ChannelAdvisor Corporation announces Catalyst Americas 2018 conference, April 17-19, 2018 in San Diego, CA

Annual conference focuses on providing ways that retailers and branded manufacturers can compete, accelerate and win in a competitive landscape

Research Triangle Park, NC, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE:ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and branded manufacturers to increase global sales, today (December 5, 2017 ) announced that its Catalyst Americas 2018 conference will take place April 17-19, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Now in its 11th year, this annual conference has become a preeminent e-commerce event for brands and retailers. Every year, Catalyst evolves to provide the best learning and peer-to-peer experience for companies to excel in an increasingly competitive and fragmented retail landscape. This year’s Catalyst agenda, featuring in-depth working sessions, dynamic industry thought leaders and unrivaled networking opportunities, reflects the ever-changing needs of retailers and branded manufacturers to help them compete, accelerate and win.

“The very definition of ‘Catalyst’ is an agent for change or an instrument that speeds up a reaction. That’s exactly how we see our conference—this is ‘your’ Catalyst—whether the change you want to see is growth on new channels, connections to a broader network, new strategies for gaining a competitive edge, or some combination, Catalyst will deliver,” said David Spitz, ChannelAdvisor CEO. Spitz continued, “I’m also personally excited to host the conference in a beautiful city that will serve as a great venue for the conference and networking activities.”“I always get excited to hear not only about industry trends, but also the enhancements to the ChannelAdvisor suite of products and services. That helps me stay focused on the future and gives me an advantage in the marketplace.” said Sarah Young, digital marketing specialist at Augusta Sportswear, and a previous attendee of Catalyst Americas.

ChannelAdvisor is currently offering an early-bird rate of $975 until January 15, 2018, as well as discounted hotel rates. In addition to the early bird rate, registrations prior to January 15, 2018 are eligible for an additional savings of $99 using the promo code ANNOUNCE2018. For more information and to register for Catalyst Americas 2018 please visit https://catalyst.channeladvisor.com/.

For more details about ChannelAdvisor, visit our blog, follow us on Twitter@ChannelAdvisor, Like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn.

About ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped retailers and branded manufacturers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart and hundreds more. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.

Media Contact:

Caroline Riddle
ChannelAdvisor
caroline.riddle@channeladvisor.com
919.439.8026

Source: ChannelAdvisor

The first-ever UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships at Ski Dubai, December 8 and 9, 2017

The first-ever UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships at Ski Dubai, December 8 and 9, 2017

 

Dubai Police and Ski Dubai to Host First Ever UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Under the patronage of Dubai Police and the Community Sport initiative of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai – Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, is organising the first-ever UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships at Ski Dubai. The championships are also supported by the UAE National Olympics Committee and UAE Ice Sports Federation and Dubai Sports Council and will be held on December 8 and 9, 2017.

The National Championships are organised as part of Ski Dubai’s on-going efforts to promote snow sports in the country, and fulfil one of the key requirements laid out by International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) for membership. Once the UAE receives membership to FIS, snow sports athletes from the country will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time.

This is exciting news for snow sports athletes and enthusiasts in the UAE, who will no longer be restricted to local and regional events and can now aspire to make a mark on an international stage. The UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships herald a new era for snow sports in the country, which continues to go from strength to strength since the inception of Ski Dubai.

The championships, which are divided into four snow sports disciplines, will see more than 200 top athletes from the UAE, many of whom have honed their skills on the slopes of Ski Dubai, battle it out for the title honours. The first day will witness the UAE Alpine Ski Championships with athletes participating in the fiercely competitive Alpine speed disciplines of Slalom Skiing and Giant Slalom. The second day will feature the UAE Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships under two freestyle disciplines: Slopestyle and Big Air. The competitions will be adjudicated by a panel of four distinguished international judges, headed up by World Cup judge Martin Carr. Other renowned international guests and judges on the panel include: Gorgio Rocca, winner of 11 World Cup races in Alpine skiing and four times Olympic Champion, Halldór Helgason, winner of 2010 X-Games in Snowboard Big Air discipline and Sparrow Knox, the up and coming British Snowboarder.

Over the past decade, Ski Dubai has been committed to creating and supporting local talent and has helped lead the way in building and growing snow sports in the UAE. From organising regular freestyle nights and races at its state-of-the-art facilities, to mentoring, coaching and encouraging young athletes to develop their skills to an international standard, years of continued work by Ski Dubai and its partners has now come to fruition in the shape of the first-ever UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships.

Commenting on the championships, Ahmed Galal Ismail – CEO at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures said: “We are proud to host the inaugural UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships at Ski Dubai. We are committed to fostering snow sports talent in the country and our goal is to make the UAE and Ski Dubai an international destination for the sport. With approximately one million visitors per year, which is on par with the international benchmark for major ski resorts, Ski Dubai is poised to become one of the major global destinations for Ski and Snowboard Championships. It is immensely fulfilling to see world-class athletes, many of whom have learned and refined their craft at Ski Dubai, creating great moments as they take part in this prestigious event.”

Colonel Khaled Ali Shahil, General Director of the Community Happiness Department at Dubai Police added: “We support every activity that is aimed at bettering the lives of citizens and residents of the UAE. The UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships are opening new avenues to promote snow sports in the country and develop home-grown talent in the field. This will eventually lead to the formation of the UAE National Ski and Snowboarding team, which is a matter of great pride for the nation and will bolster the country’s stature on the international snow sports stage.”

Dubai Police in association with the Dubai Positive Soul initiative and the Dubai Sports Council, along with the UAE Olympics Committee, are providing valuable logistical and strategic support for the first UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championship event. Dubai Police are Ski Dubai’s esteemed partner, and have played an integral part in the pre-planning of the Championships. As part of this they have generated a huge amount of support for this event, engaging a number of sponsors including ENOC, Aqdar, Sheraton, Empower, Emirat, Emirates NBD, Dutco and Capriole. In addition, Ski Dubai would also like to thank their sponsors including; ZSI Trading, Rosinol and Spyder, as well as and Burton who are proud partners and sponsors of the Ski Dubai Alpine and Freestyle team.

Commenting on the championships, HE Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council said: “H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai – Chairman of the Executive Council – Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council has launched several initiatives to promote an active lifestyle among the residents of the UAE, and Ski Dubai’s launch of the National Championships is in line with that vision. The UAE National Ski and Snowboard Championships, will boost the awareness of snow sports in the country and attract new people to the sport, whilst globally showcasing the talented athletes to emerge from the UAE.”

Ski Dubai recently announced the launch of its Sponsored Athletes team with an impressive roster of experienced coaches, who will guide the athletes over the coming years. The line-up includes: Mohamed Moulay, a former Moroccan National Ski Team member and experienced race coach, James Machon, a former Great Britain Olympic Freestyle skier and Mike Barker, whose experience includes five years as a coach of the British Children’s team. The entire project is headed up by Chris David, Snow Sports Operations Manager at Ski Dubai. Chris is a former GBR athlete and was Head Freestyle Moguls Ski Coach for Great Britain.

Media Contact:

Carine Arif
Weber Shandwick
04 445 4222
MAFLeisure@webershandwick.com

Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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Majid Al Futtaim and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to host ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ on Friday 8 December

Majid Al Futtaim and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to host ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ on Friday 8 December

 

Mall of the Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates ring in the festive season with the UAE’s largest charity cake sale 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – has announced the return of the ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ at Mall of the Emirates in partnership with Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates on Friday 8 December.

Now in its 12th year, the highly anticipated festive family event is set to be bigger and better than ever and takes place in the mall’s Central Galleria from 10am onwards, with the goal of selling a record amount of the festive German Cake. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Emirates Red Crescent and will be used to provide essential support promoting humanitarian work on both domestic and international levels.

Under the leadership of Sudqi Naddaf, Executive Chef at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, a team of 30 chefs will spend weeks preparing and baking around the clock to create the largest string of stollen made to-date. With the help of over 50 volunteer team members, the Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale is set to be a huge success once again.

By the day of the sale, they will have used more than 2,210 eggs, 600 kilograms of flour, 278 kilograms of raisins and 55 kilograms of marzipan to create this mouth-watering delicacy. Moreover, 120 kilograms of lemons and 131 kilograms of oranges will be zested, giving a burst of citrus flavor.

The sixty-centimetre-long stollen loaves can be bought whole for AED100 or just AED5 for a delicious slice. Pre-sales will start from 7 December at Aspen by Kempinski, the hotel’s luxury lobby lounge.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, manager of Emirates Red Crescent said, “In this ‘Year of Giving’, we pledge continuous assistance and thank Mall of the Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates for their continuous support towards Emirates Red Crescent’s projects, particularly in the field for Special Needs and will be used to provide essential education and therapy, as well as assisting parents with annual fees. Through this charitable initiative, we can raise awareness about the condition and provide moral and monetary support to Special Needs.”

Hussain Moosa, Director for Mall of the Emirates at Majid Al Futtaim – Properties said, “We are delighted to once again provide a platform for community initiatives with our partners and the talented team of chefs at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to deliver one of the most anticipated festive events of the year. Mall of the Emirates’ #bakeasmile campaign is a wonderful way to kick off the festive season with great moments, and for people to give back to the community. This event is a highlight on our yearly calendar and we would like to thank our colleagues who volunteer their time to assist selling every last slice of cake.

Each year we set a new challenge to raise more for charity than ever before, and in this ‘Year of Giving’ we hope to achieve a fundraising record to support the Emirates Red Crescent. We applaud the Emirates Red Crescent for their continuous efforts and look forward to gifting a healthy sum towards their humanitarian work.”

Slim Zaiane, General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, said: “The annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale is a great way for us to mark the festive season, with special thanks going to Executive Chef Sudqi Naddaf and his amazing team for all the passion and energy they have put into making this event a success, and to our many colleagues who will be volunteering on 8 December to help sell a record amount of cake in support of the amazing work done by Emirates Red Crescent on both domestic and international levels.

“While we may be coming towards the end of the Year of Giving, this past 12 months has been incredibly inspiring, and we are delighted that the annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale will also be the launchpad for #KempinskiKares, a new initiative created to support our continued efforts to do more for good causes in our local community.”

For more information, please visit: www.malloftheemirates.comwww.facebook.com/MallOfTheEmirates, or www.instagram.com/malloftheemirates.

www.kempinski.com/dubai or www.facebook.com/ kempinskihotelmalloftheemirates

Media Contact:

Wallis PR
mafp@wallispr.com

Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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Majid Al Futtaim announces the arrival of its second American Girl store in Mall of the Emirates

Majid Al Futtaim announces the arrival of its second American Girl store in Mall of the Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, is pleased to announce the arrival of its second American Girl store in Mall of the Emirates, which opened its doors on 4th December.

The brand’s latest store, comes following the success of the first ever American Girl store to open outside of North America, when the City Centre Mirdif store opened its doors last month.

At 380sqm, the new American Girl store will stock the beloved ranges including the Be Forever range of historical and contemporary dolls, complete with a backstory and personality; the Truly Me collection which pairs each little girl with her lookalike doll and Wellie Wishers, the miniature dolls for younger girls

To celebrate this new store, American Girl will be hosting a spectacular launch event on Friday 8th December at Mall of the Emirates. To further commemorate the opening, the first 10 dolls available to purchase in store will be donated to the girls from the Dubai Centre for Special Needs, which Majid Al Futtaim supports regularly through a number of its brands.

For more information on the new American Girl store or to register for the opening event, please go to www.americangirlmena.com.

Media Contact:

Millie Roberts
Weber Shandwick
04 445 4222
MAFLeisure@webershandwick.com

Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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Majid Al Futtaim to enhance its advanced analytics capabilities to revolutionise personalised customers experiences

Majid Al Futtaim to enhance its advanced analytics capabilities to revolutionise personalised customers experiences

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced plans to enhance its advanced analytics capabilities, which will allow the company to gather deeper consumer insights, and in turn, revolutionise the personalised experiences it offers to customers.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding said: “At Majid Al Futtaim, our customers are always at the centre of everything we do. By investing in advanced analytics, we are able to more intimately understand and predict their evolving needs and preferences, and in turn, more effectively deliver experiences that fulfil our vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday. With a robust and diverse database of unique customers, and best-in-class tools, training and expertise now in place, we are confident our customers will see great value in our personalised experiences.”

Majid Al Futtaim has defined four elements for its data analytics transformation journey; increasing group wide analytical capabilities, enriching data to maximise group synergies, enablling analytics through state-of-the-art technology, and delivering value from data through advanced analytics. The company is currently recruiting a group of top-notch data engineers, scientists and translators who will be embedded within the business units to harness the power of data.

The School of Analytics and Technology, which launched in June, is a key driver of the data driven culture. Located at Majid Al Futtaim’s Leadership Institute in Dubai, the School has already started to deliver a number of education programmes to employees focused on enhancing their understanding of how analytics can be used to improve the delivery of unique and engaging experiences. It is also training a select group of employees to become Analytics Translators, who will act as the bridge between Majid Al Futtaim’s businesses and a group of advanced analytics experts. To harness all the available data across the business, these experts will be responsible for mining and analysing data in real-time, using sophisticated algorithms, before converting it into simple actionable insights.

The curriculum of the School of Analytics and Technology will comprise of 14 courses which cover three main pillars; data, analytics, and technology. The data modules will focus on the importance of data collection, classification and assessment, as well as sources of data and how to leverage them. The analytics modules will include the basics of coding and algorithms, and the visualisation of analytics. The modules on technology will be focused on developing the different dimensions of digital competence, including cybersecurity, digital disruption, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. The modules will include practical components, referred to as ‘labs’, to ensure hands-on learning. The curriculum will be rolled out to all 39,000 employees in the company, across all levels so that they better understand data and how it can be used. To date, more than 100 employees have received formal training.

Majid Al Futtaim’s School of Analytics has already welcomed guest speakers including Billy Beane, the inspiration for the Hollywood film, Moneyball, and he delivered a speech to employees about the power of analytics. Beane is famed for transforming how the world of baseball evaluates players after he used a unique analytical approach to player selection, management and trade, to lead the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team to four American League West titles.

Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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Build-A-Bear Workshop among the Best Workplaces for Diversity according to Great Place to Work and FORTUNE

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. (NYSE: BBW)—an interactive destination where Guests can make customized furry friends­—is one of the Best Workplaces for Diversity, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked No. 37 on the 2017 list, which is based on more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S., taking into account more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These include professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. The ranking also accounts for the share of women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals in the workplace.

“We are incredibly grateful to have so many talented associates from different backgrounds contributing to our success and continuing to make Build-A-Bear Workshop a fun, fulfilling place to work,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “We value the unique expertise and perspective each of our team members brings in helping us add a little more heart to life.”

The Best Workplaces for Diversity stand out for their consistent leadership and the meaningful ways that all employees contribute to their organizations. Tenure for women and people of color was higher at the leading employers than at their peers. In several business sectors, the winning organizations also reported turnover two to three times lower than industry averages.

“The Best Workplaces for Diversity have achieved something beyond basic fairness. They find ways to connect with each and every employee, listening to their challenges and building on their talents,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-CertifiedTM organizations. Build-A-Bear Workshop also ranked as a best workplace on the following lists by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE: the 2017 100 Best Companies to Work For® list (for the ninth consecutive year);the 2017 Best Workplaces for Women list (for the third consecutive year); the 2017 Best Workplaces in Retail list (for the fourth consecutive year); and the 2017 Best Workplaces for Millennials list (for the third consecutive year).

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Diversity
Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from 442,624 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

RUSSIA: Lenta announces the opening of its second hypermarket in Kazan

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its second hypermarket in Kazan.

The new store is a Lenta compact format hypermarket located in 21A bld.2, Adoratskogo street, Kazan. The store has a total area of 8,744 sq.m with 5,196 sq.m of selling space and is open within 24 hours, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 20,500 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Kazan and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 353 parking spaces and 27 cash registers including 4 self-checkout lanes. The property is owned by Lenta.

This opening in Kazan is Lenta’s twenty seventh hypermarket opening in 2017 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 218 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 218 hypermarkets in 79 cities across Russia and 77 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,303,653 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 launches its ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ charity event to help make New Year’s wishes of children in foster care come true

Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, launches its ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ charity event to help children in institutional foster care make their New Year’s wishes come true.

Lenta customers will have the opportunity to act as Santa Claus, helping make the New Year’s wishes of children in state-sponsored foster care homes and specialised institutions come true. Christmas trees will be decorated with children’s wish cards in 179 Lenta hypermarkets across 76 Russian cities.

Taking part in the event is easy: customers need only choose a child’s wish card from the tree and purchase the New Year’s present listed within. Lenta will then collect all the gift items and send them to participating foster care homes and institutions, ensuring that every child receives a gift from Santa Claus during the New Year’s celebrations. Gifts will be collected in stores until the end of December, and will benefit around 6,000 children from 170 social institutions throughout Russia.

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer Jan Dunning said:
“New Year is one of the most important and beloved holidays in the Russian calendar – a time of affection and generosity. We invite our customers to join our ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ initiative and become a part of the New Year’s magic for several thousand children living in state sponsored foster care homes. I hope this event will become a great tradition, for we all know that giving a gift is as heart-warming as receiving one.”

The ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ event was first held in 2015 five stores in the North West Region of Russia, at the initiative of our employees.

Thirty two Lenta hypermarkets in eight cities took part in the event in 2016, granting the wishes of over 1,300 children from 30 specialised institutions.

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 2017[1].

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

Newegg Logistics named to Multichannel Merchant’s list of top 3PL providers for 2018

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg Logistics, a subsidiary of Newegg, the top tech-focused e-retailer in North America, has been named a Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL provider for 2018 by the editors of Multichannel Merchant.

“We are honored to be named to Multichannel Merchant’s list of top 3PL providers for 2018,” said Kunal Thakkar, Newegg’s SVP of Global Operations. “This distinction underscores the value of our third-party logistics solution, and is yet another milestone in our ongoing mission to provide the best 3PL services to our clients.”

Newegg Logistics grew out of Newegg’s experience with shipping products to millions of customers in the U.S. and Canada. Newegg Logistics now provides innovative e-commerce fulfillment and 3PL services to clients in every part of the world, cost-effectively managing logistics, reducing inventory costs and streamlining supply chain efficiencies. Newegg Logistics continues to grow its business with both B2C and B2B clients, providing customized solutions to meet their business needs.

Given the explosion of e-commerce and the increasing number of 3PLs in the marketplace, Multichannel Merchant created this unique resource, vetting 3PLs that are e-commerce-qualified and experienced as a value-added service for its audience. The online resource is a searchable database/directory for merchants looking for a qualified 3PL provider.

“Many e-commerce and direct-to-customer merchants today are considering an outsourced fulfillment solution because their business growth has outstripped their internal capabilities,” said Mike O’Brien, Senior Content Manager of Multichannel Merchant. “That’s why we’ve developed our Top 3PL listing as a valuable resource for them. Each 3PL listed has been selected based on their industry experience, range of capabilities and ability to handle high order flow.”

The company profiles in the MCM Top 3PL listing include vital information to help merchants in their selection process, including key capabilities, average annual client order volume, top merchandise categories handled, facility locations and more.

To learn more about Newegg’s 3PL offering, Newegg Logistics, visit www.newegglogistics.comLike Newegg on Facebook and follow Newegg on Twitter to stay up to date on the company’s latest news.

About Newegg
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. It has a global reach to more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. The award-winning website has more than 32 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics, entertainment, smart home and gaming products, consistently ranking as one of the best online shopping destinations. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. Newegg also operates NeweggBusiness.com and Newegg.ca.

About Multichannel Merchant
Multichannel Merchant reaches key decision makers responsible for ecommerce, management, marketing and operations at companies that sell merchandise through multiple channels — including ecommerce, mobile, social, and catalog. Multichannel Merchant delivers original research, as well as in-depth analysis of trends and best practices, news, tactical/how-to, executive summaries, technology and supplier comparisons, tip sheets and resource information to help companies sell & deliver products wherever and whenever the customer wants them – at home, work, store or other locations.

Source: Newegg Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announces the promotion of Chad Stauffer to the position of President, Merchandising and Marketing

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announces the promotion of Chad Stauffer to the position of President, Merchandising and Marketing

 

MILWAUKEE, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT) today (December 5, 2017) announced the promotion of Chad Stauffer to the position of President of Merchandising and Marketing for the Company, effective immediately.  Mr. Stauffer will have responsibility leading the company’s merchandising, marketing and ecommerce strategy.

Stauffer has spent ten years at Bon-Ton, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Merchandising.  He was previously Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Men’s, Children’s and Home, and prior to that Group Vice President of Private Brand Strategic Planning and Product Development for Men’s and Children’s for the Company.  Mr. Stauffer previously worked at Belk Department stores as Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Home Store, and prior to that, as Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Children’s Apparel, Accessories & Toys. He has also held positions on the merchandise teams at Sports Authority, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, and May Department Stores.

Commenting on Mr. Stauffer’s appointment, Bill Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’re thrilled to recognize Chad’s contributions to Bon-Ton and proven leadership skills with this promotion. We are confident that, in this newly created role, he will drive continued execution of our merchandising and marketing strategies as our broader management team remains focused on our comprehensive turnaround plan to drive improved performance and establish a sustainable capital structure that will help us succeed long term.”

Mr. Stauffer stated, “I am excited about taking on this new role and working with our marketing and ecommerce teams to implement our key initiatives. We remain focused on building powerful merchandising assortments that meet our customers’ needs across a broad spectrum of occasions, as well as improving customer engagement through refinement of our marketing programs.”

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 nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 25 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 http://investors.bonton.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Christine Hojnacki
414-347-5329
Christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

Carphone Warehouse unveils new range of SIM Only deals from just 99p per month

  • iD SIM Only deal offers 500MB, 5,000 texts, 500 mins
  • New range of SIM Only deals from iD available exclusively when taken with broadband
  • Carphone Warehouse extends its price promise to cover broadband deals

London, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (5th December 2017) Carphone Warehouse unveils a new range of SIM Only deals from its network iD from just 99p per month. These cheaper than chips* market leading deals are available to any customer who switches their broadband through Carphone Warehouse**. Starting from £19.95 for unlimited broadband, home phone and line rental from Talk Talk, Carphone Warehouse customers can save an average of £292 when the time comes to make their broadband and TV switch.

As the home of comparison Carphone Warehouse is extending its mobile price promise across all of the broadband packages it sells, which means if customers find the same deal cheaper elsewhere they’ll match it and pay their first month’s line rental.

Jeremy Fennell, Managing Director at Carphone Warehouse said, “At this time of year when people are looking for the best deals, we’ve created a market leading mobile and broadband offer that can save Carphone Warehouse customers hundreds of pounds a year. In fact we’ve already saved our customers over £100 million collectively this year.

“We’re so confident our deals can’t be beaten that we’re extending our price promise to our customers who are looking to switch to a better broadband deal, whether that’s to save some money or to ensure they’re fully connected and ready for Christmas.”

iD’s SIM Only deals carry all the core benefits iD offers its customers, including bill capping, data rollover and inclusive roaming in 50 destinations all available on 30 day contracts. Additional SIM Only offers include £4 for 2.5GB and £10 for 6GB, providing better value than other quadplay offers in the market.***

Notes to editors:

*Comparison made with McDonalds medium fries
**Offer available in store only, not online
*** Pricing is correct as of 04.12.17

Mobile provider Price Data Texts Mins
BT £7 500MB UNL UNL
Sky £5 500MB UNL UNL
Virgin Media £6 300MB UNL 300
iD 99p 500MB 5,000 500

 

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brands include Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK & Ireland.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, CurrysPCWorld Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Please contact Carphone Warehouse Press Office at M&C Saatchi PR for further information:

Press Office
carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com
Ashley Scott
senior PR manager
ashley.scott@dixonscarphone.com

Source: Dixons Carphone

DESPAR Northeast Italy’s 2016 Integrated Report recognized by The Institut du Capitalisme

DESPAR Northeast Italy’s 2016 Integrated Report recognized by The Institut du Capitalisme

 

Italy, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Institut du Capitalisme has paid tribute to the extraordinary work that went into DESPAR Northeast Italy’s 2016 Integrated Report, for which they received the Integrated Thinking Award at an integrated reporting conference held recently in Paris.

The Institute du Capitalisme, which cooperates with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and MEDEF (the general confederation of French Industry), works to promote best business practice, rewarding companies that excel in forward thinking and integrated reporting.

The Integrated Thinking Award acknowledges the work of DESPAR Northeast Italy in successfully producing and integrated report, which combines their sustainability report with their annual report, which the company started back in 2012.

“Integrated Reporting is an extraordinary reporting and communication tool which has also become a process of corporate co-ordination,” said Raffaele Trivellato, CFO of DESPAR Northeast Italy.

“We have succeeded in developing a report which is no longer a mere legal fulfilment but rather a publication that connects our financial and non-financial data – reflecting the equally important intangibles that are part of the company’s performance.

“Our integrated report is a tool which over time has come to support our company with internal coordination, helping to upgrade the tools for reporting whilst contributing to the improvement of the decision-making process.”

Raffaele Trivellato who, since the beginning was the company’s trailblazer for this new form of reporting, was invited to represent DESPAR and narrate its journey in integrated reporting at the conference held by the Institute du Capitalisme Responsable in Paris.

About DESPAR Italy

SPAR International first granted a SPAR Brand licence to DESPAR Italy in 1959. The first store opened in the latter part of 1960 and with it, SPAR became the first partnership of retailers and wholesalers to operate in Italy. DESPAR Italy licenses regional partners, all of whom work together to grow the brand across the country.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

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Sheetz launches new skill for Alexa now available using interactive voice activated technology

Sheetz continues its mission to provide the ultimate convenience to customers

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience chains, is proud to announce customers can now order their favorite Made-to-Order food without even getting up from the couch. Sheetz created a new skill for Alexa which is now available using interactive voice activated technology to enable Sheetz customers, for the first time ever, to place an order by using just their voice.

“We could not be more excited to bring this next generation of innovation to our customers and industry,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies for Sheetz. “From the inception of our MTO menu more than thirty years ago, to the introduction of touch-screen ordering in 1993, to the launch of the voice activated ordering today, our goal has always been to continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves in order to provide the ultimate convenience to our customers.”

Customers who have a Sheetz online ordering account and an Alexa-enabled device can use the new Sheetz skill for Alexa.

How it works:

  • First, log into your account on the Sheetz website (www.sheetz.com) and select your favorite order and saved store for pickup.
  • Then, search for and enable the Sheetz ordering skill through any Alexa-enabled device or Alexa App.
  • Say: “Alexa, Start Sheetz”, or “Alexa, Order My Favorite From Sheetz”
  • Let Alexa guide you the rest of the way

Ordering through the Sheetz skill for Alexa is now available at all of Sheetz’s 564 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

For more information, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0723HGVBV.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 560 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com
667-219-2067

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

Lowe’s announces the appointment of Sylvain Prud’homme as president, international

Prud’homme also retains role as President and CEO of Lowe’s Canada

Mooresville, N.C., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (12/06/2017) announced that Sylvain Prud’homme has been appointed president, international, effective Dec. 15. He will report to Chairman, President & CEO Robert A. Niblock and will remain based in Boucherville, Quebec. Prud’homme will continue to serve as president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada and add responsibilities for the Mexico business, with the president of Lowe’s Mexico now reporting to him. This appointment follows the announcement that Richard D. Maltsbarger will be transitioning to chief operating officer of the U.S. business in February.

“Sylvain’s outstanding operational leadership has been instrumental in growing the company into one of the leading home improvement retailers in Canada,” said Niblock. “We continue to be pleased with the integration of RONA and believe we are well positioned for continued success in Canada.”

Niblock added, “Sylvain has more than three decades of experience in the retail industry and we feel confident that he will continue to drive operational excellence for our operations in Canada and Mexico.”

Prud’homme joined as president of Lowe’s Canada in 2013 and, following the acquisition of RONA in 2016, was named president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. He is responsible for driving the Canadian home improvement business for Lowe’s, including RONA’s network of stores and independent dealers operating under other banners.

“I’m honored to lead strong leadership teams in both Canada and Mexico and continue building on the positive momentum and growth in these operations over the past several years,” said Prud’homme.

Prior to Lowe’s Canada, Prud’homme served as executive vice president of operations and merchandising for Loblaw Companies Limited. He was also president of western operations for Sobeys Inc. and spent several years as senior vice president of operations and merchandising for Walmart Canada.

Prud’homme earned an MBA from the HEC Montreal business school. He is a member of the board of directors for the Retail Council of Canada.

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

Canada Media Inqueries:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
Lowe’s Canada – RONA
514.626.6976
media@rona.ca

Shareholders’/Analysts’ Inquiries:

Tiffany Mason
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-2033
tiffany.l.mason@lowes.com

Source: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Schnucks encourages customers to get a flu shot by offering a $10 Schnucks Gift Card

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Schnucks is offering a $10 Schnucks Gift Card to all patients who get a flu shot at any of the 95 Schnucks Pharmacies between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12, 2017.

“Schnucks Pharmacies make it easy for patients to get vaccinated,” said Senior Director of Pharmacy Operations Bob Buganski. “No appointment is necessary, no prescription is required, and our pharmacists are certified immunizers. Patients can simply stop by during regular hours and request a flu shot.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW as a reminder of the importance of an annual flu shot. According to the CDC, every year an average of five to 20 percent of the United States population gets the flu, 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and 36,000 people die from flu related causes. Elderly individuals, young children and those with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The agency recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot.

The cost of the vaccine at Schnucks Pharmacies is $41.99, however, there is no charge for Medicare Part B patients and most insurance plans cover the vaccine, so those patients are only responsible for their plan co-pay, if applicable.

In addition to the Flu vaccine, Schnucks Pharmacies also offer several other immunizations. For more information, please visit the Schnucks Pharmacy Immunization Page.

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

Media Contact:

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

Source: Schnucks Market

Web Marketing Association names Overstock.com’s mobile app the Best Retail Mobile Application of 2017

Sixth consecutive year winning Web Marketing Association’s Mobile Web Award

SALT LAKE CITY, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the sixth consecutive year, the Web Marketing Association has named Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) a Mobile Web Award winner, honoring the retailer’s mobile app as the Best Retail Mobile Application of 2017. The leading online home retailer’s iOS app was recognized for its many innovative and intuitive features, including its recently-added augmented reality (AR) feature.

The Web Marketing Association holds the Best Mobile Application awards as part of the annual Mobile Web Award Competition, which is the first and only industry-based award competition focusing solely on responsive mobile web and application development. Judging for the award focuses on outstanding achievement in mobile development while recognizing growth and creativity in the mobile application space.

“We’re proud that our mobile apps are continuing to lead development within the retail space,” said Amit Goyal, Overstock’s senior vice president of software development. “Customers using our apps have the full assortment and convenience of shopping on Overstock at their fingertips, helping to create a personalized and stress-free shopping experience.”

Overstock’s shopping app also received recognition in 2017 after introducing AR to the iOS version with September’s iOS 11 update. Customers can use AR within the app to view thousands of true-to-life-size 3D models in their own room, helping them to see exactly how products will fit in the space or match their existing style. This technology is changing the way consumers design their homes and purchase home goods.

Holiday shoppers can use Overstock’s app to help them find the missing piece for hosting a perfect holiday event, or the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Overstock will also help customers ensure their orders arrive in time for the holidays by providing clearly messaged shipping timeframes on product pages.

The ground-shipping cutoff date for customers to receive their purchases by Christmas is December 15, with expedited and overnight shipping options available for last-minute needs.

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

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

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include all statements other than statements of historical fact. Additional information regarding factors that could materially affect results and the accuracy of the forward-looking statements contained herein may be found in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2017, and any subsequent filings with the SEC.

Media Contact:
Mark Delcorps
Overstock.com, Inc.
+1 (801) 947-3564
pr@overstock.com

Investor Contact:
ir@overstock.com

SOURCE: Overstock.com, Inc./globenewswire

CFAO Retail officially opens Carrefour Market shopping centre in Douala, Cameroon

Douala, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Market shopping centre, operated by CFAO Retail, officially opened today (5 December 2017) in Douala, Cameroon. The guests in attendance at the opening ceremony included Minister of Trade Mr Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana and several members of the Cameroonian government. CFAO was represented by Xavier Desjobert, Chief Executive Officer of CFAO Retail, and Luc Demez, Managing Director of CFAO Retail Cameroon. Carrefour was represented by Jérôme Bonzi, International Partnerships Director.

Located in the Bonamoussadi neighbourhood within Douala’s 5th district, in the north of Cameroon’s business capital, the Carrefour Market shopping centre spans a total of 8,250 square metres, including the carpark. The centre features a Carrefour Market supermarket (1,430 sqm) with a unique selling proposition: high-quality fresh products, local products, exclusive Carrefour brand products, strict sourcing and cleanliness standards to ensure food safety, and merchant services that make customers’ lives easier and improve the shopping experience. The mall also houses six other shops and two CFAO Club of Brands dining options: Brioche Dorée and a second restaurant that will open in spring 2018.

The Carrefour Market supermarket and Brioche Dorée restaurant have directly created 200 jobs, in addition to the 150 jobs created by the shops in the mall and other service providers. Carrefour Market and Brioche Dorée Douala have already provided over 7,000 hours of training to their new hires. CFAO Retail has also developed synergy between the two countries taking part in the project. Managers from the Douala Carrefour Market and Brioche Dorée have received training in mass retail and convenience food at CFAO Retail sites in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Xavier Desjobert, CEO of CFAO Retail: “For our first site in Douala, we have assembled the ingredients that have driven the success of our offering in Africa over the past two years: strong local engagement and a significant economic footprint. The Douala opening is the first step in the broader CFAO Retail roll-out in Cameroon. In 2019, Yaoundé will become home to a PlaYce shopping centre, a brand that is already very well known in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past two years in Côte d’Ivoire and now in Cameroon, we have been continuing to cement our long-term strategy for growth in Central and West Africa.”

Luc Demez, Managing Director of CFAO Retail Cameroon: “We are witnessing the rise of the middle class in Douala – consumers who are seeking access to modern products at the best possible prices. Our customers have high standards and are loyal to the local economy. They want a wide range of high-quality options and purchases that have meaning. Carrefour Market will offer an exclusive range of Carrefour brand products, high-quality fresh products and over 1,500 products that are made in Cameroon. It is important for us to contribute to the development of the Cameroonian economy.”

About CFAO
CFAO is a key player in specialised distribution in Africa and in French overseas territories, and a partner of choice for major international brands. The Group is a market leader in Automotive and Pharmaceutical distribution, and continues to grow in consumer goods and new technologies. CFAO has a direct presence in 36 African countries and provides a gateway to 53 of the 54 countries that make up the African continent. The Group is also active in seven French overseas territories and in
Asia. CFAO employs 15,200 people. In 2017, CFAO generated consolidated revenue of € 4,228 million. CFAO is a subsidiary of the TTC Group (Japan).

Find out more at www.cfaogroup.com
Learn more about CFAO Retail at www.cfao-retail.com

Contact:

Press agency 35°Nord
Romain Grandjean
rg@35nord.com
+33 6 73 47 53 99

CFAO Communication Department
Bénédicte Guillien
External Communication Manager
bguillien@cfao.com
+ 33 1 46 23 59 91

CFAO Retail Cameroon
Florence Etong
Communications & Marketing
Manager
fetong@cfao.com
+237 690 701 861

Source: Carrefour Market

Products from Amazon Handmade Artisans now available through Prime Now this holiday season

  • From handmade holiday gifts to party supplies, a specially-curated list of products from Amazon Handmade Artisans are available through Prime Now this holiday season
  • Amazon expands on its commitment to small businesses by offering its fastest delivery method yet to dozens of local Artisans to extend their holiday selling season
  • Last minute shoppers can order unique, handcrafted gifts from Amazon Handmade Artisans for delivery until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Evethrough Prime Now

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prime Now, Amazon’s one and two-hour delivery service, and Amazon Handmade, the premier destination for genuinely handcrafted items, today  (Dec. 5, 2017) announced that unique, handcrafted products from local Artisans are now available on Prime Now, just in time for the holidays. This marks the first time Amazon Handmade Artisans are leveraging the company’s fastest delivery method yet to extend their selling season through Christmas Eve on Prime Now. Amazon Handmade products are available via Prime Now starting today for Prime members to shop in Austin, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle through the holiday season.

“Amazon is thrilled to continue expanding on our commitment to small businesses and artisans who can leverage Amazon’s last-mile delivery technology to get their handcrafted items to Prime members in an hour or less,” said Stephenie Landry, vice president of Prime Now. “This holiday season, customers can shop an even greater selection of handcrafted, giftable items and have the products delivered through Christmas Eve – the ultimate solution for those procrastinators who still want to get a unique, quality gift for their loved ones.”

The new holiday selection includes handmade products such as handcrafted pottery, necklaces, skincare, tote bags and candles from local artisans. All products available from Amazon Handmade Artisans on Prime Now are genuinely handcrafted. Prime Now features a variety of product categories from Amazon Handmade including Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork and Party Supplies and Kitchen and Dining.

“I never imagined that one day customers across the U.S. would be able to receive my handmade pottery in an hour or less,” said Sarah Bak of Sarah Bak Pottery, an Amazon Handmade Artisan. “Being part of Amazon Handmade has truly given me the ability to grow my business while I pursue my passion as an artist. As part of the Prime Now pilot program, I’m excited to know my holiday selling season is extended through Christmas Eve and last-minute shoppers can now order thoughtful, last-minute gifts for everyone on their list.”

Since launching in Manhattan in 2014, Prime Now has expanded to more than 30 cities across the U.S. The addition of products made by Amazon Handmade Artisans reflects Amazon’s continued commitment to small businesses while also creating even more convenience for customers looking for unique, handcrafted last-minute gifts and products this holiday season. In select cities, the service offers ultra-fast delivery from local stores, popular restaurants as well as delivery of beer, wine and spirits.

With Prime Now, Prime members can receive Amazon Handmade products with one-hour delivery for a fee and two-hour delivery for free. Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and check eligibility of delivery in their ZIP code.

Since launching in 2015, Amazon Handmade has grown to encompass 10 categories (e.g. Jewelry, Home & Kitchen, Stationery and Party Supplies) offering customers hundreds of thousands of handcrafted items from thousands of Artisans across more than 30 countries. Shopping Amazon Handmade, customers support local Artisans and purchase the handcrafted products they want with the convenience of all things Amazon.

To explore products available from local artisans on Prime Now or to learn more about the service visit www.primenow.com or www.amazon.com/handmade.

Every Day Made Better with Prime

Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Tens of millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 50 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon

Amazon makes Prime Video app available on Apple TV in over 100 countries

  • Integration with the Apple TV App, Siri Remote and universal search make finding and playing Prime Video favorites remarkably easy for viewers
  • Prime Video on Apple TV arrives just in time for the premiere of The Grand Tour Season 2 on December 8

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Dec. 6, 2017) announced the Prime Video app is available on Apple TV 4K and previous generations of Apple TV in over 100 countries. Prime Video members now have even more ways to stream award-winning and critically-acclaimed titles including Amazon Original Movies, Prime Originals and Hollywood blockbusters and TV series and over 140 Channel subscriptions in the US and 95 in the UK, Germany and Austria. Starting tomorrow, customers can enjoy Thursday Night Football live on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV. Amazon’s library of 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) titles are available on Apple TV 4K. Finding content on Prime Video is remarkably easy for Apple TV viewers with the Apple TV App, Siri Remote and universal search in select countries.

“There is nothing that excites us more than delighting our customers, and we are thrilled for them to stream Prime Video on Apple TV,” said Mark Eamer, Vice President of Prime Video. “The app arrives just in time for the highly anticipated new season of The Grand Tour, which launches on December 8th, and Prime Video members streaming on the Apple TV 4K will have the exceptional viewing experience of 4K HDR.”

Apple TV owners around the world now have access to Amazon Original Movies and Prime Originals such as The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Tick along with the upcoming premieres of Jean-Claude Van Johnson on December 15 and Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on January 12. Prime Video offers a wide array of award-winning kids content including Tumble Leaf, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and The Snowy Day as well as popular licensed titles coming to the service every month.

About Prime Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers members the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video offers thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Originals from Amazon Studios like The Tick, the most-watched Prime Video series worldwide The Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and award-winning series like The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and more available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to members in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.

About Amazon

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

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

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Macy’s declares Friday, Dec. 8 as National Believe Day; doubles its donation to Make-A-Wish and Wishes Across America

Macy’s declares Friday, Dec. 8 as National Believe Day; doubles its donation to Make-A-Wish and Wishes Across America

 

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its 10th annual Believe campaign, Macy’s has declared this Friday, Dec. 8, National Believe Day – a day focused on spreading the beloved holiday program’s message of generosity and hope. Throughout the Believe campaign, Macy’s collects customers’ letters to Santa in-store and online at macys.com/believe. For each letter submitted from Nov. 3 through Dec. 24, Macy’s has pledged to donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish® to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. In celebration of the ninth annual National Believe Day, Macy’s will again double its donation to Make-A-Wish, providing an additional $1per letter, up to an extra $1 million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal. Additionally, this week Macy’s will help grant special wishes for children in cities from coast-to-coast as part of Wishes Across America.

Macy’s and Make-A-Wish® celebrate Brynn, 17, at a Wishes Across America event as part of Macy’s 10th annual Believe campaign, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Douglas Barnes/AP Images for Macy’s)

“Each National Believe Day, we are awed by the outpouring of support from our customers who submit their Santa letters to help Macy’s double its donation to Make-A-Wish,” said Holly Thomas, group vice president of Cause Marketing for Macy’s. “We are also especially thankful to our employees, partners at Make-A-Wish and community members nationwide who spend countless hours planning and granting special Wishes Across America. The spirit of the Believe campaign truly comes alive as we all work together to create these joyful and magical moments.”

Macy’s has donated more than $15 million to Make-A-Wish and helped to grant thousands of wishes through Believe since the campaign was introduced in 2008. This year’s Wishes Across America will benefit children including Brynn, 17, who wishes to be a model, and Jazlean, 13, who wishes to go to New York. The impact of wishes is undeniable and widespread – not only do they increase hope and happiness for kids, but their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals, and entire communities are transformed by the experience.

National Believe Day is the pinnacle moment of the Believe campaign, which was inspired by the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon – an 8-year-old child who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The response from the paper’s editor, Francis P. Church, became an iconic piece of journalistic history and the most reprinted editorial of all time. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church wrote. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.”

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe. For additional media materials, including images and b-roll, visit pimsmultimedia.com/macys-holiday2017/believe.php

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 33,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 15,300 in 2016 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider Fukami
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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Walgreens Boots Alliance to acquire 40 percent minority stake in Chinese retail pharmacy chain Guoda Drugstores Co., Ltd.

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today (December 06, 2017) announces that it has reached an agreement with China National Accord Medicines Corporation Ltd. to become an investor in its subsidiary Sinopharm Holding Guoda Drugstores Co., Ltd. (“GuoDa”), which operates and franchises retail pharmacies across China.

Following a public tender process, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s bid met all the requirements set by the seller to acquire a 40 percent minority stake in GuoDa through a capital increase worth RMB2.767 billion (around $416 million). The transaction is subject to regulatory review and approval, and other customary closing conditions. Upon completion, Walgreens Boots Alliance would account for this stake as an equity method investment.

GuoDa is a leading retail pharmacy chain in China, and has been pursuing its vision for expansion across the country in the context of the ongoing healthcare reforms and increasing importance of the pharmacy channel in the country. Walgreens Boots Alliance, as a global pharmacy-led enterprise, believes it is well positioned to provide its significant expertise to GuoDa and support its growth ambitions.

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina said, “We are very pleased to become a strategic investor in GuoDa. It is China’s leading pharmacy chain and we believe that we can positively contribute to its continued successful development with our global pharmacy expertise. We have had a presence in China for around 10 years, initially through Alliance Boots, and we are excited about the opportunity to further invest in the country’s fast growing retail pharmacy sector.”

Notes to Editors:

About GuoDa

Sinopharm Holding Guoda Drugstore Co., Ltd. (“GuoDa”) is a large national pharmacy chain in China. It is China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation’s (CNPGC) retail pharmacy platform, established in March 2004 and headquartered in Shanghai.

GuoDa operates more than 3,500 retail pharmacies across around 70 cities, and employs close to 20,000 people. In 2016, GuoDa was consolidated into China National Accord Medicines Corporation Ltd. (“Sinopharm Accord”) (Shenzhen Stock Exchange/A Share: 000028). After over 10 years of rapid growth, GuoDa has developed national coverage across 19 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

In line with CNPGC’s strategy to further grow the State-owned pharmaceutical and healthcare business, GuoDa aims to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities created by the Chinese healthcare reform to further expand nationwide.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. The company’s heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Walgreens Boots Alliance and the companies in which it has equity method investments together have a presence in more than 25* countries and employ more than 385,000* people. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has more than 13,200* stores in 11* countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390* distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and Botanics.

The company ranks No. 1 in the Food and Drug Stores industry of Fortune magazine’s 2017 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As of 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

** For 12 months ending 31 August 2017, using publicly available information for AmerisourceBergen.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release that are not historical statements are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the agreement with China National Accord Medicines Corporation Ltd to become an investor in its subsidiary GuoDa, the transaction contemplated thereby, the tender process with respect thereto and the possible time and effects thereof, the ability of the parties to complete the transactions considering the various closing conditions, and statements regarding retail pharmacy growth and expansion in China. Words such as “expect,” “pending,” “potential”, “likely,” “preliminary,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “can,” “will,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “possible,” “assume,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, known or unknown, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated. Such risks include, but are not limited to, risks related to the proposed transactions and acquisitions generally, including the risk that the transactions may not close due to one or more closing conditions to the transactions not being satisfied or waived, risks related to the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions, the outcome of legal and regulatory matters, the risk of unexpected costs, liabilities or delays, changes in management’s assumptions, and risks associated with changes in laws, regulations or interpretations thereof. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017, which is incorporated herein by reference, and in other documents that the Company files or furnishes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required by law, Walgreens Boots Alliance does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Contact:

Media Relations:
USA / Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International / Laura Vergani
+44 (0)207 980 8585

Investor Relations:
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Zenith opens pop-up boutique at the renowned Place Vendôme in Paris

Zenith opens pop-up boutique at the renowned Place Vendôme in Paris

 

Paris, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zenith chose the renowned Place Vendôme in Paris for its new 160-square-meter boutique in Paris. The Maison inaugurated a pop-up space that showcases its savoir-faire with Swiss prestige style, kicking off a series of exclusive events.

The highly symbolic Place Vendôme in Paris is home to the world’s most celebrated watch and jewelry houses, including Chaumet, Fred, Louis Vuitton, Hublot and Bulgari. This makes it the perfect setting for Zenith’s 160-square-meter pop-up boutique, the largest ever opened by the Swiss Maison. Featuring a trademark blend of cutting-edge innovation and time-honored tradition, the  Zenith boutique invites visitors into a sophisticated universe with a refined atmosphere.

The space will present Zenith’s unrivalled watchmaking expertise for several months, showcasing some 80 watches, along with a preview of upcoming 2018 releases and two special Vendôme editions. The boutique will also host a series of exclusive events, including gourmet dinners, workshops and special experiences to illustrate the universe of the Swiss manufacture.

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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The John Lewis Partnership names Andrew Murphy Chief Information Officer (CIO)

London, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership today (6 December 2017) announced Andrew Murphy as its next Chief Information Officer (CIO). Andrew is currently Group Productivity Director for the Partnership and will take up the CIO role on 1 February 2018. He will replace Paul Coby who will leave the Partnership at the end of April 2018 after almost seven years.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to thank Paul for his outstanding contribution to our business and the legacy he has left. Paul was the architect of the IT strategy for John Lewis, which helped to transform the business into a leading omni-channel retailer.’

Andrew joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1992 and performed a number of roles. This included MD of John Lewis Aberdeen and MD of John Lewis Edinburgh. In 2009 Andrew was appointed Director, Operational Development before becoming Retail Director, John Lewis in 2010 and in 2015 – Group Productivity Director, where he has led the Partnership’s change programme.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 352 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 84,000 staff are Partners in the business.

Enquries:

For more information please contact:

Sarah Henderson
Group Senior External Communications Manager
Corporate Affairs
Telephone: 07764 676 036
Email: sarah.henderson@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: The John Lewis Partnership

The Limited® relaunches at Belk stores

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Limited®, a legacy brand known for empowering women in the workforce for over 50 years, recently returned to TheLimited.com and debuted in 150 Belk stores. Known for delivering Modern. Southern. Style. for nearly 130 years, Belk is expanding its quality roster of national brands and private-label fashion by becoming the exclusive distributor for The Limited brand.

“The Limited provides customers with tailored, feminine looks to seamlessly carry the modern woman from work to her social life,” said Nadine Rauer, Belk Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager. “We’re committed to not only delivering the products that The Limited is known for, but also expanding the assortment to take this iconic brand to the next level.”

The Limited products are now available in plus size – a first for the brand – and the relaunch will also include designs in petite, tall, and denim. The Limited will once again offer boardroom-ready looks and fashion-forward designs that can be mixed and matched throughout every season.

With the TheLimited.com, customers beyond Belk’s 16-state footprint will have access to the brand’s collections whenever they want to shop. The Limited will be managed as an exclusive, private brand, like Belk favorites Crown & Ivy, Kaari Blue, New Directions and True Craft, to name a few. In 2018, Belk will launch The Limited in an additional 74 stores.

About Belk, Inc.

Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is where Southern customers shop for their perfect Sunday dress, the Saturday night outfit, and where family and community matter most. But Belk is more than shopping – it’s where you find your own unique way to express who you are. It’s where Southern style lives. Shop Belk in 16 Southern states and on www.belk.com to find an assortment of national brands and private-label fashion, shoes and accessories for the entire family, along with top-name cosmetics, a wedding registry and Southern style for the home.

For further information:
Tyler Hampton
502-494-1896
Tyler_Hampton@belk.com

SOURCE: Belk, Inc.

British Land celebrates the completion of the £60 million refurbishment of Meadowhall

British Land celebrates the completion of the £60 million refurbishment of Meadowhall

 

London, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall, one of the UK’s premier shopping destinations, is today (06 DEC 2017) celebrating the completion of the £60 million refurbishment of the centre. This marks the end of a two-year programme, during which £40 million was invested in store upgrades by more than 70 brands including existing and new additions to Meadowhall’s line-up.

This combined investment of £100 million has already made a positive impact on performance, with footfall on Black Friday up 8%, making it the busiest on record. The prime Zone A rental tone has risen to over £400, reflecting very strong demand for space with 30 new retailers signing in the last 18 months.

Charles Maudsley, Head of Retail, Leisure and Residential for British Land, said: “The transformation we have achieved at Meadowhall is a great example of how we have listened to our customers and responded to their needs to create space that works for shoppers and enables retailers to thrive in an omni-channel world. It also demonstrates the value we place in working in partnership with the community to deliver significant, long-lasting benefits to the Sheffield City Region.”

Claire Barber, Head of Meadowhall for British Land, added: “Meadowhall is a very different place as a result of our investment. It is lighter and brighter; the space is more modern and the offer is significantly enhanced so it is the first choice for shoppers across the region. Together with our longer term plans for the centre, Meadowhall has a great future as one of the leading retail and leisure destinations in the UK.”

Highlights of the refurbishment include:

  • The creation of four districts each with a distinctive character and offer
  • Columns and bulkheads have been reduced or removed creating lighter, brighter malls, with new glazing, improved lighting and new customer seating added
  • Double height flagship formats introduced by brands, including All Saints and Hollister
  • New brands added including the first-ever physical store for online retailer Joe Browns, as well as Michael Kors, Flannels, Urban Decay, Skinny Dip, Tag Heuer, iSmash, Diesel, Joules, Jack Wills, Neal’s Yard, Nespresso, T2, schuh Kids, Pret a Manger, GBK, Barburrito, and Tapas Revolution
  • Upsizings or increased brand presence by Primark, River Island, Sports Direct, Build-A-Bear, JD Sports, Virgin Holidays and The Entertainer
  • Redesigns by existing occupiers including House of Fraser, M&S, Yo! Sushi, Timberland, Ted Baker, and Molton Brown.

Through the transformation, British Land has delivered a range of benefits for the Sheffield City Region:

  • Over 1,200 jobs were created to deliver the refurbishment, with 35% of the workforce living in Sheffield and 41% overall from the Sheffield City Region
  • Almost 50% of the £60 million spend has been awarded to SMEs
  • 70% of the project spend was made within 25 miles of Meadowhall, with 55% being spent in the Sheffield City Region
  • Local companies employed on the transformation include Dearneside, SCS Group, EE Ingleton Engineering, Clearline, EMR and the Ron Hull Group.

The refurbishment of Meadowhall will be followed by the development of a Leisure Hall, which was granted planning consent in a unanimous vote by Sheffield City Council’s planning committee in September. The £300 million extension will add 330,000 sq ft of new catering and leisure to Meadowhall, as well as enhanced public realm and other amenities.

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £18.1 billion (British Land share: £13.5 billion) as at 30 September 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

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

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

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being awarded a five star rating in the 2017 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the second year running.

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

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

Enquiries:
Jackie Janssen
British Land
020 7467 3449

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Amanda McNally
Aver
020 3514 2137

Nick Thornton
Aver
020 3514 2148

Source: British Land

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CVS Pharmacy introduces free, same-day delivery service in Manhattan

CVS Pharmacy introduces free, same-day delivery service in Manhattan

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) introduced free, same-day delivery for prescriptions and certain over-the-counter items in Manhattan this week. The new free delivery service makes it easier for customers to save time and stay healthy. Free, same-day delivery in Manhattan is one of CVS Pharmacy’s national network of delivery solutions. Same-day delivery in additional cities and next-day, nationwide delivery will be launching in early 2018.

“Free, same-day prescription delivery gives customers the option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to them at their homes or work in Manhattan,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Delivery is another way that we can meet our customers wherever, however and whenever they want in order to make healthcare easier.”

This week, CVS Pharmacy began offering delivery service from all locations in Manhattan. Prescriptions and the option of adding a selection of over-the-counter products can be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to the customer’s door to assure complete privacy. Over-the-counter items that can be added to a prescription delivery include popular items to treat cough, cold and flu symptoms, along with other common conditions. Orders made by 11 a.m. are delivered by 4 p.m., or by 4 p.m. for 8 p.m. delivery.

Customers in Manhattan can find out more information about CVS Pharmacy’s free prescription delivery service by visiting www.cvs.com/cvs2you or by using a dedicated delivery concierge service line at 1-833-CVS-2YOU. A Manhattan-focused marketing campaign also kicked off this week to reach customers in highly-visible locations throughout the city such as Penn Station Plaza and the Columbus Circle Station.

“Our goal is to reach people living and working in Manhattan to let them know about our new prescription delivery service through a fun, highly visible campaign that will reach them while they are traveling around the city as well as through digital and mobile channels,” said Norman de Greve, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CVS Health.

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

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

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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Asda offers the perfect frozen feast for only £4.29 per head

Take the pressure out of prepping Christmas dinner with Asda’s Frozen family feast for only £4.29 per head

Leeds, UK, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Christmas day feast is the most anticipated meal of the year, but for those preparing the seasonal spread; Christmas day can also be quite stressful. With a table full of hungry people to feed, and a mountain of veg to chop and peel, it’s no wonder we feel the pressure.

To save customers the sleepless nights over peeling parsnips, Asda is offering the perfect frozen feast with all the trimmings for £17.15 – that’s just £4.29 per head for a family of four.

Not only are you getting bang for your buck, using frozen pre-prepared produce can save you hours in the kitchen, giving you more time to spend with loved ones. What’s more, you can beat the bustling crowds before the shopping frenzy hits full force and stock up early on everything you need.

Product Price
Turkey Crown (1.5kg) £10.00
Roast Potatoes £0.95
Pork Stuffing £2.50
Brussel Sprouts £0.95
Roast Parsnips £1.00
Grand Total £17.15

An Asda Spokesperson commented: “We’re always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers. Our frozen Christmas dinner means you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time joining in the festivities with friends and loved ones – all for less than £5 per head too!”

Turkey Crown
This class A turkey crown will get you off to a flying start this Christmas.
RRP: £10

Roast Potatoes
Ready to roast potatoes in a crispy coating, the perfect pairing for any turkey.
RRP: £0.95

Extra Special British Pork, Sage & Caramelised Onion Stuffing
Extra special Gluten free pork sausage meat stuffing with sage, caramelised onion and blossom honey – finished off with a pinch of thyme.
RRP: £2.50

Pigs in Blankets
Deliciously succulent pork sausages wrapped in smoked, streaky bacon. No festive plate is complete without them.
RRP: £1.75

Brussel Sprouts 
Keep your plate looking festive with freshly frozen Brussel Sprouts – is it really Christmas without them?
RRP: £0.95

Ready to Roast Parsnips
These ready to roast parsnips add a sweet and nutty taste to your plate.
RRP: £1.00

NOTES TO EDITORS

High res images and samples available upon request.

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.
Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.
Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Please contact: asdafoodanddrink@mischiefpr.com for additional information.

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.

Asda introduces vegan friendly mince pies

Asda introduces vegan friendly mince pies

 

Carrying the Vegan Trademark, the pies are an accessible festive dessert or snack for the growing British vegan population

Leeds, UK, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. This year, Asda is ensuring there is a pie for every plate with the introduction of vegan friendly mince pies, providing those following a vegan diet with a taste of festive cheer.

Asda’s 6 Mince Pies are the first to carry the Vegan Trademark, the most credible vegan label on the market to help identify products that are free from animal ingredients. With the nation having already spent £4m on mince pies by mid-October*, Asda’s vegan-friendly versions aim to increase the number of national mince pie nibblers, catering to a diet previously untouched by supermarkets.

Asda predicts 18 million individual vegan mince pies will be gobbled down this Christmas.

Ciara Loker, Bakery Product Developer at Asda, said: “This festive season, Asda is proud to announce we now offer mince pies that are suitable for vegans and have been accredited by the Vegan Society.

“At Asda, we are committed to innovation and developing the best quality products that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Asda’s vegan-friendly mince pies are just 89p for a box of 6.

Asda’s mince pie range, includes:
· Extra Special Crumble Mince Pies 6pk
· Extra Special Christmas Tree Puff Pastry Mince Pies 4pk
· Extra Special Mini Mince Pies 12pk
· Extra Special Mince Pies 6pk
· Asda Mince Pies 6pk (vegan Friendly)
· Asda Iced Mince Pies 6pk

Shoppers can also purchase freshly-baked mince pies at the in-store bakery, with the pies available in 4 for £1, or £1.50 for 4 Extra Special Deep Fill.

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.
Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.
Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.

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NRF Foundation announces 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future

WASHINGTON, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (December 6, 2017) announced the 25 individuals named to The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. The honorees represent the best and brightest individuals impacting the retail industry and will be celebrated January 14, 2018, at the NRF Foundation Gala during NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York City. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the NRF Foundation, NRF’s nonprofit arm, which is committed to shaping the future of retail talent.

“An industry as dynamic as retail needs leaders with a range of talents from creatives to humanitarians to entrepreneurs,” NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis said. “Each person on The List embodies these qualities in some way and is helping to steer the retail industry toward a bright future.”

Now in its fourth year, the Gala brings together hundreds of industry executives to honor those named to The List and awards scholarships to talented students working to become the next generation of retail leaders. In addition to celebrating The List at the Gala, NRF will also recognize Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon as “The Visionary,” an award for an inspiring leader with a long record of spearheading change in the industry.

The 2018 Gala is expected to raise more than $2.5 million for NRF Foundation programs – including educational and inspirational initiatives, student scholarships and RISE Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing program – and is on track to sell out by the end of 2017.

The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2018:

Disruptors:

Jeff Barnett – CEO, Commerce Cloud, Salesforce
Adam Goldenberg – Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group
Paul Hennessy – CEO, Vroom
Jeff Kearl – CEO, Stance
Chris McCann –President and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
Emily Weiss – Founder and CEO, Glossier

Dreamers:

Isabelle and Katherine Adams – Co-CEOs, Paper For Water
Michael Lastoria – Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, &pizza
Carley Ochs – Founder, CEO and Designer, Bourbon and Boweties
Kate Ross LeBlanc – CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural Wellness

Givers:

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale – Owner and Philanthropist, Gallery Furniture
Brittany Merrill Underwood – Founder and CEO, Akola Project
Karin Norington-Reaves – CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Buddy Teaster – President and CEO, Soles4Souls
Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani

Influencers:

Matthew Boss – Managing Director, Equity Research, Consumer Discretionary/Retailing, J.P. Morgan
Amanda Curtis and Gemma Sole – Co-Founders, Nineteenth Amendment
Jonathan Sokoloff – Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners
Rob Sweeney – Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Barbara Thau – Contributing Retail Writer, Forbes.com

Power Players:

Mary Campbell – Executive Vice President, Commerce Platforms, QVC, Inc.
James ‘JC’ Curleigh – President, Levi’s Brand
Jane Elfers – President and CEO, The Children’s Place, Inc.
Helena Foulkes – Executive Vice President, CVS Health, and President, CVS Pharmacy
Greg Scott – CEO, New York & Company

About The NRF Foundation 
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Macerich and Life Time® to build a Athletic healthy lifestyle, wellness and entertainment resort destination at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix

Macerich and Life Time® to build a Athletic healthy lifestyle, wellness and entertainment resort destination at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich (NYSE:MAC), one of the nation’s leading owners, operators and developers of retail properties in top markets, and Life Time®, the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, today announced a ground-up, 80,000 square-foot, resort-like Life Time Athletic healthy lifestyle, wellness and entertainment destination to be built at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.

The luxury, high-end destination will be the first Diamond-level location for Life Time in Arizona, and the organization’s sixth club in the state. The new destination will be built in the east surface parking lot of the shopping center.

Life Time at Biltmore Fashion Park will offer a healthy living, healthy aging, healthy entertainment resort LifeSpa, a full-service salon and spa providing serene and relaxing treatment rooms for massage and facials as well as full hair and nail service; LifeCafe, a full-service, fast casual restaurant and bar; and a rooftop pool with bistro, plus a unique Kids Academy program, group fitness studios, yoga studios, a cycle studio, a Pilates studio, basketball court and much more.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is the ideal setting for our new Diamond location, which will be our most luxurious health, wellness, lifestyle and entertainment destination in the Phoenix area,” said Jeff Zwiefel, Life Time chief operating officer. “Our members already spend time in this well-placed property in the heart of the upscale Camelback Corridor, and it’s a great fit for our Life Time brand.”

Said Macerich Chairman and CEO Art Coppola: “Biltmore Fashion Park, with its park-like green lawns and outstanding collection of luxury retail and fine dining, is a favorite experience for the region’s best shoppers. The new, top-level Life Time destination adds to the powerful list of attractions for this true town square and one-of-a-kind property, and further demonstrates Macerich’s ability to elevate the experiences in our exceptional portfolio.”

The iconic, all-outdoor Biltmore Fashion Park is Arizona’s original luxury retail destination, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, Stuart Weitzman, Jonathan Adler, lululemon and more, plus a stellar line-up of destination restaurants including The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Christopher’s and Seasons 52, and a rich variety of dining experiences from Fox Restaurant Concepts, such as True Food Kitchen, Zinburger and BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA.

About Life Time®—Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 129 destinations in 37 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. For more information visit www.lifetime.life.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 53 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor.

A recognized leader in sustainability, Macerich has earned NAREIT’s prestigious “Leader in the Light” award every year from 2014-2017. For the third straight year in 2017 Macerich achieved the #1 GRESB ranking in the North American Retail Sector, among many other environmental accomplishments. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

Karen Maurer
Macerich
602-708-6311
karen.maurer@macerich.com

Natalie Bushaw
Life Time
952-229-2007
nbushaw@lifetimefitness.com

SOURCE: Macerich Company

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