United Flea Markets Acquires J And J Flea Market in Georgia

Henderson, CO, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — United Flea Markets, the industry’s largest flea market ownership group, has acquired J and J Flea Market in Athens, Ga. This is United Flea Markets’ third acquisition in 10 months, further demonstrating the group’s strategic commitment to growing the company’s portfolio of thriving businesses while helping further each individual flea market’s future success.

Along with J and J Flea Market, United Flea Markets currently owns the successful Mile High Flea Market in Denver, Colo., the Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs, Fla., the T&W Flea Market in Pensacola, Fla., and its most recent addition, the Awesome Flea Market in Shepherdsville, Ken.

“For more than 30 years, J and J Flea Market has operated a thriving business in Athens. Our goal is to enhance and improve upon what has been built over the last 30 successful years focused on service to both vendors and shoppers market wide” said Rob Sieban, United Flea Market’s president and CEO, and chairman of the National Flea Market Association. “We look forward to further bolstering J and J’s loyal customer base making J and J the best place to work, shop, sell and spend the day.”

According to the National Flea Market Association there are more than 1,100 flea markets visited by more than 150 million customers each year, totaling more than $30 billion in annual sales. “Flea markets provide an entirely unique and social experience that consumers crave. We intend to continue identifying flea markets around the country that would be valuable additions to the United Flea Market company,” continued Sieban.

J and J Flea Market sits on over 120 acres in Athens, Ga. and offers 1,200 tables of sellers, 125,000 sq. ft. of indoor shopping, five restaurants, and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every weekend. The market will keep its regular weekend hours, and admission policies for the time being.

Flea market owners interested in learning more about investments from United Flea Markets can visit http://www.unitedfleamarkets.com or call 303-289-4656.

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New Metric USA Purse Organizer Packs a Punch with Extensive Compartments, Two-in-One Use

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CULVER CITY, USA, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Only ladies know how handbags often fail them when there are too many things to pack and less space to keep things organized and tidy. The new Metric USA Purse Organizer has been created to specifically take care of this problem, with 25 compartments and a two-in-one mode of operation that quickly turns it into an evening bag.

The largest bag organizer of its kind, the Metric USA Purse Organizer does away with the limitations of every handbag. As a travel bag organizer, it has the most number of compartments, and stores and holds accessories tightly to make locating them easier. The organizer comes with four zippered pockets and fourteen open pockets, while as a small organizer it offers seven open pockets.

The Metric USA Purse Organizer is light weight and fits snugly into a purse, handbag or tote. It is also an organizer with a built-in small organizer! As a versatile product, the Metric USA Purse Organizer can be used as a small travel storage bag for toiletries, or as part of the main bag for storing make-up, accessories, glasses and other personal items.

The new bag organizer also makes for an awesome gift to surprise friends and family, helping them find everything in its place, avoiding the hassle of trying to keep their belongings organized. The bag features reinforced, sturdy handles for easier carrying.

Other unique features make the Metric USA Purse Organizer an exclusive ladies bag that is useful to carry during travel, outings and even at work. The removable insert allows the base to be lifted out and prevents items from sliding down into the base. Sturdy zippers protect all belongings and keep them secure, including wallets, keys, smart phones and more.

Suitable to fit into any standard purse, the Metric USA Purse Organizer can also be folded and/or washed when needed. The Metric USA Purse Organizer is available on Amazon in an elegant design that is unique, compact and soft embossed.

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ShopRite’s annual Help Bag Hunger Day brought community leaders together to help raise awareness on food insecurity

ShopRite’s annual Help Bag Hunger Day brought community leaders together to help raise awareness on food insecurity

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Community leaders came together Sept. 20 to help bag groceries at ShopRite stores as part of ShopRite’s annual Help Bag Hunger Day.

That’s when community leaders and local celebrity baggers such as mayors, council people, athletes, police and firefighters pitch in and help raise awareness around the issue of food insecurity by bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores. ShopRite stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland participate in Help Bag Hunger Day.

Several professional football players joined the Help Bag Hunger team this year, with New York Safety Landon Collins, a 2016 Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro Selection, bagging groceries and greeting customers at the ShopRite of Columbia Park in North Bergen, and New Jersey native and football player Muhammad (Mo) Wilkerson, a 2015 Pro Bowl Selection, bagging groceries for customers at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown. Ed Reed, a retired professional football player and past World Champion Baltimore Safety, visited the ShopRite of Timonium in Lutherville-Timonium, MD, and Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham worked the front end and bagged groceries at the ShopRite of Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, right, joined ShopRite of Newark owner and operator Neil Greenstein, center, and store manager Tom Clanton, left, to help bag groceries on Help Bag Hunger day.

ShopRite associates help raise money in stores during September, which is also National Hunger Action, and ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to more than 2,100 organizations over the last 16 years.

About ShopRite Partners In Caring
ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide $3 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania — all the states where our ShopRite stores operate. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to more than 2,100 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women’s shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.shopritepartnersincaring.org.

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Panera Bread now offers more than 250 clean menu combinations for children to choose from

Panera Bread Founder & CEO Challenges Industry Leaders to Eat From Their Kids Menus for a Week

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Panera Bread today announced a new approach to kids food—children can choose almost any item on the Panera menu as a smaller sized entree, resulting in more than 250 clean menu combinations. To spark further dialogue for change, Panera founder, Chairman and CEO Ron Shaich challenged leading restaurant industry CEOs to join him in eating from their kids menus exclusively for seven straight days.

Comment by Ron Shaich, Panera founder, Chairman and CEO
“For too long, restaurants in America have served menus full of nutritionally empty chicken nuggets, pizza and fries, paired with sugary drinks and cheap toys. We believe kids must come first. As a parent, I’m proud that I could eat off the Panera kids menu and still enjoy delicious and wholesome meals. I’m challenging the CEOs of some of the largest companies in the industry—McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s—to personally eat exclusively from their restaurants’ kids meals for an entire week—and if not, to take a thoughtful look at what they are offering our smallest guests.”

In August 2016, Panera issued its Kids Meal Promise to express the company’s long-held beliefs about kids meals and commitments relative to its Panera Kids™ menu. The promise is meant to be a challenge to the restaurant industry and to all food manufacturers who offer kids food. The five tenets of the Kids Meal Promise include:

  • Clean. No artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners or colors from artificial sources in any menu item (as publicly defined on Panera’s No No List).
  • No marketing gimmicks. No cartoon characters, crazy colors, toys, or toy-shaped food.
  • Real options. Let kids be kids. Let them be picky. Let them make their own choices from a menu full of tasty, wholesome options.
  • Nutritiously paired. Growing bodies need a meal complete with nutritious sides. Not fries, not onion rings. Options like organic yogurt, sprouted grain rolls, apples or no side at all.
  • No sugar-laden drinks as part of a meal. Kids meals shouldn’t be bundled with a sugary drink. Ours never have, never will.

Comment by Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness and Food Policy
“At Panera, we say let kids be picky—our cafes should offer the same choices and transparency to children as we do to adults. We’re not saying a child will suddenly order a salad over mac & cheese – but kids can surprise you when they have positive options to choose from. We believe that kids should have that choice, and furthermore that we should not bundle their entrees with fries and sugary drinks that make the combination a nutritional nightmare. Finally, we believe we should not induce the consumption of these nutritionally empty meals by marketing a kids meal with toys and cartoon characters.”

More than 250 clean kids meal combinations are available in Panera cafes as well as via all of Panera’s end-to-end digital pathways, including Rapid Pickup, Fast Lane Kiosks and Delivery. Each option is fully customizable, enabling a better guest experience for all people—including kids—to eat the way they want.

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Josh Golin, executive director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:
“Panera rightly recognizes that healthy eating habits are about more than what kids eat, but also how and why. In an era when so many companies seek to manipulate kids with marketing, Panera’s approach is respectful of parents and children alike. When kids have the space to discover new tastes without the lure of giveaways and gimmicks, they’re more likely to develop a healthy relationship with food.”

For more information, visit www.PaneraKids.com.

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About Panera Bread
Thirty years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is food as it should be and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread every day in our bakery-cafes. No short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from artificial sources) from the food in our bakery-cafes. Why? Because we think that simpler is better and we believe in serving food as it should be. Because when you don’t have to compromise to eat well, all that is left is the joy of eating.

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid PickUp for to-go orders and delivery – all designed to make things easier for our guests.

The result, Panera has been one of the most successful restaurant companies in history. What started as one 400-square-foot cookie store in Boston has grown to a system with over 2,000 units, approximately $5 billion in system-wide sales, and over 100,000 associates. In more than 25 years as a publicly traded company, Panera has created significant shareholder value. Indeed prior to the JAB acquisition in July of 2017, Panera was the best performing restaurant stock of the past 20 years, delivering a total shareholder return up 86-fold from July 18, 1997, to July 18, 2017, compared to a less than two fold increase for the S&P 500 during the same period.

As of June 27, 2017, there were 2,043 bakery-cafes in 46 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

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Amazon Studios announces multi-year overall deal with multi-hyphenates Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino

Emmy-nominated Executive Producers of new Amazon Original Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to develop television projects exclusively for Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that critically-acclaimed multi-hyphenates Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino (Gilmore Girls) have entered a multi-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Sherman-Palladino and Palladino will develop television projects that will add to their unprecedented two-season greenlight of upcoming Amazon Original Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which debuts this fall on Prime Video. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pilot, currently available for all Amazon customers at amazon.com/maisel, has garnered an average customer rating of 4.9, with 93% 5-star reviews.

“Amy and Dan are brilliant. Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people. Also, Amy has the best hats in show business,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited about the next two seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with them and, with this deal, we can’t wait to do a lot more together.”

“The team at Amazon has allowed us to have Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy as our presidents for the next few years and for that we are eternally grateful,” said Sherman-Palladino and Palladino. “Amazon is the future of television and we are thrilled to tag along for the ride.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, written and directed by Sherman-Palladino, and executive produced by Sherman-Palladino and Palladino, stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever. She charts a course that takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy…a course that will ultimately lead her to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch. The series also stars Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) as Midge’s husband Joel Maisel, Alex Borstein (Family Guy) as Susie Myerson, Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub(Monk) as Midge’s father Abe Weissman, and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) as Midge’s mother Rose Weissman.

Amy Sherman-Palladino began her career on Roseanne during the show’s third season. During her four seasons on Roseanne, Sherman-Palladino was nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild Awards and was honored with a Peabody. In 2000, Sherman-Palladino created the beloved television series Gilmore Girls. As creator, writer and executive producer, she brought to life the engaging story that earned widespread critical acclaim, with TIME magazine listing Gilmore Girls among its “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.”

Among later projects for Sherman-Palladino was the Fox comedy The Return of Jezebel James, starring Parker Posey, and the ABC Family dance drama Bunheads, starring Sutton Foster. 2016 brought the highly anticipated return of Gilmore Girls to Netflix as a four-part miniseries. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life reunited much of the original cast, tracing the characters’ lives across each season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Sherman-Palladino served as executive producer, writer and director alongside her husband and longtime collaborator, writer/producer/director Daniel Palladino.

Emmy Award nominee Daniel Palladino broke into series television in 1989, spending three years on the ABC hit Who’s the Boss? starring Tony Danza, Judith Light and Alyssa Milano. Palladino spent two years in the mid-1990s on Roseanne, serving as a writer, co-executive producer, and then executive producer. In 2000 he began a half-dozen years on Gilmore Girls, writing some of its most popular episodes and eventually segued into directing, guiding the ship on six episodes. He went on to serve in producing roles on such original series as The Return of Jezebel James and the dance drama Bunheads.

Just prior to and for a time concurrent with Gilmore Girls, Palladino was Executive Producer and show runner of the Fox animated hit Family Guyfor its initial two seasons, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program for its debut season. More recently, from 2012-2013, he returned to Family Guy as a consulting producer. In 2016, Palladino helped navigate the return of Gilmore Girls to Netflix, writing and directing two of the four installments for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Palladino served as Executive Producer, writer and director alongside his wife, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Sherman-Palladino and Palladino are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and attorney Jeanne Newman.

Prime members will be able to stream The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel later this year via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at amazon.com/originals. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on Amazon Prime Video for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online at PrimeVideo.com in more than 200 countries and territories.

About Amazon Video
Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the US as add-ons to their membership. To view the full list of available channels, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

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

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Amazon Web Services to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019

New AWS Infrastructure will enable customers to run workloads in the Middle East and serve end-users across the region with even lower latency

SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

“As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East.”

This announcement has been welcomed by political leaders in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Countries across the Middle East are looking to innovate, grow their economies, and pursue their vision plans, such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and Bahrain Vision 2030, and cloud technology will be key in helping them achieve this. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented, “Today’s announcement is a significant moment for Bahrain and the region. For the Kingdom, the expansion of regional cloud capacity builds upon a business environment that is already driving innovation and entrepreneurship, using technology to accelerate economic diversification in Bahrain. Through improved efficiencies, access to new career opportunities, and helping to enhance the delivery of government services, this marks further realization of the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness that form the core of Bahrain’s 2030 Vision.”

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said of the news, “AWS’s commitment to expanding its presence into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, from Bahrain, is a major enabler for technology and data-driven business across the GCC. This will benefit global corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. The ability to store and share data at speeds the Gulf has never experienced before has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage, allowing them to compete more effectively at a global level. Amazon Web Services is delivering the Middle East a world class service. With such a young, technologically adept, and growing population, the Gulf is well positioned to drive innovation in mobile applications and digital services. I am very eager to see how our region’s entrepreneurs will make use of this exciting opportunity.”

AWS Investing in the Middle East

AWS is growing its presence in the Middle East bringing offices, staff, education, training, startup support, and other investments to the region. In January 2017, AWS opened offices to serve its rapidly growing customer base with a presence in Dubai, UAE and Manama, Bahrain. These offices have been established with teams of account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions for customers to engage with AWS.

Another investment AWS is making for its customers in the Middle East, and around the world, is to run its business in the most environmentally friendly way. An important criteria in launching the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region is the opportunity to power it with renewable energy. AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country’s focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. For more information on AWS’s commitment to sustainability, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/.

AWS also announced that it is supporting the advancement of technology education across the Middle East making AWS Training and Certification programs available to customers. In the education sector, AWS is supporting the development of technology and cloud computing skills at local universities through the AWS Educate program, providing students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. This program is now available for students attending institutions such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain, as well as Oman College of Management and Technology, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and many others across the region.

To support the growth of new business, AWS works with incubators and accelerators in the Middle East to provide resources to startups through the AWS Activate program. In Saudi Arabia, AWS works with the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide startups with access to technology resources as well as expert advice, education, and training to help promote Saudi youth entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in the Kingdom. To help new businesses across the Middle East go global, AWS also works with a number of local and international accelerators and incubators active in the region such as AstroLabs in the UAE, Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain, as well as 500 Startups, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars, providing training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

Middle Eastern Organizations Increasingly Moving to AWS

Organizations across the Middle East – in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and other countries – are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Startups in the region choosing AWS as the foundation for their business include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9, Mawdoo3.com, Namshi, OneGCC, Opensooq.com, Payfort, Tajawal, and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region. Careem runs all of its operations on AWS and over the past five years has grown 10 times its current size each year. “It is great news that AWS is opening a Region in the Middle East,” saidMagnus Olsson, chief experience officer and co-founder of Careem. “We have been all-in on AWS since we launched in 2012 and using the scalability of the cloud has helped us to cope with rapid growth. After starting in Dubai, we now serve over 12 million commuters in 80 cities across the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan – this would not have been possible without AWS. The new AWS infrastructure Region in the Middle East gives us the opportunity to experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that, in the future, will give us the ability to run a fleet of self-driving Careem cars comfortably and safely taking passengers to their destinations.”

Some of the Middle East’s most historic and established enterprises are moving mission critical applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Actel,Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance, and the United Arab Shipping Company are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market. One successful business that used AWS to grow is eCommerce provider SOUQ.com. “AWS has been key to our success throughout our journey of exponential growth in the MENA region,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of SOUQ.com. “Businesses in the region need robust technologies to both scale rapidly and provide world class service to their customers. With innovation being the main focus on the region’s national agenda, the advent of the world’s largest provider of cloud computing in the region is great news for everyone. This will help support the growing demand for cloud technologies as well as accelerate business expansions and success, regionally and around the world.”

Another enterprise using AWS is Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the largest private media company in the Middle East, delivering Arab language content to over 150 million people across the Middle East and North Africa. “AWS has been critical in our digital transformation initiatives,” said Joe Igoe, MBC’s Group Director of Technical Operations. “Knowing we will have AWS infrastructure close to our viewers is invaluable for us. AWS has helped us speed up innovation and rapidly expand into a wider range of scalable and reliable digital services, such as our Video on Demand platform, Shahid.net. During the holy month of Ramadan, TV viewership spikes dramatically. This year, we successfully scaled our online platform to support a massive increase in traffic and delivered hundreds of thousands of concurrent video streams and dozens of petabytes of content to our viewers.”

Government organizations are also working with AWS to lower costs and better serve citizens in the region, including the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration which has moved their Learning Management System to AWS, reducing costs by over 90 percent. Another government organization using AWS is the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). The iGA is in charge of moving all government services online and is responsible for ICT governance and procurement for the Bahrain government. Earlier this year the iGA launched a cloud first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first. Mohamed Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Kingdom of Bahrain iGA, said of the announcement, “AWS forms the backbone of our digital government initiatives so the news that an AWS Region is coming to our country is warmly welcomed by us. Through adopting a cloud first policy, we have helped to reduce the government procurement process for new technology from months to less than two weeks. We are in the process of migrating 700 servers with more than 50 TB of data to AWS with the goal of decommissioning our hosting platform by the end of 2017. We have also started to migrate systems of national significance, such as our Bahrain Data Locator, and supporting other entity system migrations, like the Ministry of Education LMS that has 149,000 users, with more planned on the way. As we move more mission critical workloads to AWS, we look forward to even greater efficiencies and being able to complete our mission to become eGovernment & ICT Pioneers.”

In addition to established enterprises, government organizations, and rapidly growing startups, AWS also has a vibrant AWS Partner Network (APN) across the Middle East, including APN Partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in the Middle East are helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Al Moayyed Computers, Batelco, C5, du, DXC Technology, Falcon 9, Infonas, Integra Technologies, ITQAN Cloud, Human Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Navlink, Redington, Zain, and many others. For companies looking to join the APN or for the full list of members please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/.

About Amazon Web Services

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

About Amazon

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

Source: Amazon Web Services, Inc.

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Carrefour Belgium to open additional three pick-up points for online orders

BELGIUM, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — On September 29, Carrefour will open three new pick-up points for drive.be. This will bring the total number of new pick-up points opened this month up to 15.

At the start of this year, Carrefour announced its targets for 2017 to
– extend home delivery,
– trial home delivery by other customers
– and open up around a hundred new pick-up points for drive.be.

Carrefour met its first target over the last few months by joining forces with PostNL. Since then, Carrefour has been making deliveries every working day, between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Carrefour met its second target by trailing the Bringr platform which enables smartphone users to deliver another customer’s orders at the time and to the place that they specify.

And it is in the process of meeting its third target – over the first eight months of this year, Carrefour opened 57 new pick-up points for drive.be and will be opening up another 15 this month.

With these 15 openings, customers now have 152 points from which they can pick up orders that they have placed via the drive.be Carrefour website. Carrefour currently sells some 15,000 products via its website.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

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Tesco widens crop specifications to help British apple farmers affected by the frosts earlier this year

Tesco widens crop specifications to help British apple farmers affected by the frosts earlier this year

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — British apple farmers are to be given a helping hand by Tesco after frosts earlier this year hampered the growth of this autumn’s crop.

Unseasonal temperatures dropped to -4C at the end of April in parts of Britain and caused a fruit blemish known as ‘frost ring’ which leaves a ring mark around the circumference or a large blemish on the skin.

For some growers it will mean a struggle supplying apples to supermarkets because of crop specifications set by retailers governing the overall look and quality of fruit and vegetables.

But to help growers and prevent otherwise perfectly good apples from going to waste Tesco has now widened those specifications to ensure they will still go on sale.

And the move by Tesco will mean that a variety of different apples, including 300 tonnes of Bramley variety, will now end up on supermarket shelves across the UK.

John Worth, Tesco’s apple expert said:

“We’re working with our apple growers to use as much of the crop and prevent perfectly good fruit from going to waste.

“We want to support our growers wherever we can – and although some apples might be smaller or blemished, they still have the same great taste our customers expect.”    

Slightly blemished apples will be sold as part of the supermarket’s standard range whilst the more blemished fruit will be sold as part of Tesco’s ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ range.

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Note to editors:

Earlier this week, Tesco announced plans to join forces with suppliers to tackle global food waste.

The frosts in late April had a devastating effect on the UK Apple crop affecting all suppliers throughout the UK.

Bramley is one of the varieties that has been badly affected by a defect know as Frost Ring.

Frost Ring is not currently allowed under our specifications and usually the growers would remove fruit that had the defect.

However as Frost Ring is so widespread without the use of affected fruit it had led to considerable waste of otherwise viable fruit.

In 2016 we launched our Perfectly Imperfect range of ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables. Allowing us to take much more of our suppliers crop, maximise the amount of produce we can sell in store & giving our customers great products at low prices.

SOURCE: Tesco PLC

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Sephora rolls out new store concept in Spain

Sephora rolls out new store concept in Spain

PARIS, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — First introduced in France, the new Sephora store concept is now available in Spain at two new flagship stores. Featuring innovative design, these hyper-connected stores bring customers a unique beauty experience in an unprecedented service-driven environment, perfectly expressing the beauty retailer’s Play, Share and Shop philosophy. 

Following the tremendous success of two pilot stores opened in March in Nantes and Val d’Europe in France, Sephora has brought its new store concept to Spain. This new concept revolves around a fascinating variety of services, letting Sephora offer a groundbreaking beauty experience, transforming beauty shopping in Spain, where the brand has been present since 1998. 

The unprecedented customer experience debuts right from the entrance with a giant slide for shoppers who eschew escalators or a piano stairway. As at the two French pilot stores, these newest concept stores include a Trend Zone with a selection of hot new products, a Beauty Hub for personalized advice and Beauty Classes to learn about specific makeup topics. With four distinct experience spaces – compared with one or two at classic stores – the new concept stores give customers access to an expanded range of brands, from the latest on-trend products from South Korea to para-pharmaceutical products, and engage with a broader audience, especially Millennials. 

New services include the Dry Bar by Rizos for a 15-minute hairstyle touch-up and the DROPS fragrance experience, designed to introduce younger customers to perfume by letting them personalize the bottle of their chosen fragrance in a fun, interactive way.

With these two new concept stores Sephora introduces a groundbreaking shopping experience in Spain, as the brand continues to expand the concept throughout Europe, adapting it to each country for an even more exclusive experience. 

SOURCE: LVMH

Bulgari and British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood collaborate on Serpenti Forever bag

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PARIS, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This fall, legendary jeweler Bulgari has invited British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood to revisit a line of accessories. The two Maisons have unveiled an exclusive collaboration, melding their savoir-faire for a distinctive reinterpretation of the Serpenti Forever bag.

A symbol of wisdom, renewal and vitality, the snake is an iconic Bulgari motif.   Both talisman and accessory, the serpent is revisited this season by British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood, known for his bold creativity. The capsule collection is resolutely contemporary, with backpacks, clutches and shoulder bags, including the Serpenti Forever bag first designed by Bulgari in 2012. 

The bags come in a richly textured chevron pattern defined by varnished studs, with a mix of flat, round and matte pyramidal buttons. Nicholas Kirkwood also adds a new twist to the enameled snake head clasp that adorns the backpacks and shoulder bags. The innovative collection boasts graphic forms and a color palette inspired by gemstones such as pink spinel and royal sapphire, melding the design codes shared by both houses. Nicholas Kirkwood drew inspiration from the distinctively sophisticated Bulgari universe. “I created the chevron patterns using rubberized studs which have faceted ends that reminded me of diamond settings and some of the spectacular gemstones I had seen in the Bulgari High Jewelry atelier in Rome,” says the designer. The limited edition collection inaugurates a series of Bulgari collaborations dubbed “Serpenti Through The Eyes of”.

Bulgari muse Bella Hadid exquisitely shows off the range in the capsule collection campaign, photographed by Terry Richardson. The bags are available exclusively at the Printemps Haussmann Paris department store in France until October 14, as well as on the Net-A-Porter website. 

SOURCE: LVMH

ALDI now accepts Apple Pay, Android Pay and all other forms of contactless payment

Batavia, Ill., 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Committed to making grocery shopping smart, fast and easy, ALDI now accepts Apple Pay, Android Pay and all other forms of contactless payment. ALDI, known for its super speedy checkout process, will offer the new payment option at all of its nearly 1,700 stores nationwide.

“We’re continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. “Shoppers love ALDI because we build and run stores they can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at ALDI that much faster and more convenient.”

Shoppers can pay for their groceries by tapping their contactless-enabled bank card, smartphone or other wearable device on a payment terminal. Contactless payments are safe and secure, and have the same protection as making a payment with your PIN.

Today’s announcement is the latest action by ALDI to make grocery shopping and saving as convenient and efficient as possible. ALDI most recently announced a pilot partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service that brings your favorite ALDI products and fresh offerings to your door in as little as an hour.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which are designed to meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality.

ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by a Market Force Information ® survey of U.S. consumers. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

SOURCE: ALDI Inc

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DDR provides assistance and support to its personnel in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria

CLEVELAND, OH, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) announced today that it continues the process of providing assistance and support to its personnel in Puerto Rico as well as assessing damage to its 12 assets from Hurricane Maria.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Puerto Rico during this challenging time. DDR is currently focused on accounting for, and providing resources to, our Puerto Rico-based team and their families. The loss of power and phone service throughout the island have made this process challenging,” commented David Lukes, President and Chief Executive Officer of DDR.  “While the safety of our people remains our priority, we also are attempting to visit and assess the condition of our assets, but damage to roads and infrastructure, as well as ongoing storm conditions, have hampered this process.  We anticipate that a complete property assessment and overall financial impact could  take a number of weeks to complete.”

DDR maintains property, casualty, flood and business interruption insurance at its properties in Puerto Rico.

ABOUT DDR
DDR is an owner and manager of 298 value-oriented shopping centers representing 100 million square feet in 34 states and Puerto Rico. The Company owns a high-quality portfolio of open-air shopping centers in major metropolitan areas that provide a highly-compelling shopping experience and merchandise mix for retail partners and consumers. The Company actively manages its assets with a focus on creating long-term shareholder value. DDR is a self-administered and self-managed REIT operating as a fully integrated real estate company, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DDR.

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DDR Corp. considers portions of the information in this press release to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, both as amended, with respect to the Company’s expectation for future periods. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, among other factors, property damage, expenses related thereto and other business and economic consequences (including the potential loss of rental revenues) resulting from extreme weather conditions in locations where we own properties; local conditions such as supply of space or a reduction in demand for real estate in the area; competition from other available space; dependence on rental income from real property; the loss of, significant downsizing of or bankruptcy of a major tenant; redevelopment and construction activities may not achieve a desired return on investment; our ability to buy or sell assets on commercially reasonable terms; our ability to complete acquisitions or dispositions of assets under contract; our ability to secure equity or debt financing on commercially acceptable terms or at all; our ability to enter into definitive agreements with regard to our financing and joint venture arrangements or our failure to satisfy conditions to the completion of these arrangements; the success of our deleveraging strategy; and any impact or results from the Company’s portfolio transition or any change in strategy. For additional factors that could cause the results of the Company to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

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CarMax Q2 2017 results: Net sales and operating revenues increased 9.7% to $4.39 billion

RICHMOND, Va., 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) today reported results for the second quarter ended August 31, 2017. Year-over-year highlights include:

  • Net sales and operating revenues increased 9.7% to $4.39 billion.
  • Used unit sales in comparable stores increased 5.3%.
  • Total used unit sales rose 11.1%.
  • Total wholesale unit sales increased 0.4%.
  • CarMax Auto Finance (CAF) income increased 12.5% to $107.9 million.
  • Net earnings increased 11.7% to $181.4 million and net earnings per diluted share rose 16.7% to $0.98.

Second Quarter Business Performance Review

Sales. Total used vehicle unit sales grew 11.1% and comparable store used unit sales rose 5.3% versus the prior year’s second quarter. The comparable store sales performance reflected continued solid improvement in conversion resulting from strong execution by our store teams and our digital initiatives. In connection with Hurricane Harvey, our six stores in Houston, Texas, were closed most of the last week of this year’s second quarter, which had a modest adverse effect on comparable store used unit sales.

Wholesale vehicle unit sales increased 0.4% compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2017, as contributions from the growth in our store base and an increase in our appraisal buy rate were offset by a reduction in appraisal traffic.

Other sales and revenues increased 6.4% compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2017, primarily reflecting improvements in extended protection plan (EPP) revenues, partially offset by a decline in net third-party finance fees. EPP revenues increased 13.9%, largely due to the growth in our used unit sales. The $3.3 million reduction in third-party finance fees reflected shifts in our sales mix by finance channel.

Gross Profit. Total gross profit increased 10.8% versus last year’s second quarter, to $604.0 million. Used vehicle gross profit rose 12.0%, driven by the 11.1% increase in total used unit sales. Used vehicle gross profit per unit was consistent at $2,178versus $2,160 in the prior year period. Wholesale vehicle gross profit increased 9.6% versus the prior year’s quarter, primarily due to an increase in wholesale vehicle gross profit per unit to $950 from $870. We believe this year’s second quarter wholesale gross profit per unit benefited from a favorable depreciation environment, relative to historical trends. Other gross profit increased 6.9%, primarily reflecting the changes in other sales and revenues.

SG&A. Compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2017, SG&A expenses increased 10.6% to $405.1 million. Several factors contributed to the increase, including: (i) the 12% increase in our store base since the beginning of last year’s second quarter (representing the addition of 19 stores), (ii) higher variable costs associated with our comparable store unit growth, and (iii) a $15.8 million year-over-year increase in the accrual for the company’s incentive pay. These increases were partially offset by an $11.4 million decline in share-based compensation expense. The prior year’s second quarter share-based compensation expense included $10.9 million related to the modification of equity awards for our retired chief executive officer. SG&A per used unit was $2,178 in the current quarter, down $9 year-over-year. The decline in share-based compensation expense reduced SG&A per unit by $78.

CarMax Auto Finance.(1) Compared with last year’s second quarter, CAF income increased 12.5% to $107.9 million. Average managed receivables grew 10.6% to$11.11 billion. The total interest margin, which reflects the spread between interest and fees charged to consumers and our funding costs, was 5.8% of average managed receivables compared with 5.9% in last year’s second quarter. The provision for loan losses declined 7.8% to $32.9 million, compared with $35.7 million in the prior year quarter. The prior year’s provision was affected by unfavorable loss experience, while in the current year’s quarter, losses were generally consistent with expectations. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of ending managed receivables was 1.15% as of August 31, 2017, compared with 1.18% reported as of May 31, 2017, and up from the 1.08% reported as of August 31, 2016, reflecting higher loss experience over the course of the last year.

Interest Expense. Interest expense rose to $16.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 from $13.9 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase reflected the combination of increases in finance and capital lease obligations and outstanding debt in fiscal 2018, as well as a reduction in capitalized interest.

Store Openings. During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, we opened three stores. We entered one new television market (Salisbury, Maryland) and we added two stores in existing television markets (San Francisco, California, and Hartford, Connecticut).

Share Repurchase Activity. During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, we repurchased 2.5 million shares of common stock for $156.5 million pursuant to our share repurchase program. As of August 31, 2017, we had $1.25 billion remaining available for repurchase under the program.

(1) Although CAF benefits from certain indirect overhead expenditures, we have not allocated indirect costs to CAF to avoid making subjective allocation decisions.

Conference Call Information

We will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET today, September 22, 2017. Domestic investors may access the call at 1-888-298-3261 (international callers dial 1-706-679-7457). The conference I.D. for both domestic and international callers is 73770788. A live webcast of the call will be available on our investor information home page at investors.carmax.com.

A webcast replay of the call will be available at investors.carmax.com through December 20, 2017. A telephone replay also will be available through September 29, 2017, and may be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (international callers dial 1-404-537-3406). The conference I.D. for both domestic and international callers is 73770788.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Earnings Release Date

We currently plan to release results for the third quarter ending November 30, 2017, on Thursday, December 21, 2017, before the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. We plan to host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET on that date. Information on this conference call will be available on our investor information home page at investors.carmax.com in early December 2017.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, currently operating 180 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the twelve months ended February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used vehicles and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

We caution readers that the statements contained in this release about our future business plans, operations, opportunities or prospects, including without limitation any statements or factors regarding expected sales, margins, expenses, capital expenditures, debt obligations or earnings, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “predict,” “should,” “will” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current knowledge and assumptions about future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. Among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements are the following:

  • Changes in the competitive landscape and/or our failure to successfully adjust to such changes.
  • Events that damage our reputation or harm the perception of the quality of our brand.
  • Changes in general or regional U.S. economic conditions.
  • Changes in the availability or cost of capital and working capital financing, including changes related to the asset-backed securitization market.
  • Our inability to recruit, develop and retain associates and maintain positive associate relations.
  • The loss of key associates from our store, regional or corporate management teams or a significant increase in labor costs.
  • Security breaches or other events that result in the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized disclosure of confidential customer, associate or corporate information.
  • Significant changes in prices of new and used vehicles.
  • Changes in economic conditions or other factors that result in greater credit losses for CAF’s portfolio of auto loan receivables than anticipated.
  • A reduction in the availability of or access to sources of inventory or a failure to expeditiously liquidate inventory.
  • Changes in consumer credit availability provided by our third-party finance providers.
  • Changes in the availability of extended protection plan products from third-party providers.
  • Factors related to the regulatory and legislative environment in which we operate.
  • Factors related to geographic and sales growth, including the inability to effectively manage our growth.
  • The failure of or inability to sufficiently enhance key information systems.
  • The effect of various litigation matters.
  • Adverse conditions affecting one or more automotive manufacturers, and manufacturer recalls.
  • The inaccuracy of estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of our financial statements, or the effect of new accounting requirements or changes to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The performance of the third-party vendors we rely on for key components of our business.
  • Factors related to seasonal fluctuations in our business.
  • The occurrence of severe weather events.
  • Factors related to the geographic concentration of our stores.

For more details on factors that could affect expectations, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017, and our quarterly or current reports as filed with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Our filings are publicly available on our investor information home page at investors.carmax.com. Requests for information may also be made to the Investor Relations Department by email to investor_relations@carmax.com or by calling 1-804-747-0422 ext. 4391. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: CarMax, Inc.

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Stanley Black & Decker to host Q3 2017 earnings conference call on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) will broadcast its third quarter 2017 earnings conference call on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The call will begin at 8:00AM ET.

A news release outlining the financial results will be distributed before the market opens on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. A slide presentation, which will accompany the call, will be available at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com and will remain available after the call.

The call will be accessible by telephone within the US at (877) 930-8285, from outside the U.S. at +1 (253) 336-8297, and via the Internet at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com. To participate, please register on the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call and download and install any necessary audio software. Please use the conference identification number 89990701. A replay will also be available two hours after the call and can be accessed at (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406 using the passcode 89990701.

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

Stanley Black & Decker Investor Contacts
Dennis Lange
Vice President, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3833
dennis.lange@sbdinc.com

Michelle Hards
Director, Investor Relations
(860) 827-3913
michelle.hards@sbdinc.com

SOURCE Stanley Black & Decker

Dusyma Kindergarten GmbH selects Intershop Commerce Suite to relaunch its e-commerce and content management system

  • Specialist for kindergarten supplies relaunches its online presence
  • Focus on seamless integration and ease of use
  • Planned expansion of customer loyalty and increase in online trading

Jena, Germany, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dusyma Kindergarten GmbH is replacing its existing e-commerce and content management system with the Intershop Commerce Suite as the core of its new online presence. The high scalability, flexibility and performance were decisive for this choice.

Diverse challenges

The specialist for pedagogically high-quality toys and furniture has been present on the Internet since 1999, offering corporate information and a web shop on its website.

The most important goals for the optimization of the online presence were the technical modernization, for higher user-friendliness, increased sales, and the support of consulting and dialogue eventually leading to higher customer loyalty. Technical challenges included the existing PIM system and the connection to Microsoft Dynamics and VPWIN to guarantee a seamless, automated exchange of all relevant data. In addition, white label shops were to be offered to subsidiaries and trading partners. “There’s no such thing as can’t be done,” said Benjamin Rost, CEO & founder of Experts in Motion AG, who has been implementing Intershop solutions with his team since 1999.

Customer satisfaction guaranteed

Now, tailored to the respective customer segment product ranges and special content is being presented in topic worlds. They feature expert contributions, product presentations and detailed descriptions for download.

The Responsive Web Design optimizes the view according to the used devices such as smartphone or tablet. The broadly diversified clientele, which includes nurseries, day nurseries, day-care centers, schools, medical and therapeutic facilities, foster and day-care parents, retirement homes and specialist dealers as well as private individuals, can thus chose from around 16,000 items. The integrated Econda web analytic system provides the user with various product recommendations during the online purchase process. If required, the external Dusyma call center supports customers with additional information.

Uwe Fierke, Marketing Manager of Dusyma Kindergarten GmbH, sees the decision for the project implementation reconfirmed. “With the decision in favor of the Intershop solution, coupled with the implementation by Experts in Motion’s e-commerce specialists, we have laid a very good foundation for achieving our ambitious goals in the long term. Quality assurance is a major concern for us, which is why we have also commissioned the e-commerce agency to operate, maintain and further develop the new online shop.”

About the Experts in Motion AG
Experts in Motion AG is an agency for e-commerce solutions based in Stuttgart. The e-commerce specialists are system integrators of a wide variety of requirements and optimize flexibly and modularly with the appropriate technologies such as Intershop, SAP Hybris and SAP YaaS. As an implementation partner of Intershop, they have been realizing complex projects since 1999. More: www.experts-in-motion.de

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

MEDIA CONTACT

HEIDE RAUSCH
Head of Corporate Communication

Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

GGP Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Michael B. Berman to retire; Heath R. Fear to succeed

CHICAGO, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP Inc. (the “Company”)(NYSE: GGP) announced Michael B. Berman is retiring as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective on March 1, 2018, or such earlier date as mutually agreed. Mr. Berman joined the Company in December 2011. The Board of Directors appreciates Mr. Berman’s efforts and his tenure at the Company and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Additionally, the Company announced the appointment of Heath R. Fear as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Finance, effective November 6, 2017. Upon Mr. Berman’s retirement, Mr. Fear will assume the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Berman will be available to assist in the transition of duties through March 1, 2018. Mr. Fear was most recently the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE: RPAI). Prior to joining RPAI, Mr. Fear was with GGP for 12 years and, most recently, served as the Senior Vice President, Capital Markets for GGP.

About GGP Inc.
GGP Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Contact:

GGP Inc.
Kevin Berry, SVP Investor & Public Relations
kevin.berry@ggp.com
O (312) 960-5529
M (708) 308-5999

Investor Relations

If you have questions regarding GGP, please submit your request in writing or by phone to:
Kevin Berry, Senior Vice President of Investor & Public Relations(312) 960-5529

kevin.berry@ggp.com

SOURCE: GGP Inc.

Toys“R”U now hiring for part-time holiday positions at stores and distribution centers across the country

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — As sleigh bells start to ring in the distance, Toys“R”Us®, a company focused on inspiring kids to play and grow, is seeking Team Members who are ready to become holiday heroes. Today, the company announced that it is now accepting job applications for part-time holiday positions at stores and distribution centers across the country. Toys“R”Us is also introducing a brand-new position that is sure to make all your friends jealous – Toy Demonstrator. Perfect for the big kids at heart, this new role will include unboxing and playing with toys, and allowing kids and eager gift givers to test them out.

“As true champions of play, we take pride in serving kids and families as a one-stop shopping destination for all of the hottest toys of the holiday season” said Tim Grace, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Talent Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Every year, we look for candidates that share our vision and want to help gift givers bring joy to kids nationwide while having fun along the way. We are also committed to making Toys“R”Us a great place to work – and play – for all Team Members during the holiday season and beyond.”

The newly added part-time job opportunities now available at Toys“R”Us will provide the necessary support to stores and distribution centers across the country, as the company focuses on delivering an amazing holiday for kids and families. Those jealous of the man in the red suit can now apply online for positions available in stores and distribution centers, including:

Stores:

  • Cashier
  • Sales Associate
  • Stock Associate
  • Toy Demonstrator*
  • Order Fulfillment Associate

Distribution Centers:

  • Warehouse Associate**

To further motivate potential applicants, Toys“R”Us will offer incentives and competitive compensation packages for all hires, in each local market, such as flex hours and varied shifts. Additionally, seasonal hires can take advantage of the company’s Team Member discount and shopping events, which are great employee perks during the holiday season.

Employees wanting a longer-term role will also have the potential opportunity to join the company on a regular basis. Over the past several years, Toys“R”Us hired thousands of its holiday workforce after Christmas to fill permanent roles.

Markets with the largest seasonal hiring needs include:
• New York, NY – more than 3,800
• Los Angeles, CA – more than 2,400
• Groveport, OH – more than 2,400 (DHL Supply Chain Fulfillment Center)
• Philadelphia, PA – more than 1,400
• Chicago, IL – more than 1,100
• Boston, MA – more than 950

In addition to its stores and distribution centers, Toys“R”Us customer service partner Acticall Sitel Group is hiring over 900 dedicated seasonal Work@Home agents at its Virtual Call Centers in 25 states across the country. Not only does Work@Home eliminate a commute and provide convenience and flexibility with schedules, it also allows parents and caregivers more time with family, especially during the holiday season. To apply for positions in Acticall Sitel Group call centers, interested candidates can visit Sitel.com/careers/work-home.

The company also works with DHL Supply Chain in Groveport, OH for online fulfilment throughout the holiday season. DHL Supply Chain is hiring over 2,400 seasonal employees to help service online orders for Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com. Available positions throughout the season include General Labor, Clerical and Forklift Operators.

To apply for positions at Toys“R”Us stores and distribution centers, interested candidates can visit Toysrusinc.com/HolidayJobs. The application is mobile-friendly and requires less than five minutes to complete.

To apply for positions at the DHL Supply Chain fulfilment center in Groveport, OH, interested candidates can visit dhlsupplychainjobs.com or text “TOYS2017” to 31996 for job information.

To download a Holiday Hiring video and high-res images, please click here.

*Available in select stores nationwide 
**Daytime and overnight positions available

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 Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

SOURCE: Toys”R”Us

MEDIA CONTACT

1(973) 617-5900
press@toysrus.com

Meijer rolls out Misfits program to help shoppers save money and reduce food waste

Meijer rolls out Misfits program to help shoppers save money and reduce food waste

 

Misfits program now available at all Meijer stores provides new option to save money and reduce food waste

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer has found a perfectly-imperfect fit for customers interested in reducing food waste and sacrificing aesthetics for savings.

Meijer now offers a unique line of Misfits® produce that helps connect shoppers to tasty but cosmetically-challenged fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. Delivered daily to 235 Meijer stores across the Midwest, the packaged fresh produce may be discolored, scarred or odd-sized, but offers the same taste, freshness and quality of other produce the retailer carries.

The Misfits program rolled out at all Meijer locations earlier this month, and customers have already purchased nearly a quarter of a million pounds of fresh, perfectly-imperfect produce. The Misfits program is made available through working with Robinson Fresh®. As a division of C.H. Robinson, the company is one of the world’s leading providers of produce, working with farms to repurpose fruits and vegetables that might not make it to your grocery store due to their appearance or shape.

“Meijer offers more than 600 types of produce, so the Misfits program has been an incredible extension to our overall selection,” said Peter Vail, Vice President of Produce, Deli and Bakery for Meijer. “There is an inner beauty of this perfectly-imperfect produce. Our customers have responded well to the produce made available through the Misfits program.”

Launching this program chain-wide complements Meijer’s sustainability goals, which supports the USDA’s goal of reducing food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030. Meijer also runs a Midwestern food rescue program that provides more than 10 million pounds of food—or more than 8 million meals—annually to local food banks in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Currently, the United Nations estimates between 20 percent and 40 percent of produce harvested each year is thrown away because it does not meet accepted standards for store shelves. Nearly half of the available food supply in the U.S. is never eaten, according to the National Institutes of Health, wasting an estimated 35 tons of food per year. When food waste cannot be donated to feed hungry people, Meijer strives to recycle it through composting, anaerobic digestion or animal feed. Last year, Meijer recycled over 47.8 million pounds of food waste.

“We understand there is produce left in the field because farmers don’t think there is a market for it,” says Craig Arneson, Robinson Fresh general manager of the north region. “With the Misfits program, farmers have an outlet to sell more produce and customers have an opportunity to save money and help reduce waste.”

Local growers like River Ridge Farms from Sparta, Mich., have been part of Meijer’s Locally Grown program for 27 years and is one of the farms finding this new way to bring freshness to stores.

“Growers work hard to try and grow apples with the perfect shape, color and size, but since apples are grown outside, they may end up with an odd shape because it grew around a branch or has low color due to growing in a shady spot on the tree,” said Don Armock, president of Riveridge Produce. “Teaming with Meijer on the Misfits program, growers have an opportunity to sell imperfect, but great tasting fruit while the consumer gets to save on fresh produce while maybe even getting a laugh out of its odd look.”

Misfits produce items vary week to week based on their availability and are sold at a discount of between 20 to 40 percent; some of the seasonably-available produce has included apples, bell peppers, lemons, limes and sweet potatoes. Customers should look for prominently displayed Misfits bins and signage in the produce section of their local Meijer store.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Robinson Fresh and Misfits are both registered trademarks of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

PetSmart launches its 2017 Fall and Halloween Collections

Retailer Celebrates One of its Busiest Seasons with Halloween Costumes, Fall Varsity Line Toys, Treats, In-Store Events and More

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow (Sept. 22, 2017) officially marks the first day of Autumn, and to help usher in the season of ghosts and goblins and pumpkin spice-everything, PetSmart, the leading pet specialty retailer in North America, is launching its 2017 Fall and Halloween Collections. This year, pet parents will find hundreds of new, on-trend seasonal apparel and accessory items, Halloween costumes, beds, toys and treats to help pet parents celebrate this festive season with their pets. The collection is now available in all 1,500-plus PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Canada and online at petsmart.com and petsmart.ca.

“We know it’s important each season to offer an exciting assortment of products for a range of pet lifestyles. We see our collections for Fall and Halloween as an invitation to all pet parents to celebrate Autumn with all their family members – including our pets,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart.

ED Ellen DeGeneres Varsity Collection

With high schools and colleges across the country now back at school, PetSmart has launched the ED Ellen DeGeneres Varsity Collection that embodies the collegiate and youthful spirit synonymous with campus pride and school sports.

Pup Meets Preppy – The Maroon Ruffle Hoodie Dress, with its college crest and plaid ruffles, is the ultimate Varsity apparel for the preppy girl pup. Bandana collars, a PetSmart top-seller, are also included in the Varsity Collection with the Navy and Gold Two-Pack Bandana Collar set will turn heads for both its style and spirit.  Bow-Tie Collars adorned with preppy stripes in blue and navy and pink and gray color combinations ensure pets stay on-trend. Meanwhile, the Maroon Love Comfort Harness and Megaphone Embroidered Dressincorporate pleats indicative of cheerleading skirts.

“L” Stands for Love – With crisp fall weather around the corner, the change in seasons presents an ideal opportunity to freshen up pups’ everyday gear like beds and collars. The Varsity Collection includes two smart-looking beds to provide endless comfort and versatility. The navy and gold Love Hut Pet Bed, lined and padded with furry plush, was inspired by a traditional letterman’s jacket, complete with a bold varsity applique “L” — for love, of course. The velvety Varsity Cuddler Bed gives a nod to school spirit      with an iconic megaphone embroidered with the “L” as well.

Halloween Costumes to Fright and Delight

From food-inspired to superheroes and whimsical characters to classic costume favorites, PetSmart is all about fun for all pets this Halloween.

Food and Beverage Inspired – Taking a cue from rising trends on social media and creative DIY-ers, PetSmart presents a Food and Beverage costume collection sure to garner more than a few chuckles and admirers this Halloween. The Coffee Cup Dog Costume, complete with a soft “lid” hat, will make pups the cutest cup of Joe on the block. Wasabi anyone? Sushi fans will get a kick out of the Sushi Dog Costume. What pairs better with the Hot Dog Costume than a costume made to look      like a Can of Beer? For multi-dog families,      these costumes together can make for fun social media posts.

Superheroes to the Rescue – Superheroes are always a fan-favorite and PetSmart delivers this Halloween season. With the Marvel™ Thor Dog Costumeand Spiderman costumes, kids can bring their favorite superhero sidekicks with them to trick or treat.

Whimsical Enchantment – PetSmart offers a variety of costumes for pets to indulge their whimsical side like Rapunzel (complete with braids), a colorful Caterpillar and Dinosaur. The Halloween Butterfly Dog Wings are an ideal option for dogs who prefer not to sport a full costume as the colorful wings easily slip on and off.

Beloved Classics – Last year’s list of top costumes for pets published by the National Retail Federation included the pumpkin, bee and devil, all of which are returning to PetSmart stores this fall.

Spirited accessories like the “Happy Halloween” Glow-in-the-Dark BandanaWitch Dog Hat and hilarious Cat Ears make excellent alternatives to full costumes. Tees like “I’m here for the Boos” and the orange spider “Happy Halloween” tee, are ideal for commemorating Halloween all season long. Made of lightweight fabric, these dog-friendly tees are easy to slip on and off and provide optimum comfort on crisp fall days.

Small animals like dwarf hamsters and guinea pigs can be dressed up in costumes like a pirate or unicorn. Fish tanks will look extra spirited with spooky ornaments like the glow in the dark Top Fin® Floating Zombie Head or the Pumpkin Cave.

Halloween Toys and Décor

From Oct. 1 – 31, pet parents can receive a free toy box with any $20 pet toy purchase in-store.* Fill it with Halloween favorites like Plush Pumpkins, Peanuts® Snoopy and rope toys and new additions with candy corn and monster themes. Candy corn, a classic fall treat, is      depicted in this year’s toys like the Halloween Flattie Candy Corn and Halloween 5 Knot Rope Toy. Candy      corn can also be found on the Candy Corn Bow Tie Collar and on the “Sweet as Candy” dress.

Monsters are synonymous with Halloween, and PetSmart’s take on ghouls, goblins and monsters has a playful tone. The Monster Flattie Toy, with a silly expression and purple fur, is filled with crinkle material dogs love. Plush toys like the Zombie and Mummy have squeakers to encourage playtime. Cats will have plenty of spooky toys to choose from like teasers and toys made of plush material and colorful feathers. The Halloween Wicker Mummy Cat Toy is equally creepy and cute.

Infuse a little pet-inspired Halloween fun into your home décor this season with new pet beds and bowls. Available only at PetSmart, the Cat Hut and Pumpkin Hut pet beds are machine washable and feature an enclosure with a soft, cozy removable pillow.

“Creepy Cookies,” Pumpkin Spice Treats and More

Humans are all about pumpkin spice and so is PetSmart! Seasonal flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon are standouts in this year’s treat collection which includes pumpkin spice rawhide chews and pumpkin flavored stuffed bones. New this year are Pumpkin Spice Flavor GREENIES®. These limited-edition dental treats fight plaque and tarter, while providing dogs with delicious seasonal flavors.

Other seasonal favorites include apple cinnamon-flavored “creepy cookies” in a variety of festive shapes like skulls and bones. Also new this year is the grain-free Wellness® Soft Wellbites Halloween Pumpkin Treats and Ghost Grub dog biscuits from Bocce’s Bakery, as well as pumpkin and sweet potato flavored Chilling Chew Treats.

Attending a Halloween party? Bring your hostess a Creepy Cookies Gift Pack of frosted apple cinnamon cookies for the dogs in her life.

Game Day Essentials

PetSmart offers pet parents lots of ways to tailgate with pets this football season. This year’s Sunday Funday Collection includes licensed jerseys, hoodies, collars, leashes and toys regionally available in-store and with the full collection, starring every professional team, online at petsmart.com.

Can’t settle on which team to outfit your best friend in? Team-neutral football bandanas provide an easy way to celebrate without choosing a side. Bandana collars, a PetSmart top seller, include sayings like, “Sunday Funday,” “Fantasy Football Legend” and “Rufferee.”

Upcoming In-Store Family & Pet Events

Tailgating Event
Sept. 23
12 – 2 p.m. – local time
Bring pups and your team spirit to one of our hottest in-store events of the season. Your pup can enjoy free treat samples and free chalking of favorite collegiate and professional team’s colors or a football Pet Expressions Pet Paint stencil application. Pets who come dressed in their team’s favorite colors can also receive a $5 off coupon for their next pet sports apparel purchase. 2

Doggie Day Camp Howl O’ Ween Event
Oct. 26
All-day
Halloween is taking over PetSmart Doggie Day Camps with an all-day Halloween party. In addition to fun, games and toys, campers will receive a free pumpkin KONG treat and free Halloween digital keepsake photo. Space is limited, reserve your spot on petsmart.com.3

Halloween Photo Event with PetSmart’s Chance
Oct. 21 and 28
12 – 3 p.m. – local time
Dress your pet in their Halloween best for an exclusive photo-op with PetSmart’s Chance! This in-store event is fun for the whole family. In addition to photos with Chance, pets and pet parents can receive a free pet collar safety light, Halloween safety tips and exclusive Halloween treat and apparel coupons.4

Social Media Contest #SpookyTails

Show off your pet in costume! Oct. 13-29, submit a photo of your pet dressed for the Halloween season using the hashtag #SpookyTails! Fans will decide the winner out of 5 chosen finalists, who will be announced on Halloween and will receive some great prizes including a hand-picked selection of spooky toys. Visit PetSmart’s Facebook page on October 13 for more details and the official rules5.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest  specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 20176.  In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook:www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube:www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store and Distribution Center opportunities.

*With PetPerks® membership. Toys not included. Free Top Paw® toy box offer valid 10/1/17-10/31/17 with purchase of any dog and cat toys of $20 or more, transaction total prior to taxes and after all other discounts applied. Discount of free item applied at register upon checkout. Limit 1 free item per customer, per transaction. Can mix & match any combination of toys valued at $20. While supplies last. In-store only. See store associate for details. Value of toy box $9.99.

2 At participating PetSmart stores.  While supplies last. Pet age, health and vaccinations requirements apply. Subject to availability. Excludes NFL, NCAA & MLB licensed Pet Expressions. Chalking and stenciling not available in SC, Boulder, CO & select cities in CA. See coupon for details.

3 Doggie Day Camp is available at select PetSmart store locations. Pet age, health and vaccinations requirements apply. Space is limited. Treats available while supplies last.

4 At participating PetSmart stores. While supplies last.

5 No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia), who are 18 years old (or the age of majority under applicable law). The Contest begins at 12:00:00 a.m. ET on 10/13/17 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 10/29/17 (“Entry Period”) and will include one round of Public Voting one round of Judging. Entrants may enter with a photo via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. First place and four runner-ups will be awarded prizes. Visit PetSmart’s Facebook page during the Entry Period for additional details and official rules

6 Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

Contacts:
Danielle Bickelmann
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

SOURCE: PetSmart

Albert Heijn: Freek Vonk neemt kinderen mee op ontdekkingstocht

Freek Vonk neemt kinderen mee op ontdekkingstocht

Spaaractie laat kinderen wonderlijke natuur, dieren en bouwwerken zien

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albert Heijn en dr. Freek Vonk starten een landelijke spaaractie waarin kinderen alles te weten komen over de wonderlijke plekken, natuur en dieren die de wereld te bieden heeft. Met je ogen open en oren gespitst op pad met Freek Vonk om te leren over tal van bijzondere plekken op aarde. Van Madagaskar, tot de Zuidpool en van de Galapagos-eilanden tot de Rocky Mountains. In de nieuwste spaaractie van Albert Heijn gaan kinderen samen met Freek Vonk op ontdekkingstocht aan de hand van 160 te verzamelen wonderlijke wereldplaatjes.

In de spaaractie van Albert Heijn en Freek Vonk staat edutainment centraal. Doel is om kinderen spelenderwijs te laten zien wat de wereld te bieden heeft. Op verre, warme en koude plekken maar ook in je eigen tuin, of het bos even verderop. De wonderlijke wereldplaatjes herbergen feiten, weetjes en afbeeldingen van wonderen uit onze wereld. Van bijzondere natuurverschijnselen en supergave bouwwerken, tot planten en dieren. Er is 1 super speciaal ‘speurplaatje’ waarmee spaarders van de wonderlijke wereldplaatjes geheime letters kunnen ontdekken op 15 verschillende spaarplaatjes en op zes pagina’s door het album heen. Alle letters samen vormen een aanvulzin die kinderen zelf af kunnen maken en insturen via ah.nl/wereld. Ze maken dan kans op fantastische Freek Vonk prijzen.

Freek Vonk: “Overal ter wereld zijn zoveel mooie wonderen te ontdekken en ik vind dat iedereen ze gezien moet hebben. Met het verzamelalbum ga je op ontdekkingstocht langs tal van wonderschone natuurverschijnselen, supergave bouwwerken, planten en dieren (soms ook giftige). In het verzamelalbum wordt er gereisd per vliegtuig, boot en trein, maar kinderen kunnen ook hun omgeving induiken om wonderlijke plekken te ontdekken. Wat is de wereld toch mooi!”

Wonderlijke wereldplaatjes vanaf 25 september verkrijgbaar
De wonderlijke wereldplaatjes, het verzamelalbum en de speciale Freek Vonk merchandise zijn vanaf 25 september te sparen en verkrijgbaar in alle winkels. Bij besteding van 10 euro ontvangen klanten een set met daarin 4 spaarplaatjes. In totaal zijn er 160 plaatjes met wonderlijke weetjes, waarvan één super bijzonder ‘speurplaatje’. Het verzamelalbum is verkrijgbaar voor €0,99 en in de eerste week gratis bij aankoop van een tweetal Bonusaanbiedingen uit de folder van week 39 (schaal AH Pitloze rode druiven of 2+1 wasmiddelen en wasverzachters). Met een vol verzamelalbum ontvang je bij Naturalis van 30 oktober t/m 23 december 2017 korting op de tentoonstelling GIF! bij Naturalis.

SOURCE: Albert Heijn

Vertegenwoordigers van de media kunnen contact opnemen met een van de woordvoerders via telefoonnummer: 088-6592020, via e-mail: pers@ah.nl of via twitter @AlbertHeijnPers.

Newegg donates $75,000 to No Kid Hungry to help combat childhood hunger

Newegg donates $75,000 to No Kid Hungry to help combat childhood hunger

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America and a growing force in global e-commerce, today announced that it made a $75,000 donation to No Kid Hungry to help combat childhood hunger. The donation follows the conclusion of Newegg’s previously announced donor-match campaign to help raise funds to support No Kid Hungry’s mission of feeding kids in need.

“Newegg’s generosity comes at a critical time, as recent natural disasters have increased the urgency of our work, especially in the Southeastern United States,” said Jill Davis, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at No Kid Hungry. “Now more than ever we need to give families the means to provide healthy, nourishing meals for their children.”

No Kid Hungry – a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength? – connects children in need to programs like school breakfasts and summer meals, and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable foods. No Kid Hungry works closely with organizations such as Newegg to help communities feed children in need every day of the year.

Newegg’s donation of $75,000 translates into 750,000 meals for kids around the nation. And in the past several weeks, No Kid Hungry has been working directly with relief organizations in Texas and Florida to serve displaced residents and others who are in need of assistance. Newegg’s contribution to No Kid Hungry helps to support these efforts.

“Newegg is proud to support No Kid Hungry and help feed those in need, especially in light of recent events,” said Danny Lee, CEO at Newegg. “We are pleased that our contribution – along with individual contributions from our customers – will be put to good use.”

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 32 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. Newegg operates Hybrid Centers in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

SOURCE: Newegg Inc.

 

Carphone Warehouse becomes the exclusive UK retailer of smart phone for kids monqi®

Carphone Warehouse becomes the exclusive UK retailer of smart phone for kids monqi®

  • monqi, exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse combines the fully featured Android device children want with the remote management and peace of mind parents want
  • monqi has received the coveted Mumsnet Accredited award
  • Available from early October, customers can register their interest in monqi from today (21st September, 2017)

LONDON, 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carphone Warehouse is proud to announce it will be the exclusive UK retailer of monqi®, an innovative new mobile platform guaranteed to be a hit with children and parents alike. monqi will be available from early October and customers can register their interest now at Carphone Warehouse.

monqi is a fully featured Android handset with high end features and a sleek design that will  appeal to kids. But, thanks to the unique monqi operating system and remote app, it is also designed to appeal to parents who are looking to stay in control while helping their child develop their independence. And unlike other phones on the market, it’s easier to get started with monqi as parental controls are part of the phone’s operating system and cannot be deleted or turned off.

Frederik Albrechtsen, from monqi said: “monqi was founded on the belief that we need clever mobile solutions for children. It’s inevitable that children will want to use technology, with monqi parents can help their kids to navigate the digital waters safely and set boundaries to promote healthy phone habits from the start. Receiving the Mumsnet Rated accreditation means that parents don’t just have to take our word for it, they can be confident that the phone has been tested by real parents and children with positive results.”

 

“Deciding when to give your children their first mobile phone can be tricky, with parents having to balance pester power, peer pressure and the actual needs of their children to make those first steps towards independence,” said Andrew Wilson, Buying Director at Carphone Warehouse. “monqi can make this difficult decision easier by combining high end features you’d find on any smartphone with a comprehensive suite of parental controls and we think our customers with young children will love it.”

Using the monqi app, available on their own Android or iOS devices, parents can:

  • Approve, and add/edit contacts
  • Approve and manage all apps and downloads
  • Limit app use, calls, texts and data usage
  • Connect safely to internet both when out and about or on WiFi
  • Set a schedule so phone features and apps can be limited at specific times of day
  • Set geo-fencing and be notified when the child leaves or enters or zone
  • Lock and remotely lock the phone- especially useful if the phone is lost

Meanwhile children will love the high end features of the monqi phone including the Jungle Store, where they can access the all latest titles including YouTube and popular games:

  • Android 6.0 and monqi OS
  • 5.0″ HD Display
  • 13MP rear camera with auto focus and flash and 5.0MP front camera and flash
  • Up to 7 hours talk time
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 1.5 GHZ Quad Core Processor with 8GB ROM and 1GB RAM, up to 32GB Micro SD

monqi has been awarded ‘Mumsnet Rated’ which means the product has undergone testing by a panel of real parents and children who in turn have then recommended to other mums.

monqi will be exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse from early October and customers can register their interest in finding out more at here.

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For press enquiries, please contact: 
Carphone Warehouse
ashley.scott@dixonscarphone.com

Monqi
kate@acunningplan.co.uk

About Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brands include Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK & Ireland.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, CurrysPCWorld Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

SOURCE: DIXONS CARPHONE PLC