Customers in Europe can print initials on two garments from the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection

MANGO is offering its customers in Spain, France, the United Kingdom

BARCELONA, Spain, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is offering its customers in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy the opportunity to print their initials on two garments from the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection, in order to obtain unique and personalised outfits.This service is available for purchases via

MANGO is continuing its commitment to sustainability and is strengthening its Take Action programme, the project which includes all the initiatives aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability criteria and more environmentally-friendly processes.

Following the success of the first collection launched last year, the firm has launched the second capsule of the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection.An ecological offering designed for women and men and produced using sustainable materials.In the latest edition, as well as organic and recycled cotton, the range of sustainable fibres has been extended to include recycled wool, modal and lyocell.



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All customers in Greater Montreal can now benefit from Metro’s online grocery shopping

Montreal, CANADA, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro’s online grocery shopping is now being offered to all customers in Greater Montreal, from Vaudreuil to Repentigny, and from Blainville to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, just one year after being launched. Serving close to 1.7 million homes spread over 64 municipalities, it will allow nearly 4 million consumers to benefit from this service with the guaranteed freshness promise.

“We are pleased to now offer online grocery shopping to all consumers in the Greater Montreal area. The last months have allowed us to confirm the quality of our service, since 98% of existing users are satisfied with the freshness of the food delivered’’ said Marc Giroux, Senior Vice President, Metro.

To guarantee freshness, employees dedicated to online grocery shopping were trained to select the freshest in-store products, like customers would choose themselves. The products selected are then kept in-store in a dedicated Tri-ZonesTM area: temperate, refrigerated and frozen zones. The freshness of the products is thus preserved and guaranteed, from shelf until they are collected at the store or delivered to home, delivery trucks being equipped with the same process.

“Metro has developed a simple and personalized digital platform. In addition, the members of metro&moi loyalty program save even more time because they can add the products that they buy frequently to their cart. They can also use their personalized coupons as well as their rewards”, pointed out Gino Plevano, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Online Shopping, Metro.

Five Metro Plus stores are dedicated to preparing digital orders: Ste-Rose (North Shore), Candiac (South Shore), Kirkland, Pie IX/Jean-Talon and LaSalle (Montreal). Consumers who do their grocery shopping online can pick up their purchases in one of those stores or have it delivered according to the radius being served by each store.

First launched in Montreal in October of 2016 and recently made available in the Quebec City region, the service will continue to be deployed and will serve 60% of Quebec’s population by the end of the year. Online grocery shopping, like the partnership with MissFresh, is part of the company’s overall digital strategy which is designed to position Metro as the retailer offering the food experience best suited to consumers’ needs and behaviours. The metro&moi loyalty program and all of its features are built into the online offerings. For more information, visit

Metro inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution compan


For further information:

Yanik Deschênes
438 390-8244

Metro Plus Ste-Rose
1207, boul. Curé-Labelle
Laval, Quebec H7L 3A4

Metro Plus Candiac
50, boul. Montcalm Nord
Candiac, Quebec J5R 3L8

Metro Plus Kirkland
3801, boul. St-Charles Kirkland
Montréal, Quebec H9H 4M4

Metro Plus Pie IX/Jean-Talon
4290, rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal, Quebec H1S 1J7

Metro Plus LaSalle
1880, av. Dollard
Montréal, Quebec H8N 3G5

SOURCE: Metro Inc.

Signet Jewelers: successful completion of the first phase of strategic outsourcing of our credit portfolio

HAMILTON, Bermuda, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Signet Jewelers Limited (“Signet”) (NYSE: SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced today the completion of the first phase of the strategic outsourcing of its in-house credit program, including:

  • The sale of its prime-only credit quality accounts receivable to the Columbus, Ohio-based card services business of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (“Alliance Data”) (NYSE: ADS) for par value of $960 million at the time of closing;
  • Outsourcing of the credit servicing function of its existing and future non-prime accounts receivable to Genesis Financial Solutions (“Genesis”); and
  • Implementation of its lease-purchase program in partnership with Progressive Leasing.

Virginia C. Drosos, Chief Executive Officer of Signet, said: “The successful completion of the first phase of strategic outsourcing of our credit portfolio has allowed us to reduce our outstanding debt and return capital to our shareholders. In addition, the transaction enables us to optimize our business model with greater organizational focus on driving the growth of our OmniChannel retail platforms and delivering a true Customer First experience.”

Ms. Drosos added: “A key priority of our credit transaction has been to minimize impact on our credit customers and substantially maintain our net sales. This has been achieved through our partnership with Alliance Data and Genesis to continue to provide the full suite of our credit offerings for our customers, and adding an incremental lease-purchase financing option with Progressive Leasing. I want to thank our partners and Signet team for their hard work in executing this complex transaction on time.”

As previously announced, Signet and Alliance Data have entered into a seven-year program agreement under which Alliance Data will become the primary provider of credit, including funding, underwriting, servicing and associated program functions, to Signet’s U.S. stores. Signet will receive future payments from Alliance Data under an economic-sharing agreement.

Signet and Genesis have entered into a five-year servicing agreement, under which Genesis will provide credit servicing functions for Signet’s existing non-prime accounts receivable, as well as future non-prime account originations. Signet will retain the existing non-prime accounts receivable on its balance sheet and continue to originate the majority of new accounts until the expected completion of the second phase of credit outsourcing.

Finally, Signet implemented a lease-purchase program in partnership with Progressive Leasing across its U.S. stores. Lease-purchase is an incremental payment option available for customers who do not qualify for Signet’s credit programs, or do not wish to pursue a credit option to finance the purchase of our merchandise. Signet believes the program represents an incremental growth opportunity.

As part of the transaction, nearly all existing Signet team members supporting credit operations have been transferred to Alliance Data or Genesis, or retained by Signet to facilitate a smooth transition for Signet’s team members and customers.

In the first phase of strategic outsourcing of credit, Signet completed the sale of approximately 55% of its credit portfolio to Alliance Data and outsourced servicing of its full credit programs. Signet is in ongoing discussions with several interested funding partners related to the second phase, which is expected to be completed in the first half of calendar year 2018. In the second phase, Signet expects to sell remaining accounts receivable on its balance sheet at the time of the transaction and fully outsource new account originations to a third party.

Use of Proceeds, Accounting Considerations and Financial Impact

Signet received $960 million of proceeds from the sale of its prime-only accounts receivable to Alliance Data. As previously indicated, Signet directed the sale proceeds to fully repay its $600 million securitization facility and repurchase shares earlier in the year based on opportunistic market conditions. In the second quarter of Fiscal 2018, the Company repurchased 12% of its outstanding shares using cash on hand and revolver borrowings. Therefore, the remaining $360 million of sale proceeds will be used to repay the $350 million short-term loan used to finance the R2Net acquisition, which would otherwise be financed through revolver borrowings.

As previously disclosed, Signet will report a $10 million pre-tax, non-cash gain at closing reflecting the future profit sharing agreement with Alliance Data. Total transaction costs related to legal, advisory, implementation and retention expense were $36 million for the full year Fiscal 2018, of which $30 million was recognized in the third quarter and $6 million was recognized in the second quarter.

The table below provides information on the Fiscal 2018 Operating Profit and EPS impact of outsourcing on Signet’s financial statements as disclosed on August 24, 2017.

FY18 Net impact from outsourcing credit portfolio¹
Operating Diluted
Profit EPS
Elimination of bad debt, net of late fee income $10 $0.10
Elimination of finance charge income ($38) ($0.36)
SGA savings (net of servicing costs, Alliance Data net economic
profit sharing and elimination of in-house credit operations) $6 $0.06
Interest expense savings from repayment of $600 million ABS facility $0.04
Net impact ($22) ($0.16)
FY18 Net transaction costs including gain on sale of prime A/R
Operating Diluted
Profit EPS
Q2 gain recognized in reclassification of portfolio as assets held for sale $21 $0.19
Q2 transaction costs recognized² ($6) ($0.06)
Q3 transaction costs to be recognized² ($30) ($0.28)
Q3 beneficial interest gain recognized upon closing $10 $0.09
Net impact ($5) ($0.05)
Share repurchase acceleration
Operating Diluted
Profit EPS
Q2 share repurchases associated with A/R sale proceeds $ – $0.50
Net impact $ – $0.50
(1) Impact is almost entirely in Q4 of FY2018.
(2) Credit transaction costs related to legal, advisory, implementation and retention expense.

About Signet Jewelers and Safe Harbor Statement:
Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet operates approximately 3,600 stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Peoples, Piercing Pagoda and Further information on Signet is available at See also,,,,,, and

This release contains statements which are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, based upon management’s beliefs and expectations as well as on assumptions made by and data currently available to management, appear in a number of places throughout this document and include statements regarding, among other things, Signet’s results of operation, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which Signet operates. The use of the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “believes,” “should,” “potential,” “may,” “forecast,” “objective,” “plan,” or “target,” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, the benefits of the credit portfolio sale including future financial and operating results, the timing and expected completion of the second phase of the credit outsourcing, general economic conditions, the impact of hurricanes on Signet’s business, regulatory changes following the United Kingdom’s announcement to exit from the European Union, a decline in consumer spending, the merchandising, pricing and inventory policies followed by Signet, the reputation of Signet and its brands, the level of competition in the jewelry sector, the cost and availability of diamonds, gold and other precious metals, regulations relating to customer credit, seasonality of Signet’s business, financial market risks, deterioration in customers’ financial condition, exchange rate fluctuations, changes in Signet’s credit rating, changes in consumer attitudes regarding jewelry, management of social, ethical and environmental risks, security breaches and other disruptions to Signet’s information technology infrastructure and databases, inadequacy in and disruptions to internal controls and systems, changes in assumptions used in making accounting estimates relating to items such as extended service plans and pensions, risks related to Signet being a Bermuda corporation, the impact of the acquisition of Zale Corporation on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors, and our ability to successfully integrate Zale Corporation’s operations and to realize synergies from the transaction.

For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement, see the “Risk Factors” section of Signet’s Fiscal 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2017 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Signet undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Source: Signet Jewelers Limited


Signet Jewelers

James Grant, 1 330-668-5412

VP Investor Relations



Signet Jewelers

David Bouffard, 1 330-668-5369

VP Corporate Affairs

Schnucks: Mann Packing of Salinas, Calif voluntarily recalls minimally processed vegetable products

Products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

ST. LOUIS, MO, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found on one of our products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

The recalled product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeriamonocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Schnucks customers are urged to check for:

Cal Stir Fry, 12 oz.
UPC: 716519013065
Use By: 10/14/17

Rainbow Salad, 12 oz.
UPC: 716519013089
Use By: 10/14/17 & 10/16/17

Broccoli Wokly, 12 oz.
UPC: 716519013010
Use By: 10/15/17

Cal Stir Fry, 12 oz.
UPC: 716519013065
Use By: 10/16/17


Veg Hummus Snack Tray, 16.5 oz.

UPC: 71651901470

Use By: 10/16/17


Broccoli Cole Slaw, 12 oz.

UPC: 716519013072

Use By: 10/17/17


Rainbow Salad, 12 oz.

UPC: 716519013089

Use By: 10/14/17 & 10/16/17


Mann’s Cauli Crumbles, 14 oz.

UPC: 716519069017

Use By: 10/15/17

Customers may return the specified products to their nearest store for a full refund. Those with questions should contact Mann Packing at 1-888-470-2681 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

SOURCE: Schnucks

Media Contact: Paul Simon

Kroger: Mike Donnelly Named Executive VP and COO; Fred Morganthall retires

  • EVP of Retail Operations Fred Morganthall to Retire;
  • EVP of Merchandising Mike Donnelly Named EVP and COO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its executive leadership team to support the company’s Restock Kroger Plan.

“Kroger is fortunate to have a leadership team that combines deep experience with creative new talent as we strategically reposition the company through our Restock Kroger Plan,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Fred Morganthall, Kroger’s executive vice president of retail operations, will retire after 31 years of distinguished service, effective November 30. Mike Donnelly, currently Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for both operations and merchandising as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective November 1.

Kroger’s key lines of business continue to be led by three executive vice presidents who are driving execution of Restock Kroger: Mr. Donnelly, Mike Schlotman, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Chris Hjelm, who serves as executive vice president and chief information officer.

Fred Morganthall to Retire after 31 Years of Service
Mr. Morganthall will retire from the company after 31 years of service, and 44 years in the food industry.

“There are few people in our industry as widely respected as Fred,” said Mr. McMullen. “He worked tirelessly to establish the Harris Teeter brand and, after our merger, to help position Kroger for future success. We’ve all benefited from Fred’s passion for grocery retail and operational excellence. We are grateful for Fred’s distinguished service and many contributions to Kroger and Harris Teeter, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Mr. Morganthall’s professional life began at Procter & Gamble in 1973. His career in grocery retail began in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was responsible for grocery, frozen and dairy purchasing as well as general merchandise and beauty care. In 1986, he joined Harris Teeter as director of grocery merchandising. With Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall served in a number of executive management positions, including vice president of merchandising, vice president of distribution and vice president of operations before being named president in 1997. Under his leadership, Harris Teeter grew and firmly established its identity as a retailer that provides exceptional customer service and in-store experience.

After the 2013 merger of Kroger and Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall was named Kroger’s senior vice president in June 2015. He was promoted to his current role, executive vice president of retail operations, in September 2015.

Mr. Morganthall has been an active leader in industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Food Marketing Institute. In 2016, FMI honored him with its most prestigious leadership recognition, the Sidney R. Rabb Award.

Mr. Morganthall and his wife, Judy, plan to spend time with family, especially grandchildren, and look forward to traveling together.

Mike Donnelly Named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for the company’s operations and merchandising as EVP and COO, effective November 1.

“Mike and his team will help us redefine the food and grocery experience for customers and drive sales,” said Mr. McMullen. “By bringing merchandising and operations together under Mike’s leadership, we will build synergies between our teams and accelerate our efforts to establish a truly seamless customer experience.”

Mr. Donnelly began his career at Fry’s Food Stores in California in 1978. He advanced to several leadership positions at Fry’s, including district management. He was named vice president of merchandising for Fry’s in 1995 and promoted to president of the Fry’s division in 2000. He has served as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM, president of the company’s Ralphs division, and senior vice president of merchandising before being promoted to his current position in 2015.

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

SOURCE The Kroger Co.


Kristal Howard
Head of Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304

Colruyt Group: Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open brand-new joint location in Mol

Colruyt Group: Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open brand-new joint location in Mol

Halle, Belgium, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Wednesday 25 October, Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby open the doors of a brand-new joint location in Mol. The former Center Shop made way for a new construction big enough for the three Colruyt Group stores and good for about thirty jobs. On Tuesday 24 October, all neighbours are welcome for a drink, a snack and a guided tour at the opening reception between 6 and 8 pm.

Advantages of joint location
By putting up different store formats on the same location, Colruyt Group wants to work even more efficiently and cost-consciously. The group wants to stimulate synergy between the stores that have a lot in common despite their different product ranges. The retailer uses the so-called combi-sites to make the lives of its customers easier by meeting their different needs. The combination of Bio-Planet, DreamLand and Dreambaby opens on the same location for the first time. Colruyt Group already opened another combi-site earlier in Namur (2016 – Colruyt, DreamLand, Dreambaby and Colruyt Group Academy) and in Charleroi (August 2017 – Bio-Planet and Dreambaby).

Low-energy store for Bio-Planet
For Bio-Planet it is the 27th store in Belgium and the 2nd in the Kempen, after Turnhout. Bio-Planet offers a complete supermarket supply with a little extra. It guarantees a carefully selected organic, ecological and healthy range of products. On a store surface of 650 m², customers can find a unique supply of more than 6,000 products among which quite a lot of gluten- and lactose-free references and more than 500 flavours in the fresh products department. Every month, Bio-Planet introduces about sixty new products to inspire the customer to consume consciously.

Bio-Planet Mol was built with sustainable techniques and materials and offers a pleasant shopping experience with fifteen competent co-workers at the customer’s service. The store also has an environment-friendly cooling system on propane. Furthermore it has a rain water buffer, a ventilation system that recycles 15 % of the warmth in the air and led lighting.

Grand opening week at DreamLand
DreamLand Mol is the 46th store for the Colruyt Group’s toys expert. Inhabitants of Mol and surroundings can find a broad range of articles for young and old: (outside) toys, games and multimedia, school supplies, books, comic books, presents, etc. That DreamLand is all about having fun becomes clear in the use of nice playful elements in and around the store. The cash registers and packing tables are decorated, there is a life-size Matchbox and a birthday throne, a hopscotch and play street in the store, and so on.  During opening week on 25th and 28th October, a lot of amusing  activities are programmed. Markske from FC De Kampioenen, Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol and the Minions will gladly make pictures with their fans. Bumba joins in for the youngest ones.  At Dreamland Mol, 8 people set to work.

Pleasant shopping at Dreambaby
For Dreambaby it is the 26th store in Belgium. The baby expert store has a warm design with special attention for atmosphere and perception. Thanks to low shelves, customers experience a pleasant feeling of space. They can find a broad range of baby articles and personal advice. 8 co-workers will work there. During opening week from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 October, Dreambaby Mol organises special actions and a workshop about baby slings. 

Silja Decock, Colruyt Group press officer
Gsm: +32 (0)473 92 45 10

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

AmRest Holdings opens the first blue frog restaurant in Poland

AmRest Holdings opens the first blue frog restaurant in Poland

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe announced an opening of the first blue frog restaurant in the Polish market. As a result, the Company expanded its operation in the Polish market, where already was present with five brands of Quick Service and Casual Dining Restaurants.

Blue frog is an unique concept of a casual dining restaurant with a wide bar offer. The restaurant offers dishes based on American cuisine enriched by distinct Asian influences. The bar in blue frog offers a wide selection of soft drinks and cocktails, prepared by professional bartenders. The combination of exquisite cuisine, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service is a recipe for success of the

Entering the polish market is a natural sequence of brand’s expansion in the world. The shape of Polish gastronomy market and customers’ openness to new concepts are creating a big chance for us to grow. We have five years of experience in running blue frog business in China and we hear positive opinions about blue frog in Spain, where we’ve just opened the first blue frog restaurant. We believe that the idea of contemporary American kitchen with Asian accents will meet customer’s expectations in Poland – said Sylweriusz Faruga, President of blue frog.

The first blue frog restaurant is located in a newly opened shopping mall Wroclavia in Wroclaw, Poland. The Company plans to develop the blue frog brand in the biggest polish cities.

Blue frog’s history within AmRest started in 2012, when the Company purchased a majority stake in Blue Horizon (running at that time 10 blue frog restaurants in China). Since 2012, AmRest has expanded the brand to over 40 new restaurants. In 2017 the Company begun an expansion of the brand in Europe. The first blue frog in the Old Continent was opened on September 18th in Parquesur, the largest shopping, leisure and catering center in the Community of Madrid and one of the largest in Spain. Poland is the second country in Europe where this unique brand debuts.

The newly opened blue frog restaurant in Poland marks another milestone in AmRest history, being the 1500th restaurant in the Company’s portfolio.

For further information please contact:
Adrian Wnęk
PR Coordinator
+48 519 191 069


Nordstrom partners with Give Back Box® to help customers donate gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry or small household items

Donations can be made for free by mail to help reduce waste, support local nonprofits
SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Every year, billions of pounds of clothing ends up in landfills. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) is now offering customers a better solution that helps give new life to used clothing and accessories, while also supporting local nonprofit organizations. Through a partnership with Give Back Box®, customers can donate items by mail at no cost. All donations will be directed to local nonprofits, where they will be sold to fund community programs such as job training and education initiatives.

“Our customers have told us they want to be able to clean out their closets in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “By extending the life of their used items, and encouraging them to reuse the box from their recent Nordstrom order, we’re trying to make it easy and convenient to help reduce waste while also being able to support local nonprofit organizations.”

The new service enables customers to donate gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry or small household items. To get started, customers can visit or follow these steps:

  1. Open Your Box: When you order from Nordstrom, save the box your order came in.
  2. Pack It Up: Fill the box with any gently used clothing, accessories or shoes you’d like to donate.
  3. Print and Ship: Print a prepaid shipping label from Close up your box, attach the prepaid label, and drop it off at any UPS or U.S.P.S. location.

“We are thrilled to have Nordstrom as a partner to share our message with its customers,” said Monika Wiela, Give Back Box Founder. “With its focus on service and commitment to corporate social responsibility, Nordstrom is a natural fit for Give Back Box. We’re excited to work together to support organizations that are providing valuable resources to those in need in our communities.”

Later this week, the retailer will begin testing an in-store donation program in its six western Washington Nordstrom stores. Those items will be directed to Seattle Goodwill and Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region. Participating stores will have white, Goodwill-branded donation bins.

Participating stores include:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Northgate Mall, Seattle, Wash.
  • Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, Wash.
  • Southcenter Square, Tukwila, Wash.
  • Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, Wash.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 360 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 227 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:   Anna Brown

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Lineup for Amazon forthcoming fall pilot season announced; debuts on Nov 10 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

  • Three new half-hour pilots The Climb, Love You More, and Sea Oak will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories for any Amazon customer to watch
  • Shows feature notable creators and talent including Bridget Everett, Diarra Kilpatrick, George Saunders, Glenn Close, Hiro Murai, and Michael Patrick King

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today (Oct. 23, 2017) announced the lineup for its forthcoming fall pilot season which will debut on November 10 in over 200 countries and territories exclusively on Amazon Prime Video for all customers to stream. The new pilots include half-hours Love You More from creators Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback, 2 Broke Girls), Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) and Carolyn Strauss (Treme); Sea Oak, based on a short story of the same name from creator and award-winning author George Saunders (Lincoln In The Bardo), starring Glenn Close (Damages, The Wife), directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta), and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss and showrunner Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie); and The Climb, created by a fresh, powerful new voice, Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.), directed by Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story, Star) with showrunner Christina Lee (Search Party, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp).

Since Amazon Prime Video’s expansion to more than 200 countries and territories around the globe last December, customers from all over the globe can now stream the latest pilots. Amazon customer feedback on pilots has helped make some of the most critically-acclaimed and popular series to date, including multi Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series Transparent, multi Golden Globe-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, and the most-streamed scripted Amazon Original Series ever by Prime members globally, The Man in the High Castle, winner of two Emmys. All pilots will be available via the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at

“We’re excited about, and committed to, telling diverse and risky stories from the best storytellers in the world,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We can’t wait for customers to see these incredible new universes from Diarra, Bridget, Michael and George.”

Amazon’s upcoming half-hour pilots include:

The Climb

From creator and star Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.) and The Mark Gordon Company comes a comedy about the new American Dream set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Detroit. The Climb follows an office assistant who seeks an extraordinary life through internet fame, with her best friend always in tow. Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story, Star) directed the pilot, which shot on location in Detroit. Christina Lee (Search Party, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) served as showrunner on the pilot episode. The Mark Gordon Company (Designated Survivor, Ray Donovan) is producing and serving as the studio on the project along with Amazon Studios.

Love You More

Love You More stars New York City cabaret sensation Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$) as Karen Best, with Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) directing and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback, 2 Broke Girls) showrunning. Karen Best is a big girl with a big personality and a big love of Chardonnay, which occasionally causes her to make some big mistakes with men. But the biggest thing about Karen is her big heart, which she uses to excel at her job as a counselor at an independent living residence for young adults with Down syndrome. And sometimes, Karen’s need to stand up for all the little people in life manifests into a fantasy rock music number, where we discover she also has a big and beautiful voice. Love You More is from MPK Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Amazon Studios. King, Goldthwait, Strauss and Everett co-wrote the pilot. King and Goldthwait serve as executive producers, and Everett is co-executive producer.

Sea Oak

Sea Oak is a genre-bending comedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), starring Emmy-winner Glenn Close (Damages, The Wife), directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (Atlanta) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner. Murai will also serve as an executive producer as well as Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie). Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane serve as co-executive producers. Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids), dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak. Sea Oak is from Amazon Studios.

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 and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Tick, Manchester by the Sea 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
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including NFL Thursday Night Football and ATP Next Gen ATP Finals, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit
  • 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: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray 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 catalogue 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:

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

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Thousands of giftable, handcrafted items at Amazon Handmade Gift Shop

For all occasions, the Handmade Gift Shop is the premier destination for handcrafted gifts from Artisans around the world

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Oct. 23, 2017),, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced the launch of the Amazon Handmade Gift Shop (, a selection of thousands of giftable, handcrafted items for every holiday, milestone or occasion. Whether you are shopping for personalized jewelry, an anniversary or baby gift or custom décor for a holiday gathering, the Handmade Gift Shop has you covered.

“The Handmade Gift Shop takes the stress out of shopping for gifts by providing thousands of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts with the convenience and trust that customers already love about Amazon,” said Katie Harnetiaux, Amazon Handmade. “Every item on Amazon Handmade has a story behind it – and after hearing from customers and artisans, we are thrilled to make gift shopping an experience they will look forward to.”

The Handmade Gift Shop features thousands of handcrafted products to make holiday shopping easier than ever before. Popular Handmade Gift Shop categories include:

  • For her: From jewelry and lotions to personalized socks and customized wine glasses, find all the things she’ll love.
  • For him: Shop everything for him including personalized flasks and tie clips to engraved BBQ grill sets.
  • For kids: Discover the perfect gifts for the children on your list including personalized story books, toys & games, teepee tents and much more.
  • For the couple: Explore handcrafted gifts perfect for newlyweds, anniversaries, housewarmings and more.
  • Last-minute gifts: Thousands of products are available with free two-day shipping for Prime members including coffee mugs, jewelry, décor and more.

Since launching in 2015, Amazon Handmade has grown to encompass 10 categories (e.g. Jewelry, Home & Kitchen, Stationary and Party Supplies) offering customers hundreds of thousands of handcrafted items from thousands of Artisans across more than 30 countries. Shopping Amazon Handmade, customers support local Artisans and purchase the handcrafted products they want with the convenience of all things Amazon.

In addition to the Handmade Gift Shop, Amazon Handmade recently launched new categories including Clothing & Shoes and Pets Supplies. To shop and explore the new Amazon Handmade categories, visit and follow Amazon Handmade on social media:

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

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Macy’s and Clothes4Souls announce the fifth annual “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign

Macy’s “Buy A Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign in support of Clothes4Souls begins Oct. 24 (Photo: Business Wire)

Buy a coat at Macy’s stores or from October 24 to 29, and Macy’s will donate a new coat to someone in need

NEW YORK, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s and Clothes4Souls proudly announce the fifth annual “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign. From Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 29, Macy’s will donate one new coat, up to 35,000 coats, to Clothes4Souls, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments at Macy’s stores and Through this program, Macy’s and it’s partners have donated 165,000 new coats, with a retail value of more than $6.6 million, since 2013.

To help customers save while giving back, Macy’s will offer 40 percent to 50 percent off a large selection of outerwear during the campaign.

“This year, Macy’s will celebrate the fifth season of our ‘Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One’ campaign in partnership with Clothes4Souls,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “With the help of our customers, we’re aiming to deliver another 35,000 new coats to the men, women and children who need them most this upcoming winter season. The impact of this program has been remarkable, and we are proud to invite our customers to join us once again in giving to this important cause.”

Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. Clothes4Souls works with nonprofit partners including homeless shelters, after school programs, international relief and disaster relief organizations to provide clothes to those who need them most, domestically and globally.

“We are always so excited for this time of year,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO of Clothes4Souls. “The opportunity to work with Macy’s, its vendors, and dozens of agencies around the country to distribute 35,000 brand-new, high quality coats to men women and children, creates real value for those in need. Thank you, Macy’s, for five years of partnership and helping 165,000 people here in the U.S.”

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and distribution will take place in cities across America, beginning in November. To view this year’s outerwear assortment and participate in “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One,” visit

Macy’s “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign is made possible through support from Ben Sherman, Bernardo, Calvin Klein, Carters, CB Sports, Celebrity Pink, Coffeeshop, Guess, Hawke and Co, HK by Hawke, Jessica Simpson, Laundry, London Fog, OshKosh, Rampage, Sebby, Tommy Hilfiger, Via Spiga, Vince Camuto, Weather Tamer, and 32 Degrees.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at

About Clothes4Souls:
Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used clothing from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clothes4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance.

Please visit for more information.

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

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Julie Strider, 646-429-5213

Walgreens Boots Alliance to release 4Q 2017 results on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) will release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 earnings results at 7 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, 25 October 2017, followed by a one-hour conference call with Walgreens Boots Alliance management beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The conference call will be simulcast through the Walgreens Boots Alliance investor relations website at: A replay of the conference call will be archived on the website for 12 months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 25 October 2017 through 2 November 2017, by calling +1 855 859 2056 within the USA and Canada, or +1 404 537 3406 internationally, using replay code 81743092.

Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and

Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

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

More company information is available at

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


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this release and related conference call and webcast that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending 31 August 2016 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended 31 May 2017, each of which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake, and expressly disclaim, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.


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H&M: There is absolutely no reason for us to incinerate usable clothes

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For H&M to send our products for incineration is very rare, it’s only done when they do not fulfill our safety regulations; if they are mould infested or do not fulfill our strict chemical requirements. We are very concerned as to why some media would suggest that we would destroy usable clothing. There is absolutely no reason for us to do such a thing.

The products to which the media are referring, have been tested in external laboratories. The test results show that one of the products is mold infested and the other product contains levels of lead that are too high. (four independent tests show a result between 707-5237 ppm lead which highly exceeds H&M’s limits of 90 ppm). Those products have rightly been stopped in accordance with our safety routines.

According to the test we have, the test for lead performed by the Danish program did not include the whole garment, and not the part affected levels of lead that are too high. The other test performed by the Danish program did not include tests for mould (instead “Kim” and “E-coli” which is bacteria and not mould). This is the reason why our tests differ.

When test results show that certain products do not fulfill our safety regulations they should not under any circumstances be neither sold to our customer or be recycled. They will therefore be sent to destruction in accordance with our global safety routines. H&M has one of the strictest Chemical Restrictions in the industry and we do regular testing, often in external laboratories. Accordingly, the restrictions often go further than the law demands as we want our customers to feel totally safe to use our products.

Products stopped for other reasons than health and safety are either donated to charity organisations or re-used through re-use/recycling companies. Those products in stores that are not sold at full price are sold at a reduced price through our sales. We also actively move garments to stores or markets where we see a greater demand, or store them for the next season. At a last resort, we consider external buyers of our overstock.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB


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Katarina Kempe
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E-commerce pioneer in France Cdiscount to reshape the energy market with Cdiscount Energie

Saint-Étienne, France, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — An e-commerce pioneer in France, Cdiscount remains steadfastly committed to making a maximum of products and services accessible to French consumers. By extending its offering to the energy sector, Cdiscount is pleased to be able to provide customers with a genuinely affordable alternative.

Cdiscount Energie: the same energy but 15% less expensive

Cdiscount Energie is a new solution that is set to reshape the energy market by offering the simplest service at the lowest cost.

In launching Cdiscount Energie, the aim is clear: to reduce the yearly energy bill of French consumers with an offer that is 15% lower than current fixed electricity rates (France’s “Tarif règlementé de Vente” or TRV).

Cdiscount Energie means:

  • Guaranteed savings of 15% on the cost of electricity.
  • Easy online subscription.
  • An unlimited offer with no obligation.

Cdiscount Energie is also the fastest, most efficient solution on the market; requiring just 5 minutes to subscribe online and 5 days to be registered as a customer.

This unique solution from Cdiscount has been developed with the help of Casino Group energy specialist, GreenYellow.

GreenYellow has spent a decade advising BtoB customers and the Casino Group’s 15,300 stores on how to optimise their energy performance.

Through its partnership with a benchmark player in electricity, Cdiscount is able to offer reliable and energy-efficient solutions to customers across France.

Electricity bills are one of the highest costs for households in France

According to a survey carried out by OpinionWay for Cdiscount, electricity bills are currently one of the highest outgoings in any household budget in France.

Key findings of the OpinionWay survey for Cdiscount*

  • 82% of French people feel that their energy bills are high or very high.
  • 60% of French people are considering a change in supplier.
  • For 67% of French people, a cut in prices by more than 10% would be the main factor in their decision to change supplier.

While the majority of the country’s population still get their electricity from longstanding suppliers, French consumers appear ripe for a change if the rates offered are more competitive.

“Our ultra-connected customers are constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions and everyday products and services at the best prices. Simple, efficient, and inexpensive, Cdiscount Energie is the alternative that French consumers have been waiting for.” — Emmanuel Grenier, Chairman of Cdiscount

To subscribe to Cdiscount Energie, go to:

*The “Les Français et l’énergie” (Energy and the French consumer) survey carried out by OpinionWay for Cdiscount questioned 1,009 people from a cross-sample of the population in France. Interviews were conducted between 17 and 18 May 2017.

SOURCE: Groupe Casino

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British Retail Consortium (BRC) sent “Helping Shoppers Budget” proposal to the Chancellor

British Retail Consortium (BRC) sent “Helping Shoppers Budget” proposal to the Chancellor

Business and consumers are looking to the Chancellor’s upcoming Budget for action to support consumer spending and help encourage private sector investment.

LONDON, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a submission entitled Helping Shoppers Budget, sent to the Chancellor last week, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) proposes a series of targeted measures to support the retail industry in maximising its future contribution to the UK’s success and playing its part in supporting the country through a period of profound change and uncertainty.

Retail is one of the world’s most innovative industries, the UK’s largest private sector employer and an industry which is finding efficiencies at a faster rate than many others – which in Government speak means it’s outpacing average productivity growth in the UK. It is also an industry undergoing profound structural change, being driven by the ever increasing demands of customers and the technology revolution.

The BRC points to the risk of an opportunity missed. A backdrop of rising labour and property costs is altering the attractiveness of investment options, as the cost of technology falls and digital capability improves. This has profound implications for much needed investments in local communities, new and refurbished shops, and of course jobs.The implications of this are that it’s the most vulnerable communities that will suffer the negative consequences most acutely.

Specifically, the BRC is recommending that the UK Government:

  • Freezes the business rates multiplier in April 2018 which otherwise will increase the bill of every rate payer in the country and simultaneously divert £270m of retail investment from delivering for consumers and away from local investment.
  • Keeps the cost of living down for consumers by not increasing income tax rates for the majority of taxpayers and considers accelerating increases in the personal allowance if the squeeze on consumers persists.
  • Gives itself the best chance of ensuring its flagship apprenticeship policy is successful by providing additional flexibility in how apprenticeship levy funds can be spent.
  • Works in partnership with retail to enhance the basic digital literacy skills of the large parts of the workforce being left behind by the technology revolution and to increase the amount of UK manufacturing of textiles and clothing.
  • Ensures business does not face double regulatory charges or new financial burdens from the Withdrawal Bill and makes the necessary investment in infrastructure at ports and border control points to ensure an orderly exit from the EU.


Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC said:

“At a time of uncertainty for both the economy and the country, it’s important we set ourselves up for success.

“The cumulative burden of Government imposed costs has become acute. Indeed, September’s inflation figures mean retailers are faced with a £270 million leap in their business rate tax bills alone next Spring. With retailers’ margins being squeezed to their limit, this is money that could be better spent investing in keeping prices low for consumers, in local communities up and down the country and in developing a workforce which is fit for the future.

“Without the Chancellor’s intervention, the consequences for town centres and jobs will be even more keenly felt in the most vulnerable communities. For consumers, the squeeze on household incomes will be compounded as the pound in their pocket buys them even less at the checkout.

“Retailers want to help build the confidence of their customers, us all as shoppers, not damage it. But to do this they need the support of Government policy that keeps down the cost of living, not exacerbates it. That encourages, rather than deters the retail investment necessary to meet constantly evolving customer expectations. And finally, policy action that enables retailers to maximise their vital contribution to the Government’s productivity aspirations.”


SOURCE: British Retail Consortium


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Welsh Retail Consortium on the new minimum price for alcohol in Wales

Closeup side view of late 20’s couple choosing some red wine at local supermarket. The guy is holding on of the bottles and they’re both reading the label on the back. Big selection of unrecognizable red wines in front of them.

LONDON, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to today’s announcement on a new law to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in Wales, Sara Jones, Head of the Welsh Retail Consortium said:

“Grocery retailers are committed to the responsible retailing of alcohol. WRC members support a number of measures which improve the way alcohol is sold and enjoyed in Wales, we are the only sector following the Chief Medical Officer’s alcohol label and our members support responsible consumption messaging throughout store and through the Drinkaware Trust.

“It is widely recognised that there is no silver bullet to the deep-seated and intractable cultural and social causes of irresponsible drinking. It is worth noting that both problem drinking and overall alcohol consumption continues to decline, with the proportion of adults who drink alcohol at its lowest level since 2005.  We need to see more evidence that minimum unit pricing would make a difference to the minority of drinkers who do drink excessively, given that its introduction may hit less affluent moderate consumers of alcohol whilst not necessarily having the desired impact on problem drinkers.  We believe the right approach is to support a range of locally targeted partnership schemes that are properly evaluated and evidence-based; and we will work closely with our members to ensure that alcohol continues to be sold and marketed responsibly.”

SOURCE: British Retail Consortium


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Simply lids: new design will set the standard of disposable lids for years to come

Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Simply Innovative Products, Inc. (OTCPink: SMPI) has received first samples off production mold of the disposable beverage lid from the company’s subsidiary Simply Lids.

The first samples were produced from the company’s newest supplier of high-tech thin walled injection molding. These samples reflex the final design of the injection lid that will change the food & beverage industry for a long, long, time. Final adjustments and operational parameters are being calculated from the first samples and used to establish standards for future equipment and production.

Simply Innovative Products, Inc. President John Newman stated “After four years of developing and refining the simply lid, we were finally able to get a mold maker that was capable of making the ultimate design which matches our original vision without compromise. This design will set the standard of disposable lids for years to come. ”

About Us:
Simply Innovative Products, Inc. is a development company specializing in plastic products in various markets. BugoutTM Pet Products is the company’s latest acquisition, poised to make an impact in the multi-million-dollar pet industry.

Simply Lids is an award-winning company whose specialty is disposable beverage lids in the food services industry. Simply Lids’ patented technologies provide a safer, more enjoyable drinking experience, without splashing or spills, and has the added benefit of unique marketing opportunities, never before realized in this industry sector. Simply Lids plans on being the leader in this multi-billion-dollar sector through the application of its unique technology and innovation. For more information, please visit our website at

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