ASOS launches Gift Assistant that will help customers shop for Christmas gifts

London, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. Selling over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences.

ASOS launches a new virtual assistant via the Facebook page that will make suggestions for customers shopping Christmas gifts. The ASOS Gift Assistant is available to customers during the Christmas period in the UK and France and will use the answers to a selection of questions to make suggestions from the numerous potential presents available on site.

Available on social media, the service will have its own Facebook page where customers can click through and it is also available through advertisements on Facebook.

Based on machine learning technology, the digital assistant sifts through options by asking carefully considered questions leaving you with narrowed down choices for your gift recipient. The questions will be based on 20-something customers and include quirks like ‘What item would most likely fall out of their bag’ in order to give clever gift ideas. The service also allows you to see more products should you wish to expand your purchase further.

It will also continue the partnership with Choose Love – if a customer is left unsure – they will have the option to ‘Choose Love’ and purchase an item from the charitable range for Help Refugees where 100% of the proceeds are donated to the charity.

ASOS Gift Assistant showcases the site as a one stop shop in a new and engaging way for customer this Christmas.

About ASOS:
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, selling cutting-edge fashion and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. ASOS sells over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world.

ASOS tailors the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia.

ASOS’s websites attracted 135.7m visits during August 2017 (August 2016: 117.5m) and as at 31 August 2017 had 15.4m active customers1
(31 August 2016: 12.4m), of which 5.2m were located in the UK and 10.2m were located in international territories
(31 August 2016: 4.7m in the UK and 7.7m internationally).
1 Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months as at 31 August 2017

Source: ASOS

MAPIC 2017 unveils complete programme of conferences

Paris, France, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the 23rd edition of MAPIC – the global retail real estate market – just days away, please see below a selection of those not to miss events and conference sessions that are set to be the talk of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

The complete MAPIC programme of conferences is now available on the website and on the mobile app. Don’t forget to download it on your smartphone by clicking here.

Welcome Reception
Tuesday 14 November 19.30, Majestic Hôtel
Open to all participants with badge.

Opening Keynote – Reimagining retail in the 21st century
Wednesday 15 November 09.00-10.00, Room 1, Palais-1
The details of this session can be found on the website.

Speakers’ drink
Chairman’s Club, Palais 1
By invitation only. If you are interested, please contact the MAPIC Press office.

FOOD & BEVERAGE – Food courts, emotional shopping & the new lifestyle
Thursday 16 November 9.00-10.00, Room 2, Palais-1
The details of this session can be found on the website.

Official press conference MAPIC 2017
Thursday 16 November 10.00, F&B Gallery, Riviera 8
with Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC, for an exclusive announcement.

DIGITAL – E-commerce, brands, pure players: how to create the best physical experiences
Thursday 16 November 12.00-13.00, Room 2, Palais-1
All the details of this session can be found on the website.

LEISURE – Family entertainment centres: a fun environment to create the best physical experiences
Thursday 16 November 13.30-14.30, Room 2, Palais-1
All the details of this session can be found on the website.

MAPIC Party
Thursday 16 November 23:00, Salon des Ambassadeurs, 4th floor Palais des Festivals
Open to all participants with badge.

Find out more about MAPIC on our press site.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions:
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information on MAPIC, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel: +33 1 79 71 95 44
mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Constance GARCIA Y SANTOS, Press Officer
+33 1 79 71 95 65
constance.garciaysantos@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

MAPIC launches the inaugural International Outlet Summit

Paris, France, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time MAPIC is launching the International Outlet Summit, an event dedicated to the phenomenon of outlet centres. This invitation-only summit will be held one day before the official opening of the event in Cannes at 2pm on 14 November. It will bring together industry speakers and players to discuss their visions and upcoming trends in this very dynamic segment of commercial property which are now becoming vital components of the shopping experience.

Outlet centres have developed strongly in the commercial property sector, growing exponentially by 12% annually over the past 20 years. They are one of the industry’s most dynamic formats along with travel retail and e-commerce. The sector has expanded, offering more sophisticated products and services through developers who are deeply committed to their relationships with brands. They now tend to see them less as simple tenants and more as real sales drivers.

Guy Perry, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company, will open the International Outlet Summit by presenting a report on the topic. This will be followed by a conference session about global market developments for the outlet sector with a panel of industry personalities such as Kenneth Gunn, Managing Director, FSP Retail Business Consultants (UK); Elizabeth Wagner, Principal, The Outlet Resource Group (USA); Brendon O’Reilly, CEO, Fashion House (Poland); Sébastien Sommer, Business Development Director Europe & Country Head Germany, Neinver (Spain); and Lois Lu Yi, Vice President, Beijing Capital Grand Limited (China).

Five international outlets will also be presented by a panel including David Hinkle, Principal, The Outlet Resource Group; Brendon O’Reilly, Fashion House; and Barbara Somogyiova, Leasing Director Europe, Neinver. To close the event Ben Chesser, CEO, Coniq, will overview digital solutions to improve the customer experience in brand villages.

More information about MAPIC on our press site.

Check out the full programme of the International Outlet Summit.

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions:
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information on MAPIC, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel.: +33 1 79 71 95 44
mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Farah Boudjemia – Press Officer
Tel.: +33 1 79 71 98 02
Farah.boudjemia@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

The Bon-Ton Stores hosts Charity Shopping Event with the Aim to Raise $6 Million to Support Local Charities

The Bon-Ton Stores hosts Charity Shopping Event with the Aim to Raise $6 Million to Support Local Charities

 

Charity Shopping Event Aims to Raise $6 Million to Support Local Charities

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lend a helping hand to local non-profit groups and schools during The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) 4-day Community Days event.  The charity shopping event will be held at all Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores Wednesday, November 8 through Saturday, November 11.

Local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, schools and Bon-Ton stores have been raising funds since early fall by selling special $5 coupon booklets in the community and at stores to use at this 4-day event. Booklets contain a variety of special merchandise offers, a $10 off coupon and a 30 percent off shopping pass to use at all Bon-Ton store locations and online during the Community Days event. The company aims to raise $6 million dollars benefitting more than 9,000 participating organizations to support initiatives that directly impact the community Bon-Ton stores serve.  100% of the $5 booklet cost benefits participating organizations.

Booklets can be purchased from local participating groups at each store entrance or at the register from a sales associate during the shopping event.

“Over the past 18 years and with help from our generous customers we’ve raised more than $142 million through the Community Days event,” commented Steve Byers, executive vice president of Stores for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Providing this kind of measurable community impact to non-profit organizations and schools is a cornerstone of our mission to serve our local communities.”

Since 1999, the Community Days event has raised funds for participating organizations focusing on everything from education, health and environmental causes to arts and culture, animal welfare and many more.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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NCR Corporation inaugurates state-of-the-art R&D centre at Mindspace IT Park in HITEC City, Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, India, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, expanded its worldwide presence today (November 07, 2017) with a state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) centre at Mindspace IT Park in HITEC City, Hyderabad. Spread across 140,000 square feet, the facility is now NCR’s largest R&D centre outside of the U.S.A. This modern R&D centre will help extend NCR’s leadership in omni-channel solutions and to create innovative products and platforms for channel transformation and digital enablement. The state-of-the-art R&D facility to house over 1200 employees was inaugurated by the NCR global leadership team including Paul Langenbahn and Eli Rosner together with the India leadership team led by Ashok Nallam, Director R&D Centre, NCR India.

“Changes in consumer behavior continue to be rapid, disruptive, and driven by technology transformation. NCR, being a world leader in consumer transaction technologies, is strategically positioned to deliver innovations to meet demands of millennials and other key demographics,” said Paul Langenbahn, executive vice president, NCR Software. “NCR’s R&D centre in Hyderabad will focus on the development of innovative technologies to assist our customers across the industries NCR serves, and the incredible talent we have available in the region will enable us to do so.”

NCR’s new state-of-the-art R&D facility is designed to enhance collaboration and innovation. It features technology and tools to support the changing nature of how, when and where work is done; and it will excite and inspire employees and customers. The centre will feature collaborative workspaces, state-of-the-art labs—including an innovation lab—and amenities such as a gym, recreation facilities, a café, and informal work spaces to spark creativity.

“Enterprises today need to offer the digital experience today’s consumers demand, and this experience has to be consistent, seamless, and engaging across platforms—and at any time and place that they want,” said Eli Rosner, chief technology officer, NCR Corporation. “NCR is building software engineering infrastructure to address the connected economy, and our investment in this new state-of-the-art R&D facility will play a significant role in our transformational journey. This centre will enable us to provide our customers around the world with omni-channel solutions that address real-life business problems.”

NCR’s Hyderabad R&D center will be developing and supporting innovative software and services that global institutions use to empower consumers through self-service applications. The centre has been responsible for a host of innovations including the Interactive Teller ATM, EMV contactless ATM, mobile payments solutions, retail self-checkout lanes, CRM platforms, cinema and stadium systems management solutions, among many others.

Launched in 2004 with 50 engineers, NCR’s current Hyderabad R&D center houses close to 1,200 professionals focused on software development for the financial, retail, travel and hospitality industries. In addition to the R&D Center in Hyderabad, NCR has a world-class manufacturing facility in Chennai, a development center in Gurgaon and sales & services headquarters in Mumbai.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across the financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

News Media Contacts:
Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations
+91 22 619 45 83
rakesh.aulaya@ncr.com

Source: NCR Corporation

Lindex and its customers raised 900 000 EUR for cancer research through Pink Ribbon campaign

Lindex and its customers raised 900 000 EUR for cancer research through Pink Ribbon campaign

 

Sweden, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through luxurious lounge- and underwear, beautiful accessories and Pink Ribbons, Lindex and its customers have raised a total of 900 000 EUR to cancer research during October.

Lindex is a proud main partner of the Pink Ribbon campaign since 2003 and every year the company makes a special campaign to contribute to cancer research and increase awareness about breast cancer.

I am really proud of all our customers and coworkers who every year show such a dedication to the fight against breast cancer. Sadly it is a disease that affects so many people and we hope that our support will contribute to further progress within the area of cancer research, says Elisabeth Peregi, interim CEO at Lindex.

Besides being able to buy the Pink Ribbon in Lindex stores, customer have also had the possibility to shop products from Lindex Pink Collection 2017, a luxurious collection of lounge- and underwear, including a soft prosthesis bra to be worn with or without prosthesis. 10 % from the selling price of the collection is donated to cancer research, as well as the whole sum from sold Pink Ribbons. Together with its customers Lindex has raised a total of 900 000 EUR in all markets.

The fight against breast cancer is an important part of Lindex social commitment and every year the fashion company support the Pink Ribbon-campaign through activities on all Lindex markets.

For more information about Pink Ribbon, please visit www.pinkribbon.org

Source: Lindex

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Office Depot launches new business services platform BizBox

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology today (November 7, 2017) announced the launch of BizBox (MyBizBox.com). This new business services platform will provide start-ups and small business leaders access to the core services needed to start and grow their businesses through a convenient subscription with monthly services starting at $99. BizBox will simplify business decisions and operations for all small and medium-size businesses.

The BizBox platform builds upon Office Depot’s previously announced acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and is an important part of the company’s strategic transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform.

“Office Depot has been a partner and resource for small business owners since 1986. We have the ability to reach nine million small business customers through our touch points around the country. Uniting this deep expertise with the world-class IT services of CompuCom will help solve customer problems in a way few others are doing right now,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “The BizBox platform is an essential element of our commitment to innovation. We are energized to expand a business ecosystem of services, products and technology that builds on our legacy of helping small business owners succeed in a modern economy.”

Whether navigating the waters of payroll and HR or embarking on a first-time digital campaign, BizBox members will have access to experts who help identify services suited to their unique needs, better streamlining operations and freeing up valuable time to focus on the real business of innovation and growth. End-to-end services include:

  • Accounting
  • Email Marketing and CRM
  • Payroll and HR
  • Search Marketing
  • Asset Management
  • Social Marketing
  • Legal Services
  • Logo Design
  • Website Creation and Hosting
  • Technical Services (available soon)

A recent Office Depot study of 1,500 small business and start-up owners shows that although digital services such as e-mail marketing, website creation and social marketing are seen as the top services needed to grow a business, many respondents aren’t using these services. Nearly one-third of established businesses in the survey do not have a website, and over half do not do any kind of social marketing at all.

“It’s not surprising small business owners and entrepreneurs aren’t always using the very services that would best help them drive growth. We know from talking to them every day they feel pulled in a million directions, and often don’t know where to turn for support for all their needs,” said Kevin Moffitt, chief digital officer for Office Depot, Inc. “BizBox is a platform designed to help reduce some of the stress and barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from turning their ideas into reality, and is the first service of its kind backed by the business expertise of a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.”

The BizBox platform will be enhanced with new features and services based on customer feedback and demand, including introduction into retail stores.

For more information and to sign-up today, please visit MyBizBox.com

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com 

Sarah England
561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Zalando continues its global expansion with the opening of new tech hub in Lisbon in early 2018

  • Zalando has just announced the opening of its third technology hub outside of Germany, in Lisbon
  • The hub will open at the beginning of 2018 with plans to create 50 jobs in the first year of operations
  • The local team will focus on the digital experience of the Zalando Fashion Store
  • Expansion of the tech team in Dublin and Helsinki is on track, focusing on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Lisbon, Portugal, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, continues to expand its technology footprint internationally. At the beginning of 2018, the company will open a tech hub in Lisbon, the third of its kind internationally.

Zalando aims to boost its platform operations and increase digital offers to connect people and fashion in multiple ways. The new hub in Lisbon will play a key role in this strategy by focusing on the development of an enhanced digital experience for the customers of the Zalando Fashion Store, currently available in 15 European markets.

“As e-commerce develops, consumer behaviour becomes increasingly sophisticated. It is therefore essential to be on top of digital innovations and to offer the best overall shopping experience. The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping”, says Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Zalando. “Lisbon offers a great environment to develop our new hub. The city’s tech ecosystem will allow us to attract the talent we need, and we are looking forward to engaging in fruitful exchanges with the local startup community”.

The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping

Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships

Zalando will open the new hub at the beginning of 2018 and create more than 50 jobs in Lisbon over the first year of operations. The online fashion platform is actively recruiting Frontend and Backend Software Engineers, but also Product Managers and UX Designers from across the industry and from within academic institutions, to work on products and features that will further enhance the digital experience of the Fashion Store.

“Technology has always been the backbone of our company. Thanks to over 200 specialized delivery teams, we keep enhancing the capabilities that allow our platform to operate efficiently and  grow, and we constantly improve our offer towards customers and partners,” says Philipp Erler, SVP Digital Experience at Zalando. “Besides allowing us to concentrate resources on the development of our Fashion Store – a cornerstone in the success of Zalando – the new hub in Lisbon will also contribute to the diversification of our technological footprint, which keeps expanding at a fast pace”.

The opening in Lisbon constitutes Zalando’s third technology hub outside of Germany following the opening of the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin and the technology hub in Helsinki in 2015. The focus of operations in Ireland is deep data science and engineering research, involving R&D around how to build a real-time insight platform around fashion. In Finland, the tech team works on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Overall, Zalando’s tech team has grown to a headcount of more than 1,800 employees across all locations. Most members of Zalando Technology are located at the company’s headquarters in Berlin with around 120 in the German hubs in Dortmund and Hamburg. Dublin and Helsinki boast a staff of around 100 each.

Zalando has already started recruitment for the Lisbon tech hub. Information on the available positions can be found on the company’s career website: http://zln.do/2iXivZ7

Zalando Technology at a glance

  • Zalando’s tech team is located in Berlin (HQ), Dortmund, Hamburg, Erfurt and Mönchengladbach, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; and from Q1 2018 Lisbon, Portugal.
  • More than 1,800 employees of over 50 different nationalities
  • Over 200 delivery teams across all locations
  • Small, autonomous teams applying an agile approach, based on purpose, autonomy, mastery and trust
  • Zalando platform mostly built in-house, using open source and cutting-edge technologies such as React, Scala, Python, Cassandra, Clojure, AWS, and Docker
  • Five key principles of building systems: API First, REST, SaaS, cloud, and microservices

ABOUT ZALANDO

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy and France with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract about 200 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2017, 70 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 21.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact:
Matteo Bovio
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson Italy, Spain, UK
Email:matteo.bovio@zalando.it

Charline Merieau
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson France
Email:charline.merieau@zalando.fr

Source: Zalando

Milton Pappas named Chief Marketing Officer at HBC

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — HBC or the “Company” (TSX: HBC) today (November 6, 2017) announced the appointment of Milton Pappas to Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Pappas will lead the Marketing Center of Excellence (COE), charged with executing the marketing strategies of the Company’s North American retail businesses.

Earlier this year, the Company created the Marketing COE to centralize all-channel marketing development across all of HBC’s North American retail businesses. The Marketing COE operates as an in-house agency and supports the execution of each business’s distinct marketing strategy with comprehensive campaigns that leverage best practices across the organization. The Marketing COE includes Media, Creative, Partnerships and Events, among other areas.

Mr. Pappas has had a long and successful career spanning a diverse portfolio of industries, including publishing and retail. He joined HBC in September 2016 as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing. He has served as Interim Chief Marketing Officer since June 2017. Pappas joined HBC from New York & Company where he served as Chief Digital Officer. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles in marketing, digital and e-commerce at Nine West Group, Toys”R”Us, Inc. and Redcats USA. He is a board member of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation.

About HBC

HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel offerings, growing through acquisitions, and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and over 66,000 employees around the world.

HBC’s leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

For more information, visit our website.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrew Blecher
646-802-4030
andrew.blecher@hbc.com

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Elliot Grundmanis
646-802-2469
elliot.grundmanis@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Bartell Drugs to host its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

As part of the promotion, we are partnering with MOVin and WARM radio stations and hosting two special radio remotes to encourage donations. These remotes will be:

  • Wednesday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • MOVin 92.5 with hosts Brooke and Jubal
    • At Admiral Way Bartell Drugs, 2345 42nd Avenue SW, Seattle
  • Friday, December 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • WARM 106.9 with hosts Allen and Ashley
    • At Silver Lake Bartell Drugs, 11020 19th Avenue SE, Everett

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include:

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

PHOTO CAPTION: Vafa Mostaghim, Assistant Manager at our Jefferson Square (West Seattle) store, poses with samples of toys that can be given to needy kids during our Toy ‘N’ Joy toy donation drive, November 12 through December 9.

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its 127-year history here in the Pacific Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

Media Contacts:
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
206-933-9414
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Sears and Kmart announce Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals

Sears and Kmart announce Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals

 

Holiday Blowout, Exclusive Member Previews, FREECASH in Points Highlight Month of Deals

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears and Kmart have announced their Thanksgiving/Black Friday doorbuster deals – a highlight of the unprecedented, month-long “Holiday Blowout” launched on Nov. 1, giving shoppers 10-50 percent off everything in the store.*

Shop Your Way members will find the season’s hottest gifts for family and friends, from favorite brands like Kenmore®, Craftsman®, Diehard®, NordicTrack, Everlast, Barbie, Samsung, Skullcandy, and more.As a special benefit for Shop Your Way members, Sears and Kmart also announced early access to all Thanksgiving and Black Friday doorbusters (Sears) and day after Thanksgiving deals (Kmart) four days early, during an exclusive “Members Night” on Sun., Nov. 19 from 6-10 p.m. at all stores, and online all day Nov. 19 through Nov. 20. Members also get CASHBACK in points on all purchases… and more when texting “FREECASH” to 52678.”Nothing says ‘ho, ho, ho-migawd!’ like our epic Black Friday doorbusters plus FREECASH in points,” said Kelly Cook, CMO of Kmart and Sears. “From deep discounts on your favorite gifts to amazing opportunities to skip the Black Friday chaos and shop early, this holiday season is all about our members – and we’re going BIG! Our month of promotions is sure to knock everyone’s stockings off and help stretch holiday dollars at the same time.”Sears Thanksgiving/Black Friday Hours and Doorbuster Deals
Sears stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 23 to midnight.** Some stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. All stores will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24. Shoppers can check Sears.com/stores for hours at their nearest Sears location. All Sears doorbusters will be available online at sears.com all day on Thanksgiving, and in store and online until 2 p.m. on Black Friday, while supplies last.

Top doorbuster deals include:

  • Save 52 percent on a Kenmore Elite Refrigerator– $999.99, reg. price $2,099.99
  • Save 50 percent on a Craftsman 320-pc Mechanic’s Tool Set– $149.99, reg. price $299.99
  • Everlast yoga sets for her and fleece separates for him for $9.99; reg. price $22-$26
  • All DieHard® industrial boots– $49.99; reg. price $105-$110
  • Save $1,000 on the NordicTrack Elite 10.9 elliptical – $599, reg. price $1,599.99

Kmart Thanksgiving/Black Friday Hours and Doorbuster Deals
Kmart stores will open at 6 a.m.Thanksgiving Day and close at 10 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24.* Some stores will close at midnight and others will close at 2 a.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. For local store hours, shoppers can visit Kmart.com/stores.

Kmart will feature extra discounts on already low Holiday Blowout prices from Thurs., Nov. 23through Sun., Nov. 26. Members can enjoy savings such as 50 percent off apparel; 50 percent off Christmas tree lighting; 40 percent off bath towels and rugs, sheets, quilts, comforters, blankets, bedspreads, bed-in-a bag; and 50 percent off ladies and kids fashion boots.

Kmart doorbusters will be available in store and online from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving until 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Deals include:

  • Save $200 on a Samsung 55″ class smart 4K UHD TV – $499 plus $50 CASHBACK in points; reg. price $699
  • Save $30 on 1,000 Thread Count Sheets– now $19.99 any size; reg. price $59.99
  • Save 50 percent on Select Small Kitchen Appliances– now $4.99; reg. price $9.99
  • 6′ pre-decorated American Pine Tree– $49.99; reg. price $99.99
  • Barbie – now $1.99; reg. price $6.99-$9.99
  • Save 50 percent on Skullcandy Uproar Bluetooth on-ear headphones– now $24.99; reg. price $49.99

Shoppers can preview Sears and Kmart’s highly anticipated Black Friday ads at Sears.com/localad and Kmart.com/localad. The stores’ most popular holiday catalogs are also available online with interactive, dynamic and sharable list features. View the re-introduced Sears Wish Book at sears.com/wishbook and the Kmart Toy Book at kmart.com/toybook.

Convenient and Rewarding Shopping
Sears and Kmart have innovative services to make holiday shopping less chaotic and more convenient for members, such as:

  • Free Buy Online, Pickup In-Store, In-Vehicle Pickup: Members can purchase all products available on Sears.com or Kmart.com, ship to the store for free, then pick up their items at the store when they arrive, where they will be ready in five minutes, guaranteed.+ Members can even choose to have their item delivered right to their car by using Sears’ innovative In-Vehicle Pickup service.+
  • Sears & Kmart Mobile Apps: The apps let members quickly find the right products and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, get digital coupons, and make the most of Shop Your Way FREECASH in points; make purchases, track orders, manage layaway, and access free shopping conveniences like Buy Online, Pickup In-Store, In-Vehicle Pickup, and free in-store shipping.
  • Meet with An Expert: The free service at Sears stores helps members shop for home appliances, mattresses, or lawn and garden equipment by letting them schedule appointments with in-store experts at a time convenient for them.
  • Free Shipping: Sears and Kmart offer free shipping on any order $49 or more, and Shop Your Way Max members get two-day free shipping on qualifying online orders.
  • Anyone, Anywhere Pickup: Members can order any item on Sears.com or Kmart.com and send a friend or family member to pick up the purchase.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly 11 million service calls annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company’s website at www.kmart.com

*Some exclusions apply. See store or sears.com for details.
**Stores in ME, RI, MA and certain other stores open midnight 11/24/17 or later.
+Sears stores only

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brian Hanover
Sears PR
847-286-6080
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com

Chloe Zuanich or Kelly Evans
Havas Formula for Sears & Kmart
312-229-0605
sears@havasformula.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

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Raley’s expands its Ready-To-Go meal options with 32 different meals

Raley’s expands its Ready-To-Go meal options with 32 different meals

 

Expanded program includes over 32 options for an affordable price

Fair Oaks, CA, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to USDA data, on an average day, Americans spend 37 minutes preparing and cleaning up their meals and some say it can range up to almost 1.5 hours. However, when purchasing fast food, that preparation time decreases by 31 minutes. As the trend for convenience grows, along with the demand for healthier options outside of fast food, today Raley’s announces the expansion of their Ready-To-Go meal options (first launched in 2010) with new sizes, flavors and packaging. The new and improved Ready-To-Go program includes 32 different meals, all made with fresh, premium ingredients that can be found in the fresh deli department in grab and go displays.

The new program and meal selections were driven by trending flavors, fruits and vegetables as well as Raley’s customer favorites.  Ready-to-Go focuses on higher quality and “Better for You” options that include unique, global flavors like Chicken Fajitas (Family Meal), Moroccan Style Couscous (Mini Side) and Beef with Chimichurri Sauce (Mini Meal).

“Our customers are in for a real treat with Raley’s new Ready-To-Go meals,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “We understand the importance of convenient, healthy food options at a value and believe our customers will enjoy the new meals, made with quality ingredients that taste great!”

Raley’s Ready-To-Go Meals can be heated up in as little as 2 minutes and range from $3.99 for a single serving to $16.99 for the family size. In addition to adding more modern flavors, Raley’s has improved the size and packaging. The new package is modern and functional; customers can heat the aluminum trays directly in the microwave or oven. Ready-to-Go meals come in three different convenient sizes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including mini, entrée size, and large family size.

  • Mini size: includes 15 different offerings that are the perfect size for customers looking for weekday breakfasts, office lunches or after-school kids snacks. The size ranges from 6 to 11 ounces and includes breakfast options such as scrambles, sandwiches and burritos.
  • Entrée size: includes 12 different offerings and serves 1-2 people for lunch or dinner. The size ranges from 8 to 16 ounces.
  • Family size: includes 5 different offerings and serves a family of 4-6. This new line is now 50% larger than the previous version. The size ranges from 48 to 54 ounces.

In addition to the packaging, which shows that these meals contain only clean and fresh ingredients, Raley’s took label transparency a stet further, by tapping its recently launched labeling system for the product line. The Raley’s Shelf Guide is a one-of-a-kind shelf tag program that helps customers combat label confusion to find options that meet their personal dietary needs. In this case, Raley’s new Ready-to-Go meals will offer customers clear descriptions, including “Nutrient Dense,” “Calorie Conscious,” “Vegan” and “Vegetarian” directly on the package.

Raley’s Ready-to-Go program is the latest addition to the company’s commitment to providing customers with “Better for You” products, with healthy, nutritious options customers can feel good about eating.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

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Kroger: Ralphs now offers home delivery service in Southern California through partnership with Instacart

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (Nov. 7, 2017) announced it is offering home delivery in select locations in Southern California through a partnership with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand retail delivery service.

This pilot in Southern California supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“Kroger’s success has always depended on our ability to evolve with our customers. Offering home delivery powered by Instacart in Southern California is another way we are accelerating our digital and ecommerce efforts to create new and highly-relevant customer experiences,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Restock Kroger builds on our strengths, including our incredibly convenient locations and platforms for pickup and delivery within one-to-two miles of our customers.”

“The Kroger Co. is leading the way in ecommerce grocery adoption, enabling consumers across the country to have access to fresh, quality food at the push of a button,” said Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Instacart. “I’m proud that by partnering with Kroger, Instacart is solving the last frontier for the customer.”

For the past several years, Kroger has been actively experimenting with numerous digital and ecommerce models, and applying its data and customer insights expertise through 84.51°, with a focus on delivering a differentiated and personalized experience to its customers. Today across the country Kroger offers home delivery from nearly 200 store locations in partnership with service providers including Shipt, deliv, Roadie, Uber, and others. This is in addition to the company’s ClickList and Harris Teeter ExpressLane locations – Kroger’s personalized, order-online service – now available to customers in more than 900 stores. This service will be available in more than 1,000 locations by the end of the year. In Kroger’s third quarter, reported on September 8, 2017, digital revenue was up 126%, driven by ClickList sales.

The company plans to pilot Ralphs delivery Powered by Instacart in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks and Beach communities by the end of November.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We 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.

About Instacart
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division ratifies new labor agreement with UFCW Local 400

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. Mid-Atlantic division associates working at Kroger stores in West Virginia and surrounding area have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 400.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides good pay increases, affordable health care and financial support from the company to our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Jerry Clontz, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting this agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day.”

The agreement covers 4,200 associates working at 39 stores. (It includes 34 stores in West Virginia, three in Ohio and two in Kentucky.)

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We 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.

Walgreens offers 20% discount to all veterans and military personnel on Saturday, Nov. 11

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — To honor the sacrifices and bravery of Americans who served in the armed forces, Walgreens is offering a Veterans Day 20-percent discount to all veterans and military personnel. On Saturday, Nov. 11, customers with a Walgreens Balance® Rewards card and valid military ID or proof of service will receive 20 percent off regular price eligible store items* at any Walgreens or Duane Reade drugstore nationwide.

“Serving those who served our country is an honor for all of us at Walgreens and Duane Reade,” said Richard Ashworth, president of operations. “Veterans Day is an opportunity to pay a small symbolic tribute in our stores to the sacrifices made in defense of our country by those in uniform and their families.”

A Balance® Rewards customer loyalty program membership is free and can be obtained at checkout. Family members of veterans and military personnel are also eligible for the discount.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

*Offer valid for veterans, military personnel and their family members on Nov. 11, 2017, only with Balance® Rewards card and proof of service. In-store offer only valid in Walgreens or Duane Reade stores. Discount valid on regular-price items only. Offer is not combinable with Buy One Get One Free, Buy One Get One 50% Off or Buy 2 Get 3rd Free. Discount not valid on alcohol, dairy, tobacco, stamps, phone/prepaid/gift cards, money orders/transfers, transportation passes, lottery tickets, charitable donations, pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products, clinic services, health tests, prescriptions, pharmacy items or services, sales tax, the Prescription Savings Club membership fee, newspapers, magazines and items or services purchased by prescription and/or submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law.

Contact(s):
Walgreens
Jim Graham
847-315-2925
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Walgreens rolls out FedEx package pickup and drop-off services to more than 7,500 locations nationwide

MEMPHIS, Tenn., and DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Walgreen Co., one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, are proud to announce today (Nov. 6, 2017) FedEx package pickup and drop-off services are now available at more than 7,500 Walgreens locations in all 50 U.S. states. The milestone comes 10 months after the companies announced a long-term alliance agreement to offer convenient access to FedEx pickup and drop off at thousands of Walgreens locations across the country.

“We are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone for our customers ahead of the holiday season, and we look forward to continuing to work with Walgreens to offer convenient and secure pickup and drop-off services around the country,” said Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer, FedEx Corp. “As online shopping grows, our customers are searching for flexible options, and we stand ready to deliver.”

Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, said, “Our offering with FedEx is another way customers will find our stores even more accessible to meet their needs.  It helps our customers by providing a safe and secure delivery option, while making it easy for them to ship returns and other packages through the FedEx networks.”

The Walgreens rollout is part of the nationwide expansion of FedEx OnSite, a network of retail locations offering FedEx pick up and drop off services, including the ability to hold packages for up to five business days. In addition to the more than 7,500 participating Walgreens locations, customers can also find FedEx OnSite in select Albertson’s and Kroger grocery stores. Customers can redirect packages to a FedEx OnSite location or other FedEx hold locations, including more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations, using FedEx Delivery Manager.

“This holiday season, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within nine minutes of a FedEx hold location,” said Subramaniam.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $61 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contacts:
FedEx Corp.
Katie Wassmer
901-434-5593
katie.wassmer@fedex.com

Walgreens
Jim Graham,
847-315-2925
jim.graham@walgreens.com

Source:  Walgreens

Tesco unveils its 2017 Christmas campaign; will donate £1 for every fresh turkey sold to help people in need this holiday season

Tesco kicks off “Everyone’s Welcome” Christmas campaign and pledges to donate £1 for every fresh turkey sold to help people in need.

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has launched its 2017 Christmas campaign with the first of five television adverts airing on ITV last night. This year, the retailer will be celebrating the different ways millions of UK shoppers enjoy Christmas, and how great food sits at the heart of it all. It will also provide lots of little helps for customers during the fun and frantic festive period.

The campaign, which kicked off last night, features Tesco’s fantastic range of turkey. Tesco are also proud to be offering their finest* Narragansett turkey which won the award for top Christmas turkey in the recent BBC Good Food awards.

Tesco will donate £1 for every fresh turkey bought instore or online, shared between its food charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to help people in need over the festive period.

The initiative builds on the continued support offered by the retailer to local communities through its annual Food Collection, and its food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection. Last year, Tesco became the first retailer to pledge that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from its UK operations, and since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need.

Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer said:

“This year, our campaign will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all. We want our customers to know that however they choose to do Christmas, and no matter what they need, we can help – Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco.

“As part of our campaign this year, we’re delighted to work with our long-term charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to donate £1 for every fresh turkey purchased to help feed people in need this Christmas – it’s another little help for our local communities at an important time of year.”

FareShare Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said:

“Christmas is the one time of year that brings everyone together however, FareShare is seeing an increased demand to support charities who help people experiencing food poverty or who are alone at this time of year. This generous initiative from Tesco is perfect timing – it means we can help 6,700 charities across the country to continue providing food and life-changing services to those in need this Christmas.”

Samantha Stapley, Operations Manager at The Trussell Trust said:

“We’re seeing soaring demand at foodbanks across the UK and right now thousands of people will be worrying about whether they can afford any food for the family this Christmas. This generous donation from Tesco will help us to support our foodbank network and tackle hunger in communities across the country, so we can hope in the future to see fewer people needing foodbanks – not only at Christmas, but all year round.”

Notes to editors:

  • £1 from the sale of every fresh turkey in Tesco between 6 November 2017 and 25 December 2017 will be donated to FareShare and the Trussell Trust in equal proportions to help people in need this Christmas.
  • FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by providing food to more than 1,923 local charities and community organisations across the UK. Click here for more info fareshare.org.uk
  • The Trussell Trust run a network of over 420 foodbanks across the UK that three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across. Click here for more info trusselltrust.org
  • Tesco runs an annual Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust, so that customers can donate long-life food to help people in need at Christmas time: tesco.com/foodcollection
  • Community Food Connection is the retailer’s surplus food redistribution scheme in partnership with FareShare, which connects stores with local charities to donate unsold food for free: tesco.com/community-food-connection

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701  

Source: Tesco

Starbucks opens the first Princi bakery location in the U.S. at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle

Starbucks opens the first Princi bakery location in the U.S. at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle

 

  • Acclaimed artisan baker Rocco Princi brings the craft of bread baking, exceptional ingredients and the “Spirito di Milano” to customers for the first time in the United States
  • Freshly baked onsite, the artisanal Italian food experience joins the premium Starbucks Reserve® brand as the exclusive food pairing to its rare, small-lot coffees
  • The Seattle location is part of Starbucks investment in expanding Princi™ globally through its Starbucks Reserve® retail formats as well as standalone Princi boutique stores in 2018 

Seattle, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today (November 7, 2017)  announced the opening of the first Princi bakery and café location in the United States at its Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle. The Roastery opened in December 2014 as an homage to coffee, a completely immersive and sensorial space that redefined customers’ expectations of a retail environment. Completing this new customer experience is the introduction of Princi, offering freshly baked Italian food crafted from Rocco Princi’s recipes, which has gained a devoted following in his six stores across Milan and in London’s Soho neighborhood.

Princi will become the exclusive food offering in all new Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations including Shanghai, opening in December 2017, Milan in late 2018, and New York, Tokyo and Chicago thereafter.

“Rocco Princi is an artisan who, at an early age, discovered a love of bread making and through determination as well as an obsession for finding the perfect ingredients, has created an Italian food experience that I think is unparalleled,” said Howard Schultz, executive chairman, Starbucks. “His passion for authentic food and respect for Milanese culture come through in everything he does, and I think our customers are going to fall in love with Princi.”

Born in Calabria, Italy, Rocco Princi began as a baker’s apprentice and opened his first store at the age of 21 in the Villa San Giovanni. With the motto, “hot bread all day,” demand quickly exceeded his expectations and Rocco moved to Milan, opening a shop in 1986. Designed with ovens as the centerpiece of his stores, Rocco Princi and his team bring the theatre of baking to life using simple, yet sacred artisanal techniques, and exceptional ingredients sourced specifically for each fresh food offering. Sourced without compromise and baked without shortcuts is what defines Princi food.

At the newest Princi location in Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, a team of bakers and chefs bring over 125 years of experience to Princi recipes. Much like Rocco’s European locations, the Seattle store is centered around ovens with food across every daypart baked fresh onsite. More than 100 menu items – from flaky cornetti to focaccia sandwiches filled with salame Milano and mozzarella di bufala or crostata fragola – will be available daily, using ingredients imported from Italy, 25 of which are specifically for Princi. The food will be displayed in abundance as a Commessa guides customers through the breadth of offerings.

“Today, I am realizing a dream that I have had since I was a young man, and I am grateful to Howard for his vision to bring Princi to the world,” said Rocco Princi, founder, Princi. “Having worked side by side with the team that Starbucks has assembled, I have seen firsthand their talent as well as the attention they have given to ensuring that the fresh, authentic, handcrafted ingredients that define the Princi experience are being honored. I am excited and humbled that the people of Seattle will now be able to experience our food.”

In 2016, Starbucks announced that it had joined a global investment team – which includes Milan-based Angel Capital Management and Pekepan Investments – to expand Princi bakeries into international markets. In addition to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations, Starbucks plans to open Princi standalone stores starting in 2018.

About Princi

Princi is a Milanese institution built around baking a range of quality hand-made, wood-fired breads. You can learn more at http://www.princi.com/

About Angel Capital Management

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Pekepan Investments is an independent European investment group owned by private investors, which have historically have invested alongside Angel Capital Management.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 27,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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Amazon launches the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition globally

Amazon launches the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition globally

 

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition launches globally, offering a world of online entertainment, with popular and critically acclaimed content from Prime Video, Netflix, and more. Plus, access to thousands of TV shows, movies, apps, and games.

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 7, 2017) announced the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, a streaming media player that provides simple and fast access to thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games. Starting today, the device will be available for purchase in more than 100 countries and territories around the world including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, customers can set their default language as Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

“Last year, we made Amazon Prime Video available to customers globally, and today, we’re building on that momentum as we introduce Fire TV Stick Basic Edition to new customers around the world,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “This makes streaming content from apps like Prime Video fast and easy and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition provides customers with access to popular content from multiple providers, including Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video members will get unlimited access to critically acclaimed shows like The Tick, American Gods, and The Man in the High Castle as well as The Grand Tour Season 2, premiering December 8, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, coming in 2018.

Performance

The streaming media player comes with a quad-core processor and 1 GB of memory for a fast and fluid streaming experience, as well as 8 GB of storage for apps and games. It also features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and offers support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for great 1080p HD streaming. Customers can also enjoy rich cinematic surround sound with Dolby Audio.

Easy Set-up and Use

The device easily connects to your HDTV’s HDMI port. Simply plug it in, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes. Plus, the portable design allows customers to watch their favorite shows even while away from home.*

Availability

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available for purchase today from Amazon.com and will begin shipping tomorrow to more than 100 countries around the world. It is available for purchase locally in Canada (Amazon.ca), France (Amazon.fr), Italy (Amazon.it), and Spain (Amazon.es). In addition, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition will be coming soon to Brazil and Mexico.

For a full list of countries and territories where the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is sold, please visit: www.amazon.com/firetvstickbasicedition.

*Content availability varies by country.

About Amazon

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

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Amazon Web Services announces the availability of C5 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

New generation of compute optimized instances includes latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) and custom hardware to deliver a 25 percent improvement in price-performance

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 6, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.

“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

About Amazon Web Services

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

About Amazon

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

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Argentine author Cristian Perfumo wins Amazon’s Literary Award for independent Spanish-language authors

  • El Coleccionista de flechas by Argentine author Cristian Perfumo, will get the chance to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing in digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing
  • Winning entry selected from more than 1,800 works of fiction and non-fiction submitted from 39 countries using Amazon’s self-publishing serviceKindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 6, 2017) announced that Argentine author Cristian Perfumo has won its Fourth Annual Literary Award for independent Spanish-language authors with his thriller El Coleccionista de flechas. The winning entry was selected from more than 1,800 submissions from 39 countries that were self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) between July 1 and August 31.

Perfumo was one of five finalists whose books were reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges that included best-selling author and coach Ismael Cala, popular Latin American author Blanca Miosi, and Jordi Sierra i Fabra, a best-selling author from Spain.

To be eligible, stories had to be original works written in Spanish, published only through KDP in both digital and print formats, and available exclusively to Kindle through enrollment in KDP Select. The countries with the highest number of participating authors were (in order) Spain, Mexico, Argentina, the United States, and Colombia.

“When I hung up the phone, I hugged my wife and found myself overcome with happiness,” Perfumo said after learning his book had been selected to receive the award. “It was then that I realized the true meaning of winning Amazon’s Literary Award: a lot of new readers were about to transport themselves to my homeland, Patagonia (Argentina), through my stories. A beautiful dream come true.”

One of the judges, Sierra i Fabra, described El Coleccionista de flechas as “a classic police thriller that presents Patagonia and its people with precision, kindling readers’ interest. The plot is well-threaded, excellently crafted, with solid characters. It also has a coherent and precise ending as well.”

As the winning entry, El Coleccionista de flechas will get the chance to be published globally in Spanish by Amazon Publishing in digital, print and audio formats, and translated into English and published globally by AmazonCrossing. Perfumo also will receive a cash prize of $5,000 USD.

Charles Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing, explained that self-publishing with KDP gives authors more choices than ever about how to bring their writing to readers.

“This award recognizes the fact that there are many incredibly talented writers out there who have stories to tell and readers eager to access their work,” Kronbach said. “We’re proud to help bring these authors and readers together.”

All books entered in the contest are available at the Kindle Store and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets. Kindle Unlimited subscribers also can read many of the books with no additional cost. The full catalog of 2017 Literary Award submissions, as well as this year’s finalists, are available online at www.amazon.com/premioliterario. Previous winners of the award include Ningún escocés verdadero (2016) by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana, La hija del dragón (2015) by Myriam Millán, and La mirada de piedra (2014) by Jorge Magano.

About Amazon

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

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M&S unveils Christmas campaign for 2017 with British icon Paddington

  • Partnering together for a family focused campaign ahead of the release of Paddington 2
  • In a first for M&S, the advert has also been turned into a storybook with all profits being donated to the NSPCC

London, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — This festive season, M&S has teamed up with a treasured British icon to create a truly special Christmas – as Paddington is unveiled as the star of Marks & Spencer’s Campaign for 2017, which will launch with the hashtag, #LoveTheBear.

The timely tie up follows the star-studded World Premiere of STUDIOCANAL and Heyday Film’s Paddington 2 this past weekend, with the family film going on general release this Friday (10th November).

The advert ‘Paddington and the Christmas Visitor’, created by Grey London, which airs today (Tuesday 7th November) is a festive, family focused tale that tells the story of how everyone’s favourite bear, Paddington, unknowingly saves Christmas for his friends and neighbours.

It’s Christmas Eve at Windsor Gardens and Paddington is fast asleep.  However, his dreams of marmalade are interrupted by a loud thud on the roof. Upon investigation, he stumbles upon a burglar and despite the burglar’s protests that he is “not Santa” the determined and good-natured bear begins to ‘help’ him deliver the presents back to where they belong.  Seeing the good in everyone, Paddington innocently helps the burglar see the error of his ways and as they place presents into personalised stockings and pause for mince pies, he unknowingly averts a crisis and ensures a truly special moment for neighbour Alice, and a happy Christmas for all.

In a first for M&S, the heart-warming story of the advert has been turned into a children’s Christmas storybook available in stores and online for £3. All profits will be donated to the NSPCC to help fund its vital Childline service over the Christmas season. To launch the book, M&S will also host a series of book readings for children at stores around the UK – starting at its flagship Marble Arch store on Friday (10th November).

The campaign retains the philosophy of M&S’ ‘Spend it Well’ brand platform launched earlier this year – encouraging customers to focus on the people, experiences and things that matter to them most, something that is never more important than at Christmas.

Paddington, who is named after the famous area of London where M&S is also based, will take a lead role in helping the retailer create a series of special moments for its customers and the communities it serves through partnership activity.

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director of Customer, Marketing & M&S.com said: “At M&S our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we know they love the magic of Christmas, most of all spending time with family and friends. Paddington has enchanted children and families all over the world for nearly 60 years which is why we couldn’t turn down the chance to bring the wonderfully endearing, much-loved British character and his world into the heart of our Christmas campaign this year. We always want to surprise and delight our customers; the timing is perfect as we’re partnering together just ahead of the release of Paddington 2.”

Rob Weston, Brand & Marketing Director at M&S said: “Paddington injects the sense of joy, love and neighbourly spirit that makes Christmas feel magical and our story reflects the inclusive, make the most of every moment approach that we take to our customer conversations.”

Partnership Activity 
Cinema 
M&S’ media partner, Mindshare, have worked with Digital Cinema Media to ensure the 90 second advert is shown before the start of every screening of Paddington 2. M&S is also running dedicated screenings of the film for Sparks members and their children, as well as in the ten communities it’s supporting through Plan A 2025.

In-store 
For the first time M&S will host a dedicated campaign shop to support its Christmas advertising campaign. Bespoke signage will lead customers to The Paddington Shop – housing over 90 themed products, the majority in kidswear, and of course Paddington’s favourite marmalade will be available in M&S Foodhalls. In another first, the iconic bear will be the first ever film character to star in the M&S Christmas windows.

In to December, M&S’ team of in-store ‘Moment Makers’ will be surprising and delighting customers with Paddington-themed ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ – from a free marmalade sandwich in the café, to a cheeky Paddington chocolate at the till.

Online and Social 
The retailer will bring Paddington’s iconic character to life for customers in a fully integrated cross channel campaign. The much-loved bear will take part in his first ever interview for M&S’ content hub Style & Living and there’ll be downloadable festive marmalade recipes suitable for all the family. Underpinning the entire campaign will be social support encouraging customers to #LoveTheBear.

Further Quotes
Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of the NSPCC’s Childline said, “Christmas is an exciting time of year, but for some vulnerable children and young people it can be very difficult which is why Childline is there for them 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This, of course, requires a great deal of funding, which is why we’re delighted to be partnering with M&S and Paddington to support the Childline service and raise awareness of the work we do. At only £3, with all profits going to the NSPCC, the book is excellent value for money and the perfect Christmas gift.”

Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer at Grey London said, “Two British icons coming together in a story of heart-felt redemption, at a magical time of year, is the brief that dreams are made of. Customer expectations for Christmas campaigns are always high, and for M&S this has never been truer than now following the positive response to ‘Spend it Well’. We cannot wait to see and hear the reaction as we spread the love, goodwill and marmalade this Christmas.”

Detail on M&S’s Christmas Campaign
The M&S and Paddington partnership is a fully integrated campaign, key activity is outlined below and will be supported by the hashtag, #LoveTheBear.

From Tuesday 7th November  

  • TV advertisement launches on TV and social media
  • Over 90 Paddington products in-store and online including the story of the advert ‘Paddington and the Christmas Visitor’ (£3) with all profits to NSPCC
  • A dedicated Paddington Shop in 78 M&S stores including selfie stations
  • Localised emails to customers to share the Paddington advert
  • Paddington windows in every M&S store

From Thursday 9th November 

  • Private screenings of Paddington 2 for Sparks members and in M&S’s Plan A communities

From Friday 10th November

  • Digital Cinema Media to show the 90 second advert before the start of every screening of the family film
  • Official launch of the charity book at M&S Marble Arch
  • Book readings at selected stores across the UK

From December 

  • Paddington themed ‘Random Acts of Kindness’

Further Detail on ‘Paddington and the Christmas Visitor’

  • Versions There are three versions of the advert (90”, 60” and 30”) to be played on television, social, in cinemas and on M&S’s own channels. There is also extra content for YouTube.
  • Advert Creative Team: ‘Paddington and The Christmas Visitor’ was created by Vicki Maguire (Grey London). Creative Directors: Jonathan Marlow, Henrik Ridderheim (Grey London), Art Director: Sam Daly (Grey London), Copywriter: Robert Greaves (Grey London), Writer: Simon Farnaby, Senior Producer: Thea Evely (Grey London), Assistant Producer: Serena Hodgson (Grey London), Assistant Producer: Leah Stolerman (Grey London), Group Business Director: Katie Jackson (Grey London), Business Director: Lucy Kozak (Grey London), Account Director: Sophie Mattacott-Cousins (Grey London), Account Manager: Hannah Austin (Grey London), Account Executive: Alice Lowden (Grey London), Planning Partner: Jonny Ng (Grey London), Senior Planner: Sarah Oberman (Grey London) Director: Daniel Kleinman (Rattling Stick), Producer: Johnnie Frankel (Rattling Stick), Editor: John Smith @ The Whitehouse, Music: Wake the Town, Composer: Alex Baranowski, Post Production: Framestore, VFX Producer: Chris Gray, VFX Supervisor: Ben Cronin, VFX Supervisor: Jordi Bares Dominguez, Sound: Wave, Sound Engineer: Jack Sedgwick
  • Advert Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice of Paddington), Mark Benton (burglar), Olivia Dixon (Alice), Mikey Dixon (Brother), Olivia Lee (Mum), Denver Isaac (Dad), Angela Rippon (Newsreader)
  • Book Creative Team: ‘Paddington and The Christmas Visitor’ was written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Becky Cameron (original story written by Grey London with Simon Farnaby)

Detail on Paddington 2
The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…

A Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production, Paddington’s return to the big screen is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (PADDINGTON, COME FLY WITH ME, THE MIGHTY BOOSH) written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (PADDINGTON, YONDERLAND and MINDHORN).

Materials are available at www.studiocanal.co.uk/press

For more information about the film visit:
www.paddington.com
https://www.facebook.com/PaddingtonBear/

https://www.instagram.com/paddingtonbear/
#Paddington2

Detail on Paddington 
For almost 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has been entertaining children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Since the first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published by HarperCollins in 1958, a further 14 full-length novels and countless other formats have been published. Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen in a film produced by STUDIOCANAL, a Vivendi company.  A second Paddington movie, also produced by STUDIOCANAL, Paddington 2, is set to launch globally on November 10th

In recognition of Paddington’s extraordinary popularity and success, Michael Bond was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen for services to children’s literature in 1997 and a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2015.

Today, there are over 150 book titles available in 40 languages and in more than 100 countries, book sales are in excess of 35 million. The PADDINGTON DVD released in 2015 was the fastest and strongest selling DVD of 2015 in the UK. Paddington has a growing online presence with over 600 thousand Facebook fans and over 20 thousand Twitter followers.

ABOUT STUDIOCANAL 

STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of Vivendi’s CANAL+ Group, is Europe’s leader in production, right acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting 6,500 feature films, including the iconic Terminator 2, Breathless, Mulholland Drive and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed recent box office hits like Paddington, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Non-Stop. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include The Commuter featuring Liam Neeson, the highly-anticipated Paddington 2 by Paul King, and Aardman Studios’ stop-motion movies Early Man by Nick Park and Shaun the Sheep Movie 2.

STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including Tandem Productions in Germany (Crossing Lines, Spotless), the UK’s RED Production Company (The Five, Happy Valley), Scandinavia’s SAM created by Soren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Borgen, The Killing), and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Grand Hotel, Velvet). STUDIOCANAL has also stakes in the UK’s SunnyMarch TV, created by Benedict Cumberbatch, Urban Myth Films and Guilty Party.

Source: Marks & Spencer

SONIC® Drive-In announces new seasonal treat the Holiday Mint® Master Shake™ and Master Blast®

SONIC® Drive-In announces new seasonal treat the Holiday Mint® Master Shake™ and Master Blast®

 

America’s Drive-In unveils a variety of treats for guests to satisfy their sweet tooth

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tis the season to celebrate and SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is putting a spin on a traditional holiday classic with the Holiday Mint® Master Shake™ and Master Blast®. This holiday dessert favorite will add to SONIC’s flavorful lineup and satisfy all holiday cravings.

Combining seasonal flavors of cool, refreshing mint and OREO® cookie pieces*, the Holiday Mint® Master Shake and Master Blast create a festive, seasonal dessert experience that guests will love. These desserts are hand-mixed and perfectly blended with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream, made with fresh milk and cream.

“SONIC’s Holiday Mint Master Shakes and Master Blasts are a classic blend of SONIC’s Real Ice Cream and sweet mint mixed with OREO® cookie pieces, serving as a delightful frozen treat during the holidays,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “Guests look forward every year to our spin on traditional, seasonal flavors.”

Bring the family together at your local drive-in this season with the new Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast. This seasonal treat is available for a limited time, so hurry over to your SONIC Drive-In.

*OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Rebeka Mora
512-542-2804
Rebeka.Mora@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Joe Browns debuts its very first physical location at British Land’s Meadowhall

Joe Browns debuts its very first physical location at British Land’s Meadowhall

 

London, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Joe Browns has opened its first ever store at British Land’s Meadowhall, one of the UK’s premier shopping destinations.

The 4,000 sq ft store, located on Meadowhall’s High Street, immerses customers in Joe Browns’ colourful world and brings to life the bold online persona of the brand and its mantra: ‘Be Remarkable’. The eclectic space in the store was designed by creative agency Dalziel and Pow and is full of interesting visual pieces and inspiring content such as hand painted illustrative statements.

Commenting on the launch of the debut store, Richard Crowther, Asset Manager for British Land, said: “The opening is an exciting step for Joe Browns, and as its very first physical location, is a testament to Meadowhall’s appeal as a leading UK retail and leisure destination. Our True Value of Stores research shows that stores improve brand awareness, customer service and trust and that physical also contributes to online sales that do not directly touch the store.”

Simon Brown, Managing Director and Founder of Joe Browns added:
“I’m absolutely delighted with the store, I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do, which was to create an impressive three dimensional version of our catalogue. It crystallises our brand in a physical space perfectly.”

Joe Browns’ Meadowhall opening coincides with the conclusion of the centre’s £60m refurbishment, which will be completed before Christmas. 73 brands including All Saints, Hollister, House of Fraser and Hugo Boss have invested £38 million in redesigning and refitting their stores to reflect the centre’s new contemporary feel. Further upgrades are currently underway. 30 new brands have signed at Meadowhall over the last 18 months, with Flannels, Tag Heuer, Nespresso, Neal’s Yard and Godiva all adding to the centre’s premium offer. In September, Meadowhall also secured a resolution to grant planning consent for a £300 million Leisure Hall extension.

About British Land
Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £19.1 billion (British Land share: £13.9 billion) as at 31 March 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long-term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46-acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being named a European Sector Leader in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the third year running.

In April 2016, British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

Enquiries:
Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Source: British Land

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CVS Pharmacy to launch nationwide next-day delivery and same-day delivery in select cities

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) today announced plans to bring prescriptions directly to patients’ doors with nationwide next-day delivery from CVS Pharmacy locations beginning in early 2018. Select cities will also offer same-day delivery within hours, allowing customers to keep all of their pharmacy needs with a trusted pharmacy partner while also having the option of getting their prescriptions delivered right to their door.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our customers wherever, however and whenever they want,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Providing same and next-day options for delivery of medications is just another way we can help our patients get and stay healthy.”

CVS Pharmacy will offer free, same-day delivery service within hours from all locations in Manhattan beginning on December 4. Prescriptions and a curated selection of over-the-counter products will be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to customers’ doors to assure complete privacy.

“People living and working in Manhattan have busy lives and there are days when they don’t even have time to run down the street to their pharmacy to pick up a prescription,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Same-day prescription delivery gives customers the easy option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to their front door at no cost.”

Same-day delivery will expand to Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco in early 2018. These new delivery options will enhance CVS Pharmacy’s national network of solutions designed to give customers flexibility in how they want to shop.

CVS Pharmacy also continues to expand its partnership with Instacart to offer personal shopping at 2,600 CVS Pharmacy stores across the country for delivery of front store products, including healthy food choices, beauty products and over-the-counter medications, with plans to expand the service to reach 50 percent of U.S. households by year end. CVS Curbside, which allows customers to shop online or via the CVS app for pick up in the store in an hour, without ever leaving their car, is active in locations coast-to-coast.

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

Media Contact:
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com
401-770-4786

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

ALDI and Venmo launch new campaign to raise one million meals for families in need in honor of Friendsgiving

First-of-Its-Kind Emoji Will Help Provide One Million Meals to Families in Need Through Feeding America®

Batavia, Ill., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI and Venmo, a popular mobile app that makes it easy for friends to exchange money, announced a new campaign that lets Americans help give one million meals to families in need in honor of Friendsgiving.

By using a custom-designed Friendsgiving emoji on Venmo this November, people can instantly add a new tradition of giving to their holiday celebrations. With the help of Venmo, every time friends share the Turkey Hand Friendsgiving emoji in a Venmo payment note, ALDI will donate 10 meals to Feeding
America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

“It feels good to give back, especially during the holidays,” said ALDI spokesperson Liz Ruggles. “Teaming up with Venmo makes it easy. By simply using the Turkey Hand emoji, people can help ALDI give meals while planning Friendsgiving meals of their own.”

The program marks the first time Venmo has created a custom emoji with a partner. The Turkey Hand, inspired by the popular childhood craft project, symbolizes the spirit of giving.

“Delicious food is key to Friendsgiving, but the centerpiece is the people,” said Venmo spokesperson Josh Criscoe. “By creating the first-ever Friendsgiving emoji and teaming up with ALDI, Venmo is happy to help feed hungry families in America while celebrating the season with friends and family.”

When Venmo users include the Turkey Hand emoji in transactions by selecting the icon from the emoji picker or typing ‘Friendsgiving’ to autocomplete, ALDI will donate up to 1 million meals to Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. ALDI is a Leadership Partner of Feeding America and has supported its mission to help Americans facing hunger for several years, through contributions, employee volunteerism and food donations.

“As friends and family gather around the dinner table this November, they can also help provide nutritious food to people in need,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Development Officer at Feeding America. “We’re proud to work with ALDI and Venmo to raise awareness and engagement in hunger relief.”

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which are designed to meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by a Market Force Information® survey of U.S. consumers. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

About Venmo
Venmo, a service of PayPal, Inc., is a leading mobile app in the U.S. used to move money between friends and family and pay at millions of retailers. Venmo makes payment a fun, social experience that eliminates the awkwardness that comes with cash or checks. For more information, visit https://www.venmo.com.

About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. With Feeding America, every $1 helps to provide at least 10 meals to people facing hunger in the U.S. through our nation network of food banks. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. To learn more about how ALDI is helping Feeding America fight domestic hunger visit blog.aldi.us.

Contact:
Nisa Kiang
312-988-2266
nkiang@webershandwick.com

Melisa Yunlu
312-988-2427
myunlu@webershandwick.com

Source: ALDI Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill launches new mobile app available on Apple and Android

New Chipotle app, available on iPhone and Android, includes quick reorder, easier customization of meals, and Apple and Android pay

DENVER, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has announced a new mobile app that is available for download starting today (Nov. 6, 2017) on Apple and Android devices.

Whether a first-time mobile user or an online ordering regular, the app enhances guests’ on-the-go Chipotle experience by offering features such as quick reorder of their favorite meals, streamlined payment options and the ability to receive, store and redeem Chipotle offers.

“Our guests are increasingly mobile and on the go, and they want and deserve the same intuitive, accurate and convenient ordering experience they get in our restaurants. That is exactly what our app delivers,” said Curt Garner, chief digital and information officer at Chipotle. “The new app is just one of the steps we’re taking to improve the guest experience through technology and innovation.”

The app’s new features include:

  • Quick reorder of favorites or recent orders
  • Ability to receive, store and redeem Chipotle offers
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay
  • More user-friendly store locator
  • Streamlined user experience and enhanced design

The app is just one of the ways Chipotle is working to improve the guest experience. Earlier this year Chipotle rolled out “Smarter Pickup Times,” which allows customers who order digitally to benefit from shorter and more accurate pickup times and the ability to reserve a future pickup time.

“Smarter Pickup Times” and second make lines in restaurants also improve the company’s ability to process more digital orders without disrupting service or increasing line wait times for customers who order in restaurants. To accommodate online orders, most restaurants are now equipped with a dedicated prep line.

Guests can download the new app on the Apple App Store or Android Google Play.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

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 Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
carnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle

Tractor Supply Company announces the appointment of Thomas A. Kingsbury to its Board of Directors

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today (Nov. 06, 2017)  announced that Thomas A. Kingsbury has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Kingsbury brings a wealth of knowledge and CEO leadership experience to the Tractor Supply Board, having worked in the retail industry for more than 40 years. He has served as a senior executive with several leading retailers, including Kohl’s Corporation and The May Department Stores Company. Mr. Kingsbury has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Burlington Stores, Inc. since December 2008, and he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Burlington Stores, Inc. in May 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to our Board of Directors,” said Cynthia Jamison, Tractor Supply Company’s Chairman of the Board. “Tom is a talented leader with a pulse on consumer behavior and purchasing patterns, as well as an expert in merchandising strategies that drive market share growth and margin improvement. As we continue to focus on linking our physical and digital storefronts into one seamless shopping environment through the ONETractor initiative, we look forward to the contributions Tom will bring to the Company.”

Mr. Kingsbury commented, “Tractor Supply has an extremely authentic brand with a proven store growth strategy, unique merchandising assortments, and knowledgeable team members that have made them the leading authority in the rural lifestyle segment. I’m excited to be joining the Company’s Board as Tractor Supply continues to implement strategic initiatives to enhance shareholder value.”

Prior to serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Inc., Mr. Kingsbury served as Senior Executive Vice President of Information Services, E-Commerce, Marketing and Business Development of Kohl’s Corporation from August 2006 to December 2008. Prior to 2006, Mr. Kingsbury served in various management positions with The May Department Stores Company, an operator of department store chains, commencing in 1976 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Filene’s division since February 2000.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At September 30, 2017, the Company operated 1,665 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At September 30, 2017, the Company operated 162 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Contact:
Kurt Barton
Chief Financial Officer

Beth Thompson
Manager
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

Investors:
John Rouleau/Rachel Schacter

Media:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser
ICR
(203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/globenewswire

Kimco commences $186 million redevelopment of former Hylan Plaza shopping center on Staten Island into The Boulevard

Kimco commences $186 million redevelopment of former Hylan Plaza shopping center on Staten Island into The Boulevard

 

Anchors for the multi-level, open-air center include ShopRite, Alamo Drafthouse, Marshalls, Ulta, PetSmart, LA Fitness and more

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) has commenced construction on The Boulevard, the company’s dramatic $186 million redevelopment of the former Hylan Plaza shopping center on Staten Island, New York. The dynamic retailer lineup for this grocery-anchored Kimco Signature Series redevelopment includes best-in-class brands such as ShopRite, Alamo Drafthouse, Marshalls, Ulta, PetSmart and LA Fitness. The 460,000-square-foot open-air center, which will feature a multi-level “main street” format, is scheduled to open in early 2020.

“The Boulevard is 80 percent preleased as construction begins, demonstrating the solid demand we continue to see in the marketplace, particularly from necessity, discount, health and beauty, and entertainment concepts, which we consider to be in the sweet spot of retail,” stated David Jamieson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Kimco. “With a full roster of thriving national and regional brands already committed, it’s evident that investing in our portfolio through redevelopment is a clear path to organic growth and value creation for our shareholders.”

Hylan Plaza’s transformation into The Boulevard will result in a newly-constructed, multi-story center with a “town square” feel, where ground-level retail shops and restaurants face a main street plaza with sidewalks and outdoor dining. The second level accommodates larger anchor tenants and entertainment attractions, with multiple access points providing connectivity across the two levels.

Regional grocer ShopRite will headline the redevelopment, moving from a nearby location into a 68,000-square-foot space at The Boulevard. Alamo Drafthouse, well known for its outstanding food and beverage service brought to the theater seats, will open a 46,000-square-foot cinema, its first location in the Staten Island borough. Marshalls, Ulta, PetSmart and LA Fitness are expanding their presence in the Staten Island market with new locations at The Boulevard.

The project sits along Hylan Boulevard, a major commercial corridor that sees close to 50,000 cars per day, and is easily accessible from all parts of the island. The densely populated Staten Island is New York City’s wealthiest outer borough, and the site boasts excellent demographics, with a three-mile population of 156,000 and an average household income of $97,000. The Boulevard comes on the heels of Kimco’s successful completion of three additional redevelopment projects on Staten Island, where the company owns five properties totaling approximately 1 million square feet, making it one of the borough’s largest retail landlords. Since 2013, Kimco has invested in the transformation of over 560,000 square feet of retail on the island with additional phases underway, consistent with its 2020 Vision strategy to create value through the redevelopment and densification of its existing portfolio, clustered around major metropolitan markets.

“The Boulevard will bring a host of benefits to the people of Staten Island,” said Josh Weinkranz, President, Northeast Region at Kimco. “Along with renewed economic activity and jobs, both construction and permanent, we’re providing this community with new and exciting retail and entertainment options, and a shopping and dining experience unlike any other on the island.”

About Kimco

Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 507 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in the top major metropolitan markets. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Contact:
Jennifer Maisch
516-869-7224
Director, Corporate Communications
jmaisch@kimcorealty.com

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

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Toys“R”Us offers bargain hunters 30 straight hours of shopping from 5pm on Thanksgiving through 11pm on Black Friday

Season’s Most Buzzed About Toy Retailer Cements Itself as the Destination for Play This Holiday Season, Offering Bargain Hunters Guidance, Convenience and Deals on the Toys Topping Every Kids’ Wish List

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For deal seekers looking to get an early start on holiday shopping (and walk off their turkey dinner and pumpkin pie), Toys“R”Us® will open its doors at 5 pm (local time) on Thanksgiving and remain open through 11 pm on Friday, November 24 for 30 straight hours of shopping*. In 2016, the National Retail Federation found that nearly 100 million people shopped brick and mortar stores during Thanksgiving weekend.

To celebrate the official start of this year’s holiday shopping season, Toys“R”Us customers can expect to find doorbuster deals, dedicated toy “gurus,” and helpful services like Layaway, In-Store Pickup, and store maps to make holiday shopping more convenient. New parents can rest easy (no really, get some sleep) because Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open at 8am on Friday, November 24 with doorbuster savings that shoppers won’t want to miss.

And for the millions of people who begin their holiday shopping in early November, now is the time to take advantage of limited time savings and year-round services:

  • Military Appreciation Week – Through Saturday, November 11, Toys“R”Us is offering 15% off in-store purchases** to customers who show a valid Military ID.
  • Notable November Deals – The company’s annual go-to holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play, features savings on hundreds of the year’s hottest toys and brands, such as Imaginext®, Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol and more. Deals and offers are valid through Saturday, November 18, including a FREE $10 Toys“R”Us Gift Card on purchases of $75 or more.
  • Price Match Promise – While not available during the Thanksgiving weekend, the company’s new and improved Price Match Promise guarantees that if a customer finds a toy or baby item advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee, and donate $1 to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation***. For more information, visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

To learn more about services being offered at Santa’s satellite toy office throughout Thanksgiving weekend, visit the company’s blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 11 pm on Friday, November 24, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 7 am – 11pm; stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9 pm and will reopen Friday, November 24 from 6 am – 11 pm; and the store in New York City (Times Square) which will open at 8am on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 12 am Saturday, November 25 (this location will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9 am for regular business hours). Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will also have varying store open times.

**Valid thru 11/11/17. Offer available in-store only. Offer includes active Military personnel, retirees, reservists and dependents with Military ID. Excludes baby food, diapers, formula, wipes, Gift Cards, Red Hot Deal & Hot Price items, Adidas Apparel, American Girl, Anki Cozmo, Aristotle, Baby Jogger, Baby K’Tan, Beaba, BOB, Boba, Boppy Bare Naked Pillow, Bugaboo, Build-A-Bear, Casio, Claire’s, Clek, Converse Clothing & Shoes, Cybex, Diono, Ergobaby, Halo Bassinest, LEGO construction sets, Lillebaby, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Mifold, NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), Nike Apparel, Nintendo Switch accessories, Nintendo Switch software, Owlet, Peg Pérego, Quinny, Sphero, Stokke, The Elf on the Shelf, Thule, Ugg Shoes, electronic learning hardware, laptops, netbooks, tablets, video games, video game hardware, video game pre-orders, Apple iPad & iPod, SquareTrade Protection Plans, phone orders, Special Orders, all fees, and shipping. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other “R”Us total transaction offer or on prior purchases. Value is forfeited if item is returned. Coupon prorated among eligible items purchased. Only original coupons accepted. Void where prohibited. Valid USA only. Cash value 1/100 of 1¢

*** Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation – up to $1 million – through December 24, 2017.

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

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.