Citycon Oyj announces quarterly equity repayment of EUR 0.0325 per share

Helsinki, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj has today (20 September 2017) decided, on the basis of the authorisation by the Annual General Meeting 2017, that an equity repayment of EUR 0.0325 per share be distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund of the company. The equity repayment will be paid to a shareholder registered in the company’s shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd on the record date for the dividend and equity repayment 22 September 2017. The equity repayment will be paid on 29 September 2017.

Citycon’s Annual General Meeting held on 22 March 2017, resolved to authorise the Board of Directors to decide in its discretion on the distribution of dividend and equity repayment. Based on the authorisation the total amount of the dividend to be distributed shall not exceed EUR 0.01 per share and the maximum amount of equity repayment distributed from the invested unrestricted equity fund shall not exceed EUR 0.12 per share. The authorisation is valid until the opening of the Annual General Meeting 2018.

Following the asset distribution on 29 September 2017, Citycon Oyj has distributed a total dividend and equity repayment of EUR 0.0975 per share during the year 2017 and the remaining authorisation of Citycon’s Board of Directors is EUR 0.0325 per share.

Citycon Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: CTY1S) is a leading owner, developer and manager of urban grocery-anchored shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions, managing assets that total EUR 5 billion and with market capitalisation of EUR 2 billion. For more information about Citycon, please visit

For further information, please contact:
Marcel Kokkeel
Tel. +358 40 154 6760

Eero Sihvonen
Executive Vice President and CFO
Tel. +358 50 557 9137

Source: Citycon Oyj

Colruyt Group offers in-depth information on house brand food products with the launch of “Product Finder” website

Colruyt Group offers in-depth information on house brand food products with the launch of “Product Finder” website


Halle, Belgium, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 20, 2017), Colruyt Group is launching their unique website “Product Finder”. This digital platform offers in-depth information about the group’s house brand food products, including Boni Selection and Everyday, which are available at Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet, Spar Colruyt Group, and Collect & Go stores.  Consumers can use filters to quickly find the house brand products that match their diets. This will not only make things easier for people who suffer from allergies or intolerances, but also for everyone looking for reliable information about ingredients and nutritional value, or information about sustainability. This is a new step towards the group’s goals to inform customers as openly as possible about the existing product range and to support them in making conscious food choices.

Based on the clients’ experience
In developing this digital platform (, Colruyt Group drew inspiration from the diverse needs, expectations, and motivations that today’s consumers have. Frans Colruyt, COO at Colruyt Group: “We live in complex times: we are being bombarded with information, which can lead to uncertainty and confusion. At the same time, more and more people want or have to make more conscious choices when it comes to their food, either for their own well-being, or because they want to create a better world. That is why we want to provide consumers better access to transparent and reliable product information through this platform.”

Product Finder offers the most complete information about the house brand products available in Colruyt Group’s food stores: Everyday, Boni Selection, Graindor coffee, appetizers, and liquor. “We specifically chose the house brand products because their product information comes from our own, internal quality service and food specialists. We currently provide more information about our house brand products than is legally necessary”, says Frans Colruyt. By using search parameters such as ingredients, name, keywords, and bar code, consumers are able to quickly find those house brand products that meet they personal nutritional needs.

Guide for food allergies or intolerances

With Product Finder, Colruyt Group primarily focuses on nutritional profiles that need reliable information. The website specifically caters to people with food allergies or intolerances: they can search for the fourteen current legitimate allergens. The platform, which is always being updated, will at a later date cater to people whose diet is either vegetarian or vegan. Frans Colruyt: “This website is utterly unique. It allows people to search for specific products within our range – gluten free biscuits, for example, or ready meals that don’t contain egg. We’ve made it very easy to make choices that fit within people’s individual diet. This kind of extra service for the consumer is how we want to fulfil our societal role as a retailer.”

Transparent and in-depth product information

In addition to general information about health, allergens, and intolerances, Product Finder also provides news about the origins and sustainability of the group’s house brand products. Frans Colruyt: “This is our way of very openly providing more in-depth product information. It allows us to indicate for each product how, for instance, its nutritional composition has been changed – we have been decreasing the amounts of salt, sugar, and fat in our house brand products.”

Consumers can also register to take part in comparative product taste tests. This allows them to give feedback on the make-up of new products, or whether they enjoy how existing products have been altered.

“The website is a perfect addition to existing apps”

Product Finder is not Colruyt Group’s first time reaching out to help consumers in their food choices. In 2016, the app SmartWithFood was launched, where all products of the Colruyt Group food shops have been included. This nifty app allows customers to scan bar codes in the stores, and informs them about the product’s composition and possible alternatives.

They also have the MyColruyt app. This is an application that helps customers to make smart grocery lists, allowing them to input preferences, such as “gluten free”. Recipes and products that are gluten free are indicated with a “thumbs up” icon.

“While MyColruyt is more of a ‘shopping buddy’, SmartWithFood focuses on product information that is ‘on the spot’. Product Finder is an even larger, general database that customers can look at before they even do their shopping. This way, the three digital tools perfectly complement each other”, concludes Frans Colruyt.

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

Source: Colruyt Group


Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 10 tablet only $149.99

Amazon announces all-new Fire HD 10 tablet only $149.99


  • Featuring a brilliant 10.1” 1080p Full HD display with over 2 million pixels, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and 32GB of internal storage with support for up to 256GB more via microSD—the all-new Fire HD 10 is designed from the ground up for entertainment
  • Now 30% faster with 2x the RAM and an ultra-fast quad-core processor, plus up to 10 hours of battery life so you can enjoy all your favorite movies, TV shows, books, games, songs, and more
  • Introducing Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet—simply ask Alexa to play or pause a video, set a timer, play a song, dim the lights, open your calendar, or show your smart home security camera—using just your voice

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 19, 2017) announced the all-new Fire HD 10, the next-generation of Amazon’s largest tablet, now with a brilliant 10.1” widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over 2 million pixels. The new Fire HD 10 is 30% faster with 2x the RAM and an ultra-fast quad-core processor, plus 32GB internal storage and up to 10 hours of battery life—now only $149.99. Fire HD 10 also introduces Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet—just ask Alexa to play or pause a video, find music, dim the lights, set a timer, show your calendar, and more, simply by using your voice. The all-new Fire HD 10 is available for pre-order starting today.

“For less than $150, the all-new Fire HD 10 offers a beautiful 1080p Full HD display, faster performance, more storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life,” said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Amazon Devices. “We’re also excited to introduce Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet. Now, you can ask Alexa to play a video, show you your calendar, dim the lights, and much more—using just your voice.”

With a 10.1” widescreen 1080p Full HD display, fast quad-core processor, and up to 10 hours of battery life, Fire HD 10 is the perfect tablet for enjoying entertainment, including your favorite movies, TV shows, books, magazines, apps, and games. With options for 32GB or 64GB of storage, plus up to 256GB of additional storage via microSD card, you have plenty of space to store offline video downloads from Amazon Video, Netflix, and Showtime. Should you forget to download your favorite show before you leave the house, On Deck has you covered with a selection of TV shows and movies already downloaded and ready to watch.

Fire HD 10 also includes For You, a new personalized page on the tablet home screen that makes it easy for customers to quickly get back to reading, watching, playing or listening—and to quickly find what’s next. For You learns what a customer loves to do on the tablet, and then presents personalized recommendations across a variety of entertainment categories like books, videos, songs, and apps to help customers get the most out of their tablet. Customers can also quickly access family photos from Prime Photos and see their local weather right from the For You home screen. The new For You page is also now available for customers on previous generation Fire tablets.

For only $149.99, the all-new Fire HD 10 includes:

  • Full HD display—Brilliant 10.1” widescreen 1080p display (1920 x 1200) with over 2 million pixels (224 ppi) for bright, vivid image quality.
  • Faster performance—Quad-core processor with up to 1.8 GHz and 2GB of RAM—2x the RAM and 30% faster than the previous generation Fire HD 10—delivering quick app launches, smooth videos and games, and great overall performance.
  • More storage—The most storage available on a Fire tablet with options for 32GB or 64GB, and support for up to 256GB of expandable storage via microSD. Plus, enjoy free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire tablets.
  • Longer battery life—Up to 10 hours of mixed use battery life, giving you the flexibility to go wherever the day takes you.
  • Alexa hands-free—Just ask Alexa to play a song, pause a movie, read audiobooks, answer questions, show your calendar, control your smart home, and more on your Fire tablet.
  • Dolby Atmos Audio—Custom-tuned, dual stereo speakers for immersive and high-quality sound.
  • Incredible reliability—As measured in tumble tests, Fire HD 10 is more durable than the latest iPad Pro 10.5”—and costs hundreds of dollars less.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi—Seamlessly stream your favorite videos with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support.
  • Front- and rear-facing cameras—Video chat with friends and family with the front-facing camera, take and share photos, and save them for later with free, unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken on Fire devices.
  • World’s best content selection—Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games. Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription.
  • Amazon-exclusive features—ASAP, X-Ray, Whispersync, Second Screen, Amazon FreeTime, Family Library, For You, Blue Shade, On Deck, and more.
  • Screen Sharing—Let an Amazon expert guide you remotely through any feature on your screen, available 24×7, 365 days a year—for free.

Introducing Alexa Hands-Free

Last year Amazon brought Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo, to Fire tablets making it even easier for you to enjoy endless entertainment by simply pressing a button and asking. Now, with the new Fire HD 10, Alexa is available hands-free—when connected to Wi-Fi, simply say the wake word “Alexa” and ask Alexa to control video playback (play, pause, rewind, and fast forward), launch an app, play your favorite song, or read an audiobook aloud. You can also ask Alexa to answer questions, read the news, get traffic and weather reports, set alarms and timers, and more—Alexa provides voice responses paired with visual cards on your Fire tablet’s display, and can even respond when your tablet screen is on standby. Alexa offers access to over 15,000 skills so you can stream music from Pandora, check your flight status with Expedia, or order a pizza from Domino’s.

You can also use Alexa hands-free on the new Fire HD 10 to control a range of smart home devices from SmartThings, Insteon, ecobee, Wink, and more. Dim the lights or adjust the thermostat using just your voice. Also, for the first time on a Fire tablet, you can ask Alexa to show you what’s on your smart home security camera with compatible devices from Nest, Ring, and Arlo—new feature coming soon. Because Alexa is cloud-based, it’s always getting smarter; meaning even more Alexa capabilities for Fire tablets will be available in the future.

Alexa hands-free will be available on the all-new Fire HD 10 via a free, over-the-air software update. The update will begin rolling out to customers starting October 11.


The all-new Fire HD 10 is available for pre-order beginning today with 32GB or 64GB of storage starting at $149.99 at Fire HD 10 now comes in three fun color options: Black, Marine Blue and Punch Red, and starts shipping October 11.

Protective covers are also available for Fire HD 10 in Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, and Cobalt Purple, and can stand in both portrait and landscape orientations—only $39.99.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon to open its fourth Ohio fulfillment center in Monroe; will create more than 1,000 full-time positions

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Sep. 18, 2017) announced plans to open its fourth Ohio fulfillment center in Monroe, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company recently announced an upcoming fulfillment center in North Randall, and it currently operates fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz. Additionally, there are more than 65,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Ohio growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon products and services.

“We are excited to continue growing in Ohio, adding 1,000 new jobs to the more than 6,000 Amazonians already working in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “The support of local leaders and incredible workforce has been instrumental in our decision to locate the new fulfillment center in the state, and we are grateful for the support we’ve received to bring new jobs and investment to Ohio.”

“We welcome Amazon’s commitment to bring 1,000 new jobs to Monroe and its growth in Southwest Ohio,” said Jobs Ohio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “Amazon is a terrific partner of Ohio, and we look forward to working with the company as it expands jobs and opportunities throughout the state.”

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

“Amazon’s commitment to providing quality employment opportunities for residents of the Monroe area is impressive,” said Monroe City Manager William Brock. “One of Southwest Ohio’s greatest strengths is its collaborative and regional nature, and we are proud that this project will positively affect numerous communities.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one.

“Amazon’s decision to locate in Monroe deepens the company’s investment in our region,” said Johnna Reeder, president and CEO, REDI Cincinnati. “Greater Cincinnati’s location at the heart of the U.S. makes it easier to access customers across the country. We’re proud to welcome Amazon to its new home in Monroe.”

“Warren County is excited to have Amazon build on its already strong partnership with Ohio as it locates a new facility in the City of Monroe,” said Martin Russell, executive director of the Warren County Port Authority. “Amazon’s commitment to Warren County and all of Southwest Ohiowill afford those seeking employment with great opportunity. With Warren County’s prime location at the center of the U.S. market, we look forward to partnering with Amazon as they continue to grow their business here and globally.”

Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit

The Monroe project is being developed by IDI Gazeley.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon to open its third Oregon fulfillment center; will bring 1,000 quality jobs in Portland

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Sep. 18, 2017) announced plans to open its third Oregon fulfillment center in Portland, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company recently announced an upcoming fulfillment center in Troutdale and Salem, in addition to the existing sortation center in Hillsboro and Prime Now hub in Portland. With the three upcoming fulfillment centers, Amazon will employ more than 3,500 full-time fulfillment associates across the state when all locations open starting in 2018.

“We announced our second fulfillment center in late August and today it’s exciting to announce our third fulfillment center in Oregon,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our quick growth in the Beaver state is our drive to continue growing and innovating on behalf of customers. Fulfillment centers in the state will increase speed of delivery, expand inventory selection, and provide great Prime membership benefits. We are excited to better serve customers, and create 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon.”

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

“Amazon has embraced the value of our region as a great business environment, and we welcome the 1,000 quality jobs and benefits this new facility brings to Portland,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Portland’s innovation and talented workforce are a perfect match for Amazon’s cutting-edge approach to customer service and support.”

“Amazon’s continued growth in our region is a good signal for Oregon’s economic growth,” said Keith Leavitt, chief commercial officer at thePort of Portland. “We’re excited to work with Amazon to create more job opportunities in Portland and build on this momentum.”

“Three Amazon fulfillment centers announced in three months adds to the company’s already robust presence in Oregon, which includes Amazon Web Services, Prime Now, and sortation centers,” said Business Oregon director Chris Harder. “Amazon could invest anywhere in the world, and they are showing over and over again that they believe Oregon is the place to build, innovate, and grow.”

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

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit

The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners.

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

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Kmart unveils its annual Fab 15 List of toys for the 2017 holiday season

Part of the Brand’s $1 Down Layaway Program, Kmart Reveals the Season’s Hottest Toys

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Everyone knows that sometimes the best gift of all during the holidays is knowing exactly what gift to buy others. To make gift-giving more ridiculously awesome than ever this year, Kmart today (Sept. 18, 2017) unveiled its annual Fab 15 List of the most in-demand toys for the 2017 holiday season.

The annual Fab15 list includes toys and games for kids of all ages and stages. The list, including toys and hot brands like Spin Master’s Hatchimals, Mattel’s Hot Wheels™ and Barbie™, LEGO®, and Hasbo’s NERF®, is carefully crafted based on industry trends, input from Shop Your Way members and data, and more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys kids love to play with and find under their Christmas trees.

“Kmart is this year’s toy headquarters,” said Michael O’Connor, head of toys at Sears Holdings. “With today’s hottest toys at affordable prices, our Fab 15 list will be sure to knock the stockings off kids and parents alike this holiday season.”

The Fab 15 list of Kmart’s most sought-after holiday toys includes:

  • Ninjago Water Strider by LEGO
  • Nerf AccuStrike RaptorStrike by Hasbro
  • Holiday Barbie by Mattel
  • Hatchimals by Spin Master
  • Paw Patrol Sea Patroller by Spin Master
  • Baby Alive Sweet Tears Doll by Hasbro
  • LOL Big Surprise by MGA
  • Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit by Mattel
  • Imaginext Batbot Xtreme by Fisher Price
  • FurReal Roarin’ Tyler Tiger by Hasbro
  • Soggy Doggy by Spin Master
  • Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 Lightning McQueen Tool Kit by Just Play
  • Doc McStuffins All-In-One Nursery by Just Play
  • Air Hogs Hyper Drift Drone by Spin Master
  • Barbie Deluxe Styling Head by Just Play

For Shop Your Way members, buying toys – including the Fab 15 – at Kmart means earning points that can be redeemed on future purchases, which is especially useful during the holiday season. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

Holiday Shopping with $1 Down Layaway at Kmart
Shop Your Way members can place the most popular items across dozens of categories on layaway including toys, home products, apparel and electronics, with a $1 down payment for in-store and online contracts. Non-members also have access to affordable layaway contracts through Kmart with $10 at contract initiation*.

Check out for the latest information and deals on the Fab 15 and Kmart’s full assortment of toys.

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About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and 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 Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at | Sears Holdings Corporation website at | Facebook:

*Requires down and biweekly payments. All fees nonrefundable. Service and cancellation fees apply.  No cancellation fee in Ohio. Not available at all Kmart stores. Maryland and Washington D.C. offer 8-week contracts only. Exclusions apply. See store for further details.


Macy’s, Inc. to host national holiday hiring event from Sept. 28-Sept. 29; will hire 80,000 seasonal associates

CINCINNATI, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2017 Christmas and holiday season.

The company also announced its national holiday hiring event, expanding to two days this year: Thursday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., in local time zones. Job candidates can visit all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s Backstage stores, as well as the company’s call centers and distribution and fulfillment centers. Each location’s hiring event offers a warm welcome to candidates and a comfortable hiring experience.

To discover open positions and opportunities for on-site interviews, candidates should apply in advance at or Positions in all facilities and stores nationwide are searchable on the easy-to-navigate hiring sites. Candidates who submit applications online will receive a response via e-mail.

“Macy’s greatest strength is our talent, and our associates, who directly engage with our customers, play a major role in our success. During the holiday season, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s shoppers appreciate our higher staffing levels wherever they connect with us – in stores, online and mobile, or by phone, and our associates love the income-earning opportunity,” said Jeff Gennette, Macy’s, Inc. chief executive officer. “We first offer current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, and then add to our workforce with seasonal hires. We also employ students, retirees and individuals from many walks of life who wish to supplement their income and benefit from receiving a merchandise discount. We are proud to offer them this opportunity to work in a fun, fast-paced and collegial environment.”

Macy’s, Inc.’s 2017 seasonal hiring plan includes the following:

  • About 18,000 of the 80,000 total seasonal positions will be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities that support sales generated by the company’s omnichannel business strategy. This is an increase of 3,000 positions compared to 2016. These positions are located in megacenters in Goodyear, AZ; Cheshire, CT; Tulsa, OK; Portland, TN; and Martinsburg, WV, as well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA; Stone Mountain, GA; Secaucus, NJ; and Joppa, MD.
  • Approximately 1,000 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, OH; Clearwater, FL; and Tempe, AZ.
  • More than 1,000 people will be hired across the country to support the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Seasonal associates at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online or via mobile. Macy’s, Inc. is one of the largest online retailers in America. Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired.

“The overall number of seasonal associates is in line with our streamlined store base. By increasing the number of associates in our direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities, we’re ensuring our customers get the service and seamless omnichannel experience they want during this important time of year,” concluded Gennette.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion and approximately 140,000 employees, the company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 150 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as, and Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.

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Carrefour continues to expand its Carrefour Easy convenience banner in China

Carrefour continues to expand its Carrefour Easy convenience banner in China


China, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 9 new Carrefour Easy stores since the start of the year, Carrefour China is moving forward with its multi-format, omni-channel growth.

While it continues to operate its hypermarkets and roll out its e-commerce business, Carrefour is continuing to expand its Carrefour Easy convenience banner in China.

With sales areas that range from 100 to 250 m², Carrefour Easy is a unique store format in China. Inaugurated in 2015, the banner now counts around thirty or so stores in Shanghai and a first store in Wuxi (in the coastal province of Jiangsu).

The most recent openings attracted high numbers of people – all of whom were curious to learn more about a new shopping experience combining convenience, practicality and freshness. The stores have a range of everyday food items that can be eaten in or taken away, as well as numerous services, including on-site catering, mobile payment facilities, Wi-Fi, lottery tickets, mobile top-ups and a photo printing facility.

On July 31, a new store opened at 209 Guoyao Road in the Pudong district. This store, right in the heart of the business district, is patronised by working people in search of a quick snack, a drink, lunch or other everyday products.

On August 24, Carrefour Easy also opened a store in the Putuo district at 768 Ao’men Road, and then on September 1, the 34th store opened on Hentong road (in the Jing’an district) in a new metropolitan hub complex of offices and shops right in the heart of Shanghai.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

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. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

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Regulatory clearance for Walgreens Boots Alliance’s purchase of 1,932 stores, 3 distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid

  • Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period expires for amended purchase agreement with Rite Aid
  • Final transaction includes 1,932 stores and related assets for $4.375 billion in cash
  • Store purchases expected to begin in October with completion anticipated in spring 2018
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance expects to realize more than $300 million in annual synergies within four years

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) announced today (19 September 2017) that it has secured regulatory clearance for an amended and restated asset purchase agreement to purchase 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) for $4.375 billion in cash and other consideration. The amended and restated purchase agreement between the parties updates the terms of the agreement with Rite Aid announced in June 2017. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of Rite Aid and Walgreens Boots Alliance and is still subject to other customary closing conditions. Store purchases are expected to begin in October, with completion anticipated in spring 2018.

The consideration for the transaction will now be $4.375 billion in cash, the assumption by Walgreens Boots Alliance of the related real estate leases and the grant of the option to Rite Aid, exercisable through May 2019, to become a member of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s group purchasing organization, Walgreens Boots Alliance Development GmbH. Walgreens Boots Alliance will also assume certain limited store-related liabilities as part of the new transaction.

“This is a significant moment for our company, and we are excited about the opportunities this agreement will deliver for our customers and patients, employees and investors,” said Walgreens Boots Alliance Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina. “Combining Walgreens retail pharmacy network with a strong portfolio of Rite Aid locations is expected to help us achieve enhanced, sustainable growth while enabling us to broaden our reach and provide greater access to convenient, affordable care in more local neighborhoods across the United States. We are confident in the path ahead and look forward to working together to shape the future of health care and deliver on the full potential these stores bring to our network.”

After all stores are acquired, stores are planned to be converted to the Walgreens brand in carefully planned phases over time. The stores to be purchased are located primarily in the Northeast and Southern U.S., and the three distribution centers to be purchased are located in Dayville, Conn., Philadelphia, Pa., and Spartanburg, S.C. The transition of these distribution centers to Walgreens will not begin for at least 12 months.

Due to the expected timing of store purchases under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement, Walgreens Boots Alliance does not expect the transaction to have a significant impact to its adjusted diluted net earnings per share in its fiscal year ending 31 August 2018. The company expects to realize annual synergies from the new transaction of more than $300 million, which are expected to be fully realized within four years of the initial closing of the new transaction and derived primarily from procurement, cost savings and other operational matters.

The amended and restated asset purchase agreement replaces the earlier purchase agreement entered into by the parties in June 2017, which included 2,186 stores and related assets for $5.175 billion in cash and other consideration.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 400,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has over 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with over 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The company also ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at

* As of 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2016, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this publication that are not historical statements are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the amended and restated asset purchase agreement between the Company, Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid and the transactions contemplated thereby and the possible timing and effects thereof, and the ability of the parties to complete the transactions considering the various closing conditions. Words such as “expect,” “pending,” “potential”, “likely,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “continue,” “synergy,” “on track,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated. Such risks include, but are not limited to, risks related to the proposed transactions and acquisitions generally, including the risk that the transactions may not close due to one or more closing conditions to the transactions not being satisfied or waived, risk that the business of the Company or the Rite Aid stores proposed to be sold to the Company may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transactions, risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions, the outcome of legal and regulatory matters, the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in management’s assumptions, the risks associated with the integration of complex businesses, and risks associated with changes in laws, regulations or interpretations thereof. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2017, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that the Company files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, the Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this publication, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Laura Vergani
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Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance

LVMH celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Environment Department

LVMH celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Environment Department


Paris, 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH celebrates the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Group’s Environment Department on Wednesday, September 20th. LVMH will bring together CEOs from Group Maisons and prominent environmental experts for a special evening dubbed “Future LIFE”. The event offers an opportunity to spotlight 25 years of pioneering environmental initiatives by LVMH and look to the future.

The LVMH Group and its 70 Maisons have actively supported sustainable development since 1992, led by the Environmental Department. Created 25 years ago, the department supports the Maisons to help them thrive over the long term while respecting the environment.  The LVMH Group has made environmental responsibility a pillar of its growth strategy. A video retrospective recaps highlights of this engagement from the past 25 years.

In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, LVMH decided to create a distinct Environment Department, reporting directly to top management. The new department was tasked with setting bold sustainable development goals, and supporting the Maisons in achieving these goals, ensuring their long-term development while respecting the environment.

LVMH focused even greater priority on environmental issues in 2012 with the creation of LIFE –  LVMH Initiatives For the Environment – a program that structures initiatives by Group Maisons and unifies efforts to meet targets in all areas of their operations, from production and procurement to retail and design. As part of this program, LVMH created an in-house carbon fund in 2015 with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by the Group and its Maisons by 25%, contributing to international efforts to limit global warming. Over six million euros has been invested in green projects thanks to this fund!

To celebrate 25 years of commitment by the Group and the creation of its Environment Department, a special evening dubbed “Future LIFE” will take place on September 20th. Numerous CEOs from LVMH Maisons will be joined by prominent environmental experts. The event offers an opportunity to spotlight 25 years of pioneering environmental initiatives by LVMH and look to the future with LIFE 2020, a comprehensive and ambitious roadmap that encompasses all Group businesses and operations.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


LVMH Environment Department to mark its 25th anniversary with new objectives in the LIFE 2020 program

Paris, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the LVMH Environment Department prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, including a livestream on Facebook, discover the ambitious new objectives in the LIFE (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) 2020 program. This roadmap will further boost the environmental performance of the LVMH Group and each of its Maisons.

The LVMH Group created the LVMH Initiatives for the Environment, or LIFE, program in 2012, accelerating an environmental and sustainable development strategy deployed since 1992. The cornerstone of the Group’s commitment to protecting the environment, this comprehensive program spans production, procurement, retail and design across all 70 LVMH Maisons. LIFE is a broad initiative that engages every one of the Group’s 135,000 employees.

Today LVMH reasserts its commitment to making protection of the environment a key growth driver, expanding the LIFE program with ambitious new objectives for 2020. This strong commitment is based on four pillars that engage all the Group’s business sectors and activities:  products, supply chain, CO2 and sites. For each pillar, concrete objectives have been set:

– Product objective: To mitigate the environmental footprint of product creation, by 2020 the Group aims to improve the environmental performance of all its products, covering the entire lifecycle.
– Supply Chain objective: More closely monitor the traceability and conformity of the raw materials used to create our exceptional products while at the same time preserving natural resources and applying the highest standards across 70% of procurement chains.
– CO2 objective: Reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020, pursuing initiatives introduced to fight climate change. The LVMH Group pioneered a trend among businesses in 2002 by introducing carbon reporting at its Maisons. In 2015 LVMH again proved a trailblazer by creating an in-house Carbon Fund, announced during the COP21 conference.
– Site objective: All sites will target an improvement of at least 10% in environmental performance indicators including water and energy consumption and waste production. The Maisons are also committed to improving their energy efficiency by 15%.

LIFE 2020 marks an important new phase, giving LVMH Maisons a clear vision and strengthening the capacity for initiative. This roadmap has unlocked creative energies by opening up opportunities and driving innovation and growth while unifying teams around shared goals.

As part of celebrations around the 25th anniversary of the Environment Department, LVMH is hosting a special event that will be livestreamed on the Group’s Facebook page. Rendezvous on September 20 from 6:30 pm Paris time on!


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

Rihanna launches her Fenty Beauty makeup line available exclusively at Sephora

Rihanna launches her Fenty Beauty makeup line available exclusively at Sephora


Paris, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rihanna has launched her Fenty Beauty makeup line for all shades of skin, unveiling the line simultaneously around the world on September 8. Fenty Beauty spans 91 products, available exclusively at Sephora!

Working with Kendo, the LVMH Group incubator for beauty brands, Rihanna has created her own makeup range, Fenty Beauty. Unveiled simultaneously at 1,600 stores in 17 countries, the new line is designed for women of all shades.

With 91 different products – available exclusively at Sephora and on the beauty retailer’s website – Fenty Beauty offers a vast choice of lightweight products for all skin types and tones: 40 foundation shades, 30 Match Stix skinsticks to contour, correct, conceal or create a shimmer, a blotting powder, plus a range of beauty accessories.

Rihanna has chosen three prestigious makeup artists – James Kaliardos, Priscilla Ono and Hector Espinal – as international brand ambassadors. The launch of the new makeup brand was accompanied by an ad campaign featuring Rihanna herself, with display ads and a film that features all the different types of women for whom Fenty Beauty was created.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Richard Quinn’s H&M Design Award 2017 collection will be available this October


Richard Quinn’s H&M Design Award 2017 collection will be available this October


By blending demi-couture skills with 1960s upholstery and a twist on shape and silhouette, St Martins MA graduate Richard Quinn won the 2017 H&M Design Award, and has now also produced a collection in collaboration with H&M that will be available in selected online markets and at the London flagship store in Oxford Circus on the 5th October

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — We believe that Richard’s collection is a great combination of creativity, technical skills and ethical thinking, which has beautifully translated into outstanding pieces that are fashion-forward yet wearable and desirable,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M and H&M Design Award jury chair.

Head-to-toe prints, exaggerated silhouettes and a fearless attitude are the main features of Richard Quinn’s H&M Design Award 2017 collection. When creating the collection, the London-based designer looked to traditional imagery of the 1950s and 60s, but wanted to put his own twist on it, so started playing with shapes and textiles in a new way.

A strapless ball gown in a multi-colored floral print echoes the New Look silhouette – built up with a corset and tulle inside, plus a balloon hem for even more volume – and is set against a voluminous metallic flower printed coat. Meanwhile, a classic trench coat goes oversized with 1980s power shoulders and features a vivid rose print lining, which can then be paired with over-the-knee stiletto sock boots in yet another dramatic floral.

“Throughout this whole experience, I’ve been encouraged by H&M to really hold true to my aesthetic and not water it down. I wanted to create intelligent pieces that people would want to wear – and I think we’ve done that, Richard Quinn.

Born and raised in London, 26-year old Richard graduated from the Central St Martins MA course in 2016. He was awarded the H&M Design Award 2017 by a jury that included Ann-Sofie Johansson (Creative Advisor at H&M), Imran Amed (Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Business of Fashion), Margareta van den Bosch (Creative Advisor to H&M), Yasmin Sewell (Fashion Director of, Pernille Teisbaek (Founder and Creative Director of Social Zoo) and Zanita Whittington (Creative Director of Azalle and Zanita Studio).

About the H&M Design Award
The H&M Design Award was founded in 2012 to support young designers. The annual prize underlines H&M’s strong commitment to the future of fashion, encouraging young designers as they embark on their careers, as well as inspiring the next generation to choose fashion as their future path.

For more images and information about the collection, please visit H&M Image Gallery.

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M


Grants now available to help colleges and universities become 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses

Grants now available to help colleges and universities become 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses


WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation, American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative today (Sept. 19, 2017) announced that grants are now available to help U.S. colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The grants are part of aggressive efforts by all three organizations to deliver the first tobacco-free generation by accelerating and expanding the number of campuses across the country that prohibit smoking and tobacco use.

The announcement of newly available grants coincides with the awarding of $1.2 million in grants to 126 schools who are working toward a tobacco-free campus policy, the largest number of schools to do so at any one time. Spanning the U.S., the campuses include 43 major academic institutions, including Stanford University and University of Pittsburgh; 34 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Howard University; and 49 community colleges. Grantees range from colleges in the early stages of building campus support for going tobacco-free to those that have adopted policies and need support to successfully implement them.

The grants delivered through Truth Initiative and American Cancer Society are part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming with a goal of helping to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health’s efforts targeting college students meet an urgent and critical need. Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the U.S., more than 1 million have been projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking.

“We are at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible.”

With the CVS Health Foundation’s support, the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative programs help students, faculty and staff develop and execute strategies that are customized to meet the campuses’ unique needs and move the schools toward a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Each organization also provides technical assistance and other resources to schools, including education, communications, support to quit smoking and evaluation.

According to a new survey from CVS Health, public support for smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies remains strong. The results released today revealed that three in four Americans (73%) and eight in 10 current U.S. college students (78%) indicated their support for policies that prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses. At the same time, 57 percent of U.S. college students say a tobacco-free campus is important to them when considering applying to or attending a college. The findings come from a public opinion poll conducted by Morning Consult for CVS Health in August 2017. For more findings, visit

“While we have made great progress driving down the smoking rate to 6 percent among youth, the prevalence of smoking by young adults is 14.2 percent and those who attend college have a higher risk of initiating and experimenting with smoking,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization that directs and funds the truth campaign. “With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 26, college campuses are critical in preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all. We are thrilled to be working with the CVS Health Foundation to provide grants to minority-serving institutions, HBCUs, and community colleges to give them the tools to go tobacco-free and be the generation that ends smoking.”

“Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for approximately 30 percent of all cancer deaths, killing up to half of its users,” said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society, “By partnering with the CVS Health Foundation to create tobacco-free campus environments, we can reduce youth tobacco exposure, prevent students from becoming addicted, and ultimately, reduce the number of people who get sick and die from cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.”

Since the launch of its tobacco-free college program in 2016, the CVS Health Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 146 U.S. colleges and universities as part of an ongoing commitment to accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent tobacco-free campuses. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 U.S. colleges and universities, many of which have more than one campus. Yet, only 1,611 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free, according to an Americans for Nonsmokers Rights analysis.

To see the full list of colleges supported by these grants and for more information on the grant application process, please visit

Poll Methodology 
The poll was conducted online by Morning Consult for CVS Health between August 4-7, 2017 among a national sample of 2,880 U.S. adults, with an oversample of current college students and parents of current college students. Margin of error is +/-2 percentage points.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit

About The American Cancer Society 
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About Truth Initiative
Truth Initiative is dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. We speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco through education, tobacco control research and policy studies, and community activism and engagement. We’ve helped bring teen cigarette use down from 23 percent in 2000 to 7 percent in 2015. We’re proud of that success, but our work won’t stop until we achieve a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco.

Media Contacts:

Michael Reich

Nicole Dueffert

Mary Gattuso

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation


CVS Health launches in-store customer donation campaign to support rebuilding efforts following the recent hurricanes

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the devastating damage caused by recent hurricanes, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today ( Sept. 19, 2017) launched an in-store customer donation campaign to support the rebuilding efforts underway in the impacted areas. As part of this initiative, the company pledged to match all customer donations with critical products and supplies, up to $10 million.

“We’ve been impressed by the overwhelming expression of generosity among our colleagues and customers across the country who continue to seek ways to help the people impacted by these devastating storms,” said Helena B. Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “We’ll continue to do our part to deliver the necessary resources and support that these communities need to begin the long recovery process.”

Through September 28, customers can donate $1, $3 or more at the register of CVS Pharmacy locations. The total amount donated by customers will be matched by CVS Health with up to $10 million in product donations, including cleaning supplies, non-perishable food and personal care items.

“The outpouring of support from individuals and businesses across the country to aid in recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey has been inspiring,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “I, and the people of Texas, are grateful for the assistance CVS is offering to the Rebuild Texas Fund as we begin the long road to recovery. One thing that has proven true through all of this is that in a time of need, people will always come to aid of those who need it, and this effort by CVS speaks to the heart and generosity of the American spirit.”

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have been working with relief agencies on the ground in impacted areas, and will continue to do so as additional storms loom. To date, the company, its colleagues and customers have donated more than $675,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Salvation Army, Florida Disaster Fund, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, a public charity designed to help CVS Health employees during unanticipated and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 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:
Mary Gattuso
(401) 770-9811


CVS Health Corporation declares quarterly dividend of $0.50 per share on its common stock

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today (September 19, 2017) announced that its board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.50 (50 cents) per share on the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 3, 2017, to holders of record on October 24, 2017.

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

Investor Contact:

Mike McGuire
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations
(401) 770-4050

Media Contact:
Carolyn Castel
Vice President
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-5717

Source: CVS Health

US Foods launches its Fall Scoop™ 2017 product lineup themed, “Make It Yours”

New Product Line Features 26 Products and Online Staffing Solution

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods (NYSE: USFD) is pleased to announce the launch of its Fall Scoop™ 2017 (Fall Scoop) product lineup themed, “Make It Yours.” The lineup features 26 products, six of which were developed in collaboration with award-winning chef, author and independent restaurateur, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. As operators strive to design the ideal menu and run an efficient kitchen and streamlined business, Fall Scoop helps provide the inspiration they need. The issue includes on-trend products inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s distinct global flavors, versatile items that maximize ingredients and help cut food costs and prepared foods that save chefs time in the kitchen.

“One of the most essential ingredients to succeeding in the restaurant industry is finding the perfect balance of products that not only inspire menus but offer easy alternatives, time savings and profit drivers,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “For Fall Scoop, we partnered with Marcus to create a line that gives operators the inspiration they need to empower their success.”

Inspiration From a Culinary Genius

US Foods partnered with Chef Samuelsson to inspire the next wave of global cuisine. Together, US Foods and Chef Samuelsson developed six products that showcase Chef Samuelsson’s culinary expertise and highlight his re-imagined American soul food concept. The products, which are inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish heritage and his roots in Harlem, New York, include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Uptown Par-Fried Chicken Thigh – inspired by Chef Samuelsson’s famous Yard Bird Chicken from Red Rooster Harlem, this dish is a cross between Grandma’s fried chicken and world cuisine. This product includes the crunch of traditional southern breading, along with buttermilk, coconut milk and a touch of Berbere seasoning cooked to perfection.
  • Molly’s Kitchen® Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper – easily deep-fried or baked in less than five minutes, Spicy Battered Cauliflower with Aleppo Pepper serves up a tender cauliflower floret in crispy batter, seasoned with a gentle, well-balanced Middle Eastern spice.
  • Monarch® Addis Style Spice Blend – inspired by the traditional Ethiopian Berbere spice blends, this version factors in cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and chile de árbol. This item can be used as a rub for meats, poultry and fish, and as a seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables.
  • Chef’s Line® Cornbread Muffin – by adding big-city spice to down-home soul food, this collaboration has livened up traditional corn muffins with the warm red and gently sweet spice of Aleppo pepper. This product can be served as a sweet side dish or main plate breakfast item.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Salmon – a staple in Sweden where Chef Samuelsson grew up, this Norwegian salmon is cold-smoked for 24 hours using Beechwood at a critical point in the process, which contributes to higher quality and sensory attributes.
  • Harbor Banks® Smoked Norwegian Trout – sometimes known as Norwegian Atlantic steelhead trout, this delicious dish has a rich red color and firm texture.

Versatile and Cost-Conscious

Sixty three percent of restaurant operators are concerned with managing food costs1, and 38 percent believe maximizing ingredients is one of the top ways to keep these costs low2. Fall Scoop features a variety of products that give operators the versatility they need for a wide range of dishes. Highlighted products include:

  • Patuxent Farms® Pepper Bacon Sausage – a smoky, peppery pork sausage that can be sliced and served or crumbled into a variety of different dishes.
  • Harbor Banks® Cape Shark Tenders – a first-to-market foodservice product, these Marine Stewardship Council™ (MSC)-Certified Cape Shark Tenders provide a distinctive white fish menu option that can be used as center-of-the-plate, taco topping or appetizer.
  • Chef’s Line® Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream – a traditionally creamy ice cream featuring a classic autumnal flavor – real pumpkin. It goes perfectly with the season’s pumpkin craze and in a sundae, shake or affogato.

Tasteful Time Savers

Fall Scoop also offers products that provide invaluable back-of-house shortcuts that keep time and effort in the kitchen low. Product highlights include:

  • Cross Valley Farms® Veggie Crunch Salad Kit – an ultra-convenient mixture of texture, color and crunch, this gorgeous salad makes for the perfect side dish or main course. You simply open, toss and serve.
  • Glenview Farms® Premium Cage Free Pasteurized Liquid Whole Eggs – these cage free liquid eggs are from humanely raised hens and are perfect for essential egg dishes any time of the day. They are made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and come ready-to-use.
  • Patuxent Farms® All Natural* Chicken Breast Slices – versatile and pre-cut, this product can be used in multiple dishes to provide a flavorful meat addition to any menu offering.
  • Devonshire® Premium Belgian Waffle – baked in Belgium and true to the country’s original style, this premium waffle can used for breakfast or dessert topped with ice cream or fruit or as a handheld, on-the-go-item.

Must-Have Online Staffing Solution

In addition to these new products, Fall Scoop also features Homebase, a leading online labor management tool that enables paperless scheduling, time tracking, text and email messaging and reporting. Managing schedules and communicating with team members is now fast, efficient and cost-effective. Learn more about US Foods Online staffing solutions at

For more on the full Fall Scoop lineup, visit and join the conversation on social media with #USFScoop. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and watch our chefs in action on YouTube.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

About Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie and Red Rooster Shoreditch in London. The youngest person to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. Samuelsson has appeared on “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All-Stars” and is the author of best-selling memoir “Yes, Chef” and multiple cook books, including “Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home.” A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival that launched in 2015, and is also the co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter at @marcuscooks.

1 Pulse, 2017

2 Pulse, 2016

*Minimally processed, no artificial ingredients.

Sara Matheu

Source: US Foods

Inditex Group: revenue rose by 11.5% in the first half of 2017 to €11.7 billion

Inditex Group: revenue rose by 11.5% in the first half of 2017 to €11.7 billion


  • During the past 12 months, Inditex has generated more than 11,000 new jobs, 2,933 of which are in Spain
  • First-half revenue amounted to €11.7 billion
  • Like-for-like sales growth was 6% in the first half, and were positive across all geographies
  • The Group reported net profit of €1.37 billion, up 9% year-on-year
  • Chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, emphasised the “strength and sustainability of our integrated offline-online store model, which continues to deliver growth, while creating value for society and the environment in which we operate, including job creation across our markets and in Spain where we are headquartered”
  • Inditex opened new stores in 35 markets during the first six months of the year, reaching a total store count of 7,405
  • The Group is currently present in 94 markets, 46 of which also have an online presence, having introduced seven of its retail concepts in Belarus and with scheduled to launch in India on 4 October
  • In-store and online sales increased by 12% in constant-currency terms between 1 August and 17 September 2017

Arteixo, Spain, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex Group revenue rose by 11.5% in the first half of 2017 (1 February – 31 July) to €11.7 billion, underpinned by growth across all markets and brands. First-half net profit amounted to €1.37 billion, seeing year-on-year growth of 9%. Like-for-like sales growth was 6%.

The Group also continued to generate jobs at a healthy pace, having created 11,043 new positions in the last 12 months. Of these, 2,933 jobs are located in Spain, resulting from growing teams at our headquarters.

On this point, Inditex´s Chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, sought to underline the “strength and sustainability of the company´s integrated offline-online store model, which year after year continues to demonstrate its ability to deliver growth, while emphasising the creation of value for society and the environment, as evidenced by the notable creation of jobs, particularly in Spain, thanks to the headquarters effect”.

The Group´s strong performance, both financial, environmental and social, was recently endorsed by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The latest edition of the report awarded Inditex a score more than twice the industry average and commended its supply chain management, its strategy for emerging markets, its “strong corporate environmental policy and the company´s eco-efficiency goals for 2020”, as well as its “proactive” efforts to address human rights issues, an area in which Inditex is said to have implemented “bestin- class” policies, with an “approach to public disclosures on these topics that continues to exceed the industry standard”. The DJSI is the gold standard for corporate sustainability with only the top 10% of leading performers assessed against its criteria.

Key figures (first half of 2017)

(€ BILLION) 1H 2017 1H 2016 % 17/16
Revenue 11.67 10.47 11.5%
Gross profit
Gross margin
EBITDA 2.29 2.11 9%
EBIT 1.74 1.61 9%
Beneficio neto 1.37 1.26 9%

All of the Group´s brands expanded their international footprints, adding stores in 35 countries. As a result, the Group´s global store count rose to 7,405, 113 more than at the start of the year (net of closures). Following the introduction of seven of the Group´s retail concepts in Belarus in August, and with the platform scheduled to launch in India on 4 October, the Group is now operating in 94 markets, 46 of which have an online presence.

The Group continued to invest in areas related to the company´s growth strategy during the reporting period, opening, refurbishing and renovating stores as well as continuously upgrading and modernising its facilities and logistics platforms. Capital expenditure for the full year is estimated at €1.5 billion.

In June, work began on the construction of a new logistics centre in A Laracha (Galicia, Spain), and in September construction started on the logistics hub planned for Lelystad (Netherlands), which will complement and support the existing central logistics platforms in Spain.

In parallel, the Group continued to roll out its used clothing collection programme in collaboration with a number of international NGOs. This programme is already fully operational in 532 stores in seven countries (Spain, Portugal, the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark and China). Planning is in progress for implementation of the scheme in another 25 countries, with pilot tests underway in some of these, including Sweden (one store in Stockholm) and Austria (one store in Vienna).

The company held its Annual General Meeting on 18 July, at which its chairman Pablo Isla provided Inditex´s shareholders with a detailed update on its growth in 2016 and the progress made on the 2016-2020 Environmental Plan presented the year before, while also announcing the expansion of the Join Life initiative – collections that stand out for their sustainable dimension – across the Group´s brands.

Progress also continued on the paperless scheme to eliminate paper tickets in online purchases, which is already a reality for online purchases in 39 markets and all purchases made in store in Spain – market in which shoppers can pay using their mobile handsets via any of the brands´ individual apps or the InWallet app, also available for Zara in the UK.

Expansion and upgrading of the sales areal

During the first six months of the year, all of the Inditex´s brands moved forward with the Group strategy of expanding, perfecting and refreshing the integrated offline-online store model. They opened flagship stores in all key geographies. Each concept also moved ahead with the strategy of continually upgrading their online and offline store images.

Notably, Zara opened an iconic flagship store in Mumbai (India) during the second quarter with a sales floor of 4,800 square metres. For the inauguration of its first street-level store in India, Zara carried out a comprehensive refurbishment and restored the emblematic Ismail Building in Hutatma Chowk Square, in the heart of the city´s shopping and historic districts.

Zara also opened other high-profile stores in the period, including the flagship store on Castellana 79, located in one of Madrid´s (Spain) busiest shopping hubs. The store, which stretches 6,000 square metres over four storeys, has obtained LEED Gold certification for its innovative eco-efficiency measures which translate into water and energy savings of 45% and 20%, respectively. Similarly during the first half, Zara opened its doors in the emblematic Silk Way shopping centre in Astana (Kazakhstan).

Pull&Bear, meanwhile, opened its first flagship store in Paris (France) in May, on Rue de Rivoli. Just a short walk from the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral or Pompidou Centre, the store stands out for its neoclassic façade, which during the first few days after the inauguration featured decorations specially designed for the occasion by US artist Andi Rementer.

Bershka also relocated its central Paris flagship store to Rue de Rivoli, occupying a larger space spread over two floors in which it has rolled out its Stage store image and concept.

In June, all the Group´s brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe) opened stores in the Puerto Cancún shopping centre in Quintana Roo (Mexico).

In July, Oysho opened its first flagship store in Geneva (Switzerland) in the central Place du Molard, a 330-square metre, single-storey store. The brand opted for a street-level establishment, maintaining the building´s original façade, the hallmarks of which are the colour white.

The Inditex Group´s underwear and gymwear brand was behind one of the Group´s most high-profile openings in the period, namely a 730-square metre, two-storey store on Via Roma, in Turin (Italy).

Zara Home opened a flagship store on West Nanjing Road in Shanghai (China) in May, as well as opening other important stores, including on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (Switzerland) and Kärntner Strasse in Vienna (Austria).

Massimo Dutti opened a new store on Kuznetsky Most, a two-storey building in the heart of Moscow (Russia), while Uterqüe opened a new flagship store on Paseo de Gracia de Barcelona (Spain), one of the world´s busiest shopping streets. With the second half already underway, Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home opened stores in the Dana Mall shopping centre in Minsk, marking the Group´s début in Belarus. Zara has made its entrance with a 4,000-square metre store, while the Pull&Bear and Massimo Dutti stores boast sales areas of 1,000 square metres each.

Pablo Isla visited the new stores and heard first-hand from the local teams how well Belarus shoppers were taking to the Group´s fashion propositions.

Zara and Zara Home, meanwhile, both opened stores in the Blue Mall shopping centre in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic).

The first half was particularly busy in terms of flagship renovations and expansions. A good example is the Zara Opera store, which increased its sales floor to 4,000 square metres on Boulevard des Capucines and Rue de Halevy, opposite the Garnier Opera House in Paris (France).p>

Stradivarius, meanwhile, reopened the doors of its 900-square metre flagship store on Portal de l´Ángel in Barcelona (Spain), having been comprehensively refurbished, and its renovated three-storey store in Ermou (Greece).

The city of A Coruña (Spain) also saw a number of stores being refurbished and reopened: In June, Bershka and Pull&Bear reopened in Plaza de Lugo, introducing their latest store images, and at the end of August, Stradivarius reopened its store in the same square.

Also in August, Zara White City, further expanded its sales space and reopened in London (UK), as did the renovated and expanded Zara flagship store in Nagoya (Japan), in the wake of a comprehensive refurbishment led by the brand´s architectural experts. This store, which stretches 2,300 square metres, is spread out over three floors and is known for its impressive glass façade.

In September, at the start of the second half, other landmark stores reopened, including Bershka´s biggest store in Japan at 690 square metres over four floors, in Tokyo´s Shibuya district. It will offer the complete collections from its three lines: Bershka, BSK and Man.

Zara reopened its store in the Marineda shopping centre in A Coruña (Spain), which has been refurbished and expanded to 4,000 square metres. This store has been fitted with the new pick-up point, which allows customers to directly collect their orders placed online through a fast and simple process. This experience is being trialled as a potential next milestone in the Inditex Group´s fully integrated offline-online store model.

The Group continued to expand this seamlessly integrated model across markets. Having entered four new markets in the first quarter of the year (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), is getting ready for launch in India on 4 October. Meanwhile, Oysho inaugurated its online platform in South Korea with Bershka also going live in Japan.

Commercial initiatives

It is also worth highlighting several commercial initiatives undertaken by the Group´s various brands during the reporting period. Zara unveiled a new project on its website called Shape the Invisible, an initiative undertaken in collaboration with renowned fashion schools: the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Parsons School of New York, EnsAS of Paris and Kingston University of London. The project consists of 60 garments created by up-andcoming designers from these schools, developed from past-season Zara collections.

Massimo Dutti, meanwhile, celebrated the Massimo Dutti International Show-Jumping Competition in Paris (France) as part of the Longines Global Champions Tour – Paris Eiffel Jumping, extending the brand´s close involvement with the world of horse-riding.

On 22 July, the international Oysho Yoga Tour descended on Moscow. The event took place at an emblematic location, the O2 Lounge, with spectacular views over the Red Square and the Kremlin. Moscow was the fourth stop on the Oysho Yoga Tour in 2017, after Paris, Istanbul and Tunisia.

This summer the underwear and gymwear chain also celebrated Oysho Surf´s Up, an initiative that combines surf and fitness, in line with its promotion of sports and healthy living. This initiative took place in Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris and Athens.

Automated in-store collection of online orders

The Zara store in Marineda in A Coruña (Spain) took a fresh step forward in the integration of the Group´s offline and online stores by introducing an automated order delivery point where shoppers can pick up orders placed online at their convenience.

The prototype is articulated around an optical barcode reader which scans the QR code or accepts the PIN codes received by customers when they place orders online.

In just a few seconds, the system delivers the order to a mailbox platform. Behind the platform, a dynamic robot moves through a shaft 8m tall by 2.5m wide with capacity to handle 700 packages simultaneously, as you can see here.

Pull&Bear this year became the main sponsor of the Pull&Bear Pantín Classic Galicia Pro, Spain´s most prominent surfi ng competition, which takes place in early September. Pull&Bear developed a special collection for young men and women which went on sale exclusively in the pop-up store placed on the Galician beach of Pantín from the end of August and on the brand´s online platform (

Pull&Bear´s sustainability commitment was clearly on display at this event: the Pantín Eco Surf initiative gave new life to the waste generated during the championship. A network of Pull&Bear eco-points for the collection and sorting of waste was installed along the beach and in its vicinity. The materials recovered were treated by certifi ed handlers who were tasked with generating new materials such as recycled fi bres from the waste.

These initiatives are part of the brand´s Circular Economy policy which also crystallised in the new Join Life collections and Massimo Dutti has joined Zara and Oysho in this sustainable clothing initiative. The idea behind the Join Life label is to distinguish the garments that stand out for the use of best textile processes in terms of environmental and sustainability aspects, either by using recycled materials or water- or energy-saving processes.

Giving back to the community

Inditex was recently named the most sustainable company in the retail industry for the second year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The company scored a total of 78 out of 100 points, putting it well head of the industry average of 30. Specifically, Inditex obtained the highest scores in the retail sector in the following categories: Supply Chain Management; Strategy for Emerging Markets; Environmental Management Policy and Systems; Contribution to Society and Philanthropy; and Human Rights.

The ranking, which is published by the S&P Dow Jones Indices and the sustainability investing specialist RobecoSam, commended Inditex for its leadership and efforts to “proactively address one of the [retail] industry´s most controversial issues: human rights”. “As a result, Inditex has managed to establish best-in class human rights policies, due diligence processes and comprehensive risk assessments”, notes the report, as well as highlighting the fact that its “approach to public disclosure on these topics continues to exceed the industry standard.”

As for its environmental record, the assessment underscores the reduction in water and energy consumption, “in line with its strong corporate environmental policy and the company´s eco-efficiency goals for 2020”. It also highlighted the “strong emphasis” being placed by the company on waste reduction with its Closing the Loop programme, bringing Inditex closer to its “ambitious goal to eliminate all waste from its own activities by 2020”.

for&from projects

Turning to some of the Group´s community work during the first half it is worth highlighting the inauguration of two new for&from establishments, stores which employ people with physical, psychological or learning disabilities. The store openings in Leganés and Llagostera (Spain) bring the initiative´s total store count to 13.

More specifically, Tempe opened its first for&from store in Madrid (Spain) during the first quarter, in the Sambil Outlet Madrid shopping centre, in collaboration with Prodis. Oysho, meanwhile, opened its second for&from store in the Catalan town of Llagostera (Spain), in collaboration with Moltacte.

As a result of these two openings, Inditex now has 13 for&from stores, which employ 150 people and are operated in collaboration with expert NGOs.

The Red Cross

Inditex donated 411,982 garments to the Red Cross in Spain to help combat poverty and social exclusion. The contribution was split into several donations. The donation, is worth €1.6 million and included shoes, accesories and garments from the women´s, men´s and kids collections. The organization´s staff take charge of giving the donated clothes to the people in Spain who are particularly vulnerable and needy people.

2H17 trading update

Between 1 August and 17 September 2017, sales in local currencies in stores and online have grown 12%..

As ratified at the Annual General Meeting held on 18 July, the Company will pay an final ordinary and bonus dividend totalling €0.34 per share (before tax) on 2 November 2017, thereby completing the €0.68 per share dividend declared against 2016 earnings.


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Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex


Kimco Realty declares cash dividend for its Class L depositary shares

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) announced today (9/19/2017 ) that its board of directors has declared the initial cash dividend for the company’s Class L depositary shares, each representing 1/1000 of a share of 5.125% Class L cumulative redeemable preferred shares. This initial dividend of $0.20998 per Class L preferred depositary share will be paid on October 16, 2017 to shareholders of record on October 3, 2017 representing an ex-dividend date of October 2, 2017.

As previously disclosed, Kimco’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per common share, payable on October 16, 2017, to shareholders of record on October 4, 2017 representing an ex-dividend date of October 3, 2017.

The board of directors also declared quarterly dividends with respect to the company’s Class I, Class J and Class K series of cumulative redeemable preferred shares. All dividends on the preferred shares will be paid on October 16, 2017, to shareholders of record on October 3, 2017 representing an ex-dividend date of October 2, 2017.

The ex-dividend dates for Kimco’s common shares and Class I, Class J and Class K series of cumulative redeemable preferred shares have been updated to reflect the New York Stock Exchange rule change shortening the standard settlement cycle for securities trades.

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at

Safe Harbor Statement

The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden to deliver the opening keynote at the 2018 NGA Show

Former CIA and NSA Director to Address Independent Supermarket Operators

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today (Sep 19, 2017) announced that former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), General Michael Hayden, will deliver the opening keynote address, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, during the 2018 NGA Show held February 11 – 14 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As director of the CIA and NSA, General Hayden was on the frontline of the war on terror and saw firsthand the challenges our nation faced during times of geopolitical strife. Hayden is a retired four-star general who was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.

Additionally, Hayden served as the head of two multi-billion dollar enterprises, and through this experience, he brings an interesting perspective on the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and the need to develop effective internal and external communications.

Hayden is a sought-after speaker for his expertise on intelligence matters, geopolitics, and the ability to give an insider’s glimpse into the political, economic, and security issues facing the nation.

“We’re excited to welcome General Hayden as the keynote speaker for our opening session at The NGA Show and to have him share how issues across the globe have impacted independent grocers and the American economy,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “With more than 40 years of public service, General Hayden will provide a unique insight on his experience leading the CIA and NSA during some of our country’s largest security threats. I’d like to thank The Kraft Heinz Company for their continued sponsorship of the NGA Show opening keynote.”

The Kraft Heinz Company has been a member and supporter of The NGA Show for 30 years.

In addition to revealing the 2018 keynote speaker, NGA also announced that online registration has now opened. The 2018 NGA Show will feature 40 specialty education workshops, over 350 companies on the EXPO Show floor, and anticipates more than 3,500 attendees for the eighth consecutive record-breaking opening.

For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. Online registration for The NGA Show is now open and can be found at

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

EROSKI alcanza 49 puntos de recogida de pedidos online

EROSKI alcanza 49 puntos de recogida de pedidos online


  • Eleva a 18 los puntos de recogida de la compra online en coche Click & Drive y 31 las tiendas urbanas donde se puede recoger la compra online Click & Collect
  •  Recientemente ha renovado su supermercado online y su app EROSKI para mejorar la experiencia de compra de sus clientes
  •  Más del 85% de los pedidos Click & Drive y Click & Collect contiene algún producto fresco

ELORRIO , Espana, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI continúa extendiendo su servicio de recogida de pedidos online, Click & Drive y Click & Collect, y al cierre del primer semestre del ejercicio alcanza los 49 puntos en País Vasco, Navarra, Galicia y Cataluña con la enseña Caprabo.

Concretamente cuenta ya con dieciocho puntos Click & Drive, un servicio gratuito que combina la facilidad de la compra online con la recogida, tan solo cuatro horas después de hacer el pedido, en el puesto de entrega rápida instalado en las tiendas sin salir del coche.

El servicio Click & Collect, también gratuito y pensado para un cliente más urbano, ha alcanzado los 31 puntos de recogida al cierre de la primera mitad del ejercicio. Esta propuesta ofrece la posibilidad de recoger en tienda las compras realizadas en internet dos horas después, sin colas ni esperas.

“Nuestros clientes aprecian la comodidad y la posibilidad de una experiencia de compra sin fisuras que integra los canales on y offline. Valoran muy positivamente la gratuidad del servicio, la posibilidad de hacer pedidos y recogerlos el mismo día, y la rapidez de la entrega”, ha explicado la directora de Negocio Online de EROSKI, Mari Mar Escrig.

La cooperativa continúa dando pasos en su transformación digital hacia una propuesta multicanal. Hace tres meses lanzó un supermercado online más rápido y eficiente para mejorar la experiencia de compra de sus clientes. Y este mismo mes ha presentado la actualización de la app EROSKI para que sus usuarios puedan seguir disfrutando de manera más cómoda de las funcionalidades de esta aplicación destinada a los Socios Cliente de EROSKI Club.

Frescos online

Destaca la fidelización de los consumidores para la compra de productos frescos a través de su web ya que más del 85% de los pedidos online vinculados a los servicios de recogida Click & Drive y Click & Collect contiene algún producto fresco. EROSKI se sitúa así por encima de la media del sector que según datos de Nielsen sobre compra de alimentación online en España solo uno de cada diez consumidores incluye producto frescos en su cesta.

Asimismo, el supermercado EROSKI Online es el único operador que ofrece entregas a domicilio en el 100% del territorio en Baleares, Navarra y País Vasco, y prácticamente  en toda Galicia.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


EROSKI aumenta un 16% las ventas de alimentos de origen local en Navarra en el primer semestre del ejercicio

EROSKI aumenta un 16% las ventas de alimentos de origen local en Navarra en el primer semestre del ejercicio


  • Destaca el incremento del 46% del volumen de sus ventas de carne gracias a la extensión de los mostradores de carnicería en sus tiendas de nueva generación
  •  Las ventas de productos lácteos crecen casi un 24% impulsadas en gran medida por el lanzamiento de la gama de leche EROSKI de producción 100% navarra
  •  La cooperativa apoya la sostenibilidad del sector primario y colabora con 147 pequeños productores agroalimentarios de Navarra

PAMPLONA, Espana, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Las ventas de EROSKI de alimentos de origen local en Navarra han crecido un 16% durante el primer semestre del ejercicio. Un crecimiento que está ligado a la firme apuesta por los alimentos locales que el modelo comercial ‘contigo’ desarrollado por la cooperativa está haciendo y que los consumidores aprecian.

Este modelo impulsa un tejido productivo agroalimentario local altamente diversificado como elemento clave para la sostenibilidad del sector y su contribución a la economía, la cultura y el paisaje del entorno cercano a cada una de sus tiendas. EROSKI colabora con 147 pequeños productores agroalimentarios navarros, a quienes realiza compras anuales a través de acuerdos a medio-largo plazo que aportan estabilidad para un sector agroalimentario sostenible y altamente diversificado. En el conjunto de sectores económicos de Navarra, EROSKI colabora con más de 400 proveedores, superando los 1.000 millones de euros en compras en los últimos cinco años, lo que convierte a EROSKI en un socio fundamental para la sostenibilidad del sector agroalimentario de Navarra.

“EROSKI ofrece al consumidor una propuesta especialista en alimentos frescos que junto a la comercialización de alimentos de producción local se han convertido en distintivo de nuestras tiendas. El consumidor valora cada vez más los alimentos procedentes de su entorno más cercano por su alta calidad y por la mayor sensibilidad hacia lo autóctono”, ha señalado la directora regional de Hipermercados EROSKI, Anabel Zariquiegui.

Los mayores crecimientos en carne y leche

EROSKI sigue avanzando y extendiendo los mostradores de carnicería en sus tiendas de nueva generación para ofrecer una atención más personalizada al cliente. Una remodelación en su propuesta al consumidor que apoya el notable incremento del 46% de las ventas de carne de origen de Navarra durante los primeros seis meses del presente ejercicio. Este aumento está impulsado especialmente por la venta de carne de vacuno certificada por la IGP Ternera Navarra con la marca propia EROSKI Natur.

Asimismo, resalta el incremento del 24% de ventas de productos lácteos, debido en gran medida por el lanzamiento de una nueva gama de leche EROSKI de producción 100% navarra y que cuenta con el sello PLS de Producto Lácteo Sostenible. “EROSKI desarrolla con el sector primario navarro un amplio número de iniciativas en la producción alimentaria local como el desarrollo de productos de marca propia en huevo, conservas vegetales, queso de pastor D. O. Idiazabal Artzai-Gazta y D. O. Roncal. También bajo la marca propia EROSKI Natur el esparrago acogido a la IGP Esparrago de Navarra y la Alcachofa de Tudela, entre otros”, ha destacado Zariquiegui.

Primer grupo de distribución alimentaria de Navarra

EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo y líder de la distribución alimentaria en Navarra. Cuenta con una red comercial en la Comunidad Foral de 2 hipermercados y 81 supermercados, además de38 tiendas en negocios de diversificación como gasolineras, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo FORUM SPORT. Cuenta con un equipo de 1.700 profesionales, de los que en torno al 56% son Socios cooperativistas.

EROSKI Club suma en Navarra más de 164.000 Socios Clientes con 17.000 nuevas incorporaciones en 2016.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Toys“R”Us, Inc. Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions in U.S. and Intends to Seek Protection under CCAA in Canada

  • Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Stores and Web Stores across the World are Open and Continuing to Provide World-Class Experiences for Customers
  • Restructuring Process Expected to Enhance Financial Flexibility for Investments in Growth Initiatives
  • Company Receives Commitment of Over $3.0 Billion in Debtor-in-Possession Financing to Support Operations

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc. (“the Company”) today (September 18, 2017) announced that the Company and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries and its Canadian subsidiary have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, VA. In addition, the Company’s Canadian subsidiary today intends to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Company intends to use these court-supervised proceedings to restructure its outstanding debt and establish a sustainable capital structure that will enable it to invest in long-term growth and fuel its aspirations to bring play to kids everywhere and be a best friend to parents.

The Company’s operations outside of the U.S. and Canada, including its approximately 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnership in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the Chapter 11 filing and CCAA proceedings.

The Company’s approximately 1,600 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores around the world – the vast majority of which are profitable – are continuing to operate as usual, providing customers with great service and a curated assortment of merchandise in the toy and baby categories. Customers can also continue to shop for the toy and baby products they are looking for online on the Company’s newly launched and web stores. Customers should expect the Company’s loyalty programs, including its Rewards“R”Us, Geoffrey’s Birthday List and Babies“R”Us Registry, to continue as normal.

“Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys“R”Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Together with our investors, our objective is to work with our debtholders and other creditors to restructure the $5 billion of long-term debt on our balance sheet, which will provide us with greater financial flexibility to invest in our business, continue to improve the customer experience in our physical stores and online, and strengthen our competitive position in an increasingly challenging and rapidly changing retail marketplace worldwide. We are confident that these are the right steps to ensure that the iconic Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us brands live on for many generations.”

Mr. Brandon continued, “As the holiday season ramps up, our physical and web stores are open for business, and our team members around the world look forward to continuing to put huge smiles on children’s faces. We thank our vendors for their ongoing support through this important season and beyond. We also appreciate the strong support our investors have provided over time and the constructive role they are playing in this process that will allow us to create a brighter future for our company. And as importantly, we thank our team members in advance for their hard work and dedication to serving the millions of customers who will shop with us this holiday.”

The Company has received a commitment for over $3.0 billion in debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing from various lenders, including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the Company’s existing lenders, which, subject to Court approval, is expected to immediately improve the Company’s financial health and support its ongoing operations during the court-supervised process. Toys“R”Us is committed to working with its vendors to help ensure that inventory levels are maintained and products continue to be delivered in a timely fashion.

In conjunction with the Chapter 11 process in the U.S., the Company has filed a number of customary motions with the bankruptcy court seeking authorization to support its operations during the restructuring process and ensure a smooth transition into Chapter 11 without disruption, including authority to continue payment of employee wages and benefits, honor customer programs, and pay vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course for all goods provided on or after the filing date.

Additional information can be accessed by visiting the Company’s restructuring website at, calling the Company’s Information Hotline, toll- free in the U.S. and Canada at (844) 794-3476, or sending an email to Court filings and other documents related to the court- supervised process in the U.S. are available on a separate website administered by the Company’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, at Information about the CCAA proceedings will be available on a separate site maintained by an independent monitor. The appointment of the monitor and address of the monitor website are expected to be announced later today.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as principal legal counsel to Toys“R”Us, Alvarez & Marsal is serving as restructuring advisor and Lazard is serving as financial advisor.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

For more information please contact:

Lenders and Note Investors:
Matthew Finigan
Vice President

Amy von Walter
Executive Vice President
Global Communications & Customer Care

Michael Freitag / Meaghan Repko
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Tel: (212) 355-4449

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Wegmans ranked #7 on the 2017 list of the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work®

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE and Great Place to Work® have ranked Wegmans #7 on the 2017 list of the ‘Best Workplaces for Women.’ Great Place to Work is the organization that conducts research and compiles results for Fortune’s annual ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list, which has included Wegmans for 20 consecutive years.

The list considered more than 400,000 employee surveys from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The ranking gauged women’s assessments of their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness and other elements essential for a great workplace.

“At Wegmans, we all work together and help one another, like family,” says Colleen Wegman, CEO.  “Being recognized as a great place to work for women is especially meaningful and a proud achievement we can all celebrate.”

The Best Workplaces for Women is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 94-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

About the Best Workplaces for Women
The ranking was drawn from surveys of more than 400,000 U.S. employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations, assessing them on:

  • Key metrics for a great workplace. Great Place to Work analyzed how women rated their organizations in more than 50 areas, including respect, fairness, management and camaraderie.
  • Gender comparison. The ranking considered women’s survey results compared to their colleagues’ to ensure women had as positive an experience as men. This took into account an index of factors where women often lag their peers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay and plans for a future with their organizations.
  • Consistent experiences in a diverse group. Great Place to Work also analyzed demographic patterns to ensure companies created great workplaces for all women, regardless of who they are or what jobs they do.

Surveys were conducted anonymously at each organization and women’s results achieved at least a 95 percent confidence level and a 7 percent margin of error or less. Organizations needed to employ at least 50 women to be considered.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, small & medium companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions.

Press Contact:
Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations

Evelyn Carter
Consumer Affairs Manager (Syracuse media only)

Michele Mehaffy
Consumer Affairs Manager (Buffalo media only)

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

ShopRite sends a truck filled with food and supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the flood waters receded, the people of Texas began the arduous task of rebuilding their homes and communities. It would not be easy. By the time Hurricane Harvey departed, the storm had caused billions of dollars of damage.

Once the roads had been cleared and the flooding had subsided, ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corp. stepped in to help. On Sept. 10, ShopRite sent a truck filled with food and supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.

Wakefern Food Corp.’s Safety supervisor Mike Kelly, Operations supervisor Jeff Gross, Transportation associate Rafael Luciano and two ShopRite truck drivers – Fadi Haddad and Norman Orebek – helped prepare the trailer for its trip to the Houston Food Bank, where workers helped distribute supplies and bottled water to those in need.

As of last week, Wakefern was still awaiting word from local organizations on the best way to help victims of Hurricane Irma. Local authorities were still assessing the damage in Florida.

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 Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 343 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit

Source: ShopRite


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,049,432 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from September 11, 2017 up to and including September 15, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €15.15 per share for a total consideration of €15.9 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 43,238,716 common shares for a total consideration of €799 million.

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

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

CBRE again the top global real estate advisory firm in the annual Euromoney Real Estate Awards

Los Angeles, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE has been named the top global real estate advisory firm in the annual Euromoney Real Estate Awards for the sixth consecutive year. Globally, CBRE was also ranked highest overall for Sales/Leasing and Valuation services.

In addition to the global awards, CBRE was named as the leading real estate advisory firm in Western Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa, and earned awards in 27 individual countries – up from 21 countries in 2016.

“We are honored by this ongoing recognition from our clients and industry peers,” said Bob Sulentic, president & chief executive officer, CBRE. ”It is the direct result of our talented professionals – supported by our strong operating platform – who are working together every day to create great outcomes for our clients.”

Euromoney, a leading international finance publication, annually surveys the opinions of real estate advisors, developers, investment managers, corporate end-users and banks worldwide to determine the best providers of real estate services. Industry professionals from more than 75 countries participated in this year’s survey.

For more information on the 2017 Euromoney Real Estate Awards, please go to

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser assumes the role of Executive Chairman of the Board

  • Bob Sasser Elevated to the Role of Executive Chairman 
  • Gary Philbin Promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer and Appointed to Board
  • Macon Brock to Remain on Board of Directors; Named Chairman Emeritus

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores today (September 18, 2017) announced that, as part of its planned leadership succession, Bob Sasser, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2004, will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board effective September 18, 2017.

Mr. Sasser, age 65, joined Dollar Tree in 1999 as Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001, and to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004.

During Bob Sasser’s tenure, Dollar Tree has grown from a company with 18,000 employees; fewer than 1,200 stores in 33 states; four distribution centers; and less than $1 billion in annual sales to a Fortune 150 company with nearly 180,000 employees; more than 14,500 retail stores; and an international supply chain with 24 distribution centers across North America. For 2017, revenues are projected to exceed$22 billion. The Company completed six acquisitions during Sasser’s tenure, including the $9.1 billion acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. in 2015. Dollar Tree’s market capitalization has grown from approximately $2.3 billion to $19.8 billion during this time.

“I am extremely proud of our Company and especially the 180,000 associates that work hard, delivering value and convenience to millions of customers every day. Our people make Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores among the best retailers in North America,” stated Mr. Sasser. “We have built a solid and scalable infrastructure. We have room to grow and tremendous opportunities to serve more customers in more ways, while increasing returns for our long-term shareholders. Our Company’s future has never been brighter!”

Effective September 18, 2017, Gary Philbin, Enterprise President, was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, Inc. and appointed to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Philbin, age 60, joined Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007, and to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2013. In July 2015, Mr. Philbin assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar upon its acquisition by Dollar Tree. In January 2017, Mr. Philbin was promoted to Enterprise President with responsibilities for both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar banners.

Mr. Sasser stated, “Gary has been a tremendous business partner to me for the past fifteen years. We share the same values, have a common vision for Dollar Tree’s future, and are aligned on strategic initiatives and priorities to achieve the Company’s business goals. Succession planning has been an important part of Dollar Tree’s organizational efforts and culture for many years. Working with our Board of Directors, I have been planning leadership succession for some time and we are confident this will be a seamless transition, both inside and outside of the Company. Our Board of Directors and leadership team have complete confidence in Gary’s ability to lead Dollar Tree through its next phases of growth.”

“Bob has led Dollar Tree to industry-leading returns for shareholders and success for all of our stakeholders,” stated Mr. Philbin. “Bob’s vision has transformed Dollar Tree from a small, regional retailer to a world class, Fortune 150 Company across the United States and Canada. Our retail business model can operate successfully in tough times and good times, as we have demonstrated under Bob’s leadership as CEO.”

Mr. Philbin continued, “I am honored to lead 180,000 dedicated associates that have made the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands the trusted solution for so many of our customers’ needs. They live our vision to serve and delight our customers every day. We have a strong, dedicated and capable leadership team in place to grow and improve both banners for many years. We look forward to driving our performance, delivering value to long-term shareholders and providing opportunity for our many associates across the U.S. and Canadian markets.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 150 Company, now operates more than 14,500 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit


Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding our infrastructure, growth prospects, future financial and operating results, shareholder return, and leadership transition. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2017 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Randy Guiler
Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

DICK’S Sporting Goods supports number of winter athletes on their quest to be part of Team USA

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the official sporting goods retail sponsor of Team USA, announced today (September 19, 2017) its roster of winter U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Contenders that are being supported by the Company through flexible employment or sponsorship agreements.

Headlining the roster of 41 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic Contenders are Team USA hopefuls figure skater Ashley Wagner and women’s hockey goalie Alex Rigsby. In addition to serving as an ambassador for the Contenders program, Rigsby is employed as a DICK’S Store Associate as she trains for Team USA in the lead up to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Rigsby credits the Contender program as the first job that has provided the flexibility to accommodate her intense training schedule, and hopes the program can generate awareness of the financial need of many U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.

“This program provides an amazing opportunity to athletes like me who need assistance to fund our dreams of playing for Team USA,” said Rigsby. “I’ve really enjoyed working at DICK’S Sporting Goods and helping customers select the gear they need to enjoy the sports they love. It’s been a really rewarding experience.”

The Contenders are offered flexible work schedules and competitive compensation, allowing them to devote the necessary time for training to be part of Team USA at future Olympic or Paralympic Games. For the winter 2017-2018 season, 41 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls from ten different sports are participating in the program, currently working in 24 stores across 17 states.

“As a longtime supporter of athletes at all levels, DICK’S is extremely proud to support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in a way that makes a truly meaningful difference in their ability to pursue their Team USA dreams,” said Scott Hudler, Senior Vice President and CMO, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We know that flexibility in work schedule that gives our Contenders the time and funding to train and compete is critical to their ability to represent our country at the highest level, and we are incredibly happy to be able to provide that.”

DICK’S announced the Contenders program in February 2015, and to-date has employed or sponsored over 300 Contenders training to make Team USA. In 2016, more than 15 percent of athletes enrolled in the Company’s program went on to represent Team USA at the Olympic or Paralympic Games in Rio. Those 42 athletes brought home a total of 23 Olympic and Paralympic medals (11 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze).

“DICK’S Sporting Goods’ commitment to Team USA through their sponsorship of the USOC and the Contenders program is making a real impact for those striving to achieve their Olympic and Paralympic dreams,” said Lisa Baird, USOC Chief Marketing Officer. “We are thrilled that this program continues to grow and we are proud that DICK’S is a part of the USOC family of partners.”

A current roster of the Team USA Contenders working at DICK’S Sporting Goods stores across the nation includes the following winter-sport athletes:

First Name Last Name Sport Hometown Store Location
Hakeem Abdul-Saboor Bobsled Powhatan, VA Burlington, VT
Adrian Adams Bobsled Reidsville, NC Burlington, VT
Sarah Anderson Curling Broomall, PA Roseville, MN
Taylor Anderson Curling Broomall, PA Roseville, MN
Cory Morgan Christensen Curling Duluth, MN Duluth, MN
Franchon Crews Bobsled Baltimore, MD Glen Burnie, MD
Caleb Clawson Curling Clarksville, MD Columbia, MD
Hunter Clawson Curling Clarksville, MD Columbia, MD
Brittani Coury Para Snowboard Durango, CO Farmington, NM
Kelly Curtis Skeleton Princeton, NJ Metaire, LA
Christopher Douglas Sled Hockey St. Cloud, FL Orlando, FL
Korey E Dropkin Curling Duluth, MN Duluth, MN
Quinn Evenson Curling Fairbanks, AK Duluth, MN
John Fennell Luge Denver, CO Plattsburgh, NY
Cherrelle Garrett Bobsled Hayward, CA Hayward, CA
Nathan Gisleider Bobsled Claremore, OK Woodland Hills, OK
Savannah Jane Graybill Skeleton Denver, PA Plattsburgh, NY
Kimani Griffin Speedskating Winston-Salem, NC Midvale, UT
Jenna Haag Curling Milton, WI Wauwatosa, WI
Rebecca Lynn Hamilton Curling McFarland, WI East Madison, WI
Thomas Howell Curling Brick, NJ Wauwatosa, WI
Kristen Hurley Skeleton Columbia, CT Johnson City, TN
Jessika Jenson Snowboard Idaho Falls, ID Pocatello, ID
Kehri Jones Bobsled Kileen, TX Harker Heights, TX
Trent Nolan Kraychir Skeleton Desert Hot Springs, CA Palm Desert, CA
Stephen Lawler Para Alpine Skiing Burlington, VT Chapel Hills, CO
Daniel McCoy Sled Hockey Cheswick, PA Pittsburgh Mills, PA
Mike Minor Para Snowboard Waymart, PA Scranton, PA
Casey Mullarkey Speedskating Cleveland, OH Midvale, UT
Brett Andrew Perry Speedskating Midland, MI Midvale, UT
Alex Rigsby Ice Hockey Delafield, WI West Madison, WI
Chase Reichmann Speedskating West Allis, WI Wauwatosa, WI
Brittany Reinbolt Bobsled Searcy, AR Conway, AR
Kristen Santos Speedskating Fairfield, CT Midvale, UT
Carlijn Laetitia Schoutens Speedskating Heemstede, Netherlands Midvale, UT
John T Shuster Curling Chisholm, MN Duluth, MN
Jerica Lan Tandiman Speedskating Kearns, UT Midvale, UT
Aaron V Tran Speedskating Seattle, WA Midvale, UT
Monica Walker Curling Brighton, MA Woodbury, MN
Soo Yoo Speedskating Seoul, South Korea Midvale, UT
Jerebelle Tan Yutangco Speedskating Barrington, RI Midvale, UT

For more on the DICK’S Sporting Goods Contenders program, visit

About DICK’S Sporting Goods

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of July 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 700 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at

DICK’S Sporting Goods

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods

LightInTheBox Q2 2017 financial results: Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million

  • Net Revenues Increase 19.6% Year-over-Year
  • Conference Call to be Held at 8:00AM ET on September 18, 2017

BEIJING, 2017-Sep-20 — /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 (Sept. 18, 2017) announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2017.

Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million, in line with the Company’s guidance.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $0.3 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $1.0 million during the same quarter last year.
  • For the third quarter of 2017, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $75.0 to $78.0 million, representing an increase of 16.5% to 21.2% year-over-year.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “We are happy to report a strong jump in second quarter net revenues which increased 19.6% year-over-year and non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million. This is our third consecutive quarter of revenue growth on a year-over-year basis and the highest year-over-year growth rate in the last two years. These strong results are directly attributable to the persistent execution of our strategy to strengthen supply chain management, improve customer satisfaction, leverage big data enabled product merchandising, expand into new markets with more localized products and focus on mobile internet opportunities.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million from $65.6 million in the same quarter of 2016. Net revenues from product sales were $73.7 million, compared with $59.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. Net revenues from service and others were $4.8 million, compared with $6.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 6.2% during the second quarter of 2017.

Total orders of product sales were 1.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 1.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. Total number of product sales customers was 1.4 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 1.2 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Product sales in the apparel category were $27.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $24.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of product sales, apparel revenues accounted for 36.6% for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 40.6% in the same quarter of 2016. Product sales from other general merchandise were $46.7 million for the second quarter of 2017.

Product sales from Europe were $37.4 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $32.9 million in the same quarter of 2016, representing 50.7% of total product sales for the second quarter of 2017. Product sales from North America were $19.2 million, compared with $19.0 million in the same quarter of 2016, representing 26.1% of total product sales for the second quarter of 2017, while product sales from other countries were $17.1 million, representing 23.2% of total product sales for the same quarter.

Total cost of revenues was $50.9 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $41.2 million in the same period of 2016. Cost for product sales was $46.2 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $35.4 million in the same period of 2016. Cost for service and others was $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $5.8 million in the same period of 2016.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2017 was $27.6 million, compared with $24.4 million in the same period of 2016. Gross margin was 35.2% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 37.2% in the same quarter of 2016.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $29.6 million, compared with $26.5 million in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Fulfillment expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $4.3 million, compared with $4.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, fulfillment expenses were 5.5% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 6.2% in the same quarter of 2016 and 5.2% in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Selling and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $18.1 million, compared with $14.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, selling and marketing expenses were 23.1% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 21.4% in the same quarter of 2016 and 20.9% in the first quarter of 2017.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $7.2 million, compared with $8.3 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, G&A expenses were 9.1% for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 12.7% in the same quarter of 2016 and 10.8% in the first quarter of 2017. G&A expenses in the second quarter of 2017 included $2.7 million in technology investments, compared with $3.1 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Loss from operations was $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with a loss from operations of $2.0 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Net loss was $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $1.9 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Net loss per American Depository Share (“ADS”) was $0.03 in the second quarter of 2017, compared with net loss per ADS of $0.03 in the same quarter of 2016. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares.

Non-GAAP net income was $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $1.0 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP net income per ADS was $0.00 in the second quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP net loss per ADS of $0.01 in the same quarter of 2016.

For the second quarter of 2017, the Company’s weighted average number of ADSs used in computing the loss per ADS was 68,858,814.

As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $79.9 million, compared with $85.1 million as of March 31, 2017.

Share Repurchase Program Extension

On June 15, 2017, the Company announced the extension of its existing share repurchase program for an additional twelve month period from June 15, 2017 through June 14, 2018 to continue to repurchase up to the remaining balance of the $10 million of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”).  As of June 30, 2017, the Company had repurchased a total of $1.4 million of its ADSs.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2017, based on current information available to the Company and business seasonality, the Company expects net revenues to be between $75.0 million and $78.0 million, which represents an increase of 16.5% to 21.2% year-over-year. These forecasts reflect the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 18, 2017 to discuss its financial results and operating performance for the second quarter 2017. To participate in the call, please dial the following numbers:

US Toll Free: 1-866-519-4004
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-906-601
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

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of LightInTheBox’s 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.

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

LightInTheBox uses non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted ADS, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP net income (loss) is net income (loss) excluding the foreign exchange impact on net revenues, share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted ADS is non-GAAP net income (loss) divided by weighted average number of basic and diluted ADS, respectively. The Company continuously monitors the impact of currency exchange rates on net revenues given that it is a global company and has exposure to a variety of currencies. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2014, there was a significant impact on net revenues from changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar. Due to the nature of its business, the Company believes that excluding the impact of such fluctuations more appropriately reflects the Company’s results of operations, and provides investors with a better understanding of the Company’s business performance. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of foreign exchange impact on net revenues and the non-cash impact of share-based compensation adds clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures are useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the effect of foreign exchange impact on net revenues, non-cash share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company’s net loss for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact:

Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429

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

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.