The Home Depot Q3 2017 results: sales of $25.0 billion, an 8.1 percent increase from same period last year

ATLANTA, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today (Nov 14, 2017) reported sales of $25.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, an 8.1 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were positive 7.9 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.7 percent.

Net earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $2.2 billion, or $1.84 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $2.0 billion, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2016. For the third quarter of fiscal 2017, diluted earnings per share increased 15.0 percent from the same period in the prior year.

“Though this quarter was marked by an unprecedented number of natural disasters, including multiple hurricanes, wildfires in the West, and earthquakes in Mexico, the underlying health of our core business remains solid,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “I am proud of our team and suppliers for their extraordinary efforts to support those in the path of the various natural disasters throughout the quarter. Our support of the impacted communities continues.”

Impact of Hurricanes in the Fiscal Third Quarter

The Company estimates that hurricane-related sales positively impacted comparable store sales growth by approximately $282 million in the fiscal third quarter. The gross margin on these hurricane-related sales was considerably less than the Company average. In the fiscal third quarter, the Company also incurred approximately $104 million of hurricane-related expense. As a result of the hurricanes, the Company’s operating profit was negatively impacted by approximately $51 million in the fiscal third quarter.

Updated Fiscal 2017 Guidance

Based on its year-to-date performance, underlying strength of the core business, and projected hurricane recovery sales, the Company lifted its fiscal 2017 sales growth guidance and now expects sales will be up approximately 6.3 percent and comp sales will be up approximately 6.5 percent. The Company also raised its diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance for the year and now expects diluted earnings-per-share growth of approximately 14.0 percent from fiscal 2016 to $7.36. The Company’s diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance includes the impact of $8 billion of share repurchases for fiscal 2017.

The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations.

At the end of the third quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,283 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services; net sales growth; comparable store sales; effects of competition; state of the economy; state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit; demand for credit offerings; inventory and in-stock positions; implementation of store, interconnected retail, supply chain and technology initiatives; management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims and litigation, including those related to the 2014 data breach; issues related to the payment methods we accept; continuation of share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2017 and beyond; financial outlook; and the integration of acquired companies into our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of those acquisitions. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 29, 2017 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE: The Home Depot

Argos kicks off Black Friday bonanza Wednesday 15 November through Cyber Monday

Argos kicks off Black Friday bonanza Wednesday 15 November through Cyber Monday

 

Argos’s eagerly anticipated Black Friday bonanza will kick-off tomorrow – Wednesday 15 November – and run for 14 consecutive days through to Cyber Monday.

London, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The leading digital retailer will once again offer deals galore on thousands of products from top brands including Dyson, Phillips, Samsung, Xbox, PS4 and Lenovo across the whole period.
Whilst the deals remain a closely-guarded secret, there will be sizable discounts available on over 60,000 products across a range of toys, homewares and electricals.

Falling on 24 November, Black Friday – the most popular day in the shopping calendar – marks the start of the festive shopping season for customers, with many also taking advantage of the opportunity for self-gifting, adopting a ‘one for you, one for me’ state of mind.

Cyber Monday (27 November) also continues to be an important day for online shopping and falls around pay day for many people this year.

Argos expects Black Friday to be dominated by digital platforms again this year, after its website received more than 12 million visits in less than 24 hours during 2016.  Customers made a staggering 18 transactions a second at peak times during the day and 75 per cent of all visits were from mobile and tablet devices.

Free Fast Track store collection more than doubled year-on-year in 2016. Across the four days of the Black Friday weekend, Argos delivered 263,000 products to 146,000 customers through Fast Track delivery.

John Rogers, Argos CEO, said: “Last year’s Black Friday was the biggest and most successful shopping day ever for Argos, with the first hours seeing the largest amount of online traffic in our history.

“We have been busy preparing for the Black Friday period for many months now, ensuring our digital channels, stores and distribution centres are all geared up in anticipation for high levels of demand for what we expect to be fantastic deals across must-have products.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday have definitely changed how people shop for Christmas, with many using it for the initial burst of gift buying in the festive season, whether they choose to shop in store, online, or by mobile.”

Last year savvy shoppers were ready to snap up bargains as soon as deals went live at midnight – with half a million visits to Argos’s digital channels between midnight and 1am, equating to 8,000 visits per minute.

Tech and gaming fans were early birds, with 57 per cent of all deals purchased between 12am – 4.30am being video games consoles, games and tablets.

The biggest hour was 9-10am with 720,000 visits to the Argos website, equating to 12,000 visits a minute and 18 orders per second.

Argos has more than 800 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland, which includes approximately 150 Argos stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets, with 165 planned by Christmas 2017, and around 200 digital collection points in Sainsbury’s stores.”

Argos has recruited an additional 10,000 seasonal workers to help serve millions of customers in its stores over the festive period. On Black Friday itself, they will be joined by hundreds of head office workers helping out on the shop floor.

To get the deals and top products out to stores and customers’ homes, Argos’s 11 distribution centres covering more than five million square feet of floor space will have around 5,000 warehouse workers, supported by 3,000 Fast Track drivers, using 950 delivery vans based at local stores.

Argos’s Fast Track delivery service offers customers same-day home delivery in as little as four hours for just £3.95 and covers more than 90 per cent of the country.

On Black Friday, same-day Fast Track delivery slots will be offered to customers on a first-come, first-served basis with subsequent days’ slots offered once Black Friday’s delivery schedules are full.

Media contact:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
0207 695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Kesko Group October 2017 sales totalled €912.6 million, an increase of 4.2% in comparable terms

Kesko Group’s sales totalled €912.6 million in October 2017, an increase of 4.2% in comparable terms. Reported total sales decreased by 3.4%.

Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Kesko’s sales grew in comparable terms in October in the grocery trade and in the building and technical trade. The month had one delivery day more than the year before,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Sales in the grocery trade totalled €449.7 million in October, an increase of 7.0% in comparable terms. Sales grew in particular in K-Citymarkets. The reported sales for October increased by 0.1%, affected by changes in the former Suomen Lähikauppa store site network and by the divestment of the business in Russia the previous year.

Sales in the building and technical trade totalled €387.5 million in October, an increase of 3.1% in comparable terms in local currencies. Comparable sales grew by 2.1% in Finland and by 4.1% abroad. Sales in the building and technical trade excluding the speciality goods trade grew by 4.0% in local currencies.  Sales in the speciality goods’ leisure trade increased by 12.8% in Finland, while sales in the machinery trade decreased by 32.9%. The reported sales in the building and technical trade decreased by 7.8%, and were impacted by the divestment of the K-maatalous business and the furniture trade in the second quarter.

Sales in the car trade totalled €74.9 million in October, representing a decrease of 6.0% in comparable terms. The reported sales decreased by 0.6% including the acquisition of AutoCarrera.

Change, % indicates the change when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. The comparable change % has been calculated for the grocery trade by including those stores formerly belonging to Suomen Lähikauppa, and which have belonged to the network in both years, in the sales. The comparable change % in the building and technical trade as well as the car trade has been calculated in local currencies and excluding the impact of acquisitions and divestments.

In October 2017, the number of Kesko’s wholesale selling days in Finland was 22, which is one day more than the year before. In January-October 2017, the number of Kesko’s wholesale selling days in Finland was the same as the year before.

In connection with interim reports, Kesko publishes advance information on K Group’s retail sales quarterly.

Further information:

Vice President
Group Controller
Eva Kaukinen
tel. +358 105 322 338.

Source: Kesko Corporation

Lowe’s Companies to host Q3 2017 earnings conference call webcast on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) third quarter 2017 earnings press release, you are invited to listen to its conference call to be broadcast live over the internet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time with: Robert A. Niblock, chairman, president and chief executive officer; Rick D. Damron, chief operating officer; and Marshall A. Croom, chief financial officer.  Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call.

What: Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call Webcast

When: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where: Visit Lowe’s Investor Relations website at http://www.Lowes.com/investor

Click on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

How: Listen live online and view the supplemental slides by following the directions above

A webcast replay of the call can be accessed from 12:00 p.m. ET on November 21, 2017 through February 27, 2018 by visiting http://www.Lowes.com/investor and clicking on Webcasts and then on Lowe’s Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United StatesCanada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

Media Inquiries:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

Customer Inquiries:
1-800-445-6937CustCare@Lowes.com

Follow Us on Twitter
@LowesMedia

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies to host Q3 results conference call on Thursday, November 30, 2017

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) today (2017-11-13) announced that the Company plans to report third quarter results on Thursday, November 30, 2017, before the opening of U.S. financial markets. In connection with the announcement, the Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, November 30, 2017, to discuss its financial and operational results.

Investors who would like to join the conference call are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using the following link: http://dpregister.com/10113759. Callers who pre-register will be given a phone number and a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

Investors without internet access or who are unable to pre-register can join the call by dialing (844) 340-4762 or (412) 717-9617.

The conference call will also be webcast at http://investors.michaels.com/events.cfm. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin to register and download any necessary audio software. The webcast will be accessible for 30 days after the call. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available until December 14, 2017, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, access code 10113759.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

A Fortune 500® Company, The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.

As of July 29, 2017, the Company owned and operated 1,366 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, Imagin8®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

Investor Contact:
The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA
972-409-7404
Kiley.Rawlins@michaels.com

ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi, CFA
203-682-8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com

Caitlin Morahan
203-682-8200
Caitlin.Morahan@icrinc.com

Financial Media Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Jessica Liddell / Julia Young
203-682-8200
Michaels@icrinc.com

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

CVS Health to hire 5,000 new apprentices by 2022

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an ongoing commitment to workforce development, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (November 14, 2017) announced it has set a goal of hiring 5,000 new apprentices by 2022. The newly established goal, which coincides with the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week, reflects an expansion of the company’s Registered Apprenticeship program to seven additional states, including Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of statewide apprenticeship programs supported by CVS Health to 18.

Registered Apprenticeships provide participants with structured training to maintain the high level of skills needed in complex fields such as pharmacy care and prescription benefit management, and equips participants with a nationally recognized credential that will help them advance in their careers.

“Apprenticeships help job creators fill open positions with skilled job seekers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “CVS Health’s goal to hire thousands more apprentices reflects the strength of the apprenticeship model. The Administration is pleased to see the creation of more opportunities for Americans to learn the skills they need to find family-sustaining jobs.”

CVS Health became the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians in 2005. Through 2017, the company has had more than 4,700 colleagues join its Registered Apprenticeship career tracks for retail pharmacy, prescription benefit management and retail store management.

CVS Health is among a growing number of U.S. companies investing in earn-and-learn apprenticeship programs, due in part to the nation’s skills gap. Today, there are more than 6 million vacant jobs that American workers are unable to fill the highest level on record, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reported in 2015 that the country is projected to produce one million fewer technical workers than is needed over the next decade.

“The widening skills gap in the U.S. is a significant business concern, and companies large and small are seeing this workplace strategy that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction as a viable solution to build a pipeline of future skilled talent,” said Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health.

As part of its apprenticeship strategy, CVS Health works with community organizations across the country to source a consistent pipeline of apprentices including federal, state and local government organizations, public workforce agencies, community colleges, community-based nonprofits and faith-based organizations to provide candidate referrals from untapped pools of talent.

“Meaningful work and a defined career track can provide a source of dignity, pride and identity, which participants are able to gain through our Registered Apprenticeship programs,” added Bisaccia.

The U.S. Department of Labor has designated November 13 – 19, 2017 as the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide opportunity for companies, trade and industry groups, nonprofit organizations, unions, labor-management organizations, and educational institutions to highlight how apprenticeships prepare American workers for the jobs of today and the future.

About CVS Health

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

Media Contact:

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health

Asda introduces new snore shattering Pineapple Plant to its range

Asda introduces new snore shattering Pineapple Plant to its range

 

Leeds, UK,2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pineapple Plants are said to have snore-reducing qualities thanks to their night-time oxygen production. Exclusive to Asda, the plant could be a stylish snoring solution, according to NASA. Ideal gift for a snore-free Christmas.

There’s nothing more annoying than falling into a deep sleep, only to be woken by the sound of a chainsaw reverberating from your partner’s side of the bed. So, for the 45%* of Brits who suffer with snoring, Asda has introduced a new snore shattering Pineapple Plant to its range, said to reduce those midnight motors and help snorers – and their partners – get a better night’s sleep.

As we enter the Christmas season – which for many involves numerous parties and events – snoring will become an even bigger drain on sleep, making the plant the perfect Christmas gift for any party goers out there.

According to NASA studies, Pineapple Plants produce oxygen and improve air quality throughout the night and therefore, aid better (and quieter) sleep. With almost a quarter of Brits regularly sleeping in different rooms due to their partner’s snoring, this could be the bedroom revolution British couples have been waiting for to get them out of prickly night-time situations.

Grown in Holland, the plants take between 21 and 24 months to develop to produce the inedible, miniature pineapple that adorns the top.
Phil Smith, Asda Plant Buyer, comments: “Snorts, snuffles and splutters affect a quarter of Brits, so for those 16 million snorers, Asda’s Pineapple Plant could be a dream come true – even more-so for sleep deprived partners.

“For those lucky enough to sleep through the night without the disturbance of snoring, the plant is a chic addition to the home which is easy to care for and adds a little touch of The Tropics to any room.”

Asda’s Pineapple Plants are available exclusively at Asda nationwide until January for £12.00

* YouGov, August 2015

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.

Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.

Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Media contact:

0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA

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Seattle Gourmet Foods recalls Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend, Espresso Beans may contain undeclared almonds

Seattle Gourmet Foods recalls Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend, Espresso Beans may contain undeclared almonds

 

Kent, Washington, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seattle Gourmet Foods of Kent, Washington is recalling 127 cases of Costco item # 2335, Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend, Espresso Beans in Semisweet, Milk and White Chocolate, because it may contain undeclared almonds.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend was distributed to Costco Business Centers located in Lynnwood, Washington and Tukwila, Washington, and Costco Northwest located in Salt Lake City, Utah between August 22, 2017 and November 9, 2017.

The product is packaged in a clear plastic bag, net weight 5-pounds and has the UPC 37041 05211.  The affected product is labeled as Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend, Item# 2335, Lot Code 12287, and has the Best By 021619.

There have been no any illnesses or deaths reported to date in consumption of the recalled product. No other Dilettante packaged products are affected.

The recall was initiated after the firm discovered the chocolate covered almonds were mixed and packaged with the Dilettante Espresso Blend.  Product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of almonds.

Seattle Gourmet Foods is deeply sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused to our customers and has implemented a more standardized control of blending procedures to avoid errors like this in the future.

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

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds should not consume the recalled product and should return Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-206-957-9834 from 5:00am to 3:30pm PST on Monday to Friday.

Consumers Contact:

 1-206-957-9834

Media Contact:

Laura Henry
laura@seattlegourmetfoods.com
206-957-9834

Source: FDA

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SUPERVALU promotes Anne Dament to Executive Vice President, Retail, Marketing and Private Brands

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today (Nov. 13, 2017) announced changes to its executive leadership team. Anne Dament has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Retail, Marketing and Private Brands effective immediately.

Dament joined SUPERVALU in January 2017 and has made significant contributions to SUPERVALU, including developing a strong plan and implementation strategy to improve the company’s retail division, reorganizing multiple retail merchandise groups, consolidating wholesale and retail marketing efforts and driving new product introductions. With respect to new products, she has brought new ideas and direction to SUPERVALU’s portfolio, including launching over 350 new private label items this year, and developed other innovative solutions, such as SUPERVALU’s recent launch of its national Quick & Easy meal solution program.

“Anne is a smart, creative, and dynamic leader and has made a significant impact on our team in a short time frame,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the last year, she’s set a positive vision for our retail initiatives, particularly here in Minnesota, introduced exciting new product innovation to wholesale and retail, and brought greater collaboration between our retail and wholesale teams.”

SUPERVALU also announced today that Karla Robertson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will resign from her position effective November 17, 2017 to join Pentair plc.

“Karla is a highly respected leader who has been a tremendous asset to this company and to me personally,” said Gross. “She has been a great member of the executive team and contributor toward our growth and transformation. Not only has she provided excellent legal advice but she has also served an invaluable role as business partner and advisor to all of us. I thank Karla for her service to our company over the past eight years and wish her all the best.”

Stuart McFarland has been appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective November 18, 2017. McFarland has worked at SUPERVALU since 2010 in positions of increasing responsibility and currently serves as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary focusing on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. Prior to joining SUPERVALU, McFarland was an associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles. McFarland earned his bachelor of arts degree in Economics from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Gross continued, “Looking forward, we are very excited to have Stuart as our General Counsel as we continue our transformation and focus on organic and new growth opportunities. Stuart is an extremely intelligent, insightful, and hard-working leader who will hit the ground running with his knowledge of SUPERVALU and our industry.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $16 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,337 stores composed of 3,120 wholesale primary stores operated by customers serviced by SUPERVALU’s food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of September 9, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 31,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Contact:
For Investors:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

For Media:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

AHOLD DELHAIZE SHARE BUYBACK UPDATE: 317,866 COMMON SHARES REPURCHASED IN THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 6, 2017 UP TO AND INCLUDING NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 317,866 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from November 6, 2017 up to and including November 10, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €16.62 per share for a total consideration of €5.3 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 49,747,889 common shares for a total consideration of €903 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit www.aholddelhaize.com/en/investors/share-information/share-buy-back-programs/ for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

DICK’S Sporting Goods announces the appointment of Paul Gaffney as Chief Technology Officer

Paul Gaffney to Lead DICK’S Overall Technology Efforts

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) today  (November 14, 2017) announced Paul Gaffney has been named Chief Technology Officer, effective November 20. In this role, Gaffney will be responsible for the Company’s technology, including infrastructure, eCommerce platforms and new and evolving digital platforms.

“Paul is joining the Company at a critical time as we’re evolving every day through our digital transformation efforts,” said Edward W. Stack, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Paul’s experience will make an immediate impact on the Company and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the DICK’S family.”

Gaffney joins DICK’S from The Home Depot, where he most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology, responsible for the organization’s software engineering, user-centered design and applications. While at The Home Depot, Gaffney was responsible for leading their digital revolution, inspiring the engineering team to deliver customer focused software to millions of customers and over 400,000 associates.

Paul Gaffney remarked, “I’m excited to join the DICK’S Sporting Goods team at this important time of focus and investment in technology as a key enabler to better communicate with and serve our customers.”

Throughout his career, Gaffney held a variety of senior leadership roles, most notably serving as President and Chief Executive Officer with AAA Northern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated more than 715 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.

Contact:

DICK’S Sporting Goods
press@dcsg.com
724-273-5552

Source: DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.

Barnes & Noble brings back its annual celebration of vinyl records with an expanded Vinyl Weekend November 17 to 19

Vinyl Weekend Features Limited-Edition Vinyl, Live Music Events, Exclusive In-Store Specials, Giveaways and Discounts

New York, NY, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (November 13, 2017) announced the return of its annual celebration of vinyl records with an expanded Vinyl Weekend November 17 to 19, showcasing its extensive selection of vinyl records and related products including exclusive turntables, music magazines and more (www.BN.com/VinylDay). Bringing music lovers of all ages together, Vinyl Weekend will take place at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and will feature exclusive albums, signed vinyl editions, a special price on the Crosley turntable bundle, and discounts on all vinyl records. Select stores will also host live performances and special appearances and events throughout the weekend.

Top Barnes & Noble Vinyl Day Exclusives Include:

  • Signed Limited Editions from
    • Amy Grant, Tennessee Christmas
    • Lee Ann Womack, You Don’t Hear This Anymore
    • Dan Auerbach, Waiting on a Song
    • Cast of Spongebob Squarepants the Musical
  • Game of Thrones Season 7 exclusive “fire” edition orange and black swirl vinyl
  • Serenity Soundtrack exclusive retailer, also with custom cover art
  • A Pentatonix Christmas with exclusive poster
  • Best of the Grateful Dead Vol 2 (1977-1989) translucent red vinyl
  • Robert Plant Carry Fire (his newest release) gold vinyl
  • Charlotte’s Web Soundtrack exclusive pink vinyl with black webbing
  • Piano Guys Christmas Together exclusive retailer
  • Beck Colors exclusive cover and white vinyl

“Barnes & Noble continues to serve as the premiere, go-to destination for vinyl shoppers and collectors,” said Chuck Gorman, Vice President of Music and Video at Barnes & Noble. “So many of us can remember the feeling of holding a record and lifting the needle to play a favorite track, or the impact of a powerful album cover, while others are experiencing the appeal of vinyl for the first time. With our extensive and curated selection of vinyl records, turntables, exclusive offers, and music-related magazines and books, we’re thrilled to be celebrating Vinyl Weekend in our stores nationwide.”

Special Discounts and Giveaways In-Store and Online
Throughout Vinyl Weekend, all stores will offer 10{39a09d4b676a7b1b55fa3a4a9f9c4a7ba9475d172fd2ec36e84bc94ceba4291a} off all vinyl and 30{39a09d4b676a7b1b55fa3a4a9f9c4a7ba9475d172fd2ec36e84bc94ceba4291a} off select vinyl. Select stores will offer a free Crosley tote with the purchase of any 2 LPs or any Crosley item, Crosley “Vinyl Weekend” stickers and an assortment of poster giveaways, a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Crosley Star Wars turntable and Planet Rock prize pack (ARV of all prizes $102.94; one winner per store in select stores) and music trivia. One of the most exciting offers of the weekend will be a Crosley turntable and speakers exclusive bundle at a special price of $129.99 (regularly $199.95) during Vinyl Weekend only. Barnes & Noble Members can also apply their 10{39a09d4b676a7b1b55fa3a4a9f9c4a7ba9475d172fd2ec36e84bc94ceba4291a} discount toward their in-store purchase, giving them an even greater savings!

Live Performances and Special Appearances in Select Stores
Barnes & Noble has assembled a talented lineup in select stores throughout Vinyl Weekend. All appearances are free to the public and include the following:

  • Keyon Harrold at Barnes & Noble Tribeca, New York City, on 11/17
  • Steve Martin at Barnes & Noble Upper East Side, New York City, on 11/18
  • Jane Birkin at Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue, New York City, on 11/18
  • La La Land Composer: Justin Hurwitz at Barnes & Noble The Grove, Los Angeles, CA, on 11/18
  • Margo Price at Barnes & Noble Nashville, TN, on 11/19

Customers should contact their local store or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to find out what events and special offers will take place at their local Barnes & Noble.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK®and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Mei Sanchez
Manager
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3579
msanchez@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble survey: Americans turn to books on Thanksgiving Eve more than any other day of the year

National Poll Conducted by Barnes & Noble Finds Most Americans Turn to a Good Read to Get Through Stressful Holiday Travels

New York, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, recently commissioned an independent survey to explore consumer reading habits around the holiday season, and the results revealed that Americans turn to books and periodicals on Thanksgiving Eve more than any other day of the year to help ease the stress of traveling. Historically, the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel time of the year, notorious for transportation delays burdening travelers at every turn.

“The holiday season is an exciting, but hectic time for people all over the country. At Barnes & Noble, we know our customers want a stress-free holiday experience, whether shopping for gifts in-store or purchasing a good read to enjoy during their holiday commutes,” says Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books.  “Knowing that Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest reading day of the year, we’re excited to welcome customers into our stores to take advantage of one-of-a-kind bookseller recommendations and exclusives.”

It’s Official: Thanksgiving Eve Is the Busiest Reading Day of the Year
Holiday travel is often characterized by crowds, delays and traffic jams. However, when survey respondents take the time to read while traveling, 73 percent report that reading makes the trip more relaxing, while 72 percent say reading a book they enjoy makes their trip more enjoyable. Reading is indeed the antidote to holiday travel stress.

  • Over three-fourths of Americans (77 percent) read at least one book, newspaper or magazine during Thanksgiving travel or a typical holiday travel day.
  • Nearly three-fourths of respondents (73 percent) generally think that traveling on Thanksgiving Eve is a good time to bring a book they would enjoy and be able to read.
  • When thinking specifically about traveling on Thanksgiving Eve, 60 percent of travelers typically pack, purchase or borrow reading materials (books, newspaper, magazines, digital books) specifically for their planned travel.
  • Slightly more than one-in-four Americans (28 percent) think that bringing a great book along for Thanksgiving could give them a way to get out of an uncomfortable or awkward conversation with a relative or other guest.

Consumers Look Forward to Reading During Holiday Travel
Because of the hustle and bustle of daily life, particularly during holiday season, more than half of respondents reported that they don’t get to read or enjoy books as much as they would like. In fact, reading tops the list of what most consumers wish they had more time to do, followed by spending time with loved ones and exercise. Travel provides a respite of sorts; 71 percent of respondents think that travel time is a good opportunity to catch up on a good book or magazine they have been meaning to pick up.

Respondents also found that the top five benefits of reading a book while traveling, rated in order, are:

  • Reading is a good pastime if I get delayed while traveling. (56 percent)
  • Reading is relaxing and helps ease the stress of hectic traveling. (53 percent)
  • A good book “transports” me somewhere else. (47 percent)
  • I can catch up on books that I have wanted to read, but normally do not have the time to read. (47 percent)
  • Reading gives me a chance to learn something new. (46 percent)

In addition, when respondents find the time to read a book they enjoy while traveling, 73 percent say that reading makes their trip more relaxing, and 72 percent say reading a book they enjoy while traveling makes their trip more enjoyable. This is a particularly noteworthy finding in today’s travel environment, which is often characterized by stressful and unenjoyable moments.

Holiday Travel Recommendations from Barnes & Noble Booksellers to You

To help travelers make the most of their travel time – whether spending two hours on the road or 10 – Barnes & Noble booksellers can recommend the perfect read. Customers should visit their local Barnes & Noble store and speak with a knowledgeable bookseller or go online at BN.com to find the ideal book that will help them get through their holiday commute.

Methodology

Barnes & Noble commissioned the survey, conducted as an online poll among the U.S. General Population – 18+ years of age, nationwide representative sample (n=1,028). The online poll was conducted October 27-29, 2017, and the margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points ( Confidence Level).

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK®and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (bnsnaps), and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Mei Sanchez
Manager
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3579
msanchez@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Masterpass bring week-long special daily deal to DD Perks® Rewards Program members

Dunkin’ Donuts and Masterpass bring week-long special daily deal to DD Perks® Rewards Program members

 

  • Special daily deals, including free beverages, offered for DD Perks Rewards members today through Friday
  • All DD Perks members who make a purchase using On-the-Go Mobile Ordering on Thursday, November 16 will receive a free beverage and be entered to win a $5,000 Ultimate Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

CANTON, MA, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the holiday season but days away, Dunkin’ Donuts, in partnership with Masterpass by Mastercard, today (November 13, 2017) launched a new Perks Week, bringing five days of presents to its most loyal guests, including free beverages. Beginning today and continuing through Friday, November 17, Dunkin’ Donuts’ popular Perks Week program brings the more than 7.5 million members of the DD Perks® Rewards Program a special daily deal, as well as a special week-long offer.  All offers are open to existing DD Perks members and anyone who enrolls during the week.

All week long, new and existing members who reload their Perks enrolled DD card using Masterpass, the digital payment service from Mastercard, will receive $5 loaded directly onto their enrolled DD Card. Customers using auto reload will not qualify for the $5 reload bonus.

Daily deals for this Perks Week include:

  • Monday, 11/13: Earn a free beverage (200 points) by enrolling in Auto Reload (limit one per DD Perks member.)
  • Tuesday, 11/14: Buy a Medium Hot or Iced Coffee after 12 p.m. via On-the-Go Mobile Ordering and get 100 bonus points (Limit one per DD Perks member.)
  • Wednesday, 11/15: Earn double points on all On-the-Go Mobile Ordering purchases.
  • Thursday, 11/16: Earn a free beverage (200 points) for using On-the-Go Mobile Ordering (limit one per DD Perks member.)
  • Friday, 11/17: Purchase a Large or Extra Large Hot Coffee and earn 100 bonus points (Limit one per DD Perks member.)

Additionally, all DD Perks members who make a purchase through On-the-Go Mobile Ordering on Thursday, November 16 will be entered to win a $5,000 Ultimate Shopping Spree Sweepstakes. No Purchase Necessary. 18+. US only. Ends 11/16/17. For details on how to enter without purchase, and for official rules, please visit http://ddsweeps.com/.

Dunkin’ Donuts now has more than 7.5 million DD Perks members. According to Sherrill Kaplan, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., the Perks Week program has proven to be a popular way for the brand to recognize its most loyal guests. “We are excited to bring back this program again, rewarding both new and existing DD Perks members in appreciation for their loyalty and passion for our brand. The program has proven to be successful, with our most recent Perks Week program in May generating higher DD Perks sales with a larger On-the-Go Mobile Ordering mix than any other week in 2017. We also saw our highest volume of mobile orders since the launch of the platform, and new user trial rates doubling during the week.”

“We are excited to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts during Perks Week, presenting exclusive Masterpass offers to current and new DD Perks members,” said Linda Kirkpatrick, Executive Vice President, Merchants and Acceptance, Mastercard. “Together with Dunkin’, we’re combining cutting edge payments technology with valuable offers to celebrate the holiday season and promote one of the most successful loyalty programs in the world.”

Earlier this year, Dunkin’ Donuts began accepting Masterpass by Mastercard as a new digital payment option so guests can quickly and easily purchase and reload virtual Dunkin’ Donuts cards on DunkinDonuts.com and the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Using Masterpass on DunkinDonuts.com and in the Dunkin’ Mobile App to purchase or reload a DD Card ensures your morning cup of coffee is never further than a tap away.

The DD Perks Rewards Program rewards guests nationwide with points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages for every visit they make at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. With DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled DD Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. To enroll in DD Perks and for complete details about the program, visit www.DDPerks.com.

Dunkin’ Donuts gives DD Perks members the exclusive opportunity to order ahead and speed past the line in store through On-the-Go Mobile Ordering. DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile® App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru. The order is automatically paid for using their Dunkin’ Donuts Card within the App. In the restaurant, DD Perks Members have no need to wait, as they can speed past the line in store and go straight to pick up their items at a designated area. They also have the ability to save their recent orders as a favorite to speed up their next Dunkin’ run.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

Contact:

Heather McIntyre
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Heather.McIntyre@dunkinbrands.co

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Israel’s Supermarket chain Bitan Wines Group to install NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkouts

Supermarket chain will be the first in Israel to offer cash payments and returns at self-checkouts

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bitan Wines Group, owner of Mega Ba’Ir and Shuk Mehadrin, and one of the largest and leading supermarket chains in Israel, has begun preparations for installing NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkouts. NCR, a global leader in omni-channel solutions and the largest software supplier for the retail food market in Israel, will tailor the new installation to Bitan Wines’ specific requirements,

The cooperation with NCR follows Bitan Wines’ strategic decision to offer its customers the option to checkout themselves with the help of advanced self-service technology, a trend that leading retailers worldwide have adopted in the past years as a first step in their store transformation journey. Dozens of installations are already scheduled for the last quarter of 2017, and a full roll-out is planned to all stores nationwide in the course of this project.

Erez Eizenberg, V.P. Marketing at Bitan Wines, said: “The group invests a lot of work in improving the shopping experience in its branches. We wish to appeal to a variety of shoppers ranging from those who shop traditionally, to online shoppers on both of our group websites and now those who prefer to check out themselves. I am glad we have managed to bring innovation to our stores installing self-checkouts and we will be the first to allow cash payments and returns as well”.

As part of this cooperation, NCR has analyzed the structure of Bitan Wines’ branches, the customers’ demographics, as well as the operations at each branch and suggested a tailored self-checkout solution concept that will be adapted to the specific requirements of Bitan Wines.

The manager of NCR Israel, Rafi Yam, said: “Self-checkout has been in Israel for quite some time, at cinemas, airports and gas stations, where the concept was quickly embraced by customers. Now we are looking to supermarkets, to help streamline and improve customers’ purchasing experience.”

The new checkouts with their intuitive software will guide shoppers through all steps in the process and create an experience that enables them to select their preferred method of payment, help reduce queues and contribute to a smooth and easy checkout experience.

The NCR FastLane SelfServ Checkouts have numerous advanced features, such as the option of paying cash, with credit cards or prepaid cards. Furthermore, they feature state-of-the-art, built-in scales that streamline the weighing process which helps create an even faster checkout experience for customers.

The NCR self-checkouts are partly developed at NCR’s R&D centers in Raanana, one of the company’s main R&D centers, which provides innovative software solutions to customers all over the world.

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 sites: 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 Contact:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Corporation
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

Source:  NCR Corporation

eBay launches early access to Black Friday deals

eBay launches early access to Black Friday deals

 

San Jose, CA, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Study finds shoppers would rather get a root canal than stand in line on Black Friday; eBay gives the gift of early Black Friday deals on hot items beginning today (Nov 13, 2017).

Black Friday is almost upon us, but this year’s shoppers are eager to skip the lines. A recent eBay study1found that more than three quarters (76%) of shoppers would give something up rather than endure the chaos of Black Friday lines, including one in four (26%) who would rather have a root canal. Still, Black Friday shoppers expect deeper discounts1, so eBay is giving them early access online – without waiting in line – with its new campaign, ‘Don’t Wait for Black Friday’ deals. Beginning today, eBay will match prices on some of the most coveted Black Friday deals from other major retailers, before taking even more amazing deals on the road with an interactive, cross-country Holiday Airstream mobile tour.

eBay Matches ‘Black Friday’ Deals from Retailers Starting Today

With many retailers announcing their top Black Friday deals in advance, eBay will match the prices2 on many of those same top deals beginning today, making it easy to shop from home or on-the-go and feel confident about receiving the best price available. Shoppers can take advantage of these early deep discounts with new deals every day through November 17, all with fast and free shipping on new items from top brands like Ninja, Samsung, and Apple, among others.

These limited-time deals already include:

  • Ninja Single Serve Coffee Bar ($64.99)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 ($325.00)
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer Tilt 5-Quart ($249.99)
  • Men’s and Women’s Bulova Watches ($79.99)

The full list of items eligible for ‘Don’t Wait for Black Friday’ deals can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/DontWaitForBlackFriday

‘Did You Check eBay’ Holiday Airstream Tour Kicks off Black Friday

Back and better than ever, the eBay Holiday Airstream will be rolling into five U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, and more, to offer a curated collection of the season’s most sought-after items and amazing deals on toys, tech, fashion, and home. Launching in New York City on Black Friday before traversing the country, the Holiday Airstream will offer gift-givers access to new, in-demand items at the best prices.

Visitors can try their hand at an interactive claw machine – a modern take on a beloved game – to literally grab some of the hottest items of the season. eBay’s exclusive AI technology will also be on hand to help select smart and personalized gift ideas. Whether shopping in person or from home, eBay will give shoppers access to exclusively curated deals, delivered to their door within three days, guaranteed.

No Blackouts on eBay Deals Best Prices Through Cyber Monday, Guaranteed

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, eBay will continue to give shoppers what most other retailers may not – Price Match Guarantee on more than 50,000 deals with no blackout periods. eBay’s Price Match Guarantee ensures shoppers will get the best value on top gifts across all categories, from the latest tech gadgets to the must-have toys for the holiday, because eBay will match the best price from competitors3.

For  the Cyber 5 Weekend, eBay will continue to have deals at more than 30-60% off regular prices with free shipping include:

  • Gotham Steel Nonstick Ultimate 15 Piece Copper Cookware Set (over 60% off)
  • Rayban Erika Metal Round Sunglasses – available in four colors (over 55% off)
  • LG 49″ 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV (over 40% off)

“Every holiday season, shoppers turn to eBay for a wide selection of gifts at a variety of price points. This year, we’re doubling down to make sure they get the absolute best deals anytime, anywhere, with commitments like Price Match Guarantee, Guaranteed Delivery, and our marketplace’s unmatched selection,” said Jesse Kiefer, Director and General Manager of eBay Deals.

In addition to Price Match Guarantee, eBay’s Guaranteed Delivery is now available on more than 20 million items in three days or less – and even better – millions of these items ship for free. Check eBay.com/Deals for trending inventory across all eBay categories, such as consumer electronics, home & garden, and fashion, at a great value (usually between 20% and 90%) off with free shipping and no membership required.

For more, visit eBay.com and follow @eBay on social.

1 Source: eBay Holiday Shopping Survey, October 2017

2 Don’t Wait for Black Friday deals applies to items from specific retailers (JC Penny, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Walmart) that are similar or like-items and in-stock.

3 Only new items on the eBay Deals page are eligible for Price Match Guarantee. To be eligible, the item should be available on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com, Target.com, Sears.com, Wayfair.com, or Jet.com. The items should be identical and available, meaning both items must be exactly the same and currently in stock.

Contact:
(408) 376-7400
press@ ebay.com

Source: eBay

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Currys PC World kicks off the Black Friday celebrations

  • Savings of over £250 available on tech including KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Fantastic offers available ahead of Black Friday

London, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — TODAY (13th November 2017), Currys PC World has officially kicked off the Black Friday celebrations with hundreds of ‘Why Wait’ deals, available in store and online across the nation.

With Black Friday nearly two weeks away, and consumers beginning to browse for products they they’ve always had their eye on, the UK’s leading electrical retailer is on hand to help shoppers purchase products at great prices in advance of Black Friday, across all our ranges, from laptops, to cake mixers, TVs and more.

The ‘Why Wait’ deals feature a range of popular products across the top brands, including KitchenAid, HP and JVC across favourite household appliances, such as the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer offering 49% off and the HP Pavilion 2-in-1 laptop offering a 31% saving.

‘Why Wait’ prices are guaranteed not to be reduced again when Black Friday comes around, so consumers can shop confidently at Currys PC World, knowing they will not be beaten.

Top Why Wait Deals 2017 include:

Product Details Why Wait Deal Price £ Saving
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer £279.00 £270
HP 14 x360 Pavilion 2-in-1 Laptop £449.00 £200
Samsung 55” Smart 4K Ultra HD TV £699.00 £200
HP 15” Laptop £349.00 £200
JVC 32” Smart TV £159.00 £100
Samsung Wireless Soundbar £149.00 £50
Hoover Dynamic Link Spin Washing Machine £229.00 £50
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaner £249.00 £40

Matt Walburn, Brand and Communications Director, Dixons Carphone: “Black Friday is still one of the most important dates in both retailers and consumers shopping calendar but it’s great to be able to offer products at a discounted price before the big rush on the 24th November.”

He continues “Whether consumers are starting to plan for Christmas or just fancy treating themselves, the fantastic deals across all categories on hundreds of products ensures everyone can enjoy the season of deals without having to wait for Black Friday itself”.

Unbeatable deals can be found in store and online with a price promise from the retailer, promising to match or beat any prices from any other major retailer. Shoppers can also make the most of the retailer’s Your Plan, the flexible, personalised credit plan designed to make the purchase of big-ticket items much more affordable.

To match any budget and schedule, Currys PC World offers a great range of delivery prices and times, every day of the week with next-day delivery and free delivery available on selected products.

Source: Dixons Carphone

SPAR Hungary introduces its 30-day lifestyle change mobile app

Hungary, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary recently introduced its 30-day lifestyle change mobile app, helping those who wish to take steps to improve their health. The app users are given access to dietary plans developed by nutritional experts, training programmes, and other useful tips to help them reach their goals.

The SPAR Lifestyle Change Programme aims to assist more and more people in making conscious dietary changes and participating in regular sports activities. The initiative is built around a free-of-charge mobile application which anyone can access from the App Store or Google Play. The programme has been developed by trained and experienced professionals: a dietary expert and certified nutritionist developed the diet plan including all meals of the day; Gábor “Bio” Tóth, a regular contributor to radio shows, has provided additional useful and interesting information; and professional trainers developed 20-25 minute long, easy-to-perform exercises, in the form of short videos.

In addition to the daily exercise tips and dietary advice, the software also supports motivational texts and information about supplements, meditation, yoga, rehabilitation and office exercise videos. Consultation with experts is also accessible through the website, while the app also monitors the fluid intake of users – sending reminders to drink enough water throughout the day.

Some of the products included in the SPAR Lifestyle Change Programme can be purchased with discount coupons by programme users. App users are also eligible to win fantastic prizes.

“As a value-focused family enterprise, SPAR has always highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet plays a much larger role in today’s busy world than ever before and as such, SPAR doesn’t only provide high quality food, but also aims to assist in maintaining a healthy diet,” explained Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary.

About SPAR Hungary:

The first SPAR Supermarket opened in Hungary in 1992, following the acquisition by ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) of a majority stake in General Kereskedelmi Rt. Since its launch, SPAR Hungary has been actively involved in the development of the retail industry in the country.

The move to license independent retailers to operate the SPAR Brand has proven to be very successful for Hungary, with new stores meeting the needs of a larger number of shoppers.

Hungary is the largest SPAR market in Central and Eastern Europe with over €1.67 billion turnover.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Lord & Taylor to launch flagship store on Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark. and NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart.com and Lord & Taylor announced today (Nov. 13, 2017) that Lord & Taylor will launch a flagship store on Walmart.com. Expected to launch in spring 2018, Walmart.com will introduce a specialized online experience offering premium fashion brands directly from the Lord & Taylor flagship.

“Our goal is to create a premium fashion destination on Walmart.com,” said Denise Incandela, Head of Fashion, Walmart U.S. eCommerce. “We see customers on our site searching for higher-end items, and we are expanding our business online to focus on adding specialized and premium shopping experiences, starting with fashion. We’re excited that Lord & Taylor is part of the team we’re working with as we continue to create a new Walmart.com.”

In conjunction with the launch of the Lord & Taylor flagship store on Walmart.com next year, Walmart is also evolving how customers will be able to shop fashion on the site, adding elements of discovery and inspiration. As part of this experience, Lord & Taylor will have a dedicated store on Walmart.com and the Walmart app that will reflect the premium fashion it is known for, reaching exponentially more shoppers than it currently does through lordandtaylor.com.

“As retail continues to change, this flagship store creates enormous growth opportunities for Lord & Taylor and our brand partners,” said Liz Rodbell, President of Lord & Taylor. “Our customers trust us to deliver high-quality fashion apparel and accessories, and we will soon be able to extend the reach of that offering to new customers through this flagship store. Walmart.com is a shopping destination that reaches a wide base of customers looking for premium fashion brands. They are a great company for us to work with as we continue to grow our digital presence.”

Over the past year, Walmart has aggressively expanded its online assortment. Walmart.com currently offers more than 60 million items on the site, compared to 20 million items last year. At the same time, Lord & Taylor continues to evolve its department store model, combining brick and mortar locations with compelling online destinations for a truly exciting all-channel experience.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Lord & Taylor
Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor is the oldest department store in the United States and one of the country’s premier retailers. It has built its reputation on offering high-quality fashion apparel and accessories, exciting store environments, and seamless service. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. and lordandtaylor.com. It is part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio.

Eric Zorn served as an advisor for HBC.

Contacts:
Walmart Media Relations
Phone: 1-800-331-0085

Lord & Taylor:
Tiffany Bourré
Phone: 416-571-1301 tiffany.bourre@hbc.com

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Festival of Lights pre-sale ticket vouchers now on sale at Tops Friendly Markets locations

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —

What: Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to be the destination not only for all of your TOPS Christmas Bonus savings, but also for your Festival of Lights pre-sale ticket vouchers! Now on sale at all Tops Friendly Markets locations, this annual Western New York tradition is not to be missed! Pre-sale vouchers are good for the admission of one carload to the festival event and are only $15! That’s a savings of $10!

Who: Tops Friendly Markets When: On sale now through November 23, 2017

Where: All Tops Friendly Markets Locations

More: The Festival of Lights is now in its 13th season delighting families from around Western New York with its stunning visual displays of light and sound. The Festival of Lights takes place in Hamburg, NY on the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5820 South Park Ave.) and takes place November 24-25, December 1-3, December 8-10, and December 15-23, 2017. Gates open at 5:00 pm and remain open until 9:00 pm. Grounds and buildings are open until 10:00 pm. For more information visit www.fairgroundsholiday.com

CONTACT: 

Kathy Romanowski
716-635-5577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

LightInTheBox “Singles Day” sales increased by 15.6% from 2016

BEIJING, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Nov. 13, 2017) announced that sales on Chinese “Singles Day”, which took place on November 11, 2017, increased 15.6% when compared to the same day last year. Sales made through the Company’s main platform LightInTheBox.com website and app increased 30% when compared to “Singles Day” 2016. Sales on mobile devices increased 84% including an over 200% increase in sales made through the Company’s mobile app when compared to the same day last year. Emerging markets such as India, Russia and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) demonstrated strong growth.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “We are pleased with the 15.6% sales increase over ‘Singles Day’ 2016 which marks a great start to our holiday sales season.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Investor Relations Contact:

Christensen
Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Christensen
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Tops Friendly Markets partners with Instacart to launch same-day delivery service

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., today (November 9, 2017) announced a new partnership with Instacart, providing customers with a new way to experience TOPS’ savings and convenience. Now, from the comfort of their own homes, customers can shop online for everything they need and have their order delivered to their door in as little as one hour.“We know that our customers lead busy, active lifestyles so being able to offer them home delivery essentially gives them the gift of time” said Diane Colgan, senior vice president, marketing for TOPS. “Thanks to our partnership with Instacart, our customers will now have thousands of items including fresh meat, seafood, and produce literally right at their fingertips. Customers will not only find a vast majority of our in store deals online, but will still find the brands they love, all while earning the gas points they value that they can redeem when they visit our fuel stations.”

The same-day delivery service will be available in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NY and Erie, PA markets prior to Thanksgiving 2017. TOPS anticipates rolling out the service into most of its remaining stores by the end of first quarter of 2018. As one of the region’s largest supermarket chains, TOPS customers throughout the geographic footprint, whether residing in a larger city or a rural community, will have access to home delivery as a result of this new partnership.

Launching the same–day delivery service as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season draws near certainly has its benefits for TOPS shoppers. “As customers are already rushing around trying to check off their holiday shopping lists, this is one less stop they will have to make on their way home from the office or cram in on a lunch break,” said Kathy Romanowski, public and media relations specialist for TOPS. “Even after the holidays, the ease of online grocery shopping will continue to benefit our customers. From those who may be housebound or home with their children to others who can’t get to the store due to transportation challenges or inclement weather, our home-delivery option is an added bonus to the everyday TOPS shopping experience.”

Additionally, not only are Instacart services available to be delivered to traditional residential communities, but also to area businesses, hotels, apartments, senior living complexes, and dorms making the service even more convenient for a broad spectrum of TOPS shoppers.

Upon launch customers can visit TopsMarkets.com/Instacart and enter their zip code to determine if they are within the current TOPS delivery area. To help celebrate the launch, TOPS is offering free delivery for the first two months when customers shop Instacart at TOPS. Once the site is live, complete details on this offer will be available at TopsMarkets.com/Instacart.

“Instacart’s success hinges on our ability to offer customers same-day delivery from the stores they love within their own communities,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are proud to partner with TOPS to give customers a convenient, time-saving option to get the products they rely on from their neighborhood TOPS store.”

The partnership between TOPS and Instacart will also lead to income earning opportunities in the region. Instacart, which relies on a network of shoppers who shop and deliver groceries for consumers, said it expects to onboard thousands of new shoppers to support the expansion with TOPS in the Northeast. For more information on Instacart delivery from TOPS please visit TopsMarkets.com/Instacart.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 171 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT: 

Kathy Romanowski
716-635-5577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Schnuck Markets and Volpi Foods open new “Store-within-a-Store” concept at the Schnucks Des Peres, Mo. location

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (11.10.2017), Schnuck Markets, Inc. and Volpi Foods Inc. announced the opening of a new prototype “Store-within-a-Store” concept at the Schnucks Des Peres, Mo. location. This location will provide Schnucks customers the ability to conveniently purchase freshly sliced artisan cured meats produced by Volpi Foods as well as offer a unique opportunity to experience the heritage and craftsmanship of a legendary St. Louis specialty producer.

To celebrate the new test concept, Schnucks and Volpi will host a ribbon cutting and kickoff party at the flagship Schnucks Des Peres store (12332 Manchester Road, 63131) Friday, Nov. 17 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Tim Urban, Chief Commercial Officer for Volpi Foods, said, “We are excited to partner with the leading grocery retailer in the St. Louis market. The partnership between Schnucks and Volpi is the highlight of a relationship that spans a combined 200+ years of servicing the Midwest market. We share in the Schnucks commitment to the community and their legacy as a family-owned company. We look forward to offering a unique shopping experience at the Des Peres location.”

According to Schnucks Category Manager Derick Rosinsky, the event will include plenty of fun, free samples and great deals on Volpi products. “Schnucks is excited to be able to offer our shoppers Volpi premium meats with this new concept.” Rosinsky said. “This takes our partnership with Volpi to the next level and allows us to deliver on our fresh promise to our customers.

The new concept will be located near the store’s Deli department.

Volpi Foods was established in 1902 as an artisan producer of specialty cured meats in St Louis, Mo. As a third-generation family-owned company, Volpi Foods is unique in the industry in being the only producer that makes all products within one of four facilities, all located within Missouri. Volpi produces the highest quality specialty cured meats using locally sourced fresh pork combined with a craft process built on low temperature fermentation, long drying periods and no artificial ingredients. https://www.facebook.com/volpifoods/.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs 14,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schnucks.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Russian retailer Lenta opens its third hypermarket in Ryazan

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its third hypermarket in Ryazan.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located at 11 Solotchinskoe highway, on premises formerly operated by NASH hypermarket. The store has a total area of 9,629 sq.m with 4,724 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 17,500 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Ryazan and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 450 parking spaces and 22 cash registers including 4 self-checkout lanes. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Ryazan is Lenta’s eighteenth hypermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 209 hypermarkets in 80 cities across Russia and 69 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 209 hypermarkets in 80 cities across Russia and 69 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,248,051 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,700 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta 
Тel:+7 (812) 336 39 97
E-mail: pr@lenta.com

NW Advisors
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@nwadvisors.com

Source: Lenta

Bartell Drugs launches 2017 Gift Guide

More than 200 local treats, holiday-themed goodies and unique gift items featured

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holiday season is upon us and Bartell Drugs is here to make your gift-giving and entertaining easy and convenient with our much-anticipated Gift Guide.

The Gift Guide launches November 12 in all Bartell locations, and in the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, the Tacoma News Tribune and other local newspapers, and at Bartelldrugs.com for browsing, list making and inspiration!

With more than 200 unique products—many locally made—there are items expressly for everyone in your life, from gamers to gourmands. There is even a great selection of “ugly” holiday sweaters and other seasonal apparel.

Bartell’s emphasis on local includes favorites like Almond Roca (Tacoma), Seattle Chocolate, Aplets & Cotlets (Cashmere), Funko Toys (Everett), and quirky products from Seattle-based Archie McPhee, you are guaranteed to please everyone on your list. There are even items exclusive to Bartells, such as our annual collectible ornament, Seattle Nutcracker and a host of other fun products.

“The Bartell Drugs’ Gift Guide has become a holiday tradition,” says Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Brent Beebe. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight local products, as well as provide a convenient place for gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list.”

This is the 30th anniversary of the Gift Guide and every year it is anticipated by thousands of Puget Sound residents and families as the favorite place to choose gifts for family, friends, white elephant party gifts and more. With 65 store locations to shop, it is also a quick and easy trip to pick up last-minute party items.

Amazon Prime Now members can even order Gift Guide items online and get their orders in two-hours (locations and delivery may vary; check your Amazon Prime Now account to see if your zip code is available).

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 127-year history based here in the 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 Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Visa launches Visa Global Transit Solutions; creating a more convenient experience for mass transit commuters worldwide

Visa launches Visa Global Transit Solutions; creating a more convenient experience for mass transit commuters worldwide

 

  • Visa introduces innovative worldwide program to accelerate seamless, friction-free commuting with contactless payments
  • The new Visa Ready for Transit program incorporates new standards that will simplify the certification of payment solutions for operators and transit solution providers
  • A new team assembled from transportation, technology and payments industries to provide expertise and support
  • Visa’s Innovation Center in London to focus on the future of transportation, investigating cutting-edge technologies and tech integrators

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Visa (NYSE:V) today(Nov. 13, 2017) launched Visa Global Transit Solutions, a new program designed to accelerate the use of debit, credit and pre-paid accounts at the fare gate or on a bus reader, speeding up and creating a more convenient experience for mass transit commuters worldwide.

“Visa is the best way to pay and be paid everywhere and on any device. We want to make the transportation experience faster, easier and more secure whether someone is traveling by car, flying on holiday or taking public transportation to work,” said Michael Lemberger, head of products at Visa in Europe. “Visa played an important role in partnering with Transport for London (TfL). We are applying the expertise which has led to more than one billion Visa contactless journeys on TfL to help mass transit operators around the world move away from cash and tickets to contactless payments on buses and trains.”

“We work hard to make public transport in London easy for everyone and developing contactless ticketing has been a huge part of this,” said Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at TfL. “More than 40 percent of pay-as-you-go journeys are now made using contactless cards or mobile devices and we have already seen cards from more than 100 countries around the world using our system. To get to this point, a lot of things needed to change about how the payment industry worked, including the creation of new payment rules. Without our close partnership, we would not have seen the huge benefits to customers that contactless ticketing has already delivered in London.”

The new Visa transit program helps mass transit operators and technology providers of any size add contactless as a fare option at the gate. The global program consists of:

  • Consulting: The Visa Global Transit Solutions team is comprised of a central group in London and dedicated regional specialists around the world who will support contactless payments implementations, providing guidance and hands-on assistance. Together, the team has more than 50 years of experience working directly with, and for, mass transit operators and related industries.
  • Frameworks: Visa has created the Mass Transit Transaction model, a back-office framework to manage contactless payments regardless of transit operators’ size or fare structure. The Visa model enables operators to offer a range of flexible fares, including fixed fares, distance- and time-based fares, and multi-modal fares, as well as features like fare capping, concessions, and delay refunds.
  • Tools and Standards: An important part of Visa Global Transit Solutions is the expansion of the Visa Ready program to include payment technologies available to mass transit operators. Visa Ready for Transit enables technology companies to become Visa Ready certified, giving mass transit operators the peace of mind that the technology solution they choose meets Visa’s high standards for security. As the initial Visa Ready for Transit program participants, Worldline and Vix Technology will help to offer new, open loop contactless solutions to transit operators globally.
  • Future of Transportation: Visa is looking at the complete end-to-end consumer experience, making the Innovation Center in London the natural epicentre for future of transportation commerce options, including automobiles, air travel, and mass transit. The Visa team will engage with transit operators, technology enablers, fintech companies and others to examine all aspects of the consumer journey and engage in the co-creation of new travel experiences.

Visa’s recent Cashless Cities report notes that digital payments have the potential to significantly decrease costs associated with transit and toll systems maintained by municipal governments. The study found that transit agencies spend an average of 14.5 cents of every physical dollar collected, compared to only 4.2 cents for every digital dollar.

Visa recently launched a series of events for transit operators and technology companies to learn more about the various initiatives being developed by the Transit program. The first event was held in London with future events to be held in Dubai, New York, and Singapore.

Over the coming months, the Visa Global Transit Solutions program will further expand to include new offerings ranging from fraud management and back-office capabilities to loyalty and marketing programs aimed at optimising the customer experience.

The Visa Global Transit Solutions team has implemented a dozen transit solutions to-date in Europe and currently has new projects underway in Asia, North America and Europe – all focused on customer propositions that reduce the hassle of using public transport. Acceptance of contactless payments across the globe has increased significantly in recent years – particularly in Europe, where today over 40 percent of Visa’s face-to-face transactions are contactless (source: Visa Europe Processed Data, June 2017).

About Visa Inc.

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

Contact:
Europe:
Rica Squires
+44 (0)20 7795 5336
europeanmedia@visa.com
Twitter: @VisaEuropeNews

North America:
Kryssa Guntrum
1-415-805-4488
kguntrum@visa.com

Source: Visa Inc.

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CVS Health earns perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (November 9, 2017) announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. CVS Health, which received a perfect score for the fourth consecutive year, joins the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“As a pharmacy innovation company that serves 100 million Americans each year and employs over 245,000 colleagues, our continued success demands that we seek out, listen to and leverage everyone’s voices and ensure every individual feels valued, respected and appreciated,” said Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health and executive sponsor of the company’s LGBTQ resource group. “The diverse perspectives that our colleagues, customers and suppliers provide help our company continue to innovate and thrive.”

CVS Health received top marks for a variety of programs, including making gender transition guidelines available for colleagues and their managers who may be involved in a workplace gender transition; supporting the company’s colleague resource group PRIDE, which provides support for LGBTQ colleagues and their allies; and following the CVS Health Supplier Ethics Policy that supports the inclusion of LGBTQ vendors and suppliers.

The 2018 CEI rated 945 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. CVS Health’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, including the Billion Dollar Roundtable (supplier diversity spending), LATINA Style 50 (Top Companies for Latinas), Corporate Responsibility Magazine (100 Best Corporate Citizens) and Disability Equality Index (Best Places to Work).

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

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

Contact:
Mary Gattuso
(401) 770-9811
Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign raised $3.2 million for USO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced a $3.2 million contribution to the USO. This donation is made possible through the company’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign, a commitment Kroger made to veterans, military service members and their families.

$1 million of this donation is a corporate donation from Kroger. Coca Cola and the generosity of customers and associates who contributed at check stands, purchased special gift cards to be delivered to USO centers, or donated online contributed the remaining $2.2 million.

“This Veterans Day, Kroger extends a heartfelt thank you to the United States veterans, military service members and their families,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We are proud to support our military service members in every way that we can – including making meals matter and hiring more than 43,000 veterans since 2009.”

Since 2010, Kroger has donated more than $21 million to the USO, making Kroger’s donation the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 76-year history.

“The USO is honored by the ongoing commitment Kroger has shown to military service members and their families,” said Lisa Anastasi, USO chief development officer and senior vice president of development. “From hiring veterans to serving meals to our troops and their families, Kroger is fueling the future of our military as a Force Behind the Forces.”

Kroger is increasing its commitment to service members by partnering with the USO on its USO Pathfinder℠ program. Pathfinder extends the USO’s mission of connection by assisting service members and their families in achieving their personal and professional goals as they transition from military service and return home to their new communities.

Throughout the month of November, Kroger is also partnering with Wrigley’s to continue support to the USO. For each pack of Wrigley’s Extra® Gum purchased at Kroger’s family of stores, one pack will be donated to the USO to be included in care packages for deployed service members. For every share of this video, Extra® Gum will donate $1 to the USO, up to a maximum of $25,000.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, The Boeing Company, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Altria, BBMC, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Prudential, Target, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Carrefour opens new convenience store at Bruxelles Congrès railway station; will open 7 more in 2017

Carrefour opens new convenience store at Bruxelles Congrès railway station; will open 7 more in 2017

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour will open at least 7 more convenience stores in 2017, including one today (11/09/2017) at Bruxelles Congrès railway station. In so doing, Carrefour is increasing the density of its Express store network across the whole country.

On Wednesday 8 November, Carrefour opened a new convenience store right in the centre of Brussels at 47/49 rue Royale. It is very close to the Congress Column in an area that is considered an administrative, tourist, residential and cultural district (the Cirque Royal and Théâtre du Parc are close by), as well as one through which people pass.

Like all Carrefour Express stores, this new one will ideally tailor its offering to meet consumers’ needs. It will stock a wide variety of meal solutions that can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day (ready-made dishes, snacks, meat, poultry, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables). Customers will also find a broad range of staple products, together with all the “essential” grocery and pharmacy products that they need on a day-to-day basis. And these are available in Carrefour’s own brand and national brands.

At least 22 store openings in 2017
With this latest opening and the ones scheduled for between now and the end of December, Carrefour is reasserting its desire to support its customers as effectively as possible with services and opening times tailored to meet their needs. At least six more Carrefour Express stores are slated to open this year. This will bring the number of new convenience stores in 2017 up to 22. This figure may even rise to 24. Indeed, if circumstances allow it, another two Express stores could be opened by 31 December (provided the necessary licences are obtained, the franchisees make progress with their applications, etc.).

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

By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Amazon and Manchester City announce brand new Amazon Prime Video behind-the-scenes multi-part exclusive series

  • The multi-episode Amazon Prime Original Series will follow current English Premier League leaders Manchester City through their entire 2017/2018 season
  • The series will launch exclusively on Prime Video next year in over 200 countries and territories

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Manchester City today (Nov. 9, 2017) announced a groundbreaking brand new Amazon Prime Video behind-the-scenes multi-part exclusive series following the four-time top flight championship winning soccer team, Manchester City, through the current 2017/18 season.

The Amazon Prime Original series will offer fans a glimpse into the historic Club, its legendary coach, Pep Guardiola and the weekly stories that unfold within the lives of the players currently sitting on top of the English Premier League table. Guardiola was one of the best players and coaches of his generation, having won three Champions League titles during his time at FC Barcelona. He joined Manchester City in 2016, coaching stars such as Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne.

“This new Amazon Prime Original series will give Prime members extraordinary insight into Manchester City, the top English Premier League Football team and one of the most exciting and respected teams globally,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “The story behind the coaches and players is fascinating and we are very excited to work with the Manchester City team to deliver an exclusive all access experience to our Prime members.”

Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, said, “We are delighted to begin this strategic relationship with Amazon, one of the world’s leading companies. Amazon Prime Video is the perfect home for a groundbreaking project that will offer a unique and authentic inside view into Manchester City’s season like never before. This is an extremely exciting time for Manchester City and through Amazon’s world-class service, we will be able to share it with football fans all over the world.”

This new series will take viewers on a behind the scenes journey through the whole of Manchester City’s 2017/18 season from the world-leading training facilities at the City Football Academy, to interviews with the manager and executive meetings.

The series will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2018. Prime members will be able to stream the series via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at amazon.com/originals. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on Amazon Prime Video for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online at PrimeVideo.com in more than 200 countries and territories.

The show joins Prime Video’s growing stable of Amazon Original sports entertainment shows including The Grand Tour, two seasons of All Or Nothing which follows the Arizona Cardinals and The Los Angeles Rams over an entire NFL season, New Zealand All Blacks, McLaren F1, and live streaming of NFL Thursday Night Football and the ATP Next Gen Finals.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Amazon Video

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

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Tick, Manchester by the Sea and kids series, Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including NFL Thursday Night Football and ATP Next Gen ATP Finals, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

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

About Amazon

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

About Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier Leaguetitles (2012, 2014), and five FA Cups.

Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games. For more information, please visit www.mancity.com

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.