Pop-In@Nordstrom celebrates the holidays with MoMA Design Store gifts

Pop-In@Nordstrom celebrates the holidays with MoMA Design Store gifts

 

A Thoughtful And Innovative Gift Shop

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pop-In@Nordstrom is celebrating the holidays with a design-centric gift shop in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store, known for its curator-approved gifts that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. The shop opens November 17 in select Nordstrom stores and online.

Each item selected by MoMA Design Store is product-tested using real-life scenarios, and reviewed by MoMA curators. Prices range from $10 for coasters disguised as toast to $6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed together to form one digital display.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive, and enticing products from around the world and to have the opportunity to partner with them this holiday season is very exciting,” said Olivia Kim, vice president of Creative Projects at Nordstrom. “We are looking forward to seeing our customers engage with an institutional and iconic brand through a compelling and fun shopping experience and hope they love it as much as we do.”

“MoMA Design Store is thrilled to present a selection of MoMA curator-approved design objects and gifts to the incredible Pop-In@Nordstrom customer base this holiday season,” says Thomas Randon, General Manager, Retail at The Museum of Modern Art. “With such an engaging shopping format, it is a wonderful opportunity for design-conscious shoppers on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and in Canada to discover our unique products in person.”

In addition to MoMA Design Store gifts, the shop includes a selection of gifts hand-picked by Kim and her buying team spanning home, kitchen and dining, tech and gadgets, accessories, beauty, toys and games, and more. There will also be a build your own box program within the shop, allowing customers to pick five out of 25-30 featured products for a total of $50. Featured items include Christmas cards, wrapping paper, twine, stamps, toys, beauty, and more.

The shop design is a clean and simple aesthetic featuring shelving in a gradient of colors from red to magenta that changes in appearance as it is viewed from different angles.

Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store is available in eight Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop from November 17 to January 7:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont.
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
  • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif.

ABOUT POP-IN@NORDSTROM

Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers. Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.

Pop-In@Nordstrom was the first initiative from the Nordstrom Creative Projects team, under the direction of Olivia Kim (vice president of Creative Projects). In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, a sense of discovery and a bit of disruption through engaging and unique shopping experiences at Nordstrom, both in-stores and online. Kim’s Creative Projects initiatives have established Nordstrom as a platform to test retail concepts, bring limited distribution collections to customers, and introduce them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Aesop, Alexander Wang, Converse, Danish home goods brand HAY, design-driven wares from Los Angeles based Poketo, Everlane, Gentle Monster, goop, Hanes, home goods from Liberty London’s Flowers of Liberty collection, Nike, Opening Ceremony, rag & bone, the best of Korean fashion and beauty, Topshop/Topman, the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T., the Italian Trade Commission, VANS, and Warby Parker.

ABOUT MOMA DESIGN STORE

MoMA Design Store offers curator-approved products that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. Every purchase supports groundbreaking exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), a wide range of education programs, and the preservation of the Museum’s collection. In 1932, MoMA was the first art museum to establish a curatorial department dedicated to Architecture & Design, and by mid-century, it was playing a leading role in defining and promoting the values of “Good Design,” which MoMA Design Store continues to champion. Shop online at store.moma.org, or at our locations in SoHo, on 53rd Street, and within The Museum in New York City.

CONTACT:
Anna Brown
Nordstrom
206.303.4178

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

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Tesco to hold 2017 Food Collection from 30 November-2 December

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s second Christmas advert shines a light on the support given by Tesco colleagues and customers to help people in need through winter.

Tesco will this weekend release the second of five Christmas television adverts, highlighting how the retailer and its customers give people in need a little extra help during the festive season.

The advert shows a local charity bringing people together to celebrate Christmas and using food donations from a Tesco store to cook a traditional Christmas lunch.

Last year, Tesco together with its customers, provided more than 4 million meals to people in need over the festive period, through its annual Food Collection and ongoing food surplus redistribution scheme.

Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer, said:

“Our second television advert shines a light on the incredible generosity of our customers at Christmas time, and the little helps Tesco can give people in need during the festive season.

“We’re delighted to hold our 10th Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust this year, and additionally donate £1 for every fresh turkey purchased at Tesco. We know our customers and colleagues really care about food poverty and we want to do our bit to help.

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

Tesco’s 2017 Food Collection will run from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December in all stores.

In addition, Tesco will donate £1 for every fresh turkey bought instore or online, shared between FareShare and The Trussell Trust to provide much needed support over the festive period.

Notes to editors:

  • £1 from the sale of every fresh turkey in Tesco between 6 November 2017 and 25 December 2017 will be donated to FareShare and the Trussell Trust in equal proportions to help people in need this Christmas.
  • FareShare is a charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by providing food to more than 6,723 local charities and community organisations across the UK. Click here for more info fareshare.org.uk
  • The Trussell Trust run a network of over 420 foodbanks across the UK that three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across. Click here for more info trusselltrust.org
  • Tesco runs an annual Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust, so that customers can donate long-life food to help people in need at Christmas time: tesco.com/foodcollection
  • Community Food Connection is the retailer’s surplus food redistribution scheme in partnership with FareShare, which connects stores with local charities to donate unsold food for free: tesco.com/community-food-connection
  • Since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need.

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

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

Source: Tesco

Giant Tiger Honours Volunteerism and Pays Tribute to Firefighters with its 2017 Holiday commercial titled “Big Guy”

OTTAWA, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores Limited is honoured to have partnered with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association for the creation of their 2017 Holiday commercial titled “Big Guy.”

The commercial speaks to Giant Tiger’s deep connection to the over 240 communities it calls home by paying tribute to community volunteers. Developed in association with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association, Giant Tiger pays tribute to all Canadians who volunteer to make our communities safer and stronger.

“Volunteer firefighters are part of the fabric of our communities,” explains Karen Sterling, Vice President, Marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “Across the entire country, in virtually every community, men and women volunteer their time, their energy and their expertise to keep us safe. This has been particularly apparent this year with the many wildfires that have brought together volunteer firefighters from multiple communities.  As a proud Canadian retailer, it is our commitment to communities and the spirit of community, which sets us apart from the competition.”

“Giant Tiger stores are in communities across the country,” explains Troy Mutch, Vice President of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association. “Each location is locally owned or operated by members of the community. Their commitment to the community mirrors that of Canada’s Volunteer Firefighters. They’re local. They’re friendly. They care. And they’re there when you need them.”

To complement the commercials, a social media campaign will be launched to thank community volunteers and help celebrate the spirit of volunteerism that is the fabric of Canadian communities.  Giant Tiger’s proudly Canadian stores support over 1,200 charities and association across Canada.

The commercials will air on national specialty TV stations as well as Tim’s TV and will have geo-targeted placement on the Weather Network.

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best kept secret, the privately held company has over 240 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com.  All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless #GTcommunityproud #GTCanadaproud

Join the conversation and keep up to date on all Giant Tiger news:

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Media Inquiries contact:
Alison Scarlett
Manager
Brand Communications
ascarlett@gianttiger.com

To contact the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association:
Troy Mutch
Vice President
troy.m@cvfsa.ca

SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

RUSSIA: SPAR Kaliningrad opens four EUROSPAR Supermarkets and four SPAR Neighbourhood stores

Russia, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Kaliningrad, one of SPAR Russia’s largest partners, has had a busy last few months with the opening of eight new stores – four EUROSPAR Supermarkets and four SPAR Neighbourhood stores.

Kaliningrad is the most European of all Russian regions, situated just 30km from Poland. As a result, shoppers are keen to purchase a variety of western European  cuisines and a diverse product range – something which SPAR Kaliningrad is successfully able to provide – drawing customers and retaining them.

The new SPAR Neighbourhood stores range in size between 646 and 1,469m2. Catering to the needs of a broad customer profile, from students to tourists, the stores have been very well received. All four new SPAR stores have a fresh bakery section as well as deli counters and some also serve freshly made pizza and sushi instore. To date, the average daily turnover is between €7,500 and €15,000 Euros.

Our SPAR Partners in Russia currently operate a combination of SPAR Express, SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR Supermarkets, with each region opening formats most suited to their markets. In Kaliningrad, SPAR has been investing in the development of the EUROSPAR format, alongside its modern SPAR Neighbourhood stores, offering shoppers a wider range of fresh foods, restaurant quality Food-to-Go items and a host of dry groceries and non-food products.

The new EUROSPAR Supermarkets mostly target locals who come to do bulk shopping. They range in size from 1,400 to 2,300m2. The destination departments include a fresh bakery, sushi & pizza counters, a fresh fish section and Food-to-Go items such as breakfast smoothies and sandwiches. The openings were announced through press releases, bill boards, marketing leaflets and advertising in local newspapers & social media platforms. Across the four stores, the average basket size in Euros varies from €6,99 to €8,46 and the average daily turnover is between €13,460 and €21,355.

SPAR Kaliningrad’s focus on modernising and expanding its retail network and broadening the overall instore offer is leading to an increase in customer loyalty and driving continued growth of the business in the region.

About SPAR Russia:

The first SPAR store in Russia was opened in August 2001, following the granting of the licence to operate the brand by SPAR International to a regional partner. A central office is based in Moscow which seeks partners for regional growth and expansion of the brand across the country.

There are now more than 400 SPAR stores across the country. The success enjoyed by SPAR in Russia is driven by the recruitment of new partners, investing in new stores and the continued investment in refurbishing existing stores. Expansion has resulted in greater buying power and improved knowledge sharing as the number of SPAR locations increases.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Debenhams launches new mobile site for UK customers

Debenhams launches new mobile site for UK customers

 

  • Debenhams is strengthening its multi-channel offering with the launch of a new mobile site for UK customers that brings together the best features of mobile apps with the broad reach of mobile web
  • The Progressive Web App (PWA), which uses Google-backed technology, creates a smooth and streamlined app-like shopping experience online, without requiring an app store download

LONDON, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading British retailer, Debenhams is strengthening its multi-channel offering with the launch of a new mobile site for UK customers that brings together the best features of mobile apps with the broad reach of mobile web.

The Progressive Web App (PWA), which uses Google-backed technology, is a key development in Debenhams digital and multi-channel strategy. The PWA creates a smooth and streamlined app-like shopping experience on the web, without requiring an app store download. The new site means that customers will be able to browse twice as fast as before.

Delivered by SapientRazorfish and Mobify, the new site went live in early October after less than four months of development.

Ross Clemmow, Managing Director Retail, Digital, Food & Events at Debenhams, said: “We have seen unprecedented growth in mobile in the last two years. Research shows that 50% of UK online retail sales are now made through mobile devices (smartphones and tablets)¹. We know customers get frustrated by a slow site, even more so on mobile, with as many as 70% admitting they would leave a site if it loaded slowly.

“The new site will transform our customer’s experience of shopping with Debenhams on their mobiles. We now have technology that not only delivers a better, faster experience but allows us to keep pace with shoppers expectations’ whilst on the move.”

Mobify CEO, Igor Faletski, said: “Debenhams recognised the need to put mobile customers first. The PWA gives them a premium online shopping experience and positions them for future growth. We’re very excited to be working with the Debenhams team.”

See the new Debenhams streamlined Progressive Web App here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar0D4LCDcGY&feature=youtu.be

Notes to Editors

¹ https://www.imrg.org/media-and-comment/press-releases/over-half-of-online-sales-now-made-through-mobile-devices/

Debenhams is a leading international, department store destination with a proud British heritage which trades out of around 250 stores across 25 countries and is available online in more than 60 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

Debenhams has been investing in design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Sadie Frost and Jemima French, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Savannah Miller, Jenny Packham, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

For more information, visit www.Debenhams.com

CONTACTS:
Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420
press.office@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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StubHub to continue to serve as the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and Major League Clubs

StubHub to continue to serve as the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and Major League Clubs

 

The agreement extends StubHub’s partnership as the official fan to fan ticket marketplace of MLB.com and MLB clubs.

San Jose, CA, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and Major League Baseball (MLB) today (Nov 17, 2017) announced that they have reached a five-year renewal for StubHub to continue to serve as the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and the 30 Major League Clubs. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The renewal builds on the partnership that originally began in 2007. This new agreement will provide StubHub with an exclusive ticketing integration with MLB.com and the 30 clubs, providing baseball fans with a secure and seamless experience to buy and sell MLB tickets. The new deal also represents a renewed commitment to develop new ticketing technology, as well as to deploy 10+ years of combined data to enhance the ticketing and fan experience.

“Our long-standing partnership with MLB and the clubs has been marked by consistent and powerful innovation to best serve the fans,” said StubHub General Manager, North America, Perkins Miller. “With this investment, StubHub and MLB will continue to combine forces to enhance the game-day experience, as we work even more closely with our 30 club partners.”

“StubHub has been a valuable partner for our teams and their fans over the past decade, consistently demonstrating agility to adapt quickly in an ever-changing environment,” said Noah Garden, Executive Vice President, Business for Major League Baseball. “Their commitment to continue serving our teams and fans with a secure, reliable ticketing solution rooted in innovation remains a key ingredient for our partnership to deliver on its promise for the next five years.”

With the agreement, all MLB tickets will be fully integrated with the StubHub platform, providing fans the ability to resell and purchase tickets with confidence and ease. In addition to the ticketing integration, StubHub’s innovative technology also provides tools for customers, including pricing guidance for sellers and panoramic 360-degree virtual view-from-seats for buyers.

Through its partnership with MLB, StubHub will receive marketing and sponsorship benefits, including use of official MLB and club marks in various online, media and digital assets, plus outfield wall and home plate rotational signage at MLB venues.

Contact:

(408) 376-7400
press@ ebay.com

Source: eBay

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MAPIC 2017: More than 8,500 delegates from 80 countries came together for the annual international retail real estate market

Paris, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 8,500 delegates from 80 countries congregated in Cannes this week for MAPIC – the annual international retail real estate market, which brought together 2,100 retailers, 2,500 developers and 1,000 investors.

Reflecting the pace at which retail real estate is evolving, this year’s MAPIC showcased the first International Outlet Summit and the inaugural Global Retail Partner Summit, while expanding its Leisure and Innovation exhibition zones and positioning food and beverage (F&B) as the central theme.

November 14th saw the exhibition of MAPIC’s new pre-opening event, the International Outlet Summit. Once considered second-class stores for retailers to unload dated stock, the presence of outlet centres has averagely grown 12 per cent per year, over the past decade. Speaking at the summit, Neinver’s Sebastian Sommer said “Even if the market is more challenging, the top 150 brands are still wanting to grow in outlet malls.” Key retail players are now wanting to increase exposure within outlets, while existing outlets are upgrading their instore design and offerings, making this sector one of the most dynamic in the commercial property industry.

China is a particularly promising market for outlets. Lois Lu Yi, VP of Beijing Capital Grand, the Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the development and investment of properties, revealed at the International Outlet Summit that the company has increased its number of planned outlets to meet rising demand in this fast-evolving sector. “Outlets are growing at about 34 per cent a year in China, higher than the 8 per cent of department stores, 29 per cent of shopping malls and 29 per cent of online retailers,” Lois Lu Yi explained, “Recently, with the consumers’ pursuit of brands, outlets will usher in the first golden period of development with the market reaching maturity within 5 years.”

Director of MAPIC Markets Nathalie Depetro also announced a new event – MAPIC Food & Beverage – which will launch next year as a result of the F&B concepts increasingly dominating commercial centres and high streets worldwide. The conference, separate to MAPIC Italy, will take place on May 23 – 24 in Milan’s MiCo Milano Congress and showcase the international retail F&B sector.

“MAPIC Italy is devoted to the important Italian retail property sector. MAPIC Food & Beverage will be a standalone, international event dedicated to the global retail F&B market,” said Depetro. “The time is right to create an event devoted to the fast-growing food and beverage sector. Whether it’s in a mall, an outlet or a retail park, people are dining in these establishments more frequently and treating the outing as an experience, instead of visiting these places solely to shop,” she added.

Day one of MAPIC commenced with a keynote discussion between McKinsey & Company’s Franck Laizet and the highly-acclaimed Managing Director of Alibaba France, Sébastien Badault – the two spoke on the topic of Reimagining Retail in the 21st Century. Badault said that while physical retail is not dead, it is definitely gravitating online, adding “We are going through a major reconfiguration of the network” by way of new concepts, formats and store reconfiguration, in order to optimise consumer experience and spending power. He also focused on the notion of brands needing to look at new ways of merging ecommerce and experience, which Alibaba is spearheading via the introduction of advanced technology including magical mirrors and artificial intelligence.

Another key session, Travel Retail, focused on how retail and namely hospitality offerings are shaping transit zones into foodie destinations. Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group’s Nick Schapira said that while high streets are feeling many pressures, ”The travel retail space offers an incubator of consumer demand.” However, he stressed that retailers are mistaken if they think they can mirror the same process of immersion into a shopping centre, to that of an airport. There are many more tougher elements and guidelines to consider including staffing and security measures.

This year’s MAPIC also confirmed the pivotal role that leisure is playing within commercial centres, as landlords look to leisure experts to design, build and deliver turnkey solutions. Approximately 30 companies specialising in leisure entertainment were housed in the Leisure zone.

Panel speakers discussing leisure in retail destinations also agreed that experiences have become one of the main drivers for visiting shopping centres today. Consumers are looking for enjoyable experiences to share. In fact, leisure within malls has created a new target market – attracting customers from a much wider catchment, while malls have also become places families visit to spend quality time together.

The emergence of commercial destinations has always been a key focal point to retailer development strategies. A major finding from MAPIC was that retail advancements are no longer dominated by the West. China has become the world’s leading commercial destination, surpassing the U.S. and India is currently experiencing the world’s strongest growth due to an influx of foreign investment, economic growth and a boom in consumption. Speaking at a conference on India’s ‘boiling’ retail market, BS Nagesh of Indian Retail Association TRRAIN’s, said that India is particularly attractive for retailers and developers: “The country’s very young – the average age is just 35 – and GDP is growing at 7 per cent a year. I don’t think any country in the world has such an opportunity.”

The Global Retail Partner Summit also brought together retailers and leading local partners, capable of facilitating entry into key markets. Among the 30 major partnership companies were the Azadea Group (Lebanon), which operates more than 50 brands in the Middle East and Africa; AmRest(Poland), which operates more than 1,500 restaurants in Central and Eastern Europe; Global Brand Group; SGN Group (USA) and Rosinter Restaurants (Russia). John Scott, Director of International at TM Lewin (UK) noted, “The Global Retail Partner Summit is an ideal platform for retailers to meet with a broad range of international industry professionals. MAPIC continues to provide retailers with direct access to some of the best international operators and the opportunity to break into strategic markets via integrated networking.”

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, MAPIC has continued to attract the world’s leading retailers, developers, mall operators and more recently, major ecommerce retailers. No other single retail real estate event attracts so many companies from the international investment community. Institutional investors such as Allianz, Generali Real Estate, GIC, or the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, lined up with the likes of British Land, AXA Investment Managers, Amundi Asset Management and Commerz Real. And among the host of companies making first time appearances at MAPIC were F&A Asset Management, Matacapital, Qatar Investment Authority, Crédit Agricole and Bank Austria Real Invest.

MAPIC 2018 will take place on November 14 – 16, 2018.

Pictures of MAPIC are available on the photobank.

Find out more about MAPIC on our press site.

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

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

For more information, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 79 71 95 44
mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Constance GARCIA Y SANTOS – Press Officer
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 65
constance.garciaysantos@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

Reed MIDEM announces MAPIC Food & Beverage in Milan, Italy on 23-24 May 2018

Cannes, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reed MIDEM, organiser of MAPIC, MAPIC Italy, MAPIC Russia, MAPIC China Summit and MAPIC India, today (17 November, 2017) announces the launch of MAPIC Food & Beverage in May 2018.

The new two-day event will be held in Milan, Italy on 23-24 May 2018 at MiCo – Milano Congressi.

Since the EXPO 2015, creating a legacy with its focus on nutrition and sustainable food, Milan has established itself as the World Food Capital City and is today the main stage for events, projects and debate on food-related issues.

Food and Beverage has become a key factor in enhancing the customer experience within retail destinations. MAPIC Food and Beverage aims to be the most effective international marketplace dedicated to Food & Beverage players within the retail & real estate industry.

MAPIC Food & Beverage will offer an exhibition area where international F&B retailers can showcase their concept to real estate professionals looking at expanding their foodservice retail mix. In contrast to the MAPIC in Cannes, retailers will be the exhibitors and real estate professionals will come as visitors. MAPIC Food & Beverage will be a unique, international and powerful business platform.

“For the first time, we are launching a MAPIC event entirely dedicated to a specific segment, food and beverage, and not a local market,” explained Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC markets. “MAPIC Food & Beverage and MAPIC Italy will be held on the same dates and in separate but connected venues. This new event will benefit from the dynamism of the Italian food & beverage sector, while being completely international.”

More information on MAPIC Food & Beverage on the website www.mapic-foodandbeverage.com

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

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

For more information, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 79 71 95 44
mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Constance GARCIA Y SANTOS – Press Officer
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 65
constance.garciaysantos@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

B&M opens its second store in Ashford, Kent

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M continued its expansion today (17 November 2017) as Ashford in Kent welcomed its second store to the region.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating 40 jobs for people from the area.

With building work completed, it means that the new store has opened in time for Black Friday, giving customers the perfect chance to pick up some bargains.

Visitors to the store, located in Park Mall Shopping Centre, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Porchlight, to be their VIP for the day, while local Mayor, Cllr Winston Michael, was also in attendance.

The team help vulnerable and isolated people across Kent and the south east get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. They provide children, young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills they need to live independently in the future and fulfil their potential.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Nadine Snelling, said: “The team from Porchlight really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community. We wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

She also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open and show customers their new B&M Ashford.”

Source: B&M

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You is now available on Prime Video

  • The film is also available to buy or rent through Amazon Video and for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray
  • Mariah Carey’s song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was the most streamed holiday song on Amazon Music last year

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 16, 2017) announced a deal with NBC Universal to make Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming service for new animated film Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You from Universal 1440 Entertainment. The film is inspired by Mariah’s classic holiday hit of the same name, which was the most streamed holiday song on Amazon Music last year. The movie is narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey and features a new original song by Mariah Carey and three of her classic holiday hits.

“I am thrilled to have Amazon Prime Video as the exclusive streaming home of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. Amazon already brings my music to fans around the world, and now I am excited to share my holiday film with Amazon customers,” said Mariah Carey.

When Little Mariah (Breanna Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come.

The film is available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. and Canada to stream, and Amazon customers may start their holiday shopping with the digital movie available for $14.99. Customers looking for a holiday rental have the option to rent for $4.99 (SD) or $5.99 (HD). The DVD and Blu-ray are also available for purchase.

Originally released in 1994, the single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has sold more than 14 million copies across all retail markets. In 2016, more than two decades later, it dominated at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 for four consecutive weeks. Carey’s critically acclaimed picture book of the same name was published in 2015.

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.

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon: critically acclaimed thriller Absentia to debut exclusively on Prime Video in 2018

Series will debut exclusively to Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and select territories globally in 2018

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 15, 2017) announced it has added critically acclaimed thriller Absentiato its lineup of original dramatic series—all episodes will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., as well as in select markets globally, including Australia, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the U.K. The series, premiering in 2018, will also be available in additional territories after its linear broadcast debut. Starring and executive produced by Castle’s Stana Katic, Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic). While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, Agent Byrne disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Absentia, produced by Masha Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television in association with Sony Pictures Television’s International Networks, garnered much fanfare when it opened this year’s Monte Carlo Television Festival and marks Katic’s first leading television role since Castle. The series was the number-one program in its timeslot when it debuted in Spain, Portugal, Romania and Poland on SPTN’s AXN channels (Source: Techedge: Kantar Media [Live+VOSDAL], and ARMA – Kantar Media, Nielsen Audience Measurement; all timeslot rank stats based on competitive set of channels for each market).

The series is executive produced and directed by Oded Ruskin (False Flag), alongside executive producers Matt Cirulnick (South Beach), Julie Glucksman, Katic and Maria Feldman (False Flag, Fauda). The series was created by Gaia Violo and Cirulnick and is based on a pilot script originally written by Violo.

“Absentia is an exciting new thriller which combines family and love with suspense and vindication,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition, Amazon Prime Video. “Prime members worldwide are going to love this well written show with remarkable performances by a terrific ensemble cast led by Stana Katic in her newest lead role.”

“Amazon is the perfect home for this innovative new thriller series. We believe Absentia will be a stand-out show for Amazon Prime members around the world,” said Paul Littmann, EVP, Worldwide Television Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Absentia started as a passion project for Sony’s Networks group with a brilliant director and producer and a stellar cast of international talent, all willing to jump into an entirely new model. We are thrilled to share this premium independent drama series with Amazon’s global viewers,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks.

Absentia also stars Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) as Emily’s husband and fellow FBI agent Nick who struggles with the guilt that he stopped looking for Emily, and his feelings for her that have resurfaced—especially now that he’s married to another woman. Nick is now tasked with the unthinkable: having to bring Emily into custody as the prime suspect in a string of shocking new murders. Forced to prove her innocence, Emily goes on the run. But the closer Emily gets to answers, the more she puts herself and her family in danger. Can she prove her innocence before it is too late and discover the truth about her abduction?

In addition to Katic and Heusinger, Absentia’s ensemble cast includes Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Angel Bonanni (False Flag), Richard Brake (Game of Thrones), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones), Paul Freeman (The Dogs of War), Bruno Bichir (Narcos) and Patrick McAuley (The Conjuring 2).

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

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

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 video subscriptions to networks like HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV, and more, available to Amazon Prime members in the US as add-ons to their membership. To view the full list of available channels, visit www.amazon.com/channels.
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

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

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

About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 22 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks
Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching nearly two billion subscribers around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Media Hotline:

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

UPS® services integrated into Shopify platform to easily manage shipping in one place

  • Suite of UPS services embedded within Shopify to easily manage shipping in one place
  • Shopify merchants can save significantly with exclusive UPS domestic and international rates
  • Dedicated phone hotline (1-833-BFCM-WIN) to help businesses with their shipping strategy

ATLANTA and OTTAWA, Ontario, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the holiday season, UPS (NYSE: UPS) and Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP) (TSX: SHOP), are unveiling a platform integration that make UPS’s premium services available to small businesses. Shopify’s hundreds of thousands of small U.S. businesses will now receive competitive, pre-negotiated domestic and international rates that save on list prices, along with a streamlined shipping and fulfillment solution.

With UPS® services and solutions integrated into the Shopify platform, businesses can now easily manage all aspects of shipping and fulfillment in one place.  Several services including UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS Ground are available to give merchants the flexibility and speed needed to meet customer needs at a good value. Tracking and billing are also integrated into Shopify, helping reduce the time and effort it takes a business owner to keep up with the status and cost of shipments.

In addition to the new, competitive rates already embedded, future Shopify Shipping enhancements could include savings on pickups, the ability to ship to 8,800 UPS Access Point® locations, UPS My Choice service for customers to personalize delivery times and locations, simplified online solutions for returns, and other elements of UPS’s suite of ecommerce solutions.

“By embedding UPS natively into Shopify’s platform, merchants will get the breadth and reliability of UPS’s services to more than 220 countries and territories, while easily managing all aspects of shipping and fulfillment in one place,” said Jerome Roberts, Vice President of Global Product Innovation, UPS. “Shopify merchants now have access to UPS’s industry-leading tools and can provide the same high quality services as large ecommerce companies.”

Shopify merchants can activate UPS shipping rates and labels with a one-click acceptance of UPS terms and conditions in Shopify Shipping. A dedicated support line is now open for Shopify merchants to receive free consultations and shipping advice, especially with their Black Friday/Cyber Monday preparations. The hotline number is 1-833-BFCM-WIN (1-833-232-6946). This line will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the end of November.

“UPS and Shopify believe entrepreneurship should be accessible to everyone, and we share a unique passion to empower small businesses who form the backbone of the global economy,” said Maia Benson, Head of Global Shipping and Fulfillment, Shopify. “Working with UPS helps level the playing field for small businesses to compete against larger brands with guaranteed delivery times and competitive rates previously unavailable to many small- and medium-sized merchants.”

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers over 500,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Red Bull, Nestle, GE, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding planned platform integrations between Shopify and UPS. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Shopify’s expectations as of the date of this news release, and subsequent events may cause these expectations to change. Shopify undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Source: Shopify

NBC and Macy’s kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers at The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

NBC and Macy’s kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers at The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

 

  • The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC Adds a Special Performance by International Superstar Gwen Stefani, a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s (NYSE:M) join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.

Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Gwen will warm the hearts of audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC. After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.

On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.

As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.

Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street,Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.

The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones) and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

For more information on the broadcast, visit http://www.nbc.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade and www.nbcumv.com. Please follow @NBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Orlando Veras
646-429-7450
Orlando.Veras@macys.com

NBC Entertainment Publicity
Sharon Pannozzo
212-664-5152
Sharon.Pannozzo@nbcuni.com

NBC Entertainment Publicity
Erika Lewis
212-664-5478
Erika.Lewis@nbcuni.com

Source: Macy’s

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RILA welcomes House passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

Arlington , VA, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (11/16/2017), the Retail Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s most recognized and innovative brands, issued a statement praising the House passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”:

“We are thankful the House moved swiftly to pass this important legislation that will give America’s retailers and consumers a break. America’s current tax code is in dire need of an update. Retailers pay one of the nation’s highest effective corporate tax rates which is why we are pleased to see the corporate tax rate permanently reduced to 20 percent. This will allow savings to be reinvested to grow, add jobs and serve customers.  Further, we enthusiastically support the tax relief provided to individuals, specifically targeted to middle class taxpayers. Tax reform that works for retailers and customers is vital to keep our economy growing. We thank the House for listening to America’s retailers and our consumers, and urge the Senate to move forward on passing their proposal,” said Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president of government affairs for RILA.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communicatoins
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

X5 announces the opening of its 11,500th store located in Samara, Russia

Samara, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces the opening of its 11,500th store. The landmark store is a Karusel hypermarket located at 4 Georgi Dimitrov Street in Samara.

Spanning over 4,000 sq m, the new Karusel features a modern lighting system in the shopping space for customers’ convenience. The new compact shelving system makes navigation easier, with every department visible from anywhere in the store.

Customers can also take a break from shopping, relax and grab a bite to eat at the cosy café located inside the shopping area. There are 18 checkouts and four self-checkout units in the hypermarket to boost throughput in rush hours.

The landmark store offers around 19,000 SKUs, more than half of which are food products. The bakery makes delicious fresh tandoor flatbreads and pizza. Some 50 local producers supply around 900 SKUs to this Karusel, which uses their products, for example, to make its own ready-to-eat foods. In addition to the menu items on display, the store’s cooks will take customised orders.

The new hypermarket has created more than 140 jobs for the local community, is the fifth in Samara and the sixth in the Samara region.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

Bol.com trials “return retrieval” service in Amsterdam

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bol.com has introduced innovations in product returns that will offer customers more services and greater convenience in online shopping. In partnership with Dutch mail delivery company PostNL, bol.com is allowing customers in the Netherlands to return products using a digital barcode rather than having to print a mailing label. The brand is also piloting a “return retrieval” service in the Amsterdam area.

With the new print-free return option, bol.com customers receive a digital barcode. When they take their return package to a PostNL location, a PostNL worker scans the barcode on the customer’s smartphone and prints the label.

Customers additionally can arrange to have PostNL retrieve returns at their home via bol.com during a desired time slot as part of testing the new “return retrieval” service. If the pilot runs smoothly, the service may be rolled out to the rest of the Netherlands and the Flanders region in Belgium.

Through these new services, bol.com expects to lower the threshold for people to shop online and help further speed up growth in eCommerce. Bol.com also continues to work hard to reduce unnecessary returns by improving product information online and enhancing guidance to customers. The brand, which offers nearly 16 million items across more than 20 categories, already has a return rate that is significantly lower than the average for webshops.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

DFS Masters of Time returns to Macau this December

DFS Masters of Time returns to Macau this December

 

THIRTY OF THE WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY BRANDS PRESENT MORE THAN 450 ICONIC PIECES AT NINTH ANNUAL MASTERS OF TIME

Macau, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Masters of Time, the world’s leading retail exhibition of fine watches and jewelry, returns to Macau this December for the ninth year exclusively at T Galleria by DFS, Macau. Held in partnership with Shoppes at Four Seasons, this year’s Masters of Time will explore the idea of memories with a curated collection that celebrates how collectors and brands commemorate the moments they hold dear. Bringing together over 450 fine watches and jewelry masterpieces from 30 brands, DFS’ team of watches and jewelry experts has assembled an unprecedented collection that showcases the best of design, technology and heritage for both men and women.

“For nearly a decade, DFS has created an unparalleled experience for the world’s top watches and jewelry collectors in the heart of Macau. At this year’s Masters of Time, we are proud to celebrate the masterpieces whose elegance and innovation evoke our most important memories, and have the ability to transport us to a special time or place. We’re thrilled to once again host the world’s top collectors who continue to build their collections and make history with DFS,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS Group President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing.

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, added, “This year’s Master of Time exhibition showcases a fantastic range of the latest novelties and innovations as well as iconic pieces from the worlds of watches and jewelry. Building a collection is intensely personal and through this year’s Masters of Time exhibition, we’re confident collectors will find unique and exceptional pieces that will stand the test of time.”

Available for viewing from December 9 – February 18, this year’s Masters of Time introduces for the first time a multisensory exhibition inspired by the theme of memories. Guests can tour the curated collection displayed amongst a series of interactive pop-up spaces. Evoking senses, emotions and experiences, Masters of Time will take guests on a journey of nostalgia, heritage and adventure, all while making new memories with DFS.

2017 DFS MASTERS OF TIME COLLECTION

Elegant, yet supremely functional, the Masters of Time collection promises to intrigue seasoned collectors and first-time buyers alike. At the core of this portfolio lies a passion for precision, design excellence and storied tradition. DFS’ watches and jewelry experts have searched the globe to curate the 2017 DFS Masters of Time Collection, which features exceptional pieces from brands including:

Arnold & Son; Angelus; Audemars Piguet; Blancpain; Breguet; Bulgari; Cartier; Chopard; FRANCK MULLER; Girard-Perregaux; Glashütte Original; Grand Seiko; Hublot; IWC Schaffhausen; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Jaquet Droz; Officine Panerai; OMEGA; Piaget; Roger Dubuis; Romain Jerome; Tag Heuer; Tiffany & Co.; Ulysse Nardin; Vacheron Constantin; Van Cleef & Arpels; Zenith and more.

Highlights include:

  • Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-thin
  • Blancpain – Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC
  • Breguet – Tradition Dame 7038
  • Bulgari – Diva’s Dream High Jewelry Watch – DFS Special Edition – Unique Piece
  • Cartier – High Jewelry Tiny Panthère Watch
  • Hublot – Techframe Ferrari 70 Years King Gold Tourbillon Chronograph
  • IWC – Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre – Master Gyrotourbillon 1
  • Jaquet Droz – Lady 8 Flower
  • OMEGA – Moonwatch Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph
  • Piaget – Limelight Mediterranean Garden Necklace – Unique Piece
  • Roger Dubuis – Excalibur Aventador S
  • TAG Heuer – Carrera Caliber HEUER 02 T Automatic Chronograph 45mm DFS Masters of Time IX Special Edition
  • Ulysse Nardin – Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon
  • Vacheron Constantin – Heures Créatives Heure Romantique
  • Zenith – Defy El Primero 21

DFS Masters of Time is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes Masters of Wines and Spirits that takes place each year in Singapore. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
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7‑Eleven introduces its next exclusive single-origin coffee from Peru

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — For its next exclusive single-origin coffee, 7‑Eleven, Inc.headed south to the Cajamarca region of Peru. As with its other single-origin, sustainably sourced coffee, the new brew from Peru is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Made with 100 percent Arabica beans, the newest 7‑Eleven® single-origin coffee has bright citrus notes complimented by vanilla, cinnamon and berry undertones. To ensure the best quality and freshest taste, the Cajamarca region was selected, in part, for its prime harvest season between August and October. The hand-picked beans were grown in the region high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, known for its small family farms and artisanal farming methods. After harvesting, the fresh crop was authentically roasted to a medium level for a smooth rich taste. Peru is the eighth largest coffee producer in the world and one of the leading growers of certified coffees.

“Todays’ coffee-drinkers are more sophisticated and, in addition to wanting a great-tasting cup of coffee, many also are looking for something extra,” said Raj Kapoor, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverages. “Millennials, in particular, want coffee crops that are sustainably grown, sourced directly from small farms, and made from single-origin beans rather than blends. Peruvian coffee is one that fits all those criteria, and Cajamarca is considered one of the best coffee-growing regions in the country.”

Many of Peru’s coffee farms are in the foothills of the Andes with processing mills on the Pacific side of the range. The Cajamarca region is in the highlands of the Andes in the northern portion of the country.

This is the third limited-time, single-origin coffee offered at 7‑Eleven, the fourth largest coffee retailer in the U.S. The others were from Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico. Available year-round, the retailer’s popular 100 percent Colombian coffee is now made with Rainforest Alliance Certified single-origin beans.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal with the little green frog means the 100 percent Arabica beans for 7‑Eleven stores’ new coffee are sourced from coffee-growers whose farms are required to meet strict standards designed to protect the environment, conserve wildlife and promote the well-being of local communities.

7‑Eleven is working with Conservation International (CI) to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. 7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. The retailer is a member of CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.

As part of its CSR objectives, 7‑Eleven will continue to seek out responsibly sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact.

Like all its proprietary beverages sold in a cup, the new single-origin coffee qualifies for 7Rewards®, 7‑Eleven’s customer loyalty program. Through its mobile app, 7Rewards customers earn a free any-size drink after the purchase of six drink purchases. The 7‑Eleven app is available for download in Google Play and the App store.

Peru single-origin coffee from Cajamarca is available for a limited time at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization and growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve our mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the Rainforest Alliance aims to rebalance the planet through creative, pragmatic collaboration, building strong forests and healthy communities around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Contact:
7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

PetSmart Charities Grants to Help Vulnerable Populations Keep their Pets

Grants from PetSmart Charities are helping vulnerable populations and people at-risk keep their pets close when they need them the most

PHOENIX, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — When PetSmart Charities expanded its mission to reach beyond pet homelessness, a key goal of North America’s leading funder of animal welfare was to support programs aimed at decreasing the number of pets entering shelters due to owner surrender, and increasing the chances that people and their pets could be kept together, even during challenging times.

In a 2017 survey funded by PetSmart Charities, and conducted by Wakefield Research, 97 percent of respondents agreed it is important to keep people and their pets together during difficult situations such as living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, escaping situations of domestic abuse or being deployed on military leave.

“Our experience and research has shown most people truly don’t want to give up their pets,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “Most often, people surrender their pets because they feel like they have no other option, or because they need help and can’t find it. But with these recent grants and the support of our phenomenal partners in the animal welfare and social services sectors, we’re hoping to enable more people to keep their pets, no matter what life circumstances they may be facing.”

This year, PetSmart Charities earmarked $1.72 million specifically for non-profits and animal welfare organizations working to keep people and their beloved pets together. From coast-to-coast, here are some examples of grants that are helping keep more pets with the people who love them and rely upon their unconditional love and support.

Grants to Help Vulnerable Populations Keep their Pets

A $20,000 grant to the University of Wisconsin’s WisCARES Homeless Services program will help the organization provide preventive and basic veterinary care to the pets of low-income and homeless pet owners in the Madison, Wis. area. Recent studies and articles are proving that not only do pets provide individuals with a source of companionship and emotional support, but for those living on the street, they can also provide warmth, comfort, security and sense of purpose. WisCARES hopes to help 50 pets stay with their pet parents and out of pet shelters with this grant.

A $30,000 grant to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago will support its Friends Who Care program, which works in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Aging to provide pet food, supplies and other resources, including low-to-no-cost veterinary care for pets living with elderly citizens. PetSmart Charities’ grant will help the society expand this program to help keep thousands of pets in the Chicago area with their senior pet parents, where they can live out their lives happily together thanks to the partnership between Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society and the Department of Aging.

Grants to Help Military Personnel and Victims of Violence Reunite with Their Pets

A $10,000 grant to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Division will be used to create new partnerships with local branches of the National Guard, veterans hospitals and domestic violence shelters. Through these partnerships, military service personnel and domestic violence survivors can seek free, temporary boarding for their pets should they be deployed on active duty or leave an abusive relationship. This prevents the painful decision to surrender a pet when facing a life-changing situation, and gives people the chance to reclaim their pet once they have returned from a service mission or found a safer living environment. The department estimates this program will prevent at least 30 pets from entering local shelters this year.

An additional $10,000 grant was made to Animal Protection of New Mexico to support the organization’s Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), which works in partnership with the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV). CARE empowers domestic violence survivors to escape dangerous situations by providing a temporary safe haven for their pets. According to their website, CARE was founded in 1999 to address the tragic reality that many domestic violence survivors delay leaving their abuser out of fear for the safety of their pets. This fear is well founded, since 71 percent of domestic violence survivors reported their abuser had injured, killed or threatened family pets in an effort to control victims . The organization believes this grant will help to prevent 100 pets from entering local shelters.

These are just four examples of the 71 grants PetSmart Charities made to organizations committed to diverting pets from entering shelters and keeping them with their pet parents and families. For more information on the work that PetSmart Charities does to support people and pets, please visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: @petsmartcharities
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmart

Source: PetSmart Inc.

The Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shops featured in 35 new PetSmart stores opened through the second quarter 2017

Only Natural Pet®, Wellness®, Instinct® and Castor & Pollux® Among Top Brands in Pinnacle Line

PHOENIX, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart today (Nov. 16, 2017) announced the addition of its Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shop in all new stores*, a dedicated space featuring an expanded collection of pet food products offering high-protein, organic, natural, grain-free, minimally processed and/or raw pet food. These food types are the fastest growing in the overall pet food category and embody the peak of pet nutrition.

The Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shops are featured in all 35 new stores opened so far through the second quarter 2017. The shops are about 550 square feet and offer 400-plus items across several brands such as Wellness, which crafts delicious recipes that use simple, natural ingredients without any fluff or fillers including Wellness CORE RawRev high-protein kibble plus 100 percent freeze dried raw meat and dehydrated Wellness TruFood formulas; Instinct®– The Raw Brand®, a brand redefining better in pet food through the pure, real nutrition of raw; Castor & Pollux®, a brand setting new standards with organic and responsibly sourced pet food with its Organix® & PristineTM lines; as well as Only Natural Pet, which offers paleo-inspired, raw, protein-first recipes that are dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried.

“We know many pet parents want their pets to live a happy, healthy lifestyle that mirrors their own, and that includes enjoying great-tasting, wholesome foods,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We are thrilled to help pet parents feed their pets the very best by offering this easy-to-find, dedicated store space that features a curated collection of pet food representing the peak of pet nutrition.”

Raw formulas are popular among pet parents today, especially the freeze-dried, air-dried and dehydrated recipes that deliver a convenient and safe raw nutrition alternative. Only Natural Pet is rooted in this approach, and PetSmart is the exclusive national retailer for this natural pet food brand, which launched in 2015 at PetSmart in about 250 stores and is now offered in more than 800 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

The Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shop recently won the Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing Award for the in-store merchandising category.

For more information on PetSmart’s Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shop, visit: http://www.petsmart.com/pinnacle-nutrition-shop.html.

*Excludes The Groomery stand-alone salon stores, which began opening in Oct. 2017.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding

Contact:

Erin Gray
PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend Saved the Lives of Nearly 27,000 Shelter Pets

With the Help of Adoption Partners, PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and Animal-Loving North Americans Saved the Lives of Nearly 27,000 Shelter Pets

Phoenix, Ariz., 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nearly 27,000 shelter pets found their forever homes at PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend, held at PetSmart stores across North America Nov. 10-12 — making it the most successful November National Adoption Weekend since PetSmart began its in-store adoption program in 1994 and its second-best to date.

While often referred to as National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts spanned the entire week of Nov. 6-12, with the vast majority of pets (approximately 90 percent) being adopted Friday through Sunday. A grand total of 26,823 lives were saved—representing a 17 percent increase over the previous November event.

“We are thrilled that 26,823 found their forever homes this past weekend,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “At PetSmart Charities, one of the ways we support the bond between people and pets is by hosting our signature National Adoption Weekend events. Our mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets and keep pets and people together could not be achieved without the support of PetSmart stores, the work of our dedicated partners in animal welfare – some 3,500 across North America – and the compassion of tens of thousands of pet parents who decide to open their hearts and their homes to these deserving pets this past weekend.”

Held four times a year in February, May, September and November, National Adoption Weekend events showcase adoptable pets in nearly every PetSmart store in the United States and Canada, and usually feature several adoption organizations at each store location. On average, more than 25,000 pets find forever homes at PetSmart-PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, and the event held this past September, where more than 30,000 pets found forever homes, was the most successful event in the retailer’s history.

The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on February 16-18, 2018.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S., while four large animal welfare agencies will distribute it in Canada.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date.  PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

Media Contacts:
PetSmart Charities 24-Hour Media Line
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

MEADFA reschedules MEADFA Conference to take place in the first quarter of 2018

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a result of the current political uncertainty in the region, the Board of MEADFA has decided that the 2017 MEADFA Conference will not go ahead in Beirut as planned.

The event will be rescheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2018, at a date and venue to be confirmed shortly.

Delegate fees will be reimbursed in full to all registered delegates, unless they instruct MEADFA to retain their payment against participation at the conference in early 2018.

The MEADFA President, Haitham al Majali, said: “This has not been an easy decision to make, especially given the wonderful support we have received from our friends and partners in Lebanon during the planning for this year’s event. However, the first responsibility of the MEADFA Board with regard to our Conference is to guarantee the security of our delegates, and we feel that the current situation obliges us, with the greatest regret, to take this step.

“On behalf of MEADFA, I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to His Excellency Mr Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Tourism for the Republic of Lebanon, for his unwavering support of this event, which I hope will return to Lebanon in the near future. We would also like to thank our friends and partners at Beirut Duty Free and Aphrodite Duty Free for all they have done in helping us plan the Conference. We understand that this decision will be a considerable disappointment to them, but hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again in future.

“I would also like to thank all our sponsors for the MEADFA Conference 2017 and hope that we will be able to rely on their support as we go forward. Also, I must thank our world-class line-up of speakers, who I very much hope to see at a future MEADFA Conference. Finally, my thanks to the nearly 400 delegates who had planned to attend this event. We hope to see you at the rescheduled MEADFA Conference early next year.

“Important though the MEADFA Conference is, both to the regional duty free & travel retail industry and to MEADFA itself, our first thoughts now are with the people of Lebanon, and with the stability and prosperity of our region. We have the utmost faith in the resilience of our people, of our businesses and of our industry, as we face this latest challenge.”

Contact:

971 4 299 66 63
971 4 299 66 30
info@meadfa.com

Source: MEADFA

PayPal and Synchrony to expand strategic consumer credit relationship

Synchrony Financial to Acquire U.S. Consumer Credit Receivables from PayPal, Companies Extend Co-Brand Credit Card Relationship

SAN JOSE, Calif. & STAMFORD, Conn., 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) today (Nov 16, 2017) announced an agreement to significantly expand their strategic consumer credit relationship. Under the terms of the transaction, Synchrony Financial will acquire $6.8 billion in receivables, including PayPal’s U.S. consumer credit receivables portfolio, which totaled approximately $5.8 billion in receivables as of October 31, 2017, and approximately $1 billion in participation interests in receivables held by certain investors and a chartered financial institution. Subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, this transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

In addition, at closing, PayPal and Synchrony Bank will extend the existing co-brand consumer credit card program agreement, and Synchrony Bank will also become the exclusive issuer of the PayPal Credit online consumer financing program, in the U.S. for 10 years.

“Providing great payments experiences to our customers is at the core of everything we do,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “Our expanded relationship with Synchrony Financial will free up cash currently used to fund consumer credit receivables for other uses, while accelerating our ability to deliver engaging credit and payments experiences for our customers. We believe this transaction significantly advances our strategic and financial goals.”

“This collaboration builds on a key partner relationship in the rapidly growing digital payments space and expands our capabilities within the merchant environment,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial. “The partnership with PayPal extends our expertise in advanced analytics and underwriting across all digital channels, providing deeper insights into the unique needs of the PayPal customer.”

Since 2004, PayPal and Synchrony Bank have partnered to offer PayPal-branded consumer credit card options that enable cardholders to shop online and in stores. PayPal and Synchrony Bank will be expanding their program agreement to include the PayPal Credit online consumer financing program available to PayPal’s U.S. customers. Through this expanded relationship, PayPal will continue to provide access to innovative consumer credit products, while Synchrony Bank will provide program management capabilities. This transaction enables PayPal to control customer-facing activities, which aligns with PayPal’s strategy of enhancing the consumer experience, while simultaneously allowing for more efficient capital allocation.

Online consumer financing has been a strategic offering of the PayPal platform since 2008, and is a proven driver of consumer and merchant engagement. The expanded agreement with Synchrony Bank for both the U.S. PayPal Credit online consumer financing program and the U.S. PayPal-branded consumer credit card program complements PayPal’s successful partnering strategy and allows PayPal to collaborate with an industry leader to enrich and expand PayPal’s consumer credit offerings. The expanded relationship will enable innovative customer experiences by leveraging the joint capabilities and strengths of each company.

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as the financial advisor to PayPal. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as the financial advisor to Synchrony Financial.

PayPal will host a conference call to discuss the transaction at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) today. A live webcast of the conference call, together with a slide presentation, can be accessed through the company’s Investor Relations website at https://investor.paypal-corp.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days through the same link.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 218 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PayPal financial information, visit https://investor.paypal-corp.com.

Forward Looking Statements About PayPal

This announcement contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information relate to future events and future performance and reflect, among other things PayPal’s expectations regarding the anticipated benefits of this transaction and the timing of the closing of the transaction. Forward looking statements may be identified by words such as “seek”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, expect”, “intend”, and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, or “might” occur or be achieved and any other similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the timing and possible outcome of regulatory approvals in connection with the transaction, the possibility that the transaction may not close, and the possibility that the anticipated benefits of the transaction may not be realized. More information about these and other factors can be found in PayPal Holdings, Inc.’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and its future filings with the SEC.

There are no assurances PayPal can fulfill forward-looking statements and information. Such forward-looking statements and information are only predictions based on current information available to the PayPal management team as of the date that such predictions are made; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facingPayPal, some of which are beyond PayPal’s control. Although PayPal believes that any forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, readers cannot be assured that actual outcomes or results will be consistent with such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.

About Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) is one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. Our roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today we are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables.* We provide a range of credit products through programs we have established with a diverse group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers to help generate growth for our partners and offer financial flexibility to our customers. Through our partners’ over 365,000 locations across the United States and Canada, and their websites and mobile applications, we offer our customers a variety of credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Synchrony Financial offers private label credit cards, Dual Card™, and general purpose co-branded credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products through Synchrony Bank. More information can be found at www.synchronyfinancial.comfacebook.com/SynchronyFinancialwww.linkedin.com/company/synchrony-financial and twitter.com/SYFNews.

* Source: The Nilson Report (June 2017, Issue # 1112) – based on 2016 data.

Forward Looking Statements About Synchrony Financial

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “targets,” “outlook,” “estimates,” “will,” “should,” “may” or words of similar meaning, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions, and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. As a result, actual results could differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements.

We caution you against relying on any forward-looking statements, including those that are included in our public filings, which should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in our public filings, including under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, as filed on February 23, 2017. You should not consider any list of such factors to be an exhaustive statement of all of the risks, uncertainties, or potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause our current expectations or beliefs to change. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as otherwise may be required by law.

Contact:

For PayPal
Investors:
Gabrielle Rabinovitch
Vice President
Investor Relations
grabinovitch@paypal.com

Media:
Amanda Miller
408-219-0563
Director
Corporate Communications
amanmiller@paypal.com

For Synchrony Financial
Investors:
Greg Ketron
203-585-6291

Investor Relations:
investorrelations@syf.com

Lisa Lanspery
203-585-6143
Corporate Communications
Lisa.Lanspery@syf.com

Source: PayPal Holdings, Inc.

Delivery Hero welcomes CMA’s clearance for the sale of its UK business to Just Eat plc

Berlin, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, welcomes the announcement by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) to unconditionally clear the sale of Delivery Hero’s UK business, Hungryhouse Holdings Limited (“Hungryhouse”), to Just Eat plc (“Just Eat”).

The unconditional clearance in the CMA’s final report is fully in line with Delivery Hero’s expectations and is consistent with the CMA’s provisional clearance decision of 12 October 2017.

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 60+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees in addition to thousands of employed delivery drivers.

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

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications
Delivery Hero
bodo.braunmuehl@deliveryhero.com

Investor Enquiries:

Duncan McIntyre
SVP Corporate Finance &amp
Investor Relations
Delivery Hero
duncan.mcintyre@deliveryhero.com

Source: Delivery Hero

Kum & Go opens its newest store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

New store at 11th and Grange features fresh food and a variety of fuel options

Sioux Falls, SD, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go opens the doors Thursday, November 16, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Sioux Falls, SD, at 1005 West 11th Street. The 6,200-square foot store will focus on fresh food and features a variety of unique offerings. To help encourage customers to try those offerings, the first 200 customers will receive a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich or donut!

A key feature of the store is an expanded and open food preparation area that customers can see from the moment they enter. Other location features include:

  • Elevated food experience with Kum & Go’s “Go Fresh Market”
  • Open kitchen layout, clear aisles and easy-to-navigate zones
  • Expansive beer cave
  • Seating inside and patio seating outside
  • Custom Ampersand sculpture celebrating the sights and attractions of the Sioux Falls community
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for customers
  • Design using energy efficient and sustainable design practices

“This footprint represents everything that Kum & Go strives to be for our associates and for our customers,” said Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. “This is the evolution of our brand promise and business approach. Now customers can truly experience the “more” that we provide.”

The store will be open 24 hours a day. The phone number to the store is 605-332-3630. The phone number to the food area is 605-332-3415.

This is the eighth Kum & Go in Sioux Falls. Future locations of this food-focused layout are planned for 2017 in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming)

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
kristie.bell@kumandgo.com
515-457-6266 (office)

Source: Kum & Go

Levi Strauss & Co. to open new store at New York City’s Times Square in 2018

Store to open in late 2018; will provide consumers with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. today  (November 15, 2017) announced a new Levi’s® flagship  store in New York City’s Times Square at 1535 Broadway, in the heart of the city’s shopping and  entertainment district. The store is expected to open in late 2018 and will replace the brand’s current  location at 1501 Broadway, which has been open since 2008.

“This new flagship store is a testament to the strength and relevance of the Levi’s® brand,” said Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president of global retail at Levi Strauss & Co. “Located in the heart of Times Square, this store will be the ultimate shopping destination for consumers from around the world  who are seeking authenticity, customization, and personalized fit and style expertise.”

At approximately 17,000 square feet, the store will be one of the largest in LS&Co.’s global fleet. It comes on the heels of the latest re-opening of the Levi’s® store in SoHo, which features the latest advancements in technology, customization and authentic Levi’s® vintage products. The strategy for the  Times Square flagship will be shaped by extensive consumer research LS&Co. conducted to better understand consumer expectations when shopping at a Levi’s® store, leveraging the very best in store design, product assortment and omni-channel capabilities to deliver a world-class consumer shopping
experience.

The decision to invest in a new, larger format store in Times Square reinforces the company’s confidence in direct-to-consumer, which now represents nearly one-third of LS&Co.’s total global business. Company owned and operated retail is a key component of this strategy and has been an
important and profitable growth driver.

“For us, it’s about meeting consumers where and how they want to shop,” said Ask. “With this store, we are focused on bringing the flexibility and ease of omni-channel to the in-store environment, while also giving the consumer a unique and highly personalized experience that they can’t get anywhere else.”

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen®
brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2016 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to levistrauss.com.

About the Levi’s® brand
The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in  the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeanswear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style. For more information about the Levi’s® brand, its products and stores, please visit levi.com.

Contact:

Avery Vaught
Levi Strauss & Co.
415.713.1346
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.

Restaurant Brands International and Bridgepoint Advisers announce partnership to develop and strengthen the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Burger King Europe GmbH (“BKE”), an affiliate of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”), and Bridgepoint Advisers Limited (“Bridgepoint”) announced today (November 16, 2017) a master franchise joint venture agreement to further develop and strengthen the position of the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom.

The Agreement will result in the establishment of a new BURGER KING® UK entity and Bridgepoint will simultaneously acquire Caspian UK Group, one of the UK’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with 74 restaurants. As master franchisee, Bridgepoint will have exclusive development rights for the brand in the UK.

“We are thrilled to announce this agreement to increase the pace of growth for the BURGER KING® brand in the UK, one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant markets,” said José Cil, President of the BURGER KING® brand. “The Bridgepoint team has extensive experience in the UK market and a strong track record investing in and developing leading brands in the quick service restaurant industry, which positions them well for success.”

“BURGER KING® is a preeminent global consumer brand with a robust and growing presence in the UK market, well-liked by consumers,” said a Bridgepoint spokesperson. “We look forward to appointing a highly regarded management buy-in team to reinvigorate a much-loved brand and to grow the existing UK business.”

“BURGER KING® is an iconic global brand with a long-standing heritage in the quick service restaurant market,” said Martin Robinson, chairman designate of BURGER KING® UK. “Working with Bridgepoint and BKE, the team believes it can deliver growth and further opportunities for the brand to flourish in the UK market.”

Today, the BURGER KING® brand has a significant presence across a number of countries in Europe and approximately 500 restaurants in the United Kingdom. This joint venture will help to further increase the presence and strength of the BURGER KING® brand in the UK and Europe.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $29 billion in system-wide sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service
restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 40 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at www.rbi.com.

About BURGER KING®
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER, the BURGER KING® system operates over 16,000 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Bridgepoint
Bridgepoint is a European private equity firm. With over €20 billion of capital raised to date, it typically focuses on acquiring well managed companies in attractive sectors helping companies and management teams by investing in expansion, operational transformation or via consolidating
acquisitions. Current investments in the food and casual dining sector include Zizzi & ASK Italian, Coco di Mama, Deliveroo and Pret A Manger.

The Firm operates three divisions:
1. Bridgepoint Europe, which concentrates on middle market companies across Europe typically valued between €200 million and €1 billion. It has offices in Europe, China and the United States in Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. It is
currently investing a €4 billion fund, Bridgepoint Europe V.
2. Bridgepoint Development Capital, a separate ‘lower mid-cap’ or smaller buyout and growth capital business which focuses on the acquisition of companies in the UK, France and the Nordic region, typically valued between €50 million and €150 million. In 2016 it raised a new £600 million
fund, BDC III.
3. Bridgepoint Growth makes earlier stage growth capital investments in fast-growth smaller businesses, typically valued up to £30 million, seeking equity investment between £5 million and £15 million. It has a focus on the consumer, media, technology and business services sectors and in
particular on companies utilizing digital technologies to achieve transformational growth in their endmarkets.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are often identified by the words”may,” “might,” “believes,” “thinks,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends” or similar expressions and reflect expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements include statements about (i) the expected structure of the franchise relationship with Bridgepoint; and (ii) the growth of the UK fast food hamburger industry, the expected growth of the BURGER KING® brand in the UK and the future opportunities for the brand in such market. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are detailed in RBI’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and with the securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of Canada, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K and include the following: risks related to the ability to successfully implement BURGER KING®’s growth strategy in the UK market and risks related to BURGER KING®’s ability to compete in an intensely competitive industry. Other than as required under U.S. federal securities laws or Canadian securities laws, we do not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, change in expectations or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:
Restaurant Brands International
E: media@rbi.com

Bridgepoint
James Murray
Tel: +44 207 034 3555
E: james.murray@bridgepoint.eu

Instinctif Partners
Guy Scarborough, Damian Reece
Tel: +44 207 457 2020
E: guy.scarborough@instinctif.com or damian.reece@instinctif.com

SOURCE: Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Lenta announces the opening of its fortieth supermarket in Moscow

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its fortieth supermarket in Moscow.

The new store is a Lenta supermarket located at 4 Sokolnicheskaya street, Moscow. The store has a total area of 1,476 sq.m with 925 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 7,800 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Moscow and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 8 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Moscow is Lenta’s twenty third supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 214 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 71 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 214 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 71 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,282,520 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
E-mail: pr@lenta.com

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

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
victor.pomichal@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Express, Inc. to host Q3 2017 results conference call on Thursday, November 30, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), a specialty retail apparel company, today (Nov. 16, 2017) announced that it will conduct a conference call to discuss third quarter 2017 results on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Earlier that morning, the Company will issue a press release detailing those results. The conference call will be hosted by David Kornberg, president and chief executive officer, Matthew Moellering, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Perry Pericleous, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003 approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be webcast live at: http://www.express.com/investor and remain available for 90 days. A telephone replay of this call will be available at 12:00 p.m. ET on November 30, 2017, until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 7, 2017, and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering the replay pin number 13672476.

In addition, an investor presentation of third quarter 2017 results will be available at: http://www.express.com/investor at approximately 7:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

About Express, Inc.:

Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30-year-old customer. Express has more than 35 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 600 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Express merchandise is also available at franchise locations and online in Latin America. Express also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website, www.express.com, as well as on its mobile app.

Investor Contact:
Mark Rupe
(614) 474-4465
VP Investor Relations

Media Contact:
Express, Inc.
Robin Hoffman
(614) 474-4834
Director of Communications

Source: Express, Inc.