Retailers and distributors recognized by the Certified Angus Beef® brand for their leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As consumer demand for great-tasting beef continues to grow, retailers play an important role in satisfying their needs. Retailers and distributors were recognized by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand for their leadership in product quality, marketing and sales at the group’s annual conference in Nashville on Sept. 27-29. Brand partners, including meat processors, distributors, chefs, retailers and cattle ranchers, gained strategies to nurture their focus on delivering premium beef to consumers.

“Quality and integrity unite their focus on delivering the finest beef,” says John Stika, the beef brand’s president. “They are stars in their markets for bringing the Certified Angus Beef ®brand’s ranching heritage and focus on quality and integrity to their customers, and ultimately, consumers.”

  • DeMoulas Market Basket, Tewksbury, Mass., earned the Retailer of the Year The retailer offered bold product features, generous point-of-sale displays and team training to provide customer assistance at the meat case. Through the retailer’s all-around focus on quality and value, DeMoulas also received the Top Retail Sales Volume Increase award.

 

 

  • K-Va-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va., was named Retail Large Chain Marketer of the Year. Food City chefs share beef recipes on television shows to bring fresh ideas to customers. Promotions, like Fresh Fridays, encourage trust in Food City’s dedication to quality and service.

 

 

  • Cermak Fresh Market, Chicago, Ill., received the Retail Small Chain Marketer of the Year Cermak excels at serving customers with fun promotions and attention to detail. Training at the Certified Angus Beef ® Culinary Center energized the team for a meat manager contest that helped Cermak also receive Top Average Volume Retail Store with more than 10 stores.

 

  • Longo’s, Vaughan, Ontario, was recognized as the International Retail Marketer of the Year. Beef 101 training for Longo’s meat managers supported a successful summer promotion. Cooking classes and ads in the retailer’s Experience magazine also offered beef meal solutions to customers.

 

  • Caraluzzi’s, in Bethel, Conn., is the Independent Retail Marketer of the Year. Caraluzzi’s has grown over the past two decades with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in three stores. They offer the brand’s Prime, Natural and deli meat items for the ultimate selection of superior quality.

 

 

  • Angus Best, Hermosilla, Sonora, Mexico, was presented the International Retail Independent Marketer of the Year Angus Best dedicates its entire meat case to the brand, displays signage storewide and posts billboards. The retailer’s grab-and-go meat case offers beef cuts for easy dinners.

 

  • ShopRite, Edison, N.J., earned the Retail Value-added Products Marketer of the Year ShopRite offers a wide selection of premium beef items in the deli case and has ready-to-prepare meals. Frequent product features, social media posts and videos give customers more dinner ideas.

 

 

  • Gelson’s, Encino, Calif., received Retail Brand Extension Marketer of the Year Gelson’s excels at marketing the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and the brand’s Prime products. Seasonal promotions, product sampling and social media interaction explain product quality to shoppers.

 

 

  • Quality Food Centers, Bellevue, Wash., is the Retail Social Media Marketer of the Year. QFC used online contests, coupons, the brand’s Roast Perfect app and meat staff selfies to connect with customers. Food blogger events shared holiday roasting ideas to coincide with roast promotions.

 

  • Weis Markets, Sunbury, Pa., was named the Retail Rising Star. Weis Markets focused on the brand in its Fresh magazine and offered six items in the circular every week. Through social media posts and training, the team shared its pride in its beef offerings.

 

 

  • Associated Retail Operations, in Salt Lake City, was recognized as the Retail Rookie of the Year. Associated Retail powered up promotions to launch the brand in stores. Weekly features and in-store videos led customers to the meat case, where staff were trained in beef knowledge to assist them.

 

 

  • Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned Top Volume Large Chain Retailer. Meijer excelled at marketing the brand in stores, at community events and through a comprehensive digital campaign. Success is guided by ongoing training of their meat managers and specialists. 

 

 

  • H-E-B Mexico, Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, is the Top Volume Small Chain Retailer. H-E-B secured growing sales through extensive promotions online, on billboards, in television appearances, with in-store product sampling, in local lifestyle magazines and every week in its own publication.

 

 

Additional companies recognized for their success and dedication to offering Certified Angus Beef ® brand products were:

About the Certified Angus Beef ® brand
Founded in 1978, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the original, and the best, brand of Angus beef, which got its start when a group of family ranchers set out to create a brand of beef that delivers superior taste and tenderness. Today, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand remains true to its roots, providing consumers with superior beef through a gate-to-plate network of family ranchers, chefs and retailers worldwide. Renowned for its exceptional quality, each cut meets 10 exacting standards to make it more selective than USDA Choice and Prime. For more information, visit CertifiedAngusBeef.com, or look for the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Editor: Click on links for downloadable, print-quality photos and videos.
More award information available at: http://www.certifiedangusbeef.com/press

Contact:

Crystal Meier
Certified Angus Beef LLC
330-345-0427
cmeier@certifiedangusbeef.com

SOURCE: EPR Network

Carrefour Belgium takes part in the Retail Clean-up Days on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October

Belgium, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, Carrefour Belgium is getting its employees involved in an environmental cause. Staff at Carrefour Hypermarkets and Carrefour Market stores will be taking part in the Retail Clean-up Days. Armed with bin bags, they will go and pick up rubbish lying on the roads within a 25-m radius of their stores on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October. An opportunity to remind those who might sometimes forget that rubbish bins are there to be made use of.

As they did last year, Carrefour employees are getting involved in an initiative organised by Comeos with support from BeWapp and Mooimakers. During these Retail Clean-up Days, they will be cleaning public areas in a 25-m radius around Carrefour Hypermarket and Carrefour Market store car parks, picking up rubbish lying around in the neighbourhoods in which stores operate.

Last year’s Retail Clean-up Days were a big success – nearly 2 tonnes of rubbish was collected, filling up some 350 bin bags. Through this initiative, Carrefour is hoping to help raise people’s awareness of just how important it is – for everyone – to respect public areas.

Carrefour – a stakeholder in its neighbourhood
This is the third time that Carrefour has taken action to clean up the neighbourhoods in which its stores operate. Before taking part in last year’s Retail Clean-up Days, Carrefour had used the BeWapp campaign last spring to undertake a major “spring cleaning” operation in the areas around its stores in Wallonia.

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

. By phone:

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

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Alexa and Echo now available in India; will launch in Japan later this year

  • The Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service also now available for developers in India
  • Amazon also announced this week that Alexa and Echo are coming to Japan this year

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 4, 2017) announced that Alexa and Echo are now available by invitation in India, and that they are coming to Japan later this year. Read the press release announcing Alexa in India: www.amazon.in/pr.

“Millions of customers love Alexa, and we’re thrilled to introduce her to our customers in India today and Japan later this year,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We’re also excited to expand the Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Voice Service, so developers and hardware makers around the world can create localized Alexa experiences for our Indian and Japanese customers.”

Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice—they’re always ready, hands-free, and fast. Alexa is the brain behind Echo—just ask, and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, recite your calendar, check sports scores, control lights around your home, and much more. With far-field voice control, Echo can do all this from across the room. Since Alexa runs in the AWS cloud, she is always getting smarter—plus, it is simple and free for developers to build Alexa skills and integrate Alexa into their own products.

The devices will start shipping in India later this month, and Alexa and Echo will be available in Japan later this year.

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.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon announces premiere of all six Fearless episodes exclusively on Prime Video

All six episodes of the legal thriller, starring BAFTA award winners Helen McCrory and Michael Gambon, will premiere exclusively on AmazonPrime Video in the US on Friday, October 27

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Oct. 3, 2017) announced it has added Fearless to its lineup of original dramatic series, and will premiere all six episodes exclusively on Prime Video in the US on Friday, October 27. Starring BAFTA award winners Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Penny Dreadful) and Sir Michael Gambon (Fortitude), produced by Mammoth Screen for ITV in association with Weinstein Television, and written and executive produced by Homeland writer and Executive Producer Patrick Harbinson, Fearless is a legal conspiracy thriller following human rights lawyer Emma Banville (McCrory), whose latest case will uncover a web of secrets and collusion with both personal and national repercussions.

In the series, Emma sets out to prove the innocence of Kevin Russell (Sam Swainsbury, Mum), a man who she feels was wrongly convicted for the murder of schoolgirl Linda Simms (Eve Austin, In the Flesh) 14 years earlier. Emma is determined to reveal the truth behind Linda’s death and is prepared to go to extreme lengths to prove Kevin’s innocence. However, as she digs deeper into the case–risking her career, personal life and reputation–she begins to sense powerful forces in the police and the intelligence services who want to stop her from uncovering the truth.

“We are excited to add this riveting drama to Prime Video,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition. “Patrick Harbinson is brilliant at telling gripping stories, and the compelling performances by the cast will keep viewers at the edge of their seats.”

Fearless also stars BAFTA Award winner Wunmi Mosaku (Black Mirror), Jonathan Forbes (Catastrophe), John Bishop (Accused), Rebecca Callard (Ordinary Lies), Jamie Bamber (Marcella), Sam Swainsbury (Mum), Emma Hamilton (Mr. Selfridge) and Emmy nominee Robin Weigert(American Horror Story).

The series premiered on ITV in the UK this summer. The first season of Fearless was the most watched drama series across its six weeks on the ITV Hub. Here is what the UK critics have to say:

  • “Promises to be one of those must-see series that gets everyone talking” – TV Magazine (The Sun)
  • “Gripping and undeniably intriguing” – Gerard Donovan, Daily Telegraph
  • “Helen McCrory’s performance in Fearless is captivating” – Sarah Deen, Metro.co.uk
  • “A confident, absorbing first chapter” – Gabriel Tate, Daily Telegraph
  • “A dense plot [and] a strong cast” – Victoria Segal, Culture (Sunday Times)

An Amazon Original Series in the US and produced by Mammoth Screen for ITV in association with Weinstein Television in the UK, Fearless is produced by Adrian Sturges (Houdini and Doyle, The Enfield Haunting) and executive produced by Harbinson along with Mammoth Screen’s managing director, Damien Timmer (Victoria, Poldark) and Tom Mullens (Endeavor, Black Work). The series was developed by Mammoth’s Creative Director Rebecca Keane and directed by BAFTA winner Pete Travis (The Go-Between, Legacy).

Fearless will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online with other Amazon Original Series online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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.

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.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Sainsbury’s identifies the biggest foodie trend this autumn – perfectly seared steak adorned with edible gold leaf!

Sainsbury’s identifies the biggest foodie trend this autumn – perfectly seared steak adorned with edible gold leaf!

 

Pair new restaurant quality steak and opulent edible gold leaf to achieve the most ‘Insta-worthy’ date night, in the comfort of your own home    

London, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Steak night will never be the same again! Sainsbury’s identifies the biggest foodie trend heading across the Atlantic this autumn – perfectly seared steak adorned with edible gold leaf. First seen on the plates of Silicon Valley’s biggest hotshots, the gold leaf is applied liberally to quality cuts of meat, creating a uniquely luxurious and ‘Insta-worthy’ dish. The ultimate indulgence!

It is no secret that food is the new social currency, with top quality meat taking centre stage as demonstrated by the likes of @Nusr_et’s 9 million-strong social following – there are now nearly 7.5 million posts of #steak on Instagram and over 165,000 of #steaknight alone. As restaurant trends trickle into our every-day eating and the nights draw in, customers are craving the opportunity to recreate these delicious moments at home.

Sainsbury’s is meeting this demand through the introduction of its new steakhouse-inspired cuts, now available in stores and online. Paired with Taste the Difference Edible Gold Leaf 23 CT, you can now wow your significant other by creating this lavish new trend.

The new restaurant cuts in the Sainsbury’s range are:

  • Taste the Difference British Bone in Ribeye Steak (price/kg: £22.00/kg) – serves two, matured for 30 days and best cooked medium
  • Taste the Difference British Bone in Sirloin Steak (price/kg: £20.00/kg) – serves two, matured for 30 days and best cooked medium rare
  • Taste the Difference British Picanha Steak (£5.00) – serves one, this tender cut popular in Brazil is matured for 30 days and best cooked medium rare
  • by Sainsbury’s Flat Iron Steak (£3.50) – serves one, matured for 21 days and best cooked medium rare

How to get the gold rush at home:

  1. Rub the steak all over with a glug of olive oil and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  2. Add the steak to a hot pan, then cook for six minutes for medium-rare, or to your liking, turning every minute (adjust timings depending on your chosen cut)
  3. A minute from the end of cooking, add a knob of butter one minute from the end of cooking and baste the steak
  4. Leave to rest for at least 10 minutes in a warm place
  5. Apply the gold leaf to the top surface liberally – tweezers are recommend
  6. Serve immediately with your choice of classic sides, such as sweet potato fries and roasted vine tomatoes
  7. Don’t forget to set up the perfect Instagram shot and share your masterpiece using #goldstarsteak – no filter required!

Rebecca Deeley, Product Developer at Sainsbury’s comments: “We know that a steak dinner is now much more of an occasion, and many of our customers are seeking inspiration from restaurants for on-trend cuts and accompaniments to try something new.  Applying our edible gold leaf over a perfectly seared and succulent steak can quickly transform a classic evening meal into something truly sensational!”

To find out more about Sainsbury’s variety of meats visit us at www.sainsburys.co.uk.  Taste the Difference Edible Gold Leaf 23CT is available here.

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Clare Waight Keller debuts her first Givenchy collection

Clare Waight Keller debuts her first Givenchy collection

 

Paris, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Sunday, October 1st Clare Waight Keller presented her first collection since joining Givenchy, opening a new chapter for the Maison inspired by transformation and seduction. Her debut silhouettes paid tribute to Givenchy codes and the power of duality.

Julianne Moore, Pedro Almodovar, Isabelle Adjani, Cate Blanchett… The celebrity front row was packed for the Givenchy show, held in the majestic setting of the Paris Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cité. Nobody wanted to miss one of the most eagerly awaited events on the Paris Fashion Week calendar, the unveiling of the first creations for the Maison by Clare Waight Keller, who was named Artistic Director of Givenchy last spring.

The 68 silhouettes in this first show definitely made an impression, revealing the British designer’s creative palette. In a proposition built on the power of duality,  Clare Waight Keller shared her vision of the Givenchy woman. Silhouettes in black and white were joined by vermillion and navy looks, elevated by tiger and leopard prints. Denim jackets had an eighties twist and bold shoulder cuts on jackets were paired with cascading pleated dresses with a plunging décolleté. Bags were carried or worn on the belt, accessorizing evening looks. The designer added some 20 men’s silhouettes to her first proposition for Givenchy as well, with noble materials,  jackets worn directly on the skin and skinny pants for a sharp runway look.

The creative energy from this debut collection opens a promising new chapter for Maison Givenchy. Everyone is already looking ahead to Clare Waight Keller’s first haute couture collection for Givenchy in early 2018.

Contact:

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

Source: LVMH

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The John Lewis Partnership names Chris Harris as Group Property Director

London, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Chris Harris as Group Property Director.

Chris moves from Arcadia where he is Group Property and Procurement Director and member of the Board.

Chris has spent his career in the property sector. He started as a surveyor at Chestertons, before moving into retail property management, working at Blockbuster Entertainment as Vice President of Operations for the UK and a member of the Board, before joining Arcadia in 2007.

Chris will join the John Lewis Partnership on 1 March 2018, reporting to Group Finance Director Patrick Lewis.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 351 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 84,000 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquiries:

John Lewis Partnership
Simon Fowler
Director of Communications
Telephone: 07710 398460

Sarah Henderson
Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 07764 676036

Source: John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose extends the trial of its ‘Cook Well’ healthy recipe box with new dishes, options and extra delivery day

London, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose is extending the trial of its ‘Cook Well from Waitrose’ healthy recipe box service with the addition of 60 new dishes, an extra delivery day on Mondays and the option to choose a four person/family box.

The retailer’s chefs and nutritionists have worked together to develop easy to prepare meals that are nutritionally balanced, with no red traffic lights for saturated fat, sugar and salt, and all providing at least one of the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

The delivery service – created in conjunction with tech consultancy ThoughtWorks – caters for one-off and weekly subscription customers with a new menu each week with eight recipes to choose from. Boxes contain pre-portioned, bagged ingredients for easy storage and minimal waste and step-by-step recipe cards, all delivered directly to customers’ homes free of charge. The goods are packed in upcycled sheep’s wool designed to keep everything chilled until 10pm on the day of delivery.

Archie Mason, Head of Business Development at the John Lewis Partnership said:  ‘Waitrose was the first supermarket to develop a recipe box scheme which went live in March this year to selected customers. We have been greatly encouraged by the initial response with customers delighted at the quality and convenience we are offering and the fact that recipes have been specifically tailored to be nutritionally balanced.

We have taken their feedback on board, adding more delicious healthy recipes this month along with an additional delivery day and from October, the option to order a box for a family of four. Our recipe box scheme gives people another way to access and enjoy quality Waitrose food, delivered to their doorstep.’

Nathalie Winn, Senior Nutritionist, who helped develop the recipes, said: ‘The trial has been a great example of how Waitrose is able to bring together its food expertise in different areas to create a unique offer of recipes to our customers. We have prioritised no red traffic lights for the nutrients we need to reduce in the diet; saturated fat, sugar and salt, whilst offering recipes with more of the ingredients we need to eat more of, such as oily fish and fruit and veg. Its success has highlighted how, with a little help, customers can enjoy delicious and nutritionally balanced, home-made Waitrose-quality meals easily.’

Customers can select up to three meals to serve two people per week, choosing from vegetarian, pescetarian and meat options. A three recipe box is priced at £6.50 per portion with options such as ‘tikka carrots and spiced chickpea dahl with tamarind potatoes’ and ‘miso cod, sticky coconut rice and chilli glazed pak choi’.

Notes to Editors

More information can be found at: https://cookwell.waitrose.com/

Waitrose has 351 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.

Waitrose was awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming ‘Best Retailer Award’, Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017′ and The Drinks Business’ ‘Retail Buying Team of the Year Award’.

Enquiries:
For further information please contact:

Kerry Davies, Communications Manager, Corporate
Telephone: 01344824325
Email: kerry.davies@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

British Land announces departure of Chief Financial Officer Lucinda Bell

London, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land announces that Lucinda Bell, Chief Financial Officer, has informed the Board of her intention to stand down from the Board and leave the Company on 4 April 2018. Lucinda was appointed to the Board in March 2011, becoming Chief Financial Officer in May 2011. The Company will now commence a search for a successor and will make an announcement in due course.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive, said: “We wish Lucinda well for the future and thank her for her significant contribution to the Company over her time at British Land. As CFO she has been instrumental in strengthening the balance sheet and reorganising our finances so we have a strong platform for the future. I am pleased that she will continue to play an active role as we prepare an orderly handover to her successor.”

Lucinda Bell said: “After a long career with British Land including the last six years as CFO, I have decided to step down and leave next year. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to contribute to the success of British Land as it has transitioned into a modern, strategically focussed REIT. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working for such an exceptional company and with so many talented people”.

Enquiries:
Investor Relations:
Cressida Curtis
British Land
020 7467 2938

Media:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Guy Lamming
Finsbury
020 7251 3801

Gordon Simpson
Finsbury

Source: British Land

CVS Health in-store fundraising campaign raised $4 million for recovery efforts in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (October 4, 2017) announced that its customers and colleagues donated nearly $4 million to support the Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico communities that were devastated by recent hurricanes, during a 10-day in-store fundraising campaign. The company also announced that it will donate more than $6 million of critical products and supplies to these communities, bringing CVS Health’s total support to $10 million.

The funds will be split evenly between Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund and the Florida Disaster Fund to help support rebuilding efforts in these affected communities over the coming weeks and months. Products will be distributed to communities where they are needed the most.

“We are incredibly grateful to our colleagues and customers who have demonstrated our values of caring and integrity over the past few weeks during these historic storms,” said Helena B. Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Health and president, CVS Pharmacy. “The rebuilding process for many of these communities will take a long time, and we will continue to do our part by providing support during this difficult time.”

To ensure patients and customers received the medications and information they needed during the recent hurricanes, CVS Health mobilized an enterprise-wide effort to help with preparations and accommodations prior to and after the storms.

The company’s proprietary messaging platform enabled rapid and urgent communications to patients who were in the path of hurricanes. Text messages were sent to tens of thousands of patients, reminding them to plan ahead for any potential disruption from the storm. The messages also helped ensure delivery of specialty and other medications for patients in transition between home and safe shelter locations.

Additionally, the catastrophic impact and wide-spread power outages in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria posed particular challenges in coordinating resources for colleagues, customers and patients. In response, CVS Health transported much-needed specialty medications and essential equipment to support store operations in Puerto Rico and, in some cases, delivered medication directly to individual patients who were in need.

“While it is never easy to manage through storms of this magnitude, hundreds of our colleagues have gone above and beyond to ensure that our patients, customers and communities are being served, despite the devastation impacting their own personal lives,” added Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Charitable Foundation. “Their generosity, compassion and dedication to serving others whether it be patients, residents or co-workers is truly amazing.”

In addition to the funds raised through the in-store campaign, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, colleagues and customers had previously donated nearly $800,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Salvation Army, Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, a public charity designed to help CVS Health employees during unanticipated and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.

About CVS Health

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

Media Contacts:

Joseph Goode
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com
(401) 770-9820

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@cvshealth.com
(401) 770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy introduces new ScriptPath Prescription Schedule for patients who manage multiple prescription medications

CVS Pharmacy introduces new ScriptPath Prescription Schedule for patients who manage multiple prescription medications

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (Oct. 4, 2017) introduced its new ScriptPath Prescription Schedule for retail pharmacy patients who manage multiple prescription medications. The ScriptPath Prescription Schedule features all of a patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescription information in one place including which medications the patient takes, when the patient should take them, and how much of each medication should be taken in each dose. Using easy to understand icons, the new schedule was designed to improve patient understanding and enhance patient safety by simplifying how patients take medications and how caregivers give them.

“Fifty percent of patients struggle with understanding how and when to take their prescription medications, and for those with complex prescription regimens it can be even more challenging,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “By providing them with a clear and concise dosing schedule, which incorporates all of their current CVS Pharmacy prescriptions and reduces the number of times a patient takes medication each day, we can help improve medication adherence and, ultimately, health outcomes.”

The Prescription Schedule is the first offering in the company’s ScriptPath prescription management system. Other tools, including a new prescription vial label, are expected to roll out in early 2018. The ScriptPath Prescription Schedule is the latest in a wide array of pharmacy care tools that CVS Pharmacy is offering patients to help with medication management and improve medication adherence. The schedule is generated by a robust scientific system, created by CVS Pharmacy, that automatically reviews all of a patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescription information and prescribers’ instructions, and then, using clinical data, provides a schedule of the most effective times of day to take the medications.

Available in English and Spanish, the ScriptPath Prescription Schedule is available at all of CVS Pharmacy’s more than 9,700 retail pharmacy locations nationwide, upon request. Because the Prescription Schedule will be most helpful to the more than nine million CVS Pharmacy patients who take more than five medications each day, those patients will be offered a consultation with the store pharmacist when they pick up their prescriptions. The pharmacist will review the Prescription Schedule and the information it provides.

“At CVS Health, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health. One of the main ways we can do that is to help our patients remain adherent to their medications,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Services, CVS Pharmacy. “Patients who take their medications as prescribed have better health outcomes than those who do not. By providing our patients with the personalized information and guidance needed to manage their medications, and most importantly, making it easier to understand and follow prescribers’ directions, we can help them remain adherent and better maintain their overall health.”

Prescription information that is highlighted on the new ScriptPath Prescription Schedule includes:

  • Personalized prescription information for the individual patient, including how much medication to take and when to take it
  • Medications separated into sections for Routine, As Needed and Other medications
  • Clear refill instructions for easy refills
  • Notes section for further personalization and to facilitate face-to-face pharmacist counseling

The ScriptPath Prescription Schedule provides a dosing schedule that maximizes the effectiveness of medications and simplifies complex medication regimens, taking into account the individual patient’s current CVS Pharmacy prescriptions.

CVS Health partnered with Deborah Adler, a designer known for her past work on Target’s ClearRx prescription packaging system, to ensure all of the elements of the new ScriptPath prescription management system were easy for patients to read and to understand. Adler, the inventor and lead designer of the new ScriptPath system, worked with the CVS Health team to develop the easy-to-understand icons and an intuitive layout for each of the ScriptPath offerings.

“I am excited to have collaborated with CVS Health on its ScriptPath prescription management system,” said Deborah Adler, Owner of Adler Design. “We are delivering a simpler, more effective way for people to take their medicine. Design matters in health care and this is a powerful example of how design can play a key role in changing behavior and improving health outcomes.”

For more information on the ScriptPath prescription management system, including the Prescription Schedule, visit www.cvs.com/prescriptionschedule.

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

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy
401-770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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TXT Retail becomes TXT Retail, an Aptos Company

Acquisition Extends Aptos’ Singular Commerce Platform With TXT Retail’s Best-of-Breed Merchandise Lifecycle Management Suite, Expands Aptos’ Customer Base to 60+ Countries

ATLANTA, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Aptos, Inc., a recognized market leader in retail technology solutions, today (Oct. 3, 2017) announced it has completed its acquisition of TXT Retail, the leading global provider of end-to-end merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) solutions for the apparel, luxury, specialty and general retail sectors. Going forward, TXT Retail will be known as TXT Retail, an Aptos Company.

The acquisition unites Aptos’ best-in-class customer engagement and inventory management solutions with TXT Retail’s best-of-breed merchandise lifecycle management suite, all available in the cloud.

The extended technology portfolio represents the industry’s most comprehensive set of omni-channel retail solutions, featuring proven, scalable and widely deployed applications for point of sale, customer relationship management, order management, sales audit, retail analytics, e-commerce, merchandising, forecasting, allocation and replenishment, merchandise and assortment planning, product lifecycle management, and supplier collaboration.

By bringing together Aptos’ Singular Commerce platform and the TXT Retail MLM suite, retailers will be uniquely positioned to break down the silos that are inherent within merchandise, customer and order lifecycles.

“By removing the barriers that typically exist in managing customers, products and orders, Aptos will empower retailers to transform their businesses for omni-channel success, loyalty and profitability,” said Noel Goggin, Aptos CEO and culture leader. “The enhanced solution footprint allows retailers to deliver localized assortments, personalized offers, fulfillment flexibility and seamless experiences no matter when, where or how shoppers choose to engage. Equally important, it allows retailers to achieve this profitably as shopper expectations continue to evolve.”

At the acquisition’s close, the combined organization serves more than 1,000 of the world’s leading retail brands across 60 countries, including adidas, Billabong, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Cole Haan, Dior, Guess, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Tesco, Tod’s, TUMI, Urban Outfitters, WH Smith and Zalando.

With less than 2 percent of overlap between the Aptos and TXT Retail customer bases, hundreds of retailers stand to benefit from the acquisition, which will enable them to streamline their technology stack with an end-to-end retail technology provider that is committed to their success.

“Aptos customers now have access to best-of-breed solutions to fast-track the merchandise lifecycle, optimize assortments and ensure that consumer demand is met,” said Simone Pozzi, previously TXT Retail CEO and now general manager, TXT Retail, an Aptos Company. “Additionally, TXT Retail customers can leverage Aptos’ Singular Commerce platform to deliver a more personalized, differentiated experience and redefine how they understand and interact with shoppers.”

“When Aptos spun off as an independent company a little over two years ago, we had a clear vision of delivering competitive advantage to retailers on a global scale with the industry’s most comprehensive set of solutions that enable singular commerce and seamless experiences,” said Goggin. “By bringing TXT Retail holistically into the Aptos business — its MLM suite, the 500 retail brands it serves and its 300 retail specialist colleagues — we have made tremendous progress on our journey of helping retailers to engage differently, all the way from product concept to the consumer. We are thrilled to welcome TXT Retail’s customers and colleagues into the Aptos family.”

The New Aptos, a Global Leader in Retail Technology Solutions

  • Serving 600 retail clients.
  • Spanning 1,000+ retail brands.
  • With customers located in 60+ countries.
  • Supported by 1,250 Aptos colleagues.

About Aptos “Engaging Customers Differently”
In an era of virtually limitless choice, sustained competitive advantage only comes to retailers who engage customers differently – by truly understanding who they are, what they want and why they buy. At Aptos, we too, believe that Engaging Customers Differently™ is critical to our success. We are committed to a deep understanding of each of our clients, to fulfilling their needs with the retail industry’s most comprehensive omni-channel solutions, and to fostering long-term relationships built on tangible value and trust. More than 1,000 retail brands rely upon our Singular Commerce™ platform to deliver every shopper a personalized, empowered and seamless experience…no matter when, where or how they shop. Learn more: www.aptos.com

Follow Aptos on Twitter @Aptos_Retail

Aptos, the Aptos logo, “Engaging Customers Differently” and “Singular Commerce” are trademarks of Aptos, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Aptos, Inc.

Contact:
Kristen Miller
Aptos, Inc.
+1 678 695 6566
kmiller@aptos.com

Source: Aptos, Inc.

Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union celebrate the tenth anniversary of their Global Framework Agreement

  • Pablo Isla and Valter Sanches went over the key milestones and future challenges of this pioneering initiative in the global garment industry marking their joint effort to enhance working conditions in the garment industry
  • The Chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, underscored the fact that looking forward, the Global Framework Agreement will continue to be “one of the most effective tools for enforcing and encouraging labour rights in the garment industry’s global supply, underpinned by freedom of association and collective bargaining”.
  • Valter Sanches, the general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries, said “the Global Framework Agreement promotes stability in a time of uncertainty. Protecting some 1.5 million garment workers in the Inditex supply chain, it empowers our unions to defend fundamental rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions”.

 

Arteixo, SPAIN, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (04 OCTOBER 2017), in a joint event, Inditex and IndustriALL Global Union celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Global Framework Agreement, designed to protect and promote labour conditions throughout Inditex’s supply chain. During an event to mark the anniversary at the Madrid head office of the Economic and Social Council, the Chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, and the general secretary of IndustriALL, Valter Sánches, used the occasion to review the key progress made under the joint initiative.

During his presentation, Inditex’s Chairman and CEO stressed that the progress  delivered during the past decade bodes for a “future for the Global Framework Agreement as one of the best tools for continuing to enforce and encourage decent labour conditions in the garment sector’s supply chain around the world”. He also highlighted universal freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining as key foundations of this policy.

Both acknowledged the advances promoted to set more ambitious objectives to promote decent work, as set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which Inditex is a signatory to.

Pablo Isla acknowledged the work of the three general secretaries who have led IndustriALL since the agreement was signed, as well as praising the representatives of Spain’s leading unions, CCOO and UGT, who have helped develop the agreement throughout this time. “Without their commitment to the workers they represent, their knowledge of the garment industry and their proactive and critical spirit, the Global Framework Agreement would not have yielded the results we are applauding here today”, said Isla.

Valter Sánches commended Inditex for taking a lead in promoting worker and trade union rights: “Inditex recognizes its role as one of the world’s biggest retailers and was the first apparel brand to see the value of good industrial relations, not just in their own factories but throughout their entire supply chain. The Global Framework Agreement makes factory suppliers accountable, enabling labour conflicts to be resolved successfully and greater participation of trade unions in production countries.”

TRACEABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

The collaboration between Inditex and IndustriALL dates back to 2002. However, it wasn’t until 2007, when the Global Framework Agreement was signed, that both parties began to roll out initiatives designed to empower workers and protect their labour rights throughout the Group’s entire supply chain – for instancethe sharing of Inditex’s full supplier list.

The 1,800 suppliers and 7,000 factories in the Inditex supply chain not only apply its Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and Suppliers to all their production but alsoparticipate in the joint initiatives carried out under the scope of the Global Framework Agreement, despite not supplying exclusively to Inditex. It is calculated that close to 1.5 million workers have seen their labour conditions protected and strengthened as a result.

The Framework Agreement achieved a new milestone in 2012 with the appointment of a General Coordinator and the signature of a Protocol committing to local union access to the supply chain, enhancing supply chain transparency and empowering local workers to pursue their own collective bargaining. This initiative was reinforced further in 2014 when the Global Framework Agreement was renewed.

The expansion of the Global Framework Agreement in 2016 marked another step forward in this joint effort by bringing local union experts into the 12 clusters of suppliers into which Inditex has organized the majority of its suppliers around the world. This protocol has created forums for effective collaboration and exchange in the quest to protect workers’ rights and ensure ongoing momentum in the clusters.

Over the last 10 years, the Framework Agreement has facilitated and strengthened a shared approach to the situation in each sourcing market by promoting the right to union access in the workplace. Pilot programmes have been carried out in over 80 factories in 12 countries tackling a wide variety of aspects, including the right to organize, decent working conditions and a healthy workplace as well as addressing women’s empowerment issues. These pilot programmes have yielded results which can be applied across the entire supply chain.

Contact:

Tel: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Source: Inditex

Stanley Black & Decker announces inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America for the seventh consecutive year

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the seventh consecutive year. Stanley Black & Decker’s overall score placed the company in the 86th percentile of the DJSI, up from 83rd last year.

“At Stanley Black & Decker, we recognize that we have a broader role to play in bettering our society. To us that means incorporating social responsibility into the day-to-day strategy and operations of our business so we all collectively win,” said Stanley Black & Decker’s President and CEO Jim Loree. “We are honored to be recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the seventh consecutive year. It’s truly a reflection of the commitment of our 55,000 employees around the globe. They all want to make the world a better place by making our company more sustainable and I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”

The DJSI measures performance on more than 600 different data points in 22 different categories, including environmental stewardship, human rights, corporate philanthropy and much more. To be selected for the Index, companies undergo a thorough analysis of company-wide economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, customer relationship management, product stewardship, supply chain standards and labor relations.

Stanley Black & Decker matched the highest score within the Machinery & Electrical Equipment sector for Corporate Governance and Climate Strategy, and delivered within the highest percentile in Corporate Governance, Climate Strategy and Talent Attraction & Retention. Most improved results noted in Innovation Management, Product Stewardship and Talent Attraction & Retention.

Companies are selected according to a systematic assessment that identifies the sustainability leaders in each of 57 industries. The research methodology for the Index includes general and industry-specific sustainability trends. Corporations are evaluated based on a variety of criteria including climate change strategies, energy consumption, human capital development, knowledge management, stakeholder relations and corporate governance.

About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

About Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI family is offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM Indices and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The family tracks the stock performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria.  The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. The DJSI for North America launched in September 2005 and reviews the top 20% of the 600 largest companies in the United States and Canada in terms of economic, environmental, and social criteria.

CONTACT:
Tim Perra
Stanley Black & Decker
Vice President, Public Affairs
(860) 826-3260
tim.perra@sbdinc.com

SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker

DDR provides further update on the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

CLEVELAND, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) provided a further update today (Oct 04, 2017) on its process of providing assistance and support to its personnel in Puerto Rico as well as assessing damage from Hurricane Maria to its assets in Puerto Rico.

“We have now been in contact with all of our team members in Puerto Rico and remain focused on delivering aid to them,” commented David Lukes, President and Chief Executive Officer of DDR.  “All 12 of our properties are now in a clean and safe condition and we are in the process of making temporary repairs and helping tenants reopen wherever possible. I am incredibly proud of DDR’s Puerto Rico team, who have demonstrated courage and resilience in this challenging time, as well as the numerous employees throughout the firm who have worked with remarkable speed and resourcefulness.”

Most anchor spaces at the company’s 12 Puerto Rico centers are currently open, including 7 of 8 Walmarts, and all Home Depots (2), Sam’s Club (1), and Pueblo and Econo grocery stores (3).  A significant number of additional anchor openings are expected to take place in the coming days. Most of the company’s Puerto Rico outparcel tenants are also currently open and operating. Openings of small-shops at the company’s open air assets will generally depend on restoration of utility power, the timing of which is currently uncertain. In addition, there are selective tenant spaces that have been rendered currently untenantable.

Plaza Del Sol, the company’s largest asset by Net Operating Income in Puerto Rico, is now receiving power from both generator and utility sources, which is facilitating the reopening of small-shops.  Rio Hondo, the company’s second largest asset in Puerto Rico, is expected to begin receiving utility power within the next week, enabling small shop openings. The company expects to have additional generators installed at Plaza del Norte, its third largest mall asset in the next several weeks. The company has completed cleanup work at Palma Real and continues to assess necessary repairs. A determination of expected tenant opening dates will be made as further analysis of the repair of this property is completed.

DDR maintains insurance on its assets in Puerto Rico with policy limits of over $350 million for property damage, along with coverage for business interruption. The company’s insurance policies remain subject to various terms and condition including a deductible of approximately $6 million.

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.

SAFE HARBOR
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; sufficiency and timing of any insurance recovery payments related to damages from extreme weather conditions; 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.

SOURCE DDR Corp.

NACS appoints Brandon Kramer as marketing manager

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brandon Kramer has joined NACS as a marketing manager, where he will be jointly responsible for the ongoing evolution and development of marketing vision and strategy for NACS membership, products and services, and events, including one of the nation’s top 40 tradeshows, the NACS Show.

Kramer comes to NACS after having worked at the National Business Group on Health as a marketing analyst. He has also spent time at the Communities in School National Office as well as at Meals on Wheels America.

Kramer holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.  He obtained a B.A. in electronic filmmaking and digital design from Farleigh Dickinson University.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

Brewgooder to supply craft beer in 100 of the Co-op’s stores

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — An ambition to turn craft beer into clean drinking water for One Million people facing water poverty has taken a further step forward for an Edinburgh-based social enterprise who have secured a listing with the Co-op.

Brewgooder, which donates 100% of its profits to water charities, has secured a deal to supply approaching 100 of the community retailer’s stores from this month.

Last year, Brewgooder announced its mission to provide clean water for 1M people by donating 100% of profits from sales of its craft beer to water charities – the month launching a programme of 60 projects with One Foundation benefitting more than 30,000 people.

Figures from the United Nations show that more than 650 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. Brewgooder co-founders, Alan Mahon and Josh Littlejohn, were both tackling homelessness in Scotland before combining their passion for craft beer and helping others with the development of their “Clean Water Lager” which is brewed at Brewdog’s Ellon brewhouse.

Alan Mahon, said: “We are delighted to secure this listing, we feel there is a real synergy given the Co-op’s community locations, heritage and ethical trading and, passion for quality beers. Not to mention its existing work to support clean water projects. This is our largest listing into the convenience sector, and one we are looking forward to growing in the coming months. It will provide a boost to our brand awareness and business development at a key time, while having an impact on thousands of people facing water poverty through our essential clean water projects.”

Jake Woods, Co-op’s Beer Buyer, said: “As a co-operative, collaborating with a social enterprise which has set out to use its profits to alleviate water poverty presents a great opportunity, it is an area where the Co-op has delivered significant support over many years – craft beer is an exciting category, we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion a beer that makes a difference to the lives of thousands of people.”

Last year the Co-op marked its tenth anniversary of its partnership with the One Foundation, it is the only major retailer with an own brand charity water, Fairbourne Springs where 3p for every litre sold is donated to The One Foundation to be invested in clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Africa. The Co-op is also the only retailer to partner the Global Investment Fund for Water – announced at the Global Citizen Festival, Hamburg, the Co-op also contributes 1p per litre to the fund from sales of branded bottled water.

Further information about Brewgooder is available at http://www.brewgooder.com

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: COOP

Ahold Delhaize to divest the Albert Heijn Groenplaats location in Antwerp, Belgium

Zaandam, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize announces today (October 4, 2017) that it has reached agreement with Retail Partners Colruyt Group (RPCG), for their Spar banner, to divest the Albert Heijn Groenplaats location in Antwerp, Belgium. This deal represents the final sale in the mandatory store divestment program in Belgium following the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group in 2016.

The transaction is still subject to customary closing conditions. The location will be transferred in approximately one month. The associates of Albert Heijn Groenplaats will remain employed by Albert Heijn Belgium and will be relocated to other Albert Heijn stores in Antwerp and surrounding area.

The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) in March 2016 approved the merger of Ahold and Delhaize on the condition that the combined group would divest a limited number of stores and projects in Belgium to address competition concerns raised by the regulator.

Cautionary notice

This communication includes forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as agreement to divest, subject to and will or other similar words or expressions are typically used to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that may cause actual results of Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. (the “Company”) to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to the risk factors set forth in the Company’s public filings and other disclosures. Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company’s management and assumptions based on information currently available to the Company’s management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Company does not assume any obligation to update such statements, except as required by law. Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. also presents itself under the name of “Royal Ahold Delhaize” or simply “Ahold Delhaize.”

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

TAI FOONG USA recalls Royal Asia Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup that may contain undeclared egg

TAI FOONG USA recalls Royal Asia Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup that may contain undeclared egg

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Seattle, WA, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — TAI FOONG USA of Seattle, WA is recalling Royal Asia Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup, because it may contain undeclared egg.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg or egg products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Individuals who are not allergic to eggs may safely consume this product.

Product was distributed in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Alaska and were purchased exclusively at Costco beginning January 2017.

Royal Asia Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup; Net weight 3.94lb (1.79kg) 63oz; 6 bowl pack.  One allergic reaction complaint has been CONFIRMED to date. The recall was initiated after the product was tested for presence of egg, and was confirmed. Because the packaging does not reveal the presence of Egg the product was immediately pulled from the shelves at Costco and destroyed, all other product was identified and isolated in the cold storage facilities and placed on hold to be properly labeled.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tai Foong USA is asking consumers to return product to the store where purchased to request a full refund if there is an allergy concern. Affected product should then be discarded in a secure place and not consumed.

For more information please visit www.northernchef.com or contact 800-388-3666 #200

Consumers Contact:

Bart Cox
800-388-3666 #200

Source: FDA

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Sid Wainer & Son® voluntarily recalls Jansal Valley® brand Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers due to undeclared peanuts

Sid Wainer & Son® voluntarily recalls Jansal Valley® brand Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers due to undeclared peanuts

 

New Bedford, MA, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sid Wainer & Son® of New Bedford, MA is voluntarily recalling Jansal Valley® brand Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers because it does not have the proper allergens identified, being peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product is packaged in a clear plastic clamshell container labeled as Jansal Valley® Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers, packaged in 1 ounce sizes. The cases contain 12 1 oz units each.

Product best by dates include 9/11/2018, 9/22/2018 and 9/26/2018.

Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers were distributed Nationwide in retail stores and grocery chains.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

During repacking, the peanut contamination was discovered in the sealed bulk containers of the product.

Consumers who have purchased 1 ounce packages of Jansal Valley® Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers, please destroy the above mentioned product if your company is in possession of it.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-423-8333 at extension 168 or 119 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

About Sid Wainer & Son®: Sid Wainer & Son®, based in New Bedford, MA, has been the most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce in the country since 1914. In addition to produce, Sid Wainer & Son® offers artisanal cheese and specialty foods, including their exclusive Jansal Valley® Line. Sid Wainer & Son® suppliers over 30,000 of the finest restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers, and caterers both domestically and internationally. To learn more about Sid Wainer & Son, visit www.Sidwainer.com.

Consumers Contact:

1-800-423-8333

Media Contact:

Gary Marcotte
gmarcotte@SidWainer.com
(800) 423-8333 x 340

Source: FDA

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Wegmans Food Markets announces leadership team for its new Medford store, scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 5

Wegmans Hiring Offices in Medford and Natick Will Offer Open Interviews During Select Wednesdays in October

MEDFORD, MA, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today (October 04, 2017) announced the local leadership team managing its new Medford store, which opens Sunday, Nov. 5 at Meadow Glen on the north side of Mystic Valley Parkway at Locust St. This group consists of the store manager, executive chef, and three area managers who each supervise several Wegmans departments. Altogether, they bring 104 years of experience working for the family-owned company.

Hiring and training are ongoing for the Medford store and Wegmans Natick, which is set to open in spring 2018 at Natick Mall. Those who are interested in working at either location should apply online at Wegmans.com/careers. Both locations are also offering open interviews during select Wednesdays in October. For full details, please call the employment office in Medford at 781-322-0985 or Natick at 508-960-0104.

The Wegmans Medford leadership team is as follows:

Store Manager Kevin Russell
Kevin Russell began his career as a produce clerk at Wegmans’ Corning, New York, store in 1986. Two years later, he was the store’s produce night manager. As opportunities opened up, he moved from one assignment to the next, mainly in stores in New York’s Southern Tier and Pennsylvania. He rose from night managerial positions to perishable manager, then assistant store manager. Russell became a store manager in 1999, just 13 years after joining Wegmans, and most recently managed the Burlington, Massachusetts location. He will oversee the store’s 450 employees and is currently building the team that will deliver the incredible customer service Wegmans is known for in Medford.

Executive Chef Arlo Trainor
Arlo Trainor got a delicious taste of his future when he took a summer job before college at Carmella’s Italian Kitchen in Brookfield, the town where he grew up. He opened his own restaurant, Arlo’s North End, in 2003 and sold the restaurant in 2010 to find a better work-life balance. Trainor interviewed with Wegmans and was hired in 2011 to work in prepared foods at the Northborough store. He was named sushi team leader in 2012, sous chef in 2013, store chef in 2015, and executive chef in 2016. The Medford store will be the first that Trainor has opened, giving him a key role in the hiring and training of some 120 culinary employees who will report to him.

Perishable Area Manager Ted Kamas
Ted Kamas began working at Wegmans in 1998 as a part-time cashier. He brings prior experience in a variety of positions as a management intern, management trainee, meat and seafood manager, employee representative, service area manager, and merchandising area manager. As perishable area manager in Medford, Kamas will oversee the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments, ensuring Wegmans’ high standards for the freshest ingredients are met and employees are prepared to share cooking techniques and food knowledge with Wegmans customers.

Merchandising Area Manager Alicia Elliott
Alicia Elliott became a Wegmans employee in 1980, working part-time as a cashier. She went on to work in other areas as a night manager, front end manager, photo and video manager, pharmacy manager, produce manager, and service area manager. She has also worked in Wegmans corporate accounting. In her current role as merchandising manager, she’ll supervise the grocery, dairy, frozen foods, health and wellness, bulk, wine, liquor, beer, and home and entertaining departments. Elliott will work collaboratively across the store to ensure that the thousands of products that Wegmans offers are well displayed and well stocked.

Service Area Manager Paula Culhane
Paula Culhane started her Wegmans career in 2006 as a part-time cashier before taking on roles in cheese and seafood, a store operations internship, as seafood department manager, and most recently, as front end manager. At the Medford store, she will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, Helping Hands, and accounting office as the store’s service area manager. Culhane’s priority is to ensure that incredible customer service is delivered every day. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.

Wegmans Medford is a 120,000 sq. ft. supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 200, as well as The Burger Bar, an in-store restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers, fresh salads, flavorful sandwiches, specialty milkshakes, soup and sides. Visit http://www.wegmans.com/medford for store information, including Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up and driving directions.

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

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

KappAhl to release full year result 2016/2017 on Thursday 12 October

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — A presentation of the report will be held for analysts, the media and investors on the same day at 09:00 (CET) at Helio T-House Engelbrektsplan 1 in Stockholm. The report will be presented by Danny Feltmann, President and CEO, and Anders Düring, CFO.

Please announce participation for the event via e-mail hearings@financialhearings.com.

The presentation will be held in English and will also be live webcasted at www.kappahl.com, via the subtitle “Investor Relations”, choose “Reports & presentations”. Questions can be asked via the teleconference or via the webcast. It is also possible to listen to the webcast afterwards at the same web address.

To participate, please call 5 minutes before the opening of the conference:

Sweden +46 8 5644 2690
Great Britain +44 203 008 9804

Please sign up for your participation here. (No pre-registration required for participation via webcast or conference call).

KappAhl was founded in Gothenburg in 1953 and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region with 370 KappAhl and Newbie stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our business idea is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to the many people. Sustainability-labeled fashion accounts for 53 per cent of the range. Sales for 2015/2016 totaled SEK 4.7 billion and the company has approx. 4,000 employees in nine countries. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.kappahl.com

For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
tel 46 (0)70 471 56 31
email charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

Source: KappAhl

BESTSELLER launches new female brand POSTYR

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new female brand POSTYR, BESTSELLER wants to extend its large range of well-established commercial brands with an upgraded fashion brand in the premium segment. In-stead of focusing on a specific age group, POSTYR wants to offer styles with a certain personality and quality.

Brand Manager Gitte Skaarup says: “Our target group, young or old, dares to stand out in the crowd and likes to combine our trendy, upgraded styles with basics. In short, they are edgy and quality-conscious.”

DIGITAL SALES PLATFORM

Innovative, timeless and digital are the keywords characterising POSTYR. Instead of following through with classic sales meetings, key accounts will be joining online-based trade shows featuring catwalks that are accompanied by speak and visual graphics that will guide the buyers through the collections and let them in on the details and feel of each style:

“The end-consumer buys fashion on a daily basis and without problems – so there is no excuse why a trained retail buyer couldn’t do the same. We believe that if you as a buyer have an overall knowledge on the brand value, the product, price, delivery, composition etc., there should be no problems in buying without touching the products. By running our B2B sales digitally and keep-ing the number of collection samples to a minimum, we will save a lot of time and money which means more value for the customers. We will cut away the extensive internal and external sales meetings plus several weeks of selling time,” Gitte Skaarup elaborates and adds:

“During the first year, we plan to arrange six online tradeshows. Our first focus will be upgraded retailers in Scandinavia, UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and we aim at working with cross-border online retailers who represent the premium segment.”

CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT

“We want to add a strong SoMe strategy with consumer/brand engagement actions to create faster brand and style knowledge. The digital approach combined with a strong SoMe plan will ensure a short value chain from design to customer – and ultimately, the end-consumer. We want to involve and inspire our consumers and make them feel they are a part of our brand. Instead of leaving that job to the stores alone, we want to take responsibility. We need to build a close relationship with the consumers, and social media are the key to connecting and interact-ing with them,” Gitte Skaarup explains.

The POSTYR team now works full speed on getting the first occasion wear teaser collection ready for delivery April/May as well as full scale collections for delivery in July/August 2018.

For more information about POSTYR, please contact Brand Manager Gitte Skaarup on +45 25 51 32 21.
The website POSTYR.co is under construction.

Contact:

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62
communications@bestseller.com

Source: BESTSELLER