enabling connected commerce, has been ranked sixth among the top 100 financial technology companies on the 2017 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings—rising from the tenth position just last year. The annual IDC FinTech Rankings are based on 2016 calendar year revenue attributed to financial services. In 2016, Diebold, Incorporated and Wincor Nixdorf combined to form a new global industry leader for banking and retail services, with the expertise to handle the ‘always on’ needs of consumers.

“To be recognized as a top 10 technology provider by IDC Financial Insights reflects the impact our employees have made since day one of our business combination,” said Andy W. Mattes, president and chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “We will continue to push innovation forward and affirm our commitment to deliver the future of consumer transactions for our customers through unparalleled solutions and services.”

With more than 14,000 service members and 1,700 software professionals around the world, Diebold Nixdorf is uniquely positioned to deliver best-in-class technology, software and services to financial institutions and retailers across the globe. Over the last year, the company has continued to lead the industry and drive connected commerce through innovations such as:

  • Next Generation Mobile ApplicationsAs a recognized leader in mobile-based cardless ATM transactions, the company announced in May a next-generation mobile application suite, DN Mobile, which offers white-label solutions for financial institutions and retailers that enable a unified and highly personalized experience.
  • Industry-leading Software: According to RBR’s ATM Software 2016 report, Diebold Nixdorf is the global leader in ATM application software deployments, with a 29% market share.[1]
  • Innovative Technologies: Nearly one third of all ATMs around the globe are Diebold Nixdorf terminals.[2]With a continuing focus on innovation, the recently announced Essence Concept challenges traditional ATM design through software-driven interactions to deliver personalized and secure experiences for mobile-first consumers.

About IDC Financial Insights 
IDC Financial Insights assists financial service businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the banking, insurance, and securities and investments industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research and events company. For more information, please visit, or call 508-620-5533. Visit the IDC Financial Insights Community at

About Diebold Nixdorf 
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit for more information.

[1] RBR 2016, ATM Software 2016.
[2] RBR 2016, Global ATM market and forecasts 2021.

SOURCE Diebold Nixdorf

Media Relations, Renee Murphy, +1-330-490-5825,; Investor Relations, Steve Virostek, +1-330-490-6319,

Barnes & Noble announces the return of B-Fest teen book festival featuring activity-filled afternoon on September 23

  • B-Fest Teen Book Festival Back by Popular Demand Featuring Exclusive Giveaways and Exciting Events for One Day Only at Select Stores
  • Celebrate Batman Day with a Special Promotion of Buy Two, Get The Third Free* on All DC™ Graphic Novels Online and at Stores Nationwide

New York, NY, 2017-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced the return of B-Fest (, the Company’s second annual teen book festival, at select stores nationwide on Saturday, September 23, starting at 1 PM. This year’s B-Fest will feature an activity-filled afternoon for teens with trivia, games, workshops and exclusive giveaways, while supplies last. Additionally, dozens of teens’ favorite authors will be joining the fun to read their work, sign books and meet fans, including big names like Jay Asher and Ruby Karp. Customers should visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to find a participating store near them.

Also taking place on September 23, all Barnes & Noble stores will be celebrating Batman Day with a special promotion of buy two, get the third free on all DC graphic novels. This exciting offer will be emphasized at select stores by many Batman-themed activities that will be a part of B-Fest.

The one day only B-Fest teen book festival will feature the following four cornerstone events that will take place at select stores on September 23:

  • B-In the Know – 1 PM: Teens can test their knowledge of teen literature with a trivia blast. Two winners per store will receive a tote and an advanced reader’s copy of a highly-anticipated new release for teens.
  • B-Super– 2 PM: Teens will celebrate DC Comics superheroes and heroines, including Batman and Wonder Woman. The celebration will include trivia, mad libs and excerpts from Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and a sneak peek of Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker. One lucky winner of Super Hero Trivia per store will receive an advanced reader’s copy of Batman: Nightwalker.
  • B-Part of the Fun – 3 PM: Customers are invited to join the fun with a Mask of Shadowssweepstakes**, based on the recently released novel by Linsey Miller. Check out the postcard in store during B-Fest for details on how to enter for a chance to win one of three $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Cards. Additionally, customers will have the opportunity to participate in other games and activities throughout this hour, including a Spelling Showdown and a Story Ball, with chances to win prizes like a Genuine Fraud book cover signed by E. Lockhart and more, while supplies last.
  • B-Creative – 5 PM: Teens will have the opportunity to attend a writing workshop to learn about character and plot development in order to develop their own stories. Plus, this workshop will include tips and tricks from some of teens’ favorite and most popular authors.

In addition to these four key events, many stores nationwide will be welcoming dozens of authors to join the festivities, with some of the biggest names in the worlds of teen literature appearing. Some names on the lineup include Jay Asher, Kristin Cashore, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston, Ruby Karp, Marie Lu, Michael Rubens, Kiersten White and many more. Customers can visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locatorfor the latest details on who’s appearing at their local participating store.

For more information on B-Fest, customers should visit or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at their local participating Barnes & Noble store. Teens should follow Barnes & Noble on TwitterInstagramTumblr and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook for the very latest information on B-Fest, and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #BFestBuzz.

*Terms and Conditions: Offer applies to lowest-priced qualifying title. eBooks not included. While supplies last.

** Barnes & Noble is neither a sponsor nor co-sponsor of this Sweepstakes.

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Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379


About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

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