Sequential Brands Group to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on Thursday, November 9, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) will issue financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017 before the market opens on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Management will provide further commentary on the Company’s financial results on a conference call at 8:30am ET that day. To join the conference call, please dial (877) 407-0789 or visit the investor relations page on the Company’s website:

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active and home categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams.  Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at:

Investor Relations Contact:

Katherine Nash
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Xcel Brands extends Isaac Mizrahi brand to home, fashion and beauty categories

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) today (Nov. 02, 2017) announced the expansion of the Isaac Mizrahi brand with three launches across the home, fashion and beauty categories, extending the Mizrahi portfolio in both reach and diversification.

Debuting exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond® is a collection of stylish bedding from Isaac Mizrahi Home, developed in partnership with Royal Heritage Home, a leading textile company.  Now available online and at Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide, the collection features three chic bedding sets in colorful floral, black and white floral, and polka dot, complemented by a selection of decorative accent pillows for a curated Mizrahi interior.  To view the collection and watch a video featuring Isaac Mizrahi attempting to put his insomnia to bed.

The highly successful IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi apparel and accessories collection, epitomizing timeless cosmopolitan style, has now expanded to Dillard’s, in addition to its popular presence at Lord & Taylor in the U.S. and Hudson’s Bay in Canada.  The collection offers contemporary daywear and career wear for the confident woman who does it all, featuring wardrobe essentials in black and white, signature Isaac prints, and bright color: view IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi at Dillard’s.

October also marks the launch of Isaac Mizrahi L♥ves Revlon.  This collaboration puts the fun in functionality with the debut of a nine-piece limited edition beauty tools collection, including manicure essentials, eyelash curler, eyebrow tweezers and a chic compact. These fashionable tools feature Mizrahi’s signature stripes, polka dots, gingham, and a bold floral from his archive. The collaboration will continue with a second set of beauty tools in 2018.  Shop the collection at retailers nationwide.

CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert D’Loren said, “Across all categories, Isaac Mizrahi’s loyal fans and followers are always looking for new ways to bring more of Isaac’s incredible style into their lives through high quality apparel and products.  We are pleased to be expanding our collections, as we continue to build upon the success of this powerhouse brand.”

Isaac Mizrahi added: “My desire to make the everyday more exciting through color and pattern is at the core of everything I design.  Whether in a closet, bedroom or medicine cabinet, great style adds pizazz — and why not take every opportunity to fill your life and home with things that make you happy?”

Xcel Brands, Inc. acquired the Isaac Mizrahi brand in 2011.  Product is available on interactive television at QVC and The Shopping Channel, and at leading retailers nationwide in categories including apparel, accessories, footwear, home goods, eyewear, textiles, travel accessories, crafts, tech accessories, textiles and infant wear.

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on production and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years.  Since his first collection in 1987, Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan, style.  He has been awarded four CFDA Fashion Awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Mizrahi is Chief Designer for both the ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! and IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi labels, which are each divisions of Xcel Brands, Inc. In the Spring of 2016, Mizrahi launched IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s department stores.  Previously, in 2009, Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC.  Television audiences have come to value Mizrahi’s media presence through his roles on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” and other appearances on television where he offers his expertise on fashion and style.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Taylor

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc. /globenewswire

Xcel Brands to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on Thursday, November 9, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a brand management and media company, today (Nov. 02, 2017) announced that it will report its third quarter 2017 financial results after market close on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The Company will hold a conference call with the investment community at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time that day.

A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel’s website at Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 877-397-0292. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for approximately two weeks following the event and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 using replay pin number 5062738.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and brand management company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Berger
SM Berger & Company

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc. /globenewswire

Meijer unveils its Top Toys of the season

Meijer unveils its Top Toys of the season


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is kicking off the holidays with its Top Toys of the season, continuing the retailer’s tradition of being a destination for families.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s picks represent the hottest national brands like Nerf, Hot Wheels and Nintendo, and trends, including interactive and group play, said Jamie Akemann, Group Vice President of Hardlines.

“We know our customers appreciate an early glimpse into the hottest toys and electronics on Meijer shelves this season,” Akemann said. “We believe our assortment of national brands will not only help capture the imaginations of children across the Midwest, but also continue to make Meijer a toy destination.”

Top Toys and Electronics include:

  • L.O.L. Surprise Tots Dolls Series 2 include seven layers of surprise; cost is $9.99
  • Pie Face Sky High stands 3 feet tall, emulating a carnival strength test game; cost is $24.99
  • Hatchimals Surprise offers twins; cost is $69.99
  • Tickle Me Elmo is redesigned for this generation; cost is $29.99
  • FurReal Roarin’ Tyler responds with more than 100 sound and motion combinations; cost is $129.99
  • Easy Braids braids your hair for you to create a three-strand braid; cost is $24.99
  • Paw Patrol Sea Patroller transforms from a ship to land vehicle; cost is $59.99
  • Swing and Sling Spidey is an interactive plush that swings, hangs and tumbles; cost is $39.99
  • Recoil is a GPS-based, Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor battlefield for up to 16 players; cost is $129.99
  • Nerf Nemesis has 100 rounds of Nerf balls; cost is $99.99
  • Hot Wheels Roto Revolution is a motorized loop that rotates Hot Wheels cars; cost is $44.99
  • Nintendo Switch is a gaming system designed to transform from a home console to a portable system; cost is $299.99
  • Super Nintendo Classic Edition is fully loaded with 20 classic games and one never-before-released game; cost is $79.99. Note: The retailer expects to receive another shipment this holiday season after selling out earlier this fall.

About Meijer:

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

Christina Fecher

Source: Meijer


2017 NACS Show attendance increased 7.0% to a record 24,940 attendees from 63 countries

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Attendance at the 2017 NACS Show surged 7.0% to a record 24,940 attendees from 63 countries, according to figures released today (11/2/2017) by NACS.

In addition, “buyers” attending the NACS Show (classified as retailers and convenience distributors, including Petroleum Equipment Institute [PEI] registration) grew 3.3% to 8,502.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. It featured four days of general sessions, 60 education sessions and 1,263 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 425,800 net-square-foot expo.

The NACS Show general session speakers featured industry, business and leadership experts, and the popular NACS Ideas 2 Go program, a fast-paced video program of emerging concepts that redefine convenience, made its 2017 debut. The Ideas 2 Go program is available for purchase at

Attendees also could choose from education sessions covering relevant industry topics such as foodservice and food safety, leadership development, marketing, technology and fuels. Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show, select education sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

In addition, the NACS Convenience Matters podcast recorded a dozen new episodes that included NACS Show general session speakers William Shatner and Chip Conley, as well as a special live session with prominent convenience retail industry CEOs Billy Milam (RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.) and Kevin Smartt (Kwik Chek Food Stores). These episodes are available at

Extending the value of the expo, the popular Cool New Products Preview Room showcased 312 new products and services from 186 companies. Visitors to the Preview Room used handheld scanners to capture product and booth information of the exhibitors they were interested in, producing nearly 20,000 total product scans. The New Exhibitor area was also a popular destination for attendees, featuring 200 exhibitors new to the convenience and fuel retailing industry and NACS Show.

TechEdge at the NACS Show, in its fourth year, attracted 470 industry technology professionals participating in the program’s specialized education sessions on topics ranging from data security to how to improve overall operational efficiency. This year, the TechEdge Center at the expo displayed three future technologies—in action—that address mobile payments, connected commerce and IoT monitoring.

TechEdge was cosponsored by Conexxus, one of four cosponsors of the NACS Show in addition to NACS. The others were the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and, new in 2017, the National Grocers Association (NGA).

Attendees also experienced the new brand identity of NACS, which focused on the ‘C’ in convenience.

“I love the versatility of the ‘C’ with our rebrand. It certainly stands for convenience—but it can stand for so many other aspects of our industry,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour, highlighting some of the other unique industry facets that the C represents. For example, the C stands for customers: The U.S. convenience store industry serves more than 160 million customers per day—half of the country’s total population.

C also stands for community, and that message was highlighted in donations to local food banks both before and after the NACS Show. Prior to the NACS Show, Tyson Foods Inc. and NACS partnered to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area. The Food Depository will distribute the donated food, which is equivalent to 144,240 meals, through its network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelter services across Chicago and Cook County.

At the conclusion of the NACS Show, more than 52,000 pounds of refrigerated and frozen food product were collected by Greater Chicago Food Depository volunteers; the Ronald McDonald House collected 70,000 pounds of shelf-stable goods for use in their local facilities and other charities.

“We truly believe that c-store doesn’t just stand for convenience store—it also stands for community store, and we are proud to join Tyson Foods in supporting the Chicagoland community that we call home this week during the NACS Show,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

The NACS Show is also a business meeting and NACS elected new members to its Retailer and Supplier Boards. Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz Inc., was named the 2017-18 NACS Chairman, and Jay Ard, vice president of national sales, convenience retail, at The Coca-Cola Company, was named 2017–18 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

Sheetz talked about the industry’s focus on communities during his Oct. 20 NACS Show speech. “Our industry’s commitment to the communities we serve is truly amazing. We collectively contribute $1 billion a year to charities,” said Sheetz. “But it’s not about just stroking checks. It’s about volunteering time, donating product and supporting first-responders. There is no industry more grounded in their communities than we are.”

The 2018 NACS Show will take place October 7–10 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights from the 2017 NACS Show and information on next year’s event can be found at NACS has a complete listing of 2018 events posted at

This year marked the 25th annual NACS Show, which has attracted more than 500,000 attendees over the past quarter century. However, NACS has held an annual meeting since its founding in 1961. It wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting even included a true exhibition. While NACS continued to hold annual meetings, the expo was part of the event only every two or three years. From 1986 on, the annual meeting included an expo, although those early years featured a greatly scaled-down expo every other year until what is known today as the NACS Show debuted in 1993. Today, the NACS Show rotates between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

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

Chipotle announces buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer for Active Military and Veterans on Nov. 7

Chipotle announces buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer for Active Military and Veterans on Nov. 7


Active military and veterans can receive buy-one-get-one Chipotle on Nov. 7, a week before Veterans Day

DENVER, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of those who serve, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will offer our country’s heroes a special thank you with a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer from 5 p.m. to close on the Tuesday before Veterans Day, Nov. 7.

All active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military and veterans with a valid U.S. military ID or proof of service are eligible for a BOGO at all Chipotle restaurants in the U.S. on this day. The offer is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders as a small (foil-wrapped) token of thanks for their service.

“We are enormously grateful for the service provided by members of the military who keep our country safe,” said Laurie Schalow, chief communications officer at Chipotle. “We are proud to honor them with this small token of appreciation each year.”

This promotion is valid on in-store purchases only and may not be combined with other coupons, promotions or special offers. Limit one free menu item per military ID, subject to availability. Free item requires purchase of an entrée item of equal or greater value and is to be collected by valid ID holder only.

For more information, please visit


Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using only real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that uses absolutely no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,300 restaurants. For more information, visit

Chris Arnold

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

IKEA launches new in-store play experiences and events; 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales to benefit Save the Children

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new global Play Report, released today (November 2, 2017) by IKEA, finds that people around the world believe play is undervalued in modern day life. That’s why IKEA and the IKEA Foundation are putting play at the heart of this year’s Let’s Play for Change campaign and encouraging everyone to play more for a better everyday life. IKEA stores around the world will launch new in-store play experiences and events starting this fall*. Additionally, IKEA and IKEA Foundation will support important children’s efforts around the world. The IKEA Foundation will provide a grant to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child. In the U.S., 100% of the proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection will be donated to Save the Children for their U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Building a Global Movement Around Play: IKEA Foundation Supports Children’s Right to Play Around the World

This is the second year of the IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign – a good cause campaign supporting children’s right to play. The IKEA Foundation realizes that many children around the world lack safe spaces to play and develop. By granting $53 (Є45) million to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child, the IKEA Foundation wants to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.

“Every child has the right to play. Stimulation through play is a critical part of a young child’s brain development and emotional wellbeing,” said Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation. “Sadly, there are too many places around the world where devastating circumstances prevent children from simply being ‘kids’. Through the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we want to alleviate challenges to play and development in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, while helping build a global movement around play.”

Playing with Purpose: In the U.S., Every SAGOSKATT Soft Toy Purchase will Support Save the Children’s U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. consumers who want to get involved in the campaign and make a direct impact in children’s lives can do so with every purchase from the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection* – a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys designed by kids for kids. As part of the Let’s Play for Change campaign, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection will be donated to Save the Children. Specifically, proceeds will go toward Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds will be used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and will support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.

“Save the Children is very grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales from IKEA stores across the United States,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. “We have been working to meet the unique needs of children in times of emergency and crisis for nearly 100 years, and we understand how important it is for children to have the chance to play when disaster strikes. We applaud IKEA for its commitment to promoting play for all children – here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Playing at IKEA: IKEA Stores to Host In-Store Play Experiences and Global Play Date

To celebrate the importance of play in our everyday lives, IKEA is incorporating playful experiences at stores worldwide** through interactive games and activities throughout stores during the Let’s Play for Change campaign. These play experiences will be available at all IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017.

Additionally, on November 20, 2017 – in honor of Universal Children’s Day and children’s right to play – IKEA stores around the world will host a global play date, inviting everyone to enjoy a variety of in-store activities, games and offerings geared towards the most important people in the world: children. IKEA U.S. stores will offer 50% off all soft toys*** – including the 2017 SAGOSKATT collection – from November 18 to 20, 2017.

Not Just for Kids: New IKEA 2017 Play Report Underscores Importance of Play for Adults, Too

The IKEA 2017 Play Report, released today, focuses on the universal benefits of play for both adults and children, as well as the major barriers that prevent many adults from playing at all. The Play Report also uncovered key trends shaping the future of play, which IKEA hopes will inform new products and solutions for more playful, joyful lives. Among several key trends identified are:

•Return to Retro: As technology becomes more pervasive, people rebel by turning to and celebrating nostalgic games from their childhood. From old board games to the Game Boy, there is a desire to keep play simple.•Multi-Sensory Play: The rise of more immersive and intense experiences that engage multiple senses at once.•Blurring of Boundaries: As lives become increasingly fast-paced, play will begin to enter all aspects of people’s lives. From the workplace to the gym, people will look to play in traditionally non-playful spaces.“At IKEA, we know good things happen if everyone – children and adults alike! – said ‘yes’ to playing a bit more. Play fuels our development, makes us more creative, teaches us to work together and sparks curiosity,” said Maria Thörn, Range Manager, IKEA of Sweden. “Our research has strengthened our belief that play is critical for a better everyday life at home. Now, we’re applying our findings to help enable more playful everyday lives.”

For consumers: To learn more about the IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ Campaign, U.S. consumers can visit

For press: To view or download press materials, including the full IKEA Play Report 2017, the SAGOSKATT press kit and other Let’s Play for Change assets, please visit: INSERT LINK. To learn more about the beneficiary partners of Let’s Play for Change campaign, and how the campaign’s funds will be used to support children’s right to play, please visit

*SAGOSKATT will not be available at new IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores opening this fall/winter.

**Timing of play experiences varies by country. Play experiences will be available at IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017. Note: New IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores will not have in-store play experiences. To learn about the availability of in-store play activities in other countries, contact local IKEA stores.

***While supplies last.

About IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 45 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.Learn more at and

About Save the ChildrenSave the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a health start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Kathy Boerner

Source: IKEA

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs launches Eat My Lunch meals at New World Victoria Park

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week saw the retail launch in New World Victoria Park of Eat My Lunch.  This means that customers looking for a delicious lunch or dinner can purchase a Michael Meredith designed meal as part of their everyday shop, knowing that a New Zealand child will in turn be given a free school lunch.

Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island says, “Our partnership with Eat My Lunch makes so much sense.  Like them we believe that good food is not a privilege, it’s a right.  To date they have provided more than 570,000 free lunches to children in need and by offering Eat My Lunch meals in our stores we can extend the reach of this innovative social enterprise even further.  Our first day in New World Victoria Park, saw 90 extra lunches being given to children – and it will only get bigger.”

The same meals available online through the Eat My Lunch ordering system are available in store.  Fresh, wholesome, delicious and generous – they cater to customers looking for a lunch, standard dinner, a ‘hungry’ dinner and a kid’s dinner.  Each meal is made and delivered daily into store from Monday to Friday.

The customer response has been fantastic, with many commending the store on being the first to offer the range.  Next up is Fresh Collective Alberton with others to follow when supply gets up to speed in Auckland and Wellington metro areas.

“We are delighted to be part of the next phase in Eat My Lunch’s drive to move from feeding 1,500 tamariki to 25,000,” says Jason Witehira, Owner-Operator of New World Victoria Park.  “It’s a pretty big goal and they need a partner like Foodstuffs to help them get there.  Already we’ve been able to help them streamline their processes to ensure a consistent, high quality supply of delicious, healthful meals to store – which in turn will support the growth of the ‘give’ part of their programme.”

Once people get their heads around social enterprise they can see how developing and nurturing innovative businesses like Eat My Lunch is a great way to address some burning social issues. Chris Quin says, “Eat My Lunch can tap into Foodstuffs’ expertise in running an efficient, safe, customer-led business which in the end is more sustainable over the long term.  Profits are fed back into the operation to grow and expand to meet community needs.”

Lisa King, founder and CEO of Eat My Lunch says it best when she states that she never wants Eat My Lunch to become a company that loses sight of the fact that “we were built on a social purpose and values. If financial objectives ever overtake our social ones, then we won’t be Eat My Lunch anymore.  That said, as we grow we need more operational processes all while maintaining agility, and that’s one of the key areas we’re working on with the Foodies team.”

Looking ahead Eat My Lunch and Foodstuffs are aiming to make the products available in all Foodstuffs North Island stores.  The implications for helping children across New Zealand flourish in school, thanks to learning with full tummies, is enormously positive.  “Given that we are in every community in New Zealand, and we have wonderful customers keen to do their bit to help out, we see our partnership with Eat My Lunch as having a hugely positive, long-term impact on the health and well-being of an important group of New Zealanders,” says Quin.

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Macy’s launches its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish

Macy’s launches its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish


The signature Santa letter writing program returns to Macy’s stores and this season, as the campaign continues to inspire us all to believe

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning tomorrow, Macy’s will ring in the holiday season with its 10th annual Believe campaign to benefit Make-A-Wish, marking a decade of work inspired by the tangible impact of love and generosity. To take part in this year’s anniversary campaign, believers of all ages are invited to visit their local Macy’s store where they can drop their letters to Santa into the red letterboxes or submit a letter online at For each letter collected in-store and online from Nov. 3 through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Since the launch of Believe in 2008, Macy’s has donated more than $15 million to Make-A-Wish through this annual campaign, and helped to grant thousands of wishes. The impact of wish fulfillments is undeniable and widespread – not only do they increase hope and happiness for wish kids, but their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals and entire communities are transformed by the experience.

“We couldn’t imagine the overwhelming response the Believe campaign would inspire when we introduced it 10 years ago,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “We have collected millions of letters throughout the years – each one representing an individual who was moved by the message of hope, love and generosity. The result has been the creation of a holiday tradition for families across the country, and ultimately, wish fulfillments that deliver joy and hope to the most amazing children. Macy’s is incredibly proud to play a part in that magic.”

“We could not be more grateful to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Believe campaign with Macy’s,” said David Williams, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish America. “Thanks to the generosity of Macy’s and its customers, thousands of wishes have been granted and lives have been transformed. Research shows that having a wish granted can positively impact a child’s medical journey and that’s something everyone who writes a letter to Santa online or at their local Macy’s can be a part of this holiday season.”

Virginia’s Story

The heart of the Believe campaign is the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon – an 8-year-old child who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The response from the paper’s editor, Francis P. Church, became an iconic piece of journalistic history. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church wrote. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.” Nearly 120 years after Church’s imaginative reply was published, his words continue to remind us that love and kindness can have a tangible impact on the lives of others, if we only believe in their power and rally to their cause.

Fans of the story that inspired Believe can also learn more by tuning in to watch the “Yes, Virginia” animated film, available online at The award-winning, half-hour holiday special features former wish child Taylor Hay, who had her own wish granted when her voice was captured for one of the film’s characters, alongside an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina and Beatrice Miller in the title role.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit

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 Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider

Source: Macy’s


CVS Pharmacy to host its free health screening program Project Health in Houston

HOUSTON, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its ongoing commitment to support post-Hurricane recovery efforts in Houston, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) will be hosting Project Health, its signature free health screening program across the city to improve access to affordable health care for residents. The annual campaign, which was originally scheduled to begin in September, was postponed as the community recovered from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

This year’s screenings will be held from Nov. 2 through Feb. 18 in select CVS Pharmacy locations across the greater Houston area and offer an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

“Even as the residents of Houston have begun to recover and rebuild their lives following Hurricane Harvey, we know the impact this type of stress can place on a person’s health and wellness,” said Jeff Schmidt, area vice president, CVS Pharmacy. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or other risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise, as well as provide referrals to local doctors and information on low-cost health insurance options.”

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician. The events are open to everyone and do not require an appointment.

This year, CVS Pharmacy has partnered with the YMCA in Houston to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.

“Health screenings are the first step in recognizing opportunities for improving one’s health,” said Lharissa Jacobs, association director of community health for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “Screenings, like those provided at Project Health, provide people with valuable information to make important decisions in reclaiming their health for the long run, and the Y is so pleased to encourage people to live their healthiest life.”

Houston is one of 10 cities across the country where Project Health screenings are taking place this year. A total of 450 wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 millionin free health care services to more than 887,000 people. For a full calendar of Project Health events in Houston, visit (in Spanish:

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 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 General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at
1 Centers for Disease Control. Chronic Disease Overview. Retrieved from


Mary Gattuso


CVS Health encourages Florida residents to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine following increase in locally acquired Hepatitis A cases

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is encouraging unvaccinated Florida residents to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine, following the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) announcement that the state has seen an increase in locally acquired Hepatitis A cases. MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Florida currently have vaccine available and are able to administer the immunization to patients to protect against Hepatitis A. Many CVS Pharmacy locations have the vaccine available as well. According to the Florida DOH, there have been 34 cases of Hepatitis A infection reported in Broward County since January 2017. During a typical year, the Florida DOH usually receives reports of seven cases of Hepatitis A.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from Hepatitis A and MinuteClinic and CVS Pharmacy are offering the Hepatitis A vaccine at select locations across the state. There are 101 MinuteClinic locations with 10 in Broward County, as well as 876 CVS Pharmacy locations in Florida with 76 in Broward County. Patients planning to go to MinuteClinic to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A can visit to view wait times at nearby clinics. Consumers can visit or use the CVS Pharmacy app to locate a nearby CVS Pharmacy and to schedule a Hepatitis A vaccination appointment. Patients are encouraged to contact their local pharmacy to confirm availability.

“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent the spread of serious illness, like Hepatitis A,” said Tobias Barker, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of MinuteClinic. “Our MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and CVS Pharmacy pharmacists are able to provide vaccinations to Floridians who may have been exposed to the virus or who are unaware of their vaccination status. They can also help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future.”

Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. People who have had Hepatitis A disease or previously received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine do not need to be immunized for Hepatitis A again. Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection usually appear two to six weeks after exposure and include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes.

At MinuteClinic, the Hepatitis A vaccine can be provided to can be provided to adults and children 18 months and older. CVS pharmacists can provide the Hepatitis A vaccine to people ages 18 and up. It is administered in one primary dose and a second booster dose, usually administered 6 months later. Vaccine supplies will be replenished at these locations as needed. Patients should check with their insurance plans for coverage details prior to their MinuteClinic or CVS Pharmacy visit.

While vaccination provides the best protection from Hepatitis A, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of the illness. Appropriately cooking foods can also help to prevent infection.

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


CVS Health
Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931


Ben & Jerry’s unveils its first Special Stash flavor Marshmallow Moon with Jimmy Fallon

Ben & Jerry’s unveils its first Special Stash flavor Marshmallow Moon with Jimmy Fallon


Tonight Show Star’s Exclusive, Extremely Limited Time Flavor Kicks off Ben & Jerry’s Special Stash E-Commerce Offering; Benefits SeriousFun Children’s Network

Burlington, VT, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had a special treat for lucky fans in Studio 6B last night: they were the very first ones to get their hands on Jimmy’s latest Ben & Jerry’s flavor. The new concoction, Marshmallow Moon, is a vanilla ice cream with marshmallow and graham cracker swirls and fudge flakes and is available only for an extremely limited time on Ben & Jerry’s e-commerce store and participating Scoop Shops. This flavor kicks off Ben & Jerry’s Special Stash offering, where the ice cream maker will churn out small-run artisan batches of funky flavors available in Scoop Shops and for fans to purchase for a limited time only.

The Marshmallow Moon flavor was developed over two years ago and almost netted the position in place of Fallon’s current full-time flavor, Tonight Dough. Tonight Dough has earned a spot as one of Ben & Jerry’s top ten flavors ever since its release. Like Tonight Dough, all of Fallon’s proceeds from every Marshmallow Moon pint sold will benefit the SeriousFun Children’s Network – an organization committed to providing children living with serious illnesses with life-changing camp experiences, in the safest and most supportive environment and with the highest-quality medical care. Proceeds from Tonight Dough have raised more than $1.2 million dollars for SeriousFun, supporting programs that have a lasting impact on the lives of children with serious illnesses and their family members around the world, totally free of charge.

“I’m so excited about Marshmallow Moon,” Fallon said. “And the name totally makes sense, because the Tonight Show logo has a moon, and I have a body like a marshmallow.”

While the host poked fun at himself, SeriousFun Children’s Network CEO Blake Maher reiterated the importance of the relationship in a Fallon-friendly format, a thank you note: “Thank you Ben & Jerry’s and Jimmy Fallon for helping us serve up two big scoops of camp magic to kids living with serious illnesses all around the world. Your support in raising both funds and awareness is essential to providing truly transformative camp experiences to children who need them most.”

Ben & Jerry’s is excited to unlock the vault with the first of its Special Stash flavors. Fans can purchase Marshmallow Moon and future Special Stash offerings online at and at participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops. Fans can also request Marshmallow Moon via delivery services including UberEATS, who will be offering free delivery for the flavor in five cities during the launch week including Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Memphis, New York City and Hoboken. These small batches are made in an extremely limited number and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

For more information about The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, SeriousFun Children’s Network, or Ben & Jerry’s follow the links below:

SeriousFun Children’s Network:

The Tonight Show:

Ben & Jerry’s:

About the Tonight Show
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” made its debut from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center on Feb. 17, 2014. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches. An American television institution for over 60 years, “The Tonight Show” continues to home to big-name celebrity guests and a stage for top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon carries on the tradition audiences know and love. Known for his huge online presence, Fallon also brings along many popular segments, celeb sketches and musical parodies including Hashtags, Thank You Notes and Slow Jam the News. The critically praised Grammy-winning group The Roots serves as “The Tonight Show” house band. From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo and Katie Hockmeyer. It tapes before a live studio audience.

About SeriousFun Children’s Network
SeriousFun Children’s Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. Founded by Paul Newman, SeriousFun has served more than 864,000 children and their family members from more than 50 countries since the first camp opened in 1988. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit

About Ben & Jerry’s
As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully source Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2016 to support grassroots organizing for social and environmental justice around the country.

For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit

Press Contact:

Sean Greenwood
Ben & Jerry’s
Cell: (802) 233.0840

Emily Walsh/Nina Kiersted
Sunshine Sachs for Serious Fun

Source: Ben & Jerry’s


Visa Inc. announces investor conferences participation in November

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today (Nov. 1, 2017) announced its participation in the following investor conferences in the month of November.

On Tuesday, November 14, Vasant Prabhu, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco. The discussion will begin at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately 45 minutes.

On Wednesday, November 29, Vasant Prabhu, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Credit Suisse 21st Annual Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Scottsdale. The discussion will begin at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time and last for approximately 45 minutes.

Listen-only audio webcast and replay will be accessible for 30 days on the Investor Relations website at

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

Investor Relations:
Patrick Laney
+1 650-432-7644

Media Relations:
Nathaniel Sillin
+1 415-805-4892

Source: Visa Inc.

Visa announces the European launch of Visa Direct

  • Visa launches Visa Direct in Europe – enabling real-time1 payments using Visa’s global reliable and secure payments network
  • Visa Direct powers business initiated payments, such as payouts of insurance claims, as well as person-to-person payments
  • Visa announces partnership with Worldpay, an early adopter of Visa Direct – rolling out the benefits to merchants from early 2018

LONDON, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa has announced the European launch of Visa Direct – a real-time payments platform that allows companies to leverage Visa’s global reach and scale to transform domestic and cross-border payments for businesses and consumers. Visa is working with payment service providers, financial institution clients and strategic partners to roll out services using Visa Direct.

Visa Direct enables person-to-person (P2P), business-to-consumer (B2C), and business-to-business (B2B) payments. With Visa Direct, funds can be transferred into the recipient’s Visa account quickly, conveniently, and securely – providing instant access to funds2 and the ability to make purchases at 44 million retail locations worldwide.

Visa has partnered with Worldpay, a global leader in payments processing technology and solutions for merchants, to accelerate the availability of Visa Direct to merchants in Europe and subsequently across all of its markets globally. Once recipient banks make required changes to their systems, 3 Visa Direct will enable Worldpay’s merchants to send real-time payments to consumers – improving customer satisfaction.

“For decades, Visa has led the way in transforming the way we pay in stores and online. Now, we have an opportunity to transform how consumers and business pay each other in a fast, convenient and secure way,” said Mike Lemberger, Senior Vice President of Product Solutions, Visa in Europe. “Visa Direct is a proven platform that enables technology companies, businesses and financial institutions to meet the demand for real-time payments, backed by the ubiquity, cost-efficiency and speed of Visa’s global network.”

Dave Glaser, Chief Product Officer, Global eCom at Worldpay said: “In recent years, the payments landscape has changed dramatically with clients and consumers alike expecting to be able to make a payment under their own terms – whether that is making a real-time payment or using a specific method. We are proud to be working with Visa on this unrivalled platform as an early adopter in Europe and other global markets and believe that Visa Direct is an important step in meeting those needs – providing both acquirers and merchants with the tools they need.”

Visa Direct is expected to transform payments in Europe by enabling a range of real-time payment use cases backed by the security and scale of Visa’s global payment network, including:

  • Business-to-consumer: enabling businesses to send almost any kind of payment directly to a Visa account – such as gaming winnings, insurance payouts, and daily merchant settlements.
  • Business-to-business: enabling businesses to pay freelancers, contractors, and other small businesses – in real time.
  • Person-to-person: enabling consumers to pay each other quickly, conveniently, and securely, often through their connected devices – such as when splitting bills or giving gifts.

In the US, Visa Direct is already enabling payments for partners such as PayPal, Braintree, Square Cash, and Stripe.

Visa Direct is one of the many Application Program Interface (API)-based network capabilities available on the Visa Developer Platform – an open platform intended to drive innovation in payments and commerce. The platform is designed to help financial institutions, merchants, and technology companies meet the demands of consumers and merchants who increasingly rely on connected devices to shop, pay, and get paid.

About Visa Direct

The Visa Direct platform is available in more than 200 markets around the world and can be used to reach more than one billion consumer card accounts globally. Available through a comprehensive Visa Direct API library, financial institutions and technology partners can quickly build real-time payment solutions through a feature-rich suite of web services on the Visa Developer Platform.

Visa in Europe has announced a mandate that requires card issuers to enable real-time payments by October 2018. Real-time payments allow funds to be sent by issuers to cardholders no later than 30 minutes from a transaction being approved.

More information about the Visa Developer Platform can be found at More information about Visa Direct can be found at

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analogue to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit (, the Visa Vision blog (, and @VisaInEurope

About Worldpay

Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to around 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies. We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.

For more information, visit

1 Actual fund availability varies by financial institution.

2 Actual fund availability varies by financial institution.

3 Visa in Europe has announced a mandate that requires card issuers to enable real-time payments by October 2018.

Leela Shanson
+44 (0)20 7795 5336

Source: Visa Inc. to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform : OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is scheduled to release third quarter financial results for the period ending September 30, 2017 on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 after the market closes. The company has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 4:30 p.m. ET that day to discuss these results. The company will take questions via email prior to the call. Please email all questions in advance of the call to

Webcast information

To access the live webcast and presentation slides, go to To listen to the conference call via telephone, dial (877) 673-5346 and enter conference ID 4188309 when prompted. Participants outside the U.S. or Canada who do not have Internet access should dial +1 (724) 498-4326 and enter the conference ID provided above.


A replay of the conference call will be available at or on the PR YouTube channel, starting two hours after the live call has ended. An audio replay of the webcast will be available via telephone starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, through 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. To listen to the recorded webcast by phone, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the conference ID provided above. Outside the U.S. or Canada, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 and enter the conference ID provided above.

About, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ t0 platform : OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include, dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website,

O,,,, Club O, Main Street Revolution, Worldstock and OVillage are registered trademarks of, Inc. and Space Shift are also trademarks of, Inc.  Other service marks, trademarks and trade names which may be referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains certain 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. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact.  Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on August 3, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564

Investor Contact:
Brian Keller, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-5374

Source:, Inc./globenewswire

Stater Bros. launches campaign to support food banks and non-profit agencies in serving families in need this holiday season

Stater Bros. launches campaign to support food banks and non-profit agencies in serving families in need this holiday season


San Bernardino, California, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throughout the months of November and December, Stater Bros. in conjunction with its charitable arm Stater Bros. Charities will be “Harvesting Hope“  in the valued communities Stater Bros. serves. All 171 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will provide four convenient ways for customers and employees to help their friends and neighbors in need this holiday season.

  • “Bag of Hope” Donation Cards – “Bag of Hope” donation cards are available for purchase at each check stand.  Funds collected through the “Bag of Hope” donation cards will provide fresh and healthy food and funding to our food bank partners and holiday campaign beneficiaries.
  • Nonperishable Food Donations – Food donation barrels are also available at all store locations for those customers who’d like to donate nonperishable food items.  Most needed items include canned tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit (in water or light syrup), and whole grain cereal.
  • Coin Canisters – Monies collected through the coin canisters at each check stand during November and December, will support low income seniors, veterans, families and children in need. Stater Bros. Charities will present these funds to qualified food banks and feeding programs in the seven Southern California counties served by Stater Bros. Supermarkets.
  • Salvation Army Red Kettles – The traditional Salvation Army Red Kettles will be in front of all Stater Bros. supermarkets from November 13th through December 24th collecting nickels, dimes and quarters to help those who are most vulnerable in the community where the donations are made.

“Stater Bros. has always believed in not just doing business in the community but being part of the community and we are proud to partner with area food banks and local non-profit agencies to serve the needs of our local communities,” said Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.

Annual food drive partners and holiday campaign beneficiaries include Community Action Partnership – Kern County, Desert Manna, Feeding America Serving Riverside l San Bernardino Counties, FIND Food Bank, Inland Empire Desert Communities United Way, Inland Harvest Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and The Salvation Army.

About Stater Bros. Charities: 

Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, help for our nation’s veterans and active service members.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.

About Stater Bros. Markets:

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit

Source:  Stater Bros. Markets


CANADA: RONA’s Longueuil store first to adopt new store model

Boucherville, QC, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada, one of Canada’s leading home improvement company, has set out to make RONA the #1 banner in the building centre market (small to medium stores, also known as “proximity stores”) in the country. This segment currently accounts for close to half of Canada’s home improvement market. RONA’s Longueuil store located on Roland-Therrien Boulevard is the first of many to undergo this major transformation, thanks to an investment of more than $2.6 million. By the end of 2018, some 15 stores will have made the leap to the new RONA store model.

“As we clearly stated a year ago, we are committed to RONA and the building centre model as one of Lowe’s Canada’s pillars of growth,” said Serge Éthier, Executive Vice-President of RONA Proximity. “Our new RONA store prototype was developed with three goals in mind: better meet current needs and trends in renovation, establish ourselves as our customers’ go-to destination for projects, and enhance our offering for contractors and pros, who account for a larger portion of building centres’ client base than it is the case for big box stores.”

A transformation visible when setting foot into the store, to better meet the needs of today’s consumers Overall, the new RONA store model is designed to better reflect new trends in the residential housing market—open floor plans, brighter rooms, and outside spaces designed to become natural extensions of the interior. These trends are reflected both in the store layout and strategic placement of some departments, as well as in the product selection. The result is a brighter, less compartmentalized store, with racking entirely redesigned and not as tall, except on the perimeter of the store, which allows customers to have a 360-degree view of the store and thereby find the section they are looking for at a glance. In addition, seasonal products have been moved up near the entrance so the shopping experience is renewed on a regular basis, and household appliances now have a prime location near the kitchen project section.

RONA, the destination for projects
The new building centre model is also designed to make RONA the go-to destination for turnkey renovation projects, whether it is remodelling a kitchen or bathroom, repairing a roof, or replacing doors and windows. This means that RONA offers not only the products required for home improvement projects, including products on special orders, but also a full range of services to guide and support customers throughout their project. These include design consulting, 3D renderings, as well as installation services. The store layout, incidentally, strategically puts all these services near the appliance section and other products for kitchen remodelling projects. Eventually, all RONA building centers will feature a kitchen section, which will be bigger or smaller depending on the size of the store.

More services for contractors and pros
The new RONA store model is designed to provide contractors and other home improvement professionals with an enhanced selection of services. These include a reserved parking area, a dedicated entrance and service counter, extended business hours to fit contractors’ schedules, a special fleet of trucks for construction-site deliveries, a minimum 15,000-square-foot drive-through lumberyard, and charge-account services to speed up and simplify purchasing.

About RONA
Created in 1939, RONA is a banner of Lowe’s Canada, one of Canada’s leading home improvement company. Spanning the entire country, its vast network of more than 430 stores includes both corporate stores and independent affiliated dealers. Known for its large in-store and online product selection as well as for its installation services, RONA also provides expert support and advice to its retail and pro customers for their building and renovation projects. For more information, visit rona.caor follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

About Lowe’s Canada
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
Tel 514.626.6976

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

SPAR Poland re-launches its SPAR Express store in Krakow

Poland, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Poland has re-launched its SPAR Express store in Krakow, located next to the famous Wawel Castle, introducing a new convenience model to the market. The store meets the easy shopping standards and flexibility demanded by city centre locations. SPAR Poland aims to increase the number of SPAR Express stores located in city centres through its multi-format offer – providing greater convenience to busy customers.

The new SPAR Express store is located in a popular tourist destination. SPAR Poland addresses the needs of international tourists by using both Polish and English names for category communication. The product range is strongly focused on fresh and Food-to-Go, dedicated mostly to customers looking for convenient, ready-meal solutions. The store offers a wide choice of sandwiches, wraps, salads and fresh juice. A strong emphasis was placed on high quality coffee with Costa coffee being offered instore, accompanied by a selection of muffins, donuts and croissants.

The operating costs of the store were carefully considered. For example, the product range was selected to match the requirements of a convenience store aimed at meeting varied customer needs. A convenient location, quick shopping layout, price and quality ratio, as well as a healthy product offering, were all factors given a lot of attention in light of today’s customer demands.

SPAR Poland plans to roll out this concept to other city centre locations, after making any adjustments necessary based on the outcome of the pilot and adaptations required for each location. Being able to offer this alternative concept will attract new independent retailers.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Alshaya named the world’s best restaurant franchise partner at the GLRC Awards of Distinction

Alshaya named the world’s best restaurant franchise partner at the GLRC Awards of Distinction


GLRC Award recognises Alshaya’s relationships with global food brands

Kuwait, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — M.H. Alshaya Co., the international retail franchise business that operates leading restaurant brands like Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s and Shake Shack, has been named the world’s best restaurant franchise partner at an awards event in Dubai.

Alshaya was named the winner of the Partnership category of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference (GLRC) Awards of Distinction, reflecting the company’s ability to adapt international brands to new markets and maintain strong relationships with multiple global brands. Alshaya operates more than 25 food brands across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe, as part of its wider portfolio of more than 80 retail brands.

“The recipients of the GRLC Distinction Awards have demonstrated excellence in their endeavors and respective markets. Alshaya is a franchise partner to some of the world’s best known retail brands across MENA, Russia, Turkey and Europe, and is a tremendous example of the partnership required to successfully expand globally, hence their recognition as Best Partner,” said Mike Wood, CEO, Winsight, LLC.

The awards recognise restaurant operators that excel in the global marketplace through innovation, community service, partnership and expansion. GLRC attendees and sponsors, as well as the industry leaders from around the world, were invited to nominate restaurants that best exemplify success in these areas. The winners were selected by a jury of global experts from Restaurant Business, Technomic and Winsight Media, with counsel from the GRLC Advisory Council.

Accepting the award, Ian Toal, the President of Alshaya’s Food Division, said being a successful franchise partner was all about three factors: building great partnerships, delivering authentic brand experiences and having strong local market knowledge.

“At Alshaya, we’ve been operating retail franchises in the region for 35 years with some of the world’s best-known brands, and they work because we have strong partnerships built on trust, integrity and mutual benefit. Our job is to deliver the brand as the customer expects, whether they’re in home in New York, or here in the Middle East. To do this, we rely heavily on our local experience, access to great property locations, proven infrastructure and a skilled team.”

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