National Influenza Vaccination Week: CVS Health encourages families to get their flu shots in preparation for peak flu season

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is encouraging families to get their flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9) in preparation for peak flu season. A recent survey released by CVS Health found that nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to remind people to get vaccinated through the busy holiday season and into the new year, when cases of the flu typically increase.

According to the CDC, only about 40 percent of the U.S. population reported having been vaccinated by the end of November last year. “National Influenza Vaccination Week is a great reminder to make time during the busy holiday season to get your annual flu shot,” said Papatya Tankut, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Health. “With many people gathering for the holidays and flu activity beginning to increase, getting vaccinated will help ensure a healthier holiday for you and your loved ones.”

The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu and is considered a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act. The vaccine is fully covered and available at no cost through most insurance plans. With more than 9,700 CVS Pharmacy stores and 1,100 walk-in MinuteClinic locations accepting most insurance plans, CVS Health has made vaccinations quick, easy and accessible for patients.

This year’s flu survey sheds light on the increasing number of factors families consider when deciding where, when, and how to get vaccinated. Among those who have ever received a flu vaccine, the top considerations on where to receive the vaccine include convenience (37%), doctor recommendations (36%) and where insurance is accepted (35%).

The survey also revealed that nearly two in three (65 percent) employed Americans would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.

“The influenza virus is highly contagious and can be easily spread through a workplace environment through direct contact with co-workers or infected surfaces,” said Angela Patterson, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “Influenza infection can have potentially serious effects and getting vaccinated is vital to staying healthy, especially when working alongside co-workers who may have already contracted the virus.”

Getting the flu shot protects you and those around you who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. With seasonal flu outbreaks beginning as early as October and lasting as late as May, it is not too late to get a flu shot as it is the best defense against getting the flu.

Flu shots are available seven days a week, with no appointment necessary at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations nationwide, including locations inside select Target stores.1 Consumers can easily find the store closest to them using CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app, and for those patients planning to go to MinuteClinic for their flu shot, location information and current wait times can be found on the CVS Pharmacy app or MinuteClinic.com.

In addition, customers will receive a $5 off $25 coupon when they get a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic. Patients who receive a flu shot at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations inside select Target stores will receive a $5 Target coupon.2

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

1 Flu shots are available when immunizing pharmacist, MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on duty, while supplies last. Age restrictions apply. Vaccinations vary by state based on regulations. Age restrictions apply.

2 Offer is not valid in the state of AR, HI, NY and NJ. $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI. Normal ExtraCare purchase restrictions apply for $5 of $25 CVS Pharmacy coupon. Terms and conditions are applied to coupon. See coupon for details. $5 Target coupon cannot be issued in AR, HI, NJ, and NY and is not available at MinuteClinic locations in MA, PA and RI. Coupon valid for Target merchandise only. Offer available only at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in Target from 8/14/17 through 3/31/18. Limit one per customer.

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401-770-2931
E: Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health survey: majority of Americans agree that the health care system is in need of reform

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Results of a new national survey from CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) released today (November 30, 2017) found that over half (56 percent) of Americans say the U.S. health care system does not work well for them, while overwhelming majorities agree the system is in need of reform (73 percent) and is currently too politicized (69 percent).

The State of Health Care in the United States.
Of those Americans frustrated by the current state of U.S. health care, 65 percent say it is too expensive, and the affordability of health care, health insurance and prescription drugs top the list of Americans’ most urgent concerns.

The results of the national survey of 2,201 adults, conducted online by Morning Consult on behalf of CVS Health in October 2017 and released at the Forbes Health Care Summit, also found that more Americans (41 percent) believe health care in the U.S. has generally gotten worse rather than improved over the past five years. However, when it comes to their personal experience, a plurality say their own health care has largely not changed, and a larger share of Americans say it has gotten better (28 percent) than who say it has gotten worse (23 percent).

Despite generally negative views of health care in the United States, a vast majority of insured respondents (83 percent) say they are somewhat or very satisfied with their health plans. However, nearly a third report that they did not have a choice in the health plan that was offered to them.

At the same time, respondents of the survey are hopeful about the health care system’s future state, particularly for the next generation of Americans. This sentiment is particularly strong among American parents of whom 52 percent say they are optimistic their children will have better health care than they did at their age. They point to innovation as the reason, with 65 percent who say advances in health care will make lives safer and 66 percent who say advances will make lives longer.

However, the survey reveals limits to Americans’ optimism as a skeptical public questions whether effective health care reform will eliminate regulatory barriers to innovation and put patients first. According to the survey, a plurality of Americans (45 percent) feel there is too much regulation in the way of innovation in health care. Furthermore, three out of five Americans say decisions made in health care put the bottom line ahead of patients, whereas only one in five say that either decisions put patients first or they are at least considered equally with the bottom line.

“While we see significant frustration in this poll with the cost and quality of healthcare, there is a sense of hope among Americans about the future,” said CVS Health Chief Medical Officer Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H. “These findings underscore a challenging set of pain points in the system which should serve as a catalyst for all players in health care patients, providers, payors and policymakers to work together to pursue the necessary reforms and innovations that improve quality and affordability and make a complex system easier to navigate for a more empowered health care consumer.”

The full set of survey results is available at www.cvshealth.com/stateofhealthcare.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States between October 19-23, 2017 among 2,201 adults aged 18+ by Morning Consult on behalf of CVS Health. Results from the survey have a margin of error of 2%.

About CVS Health

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

Media Contact:

Joe Goode
401-770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health offers Meningitis B vaccines to students, faculty and staff at UMass Amherst

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is offering Meningitis B vaccines to students, faculty and staff at UMass Amherst, in response to two confirmed cases of Meningitis B on campus. CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have vaccines available to protect patients against the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that the strains of the meningococcal bacteria that caused both student’s infections are closely related, meaning there may be an increased risk of the disease for other undergraduates on campus. UMass Amherst students who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a meningococcal illness, as well as faculty and staff who have conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, or sickle cell anemia, should also receive the vaccine.

Meningitis B vaccines are fairly new and most college students have not received the vaccine previously. All college students are required to receive a vaccine that protect against four other strains of the meningococcal disease (A, C, W, and Y), but that vaccine does not protect against B, which is the cause of the current infections at UMass Amherst.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from meningococcal infection and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic will be offering the Meningitis B vaccine at the following locations1:

  • 165 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002 (MinuteClinic also available)
  • 76 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
  • 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035 (Located inside Target)
  • 366 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (MinuteClinic also available)
  • 90 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
  • 70 West State Street, Granby, MA 01033
  • Crystal Springs Plaza, 151 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
  • Route 10, 118 Northampton Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
  • 1616 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020
  • 400 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
  • 1176 Granby Road, Chicopee, MA 01020
  • 451 Center Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
  • 250 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
  • 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 (Located inside Target)
  • 1990 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095

All CVS Pharmacy locations can order doses of the vaccine upon request and have it available the next day. Pharmacy and medical clinic staff can assist patients in determining whether the vaccine is covered by their insurance plan.

“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent serious diseases, like Meningitis B,” said Tobias Barker, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of MinuteClinic. “Our CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are ready to provide meningitis vaccinations to the UMass Amherst community, and can help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future.”

No appointment is needed to receive a meningitis vaccination. Patients should bring both their health insurance and prescription insurance cards.

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

Media Contact:
CVS Health
Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

1 Vaccines are available when an immunizing pharmacist or MinuteClinic nurse practitioner is on duty, while supplies last.

SOURCE: CVS Health

Iceland supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose bottle Deposit Return Scheme

London, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Iceland fully supports Greenpeace’s call for the Government to impose a bottle DepositReturn Scheme (DRS).

Richard Walker, Director for Sustainability at Iceland Foods, said: “Every minute, a truckload of plastic waste enters our oceans. In Britain, we are failing to recycle up to 16 million single use plastic bottles every day.

“This cannot carry on. It is causing untold damage to our oceans and wildlife. It is also a ticking time bomb for humanity, since we all ultimately depend on a healthy ocean environment for our own survival.

“Deposit Return Schemes work. In Norway theirs has led to 96% of all bottles being returned, with similar results in other countries that have adopted a DRS. Britain urgently needs to do the same.

“Introducing a DRS may well add to our costs of doing business. However, we believe it is a small price to pay for the long term sustainability of this planet. I urge all other retailers to do the right thing and follow suit.”

In addition, Iceland has offered its support by hosting a DRS reverse vending machine within a number of its stores for the Government to trial.

About Iceland Foods
Iceland is recognised as the leader in frozen food with 900 stores in the UK. The company prides itself on being a convenient and friendly place to do the family’s weekly shop, as well as to meet everyone’s daily top-up shopping needs for fresh, chilled and frozen food and groceries. Since 1970 Iceland has been proudly demonstrating to shoppers just how the Power of Frozen can deliver an extensive choice of high quality, great-tasting food from fine sources around the world at great value prices. With the Power of Frozen at its heart, Iceland naturally generates low levels of food waste. In the 1980s the company led the way in removing artificial colours, flavours and non-essential preservatives from its own label products, while in the 1990s it became the first national food retailer to remove GM ingredients from its own brand range. Its long history of environmental action includes the launch of the Kyoto range of fridges and freezers in partnership with Greenpeace in 1998, and it has recently completed a company-wide conversion to LED lighting to reduce its carbon footprint. Iceland has won multiple awards for the quality of its products and services, including being named Online Supermarket of the Year by both The Grocer and IGD in 2017. It has ranked as one of the UK’s Best Big Companies to Work For in each of the last 11 years, and was number one in both 2012 and 2014.

ENQUIRIES:
Keith Hann
Director of Corporate Affairs
01244 842228 / 07831 521870
kh@keithhann.com

Source: Iceland Foods

Poundland keeps things really simple with its 2017 Christmas TV ad

Willenhall, United Kingdom, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Poundland will tonight unveil its 2017 Christmas TV ad that cost just £65,000 to make and a total of £415,000 once the airtime is bought, compared to the £7 million spent by John Lewis, which equates to a private jet or Birmingham’s most expensive house.

Without the need for animated bears, flying reindeers, CGI monsters or an imagination workshop, Poundland proudly heroes the British public and the £1 Christmas products that keep them returning back to Poundland stores.

The new advert sees two passionate Poundland fans traverse the high-streets of the nation asking shoppers to guess how much the discount retailer’s festive favourites are worth, only to be surprised by the £1 price tag.

Following these real-life revelations, the ad reveals Brits confessions that the festive gifts are such good quality they could pass as competitor ranges, that are double or even triple the price.

From screams of surprise at the Christmas Cushion that looks like it’s worth a tenner to the giggles of delight at the Offensive Mug shoppers would pay £5 for, the commercial demonstrates the discount retailer’s continued ability in championing the customer by bringing the best deals directly to them.

Marketing Controller Mark Pym said: “This is how Poundland do Christmas; real customers talking about real products on the high street with real reactions.

“We like to keep things really simple. We don’t need to spend millions to give savvy shoppers a break from reality, create extra merchandise or use mumbo jumbo language to explain our ads.”

This year’s TV campaign returns tonight with two 20-second and one 30-second slots with even more humour, product surprises and shopper’s surprised reactions at 7.15pm on ITV. Poundland fans can view the trailer, extended cuts and exclusive behind-the-scenes content on the Poundland Facebook page now.

About the Poundland 2017 Christmas commercial

Poundland’s Christmas 2017 commercial was directed by Ben Tongue who studied at Halifax University for the big budget of £415,000 – a mere 6% of the John Lewis budget, and with just as much entertainment. Just like the popular discount retailer, this year’s Christmas commercial from Poundland proves you don’t need to spend a lot for good quality.

About Poundland

From opening its first store in Burton-upon-Trent in 1990, Poundland, has built a network of almost 900 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, offering top brands and great quality own brand products, that provide customers with amazing value every day.

Named Discount Retailer of the Year in 2015, it now has over 18,000 colleagues who serve over seven million customers every week from Wick to Weymouth, Londonderry to Lowestoft and Holyhead to Hastings.

At the 2015 Grocer Gold Awards, Poundland was singled out for Own Label Range of the Year for its Make Up Gallery cosmetics line, symbolic of its promise to customers – thousands of quality products in store with over 1,000 well-known brands in 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, Pet, Stationery, Books, DVDs and Toys. This week Poundland has been shortlisted for the Retail Week’s Best Value Retailer Award 2018.

In 2017 Poundland began to roll out PEP&CO ‘shop-in-shops’ offering customers a full range of women’s, men’s and kids’ fashion.  Already available in over 130 of its stores. PEP&CO is bringing new style to Poundland with simple low pricing on family fashion that’s hard to find on local high streets.  Prices at PEP&CO start at £1 and 95 per cent of the range is under £10.

In September 2016, Poundland became part of the Steinhoff International family an integrated manufacturer and retailer with operations in Europe, Australasia, Africa and the United States.

For further information, please contact the Poundland PR team on 020 3793 3842 or email Poundland@onegreenbean.com

Source: Poundland

Pradera appoints Sabiha Güleç and Sevgi Ocak as Joint Heads of its Turkey office

London, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pradera, the specialist international retail real estate fund and asset manager, has appointed Sabiha Güleç and Sevgi Ocak as Joint Heads of its Turkey office.

Their primary responsibility will be to oversee the management of Istanbul Cevahir, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres that Pradera manages on behalf of St Martins Management Company. Sabiha and Sevgi have been an integral part of the team that has successfully reconfigured and repositioned the asset in recent years.

Sevgi joined Pradera in 2010, to oversee finance, accounting and reporting. She has over 18 years of industry experience and has worked in the finance departments of multinational businesses from a variety of different sectors. Sabiha joined Pradera in 2007, and was appointed Head of Leasing & Asset Management in 2015.

Sevgi and Sabiha take over from Alison Rehill-Erguven who has been appointed Chief Executive of Pradera Retail Asia, China. However, Alison will continue to oversee Pradera’s Turkish business as Chairman of Pradera Turkey.

David Fletcher, Chief Executive of Pradera, commented: “We are delighted to appoint Sabiha and Sevgi as joint Head of Turkey. Their skills and experience in the country mean they are excellently placed to run the team and provide best in class fund and asset management services for our clients.”

This increasingly global perspective sees Pradera sharing best practice to further improve performance and returns in a €3.3 billion portfolio that now includes 58 shopping centres and retail parks worldwide.

PRESS ENQUIRIES:

James Carnegie, Good Relations Property
+44 20 7861 2573
jcarnegie@goodrelationsproperty.co.uk

Source: PRADERA

Pradera improved its Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark results for 2017 across its funds

London, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pradera, the specialist international retail real estate fund and asset manager, has again demonstrated it is setting the standard for sustainable retail real estate, having significantly improved its Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) results for 2017 across three of its funds.

The Pradera funds were analysed as part of the GRESB survey which sets the industry standard for sustainability in real estate portfolios across the world.

In the latest survey, all three Pradera funds were awarded ‘The Green Star’. This is GRESB’s highest award reserved for entities achieving especially high scores for sustainability implementation, measurement, management and policy. Pradera Central & Eastern Fund (PCEF) received The Green Star for the third year in a row largely due to the fact it is fully certified in terms of energy performance and BREEAM In-Use certificates, while Pradera European Retail Fund (PERF) and Pradera European Retail Fund 2 (PERF2) won the accolade for the first time.

PERF delivered the strongest GRESB results, with a 30 per cent increase on the previous year, while PERF2 and PCEF strengthened their environmental achievements by 29 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.  PERF and PERF2 were recognised for their outperformance in tenant engagement programmes involving sustainability. Tenant survey results covering operational and asset management aspects from Pradera’s Parc Valles Centre on the outskirts of Barcelona also contributed to PERF winning The Green Star for the first time.

Alison Rehill-Erguven, Head of Sustainability at Pradera, said: “We are wholly committed to sustainability at Pradera and these excellent results reflect the hard work of our on the ground asset management teams. As evidenced by the awards, we have made significant progress on the Environmental Management System as well as further implemented LED lighting and water conservation programmes and recycling initiatives.

“In addition, Pradera rolled-out sustainability workshops for property managers and our local asset management teams have further strengthened links within our communities by building awareness of healthy lifestyle.  As part of our long-term strategy, we have created more bicycle stations at our assets to promote environmentally friendly transport options and helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air-pollution.”

Pradera has participated in the annual GRESB survey since 2011 and on an overall historic basis it has improved its results for all funds combined by 192 per cent since 2012 demonstrating its environmental responsibility and active involvement in sustainability issues. This year over 850 entities participated in the survey. The analysis process covered approximately 77,000 real estate assets across 62 countries on six continents.

It is a busy time for fast growing Pradera, following a significant minority investment in the business by multi-family office LJ Partnership in April 2016. That deal signalled Pradera’s plans to expand and take its trusted platform into untapped segments of the retail property market and new geographies.

Pradera has since launched the Pradera European Retail Parks fund and established Pradera Retail Asia, a joint venture with Macquarie Retail Real Estate Management Limited (MIRA). It manages four retail properties in China in Shanghai, Chongqing, Qingdao, Xi’an and Shanghai, with a total gross leasable area (GLA) of 200,000 sqm. This increasingly global perspective sees Pradera sharing best practice to further improve performance and returns in a €3.3 billion portfolio that now includes 58 shopping centres and retail parks worldwide.

PRESS ENQUIRIES:

James Carnegie, Good Relations Property
+44 20 7861 2573
jcarnegie@goodrelationsproperty.co.uk

Source: PRADERA

Kum & Go opens the doors to its newest store in Muscatine, Iowa

New store on Cedar Street features fresh food and a variety of fuel options

Muscatine, IA, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kum & Go opens the doors Thursday, November 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Muscatine, Iowa, at 416 Cedar 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 Muscatine 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 563-263-2806. The phone number to the food area is 563-263-2694.

There are three Kum & Go stores in Muscatine. Kum & Go operates 133 stores in the state of Iowa.

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

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its first supermarket in Vladimir region

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of the first supermarket in Vladimir region.

The new store is located in Aleksandrov, Vladimir Region at 13 Lenina street. The store has a total area of 778 sq.m with 446 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 3,600 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Aleksandrov and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 80 parking spaces and 4 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Aleksandrov is Lenta’s twenty ninth supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 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 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,298,457 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

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of two new supermarkets in Yekaterinburg

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of two new supermarkets in Yekaterinburg.

The first store is located at 200 Moskovskaya street. The store has a total area of 1,494 sq.m with 983 sq.m of selling space. The store has 72 parking spaces and 8 cash registers.

The second supermarket is at 3 Kuznetsova street. The store has a total area of 934 sq.m with 389 sq.m. The store has 21 parking spaces and 4 cash registers.

Stores offer a broad product assortment of 7,800 and 3,600 SKUs which has been selected specifically for residents of Yekaterinburg and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. Both stores operate from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.The properties are leased by Lenta.

The new openings are Lenta’s twenty seventh and twenty eights supermarket launches in 2017 and bring the total number of Lenta stores to 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 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 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,298,457 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

Lenta appoints Steven Hellman as a non-executive Director

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce that Steven Hellman has been appointed as a non-executive Director of Lenta Ltd. with effect from 1st December, 2017.

Steven Hellman is the former Regional Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse for Russia and the CIS, a position he held from 2010 to 2016, during which period he advised Lenta in connection with its initial public offering and other corporate finance and strategic matters. From 2007 to 2010, Steven was Managing Director and head of Client Coverage for Credit Suisse Moscow. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has worked with various global organizations as a business manager and as an investment banking and legal services professional in the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia/CIS across a broad range of industries, including food retail.

Steven has served on the boards of numerous Russian companies and is currently a director of FESCO Transportation Group and of TransContainer PJSC.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Soviet Studies (1986) and a Juris Doctor degree (1989).

Steven Hellman will serve as one of three nominees of TPG on the Board of Directors, taking the place of Stephen Peel, who is resigning from the Board to launch a new private equity fund. Stephen Peel has served as a non-executive Director of Lenta Ltd. since 2011.

Lenta’s Chairman, John Oliver, commented:
“I am delighted that Steven Hellman has agreed to join the Lenta Board. The Company will benefit from his extensive Russian and international experience across diverse industries. He has been involved with Lenta since before the Company’s IPO, so he already knows the company and Russian food retail sector well.

On behalf of the Board I would also like to thank Stephen Peel for his contribution to Lenta’s development over the course of his 6-year tenure. We wish him success in his new endeavour.”

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 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,298,457 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
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Dunkin’ Donuts serves up free coffee on weekdays from December 1st through December 20th

Dunkin’ Donuts serves up free coffee on weekdays from December 1st through December 20th

 

  • On weekdays from December 1st through December 20th, select U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants
  • will each offer up to 500 guests free medium hot coffees
  • In each “Brewing Joy” market, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will donate $1,000 to organizations helping bring joy to sick or hungry kids

CANTON, MA, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts is saying thank you to its guests and local communities by brewing a little extra joy for the holiday season with free coffee through its “Brewing Joy” program. On weekdays between Monday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 20, at least one Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant somewhere in the U.S. will serve up to 500 free medium-sized cups of its signature hot coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing the “Brewing Joy” program to approximately 40 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in December.

Additionally, in each market where a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant is “Brewing Joy” with free coffee, area franchisees will donate $1,000 to a local organization aligned with the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to bring joy to children whose lives are affected by health issues or hunger. In total, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will donate more than $25,000 to local organizations through the “Brewing Joy” program.

The “Brewing Joy” program kicks off December 1 at perhaps the most appropriate Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the U.S., in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. The full schedule of participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations hosting “Brewing Joy” events can be found on the brand’s blog.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “We put the word ‘Joy’ on our holiday cups each year to represent the gratitude, giving and cheer that marks the season. In that same spirit, we are celebrating our guests by serving free coffees in select stores across the country and giving back to our local communities through our second annual ‘Brewing Joy’ program.”

Dunkin’ Donuts earlier this season also introduced two sweet deals to bring further joy throughout the holiday season. Now through the end of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature Hot Chocolate is available for only $1.99 for a medium or larger sized cup*. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is also available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for the special price of three pounds for $19.99**.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ holiday menu includes the new Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut, new Gingerbread Cookie Donut, Snowflake Sprinkle Donut and Snowflake Sprinkle MUNCHKINS®. For coffee lovers, the returning holiday flavors include Peppermint Mocha and Brown Sugar Cinnamon. Both coffee flavors are available for a limited time hot or iced, including lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. This holiday season, Dunkin’ cups once again feature a festive design and the simple word, “Joy” to convey the happiness and spirit of the season. Learn more about the innovation behind the brand’s holiday lineup on the Dunkin’ Donuts blog here.

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

*Any flavor except for Vanilla Chai

**Plus Applicable Taxes. Single bag or box of coffee at regular price.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders—including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests —and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $14 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Bon-Ton Family Of Stores will host “Santa Fest” Events on December 2 and December 9

Bon-Ton Family Of Stores will host “Santa Fest” Events on December 2 and December 9

 

  • Bon-Ton Family Of Stores Will Host Photos With Santa During “Santa Fest” Events
  • Free photos with Santa, kids’ crafts, shopping offers and a variety of fun activities

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX: BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores brings all things merry and bright to center stage with Santa’s arrival in December.  Children can meet the jolly man in the red suit during a special “Santa Fest” event on Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in all its department stores.

During this free holiday event, the kid’s department will be transformed into a festive holiday celebration sure to create childhood memories.  Parents can snap photos of their children meeting Santa or have a family photo taken by one of the elves.  Each child can participate in fun activities including making your own reindeer ears, snowflake ornament, holiday greeting card and coloring sheet to take home or give as gifts.

Parents can enjoy checking items off their shopping list while saving an extra 30 percent on their entire regular or sale priced children’s apparel purchases, and 40 percent off the entire stock of FAO Schwarz and Discovery Kids toys throughout the event.  Bon-Ton stores have a large selection of holiday dress wear, playwear, gifts and toys for kids of all ages.

Families are encouraged to post their photos with Santa on social media using hashtag #santafest.  Plus, those who share a photo with their favorite FAO Schwarz toy and post it on Instagram using the hashtags #returntowonder and #bontonstyle will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of three FAO Schwarz prizes totaling over $1750 each.  The grand prize will include the iconic eight-foot giraffe stuffed animal.

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

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

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Office Depot Receives 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology today (November 30, 2017) announced that it received a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for the seventh consecutive year,” said Zoë Maloney, senior vice president of human resources for Office Depot, Inc. “Office Depot is committed to an inclusive work environment that values and respects the talents and contributions of every associate. We recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, and offer equal opportunities for advancement, encouraging all employees to develop to their full potential.”

The 2018 CEI rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Office Depot’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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

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

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

Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and Complete Office is a trademark of Complete Office Solutions, LLC. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Rebecca Rakitin
561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

SPAR Austria introducES new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range

Austria, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the successful launch of the SPAR enjoy super fruit juice range earlier this year, SPAR Austria has tapped into another beverage trend with the introduction of its new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range, which comes in various delicious flavour combinations: Turmeric & Ginger, Rooibos & Herbs and Barley & Spearmint. The range is now available in all SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores across the country.

The ice tea is produced in a small tea factory in Upper Austria, where great attention is given to the quality of ingredients. The 100% carefully selected and harvested organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices include South African rooibos tea, regionally produced herbs, Austrian-grown barley and exotic mint. The unique combination of flavours give SPAR enjoy organic ice tea an incomparably refreshing and delicious taste.

The ice tea range contains only 5.5 grams of organic cane sugar per 100ml. This once again underlines SPAR’s efforts to reduce sugar in its own brand products. Less sugar not only means fewer calories, it also means that one gets a better appreciation of the natural ingredients used.

SPAR Austria’s new ice tea range doesn’t just impress through its unique taste, but also through its environmentally friendly packaging – coming in 330ml glass bottles, which are re-sealable and re-usable.

Read about the SPAR enjoy superfruit juice range launched earlier this year.

About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 when the first SPAR organisation was established, after being granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand by SPAR International. The current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

RIMOWA collaborates with Fendi to design an exceptional suitcase

RIMOWA collaborates with Fendi to design an exceptional suitcase

 

Paris, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic aluminum suitcase, RIMOWA has unveiled an exclusive collaboration with Fendi. For the first time, the benchmark in premium luggage has combined its expertise with the savoir-faire of the Roman fashion house to create a unique carry-on case.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of RIMOWA’s emblematic line of aluminum luggage. To mark the event, RIMOWA has teamed with Fendi to design an exceptional suitcase with the Roman fashion house.

RIMOWA stands apart for its unyielding quest for excellence, constant innovation and impeccable craftsmanship. Now, for the first time, RIMOWA has combined its savoir-faire with the inimitable style of Fendi. “RIMOWA stands for design, durability and craftsmanship, and Fendi is the perfect partner with their distinctive DNA and bold creativity,” says Alexandre Arnault, co-CEO of RIMOWA.

The two Maisons have created an aluminum carry-on case with sophisticated Fendi styling details, including the emblematic Fendi double F logo in brushed aluminum that changes perspective in different lighting, as well as a web belt that runs across the case. Fendi’s artisanal savoir-faire is featured in Cuoio Romano leather handles and the black neoprene interior lining, also embossed with the double F logo. The case is a concentrate of RIMOWA innovations too, fitted with the silent Multiwheel® system for optimum maneuverability and the Flex-Divider system for the most efficient possible packing.

“We are thrilled to be the first Maison in the LVMH Group to work with RIMOWA, a world leader in premium luggage. This case expresses the distinctive DNA of both Maisons, resulting in a superb quality contemporary piece for both women and men,” said Pietro Beccari, President and CEO of Fendi.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Sainsbury’s partners with etiquette experts Debrett’s for a guide to Christmas gift-giving

Sainsbury’s partners with etiquette experts Debrett’s for a guide to Christmas gift-giving

 

Debrett’s new guide to festive faux pas says a text message thank you isn’t enough; don’t Insta-boast and always bring a bottle for the host – but don’t expect to drink it yourself.

London, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has teamed up with etiquette experts Debrett’s to help party-goers through the festive season with a guide to Christmas gift-giving, being the perfect host, and how to win at being a guest.

The guide – alongside research into the worst social faux pas – has highlighted where we’re getting it right (and wrong) over the Christmas period. It has been designed to help the half (56%) of the population who say they feel unsure of festive social etiquette. Generous Britons, millions of whom will gift friends and acquaintances from their hairdressers and postmen to their priests with a bottle of something delicious this Christmas, admit that they feel clueless when it comes to correct gifting protocol.

According to the bastion of British manners, many millions of us will fall foul of what they’ve proclaimed to be etiquette blunders this Christmas: 3 million of us will post pictures of presents to Instagram, 33 million will shun stationery for a text message thank you and 4 million will deconstruct hampers to re-gift their contents.

However, guests will be relieved to know that you “officially” can’t go wrong giving food and drink, as nearly half of those questioned think it’s the safest choice for the widest array of people (49%), and a quarter (23%) say a bottle of booze is their go-to gift for hard-to-buy-for friends and family – above books, clothes, jewelry and electronics. In fact, nearly two thirds (62%) will give an alcoholic gift this Christmas and more than a quarter would like to receive food (27%) or a bottle of drink (29%) over any other gift this Christmas, with posh chocolates and whisky topping their lists.

But, while seven in ten (71%) will follow the guidelines and bring a bottle for their host over Christmas, three quarters who do so (73%) will also expect to drink it. According to Debrett’s, it’s perfectly acceptable for a host to serve a bottle given to them by a guest, but it is the host’s decision to do so so guests musn’t feel offended either way.

Lucy Hume, Associate Director at Debrett’s and author of the guide, said: “Sainsbury’s research shows that many of us are still unsure about the etiquette of giving gifts at Christmas. Thankfully, it might be a whole lot simpler than we think, with the majority of us saying we prefer both to give and to receive items of food or drink. There are still some pointers to bear in mind, however, so we’ve joined forces with Sainsbury’s to help answer those gift-giving dilemmas this Christmas.”

Paul Mills-Hicks, Food Commercial Director, Sainsbury’s said: “We want to help our customers live well this Christmas, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Debrett’s on this fun guide to help our customers navigate the seasonal social complexities. We know that almost a fifth of Brits buy presents for their friends and family from the supermarket and lots will be gifting chocolates or a bottle of something nice to everyone from their relatives to their postman. We’ve got gifts to suit all budgets and tastes – as well as the all-important thank you notes!”

Sainsbury’s and Debrett’s have created the ten-point plan to help guide anxious shoppers through the socially perilous season.

Sainsbury’s and Debrett’s Guide to Christmas Gift-Giving:

Saying Thank You: The handwritten thank you letter may be on the decline but that doesn’t mean you can get away without a show of gratitude – if there’s no headed stationery available, then digital thanks are better than no thanks at all.

Bringing a bottle: Don’t expect to drink a bottle you bring to a party, but do be prepared to open one you’re given.

Social Strife: Posting presents on social media is bad form, as well as unseemly gloating you could also risk outing a re-gifter.

Re-presenting: A hamper you won’t eat all of? Unfortunately, a re-gifted paté or jar of piccalilli just won’t cut the mustard when it comes to good gift-giving etiquette – splash out and buy them their own biscuits, luxury oils or box of chocolates.

Sweet Treats: Christmas, sadly, doesn’t mean a free-for-all on confectionery for everyone. It’s polite to check with parents before unloading sweet treats on their children.

Alcoholic Alternatives: You can’t go wrong with a bottle of booze, but make sure to put some thought into the choice – with cocktails on the rise, spirits can make a fun alternative to wine or whiskey, but stick to port for those traditionalists.

Bearing Gifts: Always come bearing gifts. A bottle of wine or a box of chocolates are customary but if it’s a longer stay over Christmas think about something more substantial.

All wrapped up: You should wrap food and wine to elevate it from a practical contribution to a thoughtful gift.

Making a match: You can have a go at matching the wine to a meal if going over for dinner, but more importantly, just make sure you bring a bottle.

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

Source: Sainsbury’s

Price Rite Marketplace appoints Jim Dorey as new President

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Marketplace has named Jim Dorey President of the company, which has 65 grocery stores in nine states and is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest supermarket cooperative.

Dorey replaces Neil Duffy, who retired from Price Rite in October, and will lead a comprehensive rebrand over the next year by introducing new store décor, signage, and private label products in Price Rite Marketplace stores. Dorey will also head up all aspects of the business, including sales, merchandising, marketing, retail operations, human resources and corporate administration.

He began his career at Wakefern Food Corp. in 2004 as manager of real estate, quickly progressing through the organization and holding several management positions in procurement, where he supported both the frozen foods and dairy divisions. He joined the Price Rite team in 2009, serving most recently as Executive Vice President, a role in which he worked closely with Duffy as he prepared for the transition to company president.

Price Rite Marketplace recently announced plans to unveil a fresh and modern new look at its stores as it rolls out its rebranding plan. By introducing new products and curating the very best of its selection for customers, Price Rite remains committed to delivering low prices, high quality goods and friendly service in a simpler, streamlined shopping experience.

“Jim has consistently demonstrated the leadership traits and vision to position Price Rite Marketplace for success even in the face of major market changes, competitive challenges and a changing business landscape,” said Joe Sheridan, President and COO of Wakefern.  “It’s an exciting time for Price Rite as we refresh our stores with new décor and private label products, and Jim will help lead the company in this next step forward.”

Dorey received his bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University and attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.  He resides in Clark, NJ with his wife Sam and two children, Alexandra and Anthony.

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

About Price Rite Marketplace
Price Rite Marketplace is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 65 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community.  For more information, please visit www.priceritesupermarkets.com.

Source: Price Rite

Chipotle Board forms search committee for new CEO

Current Chairman, CEO and Founder Steve Ells to Become Executive Chairman with Primary Focus on Innovation Upon Completion of Search

DENVER, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today (Nov. 29, 2017) announced that Steve Ells, chairman and CEO – and the founder of the company in 1993 – will become executive chairman following the completion of a search to identify a new CEO. The Board has formed a search committee comprised of Directors Robin Hickenlooper and Ali Namvar, as well as Ells, to identify a new leader with demonstrated turnaround expertise to help address the challenges facing the company, improve execution, build customer trust, and drive sales.

“I am incredibly proud of Chipotle and our people – and grateful to our loyal customers – and while we are continuing to make progress, it is clear that we need to move faster to make improvements,” said Ells. “Simply put, we need to execute better to ensure our future success. The Board and I are committed to bringing in an experienced leader with a passion for driving excellence across every aspect of our business, including the customer experience, operations, marketing, technology, food safety, and training.”

Added Ells, “Bringing in a new CEO is the right thing to do for all our stakeholders. It will allow me to focus on my strengths, which include bringing innovation to the way we source and prepare our food. It will ultimately improve our ability to provide our guests with delicious food that is prepared with high quality ingredients that are raised responsibly and served in a way that is accessible to everyone. I am confident that this will allow us to deliver value for our shareholders, and provide rewarding opportunities for our employees. Chipotle has vast unrealized potential. As we work hard to restore our brand, I believe we can capitalize on opportunities, including in areas such as the digital experience, menu innovation, delivery, catering, and domestic and international expansion, to deliver significant growth.”

Chipotle lead independent director Neil W. Flanzraich said, “Steve is a visionary leader and one of the most successful restaurateurs in history, having grown Chipotle from a single restaurant in Colorado to more than 2,350 restaurants today. Steve made the decision, and the Board agreed, that now is the right time to identify a new CEO who can reinvigorate the brand and help the company achieve its potential. We are committed to recruiting a world-class CEO for this incredible opportunity.”

The Board has retained the services of leading executive recruitment firm Spencer Stuart to assist in the search for a new CEO.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, whole ingredients, and is the only national restaurant brand that prepares its food using no added colors, flavors or other industrial additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,350 restaurants. For more information, visit chipotle.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the CEO search, future plans for Chipotle, and expressions of confidence in Chipotle’s future, are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “continue”, “should”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “predict”, “project”, “target”, and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions, to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date any such statements are made and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: risks associated with management transitions, including potential difficulties in implementing new strategies and tactics developed by a new leadership team, and possible disruptions in the event of further changes in the management team; the uncertainty of our ability to achieve expected levels of comparable restaurant sales due to factors such as changes in consumers’ perceptions of our brand, including as a result of food-borne illness incidents, the impact of competition, including from sources outside the restaurant industry, decreased overall consumer spending, or our possible inability to increase menu prices or realize the benefits of menu price increases; the risk of food-borne illnesses and other health concerns about our food or dining out generally; factors that could affect our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites and our ability to identify, hire and train qualified employees to operate restaurants to our high standards; the performance of new restaurants and their impact on existing restaurant sales; increases in the cost of food ingredients and other key supplies or higher food costs due to changes in supply chain protocols; the potential for increased labor costs or difficulty retaining qualified employees, including as a result of market pressures, enhanced food safety procedures in our restaurants, or new regulatory requirements; risks related to our marketing and advertising strategies, which may not be successful and may expose us to liabilities; security risks associated with the acceptance of electronic payment cards or electronic storage and processing of confidential customer or employee information; risks relating to our expansion into new markets; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, our restaurant design, or the sale of food or alcoholic beverages; risks associated with our Food With Integrity philosophy, including supply shortages and potential liabilities from advertising claims and other marketing activities related to Food With Integrity; risks relating to litigation, including possible governmental actions related to food-borne illness incidents, as well as class action litigation regarding employment laws, advertising claims or other matters; risks relating to our insurance coverage and self-insurance; our dependence on key personnel; risks regarding our ability to protect our brand and reputation; risks associated with our ability to effectively manage our growth; and other risk factors described from time to time in our SEC reports, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the investor relations page of our website at ir.chipotle.com.

Media Contact:
Chris Arnold
303.222.5912
Carnold@Chipotle.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Mark Alexee
303-605-1042
Malexee@Chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Price Chopper Supermarkets and Market 32 expand home delivery service powered by Instacart to Capital Region of New York

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper Supermarkets and Market 32 continue to grow their partnership with Instacart, the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, by bringing same-day home delivery of groceries to Price Chopper/Market 32 customers throughout the Capital Region.

To place an order for delivery, customers simply go to shop.pricechopper.com or shop.market32.com. To encourage trial of the new service, Price Chopper/Market 32 is offering a $10 discount to new Instacart customers on their first order of $35 (or more) and waiving the delivery fee. The offer code for first time users is PCDELIVERS. The promotion is good through December 31, 2017.

Instacart’s business model raises the bar for online ordering and home delivery service to customers across Price Chopper/Market 32’s Capital Region footprint. The app efficiently connects an intuitive ordering process to a waiting shopper/driver to the assortment of fresh and high quality packaged products customers have come to expect from Price Chopper/Market 32 – at the same prices customers would find in the stores, including the vast majority of advertised sale prices. Instacart delivery fees vary based on the order size and desired delivery time. The specific delivery fee for each order will be displayed during checkout before the order is placed. For orders over $35, Instacart typically charges $5.99 for orders placed at least two hours in advance, and $7.99 for orders requested within one hour.

Instacart will replace the chain’s Shops4U service immediately in the Capital Region, though Shops4U will operate through Saturday, December 2 so to honor all orders that have already been placed. All Shops4U employees have been offered positions elsewhere within their Price Chopper/Market 32 store.

“We’re proud of the product mix and shopping experience we provide in our stores. And we’re thrilled to extend both beyond our four walls by adding the streamlined convenience of grocery delivery through Instacart. We know that our customers are busy and always looking for ways to save both time and money. Offering fresh produce, the best meats and grocery staples delivered right to the doorstep at a good value is yet another way that we can serve our customers,” said Glen Bradley, Price Chopper/Market 32’s group vice president of marketing.

“Instacart’s success hinges on our ability to offer customers same-day delivery from the stores they love within their own communities,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are proud to partner with Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets to give customers a convenient, time-saving option to get the products they’ve come to rely on from this beloved brand.”

Price Chopper/Market 32 introduced Instacart earlier this month in Binghamton, Endicott, Chenango, Syracuse NY Hartford, CT and Central MA.

About The Golub Corporation:
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

About Instacart
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 160 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as
little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jon Pierce
Pierce Communications
518.221.1186 (cell)

Source: Price Chopper

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island celebrates the official opening of PAK’nSAVE Clendon

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island officially opened PAK’nSAVE Clendon on November 28 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It represents the conclusion of a significant construction project for Foodstuffs.

Clendon had a 30-year-old New World that was in need of replacement, but Foodstuffs North Island could see that a PAK’nSAVE would better serve the local community.

Through a carefully managed construction project, the Foodstuffs North Island team kept the New World store running while Stage 1 of a brand new PAK’nSAVE was built right next door.

Owner-operator Roger Knapper, his team and the Foodstuffs project team worked together to get New World Clendon ready to close its doors for the last time on April 23.

They then opened the half-size PAK’nSAVE on April 26 and operated that way for six months, while the old New World was demolished, and the other half of the new PAK’nSAVE was built in its place.

Now, the second stage is complete and Clendon customers can enjoy the full-sized store.

“I’m so proud of my team, Roger says. “They’ve dealt with immense pressure in going through the process of closing one store and opening a new one. I’m very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience. The transition period was challenging, but the end result is outstanding,” he says.

Foodstuffs North Island GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says the project required careful management.

“Running a construction project while maintaining food safety standards, keeping our customers safe and providing the same high standards of service is an interesting challenge, but we’re pleased to say that the project went well and was completed on schedule.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to grocery shoppers in Clendon,” Rowles says

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

PHILIPPINES: SM Prime Holdings to open its newest mall in Bulacan on Friday, December 1

PHILIPPINES: SM Prime Holdings to open its newest mall in Bulacan on Friday, December 1

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, continues to expand in Northern Luzon as it sets to open its newest mall in Bulacan, SM Center Pulilan, this Friday, December 1. Serving as the company’s 66th mall in the Philippines, this latest mall-destination will add 27,000 square meters (sqm) in gross floor area (GFA) bringing SM Prime’s total GFA to 8.0 million sqm in the country.

Opening with 80% of space lease-awarded, SM Center Pulilan will have three-level retail and dining floors including some of the well-loved SM brands such as SM Hypermarket, Watsons, Ace Hardware, SM Appliance, Simply Shoes, Miniso, Surplus and BDO.

“The opening of SM Center Pulilan is our follow-through to the success of our first three malls in Bulacan – SM City Marilao, SM City Baliwag and SM City San Jose Del Monte. The notable development and growth of this province gives us more reasons to keep on expanding in Bulacan while continuously providing utmost malling experience and convenience to more Bulaceños,” SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim said.

SM Center Pulilan, which is situated along Plaridel-Pulilan Diversion Road, will boast with invigorating colors and style that cater to the flourishing lifestyle of the locals and progressing economy of Bulacan.
This year, SM Prime has already launched five new malls namely SM CDO Downtown Premier in Cagayan de Oro, S Maison at Conrad Manila in Pasay City, SM Cherry Antipolo in Rizal, SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan and SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Pomento
Vice President, Investor Relations
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: alex.pomento@smprime.com
Tel. no.: +632 862 7940

Source: SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

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Co-op become the exclusive wholesale supplier to Costcutter Supermarkets Group

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the recent announcement concerning Palmer and Harvey (P&H), The Co-op and Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) have today (29 November) confirmed an agreement that will see Co-op become the exclusive wholesale supplier to CSG and the 2,200 Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, Supershop and kwiksave convenience stores across its network from Spring 2018.

The deal will also provide the opportunity for CSG’s independent retailers to become Co-op franchisees.

Given the unexpected P&H announcement, The Co-op has also confirmed that it is looking at practical short-term ways it can support independent retailers within CSG, as part of a wider industry response, until the formal agreement begins in Spring 2018.

Commenting Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO of Costcutter Supermarkets Group said

“With P&H no longer able to supply our stores, we have activated our contingency plans that will see our retailers supported by the Co-op and other suppliers in the run up to our deal with the Co-op.”

Commenting Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food said:

“We are operating in a dynamic market environment and this deal, coming shortly after our Nisa announcement, shows how we are positively responding to the changes occurring within the sector.

“Our Food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market. We recently reported our 14th consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth and this agreement will further strengthen our ability to offer customers great products at great prices.

“Whilst our deal with Costcutter will start formally in Spring 2018 we are looking at practical ways we can support independent retailers during this busy trading period, in light of the news concerning P&H. It is essential that we maintain a strong independent retail sector and the Co-op is committed to playing its part, along with others in the industry, in ensuring this occurs.”

About the Co-op Group

The Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-opGroup operates 2,500 food stores and over 1,000 funeral homes, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

The Co-op provides wholesale services to 15 independent co operative societies, as well as its own estate of 2,500 stores across the UK.

About Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Costcutter Supermarkets Group is part of Bibby Line Group, a diverse and forward-looking family business delivering personal, responsive and flexible customer solutions for over 200 years. Costcutter Supermarkets Group operates a network of 2,200 convenience stores across the UK through the Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, kwiksave and Supershop brands. The majority of the stores are owned and operated by independent retailers. Bibby Line Group is a £1.4 billion business, operating in more than 20 countries, employing over 4,500 people in industries including retail, offshore, financial services, distribution, shipping, marine based businesses, plant hire and woodland burials.

For more information please contact:

The Co-op Group
Jon Church
07545 210 812

Russ Brady
07880 784 442

Costcutter MCG
(Sophie Hayes & Ellie Bottomley)
0113 307 0113

Source: Coop uk

Loch Lomond brewery to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loch Lomond brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland.

Based in Alexandria, the brewery founded by Fiona and Euan MacEachern marks its sixth anniversary this month after they turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business, and they celebrate by raising a glass to securing a deal to supply 90 of the community retailer’s stores.

The brewery will supply the Co-op with its: Loch Lomond Bonnie ‘n’ Blonde ale; Silkie Stout and, Southern Summit – a hoppy extra pale ale.

Fiona MacEachern co-founder and Managing Director of the brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Working with the Co-op will increase the availability, awareness and accessibility of our beers – opening up new markets and making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

The Co-op is committed to championing local suppliers and, Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use great local ingredients, draw their inspiration from their environment, and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op UK

PetSmart opens its 1,600th store located in El Paso, Texas

PHOENIX, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart announced today (Nov. 29, 2017) it has reached a major milestone by opening its 1,600th store in its expanding store footprint across North America. The 1,600th store opened its doors last week and is located in El Paso, Texas, at 3790 Joe Battle Blvd. In addition, the leading pet specialty retailer announced the opening of its Casper, Wyo. store last month, marking PetSmart’s presence now in all 50 U.S. states.

The 1,600th PetSmart store in El Paso features nearly 18,000 square feet of space and includes a Pinnacle Pet Nutrition Shop, which is a new feature in all new PetSmart stores. The shops are about 550 square feet and offer 400-plus items across several brands, and an expanded collection of pet food products featuring high-protein, natural, grain-free, minimally processed and raw pet food. These pet food types are the fastest growing in the overall pet food category, and include brands such as Only Natural Pet®, a natural pet line that is protein-first, sustainably produced, American-manufactured pet food, as well as a line of supplements and other natural pet solutions.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our associates and the community of El Paso, Texas,” said Brian Amkraut, executive vice president, store operations, services, supply chain and real estate, for PetSmart. “At a time when the retail world is dramatically changing and many retailers are closing stores, we are proud of our store expansion efforts. We continue to focus on meeting the needs of pets and pet parents alike, and a key element of that strategy includes expanding our brick-and-mortar footprint to be the most convenient, best-in-class retailer.”

Pet parents will find a comprehensive line of pet supply products at the new El Paso store, as well as services such as pet training, adoption services, and a full-service grooming salon where dogs and cats receive hands-on care from stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best.* All PetSmart groomers are academy trained and safety certified, with PetSmart’s grooming graduates completing more than 800 hours of hands-on instruction, including grooming 200 dogs under supervision.

To celebrate this milestone, PetSmart is having a grand opening event this Sat., Dec. 2, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Local media and pet parents are encouraged to attend and bring their four-legged friends to join in the fun.
The first 100 shoppers to make a purchase will receive coupons worth $30, and all customers will receive free giveaways such as T-shirts, pet toys and free photos with their pets.**

What: PetSmart Grand Opening Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:45 a.m.
Where: PetSmart
3790 Joe Battle Blvd
El Paso, TX 79938
*Services are subject to availability. See store for details.
**All grand opening giveaways available while supplies last.

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.com to 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.

Source: PetSmart, Inc.

PetSmart offers pet parents four easy and impactful ways to help pets in need this holiday season

From Gifts that Give Back to Feeding Pets in Need, PetSmart and its Shoppers Will be Helping Pets in Need all Season Long

PHOENIX, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — With less than one month of shopping left before the holidays, millions of shoppers are on the hunt for the perfect gifts. With the season also reminding shoppers to consider giving back to the causes they are passionate about, PetSmart is sharing “Four Ways to Help” pets in need this holiday season, including gifts that are perfect for both people and pets.

“At PetSmart, we love pets and believe they make us better people. That’s why PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare across North America, is our cause of choice this holiday season and all year-round,” said Michelle Friedman, vice president of corporate communications, PetSmart. “We know our shoppers love pets just as much as we do, so this holiday season we’re offering pet parents four easy and impactful ways to help pets in need just by stopping by at one of PetSmart’s nearly 1,600 stores and PetSmart.com.”

1. Buy Gifts that Give Back

When you purchase any item from PetSmart’s exclusive Holiday Philanthropic Collection, 10 percent of sales will be donated to PetSmart Charities. The line features seven commemorative Chance, Lucky & Friends plush toys perfect for kids and pets alike (they have squeakers!), as well as 12 pet-themed blankets with sayings like “I Wine, She Whines” and “Drinking Buddies,” great for cuddling up with pets during chilly winter nights. On Giving Tuesday, November 28, 100 percent of the sales from the entire plush toy line will be donated to PetSmart Charities. Gift cards are also popular holiday gifts, and PetSmart’s Chance and Lucky branded gift cards also give back 10 percent of the amount placed on them to PetSmart Charities. Last year’s Holiday Philanthropic Collection generated $585,000 for PetSmart Charities to help pets in need. Don’t need another plush toy at home? Consider purchasing and donating one instead. Every PetSmart store partners with a local charity in their community, and invites shoppers to purchase and donate a plush toy to their toy drive. Last year, more than one million plush toys were collected and delivered to pets and children in need in the local communities across North America.

2. Donate and Help PetSmart Charities Do Good

When PetSmart shoppers donate to help pets in need using the pin pads located at the registers in every store, 100 percent of the donations are given directly to PetSmart Charities. In turn, the leading funder of animal welfare effectively uses 90 cents of every dollar raised to fund its mission: to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. From funding adoption events at PetSmart stores to help keep pets and people together during challenging life circumstances, and making pet therapy programs possible at children’s hospitals and other facilities, donations to PetSmart Charities makes a difference in the lives of both pets and people. To receive a tax receipt for a donation, you can also choose to give online at www.petsmartcharities.org.

3. Buy a Bag, PetSmart Gives a Meal to a Pet in Need

Together, PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart shoppers are making sure no pet goes hungry this holiday season. Every time pet parents buy a bag of dog or cat food at PetSmart (through Dec. 31, 2017), the retailer donates a meal to a pet in need. This historic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program was launched March 1 in celebration of PetSmart’s 30th anniversary this year. To date, this philanthropic program has generated 55 million meals. PetSmart Charities is the program’s pet food distribution partner and has so far delivered 250-plus semi-truckloads of more than 35 million meals – 3,683 tons of pet food – to animal welfare agencies and food banks across 35 states in the U.S. and five provinces in Canada. Additional truckload deliveries will take place in 2018.

4. Adopt a Pet, Give Them a Forever Home

Thinking about adding a four-legged member to the family? Many do at the holiday season and it’s a very special gift for the entire family. Adorable, adoptable pets can be found at the PetSmart Charities Adoption Center in nearly every PetSmart store. Experts from PetSmart Charities say adopting a four-legged friend before the holidays could help ensure a more successful new pet transition and enrich holiday celebrations with the new family member. Plus, when you adopt a pet, not only will you be saving them from their stay in a shelter, you’ll be giving them the forever family they deserve. Two out of every 10 pets adopted in North America are facilitated at a PetSmart store. In fact, since beginning the in-store adoption program in 1994, PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and its 3,500 adoption partners have found forever homes for more than 7.6 million pets. From finding the perfect pet for your household, to providing expert advice and savings through PetSmart’s free Adoption Kit, PetSmart is here to help every step of the way when a family decides to bring a new pet home for the holidays.

“We’re immensely thankful to our corporate partner, PetSmart, and its generous shoppers for their unwavering support of PetSmart Charities,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “Together, this holiday season we’ll be enhancing the lives of shelter pets and the people who love and care for them through grants, pet food donations and helping pets to find the forever homes they so richly deserve.”

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has granted more than $332 million to support animal welfare agencies and registered nonprofits who share their mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together.

For more information about PetSmart Charities, please visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

For more information about PetSmart, the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program and the holiday philanthropic collection of products, please click hereTo learn more about the Four Ways to Help and the Holiday Philanthropic Collection, please visit PetSmart.com.

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.com to 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.

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 more than $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

Contacts:
Virginia Hock
Golin for PetSmart
469-680-2611
vhock@golin.com

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

PetSmart to release Q3 2017 results on Monday, December 11, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. (the “Company”) plans to make its third quarter fiscal 2017 results available on the Company’s secure website on Monday, December 11, 2017. The Company will also hold an investor conference call to review its results for the third quarter fiscal 2017 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The results and call will be made available to lenders under the credit facilities, holders of the Company’s 7.125% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2023, the 5.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2025, the 8.875% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 (collectively the “notes”), bona fide prospective investors of the notes, bona fide securities analysts and bona fide market makers.

The lenders under the credit facilities will receive details on how to access the call from the administrative agents for the respective credit facilities.

Holders of the notes, prospective investors, securities analysts and market makers that have not previously registered with the Company must contact the Company to preregister and certify eligibility in order to access the financial results and dial-in information for the conference call. To receive
information on how to pre‐register, parties should send an email to investorrelations@petsmart.com.
Requests for preregistration must be received by Friday, December 8, 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 3,000 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.

Contact:
PetSmart
Investor Relations
Kim Smith, Tom Melito
investorrelations@petsmart.com
623-587-2

Source: PetSmart Inc.

ePRICE’s Black Friday sales a major hit with Italians

  • The most sold items included LED Televisions, washer-dryers, video games and bed warmers.
  • The most costly item sold was the Samsung QLED Ultra HD 65” TV.
  • Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Brescia recorded the highest number of purchases on the ecommerce
    site during the Black Friday days

Milan, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mind-boggling numbers for ePRICE’s Black Friday! The four days of discounts initiative organised by the e-commerce site from 24 to 27 November was a major hit with Italians, increasingly enthusiastic about online shopping.

Indeed, shopaholics did not pass up the opportunity to put large and small appliances into their carts, along with IT items, cell phones, video games and so on, taking advantage of discounts of up to 70%. The item with the absolute highest demand – given the upcoming cold season – was the electric bed warmer, followed by the PlayStation 4 game Gran Turismo Sport. Third and fourth place were respectively occupied by the Smart Tech LED HD Ready 32” TV and the Hotpoint washer-dryer, while the most costly item placed in the carts of Italians was the Samsung QLED Ultra HD 65” TV, worth over Euro 4,000.

“Black Friday 2017 for ePRICE – the seventh since we were the first to introduce it in Italy – lasted four days, until Cyber Monday, and was once again a huge success, with record traffic and visits, more than doubled compared to 2016. This year, we prepared Black Friday in advance – says Raul Stella, ePRICE and Marketplace VP – with an online, TV and radio campaign linked to the Black Hour initiatives. Our clients quickly took advantage of the many Black Friday deals, anticipating part of their Christmas shopping and leading to record orders compared to last year. In particular, the marketplace was up 147% YoY in terms of order value, backed by strong growth in terms of number of sellers on our site. This result confirms our strategy, which involves consolidation of our leadership in the ”core” categories (major domestic appliances, air conditioners and TVs), where the online market is showing double-digit growth, accompanied by strong development of the Marketplace for the mass market electronics categories”.

During the four days of the promotion, there were over 3 million user visits on the ePRICE site (+117%
compared to 2016), while on actual Black Friday alone, there were some 1.6 million (+150% compared to 2016), with peaks between 7 and 11 in the morning, and then in the evening at around 19:00. Of those seeking deals on ePRICE, 70% connected from mobile devices, with 36% using the official app of the e-commerce site. Lastly, the value of orders in the four day was up 39% YoY, or +147% for the marketplace. When looking at the Black Week alone, the numbers are even more impressive, thanks to the success of the Black Hour, which brought an increase of 264% YoY in visits and of 44% YoY in terms of order value. The cities that recorded the highest number of purchases were Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Brescia, and the most active buyers were men between 25 and 54 years of age.

The press release is available on the websites corporate.eprice.it and www.1info.it

ePRICE (previously BANZAI) is the leading e-Commerce platform in Italy. Founded by Paolo Ainio and listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2015, it changed its name from BANZA to ePRICE on 30 January, 2017. ePRICE is one of the leading Internet companies in Italy with revenues of Euro 198 million and a GMV1 (Gross Merchandise Volume) of Euro 254 million in 2016, up 23% YoY in the 2016. ePRICE is one of the main online stores in Italy specialized in high-tech products (electronic goods) and is the Italian e-Commerce leader in the segment of large domestic appliances. ePRICE launched in 2016 the Home Service Mobile Platform tomanage premium delivery and installation services, which covers around 14 million Italians. ePRICE has a network of 134 Pick&Pay locations in 109 cities, which combine the advantages of buying online and the convenience and security of a proximity shop.

For more information:
ePRICE S.p.A.
Micaela Ferruta
Head of Investor Relations and Strategic Planning
Tel +39.02.30315400
investor.relations@eprice.it

Community Strategic Communication Advisers
Marco Rubino di Musebbi
Media Relations
Tel. +39 0289404231
marco@communitygroup.it

Source: ePRICE

SCOTLAND: B&M completes relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M’s relocation of its Stenhousemuir store was complete today (29 November 2017) as the new doors were opened for the first time.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating a further 15 jobs – and another 20 temporary roles – for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on Tryst Road, 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, Kidney Kids Scotland, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Provost, Cllr Ann Ritchie, was also in attendance.

The charity supports children with renal/urology illness, as well as their families, to enable them to receive treatment as close to home as possible and minimize disruption to their family unit. They also support and complements the amazing work of hospitals all over Scotland by supplying them with much needed equipment and funding.

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

The store manager, Kevin Troy, said: “The team from Kidney Kids Scotland 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.”

He 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 Wednesday and show customers their new B&M Stenhousemuir.”

For media/press enquiries please email press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

Lenta announces the opening of its sixth supermarket in Novosibirsk, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its sixth supermarket in Novosibirsk.

The new store is a Lenta supermarket located at 2/2 Volochaevskaya street, Novosibirsk. The store has a total area of 1,181 sq.m with 630 sq.m of selling space and is open from 8 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 5,500 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Novosibirsk and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 20 parking lots and 6 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Novosibirsk is Lenta’s twenty sixth supermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 74 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 217 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 74 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,296,639 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
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta